As part of my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour, Iâ€™ll be interviewing some characters and doing some posts on my own blog too, Indie Paranormal Romance Books. Today, I caught up with the ever-lovely Lauren from my epic vampire romance book, Love Immortal.
Lauren, for those not familiar with her, is the beautiful, warm and brave redheaded heroine who discovers in Love Immortal that sheâ€™s the latest reincarnation of a demi-goddess when sheâ€™s saved from werewolves by Julian. Julian is her sexy, mysterious and immortal Arcadian, who is responsible for giving his blood to her to awaken her latent powers. Together, they team up with Ghost, a demon-hunting organisation, and take on Lycaon, the vicious original werewolf who was cursed by Zeus for tricking him into eating human flesh. Along with Julian, Lauren is also the ancestor of what we think of as vampires.
Lauren: Wow, where to start? I was your regular thirty-something before the night that I met Julian. All I expected out of life was growing up, getting married, doing something with my career and maybe having kids. I certainly never expected that I would wind up facing down a werewolf(!) on my way home one night and having someone like Julian rescue me. *looks dreamy* That man knows how to make an impact on a girlâ€™s heart. I was so shell-shocked that I just went along with everything at firstâ€¦ then out of the blue someone is telling me that Iâ€™m a reincarnated goddess and Iâ€™m about to reawaken those powers through death. Talk about a slap in the face. I really wasnâ€™t sure how to react to that one. Death at thirty-five definitely hadnâ€™t been on my agenda. I was just lucky that I had Julian there to help me through it all, and that I had the guys at Ghost to support me. I couldnâ€™t have coped without them.
Lauren: Sure. One minute Iâ€™m normal and the next Iâ€™m a goddess. *laughs but thereâ€™s nerves in it* I really still canâ€™t get over that one. Julian was amazing. He was so supportive and kind to me. I know heâ€™s my protector, but I really felt he was helping me out of more than just duty. He did everything he could to make me feel better about what was happening to me, and explained everything so well so I would understand. I had so many questions and so many fears, but he handled them all and he gave me his strength too. He did everything for me. He endured so much for me. I canâ€™t thank him enough for what he went through so he could be there during my awakening. I canâ€™t thank the members of Ghost enough either. They all lent me their strength and without them I wouldnâ€™t have survived Lycaonâ€™s attacks.
Lauren: Julian saved my butt from werewolves and just thinking about the way he dropped into my life, sword in hand, devastatingly mysterious and sexy, sends a shiver through me. It was difficult to come to terms with the suspicions I had about him and, after those were confirmed, what he was. I mean, itâ€™s not every day that you realise that vampires and werewolves exist, and that youâ€™re about to become a vampire too. Heâ€™ll get a mood on if I mention the V word around him, but I still feel that weâ€™re vampires more than anything else. I know weâ€™re different to Morgan and his kin, but we drink blood and weâ€™re immortal.
Lauren: It took a lot to get through to him, but I wasnâ€™t going to give up on him. Julian is so gorgeous, and such a beautiful soul, and I fell so hard for him. When I realised what he had been through, my feelings for him grew until I couldnâ€™t contain them. He frustrated me so much with the way he acted but I know it was all because of the way he had been treated, and that I could win his heart if I just persevered and proved I wasnâ€™t going to hurt him too. Talking about this makes me want to go and find him, and give him a hug. I know I lashed out at him sometimes but I think that might have actually worked in my favour as it gave us both a reason to speak to each other about the things we felt, and in Julianâ€™s case, the things he had been through. I think having to fight for him has only made me love him more.
Lauren: Was it ever. I donâ€™t think it was helped by the fact that I only had a short time to come to terms with it before my awakening happened. It wasnâ€™t Julianâ€™s fault that he was late in finding me. I canâ€™t hold that against him because he endured so much in order to be there for me during my awakening. I donâ€™t think I could have suffered what he did. I would have taken the easy way out. Julian helped me accept what was happening to me, and I honestly went through with it so I could win his heart and his love. Sounds corny, but itâ€™s true. I did it for him. I wasnâ€™t going to give up on him, or on life. If the only way to continue living was doing so as an immortal goddess, then I was going to go through with it so I could get what I wantedâ€”a life with Julian.
Lauren: Weâ€™ve been busy. Duke keeps us constantly on the go and Iâ€™ve been training hard to improve my skills. Julian is a fantastic instructor, although sometimes itâ€™s hard to concentrate and I end up tackling him to the ground so I can kiss him. He gets miffed when I do that, but I make it worth his while to shut up and submit. *smiles* I think weâ€™ll be going on a new mission as soon as Iâ€™m ready. Morgan wonâ€™t shut up about his werewolf infestation in Paris. I know that Julian doesnâ€™t want to go back to that city, or see Morgan ever again, but I did promise to help him out. Iâ€™ll have to keep my guard up around Morgan and make sure that he doesnâ€™t try anything, because Iâ€™m sure that it will be the end of the vampire if he does. Julian wonâ€™t stand for it. Heâ€™ll kill Morgan if he tries anything.
Lauren: Warm. Julian would say that about me and I think I know myself well enough to agree with him now. I tend to put others first and friendships mean a lot to me, and Iâ€™ll do all in my power to make people happy. I guess that makes me warm.
Lauren: Julian mentioned that people have been asking for more of our story. I think Iâ€™d like that, but I know youâ€™re busy with all your other stories. A sequel might be nice though. *smiles* You know you want to spend time around Julian again. The man is a god!
Here’s a little information about Love Immortal and the places it’s available:
Rescued from werewolves by the most breathtaking man she’s ever seen, Lauren is dragged into the fight of her life and a dark world she never knew existed. There, she discovers that she’s the latest reincarnation of a goddess and must drink the blood of her immortal protector, Julian, in order to reawaken and continue her three thousand year old mission to defeat Lycaon, the original werewolf.
With the help of Julian and an organisation of people with supernatural abilities, Lauren fights for her life, their future and the fate of mankind against Lycaon and his deadly army, but can she succeed when Lycaon has killed all of her predecessors?
Can she crack the armour around Julian’s heart and seize her happily forever after with him? And can Julian bring himself to trust Lauren with the fragments of his heart after everything he’s been through?
ebook price: $3.99
paperback price: $12.99
genre: paranormal vampire romance
length: 157000 words
released: January 2011
Available in e-book from:
Author’s website: http://www.felicityheaton.com/ebooks.php?title=Love%20Immortal
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HYHHME/
Amazon Kindle Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B004HYHHME/
Amazon Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HYHHME/
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Love-Immortal/Felicity-Heaton/e/2940011179648/
Kobo Books: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Love-Immortal/book-OyQ9CMW5Jkaf0K_UwfVfGw/page1.html
Sony Reader Store: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/felicity-heaton/love-immortal/_/R-400000000000000340123
Available in paperback from:
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Love-Immortal/Felicity-Heaton/e/9781456487881/