To celebrate the release of the fifth and final book in my Immortality Bites series, I’m giving away: 1) a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com, and 2) a full set of signed books of the 5-book Immortality Bites series. Please comment in order to enter! I’ll pick a winner at midnight EST Wednesday, August 26th. Got any questions for me about Sarah and the series or my future releases? Ask away! And please pull up a virtual bar stool and have a Bloody Mary. On me!
This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end. My only friend, the end!!
A depressing song by The Doors, sure. But it is the end of the road for Sarah Dearly, Thierry de Bennicoeur, George, Amy, Barry and Veronique (although we don’t really care about those last two so much, do we?).
Five books since January 2006. Wow! I’ve gotten the chance to spend mucho time with these characters and helped torture them mercilessly. It’s been so much fun!
Thank you to my readers for making it possible for me to write about them for multiple books.
I really hope you enjoy Tall, Dark & Fangsome. This book was not an easy write (this is an understatement). I’d put Sarah into so much stress in the previous book, Stakes & Stilettos, that the first draft of Fangsome read a bit, well…like Sarah needed a prescription for some vampire Prozac. Seriously. There were a lot of crying scenes. The problem was, I forgot about her optimistic personality. Even in the darkest place, she can find the light. She’s an optimistic (unlike me). That’s what I love about her the most. That’s what Thierry loves about her. And even though she’s made some frustrating and borderline stupid unwise decisions (who says the author controls her characters?), her heart has always been in the right place.
Bitten by Books just posted a wonderful review on the book just in time for the release.
So…when I was writing the first (depressing) draft of this book, I needed to get back to Sarah’s roots and find her light and humor again. So I wrote a scene that never made it into the Fangsome — one where Sarah has a flashback to the “blind date from hell” that got her into this vampiric situation in the first place. Unfortunately, this scene stopped the action in the book so it got the ax. I still think it’s a whole lot of fun.
Bonus material! Read about Sarah’s blind date.
A couple FAQs I’ve been getting……….
Why are you ending this series? Will we have more books about Sarah?
Because it’s time. I really felt that any more books would be stretching things since the story arc I began in Bitten & Smitten is pretty much wrapped up in Fangsome. With more books I’d start repeating stuff, and there are really only so many ways to keep a romantic relationship from gelling without it feeling contrived. As it stands right now this is the last time Sarah gets to put on her dancing shoes. But I would never say never if one day a publisher begged me for more about these characters. I’m sure I could come up with something.
Is there finally going to be a really explicit sex scene in Fangsome? Come on, Michelle. What’s up with the sexual tension and not much with the badda bing??
The Immortality Bites series was always meant to have more of a chick-lit feel to it, and as such I chose specifically not to make it explicit from the beginning. It just didn’t feel right. I don’t believe romance books need to be explicit in order to work. Therefore, Fangsome is much like the previous books in this respect. I do feel, however, that the sexual tension between Sarah and Thierry is pretty darn hot and I’ve made sure to focus a lot more on their ‘romance’ in more recent books! HOWEVER, if you’re looking for spicier book, please check out my first Harlequin Blaze, HOT SPELL, that comes out this November. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
But…but…what am I going to read now? OMG! How could you leave me with NO MORE BOOKS BY MICHELLE ROWEN MY FAVORITE AUTHOR TO READ??? (I’m paraphrasing, of course)
Don’t worry, I’m definitely not retiring! I have many books lined up to follow my vampires. In fact, I’ve written five books that haven’t even hit the shelves yet. They’re just in varying stages of being published. Next month my first young adult novel, DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE will be released. It’s the first book in a fun new series. And next May I launch my Living in Eden series, a lighter, romantic look at demonic possession.:) The first book’s called THE DEMON IN ME and if you like my vampires, you’ll love my demons. Well, just one demon — Darrak. And he’s funny and sexy and BIG TROUBLE and helps add a major dose of romance and danger to my heroine, Eden’s, boring life.
I’ll let Sarah and Thierry round off this release party out with a short discussion about Tall, Dark & Fangsome.
Thank you SO MUCH, everybody! And happy, happy reading!