Monday, December 5, 2011

Welcome, Kristin Battestella

Fate and Fangs: Tales from The Vampire Family

Feel Love, experience Punishment, know Struggle, indulge the Debauchery, crave Lust, learn Humanity, faceResurrection, and choose: Fate or Fangs?

It's been a whirlwind literary year for me as you can imagine thanks to my new 7 book series with Muse It Up!  The themes, thoughts, and emotions of the collection run the gauntlet of desire, pain, excess, and immortality. I've been swept up by it all all over again thanks to the editing process with Muse Owner Lea Schizas and our sweet, sweet cover art designs by Suzannah Safi, in addition to all the virtual and real world promoting and appearances.  I've had a great time visiting with my fellow Muse Authors, meeting paranormal fans, and discussing with horror readers- and we've had some really wild chat room sessions along the way, too!!

The Best part? Its not over yet!  I find it both ironic and fitting that our next Fate and Fangs tale, Book 5, Lust: James at the Sundowner, is Now Available (!) for December.  I mean, really, lusting and kinky speakeasy vampires for Christmas? Not what most of us think of for the holiday season!  However, there's also a certain loneliness and melancholy to Lust, and I find the timely of Tale 5 for the holidays quite fitting in many ways.  So many people are unhappy during the festivities, Blue Christmas, winter blues.  Whatever you want to call it, for many this time is the most depressing of the year.  Now then, imagine that kind of brooding for all eternity! 

The Sundowner offers steamy Welshire vampires Jessica, Pamela, and Slava for underground vampire sex and biting fetishes in this mid-century tale from Professor James. Victoria’s twin brother James, however, is content with his gig as piano player at the club owned by their brother Stephen.  James’ own love Catrina is the alluring singer at The Sundowner, but can he keep his longtime vampire companion away from the tempting, exciting young clientele?  

Thus far in Fate and Fangs, we've had the romance, horror, extremes, and pouty, yes- but it has mostly involved the lady fangful. In Lust, we spend some time now with the unhappy male vampire perspective.  Can the unwilling vampire of the family stick to the status quo and lose himself or his lady love? How does one hang on after centuries of blood and mayhem when one's heart isn't really in it? I confess, I've always had a soft spot for James, dating back to my original novel in the franchise- The Vampire Family, now on kindle with Eternal Press- and I think he might capture a few more hearts with his soulful tunes!

" Unfortunately, after five centuries or so, the comfortable vampire enchantment can, in fact, wane. Sometimes I think Catrina is longing for something more-just like her fooled admirers.  I enjoy my music.  I have to occupy myself with some post-war Goodman ‘Moonglow’ and Miller ‘Serenade in Blue’ in order to control my Welshire urges.  These dark gifts cannot and shall not rule me.  I will not succumb to animal anarchy the way Stephen does. For myself, I am content in my respectable role here until the next war comes calling. Can I admit to myself that I know Catrina is not content?  How could she be?  My voluptuous love has the predatory power of the wolf and all her fun feline charm.  I enjoy watching her exude the dark magic allure as I play the music for her.  Her exotic and spooky look brings the silver screen to life-curly black hair and white skin stamped with a perfectly deadly pout of red lips.  I love her, I always have.  I could not bring the vampiric gifts to anyone I did not love.  I expected to spend the rest of my unnatural life with her. Although I don’t doubt Catrina loves me and will always have a space for me in her black heart still; deep down I know she intends to leave me for new vampire lusts. ...."

As always, you can find us online just about anywhere, and we're still going strong with Fate and Fangs into 2012!  Thank you again so much Roseanne for having us stop by for a little holiday horror!


Adriana Ryan said...

Fate and Fangs sounds awesome! And for 7 books - wow, by book 5 you must already feel like you belong in that world rather than in ours. :D Thank you for a great interview, Kristin and Roseanne!


Unknown said...

Ahhhh Ro, you're hosting one of my fav people today. Kristin, you are so funny and delightful. With your charm and insights how could it not bleed through your writing (pun intended). I do agree with Adriana's comment about how you must feel a part of that world you've written about. Very special. Now I just need to slip over and read the reviews you've written about...your opinion is one I've come to respect and admire.

Kristin Battestella said...

Thanks again Roseanne for another great little virtual visit!!!

Adriana and Karen, thank you so much for your kind words!! It is so nice to know people enjoy the writing and the world, no matter how bizarre and fangy! I'm touched you're touched.


gail roughton branan said...

Kristin, I know that world is sometimes realer for you than the "real" one. Hard to come back to reality sometimes, isn't it?

Kristin Battestella said...

Who says I ever come back to reality?!! hehe

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