Vlad Tepes, Vigilante Vampire
by Lillie J. Roberts
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
When mankind meets vampire, they have but one hope . . .Vlad Tepes, Vigilante Vampire
Vlad Tepes remembers the Black Death, remembers being turned in order to be saved and the years it took to wrestle his beast into submission. With the birth of World War I, his family fled Europe ahead of the invading armies. Eventually, they land in Chicago, forced into a leadership role by the Vampire Hierarchy. Vlad's always roamed, working to right the wrongs and protect those weaker, a toll for his fledgling misdeeds. Being told to stay in one place chaffs like silver cuffs. Until he meets Sheree Jennings, a local gangster's daughter. Settling down becomes far more appealing.
Except an ancient evil has also relocated to the windy city with them, dark and demented, an elder vampire whose core is filled with sinister need. But, not all evil comes in the form of a vampire. People are disappearing, putting everyone at risk including Vlad's love, Sheree. Determined to keep what's his safe, Vlad uncovers more than vampire politics, or crimes and misdemeanors; an insane plot capable of exposing them all is in the making. Everyone is in danger if he can't stop their plans, humans and vampires alike. With his life and those he loves held in the balance, he must contain this maniacal scheme or face unending death. . . or worse, eternal loneliness.
Old Chicago, that’s what I liked to call this part of the city with its old neighborhoods, the Italians, Irish, Asians, Germans…and the new additions, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Middle Eastern born people. It didn’t make any difference to me, a mass of human population boiling over with need, want, and violence, the same as it always was…but it was also a hunting grounds and that was important to me. You see, injustice never set well with me, and this latest gig as an enforcer, well, it was right up my alley.
Two days had been spent tracking the latest problem that worked his way across our domain. Another being, happy with violence and sickness, unable or unwilling to contain himself. If he wasn’t stopped, how many more would he torture, maim, or kill to satisfy those sick needs?
The night surrounded me and I drew it in tighter, virtually invisible to the human eye, waiting, watching, prowling… What was taking him so long? I had other things to do besides waiting for him to make his move. My patience was wearing thin, and my shoulders rolled with tightness. The night was becoming longer than it needed to be.
Finally, traces of his foul wonderings greeted my mind as he mused about his next victim, hoping she’d scream and beg, hoping she’d plead for her life. Then after a few promises and sure knowledge her life was forfeit, she’d beg for the lives of her husband and daughter. He got a self-induced high off what he planned to do. It disgusted me, reviled me, and yet, it was I who was the monster. He pondered it all as he came closer, and I promised myself, he’d have a taste of his own fear.
There he was! Jaunting down the sidewalk, keys jiggling nervously in his pocket, anxiousness in his footsteps, and eagerness in his dull-brown eyes. He glanced up at the pretty blonde in front of him, his smile widened, his dull eyes lit up. His sharpened pointy canines peeked below his upper lip, but they were only for show. He wasn’t one of my kind but he liked to pretend. It was all about invoking fear and he liked the powerful feeling. So did I.
His footsteps quickened and mine followed his. He was closer now to the object of his desire, almost within touching distance. Almost. He licked his pale thin lips, greasy hair flopped on his forehead, sweat gathered on his brow. Now, his thoughts rang in my ears, his hand lifted, grab her now! With a crumpled up ball of dirty white fabric clutched in his hand, he reached out as he crossed the darkened threshold of the alley. The shadows slipped away from me, and I stepped further back, sliding my sunglasses into place. No need for my eyes to give me away.
There was a muffled scream. I heard her heels scrape along the rough concrete, then his slump against the crumbling brick of the adjoining building. Damn, his thoughts spoke loudly, she’s already passed out. Fun and games’ll have to wait. He kissed the top of her head almost tenderly before he dragged her further into the alley and ran straight into my chest. My arms swallowed both of them, lifting them from the pavement.
“Hey,” he shouted, “get off of me!” Anger rolled off of him in waves. It filled the air, and I felt my beast roll, just a little, inside of me.
My arms opened and they tumbled to the ground. The woman, now a dead weight, landed on top of him and I offered my icy hand. He looked at it and shivered.
“Get away from me,” he threatened, brandishing a razor sharp blade that was wide at the base and narrow at the tip. But blades no longer frightened me.
My eyes closed, nose twitching with the scent of the night air. Pheromones rolled off his body: fear, lust, and one I preferred not to think of, death, all mixed together with the heady floral fragrance of the young woman. It made me greedy to take what he was offering.
Hi Booklover Sue and all of your wonderful readers!! Thanks for letting me share your blog today :)
What is your writing environment?
I either writing on my laptop or my iPad, day or night, but usually evenings and nights are my prime writing time. Even with everyone home, it seems easier to write after I’ve spent the day doing what everyone else wants me to do, lol. I use my iPad more in the car than at home, so I always have it with me. I try to squeeze writing time in wherever I can, even on car rides. I like to have background noise, movies and music are my background noises of choice. You’ll usually find my favorites mentioned in my books.
Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?
I enjoy a tortured hero, in either YA books or adult books. I like a tortured hero because it’s so much fun to figure them out, ease their pain, earn their love. I like my heroines feisty, ready for action, even if they have to learn to live a little first. No one likes a heroine who whines all the time or who is so invulnerable, the hero loses interest. It has to be a combination of vulnerability and kick-ass.
What authors/books have caught your interest lately and why?
Charlaine Harris will always be my comfort zone. New indie/small publishing house authors are where I’ve found myself lately, authors like Shannon Eckrich, Louann Carroll, Deborah O’Neill Cordes, and Angela Scott have filled my reading material lately. I enjoy the non-formulaic writing style that these new independent authors have brought to readers as well as completely different out-of-the-box storylines.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I think a book something like Dean Koontz maybe. I love his books and his writing style fascinates me. And baffles me, lol. He challenges my brain, it really gets a workout when I read his stories and I love it.
Personally, I don’t write in any specific genre as a rule. I’ve written NA, YA, and adult, paranormal to realistic horror to contemporary romance. Paranormal is my favorite genre, mystery/chillers/thrillers are a close second.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
I’d love to go to Maui some day, to anywhere on Hawaii. Blue skies, warm sand, and the ocean. I’d like to publish a novel that stays with people long after they close the book, like Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games did for me. And last, but not least, I’d like to see one of my books in film. Wouldn’t that be fantastic!! It’s such a rare occurrence that it’s unlikely. (I’d also like to be a best selling author someday - wouldn’t we all? - I’ve had one best seller on Amazon, SoulFire).
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I’ve always loved vampire romances/urban fantasies… and I saw this really great image from… maybe it was Luis Royo, I’m not sure of the artist (but I do love Royo’s work). It was of a man standing on a mound of skulls and in his arms, he’s holding his dying lover. His head is flung back, his mouth is open in a silent scream, neck muscles straining. I saw that image and thought wow! Such an inspiring image! So, when it was time to write my NaNoWriMo story later that year, I decided to capture that emotion expressed in the image and it became Vlad Tepes, Vigilante Vampire. I hope that Vlad’s story has that kind of emotion in it.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite scene is probably when Vlad meets his lifemate, Sheree Jennings. She’s feisty and sexy. She’s in a bad relationship and her father is a small time hood who runs Chicago. But, with all these strikes against her, she’s still unbent by her environment, she’s a decent person, thoughtful, and intelligent. Someone I wouldn’t mind being friends with.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
I’m editing two stories right now (Rose Red and Synder White, a sexy twisted fairytale and a YA novel, Descent into Nightmares, a realistic horror/suspense both will be out on submission soon) as well as writing the second book in my YA SoulFire series, SoulBurn (I hope to have it finished and ready for edits soon). I also just released a short story in an anthology, Tales of the Fairy.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I watch movies, I love movies! And reading, I devour about 3 books a week (I read pretty fast). I also have three kids that keep me really busy, as well as a Westie and a Tabby cat who think they’re human and demand more attention than my kids most days.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I didn’t really start writing until I injured my leg and my doc told me to find a ‘hobby’ to consume my time. It kind of irritated me, lol. I’ve also studied drawing, speech pathology, and psychology.
Thanks again for having me today Booklover Sue!!
~About the Author~
Lillie J. Roberts is a multi-published author who loves to reviews books as well. Lillie (a.k.a Dottie at Tink’s Place), enjoys sharing her thoughts about the books she’s read. Stop by sometime, let her know what your think. Her preferred genre is paranormal romance, the darker the better, though if you give her a good thriller/chiller and she’s happy too. She loves all types paranormal creatures from vampires, were- creatures, witches, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night. She loves a good ghost story, so if you have one, share it with her. The scariest book she’s ever read is a toss up between Bram Stroker’s Dracula or Stephen King’s It (both gave her nightmares).
Lillie lives in central Illinois with her husband, three children, and one wild Westie (who is also her reading and critique partner; he listens to all her new story ideas, almost always with a wicked sense of humor). She is an animal lover as are her heroines and heroes (and no, that doesn’t include insects or spiders). She loves movies and listens to them while she writes, it doesn’t matter if they’re old or new, as long as they’re engaging. She enjoys all kinds of music, especially if it has a hard driving beat. You’ll find some on her favorite artists mentioned in the pages of her books. She writes Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Chillers/Thrillers, Suspense from Modern Contemporary to New Adult and YA, from sweetly innocent to naughty romance. She tends to be a genre bender, mixing her genres to provide an unique read.
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