Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Creating the world of Vampirerotique by Felicity Heaton + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to the blog Felicity Heaton who is once again on the virtual road to celebrate the release of her latest novel: Covet! Read on to get a glimpse into the fascinating and unknown world of Vampirerotique and you could also win some very cool swag. Please give a warm welcome to Felicity!


Creating the world of Vampirerotique 
by Felicity Heaton

It’s fantastic to be back here at Ex Libris with the book tour for my new vampire romance, CovetCovet is the first erotic vampire romance novella in my Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

I am unabashedly in love with world building and today I’m going to talk about creating the world of Vampire Erotic Theatre series, and therefore the actual theatre itself, Vampirerotique.

The thing I love most about writing vampire romances is that I get to play with a societal structure. I can’t help it. Whenever I write a vampire romance, I have to dream up a different sort of society, a world in which they live with laws they abide or break, people they either look up to or down on, and other fascinating aspects. It’s an intrinsic part of my vampire worlds and as important to me as what sort of vampire I’m writing.

Vampires are ageless. They live for centuries if not millennia, so it makes sense to me that they would have a very structured society that might seem antiquated to humans and perhaps a social divide too. You have to consider that they’re from a different time. When they were raised (or turned, but more about that later) it was probably in a very different world to our modern one, a time when humans had a very structured society too. The divide in modern human society is less noticeable than the one that existed a century or more ago. The divide in vampire society in this world isn’t.

I often write vampires as one breed with only age and who their sire was as a deciding factor on where they stand in society. That’s the case for my Vampires Realm series and also some of the worlds in my stand alone novels like Heart of Darkness. Sometimes though, I want a stronger divide and that’s when I introduce two very different types of vampire, and that’s the case with my Vampire Erotic Theatre series.
When dreaming up this world, I had established that the theatre would be a middle ground for vampires from the two sides of society. It’s very antiquated and old in its ways, and while both sides of society attend the theatre, they do so in a way that keeps them divided. I wanted to have that clear divide between them to reinforce the sentiments of the two sides and the feelings that run throughout the series.

Make no mistake, I have kept the vampires very similar to each other. They all stem from the same genes and ancestors after all. They breed and produce offspring. They all age at a rate much slower than humans and stop aging when they reach full maturity, appearing somewhere in their thirties to mortals. They live on a blood only diet but have some body heat and a heartbeat. The purer their blood or the younger they are, the quicker the UV rays will burn them. They live in a world they have fought to keep hidden from the majority of the human population.

What divides the vampire in the world of the Vampire Erotic Theatre series is the purity of their blood.

There are the powerful pureblood aristocrat families, who pride themselves on having only pureblood vampires in their lineage, and the elite families, who have turned humans within their bloodlines.
When I was coming up with the world, I wanted these two different types of vampires. I wanted the strong and the weaker (they’re still far stronger than mortals) vampires to exist in the same world. The aristocrats with their mission to keep their families pure and perfect, untainted, and the elites who are weaker because the power in their genes has been thinned by generations of breeding with turned humans, but are more down to earth and modern than their aristocrat brethren. The elite vampires don’t feel the same way as the aristocrats but they put up with the barriers between them and the often antiquated views of their stronger kin. If you think about it in terms of human society, the aristocrats are the lords of old and the elite are the common people they find disgusting and don’t want to associate with.

The theatres make this very clear. The aristocrats have private boxes and look down on the elite who all sit in the stalls, but regardless of where they sit, when blood is spilled on the stage all of them react the same way, with their vampire side emerging and salivating for a taste.

The series is focused on vampires from both sides of society. Four vampires run the erotic theatre, Vampirerotique. Two of them are elite, Javier and Callum, and two are aristocrats, Antoine and Snow. I wanted to have two from each world because it meant that I could play with both the upper class and lower class citizens, and show their differences or lack thereof. It also meant that the theatre could entertain both sides. In a world so focused on power and position, you would need aristocrat vampires associated with the theatre in order for their kind to deem it a place worthy of their patronage. In essence, the four owners of the theatre have found a way to bring the two sides of society together... in a way.

They also provided me with a chance to explore which of the vampire breeds are truly stronger—the aristocrats or the elite? Those obsessed with purity or those adapting to a modern world and embracing love wherever they might find it?

It’s a complicated world, with vampires fighting their pride, their past, the laws and society itself to find love that will last eternity. I hope it’s a world that you’ll step into and find yourself immersed in their lives and their romances as their fight for their forever afters.

If you want to know more about the book, the series, or the characters, you can follow the Covet book tour.

Covet is available now for Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple devices. It will soon be available at the Sony site, but you can get it in epub from other retailers like Smashwords and my own website.

Covet - Book 1 in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series

They’ve burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible.

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.

Lilah has fought her desire for Javier since arriving at his theatre as a servant but each glance he has stolen, his eyes promising pleasure that will satisfy her longing for him, has chipped away at her defences and she can no longer deny her need and her forbidden feelings for the powerful vampire male.

When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever?

length: 30000 words / 100 pages

Read an excerpt at Felicity's website
Available in e-book from:


Felicity Heaton is a romance author writing as both Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. She is passionate about penning paranormal tales full of vampires, witches, werewolves, angels and shape-shifters, and has been interested in all things preternatural and fantastical since she was just a child. Her other passion is science-fiction and she likes nothing more than to immerse herself in a whole new universe and the amazing species therein. She used to while away days at school and college dreaming of vampires, werewolves and witches, or being lost in space, and used to while away evenings watching movies about them or reading gothic horror stories, science-fiction and romances.

Having tried her hand at various romance genres, it was only natural for her to turn her focus back to the paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction worlds she enjoys so much. She loves to write seductive, sexy and strong vampires, werewolves, witches, angels and alien species. The worlds she often dreams up for them are vicious, dark and dangerous, reflecting aspects of the heroines and heroes, but her characters also love deeply, laugh, cry and feel every emotion as keenly as anyone does. She makes no excuses for the darkness surrounding them, especially the paranormal creatures, and says that this is their world. She’s just honoured to write down their adventures.

If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places:



GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY

I would also like to take this moment to mention that there is a giveaway running throughout the whole of the Covet Book Tour. The prize is a bundle of signed and personalized paperbacks, and it’s open internationally. You can find out all the details at the Covet Book Tour page.


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Felicity generously offered the pictured swag (Covet book covers and bookmarks) as well as signed book cover postcards, bookmarks and romance trading cards of her other books.


All you have to do is:

1) leave a comment and tell us in your opinion what piece would be played at a vampire theatre?
2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address or Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 March 2012!


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