Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Character Interview 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: Seduce, the newest instalment in her Vampirerotique series. She stops by today with a special guest: Antoine, the hero of Seduce! Please give them a warm welcome and don't miss the two great giveaways at the end of the post!


Interview with an aristocrat vampire – Antoine from Seduce
by Felicity Heaton

It’s wonderful to be back here again at Ex Libris for the next stop in my Vampirerotique Summer Book Tour.

Today, I’m going to be interviewing Antoine. If pushed to describe him, Antoine is as icy as his pale blue eyes most of the time, can be emotionally distant and detached, but is very handsome, with neat dark hair, impeccable dress sense and the sort of attention to grooming that you would expect from a very old vampire with very pure blood. Don’t let his somewhere in his thirties appearance fool you. He’s over one thousand years old.

FH: I have Antoine here with me today to talk about his book, Seduce. Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself?

ANTOINE: I am an aristocrat vampire from a long line of purebloods, and the younger brother of Snow. I have walked this world for over one thousand years and was raised by my mother and my brother at our family home in Switzerland. My father was often busy with his businesses and society, so I did not see much of him when I was growing up. Around a century ago, I was approached by two elite vampires, Javier and Callum, about their idea of opening an erotic theatre catering exclusively to vampires. It seemed like a good business opportunity, and provided my brother with a stable environment where I could provide for him and see to his care.

FH: Your brother, Snow, means a lot to you, doesn’t he?

ANTOINE: Snow is very dear to me and I love him with all of my heart. He is my brother. He was more than a brother to me when we were younger too. I often spent a large amount of time alone because our parents were so busy with social affairs and business, and Snow was fully grown long before I was born. He would travel and whenever he returned, I would hound him until he had divulged every tale related to things he had seen, people he had met, and places he had visited. He was the source of my knowledge of the world beyond the walls of our mansion and the snowy forbidding mountains.

FH: I like that you are so close to your brother, but your closeness to him can often lead to you becoming distant from all others. In Seduce, you meet Sera. How did you meet and how did you feel about her initially?

ANTOINE: Sera challenged me from the very beginning. She put my self-control to the test and it was dangerous. There is a reason it is safer for me not to feel and not to become attached to anyone beyond my brother. I tread the same dark path as he does, one shadowed by bloodlust and the danger that comes with it. I wanted nothing to do with Sera, even as I secretly cried out for her. I had to deny my needs and desires, and I tried so hard to do just that, but she is relentless and in the end, my goddess of victory won her battle.

FH: Your relationship with Sera is complicated because of events in your past and potentially in your future. It must have taken a lot for you to allow her into your heart.

ANTOINE: It did. As much as Sera challenged me, I challenged her. I could not make it easy for her to claim my affection and she knew that, compromising at every turn to ensure she remained with me long enough to slowly work her way beyond my defences and shatter my self-control. I do not think she was prepared for all that came after.

FH: Can you tell us about what happened in your story?

ANTOINE: I had avoided love for many centuries, and avoided pleasures of the flesh along with it. My focus had been on my brother for so long and I had closed myself off to emotions. I did not want to feel. Sera wanted me, and she, *he smiles* well, she refused to give up on me. She did everything in her power to convince me that I could be with her, without fear and reservation, and that I did not have to be alone.

FH: I personally think it’s about time that you found someone who could love you for who you are, and could help heal the pain you hold in your heart. How has life been since the events that happened and brought you together?

ANTOINE: Blissful. Infuriating. Sera can be as irritating as she can be delightful. She tests me every day, pushes me to my limit at times, and never backs down. Such a young vampire should not attempt dominance over one my age and of my breeding. She even taunts and teases Snow, although I think my brother secretly enjoys her treatment of him. He let slip once that it makes him feel normal and accepted that Sera refuses to obey him in any way and will sit with him and talk nonsense about daily life outside the theatre. She is a joy to be with though. A light I never thought I would have in my life.

FH: I’m glad to hear that you’ve finally met your match and have someone to share your life with, besides your brother. Your story, Seduce, is a book in a series. Can you tell us a little about the series and can we expect see more of you in other stories in this series?

ANTOINE: I believe I have been in every story so far and will feature in every story to come. As the general manager of Vampirerotique, and because of my brother, I never leave the theatre. I am there every night, whether it’s overseeing the performances or attending business matters. Many changes have taken place in the past year. Changes that will no doubt affect Vampirerotique for years to come so the place will never be the same. It is no longer the business of bachelors. I find it difficult to believe considering how intent some of the males were on remaining single.

FH: A little like you were?

ANTOINE: *smiles again* Yes. I had no intention of falling in love because I thought it would take too much of my time and attention away from Snow, and he needed me... it turns out that seeing me with Sera has been good for Snow and has eased his burden.

FH: Are you hopeful that your brother can find love as you have?

ANTOINE: I will admit that I am. I think that it could soothe his bloodlust and help him control it. Sera has shown me that I can control my darker urges and can have a relationship with someone. I wish the same for Snow.

FH: Spoken like a true loving brother. I’ll end on something silly that I ask everyone I interview. Describe yourself in one word?

ANTOINE: Hopeful.

FH: That choice certainly makes sense these days and I too hope that your future and Snow’s future will be less bleak now and far brighter soon. Thank you for meeting with me today and chatting. Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

ANTOINE: Only that if you intend to interview my brother, please take any necessary precautions. While he does have a soft spot for you and often refers to you as his writer female, he cannot control himself when his bloodlust strikes. I would not want you to be hurt.

FH: Aw, thank you. I’ll make sure that I take care when I interview him, but right now I have to interview your lucky lady! Thank you for being here today and being so open and honest. Sera really has been fantastic for you.

Books in the Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series:

Covet (Book 1)
Crave (Book 2)
Seduce (Book 3)
Enslave (Book 4) – Coming August 4th!
Bewitch (Book 5) – Coming soon!
Unleash (Book 6) – Coming in 2013!


Covet, Crave and Seduce are all available in paperback, and in ebook from Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks and Kobo. Excerpts are available for all of the current releases in the series, so you can get a taste of these wicked erotic romances.

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


Book #3 in the Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series

Bloodlust runs in his veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might save or damn him.

Antoine stands apart from the world around him, a dangerous and broken soul who must maintain rigid control at all times or risk his dark addiction finally seizing hold of him. The shadows of his past haunt him and he sees his bleak future each night when his brother wakes screaming, his blood addiction turning him savage. He cannot allow himself to feel, but when Sera walks into Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, to audition, she awakens dangerous desires in him—hungers that could spell the end of both of them.

Sera has wanted Antoine since the night she first saw the gorgeous aristocrat vampire. She can’t ignore the deep carnal hunger he stirs in her or the ache to know the heat of his touch. With the help of her sire, an ex-performer at Vampirerotique, she sets in motion a game of seduction, one designed to thaw the ice in Antoine’s veins and make him burn for her.

When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within him, will she be strong enough to seize his heart with both hands and win him forever or will she lose him to the ghosts that still haunt him?




Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, four of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.

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:

Be sure to follow this fantastic tour between June 28th and August 25th to learn more about the passionate heroes, wicked heroines, and life at London’s premier vampire erotic theatre! You can also find yourself in with a chance to win a $50 or $25 Amazon Gift Certificate if you follow the tour. More details, including how to enter and a full list of stops, are available at the Vampirerotique Summer Book Tour page.


BLOG GIVEWAY RULES:

Felicity generously offered the pictured swag to TWO commenters!


All you have to do is leave a comment/question for either Felicity or Antoine.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 3 August 2012!

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