by Susannah Sandlin
Redemption, a little nagging voice in the back of my mind kept says things like “Vampires? They’re a dead genre” and “there’s nothing new under the sun in the vampire world.”
Because that little nagging voice likes puns.
But it was true, and still is, even as ALLEGIANCE, the fourth book in the series, makes its debut. It’s hard to find something new in the world of fangs and blood, so it’s up to today’s authors of paranormal fiction to put their own new spin on the old myth. Here are a few traditional vampire rules and how I decided to treat them.
* Vampires are weakened by garlic. Nah, ditch this one. Plus the anti-vampire contingent would always reek. What I did decide to use was the magical properties of silver. It isn’t deadly, as it might be to a werewolf, but if injured with a pure silver blade, for example, the vampire would heal at only slightly faster than human rate. Or if bound with silver chain, his physical strength would be little more than human. Hey, you gotta slow them down some way!
* Vampires are sexy. Well, duh.
* Vampires can fly. Not in my world, unless they’re in an airplane. They wish they could, though.
* Vampires are arrogant and world-weary look down on humans. Some do, and consider them a species to be used. Others realize that it’s only humans that keep them alive, and they treat them with the respect and dignity they’d treat anyone else. And there is the yin and yang of the series, and the conflict at the heart of the looming civil war.
So, how about it, paranormal fans. Are you tired of vampires, or do you still find them the sexiest things in fangs?
Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin
Book #4 in the Penton legacy series
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.
Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love isn’t something Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?
Susannah has generously offered winner's choice of book from her Penton Legacy series (Redemption, Absolution, Omega), the standalone paranormal romance Storm Force, or the romantic thriller Lovely, Dark, and Deep.
To be entered just leave a comment and answer Susannah's question: Are you tired of vampires, or do you still find them the sexiest things in fangs?
Giveaway is open worldwide (wherever the Book Depository ships) and ends on 27 June 2012!