Roxanne Rhoads is my next guest for the 2012 Fall into Winter Darkness Book Blast. Many of you probably already know Roxanne because she’s the owner of Bewitching Book Tours. In fact, she’s been helping me with the DLOD blog tour — speaking of which, I’m at Ex Libris today talking about the humans from DLOD…while Roxanne is here to discuss the vampires from Hex and the Single Witch, the first book in her new Vehicle City Vampires series. As part of her tour, Roxanne’s giving away some really cool prizes, including SWAG packs, a $10 Amazon eGift Card, and e-copies of Hex and the Single Witch, so be sure to check out the prize pack pics and how you can enter to win them at the end of the post. Welcome, Roxanne!
The Vampires in Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads
Hex and the Single Witch’s main character, Anwyn, is a witch not a vampire so many are wondering — why is the series called Vehicle City Vampires?
Vampires run Vehicle City. Sometimes in the background, sometimes right out in the open and many don’t even realize they are dealing with vamps. The late twentieth century seen a second Hysteria where supernaturals of all sorts were outed thanks to vampires who decided they no longer wanted to live in the shadows pretending to be human. This caused a war…a massive slaughter with high casualties on both sides (human and Other). To remedy the situation the most powerful witches in the world cast a mass spelling that worked so well Others now walk among humans as themselves and the humans don’t even know they are dealing with anything unusual.
There is a small problem though — as time goes by those who were small children or not even born yet when the spelling took place — will soon be adults. And they see Others for exactly who and what they are.
Satinka Tala is a centuries old Native American vampire who was tasked with being The Guardian of the land that became Flint (Vehicle City). She takes her job seriously and wants to be at peace with humans. She rules the city with kindness and empathy and cares for the humans that are suffering.
She keeps her eyes on everything and owns a lot of land. And she’s very philanthropic. She wants the city to thrive. But everything seems to work against her. So she created a group of Guardians that are the paranormal equivalent to police. But they can do things the human police cannot — like take down demons and vampires — things bullets don’t stop.
Satinka tries very hard to keep the humans safe and the “Others” under control. She even throws an annual Vampire Ball to entertain everyone and lets humans and vamps mingle safely. Vampires disguised as humans dressed as vampires.
Hmmm. Do you think this is what this happening at the actual Flint Vampire Ball? Yes there is a real vampire ball in Flint every year. It is hosted by Vertigo Theatrics and partial proceeds go to the Flint Farmer’s Market.
Another thing about Satinka is not only is she a vampire, she’s also a shifter. Not a were, but a shifter — no moon needed. And she can take more than just one shifted form.
The vampires are all a little different from each other. Some have issues with sunlight, some do not, some have silver sensitivities some do not.
This is because there are many species of Others (fae, demon, shifter, witch, etc) that have interbred with humans over the centuries. When a human is turned into a vampire the dormant powers inside them become active. Most humans will never know they have “Other” blood inside them until the catalyst of becoming a vampire brings that dormant power to the surface. In addition vampires also gain some of their abilities and powers from the vampire that made them, their sire. The result is a species of vampires that have a wide variety of powers and abilities. Which is why they are so hard to track, kill or fight — you never know what you’re going up against when you deal with a vamp.
A 100% human with no “Other” blood inside them will not survive the change into a vampire.
In the Vehicle City Vampire series I wanted to take all the myths, legends and variances of vampire abilities, mix them all up and create an explanation as to why vampires are all so different from each other.
Top photo credit: Leena Allure vampire photo taken by Ray Smith of RSII Photography
Excerpt featuring Mike Malone
“You should have told me why you hate vampires so much. It was during the Hysteria wasn’t it?” The damn Hysteria ruined and destroyed so many lives all thanks to a bunch of power hungry vampires and Others who thought it was a good idea to let humans know they existed. Like the witch hunts, the burning times from before hadn’t proven that was a bad idea. But, no, they thought a new, modern generation of humans could handle it.
The Hysteria proved humans hadn’t evolved much. Of course, neither had the Others.
“Yeah,” he said into his hands.
“You know I lost my dad to vampires at the end. At the last battle. The rogues had the humans all riled up. No one knew what was going on, the riot started and there was this group of mercenaries, humans killing anything that moved. My dad’s team tried to get them out of there, but as soon as they realized vampires and Others were on the police squad the mercenaries decided to wipe everyone out. My dad was shot and while he was down rogue vampires finished him off.”
“Then how can you still be close to them?” Mike sneered.
“Humans played their part in his death too, Mike. Can I shut myself off from the world and hate everyone? It’s unrealistic. I understand your hate, but they are not all bad.”
“They all drink blood. They are monsters designed to kill humans.” His snarl looked ferocious.
I had not realized his hate ran so deep.
“And humans are designed to kill animals and each other. Doesn’t mean we all do.” Stubborn man.
“Anwyn, I’m sorry I can’t look at them the way you do.” He glanced at me then stared at the floor.
I touched his face gently and made him look at me. “Mike you can’t carry pain and anger around with you forever. Believe me, I know. I dragged it around with me for a long time. I lost both my dad and my mom that night. Even though my mom still lives and breathes, she’s not the same. But I can’t change it, and I can’t hate everyone for it. I just have to accept it. I took this job to try and prevent other kids from growing up with this pain and anger. Isn’t that why you took this job too? You know we have to fight the bad guys and take help from all the good guys we can, right?”
“Yeah,” he muttered.
I caressed his strong jaw. Goddess, he was a beautiful man. And more complex and tender than I had thought. I took off his top hat and laid it on the desk so I could run my fingers through his wild wavy hair. The move startled Mike and he look at me with a puzzled expression on his face for a moment before heat flared in his eyes.
As soon as I saw the flames in his eyes my body responded. A burning need rose inside me, an ache suddenly needed to be filled.
Mike’s expression changed into one that promised deliciously wicked things. Hot damn.
More About Hex and the Single Witch
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.
It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.
The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.
Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.
Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.
Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.
More About Roxanne Rhoads
Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl…these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne’s world revolves around words…reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.
Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.
You can find Roxanne online here:
Tour Wide Prizes!
Prize Pack 1: A Fang-tastic Tote Bag, glow in the dark gloves, a Bewitching Charm bracelet (made by BookSwag Shop), , Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize Pack 2: Bewitching Charm bookmark (made by BookSwag Shop), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize Pack 3: Bewitching necklace (made by paragraphic), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize 4: $10 Amazon Gift Card delivered digitally. Open internationally
Prize 5 (with 5 winners): 5 ecopies of Hex and the Single Witch. Open internationally
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Has anyone ever been to a vampire ball? Are any of you going as vampires for Halloween? If not, what ARE you going as? If you don’t know yet, you’d better get moving! 😉 Thanks to Roxanne for guest blogging today! Don’t forget to come visit me at Stella’s Ex Libris after this! 😀