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July 12th, 2013
Bloodlust Denied: An Interview with Christina Phillips

I’m excited to welcome Christina Phillips today. I love her dark writing and once I discovered her latest release was a historical combined with a vampire, I wanted my copy straight away. One lucky visitor will win a download of Christina’s book. Leave a comment below, and you’ll be in the draw.

Give us an elevator pitch for your book, Bloodlust Denied.

BLOODLUST DENIED is a dark Regency romance about a vampire duke and the elusive Morana who entrances him with her seductive dance. He decides to keep her until he tires of her, unaware that she is his deadliest enemy—an immortal vampire hunter pledged to exact vengeance against all of his kind.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from, and how much research have you needed to do during the writing of your risqué Regency romance?

I’ve always loved reading Regency romances but had never written a book set during that time. Then about four years ago I saw a call for musical inspired stories from Ellora’s Cave.

The concept really fascinated me, and it obviously excited my muse too as I immediately had an image of a dark haired seductress dancing in a sordid London back alley. Then the hero appeared from the shadows and I was hooked! Especially when he turned out to be a very bad assed vampire living as a peer of the realm. As it turned out I never did submit this book to Ellora’s Cave at the time due to other deadlines, but last year I dusted it off, gave it a good edit and submitted it. Funny how things work out!

As far as the research went I didn’t find it overwhelming – probably because I’m so used to sifting through lots of conflicting and obscure things when researching for my Roman/Druid books Winking smile

Describe the sights, sounds and scents we might experience if we were to visit Morana during a normal day.

Before Morana met Alexius her life was isolated and lonely, with only her fellow vampire hunter to keep her company through the endless centuries. She had no place to call home, as she traveled the world in her quest to eliminate the Undead.

Why do you write romance, and what is it about historical romance that attracts you to the genre?

The reason I write romance is because I love a happily ever after! I don’t want the hero or heroine to die in the final chapter, or end up parting ways on the last page. I need to know they have a chance of happiness with the one they love and to make sure all the characters in my head end up with their beloved!

As for why I write historical romance—I’ve always loved reading historical romances, and cut my teeth on Victoria Holt when I was eleven. I just loved her dark Gothic stories. But it didn’t seriously occur to me to write historical romances for a long time. But one night, after a hot Roman Centurion invaded my overheated imagination, the decision was taken from me Smile

Is there any part of the writing process that you find particularly challenging and why?

Honestly, I find it all a huge challenge! Much as I love writing, it doesn’t come easily. When I start a new book, that blinking cursor on the blank page mocks me. When I approach the middle of the book I have a panic attack that the entire thing sucks lemons. And then when I’m gearing up for the end I never have a clue how I’m going to tie up all the loose ends I don't know smile

What is the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

It was years ago, when I was targeting category lines at HM&B. I can’t remember who first coined the phrase but it became the mantra of many – Don’t get mad, get published Open-mouthed smile I took this to heart, and it was reinforced by the Galaxy Quest quote – Never give up! Never surrender! In other words, persistence pays off!

I have an e-copy of BLOODLUST DENIED to giveaway to one commenter on this post. To be in the draw just leave a comment or tell me about the perfect date you’d take a two thousand year old vampire on.

Bloodlust Denied

Tired of the thin-blooded aristocrats in 1815 London, Alexius yearns for better sport. He is drawn to a dark-haired seductress who shows no fear and refuses to obey his commands. Entranced by such novelty, he denies his bloodlust and decides to keep her to warm his bed.

Immortal vampire hunter Morana has never mistaken her prey before, but the dark stranger mesmerizes her, enticing her to forget everything but the dangerous pleasure she finds in his arms.

Neither one can deny the pull of the other, but there is something beyond the lust—a recognition neither can put a name to. The past and present collide and unless they discover the truth behind the lies, Death will triumph once more.

Inside Scoop: Silk makes much softer shackles than iron, but is just as binding as our lovers engage in light BDSM sport with spanking and mild submission in this risqué Regency story.

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14 comments to “Bloodlust Denied: An Interview with Christina Phillips”

  1. Bloodlust Denied sounds fascinating. And I love the cover!


  2. Thanks, N.J.! And I love that cover so much – it’s taken straight from a scene right at the start of the book :-)


  3. Shelley, thank you so much for having me on your blog today!


  4. You’re very welcome! I like the cover too. Very sexy :)


  5. Omg…I’ve been reading reviews for this book all over the internet and it sounds amazing! I am a little obsessed with vampires and the romance books they are in so I will have to read this now. Love your books by the way…Win win for me. lol


  6. Thank you Mary! I’m so happy you enjoy my books!! I loved writing this sexy vampire romance :-)


  7. I’ve read a lot paranormal romance but tend to stay clear of the historical stories. I really love your writing though Christina and this book sounds great, so I’m looking forward to reading it. :)


  8. Oh wow, thank you Fiona! I hope you enjoy this one too :-) I did have fun dipping my toe into the Regency era!


  9. Congrats Christina. Been seeing this around a lot… looks and sounds great.


  10. Thanks, Tania :-)


  11. Cool interview. Great to meet you Christina, and good luck with your book.


  12. Thanks Carol!


  13. Sounds like a winner! Interesting time period and setting.


  14. Thanks, Sandra :-)