I’ve got a double dose of awesome for you today Dear Readers! A book giveaway and an interview! Yay! I was lucky enough to chat with Rebekah Weatherspoon on her hot and sexy vampire novel Better Off Red. If you’re looking for a steamy vampire story then check out the interview and make sure to enter into the giveaway for your chance to win (details below).
Can you tell us a little about your book Better Off Red?
Every sorority has its secrets… And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn’t care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can’t stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there’s something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs.
Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.
I know a lot of people think cheesy porno when they see “sorority” and “demons” in the same description, but I feel like I’ve managed to stay far away from the cheese. There’s humor, there’s violence, there’s sex, but it’s all wrapped in full story that examines the degrees of good and evil in both humans and the undead.
How does Better Off Red differ from other novels about vampires?
To begin with, most of my vampires are lesbians. Some of them are bisexual. They embrace the different shades of sexuality and not in a subtle way. Another difference is the setting. A lot of vampire novels involve adults or high school students. I’ve used the university and the sorority as a front to suit the vampires needs. I’ve also tried to include an ethnically diverse cast of vampires and humans. A wider range of readers will see themselves reflected in my characters.
What inspired you to write about vampires?
I have no idea. I’ve loved vampires since I braved my first sitting through Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but I never thought I would write paranormal romance. After the book was finished and people began asking me about the characters, I realized that I had written the story I’d been wanting to read. Something dark, but fun and sexy with characters I could relate to.
What is one thing you would like people to take away from their experience of reading Better Off Red?
I hope I’ve convinced them to come back for the sequel. I have a whole world of vampires to write about now and it would really suck if no one wanted to know more about them.
Vampires are often found in romance novels and erotica, why do you think readers find them so sexy?
In romance novels vampires, even the ones with visible scars, are always presented as ideal sex symbols. Strong, attractive, charismatic. Freakishly strong. But I think the simple fact that they drink from human victims (or volunteers) is what turns people on. Everything about a vampire feeding screams sex. It’s the ultimate foreplay and when the vampire eventually falls in love that with that human, which is of course the point of a good paranormal romance, there’s something to be said about your lover living off your blood. It’s really sweet and romantic if you think about it.
Who’s your favorite fictitious vampire (other than your own)?
That’s a tough one. I think my brain separates gruesome, murderous vampires from romantic vampires. The purist in me is a huge fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I loved Gary Oldman’s portrayal in the film. Paul Reuben’s character in the Buffy film opened my eyes to how hilarious an evil vampire can be. In the world of paranormal romance, I love J.R. Ward’s characters Rehvenge, Vishous and John Matthew. Don’t ask me to choose between the three because I can’t. And then there’s the teenager inside who will always love Angel.
What is your favorite vampire book, movie and/or show?
He might kill me for saying this, but I have great memories of watching Buffy with my dad. It’s one of his favorite shows, period. Beyond Buffy having some of the best lines in television, it was great to bond with my dad over Joss Whedon’s universe. I also had a huge crush on Faith. And then there’s Angel.
Tell our readers why they should check out your book – in 3 words: (bwahaha)
It. Has. Sex. Hot. Detailed. Sex. Lots of hot, detailed sex.
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
I’m currently working on the second book in the Vampire Sorority Series.There will be humor as with Better Off Red, but it will definitely be darker and the sex will be steamier. Hopefully it will be out late in 2012.
To enter into the giveaway all you have to do is send an email titled “Better Off Red” to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me why you want the book. On November 25, 2011 I will pick one winner for a copy of Better Off Red. I ask that only adults enter into this naughty giveaway.
Added note: the winner has 48 hours to respond, if they don’t within that time then the book goes to someone else, so make sure to check your email on the 25th!