Holiday Foreplay with Kendra Leigh Castle
Hi Kendra! Thanks so much for agreeing to participate in my Holiday Foreplay event! Kendra will be releasing the second book in her Dark Dynasties series in early January! I know that Midnight Reckoning is on my holiday wishlist, how about you?
Christmas Wishes and Vampire Cats
Kendra Leigh Castle was born and raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where there was plenty of time to cultivate her love of reading thanks to the six-month-long winters. Sneaking off with selections from her mother’s vast collection of romance novels came naturally and fairly early, and a lifelong love of the Happily Ever After was born. After graduating from SUNY Oswego (where it also snowed a lot) with a teaching degree, Kendra ran off with a handsome young Navy fighter pilot and has somehow accumulated three children, three dogs, and one enormous cat during their many moves.
|While stationed in a remote corner of the Nevada desert, Kendra penned her first romance, and a career often spent working in fuzzy slippers and pajamas was born. Her work has garnered both critical praise and award nominations, but the best part has been connecting with readers who share her love of dark romance (not to mention heroes with sharp, pointed teeth). Kendra currently lives in Maryland, and can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee working on her next book. She loves to hear from her readers, and can be contacted via email or her Facebook page.
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By Kendra Leigh Castle
Merry Christmas everyone! And thanks so much to Carmel for having me over today. Since the second installment in my Dark Dynasties series, MIDNIGHT RECKONING, comes out in just a few days, I thought I’d share the Christmas lists of a few of my favorite vampires from the Dark Dynasties world. Plenty of vampires still celebrate Christmas, after all, even if they get incredibly hard to shop for after a couple hundred years. And there are always things they’d like to have. What do you get for the vamp who has everything? Let’s have a look at what they gave me when I asked the question…
Lily Quinn, heroine of DARK AWAKENING, leader of the reborn Lilim dynasty:
This is the first Christmas I’ve had more than a couple of people asking what I want, honestly…it’s a little weird! All I really wanted is what I’ve got. Ty and I are safe and together. But since he’s determined to buy me something, I sent him shopping with Damien. Yes, the assassin who spent a lot of time trying to kill me not too long ago. I still don’t know how trustworthy he is, but he and Ty go way back, and honestly, the man has an eye for jewelry. I just hope no one steals anything. Or stabs anyone. Oh, God, now I’m going to worry about it…
Ty MacGillivray, hero of DARK AWAKENING, cat-shifting vampire, Lily’s husband:
What I’d really like is about a week alone with my wife, preferably in a locked room containing a comfortable bed. Since I’m not likely to get that, considering the traffic we’re getting through this place these days, I’ll settle for a weekend away with her. Oh, and maybe a new iPod. Left mine in the car I had when I was working for the bloody Ptolemy, and that didn’t take long to vanish after what happened. Damien and Jaden said they’re going in together to buy me a truckload of black tee-shirts. I told them what asses they are…but it’s actually not such a bad present. I’ll deny having said that, by the way.
Jaden Harrison, hero of MIDNIGHT RECKONING, Ty’s best friend:
I don’t need much. Maybe an alarm that goes off before I walk into a room full of things that can’t be unseen. I understand about newlyweds, but I never thought I’d have to live with two of them. Hmm…gift cards for Williams Sonoma. This place has a great kitchen, but it lacks a few things I’d use. Not that most of this crew is much interested in solid food anymore, but Lily’s friend Bay has been a great guinea pig for new recipes. I’d also like some brain bleach for getting this one, irritating thought out of my head…but she—er, that is none of your business.
Damien Tremaine, assassin, frequent uninvited houseguest of the Lilim:
Gift ideas? Well, I have a spreadsheet, if you’d like to see it. I’ve grouped the items according to type and price, with suggestions on where to find things for ease of shopping…
Oh, shut up.
Vlad Dracul, leader of the Dracul dynasty:
Since I can’t get a full retraction from that git Bram Stoker, I would prefer that no one got me anything. Every year I say that, and every year someone gets me a cape and bow tie. Hilarious. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go light a copy of Dracula on fire. Again.
Anura, owner of recently renovated Chicago vampire club Mabon:
Realistically? A check from Damien for setting my club on fire. Oh, wait, this is Damien we’re talking about. That’s not realistic at all. Well, in that case, what I really want is Mr. Assassin-Who-Shouldn’t-Play-With-Matches earning back what he owes me by cage dancing at Mabon. In day-glo body paint and go-go boots. To Lady Ga Ga. I think that’s going to be at the top of my wish list for the next hundred years or so. Beyond that, I’d like to find a way to make Jaden smile. Hmm, maybe I’ll tell him about the first item on my list…
Hope you enjoyed the vampire Christmas lists! What are you wishing for this year? I’ll be around to chat all day, so feel free to ask me whatever you like! One commenter will be selected to receive a signed copy of Jaden’s story, MIDNIGHT RECKONING, which hits shelves January 1st. So be sure to say hello…and Merry Christmas everyone!
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