Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Slaves, Curses, and the Sweetest Blood

Want to know what new series has so much buzz, I suspect it'll be a bestseller out of the box? It's Kristen Painter's new urban fantasy series about the House of Comarré. At the Romantic Times convention it got lots of interest. I've heard of readers dying to get ARCs.  And I have to say, it couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Here's the blurb for the first book in the new series.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 

Kristen's previous publications have all been solidly in the romance genre, including contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and steampunk. This is her first foray into urban fantasy, and it uses all of her talents in world-building, characterization, and imagination. I've long been a fan of the way Kristen builds worlds with description, mood, and themes. This world is one that twists both the vampire mythos and the urban fantasy genre.

Kristen Painter has long been a mentor and friend to many authors. She is also the co-founder of the amazing Romance Divas site which has supported authors since 2004.  On top of all that, I have loved her writing since I read her Viking paranormal fantasy, All Fired Up.   I've always loved her characters and the crazy way her mind works--a combination of serious thought and snark-- to imagine these worlds and the situations her characters encounter.  So, please welcome Kristen to the blog as we learn about her new series.

Vampires are certainly all the rage, but in your series you have a twist in that your heroine is NOT a vampire. She is a comarré.  Can you share what that means and how you came to choose the actual “bodily” servant of vampires as your heroine?

I've been carrying the idea of Chrysabelle in my head since I was in college - this seemingly docile girl with a gold tattoo who was actually much more than she seemed. It wasn't until I started writing Blood Rights that the idea for the comarré really came into being. They are a specially bred species of human raised to provide the vampire nobility with blood and in doing so, they protect mankind from the vampires.

The other unique twist with your story is that it is set in Florida.  I must admit that Florida and vampires are not a natural mix in my mind. New Orleans, New York, maybe Chicago.  But Florida?  What made you select Miami as a locale and how does the culture of your new Florida play into the story? 

Miami - or what it's become in my series, Paradise City, is made up of many nationalities, so what better spot to mix in some completely new and not entirely human nationalities? Also, vampires might abhor the sun, but they like warmth.

It seems that most authors use something from their own lives, or the lives of people they know as an integral part of their stories. Is there anything in this story like that? If so, what? 

I've never been a vampire, a blood slave or a cat shifter, so no, there's not much of my personal life in this book. The emotions in the book - loss, anger, the sense of wanting to make one's own way in the world - those come from my real life experience, but everyone has emotions they can pull from. I hope those emotions ring true.

I love that you have back-to-back books in this series, so that readers don’t have to wait a year to find out what happens next.  Does Book 3 end your involvement in this world, or can your readers expect something more? 

There will be two more books in the House of Comarre series. And possibly a spin off series if my editor likes it.

I know you also have other books outside of this vampire world.  If a reader falls in love with this series and wants to explore your backlist, what would you suggest they read next? 

That's a tough one since the rest of my books are romances, whereas Blood Rights is much more urban fantasy. I'd say pick whatever looks good!

Thanks very much for joining Behind the Book, Kristen. I really believe this is a great world and I hope you have millions of readers who sign on to read about the House of Comarré.

Because I don't want to miss a single chance of reading these books, I decided to pre-order the whole set.  This means I'll have a new book every  month. I recommend other people do the same. Below I've linked to the whole set at two major retailers.  Of course, you can go to your local bookstore and pre-order as well or wait in line the end of this month for this one.



Paty Jager said...

Kristen, interesting concept. I don't read books about vampires. Doesn't appeal to me, but I like the premise and how you pulled all this into what sounds like a good read.

Kristen Painter said...

Thanks, Paty.

And thanks for having me, Maggie!

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Goodness Kristen, I'm soooooooooo surprised we haven't had more postings here. With this book coming out I would think a gazillion would have questions. I'll try tweeting again and posting to loops and see what happens.

Susan said...

I'm coming late to this discussion, but wow! This series sounds fabulous. Will be getting a copy of the series for my TBR pile :) Kristen, so nice to 'meet' you :D

J.C. Martin said...

This is definitely a refreshing change from the usual vampire stories! A comarre sounds totally intriguing, and I'm in love with those book covers! thanks for the interview, this is in my TBR pile!


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