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Book Tour & Giveaway: Ash Krafton on vampires, demivamps, and vampers, OH MY!

Book Tour & Giveaway: Ash Krafton on vampires, demivamps, and vampers, OH MY!

by davincikittieMarch 10, 2012

Please help me welcome Bleeding Hearts author Ash Krafton to GT today!

Long before I started writing, I was a reader. I loved all things fantasy—the epic fantasy of Tolkien’s Simarillion, the dark fantasy of Elric, the sword and sorcery of Dragon Lance, the magic realism and heroism of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar.

Vampires didn’t figure too prominently—I had Lost Boys on VHS and a worn-out paperback of Dracula but that was pretty much it. Vampires were horror, not fantasy.

One day I stumbled across an urban fantasy about a zombie raiser named Anita Blake and, well, the rest is book-bingeing history.

Vampires were no longer the subject of horror; their powers, always seductive for the purpose of obtaining prey, now offered a benefit to humans—they became a source of fantasy and forbidden desire. The vampire’s kiss now held so much more than death.

When writing BLEEDING HEARTS: BOOK ONE OF THE DEMIMONDE, I became submerged in the world I created. I knew my characters. I knew what they went through. I knew their strengths and their quirks and even bought a present once for my MC because I knew Sophie would love it. (My husband just rolled his eyes.)

I would often lie awake at night, imagining my creations, speaking with them, walking with them, getting up close and personal with them. (Especially with Marek. *wink*) One thing I knew for sure—he couldn’t be vampire.

For one thing, vampires are cold, or at least room temperature, unless they feed. I couldn’t imagine smooching someone who felt like a piece of furniture. I’m always cold. My grammy used to say we were dead and too dumb to fall over.

One of my husband’s many charms is that he runs hot (hmmm. Werewolf, maybe?) so needless to say I do a lot of cuddling up to stay warm. He’s very accommodating. =)

For me, love isn’t just the heat of passion—it’s the warmth of comfort, that penetrating sense of intimate connection. I’m blessed to have that kind of love with my husband. I can’t imagine anything less for my heroine. I just care about her too much.

That’s what led me to explore the world of the Demivampire. Up until I began writing Bleeding Hearts, my only example had been Blade. As kick-ass cool as Blade may be, he just wasn’t what I was looking for in a demivamp.

I wanted to explore the science, the myth, the reasoning behind being demivamp. What made them different than vampires? What was their greatest fear, their greatest weakness, their greatest hope? I realized I was in a very fortunate position—I was a writer, after all, and I could tell their story to satisfy my own curiosity.

In Bleeding Hearts, Sophie falls for the mysterious Marek, a demivampire. Powerful on the outside, she works her way to the essence of his being, discovering his wants, his needs, his fears. He’s very much alive (and very warm.) Marek is just what Sophie needs –unlike a vampire who, in the story, is cold, dead, and beyond redemption.

That’s another reason why Marek couldn’t be vampire. Bleeding Hearts isn’t just an urban fantasy world with paranormal creatures—it’s a story about love and, more importantly, redemption. The heroine has a special gift that can keep a demivampire from becoming damned…and the vampires hate her just a little bit.

A demivampire is a creature with a soul-in-progress. Vampires, on the other hand, are pretty much beyond help.

That’s why I knew, when I was writing this story, that vampires just weren’t going to cut it. My demivamps give a new facet to vampire lore, opening an entire realm of possibilities. I love the dynamics of Evolution (the term for the demivamp’s journey toward vampire) and I have so much fun exploring the spiritual nuances.

And, of course, Demivamps provide warm heroes for the snuggling, even if it *is* imaginary. That keeps the reader in me very happy.

If you’re a happy vamper* tell us—what is it about vampires that seduced you and drew you into their world?

(*my term for a vampire aficionado…my husband thinks it’s too lame to catch on but I think he’s a little judgmental)

Bleeding Hearts

The Demimonde series by Ash Krafton

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world—one damned person at a time.

Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a world of vampires, werewolves, and treachery. Forced to leave behind the comfortable routines and certainties of her past, Sophie makes unbearable sacrifices and uncovers hidden truths about herself and the world around her.

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Ash is currently offering two giveaways: one on GoodReads and one just for you guys.  =)  CLICK HERE to enter the GoodReads giveaway! (The GR contest ends March 30th!)

To enter to win an ebook copy of Bleeding Hearts, leave a comment below telling us what about vampires seduced you and drew you into their world, then fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • Tanyaw1224
    March 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

    They seduced me in by there intense need. When they do something it’s not half-ass…its total dedication. Like your the only person that matters in their whole existence. I like the dark and sexy appeal also. They know their the superior and perfect so they are very confident…sometimes arrogant. I love reading about vampires. Thanks for sharing this new book. It sounds great and is new to me. I wouldn’t think it was about what it is because of the cover. At first it looks like a horror read but its not.

  • March 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    They are dark characters with a lot of mystery. Who doesn’t love a good mystery. We have to see why they became the way they are and the women who come to love them in spite of the darkness.


  • March 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

    It’s all about the fangs for me:)


  • March 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love that your grammy says “we were dead and too dumb to fall over.” I laughed out loud. I love that. The dark glamour of the vampire world is what draws me in. The darkness of their nature makes them imperfectly perfect, and I like that – imperfect characters.

    • March 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Grammy laughed, too, every time she said it. 🙂 Feel free to adopt the phrase and let it live on…vampires aren’t the only things that should go on forever.

  • wanda flanagan
    March 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I love that vamps are so mysterious

  • books4me
    March 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Vampires are mysterious, moody and sexy. The neck is an errogenous zone so YOWZA when they bite!!

  • Sophia Rose
    March 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hmm, how to answer this-

    I love stories about vampires, but I prefer them to be closer to the classic idea like Bram Stoker’s or Anne Rice’s. I am drawn to them because I like stories that make me look over my shoulder at night. I am fascinated by something that is bigger, badder, and darker than I am.

    The story sounds great and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Na
    March 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I like that they can live for so many years and their special powers.

  • leannessf
    March 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I love vamps because they are so sexy, powerful, and dangerous! Great combination! 🙂

    E-mail follower: leannessf@gmail.com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • bn100
    March 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I like that they’re dangerous.

  • Leni
    March 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I love the combination of their strength and the weakness it can bring if they are not protected from what threatens it.

  • March 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks so much to Ash for sharing her book with us today! For me, I think the vampire appeal is two-fold:
    – They’re immortal so they have plenty of time to learn all about life and become mature (who wants an immature teenager when you can have a 1000 year old egyptian pharoah vampire?!)
    – They’ve used those years to hone their seduction skills to a lethal edge. Mmmm I DO love these sexy vampires that have been the trend lately. Way better than the horror kind, IMO!

    • March 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thank you for having me! I’ve been GraveTells fan for a long time so it’s wonderful being part of its world today…

      And thank you to everyone who stopped by…its great to meet so many happy vampers. I feel like I’m in great company here.

      Good luck to everyone who entered and be sure to join in my virtual book tour which is starting March 19…the line-up is on my blog at http://ash-krafton.blogspot.com and theres lots of chances to win happy vamper swag.

      Thanks for coming out to support Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde! My demivamps thank you, too…


  • March 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Congratulations to Wendy D. on winning the ebook from Ash!

    Thanks to everyone who entered! We <3 all your support, both for GT and the various authors we host!

  • Molly
    March 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I discovered “Interview with the Vampire” when I was 14 and never looked back. I was caught for life hook, line and sinker.

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