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Giveaway (US/Int): Mel Schroeder chats about vampires, ladies, thieves, and the Ton

Giveaway (US/Int): Mel Schroeder chats about vampires, ladies, thieves, and the Ton

by davincikittieNovember 8, 2012

Please help me welcome Mel Schroeder, author of Desire By Blood!

Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa Schroeder, known to many as Mel, and I am best known for my Harmless BDSM Series set mostly in Hawaii. I am a military wife with a Monty Python sense of humor with an intense hatred for bugs.

Since I am known mostly for contemporary, I’m contrary enough to want to do something different. I suffer from ADD so it feeds that and keeps me happy. I came up with my By Blood series a few years ago when Nicodemus Blackburn came to mind.

Nico is a commoner, a very rich one, who is several hundred years old and a vampire. He is the kind of man who skirts the edge of the ends justifies the means kind of mentality, but he errs on the side of good because he is a decent man. But, he is set in his ways, and I throw Cordelia in his path to mess with that. What unfolded was the love story for the plot of Desire by Blood.

Then, I needed the bigger story. The one that would operate outise and within the love story.

I knew from the start that Nico was a historical hero. I’m a lover of history and I wanted to do something different from what was being done with vampires. Also, I wanted to make sure that it was a well-built world and not just a historical with vampires thrown in. So, after I had Nico in mind, I had to come up with the world in which they would live. Being mainly a contemporary author, I have only written light paranormal before this book and The Cursed Clan, my contemporary paranormal series. I wanted to make sure the rules were thought out. What emerged was a world within the Victorian ton, one that operated on another level than that of regular humans.

In my By Blood World, there are Born vampires and Made vampires. Borns are considered the rulers, the normal of the group. Mades are lower class most of the time and not trusted. Women are not vampires, they are Carriers. And they all carry the gene to produce vampires and carriers. In this world, one thing I knew was that the male part of it would be more evolved. Meaning, the men of their world understood that Carriers were to be treated with respect not only because they were the producers of their kind, but also because they were smart.

I truly enjoyed coming up with the rules of the world. Of course, it plays into my need to control everything, lol. It also really got my creative juices going and I liked the respite from writing contemporary. I believe that building the world made me a better writer even for my contemporary erotics.

If you would like to read more about the world of By Blood, you can check it out on my website.

So, how about a 25 dollar GC at your choice of online bookstore (ARe, Amazon, Kobo or Barnes and Noble) to one lucky commenter. Tell me this: what is your favorite kind of paranormal romance hero? Are shifters your favorite, or do you like a man with a bite? Or possible an immortal sent to save the world?

A man with a secret.
Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a rogue vampire—one who is making his own army of blood thirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth. 

A woman on a mission.
Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.

A passion that consumes them both.
Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife. 

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About the author

Melissa spends a lot of time making up stories and fantasizing. Then, she sometimes she writes. If you would like to interact with her, she is all over the place:

Giveaway (US/Int)

Mel is giving away a $25 gift certificate (winners choice of store, see above) to one commenter on today’s post! To win, leave a comment answering Mel’s questions then fill out the Rafflecopter widget.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for 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
  • Melanie Rovak
    November 8, 2012 at 5:39 am

    My absolute favorite hero has got to be a tall dark and sexy vampire. Something about those bad boys turning all hero gets me every time. But I can also appreciate a sexy shifter coming to my rescue if I had too. 😉 lol

  • November 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

    My favorite is the stubborn, protective, and loyal. Vamp or Shifter doesn’t really factor in. Its all about attitude. Mel really nailed it with Nico. He is awesome!

    • November 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

      awww thanks! If you think he was good, get ready for Malik. That man has such a tortured past, it is going to fun to watch him fall in love:)

  • November 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

    These days I tend to be a shifter groupie. I like the warmth, the loyalty, and the soft cuddly fur 😛 Often there’s the mating instinct that goes along with it so that it’s a one and only deal and there’s even sometimes a bite to go along with 😉


    • November 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

      That was one thing I really like about writing my Kiera West books. I did not expect to get all gooey about that but there is something about their warmth that does it for me.

  • Carol L
    November 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I love a little of them all. Fallen Angels have that memory of the good boy and then the bad boy makes it all work. 🙂 I definitely have to read Desire By Blood. I can’t wait to read more about Nico.
    Carol L

  • erinf1
    November 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I’m gonna weeny out and say that I love them all! 🙂

  • Viki S.
    November 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    My favorite is the tortured alpha male. He can be any kind of paranormal but lately demons are my choice.
    GFC Victoria Sloboda

  • Natasha
    November 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    My favorite is vampires. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Olga
    November 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I like all of them I think: vampires, werewolves, fairies…
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa Cox
    November 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite type of paranormal hero. I tend to like them all.

  • DeeDee Griffin
    November 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I love them all, but shifters/werewolves are my favorite. They’re passionate and loyal.

  • Nae
    November 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I like Shifters the best, it doesn’t bother me what type of shifter they are, as long as they are all alpha 😉

  • Kai W.
    November 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I’m for the shifters.

  • Mel Bourn
    November 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    It depends on my mood. Sometimes I want the growling shifter. Sometimes I want the biting vampire. I love them all.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  • Linda Thum
    November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Shifters! Preferably a dragon shifters

  • Mary Preston
    November 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I hope Angels count, because there is something rather amazing about them.

  • Filia Oktarina
    November 9, 2012 at 3:08 am

    My favorite was…..all of them!! But the hero must tall, a little dangerous and handsome. LOL!!

  • Tracie
    November 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I am greedy and want them all especially the neanderthal over protective ones

  • Diane Sallans
    November 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Ive read about a few wolf shifters (but want to read about other kinds of shifters), love the vampires, but haven’t read about immortals (they sound intriguing) – need to read more paranormals!

  • Eva P.
    November 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I love, love, love shifter stories, but that doesn’t mean I won’t read other types of paranormal too 🙂

  • flchen1
    November 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Not sure I have one favorite, Mel, but I have enjoyed many shifters–there’s something about so obviously hiding something under one’s skin that’s intriguing 🙂 And vamps have all that power, which is a different kind of secret to hide…

    Thanks for coming up with hot stories for us to enjoy!

  • Timitra
    November 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I love shifters and vampires too!

  • Lori Meehan
    November 10, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I love paranormal romance. Vamps and shifters. My favorites are wolf and dragon shifters.
    Melissa when I found out that you’d wrote a paranormal and it was a historical I was thrilled so I bought it right away. I can’t wait to read it. I love vampires as well

  • Stephanie
    November 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I love an Alpha male with some bite! Vampires make me HOT!

  • Michele C
    November 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I LOVED this book Mel!!
    I love me some Alpha Wolf Shifters.

  • Lexi
    November 10, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Can’t I have them all? I can choose shifters, because who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with a big furry wolf who turns into smokin hot man. But then I would think of my favorite undead and want to pull him into bed too..oh wait. Getting kinda kinky. =)

  • Sandy Lion
    November 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I am a vamp tramp all the way! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Amy S.
    November 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I love reading werewolves and vampire books. I love reading any shifter book too.

  • Dawna Newman
    November 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love vampires followed by immortals, shifters , witches .. I could go on and on basically you can say I love pretty much all paranormal creatures.

  • SheriV
    November 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I’m very partial to Immortal Warriors. Shifters are hot too and Ms. Schroeder made me love vamps again with this book. 🙂

  • Janie McGaugh
    November 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Vampires are my favorite, though I’m pretty happy with any well-written hero.

  • November 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Ever since I read LKH’s Anita Blake series, I’ve been partial to noble vamps. Somehow the fact that they’ve seen and done everything… yeah, that’s kind of hot!

  • Joanne B
    November 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    A tortured(wounded) Alpha male wolf shifter. They’re protective, loyal, sexy, possessive. Then again, the same could be said for the sexy vampires. Guess I just can’t choose.

  • Beckey
    November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Shifters is more my speed.. Vamp books are good too..

    Anything is possible…

  • Daniel M
    November 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    the immortal sent to save the world is always a fun scenario

  • JanD
    November 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t have one favorite, it depends on my mood. Lately it’s been demons or gods since they seem less prevalent than vampires and shifters.

  • Emilia
    November 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I like them al shifters, demons, angels, godsl, but I love vampires the most. My favorite is Wrath the Blind King from the Black Dagger brotherhood. I love the entire brotherhood, but Wrath is my favorite hero.

  • Tiana
    November 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Mine changes with my mood and the time of year. I love shifters of all varieties and I love vampires. I have books with ancient gods, demons, and other immortal types. Then there is magic users. I have favorite stories or series from each of these types of paranormal. I just love a well written story.

  • Becki Wyer
    November 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m not so crazy about vampires but I love shifters (especially dragons).
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  • Pennie M
    November 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Love an Alpha Male in any form, to pick just one is really impossible. Vampire, shifter, fallen angel… yes please 🙂

  • Texas Book Lover
    November 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

    My favorite changes constantly depending on what I am reading. I like to say I am an equal opportunity lover and love all equally.

  • Vanessa D.
    November 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    My favorite is a hot hard marble body with a bite!! I can’t seem to get enought of them. I love the way they pack an mean punch and get real mean, but I also love the other side of them when they fall in love and can be the most passionate man on earth!! I love me some VAMPIRES!!!

  • November 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I love the growling alpha shifter!

  • Susan T.
    November 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I like them all especially dragon shifter. They are magnificent when they shift. Thanks.

  • November 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Congratulations to DeeDee G. on winning the gift certificate and thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat with Ms. Schroeder!

    A huge thanks to Melissa Schroeder for being our guest and hanging out to talk about everybody’s favorite kind of hero. <3

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