Today, I’d like to welcome guest interviewer, vampire Will Ludlam of Penton, Alabama, who has slipped away from the turmoil of his town, which is embroiled in a civil war. He’ll be talking to paranormal romance author Susannah Sandlin, who says she’s already interviewed herself enough so somebody else has to do it. Today is the release day for ABSOLUTION, the second book in Susannah’s Penton Vampire Legacy series. Head over to my, um, her website to find the links to enter for the tour prize of a Kindle Paperwhite (or choice of $100 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice), and one of several book and gift card prizes. Also, ABSOLUTION is featured at USA Today's Happily Ever After column today!
ABOUT ABSOLUTION: With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal. Mirren Kincaid once served the tribunal as their most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the tribunal wants him back on their side. To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves? Note: The Kindle version of book one, Redemption, is currently on sale for $1.99; you can pick up Absolution for $3.99. Also available in paperback and audiobook.
Now, let’s hear from Will and Susannah!
Will: Okay, first things first. Why did you write Aidan’s and Mirren’s books before you got to mine? I mean, talk about giving a guy a complex.
Susannah: Seriously, Will? I mean it’s your FATHER who started this whole war, so doesn’t it make sense that we need to wait until the third book for you to have the chance to confront him? Besides, you had some growing up to do. Aidan started Penton, so he had to get the first book, and go to war against his brother. Mirren’s our Scottish warrior—you know, he has that whole chain mail and sword and battle ax thing going, so he needs to be the strategist. You’ll get your turn.
Will: Describe your favorite scene from Absolution--and why is it your favorite?
Susannah: One of my favorite scenes is after Mirren takes care of an intruder and he comes home not too long before dawn with blood on his shirt, thinking Glory will be asleep and he can slip in. But she catches him, demands to know where the blood came from, and begins to understand a little more about how his mind works. It’s a sweet scene.
Will: Woman, “sweet” and “Mirren” doesn’t compute. That’s not my favorite scene. My favorite scene is when Mirren goes all warrior and starts lopping off heads with his sword. Man.
Susannah: Well, yeah, that scene is pretty cool, too.
Will: What was the hardest scene to write?
Susannah: There’s a big scene near the end of the book where there’s a lot going on as things slip into chaos—there are three or four things going on in different places simultaneously so it was a balancing act to present those events from three different points of view and have it make sense as it comes together.
Susannah: You just want to know what happens, Will, and you’re going to have to wait until February. Let’s just say there’s a lot involving your father, some grenades, and rats.
Will (frowns): I hate rats.
Susannah (smiles): Oh, I know.
Will: Fine. Favorite App:
Susannah: Buddy TV. I can keep up with what I need to DVR. Flashlight. That’s brilliant. Facebook and Twitter for iPhone. I’m a very utilitarian kind of app person.
Will: (mutters..you’re a boring app person). Why did you name your dogs after professional wrestlers?
Susannah: It was a phase, okay? When I got Shane O’Mac, she was scrappy and hyperactive, and had no social skills—she was stolen, um, I mean freed by a friend from a house down the street where she’d been thrown in the backyard 24/7 with only beer cans to play with and a rancid mattress to sleep on. Tanker McNamara Abbott was a street stray. I let him in my gated yard to play with Shane and he went barreling in my front door and ate all her food. And they liked to wrestle even though there’s a 60-pound weight difference between them. They’re way too old and lazy to wrestle now.
Will: Strangest vacation you ever took?
Susannah: Tossup: 1) I was on a cruise ship going through the Panama Canal when President Geo. Bush the Elder sent the Marines into Panama to take down the dictator Manuel Noriega. We were sitting on deck with Peach Bellinis and there are tanks and helicopters all around us—nobody would tell us what was going on. The other option: 2) I was flying from Amsterdam to Munich, with a connector to Innsbruck, but there was bad weather, so the pilot circled Munich…and circled…and circled. Finally, after a few hours, he announced he was tired so we were going to Cologne instead. Um…he was TIRED? Had to catch a bus in Cologne to Innsbruck so after twelve-plus hours in the air, we had a lovely ten-hour bus ride.
Will: Who’s the real Susannah Sandlin?
Susannah: The original Susannah Childers Sandlin was my gggg-grandmother, who traveled by wagon from South Carolina to Alabama in the late 1700s. She is buried in Blount County, Alabama, and spelled her first name Sousannah.
Will: I think Mirren might have known her…just kidding! What’s next for the Penton vampires?
Susannah: Book three, Omega, comes out on February 5 and features…you.
Want to win signed audiobooks of both Redemption (Penton Vampire Legacy #1) and Absolution (Penton Vampire Legacy #2)? One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @SusannahSandlin, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. What’s the best vacation you ever took?