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Guest Blog by Brooklyn Ann - The intricacies of the Vampire hierarchy - and Giveaway - August 20, 2014

Please welcome Brooklyn Ann to The Qwillery. One Bite Per Night, the second novel in the Scandals with Bite series, was published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 5th.

The intricacies of the Vampire hierarchy

In my fictional world, vampire government is a cross between feudalism and bureaucracy.

The Elders:

All vampires are ruled by The Elders, a council of twelve of the oldest and most powerful vampires. The Elders appoint Lord Vampires to oversee every territory in the world that has a vampire population.

Lord Vampires:

Each territory is ruled by a Lord Vampire. Often the scope of his territory depends on the population depends on how many vampires live in the area. For example, the Lord Vampire of London's territory extends only to the city because he has around 150 vampires. However, the entire county of Cornwall is ruled by one vampire because there are only 75 vampires in that region.

A Lord Vampire enforces the laws of the Elders as well as rules that he or she see fit to implement to keep their subordinates safe and obedient. He or she often has a second, third, and sometimes a fourth in command to aid him in ruling his territory.

If a Lord Vampire violates the laws, he or she is subject to stand trial before the Elders and could face a fine, being stripped of his rank and exiled, or even executed.

If a vampire in a Lord’s territory, he or she is subject to their laws and can face punishment, imprisonment, fines, exile, or death. The Lord vampire carries out the execution.


A Rogue vampire is one who was either exiled by his Lord or leaves his Lord’s territory without permission. Many are vicious and escaped being executed for crimes such as murder. Rogues are hunted by the vampires of a territory and often killed unless they gain citizenship with another Lord.

Mortals: It is forbidden for mortals to know of vampires unless a vampire intends to Change him or her. To Change a mortal, a vampire must petition his Lord. A Lord must petition the Elders.

A vampire needs to be around a century old before he has the power to Change a mortal. Vampires of that age can also Mark a mortal by giving them a few drops of their blood. A Marked mortal is under that vampire’s protection.

One Bite Per Night
Scandals with Bite 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 5, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

He wanted her off his hands...
Vincent Tremayne, the reclusive “Devil Earl,” has been manipulated into taking rambunctious Lydia Price as his ward. As Lord Vampire of Cornwall, Vincent has better things to do than bring out an unruly debutante.

Now he’ll do anything to hold on forever
American-born Lydia Price doesn’t care for the stuffy strictures of the ton, and is unimpressed with her foppish suitors. She dreams of studying with the talented but scandalous British portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence. But just when it seems her dreams will come true, Lydia is plunged into Vincent’s dark world and finds herself caught between the life she’s known and a future she never could have imagined.

Bite Me Your Grace
Scandals with Bite 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

London's Lord Vampire Has Problems

Dr. John Polidori's tale "The Vampyre" burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron.

A vampire crazy broke out instantly in the haut ton.

Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip.

If that weren't annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find.

Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder...

About Brooklyn Ann

A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She can be found online at 

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @Brooklyn__Ann


The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will win a copy of One Bite Per Night by Brooklyn Ann from Sourcebooks Casablanca. US/CANADA ONLY

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Interview with author Rod Duncan - August 19, 2014

Please welcome Rod Duncan to The Qwillery. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter, the first novel in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, will be out in print in the US and Canada and in eBook format everywhere on August 26th and in the UK in print on September 4th.

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter is the first novel in your Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series and is Fantasy. What attracted you to Fantasy and steampunk in particular?

Rod:  I was brought up on science fiction and fantasy. Long before I could read the books for myself, my father used to read them to me. He had stacks of Astounding Science Fiction magazines and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. I think some of them dated back to the early 1950s.

I was late starting to read for myself. But when I did, I went for Tolkien in a big way. Then a little later I found Mervyn Peak’s Gormenghast books. I’d also list the Sherlock Holmes stories as an early influence. With that alone, you might guess why I was attracted to steampunk.

But throw place into the mix and my choice to go for steampunk starts to look inevitable. The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter begins and ends in a fantasy version of Leicester, England. Much of the real city was built in Victorian times. Walking through its streets, you catch glimpses of the Victorian world in the architecture as well as under your feet – with cobblestones showing through where the road surface has worn away.

I guess I wanted to bring the sights, sounds and smells of the 19th Century city back to life.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or pantser?

Rod:  A bit of both. A place or a character might set me writing – with no clear idea of where I am going. I’m happy to let a sense of narrative drive guide me at first. But after twenty thousand words or so, I expect to have figured out what the most significant plot points are going to be. Enough to give me a mental map of where the book is going. There’s still plenty of room for discoveries along the way. I need to be able to surprise myself as I write, otherwise I would get bored.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Rod:  Plotting. I’m always thinking and talking about it. I even teach courses on it. But there is something about holding all those events in my head at once that I find challenging. The plot of a novel is more than a head-full. That’s my problem.

TQ:  Please tell us something about The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter that is not in the book description.

Rod:  My protagonist lives on a canal boat. She rationalises her strange choice by saying it gives her the freedom to live her double life - to the world a dutiful sister but in secret a private investigator. Really, I think she lives in a boat because she is curse-blessed with the spirit of a wanderer. She was born in a travelling show and can’t abide the thought of living in bricks and mortar.

TQ:  What kinds of research did you do for The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter?

Rod:  For the framework of ideas that underpin the books, I had to research the history of the early part of the Nineteenth Century. Revolutions and social disorder are important. The Luddites feature prominently.

But to get the feeling of the world right I had to research different kinds of things – the texture of fabrics, the smell of coal smoke, the sound of steam engines.

TQ:  In The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter who was the most difficult character to write and why? Which character surprised you the most?

Rod:  Elizabeth, the protagonist, was at once the hardest, the easiest and the most surprising character to write. I have written a first person narrative with a female protagonist before. (My crime novel, Backlash, took that form.) But Elizabeth was tricky. Gender identity is one of the themes of the story. Thus I could not fudge the issue. It had to be prominent and it had to be right. But once I could hear her voice, she was a joy to write. And she is constantly surprising me.

TQ:  Without giving anything away what can we look forward to in Unseemly Science, the second novel in the duology?

Rod:  Elizabeth is going to be forced to leave her boat and travel north to the cities of Derby and Nottingham, trying to stay one step ahead of the law and at the same time solve a mystery that concerns a large quantity of ice.

TQ:  What's next?

Rod:  I have not finished writing about Elizabeth. The series title The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire gives a hint of where the tides of history are pulling her. I’m looking forward to sharing the journey.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rod:  It’s been my pleasure. Thanks for the interesting questions.

The Bullet- Catcher's Daughter
Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire 1
Angry Robot Books, August 26, 2014 (North America Print; ebook)
     September 4, 2014 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Cover Art by Will Staehle

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

File Under: Fantasy

About Rod
(from the Angry Robot website)

Rod Duncan is a published crime writer. His first novel Backlash was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, and he has since written three other novels (all Simon & Schuster UK), and had his first screenplay produced.

His background is in scientific research and computing, and he lives in Leicester.

Website  ~  Twitter @RodDuncan

Feature: Flight From Hell Release Day Blast - August 19, 2014

"Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series is long running, best selling, and has unique, well developed world building. This rich environment has more than one story to tell... and it's time for a new one to begin.


FLIGHT FROM HELL is the novella bridge-piece that loosely links Yasmine’s existing Otherworld series with her upcoming Fly By Night series. To help celebrate the release of the novella, Yasmine has a contest happening on her site, and today is the LAST DAY to enter!!! Click HERE for prize details and instructions for entering."

Flight From Hell
Otherworld Novella
Intermix, August 19, 2014
eBook, 126 pages

When the half-demon Carter approaches Menolly and her sisters desperately asking for their help, they think he’s just had a tiff with Shimmer, his blue dragon girlfriend.

But after talking to Alex Radcliffe, the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations Agency where Shimmer works, they suspect that she has been kidnapped by an old enemy of Alex’s.

Now, Alex must join forces with the D’Artigo sisters in a desperate race to find Shimmer before Julian, a powerful vampire from Alex’s past with a grudge to settle, can use the dragon to wreak havoc on Seattle as revenge.

"Next summer, in the Fly By Night series, you'll meet new characters and have new adventures, but each book will have Yasmine's signature depth and edge. Answering questions about the similarities and differences between the two series, Yasmine recently posted this on her blog:
  1. They ARE both set in the same universe/same city/same time.
  2. The Fly By Night Series is NOT just another venue for the D’Artigo Sisters. The focus will be on Alex and Shimmer—there will be crossover of minor characters, but the two series are definitely their own and Fly By Night belongs to Alex and Shimmer.
  3. The Fly By Night Series will be from Shimmer’s viewpoint, and she and Alex hang out in vastly different circles than the D’Artigo sisters overall.
  4. FLIGHT FROM HELL is an OTHERWORLD novella that introduces Alex and Shimmer to you—here, the characters do interact but the Fly By Night Series will be focused on the Fly By Night world.
  5. Fly By Night is more of a mystery/thriller series. I’ll give you these spoilers:
  • Alex and Shimmer are not privy to the demonic war going on.
  • The FBN books will be more standalone. While the characters will evolve, there’s not all that much of an overwhelming series arc.
  • The FBN gang is a little more humorous, though the series is not really ‘lighter’ than Otherworld.

Click on the FLIGHT FROM HELL cover above to see its info page on Yasmine's site (with excerpt and playlist). And each of the covers below will take you to their individual pages. Now is a perfect time to get to know the Otherworld series, or catch up where you left off!!


Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Dragon Wytch
Dragon Wytch
Book 4
Night Huntress
Night Huntress
Book 5
Demon Mistress
Demon Mistress
Book 6
Bone Magic
Bone Magic
Book 7
Harvest Hunting
Harvest Hunting
Book 8
Blood Wyne
Blood Wyne
Book 9
Courting Darkness
Courting Darkness
Book 10
Shaded Vision
Shaded Vision
Book 11
Shadow Rising
Shadow Rising
Book 12
Haunted Moon
Haunted Moon
Book 13
Autum Whispers
Autumn Whispers
Book 14
Crimson Veil
Crimson Veil
Book 15
Priestess Dreaming
Priestess Dreaming
Book 16
Panther Prowling
Panther Prowling
Book 17