My interview with a vampire


When I finished reading Laura Kaye’s Forever Freed a while back I knew I had, HAD to meet Lucien Demarco. I asked Laura if she could talk him into visiting my little ranch here in the Pen. To my delight (and now yours!) he graciously said yes. Of course, those who know him know he can’t be anything other than gracious. I wondered about interviewing Lucien at first, I mean he is a vampire, and I’m not the one who gives his life meaning so I have a lot more to lose. But then I thought about how sweet he is. How concerned about life he is. And I knew I’d be safe to meet with him. (Plus a little special water boosts my confidence, but you’ll need to read his story to know what that means.)

I’d like to welcome Lucien to my home in the cyber world. Not quite as interesting as his paranormal world, but it’s mine. 🙂 I put some questions together. Let’s enjoy his answers. 

Thank you for agreeing to let me interview you Lucien. I’d like to begin with a question that nibbled…er, make that tickled… at me throughout the whole book. What is it like to be dead for all intents and purposes and live among the living? I mean how does that make you feel?

That’s a difficult question, Calisa. My author lady said you’d be easing me into this. Well, I’ve survived worse, I suppose, though I hope she told you I’m not always comfortable around people. How does it feel? I don’t feel dead, in the least. If death is defined as the absence of pain, I never died at all, because nearly unbearable pain has been my most constant companion for most of my existence. And, since I had the incredible fortune of winning the love of my girls, I have found the true wonder of life, which can never be experienced fully without love.

Sorry about the tough ones. Guess it’s too late to change it now, eh? I realize how protective you are, but has there ever been a time when those instincts seemed to fail you?

Since I can feel the innocence behind your question, I’m going to pretend it doesn’t make me a little crazy inside. I believe you know quite explicitly a time when my protectiveness did me little good, when I failed those I loved completely. In my darkest moments, the horror film of my first wife’s and child’s slaughters still plays in my mind. When I nearly lost Samantha and then Ollie, I relived those agonizing, powerless moments over and over. I will do anything it takes to protect them and ensure none of us ever experiences such loss again.

Forgive me if I say anything to offend you. Yikes! Touchy much? Is there anyone special in your life?

Thank you. Two special someones, actually.

Yet still gracious. Whew! Would you tell us a bit…uh, little about her?

About Samantha, you mean? Well, she is everything to me. Her love and acceptance helped me forgive myself and resurrected the man in me, kept me from giving over entirely to the darkness. I’d been so close. She is light and joy and love and pleasure and everything good in the world. So, uh, yeah. That’s about it.

They say behind every good looking man…er, behind every man there’s a good woman.

You lost a child. I’m so sorry for you. Do you wish you had more children? Can you?

I cannot have children. But Ollie more than fills the part of my heart that longed for a second chance at fatherhood. That child amazes me every day. And Isabetta would’ve loved her. In my mind’s eye, I can see them playing together.

Ok, I would love to know what kind of relationship you have with Laura Kaye? She’s ruthless it seems. Was there ever a time during your story that you were less than pleased with her?

*chuckles* I got along with my author lady just fine, as long as she was paying attention to me. Once I decided to tell my story, I was a bit, you might say, urgent in my need to have it recorded, shared. The eleven weeks she took to write the first draft, which came in at 145,000 words, seemed like, well, forever, to me.

I think Laura may just be one of my new fave authors. How is your relationship now that the book is finished?

We still talk all the time, actually. I’m rather fond of her. Though I have some questions about the things she’s planning for the sequel. I won’t say more, as I’m hoping to change her mind.

Do you think she’ll have another book coming out from your world?

Hmm, yes. Without question. There’s another one drafted. It’s dark and intense—my life before Samantha. And she’s outlining another one. Ollie’s story. That’s the one that’s giving me ulcers. Well, not really. You know what I mean. I rather think she ought to write Catherine’s story, too.

Lucien, I’m so thrilled your story has such a happy ending. But a look into the beginning will help a lot of readers understand you better. I think Laura has the right idea.

I’ve enjoyed spending time with you. Sam is a lucky woman. Is there anything you’d like to say before we say good-bye?

Thank you for speaking with me and sharing your enjoyment of my story. You might be interested to know it has received some recognition of late. FOREVER FREED dual finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf Contest for Published Authors – best paranormal and best first book categories. Here at Orchard Hill, we’re all rather pleased about that.

Thank you for being my guest, Lucien. And thank you Laura Kaye, author of FOREVER FREED for helping me set up this interview! I’m sure there are many who would love to keep in touch to know when your next book (related to FF or not) will be out. Where can we find you Laura?

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A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Her contemporary erotic romance Just Gotta Say releases September 30 and her contemporary fantasy romance, North of Need, releases November 1. Laura lives inMaryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bay every day.

EXCERPT: Samantha asks Lucien some probing questions after learning he’s a vampire:

I smelled her adrenaline again. Her eyes focused somewhere below my own. “What are you looking at?”

“Your…um”—a blush heated her face—“mouth.”



“I just will it, and they change. Some situations cause it automatically.”

She licked her lips and her eyes flitted between my eyes and my mouth. “Show me,” she whispered.


“Show me.”


“Because I want to know you.”

I glared at her and hated the idea she might define me by the vampiric nature I didn’t choose or want. Her heart rate spiked. I cursed myself. I leaned my head into the cradle of my hands and tugged at my hair.

She stroked the back of my head. “Lucien, I didn’t mean to—”

“I know what you meant—”

“No, obviously, you don’t.” Her tone surprised me. I dropped my hands and looked up. “I know…this isn’t all you are. But it’s part of you. I want to know it, too.”

Good, Lucien. Keep being an asshole, why don’t ya?

“Please show me,” she said softly as she fingered the side of my foot. Her small gesture of outreach melted my resolve.

Resigned, I glanced down into my lap. And punched out my fangs. I flinched when Samantha lifted my chin, but I didn’t resist. Instead, I closed my eyes, not wanting to also see the fear I was about to feel. As if on cue, she gasped. But the scent of her fear never came.

“Please look at me.” Her expression was filled with wonder and curiosity. “Eyes too?”

I frowned. “You didn’t close your eyes at all, did you?” She shook her head. I rolled my eyes, blinked them closed, and then trained my crimson orbs on Samantha. Her heart worked harder in her chest but still the fear didn’t come.

“Does it affect your eyesight?”

“Improves it,” I replied in a low voice.

Out of nowhere, she reached a hand forward. “Can I touch—”

I flinched away. “No!”

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” she cried.

“You can’t…I can’t…”

“Okay. Okay. It’s okay. That was stupid of me.”


“What situations?” she deflected.

“What?” I panted.

“You said some situations make it happen?”

I groaned. “When I’m feeding, threatened, or, um”—I sighed—“aroused.”

She gaped and licked her lips again. Finally she inhaled to speak. I preempted her, not really wanting to hear her voice the question I just knew she’d ask. “Yes. And I hid it,” I said as I looked away, drained my eyes and retracted my fangs, and got off the bed to pace.


*From the author lady: Come on, admit it, you’d want to touch his…fangs, too…*

*fans self* Whew-y! Thank you Laura and Lucien. I think I’ll go find a cool pond on the back forty. While ya’ll leave a comment and let Lucien know what you think of him and his excerpt while I’m gone! He’s offering a SIGNED copy to one lucky commenter in honor of his 4 month anniversary!!


~I hope to see everyone Saturday the 24th, when I visit with Elizabeth Means about her new release~

About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 09/20/2011, in Interview, Promotion, The Wild Rose Press and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 76 Comments.

  1. A huge thanks to Calisa for hosting me and Lucien!


  2. Lmao! Great idea 🙂 Why didn’t I think of that????


  3. Oh yum..I hope sends a twin to me on christmas wrapped in a bow..yep just a bow.


  4. You are too cute Saskia. You’re welcome!

    Thanks for the follow! 🙂


  5. Happy Friday everyone! The winner will be announced by the end of the day so be sure to check back!

    Thank you Laura Kaye for this fun and wonderful week. Thanks for letting Lucien come and play along.

    As always~ Dodadagohvi my friends!


  6. As much as I’d hate to see Lucien go…you might have a point. Happy Friday!!!! (it is already…in Germany lol)


  7. We’re winding down now. Would ya’ll rather I announce the winner tomorrow? I’m sure Lucien needs to get back to Sam and Ollie soon. Laura? What do you think?


  8. Dreaming is always good Saskia! Dreamers unite! And this is fun.

    Lucien, are you having fun?


  9. Lmao! @Calisa If you put it that way….no we wouldn’t want him to be one of those. I am allowed to dream about you though, right Lucien? *looksallinnocent*
    I feel a reread coming on…. #ForeverFreed
    Chatting with you all is so much fun lol. 🙂


  10. Sara Rodesch

    Leave it to you Lucien to play innocent. I was wondering though, what is your trepidation about having your post Samantha, dark part of history being told? it is part of your story after all, and look how it turns out in the end. Couldn’t have been better in my opinion.


    • Your point is fair, Sara. But I’m not proud of the man I’ve at times been and for a long, long time I was so close to the dark. I’m a big fan of the present…


      • Sara Rodesch

        I cannot blame you, but you did what you did to get by, had it not been for that you might not have the picture perfect ending you have now. Speaking of which, I presume your house is coming along nicely and Ollie has adjusted to being out East? (I speak from a mother’s POV you realize)


        • Yes, our house is long done. Ollie adjusted easily, at least at first. But things happened after the move that were more difficult for her, for all of us. But that’s a matter for the sequel…


  11. Calisa, Calisa. You know only one warm-blooded woman makes me hungry…


  12. @ Lilly Gayle WOW is right, huh. Couldn’t believe it either. 11 weeks seems like such a short time.
    @ Calisa I think Lucien should stop by the comment section himself and throw his two cents in. 😉 I’m sure Laura could persuade him. I’ll even let him take a bite or two or three..


  13. Thanks for dropping by everyone. Guess WHAT? Lucien has requested he get to hang out with all you lovelies until Friday! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!
    Remember…SIGNED COPY!!!!! So round up your friends and send them over.

    *does it seem odd to anyone besides me that a ‘vampire’ wants to ‘hang’ around?* *sniggle-snort*


  14. I just love character interviews too! Lucien was a good sport. 🙂 I loved “Hearts of Darkness” and can’t wait to read this one. I’ve heard such amazing things about it!


  15. You asked great questions, Calisa, even if Lucien wasn’t always happy about them! winnie and June–glad you enjoyed! 🙂


  16. I love character interviews. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I have been wanting to read this for a while.


  17. When I composed those questions I wasn’t sure what to expect in the way of answers. I was surprised…but very pleased. Thank you Lucien. 🙂


  18. I really liked the excerpt and it was great getting to know Lucien! 🙂



  19. What a great interview. I haven’t read a lot of vampire stories, but I think I’d like to take a bite out of Lucien… or him take a bite of me.


    • You and me both Tina!

      {Laura, I hope you don’t mind, I have to give my girls a plug}
      Joelene, one of my most favorite people in the world (Tina being another-you knows I lurves ya both) will be at Christine’s blog tomorrow. I’ll be here: See you there!


  20. Laura, I loved Forever Freed and am right now in the middle of Hearts in Darkness. You’ve got a *rabid* fan here. Can’t wait for the others. It was Calisa who directed me to Forever Freed, so I have to thank her, too. Great blog! Thank you Lucien for indulging us (oh I so want to touch those fangs!).


  21. Yep. I definitely want to touch his fangs!

    And I can’t wait to read more about Lucien…thanks for the interview which whetted my appetite!


  22. 11 weeks? You wrote a first draft in 11 weeks? I think I might hate you. Lol! Seriously, how do you do it? I’ve been working on the first draft of my vampire sequel for a year! Granted, I took some time off to do edits and galleys on 2 historicals that came out in June and this month, but really 11 weeks? I so need to turn of that damn internal editor and get to writing!
    This book is definitely on my TBR list.
    11 weeks?
    Just can’t get over it! Awesome.


    • Well, it was a bit of an odd situation…I had a head injury in July ’08 that, once I healed, left me with a bit of a compulsion to write fiction. While the head injury healed, I had insomnia problems, so much of that draft was written between 10pm & 3am at night, almost every night. I’m still a fast writer, but not quite that fast! 🙂


  23. That’s one awesome excerpt! Thank you!!! I would love to read this book!


  24. Thank you Lucien! (blushes) Can’t wait to formally meet you. (bookwise of course) Thanks to you too Laura and Calisa for having this lovely interview. I’m a little giddy for this one. 🙂


  25. Have I said lately how I LOVE my friends here? Thank you. You all ROCK!


  26. Great interview ! and after reading the excerpt,I so want to read the book!



  27. Great interview Lucien and Calisa!

    PS: Laura, Lucien is definitely YUMMY!!!


  28. Wonderful interview, Lucien. Calisa, thank you for being unafraid to ask the tough Vampire questions I’ve always longed for an answer to. Will you consider bringing him to OKRWA as a guest speaker?


    • Wouldn’t that be the best, Anna??? Just picture it: a dark, brooding, yummy vampire who looks a lot like Alex O’Loughlin in his Mick St. John phase. ZOMG


    • Sorry Anna. I’m afraid I have to keep this one to myself. If he sees you I’d be history. :-/ But you can get your own copy to drool over. 😛


  29. Michelle Bledsoe

    Oh wow. Can a vampire get any hotter? I think this is going to be a favorite of mine. I have put it on my list to buy now…LOL
    Thank you Lucien,Calisa, and Laura. The interview was delightful.
    Calisa I am new here and I have to say I am enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work…
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com


  30. Great meeting so many new friends here everyone! Thanks for all the great comments–this is fun! 🙂


  31. If anyone hasn’t read Forever Freed- you are truly missing a great book!

    *Hi Gale! Be careful. We wolf gals need to stick together. :)*


  32. I love vampires. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing.


  33. I would so love to win a copy of this book and signed too it would make my birth month so special thanks so much for the giveaway



  34. Great interview Calisa…enjoyed it…and loved the excerpt!!


  35. Saskia–you’re totally cracking me up! Yes, there’s more planned in Lucien’s world. I just need to clone myself about three times to get it all written!!! 🙂


    • Well, then what are you waiting for? Clone away…stat! 😉 Whoohoo. International giveaway. Whoever wins is – as I like to phrase it – one lucky *sob*. Of course I’m secretly…and not so secretly…hoping it’ll be me 😀


  36. Hi All–It’s a birthday party, so I’m totes willing to ship this puppy internationally! 🙂

    Thanks for having me and Lucien here, Calisa!!


  37. Thanks Sara.

    I’m sure Laura (or Lucien) will be along later to chat.


  38. Sara Rodesch

    HI Calisa,

    Thanks for taking time to bring Lucien out to play. He’s always cordial. I have had a love of Lucien for a long time. I think he is a wonderful father and excellent companion to Samantha. I’m happy he found his desired family in her and Ollie.
    Thanks to Calisa, Lucien and Laura for allowing him to come out.



  39. Is it international? If so – count me in. I’d KILL for a signed copy of one of my favorite pnr books ever. 🙂 sk_86(at)gmx(dot)de
    Do you even need to ask? Of course I want to touch the fangs & do wicked wicked things to & with him. He’s so delicious! Not just the looks…the way he talks…yummmm. To be honest, though: I was in a excitement induced coma for a while there after reading a certain word…here it comes…*Sequel* GASP! YES ohhhhh YEEEEESSSS. When, what, HOW?!
    Great interview. Thanks!
    _yay_ / Saskia @ BookthatThing!


  40. Good morning Laura. Thank you for being here and for bringing Lucien Demarco to visit the ranch today. Let’s get this party started!


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