Fangtastic Friday Welcomes Theresa Meyers

 
It’s always a special day when Theresa Meyers comes to visit.  In celebration of the release of the latest book in her Sons of Midnight series, The Vampire Who Loved me, Theresa went to the source for a tantalizing interview. 
 
Interview with Greek Vampire
 
Today we’ve got a special treat for you. We’re interviewing Achilles Stefanos, Spartan solider, security team captain for the Cascade Clan, and vampire. He’s  made news recently as part of the group that stopped the outbreak of the vampire vaccine Vanquish that happened in Seattle in the Sons of Midnight mini-series from  Nocturne.
 
ES: Welcome, Achilles.
A: Glad to be here.
ES: We hear you’ve got a Bugatti Veyron. Is it fast?
A: *leans forward and a big grin lighting up his face* She’ll do250 miles an hour, that fast enough for you?
ES: Is that even legal?
A: Depends on where you are, when you’re driving and if you can glamour the cop who stops you.
ES: Has anyone ever told you how much you look like Brad Pitt in the movie Troy?
A: *gives a sly smile* Who do you think he copied and consulted for the film?
ES: You were actually a Spartan warrior in ancient Greece, weren’t you?
A: Yes.
ES: And were you a vampire when you were fighting?
A: For most of it, which is why I survived when others didn’t.
ES: So you can be out in the sun?
A: Yes, and garlic, stakes, holy water are other fabrications too. There’s only a few things that really screw up vampires. Dead Man’s blood, which is toxic and a fast acting poison, silver and an ancient metal called orchacilum, which disrupts nerve function, or beheading.
ES: Since you became a vampire in ancient times, can you tell us a little more about how they actually began?
A: My transition happened at the hand of the high priestess Ione, who served Vrishabha. You now think of him as just bull god of the ancient world, but those horns they smeared with blood are nothing more than our fangs in a different fashion. The temple began because of the first vampire, an ancient king name Siphidius, whom the gods made immortal. He got a big head, thought he was as good as the gods, and should actually be one. So they delivered a smack down in the form of a virus. That same virus is still around today. In large enough quantities it can cause you to change into a vampire. In small doses it can make you heal quicker, amp up your senses and make you stronger.
ES: Sounds like some kind of quick fix energy drink!
A: You wish. See there’s a downside to it too. Up until recently every thousand years the virus would go dark side, wasting 99% of vampires and turning them into bone dust in a matter of days.  And there’s the little matter of a fairly strict diet that tends to turn people off of getting a vamp-my-life makeover.
ES: So this new vaccine that Genet-X Labs was working on, Vanquish, wasn’t actually based off of the vampire virus?
A: Yeah, which is why we had to act.
ES: We understand that you’ve quite a role in stopping vampires from being wiped from existence by the newly developed vaccine named Vanquish. Can you tell us about it?
A: Well, really, it was more of a genocidal pesticide.
ES. But it was originally created as a vaccine, wasn’t it? Vanquish was designed just to help turn people back to normal who’d been changed into vampires without their consent.
A: That’s what it was intended for, but the financial backers had other agendas, kind of like the folks on Wall Street in the last few years, if you get my drift. They saw some mega profit in being able to use it like a pesticide and wipe out all vampires.
ES: You had an insider help you out with exposing and bringing down this threat to your kind, didn’t you?
A: *his face breaks into a thousand-watt smile* Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin. She’s one seriously hot, I mean smart, woman.
ES: If rumors are correct, you two are little more than just co-workers on this project. Am I right?
A: *he leans forward, forearm braced on his knee, his eyes glittering and intense* She means everything to me.
ES: Wow. That’s about the straightest answer I’ve ever gotten in an interview. How does your relationship work, exactly? I mean weren’t you on opposite sides?
A: *leans back, more relaxed* We were at first, until her financial backers injected her with a prototype of the vaccine before it was fully cooked. It ended up kick starting her into transition into a vampire and I was assigned as her mentor.
ES: Mentor?
A: *looks away briefly* We about done here?
ES: You were talking about being her mentor.
A:*rubs hand over his head* Yeah, I was supposed to be her mentor.
ES: What happened?
A: *closes his eyes and sighs* We imprinted. OK?
ES: Sorry, what’s that mean on the vampire side of things?
A: *his eyes snap open* It means I screwed up. Big. A mentor getting it on with a fledgling is right on up there with staking your best friend. You. Just. Don’t. Do. It.
ES: Why?
A: Because it can kill you. Well, half of you.
ES: OK, now you’ve really got me confused. Explain how a vampire can half-die?
A: Most vampires just bond with a mate, but when a bond forms between mentor and fledgling on an intimate level, it becomes an imprint. It’s stronger than either of the two vampires, almost like a force of its own. It causes them to be able to share everything, and I mean everything—pain, pleasure, thoughts, powers. If one’s got it, the other does too.
ES: So if one dies, the other one does too.
A: Bingo. Only you don’t die completely, you just wish you could. When my mentor Ione was killed by the Inquisition I felt every time they broke her bones, or branded her skin. And when they beheaded her I was blind, deaf and mute for weeks. And in the end I was left a Halfling – a vampire unable to feel true emotion, destined to go slowly insane without the support of his fellow vampires.
ES. So if you imprinted with Ione when you were a fledgling over 2,000 years ago, then how did you imprint with Dr. Chamberlin now?
A: That’s the kicker. See an imprint doesn’t recognize the passage of time, and when Ione was reborn as Rebecca, that’s when it all ramped back into high gear. I was screwed from the start.
ES: So what’s she doing right now?
A: *closes his eyes briefly* She’s bouncing her foot as she’s flipping through television channels like a mad-woman, pissed that I’ve already said as much as I have.
ES: So you two really share everything?
A: Oh yeah. You should see what happens when we—wait, a sec. *he looks away and frowns slightly, then his jaw drops open*
ES: What happened?
A: Know how I said we could feel everything the other is feeling, shared powers, thoughts, blah, blah?
ES: Yes?
A: *his eyes sparkle* Oh man, you have no idea what she can do to me. I gotta go home now. *he vanishes in a twist of dark smoke-like particles*
ES: I guess that’s all we have time for. IF you’d like to find out more about how Achilles and Dr. Chamberlin stopped the threat of Vanquish in its tracks, dealt with the ancient goddess of chaos, and formed, their, um, rather unique relationship, check out The Vampire Who Loved Me.
 
And here’s the book blurb…
FROM SWORN ENEMIES… Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night…until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos. 

TO FORBIDDEN LOVERS.

Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck has a difficult choice to make—one that challenged everything she’d always believed…..

Dark and dangerous, the Sons of Midnight are a temptation that few can resist! 

 

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  1. If you’d like to win a copy of The Vampire Who Loved Me, go ahead and tell me on Twitter today! I’m picking a random winner for a digital copy! http://www.twitter.com/TheresaMeyersAuthor

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