Monday, October 26, 2009

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Amanda Grange

I'm happy to have Amanda Grange here to guest blog. She is the author of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre and Mr. Darcy's Diary guest blogging. Today she's here to talk about one of my favorite subjects, Vampires! Thanks, Amanda for stopping by!


Hi, Anna, and thanks for inviting me along to your book blog, it’s great to be here to talk about vampires. There have been so many great vampires over the centuries it’s hard to choose my favourites but I’m going to go for Dracula and Angel.

I’m choosing Dracula because both the book and the character were so revolutionary and they established a lot of the things we now associate with vampires, like garlic and crosses, some of which came from folk lore but some of which came from Bram Stoker’s own imagination. The book is full of atmosphere and that’s one of the things I love about traditional vampire tales, the rich atmospheric writing. Dracula himself is a complex character, he’s gruesome in many ways and yet he’s a man with a past. He’s known love and there is something tragically romantic about his story as well as horrifying. I created a character called Count Polidori in Mr. Darcy, Vampyre who has had an ill-fated love affair in his past, and there is an air of melancholy about him.

One of the things that appeals to me about vampires is that they are often at war with themselves, it gives their stories an epic feel and it’s one of the things that make them interesting for me. That’s probably why I love Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so much. He’s a really complicated character. He’s a creature who is part human and a part of him longs to belong in the human world, but he is also an outsider. When he turns up at places like the Bronze, he’s always in the shadows, half hidden, never fully in the light.

I love this kind of duality, it’s the kind of duality Mr. Darcy has in Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. He lives in the world and yet he can never really belong in it because he’s so different.

It was in fact whilst watching Buffy that I first thought of Mr. Darcy as a vampyre. I think it was probably because Angel and Darcy are both so similar, they are both very attractive and yet at the same time they both hold back. They don’t throw themselves into life, and the idea just hit me, what if Darcy was aloof because, unbeknownst to anyone, he was a vampire? And what if it was his love for Elizabeth that made him want to cross the kind of no-man’s land between vampires and humans and embrace life to the full? How would that affect his relationship with her, loving her and yet knowing he had a terrible secret? And how would it affect her when she found out?

The idea took root in my imagination and over the years I kept thinking about it, turning different ideas over in my mind. But it wasn’t until I started re-reading some of the Gothic novels of Jane Austen’s time that I saw a way I could write a book that satisfied me. I saw that I could write a paranormal sequel to Pride and Prejudice which would take the characters away from their safe, ordinary world, by sending them on their honeymoon to France and Italy. There, in this new world, I could create another completely new reality for them. It’s part Austen, part vampire and a new journey, a new adventure for Elizabeth and Darcy.

So who are your favourite vampires. What is it that appeals to you about them, and why are they your favourites?


Mr. Darcy, Vampyre—In stores NOW!
Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary, gives us something completely new—a delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love…

Amanda Grange's style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen's timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.


About the Author
Amanda Grange is a bestselling author specializing in creative interpretations of classic novels and historic events, including Jane Austen's novels and the Titanic shipwreck. Her Jane Austen sequel Mr. Darcy’s Diary is a bestseller in the US and the UK. She lives in England. For more information on Amanda and her books, please visit http://amandagrange.com/. For more information on Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, please visit Amanda’s Blog and the Sourcebooks Spotlight Page. Interested in reading an excerpt? Follow us on Twitter the week of Halloween!

Giveaway
Thanks to Sourcebooks I can offer a copy of Amanda's Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Open to U.S. & Canada. To Enter leave a comment along with your email address. I will announce the winner on October 31st.

47 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    jennsicurella at verizon dot net

    Jennifer @ Reading with Tequila

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  2. I have been wanting this book for so long now Great Giveaway!!!!

    ras1513[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. Please count me in!!

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  4. I want this book so much. I keep reading reviews and it just sounds go great!!

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  5. Please enter me!

    Thanks!
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  6. please count me in for the giveaway!

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  7. Hi Anna :)
    Thanks for having Amanda Grange here & thank you Amanda for the great post. Are you going to join Twitter?
    :)
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo
    PS - email's in Blogger Profile

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  8. This book is on my wishlist!

    makepeace.artsATgmailDOTcom

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  9. Hi, and thanks for having me here! I've thought about joining Twitter but in the end I decided against it as I know I would spend too much time there and not get any writing done! There is a Twitter for Mr Darcy, Vampyre though at www.twitter.com/mrdarcyvampyre and there will be a new extract there this week!

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  10. Anna,

    Wonderful post. :) Don't enter my name for this one.

    Just showing blog appreciation. :)

    M

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  11. Hi Anna and Welcome Amanda!

    I am currently reading Mr. Darcy, Vampyre so this is perfect timing to read your interview. My review should be up later this week!

    My favorite vampire is and always will be Angel!

    No need to be entered. Just wanted to stop by and say hi!

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  12. Great interview thanks for being here...
    Awesome prize would love to win this book!!
    Definitely count me in for this one...

    misty_labean@yahoo.com

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  13. Thanks for offering this book, Anna - - I would love to read it!
    Please count me in.

    ~ Lori (mrshedgy@yahoo.com)
    www.psychoticstate.blogspot.com

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  14. I would like to enter!

    kiris089[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. Vampires are my favorite reads, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  16. This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

    Shadowofwonder47[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Great giveaway! I would love to be entered
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Favorite Vampires... Well Angel and Spike are at the top of my list. But I also love:

    Bill Compton (True Blood)
    Eric Northman (True Blood)
    Jean Claude (Anita Blake)
    Henry Fitzroy (Blood Ties)
    Mick St. John (Moonlight)
    Ivy (The Hollows)
    Lestat (Vampire Chonicles)
    Edward (Twilight)

    I could go on, but those are to name a few. :)

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  19. This looks like such an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    My favorite vampires are Jean-Claude, from the Anita Blake books,
    Quinn from the Riley Jensen books,
    and
    Eric, from True Blood.

    All that power, raw sexuality, and immortality! What's not to love?

    b42bella AT gmail.com

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  20. I would love to enter to win. Thanks

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

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  21. Thanks for the contest!!!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

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  22. My favorite vamps are Ward's BDB. Those are some real hotties who are loyal with just a bit of bad boy thrown in.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I've been wanting this book forever!!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  23. Im in! Great interview.

    Thanks
    Monica
    mojo09226@yahoo.com

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  24. Beyond excited for this book!! Thanks for the great giveaway~!

    makotolightning (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  25. My favorite vampire is Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books. Don't have a reason----I just like him.

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  26. I LOVE vampires, and my favorite is also Angel. Mmm...Angel... :)

    I grew up with Barnabas Collins from "Dark Shadows" and kept going from there.

    Thanks for the contest!

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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  27. I love the premise! I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last year and now I'm hooked on my favorite classics becoming paranomals.
    I have to say, in regards to the interview, I much prefer Spike. He's just more messed up in the head.
    Please count me in!
    the[dot]distant[dot]light[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. Thanks for great giveaway!! I'd love to win this one - it looks great.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  29. Nice guest post. I really enjoyed it. I'd like to enter to win this book too.

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  30. please enter me
    andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. this sounds like a great book i am into all things vampire right now
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  32. An interesting twist to a classic tale. I am curious who else are vampires in your version of Jane Austen's tale.

    Sue
    okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  33. Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

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  34. This book sounds amazing! I love this blog site!

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  35. Hi Anna,
    I just did a review for this one today and I mentioned your Guest Blog with the author.

    :)

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  36. I love Amanda Grange. Thanks for letting her come to your blog.

    butterfielda@gmail.com

    I love your book blog!

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  37. My favorite tends to be whoever I am reading about at the moment. Frost's "Bones" has been my favorite for awhile but all of JR Ward's Brotherhood are hot! Thanks for the Great Giveaway and the review!

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  38. Count me in on this one. Great giveaway - thanks a bunch!
    susan.byerly@comcast.net

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  39. Exctied :)
    Jaz.Trio@verizon.net :) THANKS!

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  40. Thanks for all the great comments and thanks for having me on the blog. As for Spike, what can I say? You can't go wrong with a man in a long black coat :)

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  41. Please enter me. Thank you!

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I LOVE Amanda Grange's book! Sign me up for this contest!

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    ~Enna Isilee

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  43. I really want to read this one :-)

    marielay@gmail.com

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  44. This looks really great, I was reading about it earlier today.

    Dey@mts.net

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  45. My favorite vampire is Eric from The Sookie Series. He is just sooo bad!!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  46. Thanks for a great giveaway! Would love to win.
    susan.byerly@comcast.net

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  47. Please include me in your giveaway


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