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It is my pleasure to welcome author Daniel de Lorne, to My Book Chatter today to chat about characters from his recent book Beckoning Blood...
Daniel de Lorne, In love with an extrovert
Like most writers, I’m an introvert. That doesn’t
mean I shun all forms of social interaction, I’m just selective about how I spend my time around others. I’ll go to parties but I probably won’t be the centre of attention, and I’ll tend to find one or two people to have a
more in-depth conversation with.
In this respect, I’m a bit like Thierry, one of the main characters in my book Beckoning
Blood. He’s the one who keeps
out of sight, the overlooked one, and sometimes, completely invisible –literally. He likes
the quiet life. Or at least he would, if his twin brother Olivier weren’t around.
behind, was almost invisible. And that’s how he liked it. While not totally see-through, he’d let his ability take
over and faded into the background, no need for a smile he didn’t mean. It allowed him
to cast his attention further afield, and see what was really going on.
Now, Olivier is an extrovert, most assuredly. In
fact, he’s such an extrovert
that people can’t help but be drawn
to him. Call it magnetism. Call it charisma. Call it the unholy effects of
vampiric blood. Whatever you call it, Olivier has it and the rest of us are
slaves to its power.
While the romance in Beckoning Blood is
largely about Thierry’s lost love and how
he reclaims it, a good part of the book is about the dynamics between the twin
brothers. Because of their natures, it’s
easier to be attracted to one more than the other. And for many (and me) that’s Olivier.
be fooled by his charm and how easy he is to love. He’s a psycho. Plain and simple. But aren’t all the best psychos the ones who barely have to do anything to
make you fall under their spell?
Olivier had always
been good at seduction. When he was human, both sexes were drawn to him without
much persuasion, for better or worse, but now it radiated from him with the
force of the sun. His voice, his eyes, his whole body was irresistible.
And sure, he murders a lot of people, taking
sadistic glee in the process but when it comes to being ensnared by the bad
boy, you’d be surprised how
much you can justify away.
Olivier relished the
sight of the terrified man. He loved the feeling of pressing down on this
human, his arms strong enough to hold him in place without a thought, without
the technical knowledge required to fire a gun, the precision with which to
look, to measure the wind and the angle and to pre-empt the intentions of his
prey. In comparison, this was blunt and primal, but far more pleasing.
Olivier was definitely the easier character to
write. He’s got his problems,
for sure. There’s a whole host of
daddy issues going on, and if Thierry would just give in, then maybe Olivier
would cut down on the slaughter. Maybe. But would we really want him to? And
don’t we just a guy with
problems because it makes us think he’s
redeemable. Who knows? Maybe Olivier is. Only time will tell.
Beckoning Blood release date May 1, 2014
A gripping, blood‐drenched
saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true
love never dies – no matter how many times you kill it.
Thierry d’Arjou has but one
escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir – Etienne
de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events
that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that
to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man
who both eases and ensures his loneliness...his twin brother.
Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier
d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure
and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old
rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry,
made immortal just for him.
Daniel de Lorne writes mostly about the loves
and trials of hot and sexy paranormal men –and creatures.He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and developed a fascination
for the mythical and magical early on. Daniel wrote stories from a young age
but it was high school biology class he remembers fondly as providing an
excellent cover for writing stories that were filled with teen angst and
fantastical creatures. He now lives in Canada with his partner. It was while in
this great northern frontier that Escape Publishing accepted his first book,
Beckoning Blood, for publication.