Saturday, October 13, 2012

Absolution by Susannah Sandlin : Character Interview & Excerpt




The Penton Legacy, Book 2
By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Book Description: 
With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal. 
A Scottish gallowglass warrior turned vampire in the early 17th century, Mirren Kincaid once served the Tribunal as its most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the Tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the Tribunal wants him back on their side—or dead. 

To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?

It’s a town under siege, a powerful warrior in a battle with his past, and one woman who can make the earth move—literally—as the Penton Legacy continues. 


ABSOLUTION (The Penton Legacy, Book 2)
By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance

What was Matthias thinking, throwing a human woman in the cell with a vampire who’d been locked up and starved for over a month?
            Mirren waited on the bench, his back against the wall, his head down. Waited until Matthias climbed the steps, slammed the door, clicked the dead bolt home. Waited until he could get control of the hunger that had begun raging the second the woman stumbled down the stairway. She was unvaccinated, and he wanted nothing more than to take her, blood and body, until there was nothing left.
            If he did that, he’d be no better than the version of Mirren Kincaid he’d tried so hard to leave behind. He’d be the Slayer again. His hands could too easily remember the mindless sweep of the sword, the heavy fall of the battle-ax, the controlled back-thrust of a heavy firearm. If the cold darkness ever fell over him again, he feared he’d embrace it.
            “Mister, you awake?”
            Shit. She would have to be a talker. Mirren hated a talky woman. They always expected you to talk back.
            He raised his head slowly and caught his breath. She was young, maybe mid-twenties, and pretty in a rode-hard kind of way.
            “Your eyes are silver—I’ve seen enough vampires since I was kidnapped to know when your eyes get lighter, it means you’re hungry. But I’ve never seen any like yours. How long has it been since you ate? Umm…Make that how long since you drank?”
            If the stupid woman kept walking toward him, he wouldn’t be held responsible. “Stay where you are.” He narrowed his eyes at her, thinking. How could she help him without sending his need so far over the edge he lost control of it?
            She eeked when he shifted on the bench and turned his back toward her. “Untie me.”
            She stumbled a little when she reached the bench and sat hard. The woman was stoned out of her gourd. He could smell the drugs on her.
“Your wrists are all torn up. That has to hurt.” She sat on the bench behind him, and Mirren breathed in her scent with his eyes closed. Damn, but he wanted to feed so badly his muscles ached.
            She muttered as she worked, her drug-addled fingers slipping off the rope. “You’re so big that I’m surprised this rope could hold you. I should be able to…Let’s see here, it’s too dark. Man, this is funky rope.”
            “Stop yapping, start untying.” She had that broad, soft Southern accent he found sexy, but she used it way too much.
            “Yeah, yeah, okay.” She tugged harder on the ropes, burning his sensitive wrists with each pull. “Sorry, sorry. Why is it burning your skin like that?”
            Mirren growled and spoke through gritted teeth. “It’s laced with silver, and I’m a freaking vampire. Just untie me.” Damn, he had to get himself under control, or he’d scare the woman to death and she wouldn’t finish freeing his arms or feed him either one.
            “Well, you’ve got the funny eyes, but I don’t see any fangs.”
            God help him, he’d show her some fangs. “I said I was a vampire. Now finish untying me.”
            Mirren twisted his wrists and felt the rope give way—the woman had gotten it loose enough that he didn’t need her help.
            “But wait, how do I know you—”
            She gasped as Mirren pulled his wrists apart, popped the rope onto the cell floor, and shifted around to face her.
“Can you…?” She paused and swallowed hard, edging away from him on the bench. Mirren’s gaze dropped to her mouth. “Can you feed without killing me?”
            Mirren nodded slowly. Maybe. Maybe not.


Book One Penton Legacy series
By Susannah Sandlin
Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.
Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars.


To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago. 

Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.

Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18.


Susannah Sandlin here. I was fortunate enough to sit down just before dawn with Penton’s vampire leader Aidan Murphy and his two senior lieutenants, Mirren Kincaid and Will Ludlam, to talk about hobbies. Because every vampire needs a hobby, right?

A quick intro to the guys: AIDAN was an Irish farmer in his human life, which ended when he was turned vampire in 1601, in his late twenties, during the Battle of Kinsale. He’s serious and steady. MIRREN was a Scottish-born Gallowglass mercenary until turned vampire in 1605 Ireland in his early thirties. He’s big, grouchy, and likes to behead wayward vampires with his sword, Faolain. WILL was a 22-year-old college student when he was turned vampire (by his father, no less) in 1969. He’s a total smartass.


Okay, guys! Let’s talk about—


Aidan: Let’s talk about your descriptions of us. You make me sound like a freaking preacher.


Will: *coughs* If the shoe fits. *cough* But what’s the deal with calling me a smartass? If I’m a smartass you need to look in the mirror, woman. Who’s writing the dialog here?


Mirren: You are a smartass.


Okay, okay. Never mind about the introductions. I want to talk with each of you about your hobbies. Let’s start with you, Aidan. Tell us about your hobby.


Aidan: I don’t think so. You’re going to make fun of me. I remember that blog you wrote after the first book came out.


Will: Aidan, if you’re going to grow night-blooming flowers, you might as well own it. It might not be the manliest hobby, but we can’t all be Neanderthals like our sword-wielding friend over here.


Mirren: And you know who’s going under that sword blade next, don’t you, William?


Aidan: Hey, I loved to work the soil when I was human and it’s the closest I can come now. I can still smell the sunlight on the plants. Besides, women love my night-blooming hibiscus.


Will: Wow. Just, wow. I’ve heard guys use a lot of nicknames for their, um, stuff, but not “my night-blooming hibiscus.” I’m gonna have to remember that.


Aidan: You are going to pay for this.


Okay, okay. Forget the night-blooming, um, stuff. Mirren, tell us about your hobby.


Will: He doesn’t have a night-blooming hibiscus. He has a big machine.


Mirren: You’re going to have a big knot on the back of your head.


Aidan: Susannah, you’re losing control of this interview.


Right, right. Mirren, tell us about your motorcycle.


Mirren: It’s a beauty. Classic Indian Scout, red body, from 1946. I’m rebuilding it in my basement.


Will: Tell her where you keep your motorcycle parts.


Mirren: What else am I supposed to do with kitchen cabinets? It’s not like I keep Pop-Tarts in there.


Aidan: Kitchen cabinets make great bookshelves.


Will: Mirren can’t read except—hey! Keep your hands to yourself.


You have plenty to say about everybody else’s hobby, Will. Tell us about yours.


Will: I’m much too busy for hobbies. I work All. The. Time. Aidan is a hard taskmaster. While he’s growing flowers and the Big Guy over there tinkers with his gears, somebody has to take on the job of running the town of Penton, keeping the wheels of industry moving.


Aidan: You call playing Angry Frogs work?


Mirren: I think it’s Angry Hogs…or is it Angry Dogs?


Will: It’s Angry Birds. It’s excellent for improving hand-eye coordination. *squints at Mirren* It’s not THAT kind of angry bird.


Fine, fine. Let’s move on. Wait…where are you guys going?


Susannah here. They left. I really have to get these vampires under control. They’re under the mistaken impression that they’re the ones in charge and—


Aidan: *sticks head back in door* Get a move on. We have a community meeting tonight. You need to set up the microphones.


Susannah: Yes, sir. On my way.
Laurie:  Thanks Susannah for stopping by and letting us meet the guys.  I enjoyed their banter tremendously and can't wait to read about their exploits.  Well....I better let you go so you don't get left behind.......  

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. 

A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?)  

The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

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NatashaMay said...

Sounds likw a great read and I loved the character interview. :)

miki said...

i really love their banters^^ the only way for them to show their care without loosing any prestige ( ah men!)

Joanne said...

This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the interview and excerpt.

Roger said...

Enjoyed the interview. Just spent all day with my hobby, Model Trains. Have a Drive-In theater & Caterpillar plant I made in N scale. Played with trains all day at a train show.

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! The boys are enjoying "their" blog far, anyway!

elaing8 said...

Lovin' the character interviews.

Faith said...

That was fun :)

Definitely putting this series on my TBR!

Jen Haile said...

I love the cover to the book! Thank you for the giveaway!

JuneA** said...

A new author for me-thanks for the interviews :) & the giveaway!

Lexi said...

Loved the interview! This sounds really awesome :)

Brianna said...

The character interview was fun, thanks for the giveaway!

deasuluna said...

I love character interviews they really catch my attention and make me want to read a book to get to know the character better. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!!

Inspired Kathy said...

Thanks for the interview & chance!

Stephanie T. said...

Thanks for the interview! Great giveaway :)

carrceli said...


Cherry Mischievous said...

This is a new-to-me series. Thanks for the heads up!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I love that Aidan is into gardening!

Great interview!

rosaria said...

i love vampire stories! thanks for the info on the book!

ifluctuate said...

I really want to read this series, it looks so good.

Rachel Gibson said...

This looks good! I am a sucker for vampire books/series.

Cassandra! :D said...

Huh...sounds interesting

ebaker said...

I love vampires! Definitely going on my wishlist!!

kate said...

Thanks! Sounds great!

Tabby Hensley said...

Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristina said...

I am so loving Vampire stories right now, perfect for this time of year, too! Thanks for the heads up!

aaltw_515 said...

thanks for the great giveaway love reading

Books 4 Tomorrow said...

Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway and for your generosity! These are terrific prizes and the book looks really great!! :D (Angie Edwards)

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! And best of luck in the giveaway--it ends tomorrow!