Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Omega by Susannah Sandlin: Character Interview, Excerpt


Girl Talk: Randa, Glory and Krys Dish on the Penton Vampires

Recently, the women of the Penton Legacy series sat down to talk about their guys. Krys Harris is known as “Dr. Krys” to her human patients, but after hours she snuggles with a 400-year-old Irish master vampire named Aidan. Glory Cummings, a fledgling chef with some special skills of her own, has somehow managed to tame Mirren Kincaid, the centuries old Scottish gallowglass warrior-turned-vampire known in vamp circles as The Slayer (just don’t tell Mirren about the “taming” part). And Randa Thomas, a former U.S. soldier turned vampire five years ago while on active duty, has recently accepted the challenging task of wrangling Will Ludlam, a vampire turned sixty years ago at age twenty-two who’s a serious smart-mouth.

Welcome, ladies! How about each of you describe your guy in three words—the first three that come to mind.

Krys: Let’s see…Aidan is sexy. Kind. Stubborn. Did I mention sexy?

Glory: Sorry, I can’t quit laughing. Mirren in three words. Really? Um…big. That’s all, just big.

Krys:  You should point out that Mirren is six-eight and built like a moose. Otherwise, the nice blog readers are going to think you meant he is, you know, big.

Glory: Uh…

Randa: TMI. Stop it! I don’t need to know these things. Will is…let’s see…complex, funny, and creative.

Krys: Creative in every way?

Randa: Oh, yeah.

Okay, okay, heads out of the gutter, ladies. You can trade stories about your sexy beasts later. Talk about your first impression of your mate. Glory, let’s start with you.

Glory: I wish I could say it was love at first sight, but I was kind of out of it—you know, I’d been held by Matthias the Psycho for almost a month and they’d been shooting me up with drugs. I just remember they threw me in this cell with the tallest, meanest-looking dude I’d ever seen. He was starving because they hadn’t let him feed for over a month, and he promised not to kill me. Next thing I knew, I woke up in the Penton clinic, and there he was—the tallest, meanest-looking dude I’d ever seen. And I knew he’d never hurt me.

Krys: Aw…I don’t know what it was, but you scared the hell out of Mirren from day one. It was so sweet.  My story was different, of course. I first met Aidan not knowing he was a vampire, and I thought he was the handsomest man I’d ever seen. Still think so. But then he kidnapped me and held me hostage and I wanted to claw his eyes out. In fact, I tried on several occasions.

Randa: I heard you stabbed him with a fork—is that true?

Krys: Oh yeah. Didn’t even faze him, although I think he was a little annoyed.  What about you, Randa?

Randa: First time I met Will was when Aidan paired us up as patrol partners doing security around Penton. I thought he was the most obnoxious, arrogant asshat I’d ever met. Drop-dead gorgeous, of course, but still an asshat. And, seriously? I wasn’t that far off the mark. But he’s my asshat.

I’m sure he’d be pleased to hear you say that! What’s a secret nobody knows about your mate?

Krys: Aidan likes to sing in the shower, and he is soooooo bad at it. I mean, truly awful. It’s almost a crime against music.

Glory: Ha….I want to hear him!

Krys: No, you really don’t. Take my word for it. What about Mirren?

Glory: He’s started painting—mostly small things in nature—trees, animals . Now that I don’t let him draw his tattoos and scar himself anymore, he actually had me order some oils and canvas. He’s really good, but he’d die before he let anybody see his art. I’m working on him, though.

Randa: You should just invite us all over and spread them out and not tell him.

Glory (grins): Oh, he’d so hate that.

Randa: It’s a done deal, then. Let’s see, what’s Will’s big secret? He can’t shoot worth peanuts. He says he prefers to fight with a blade because it lets him see who he’s fighting, but really, his aim is for crap. Aidan’s the best with a firearm—he needs to give Will some pointers.

Time for one more, girls. Who’s the best-looking guy in Penton besides your own guy?

Krys: Oh, hands down, the newest lieutenant, Cage.

Glory: Oh yeah.

Randa: Don’t tell—it’s kind of a sore point with Will. But totally Cage. Have you seen him sparring with that Max guy? No shirt or shoes? Totally hot.

Um, you are mated, you know, ladies. And Cage has some issues.

Krys: We’re mated, but we aren’t dead or blind. Let’s go see if he’s still sparring.


Penton Vampire Legacy, Book 3
Susannah Sandlin
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: February 5, 2013
ISBN: 978-1612183596
ASIN: B0073XV3L2
Number of pages: 328
Word Count: approx. 88,000

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 Book Description:

The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton's humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal's vicious leader, Will's capture could doom the resistance.  

Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will's polished charm and Randa's guarded heart finally give way to the warrior within.  

Fans of Susannah Sandlin's Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.   


Will stopped and scented the air again. There were two vampires nearby; one belonged to the Penton scathe, and one didn’t.
            He ignored both vampires and skirted to the back of the street where the burned shell of his house still smelled of smoke and ash after three days. Aligning his position with the oak tree twenty feet behind what was left of his chimney, he paced forty steps into the woods.
            A thorny bramble that had been draped over a small, scrubby bush pricked his fingers when he pulled it back. Grasping the trunk of the bush, he eased it from its loose grasp in the soil, exposing the top of a metal box.
            The loud click of a cocked pistol preceded the cold press of steel against the back of his head by less than a second.
            He inhaled, annoyed. A rookie mistake. He’d gotten so engrossed in his task he’d let someone slip up on him.


            Penton scathe.


            Freaking Randa.

* * *

Randa grinned, enjoying the disgusted look on Will’s face. “If I were your father, I’d already have the silver spoon back in your mouth, Willy. He’d have you trussed up like a rodeo calf by now, hauling you back to wherever it is he lives when he’s not terrorizing innocent people.”
            Will Ludlam was the kind of guy Randa Thomas had hated as a human, and she didn’t like him a bit more as a vampire. Less, in fact. Not only was he a spoiled rich boy, he was now a virtually immortal spoiled rich boy. He had probably been a blue-chip jock in school with a 4.0 GPA and a string of girls trailing his every step.
            Plus, he annoyed the hell out of her. The consummate smartass.
            “No, if you were my father, you’d have slit my throat—not enough to kill me, but enough to make sure I couldn’t fight back.” His voice was soft, calm. “Then you’d hand me over to your sadistic, freakshow of a second-in-command Shelton, who would play with me until I couldn’t take it anymore. Only when I was good and broken would you return the silver spoon to my mouth.”
            Good God, would any father really do that? Will didn’t sound as if he were joking. Randa relaxed her stance for only a split second before the world tilted and she hit the ground, landing on her back with Will stretched out on top of her in a full body press. And he had her gun.
            “Damn it.” She pushed against him but it was like pressing on bedrock.
            He propped on his elbows and grinned down at her. His hat had fallen off in the scuffle and the moonlight glinted off his hair, making it look silver instead of a naturally streaked blond. And he had dimples, as if God hadn’t already rewarded him with enough in the looks department.
            “And if I were my father, you would be dead. Or worse. Believe me, with Matthias, there’s always much worse. Give up?”
            She squirmed again, but froze when she realized he was getting turned on by her movements. There was definitely more of him pressing on her than there had been a few seconds earlier.
            He laughed, a white glint of teeth in the moonlight. “Oh, don’t stop moving, sweetheart. This is getting more and more interesting.”
            Yeah, she could feel exactly how interested he was getting. She felt a very un-vampirelike flush of heat as he wedged a knee between her legs. Damn it. She clenched her teeth at her body’s betrayal—which he’d be able to sense. She hated being a vampire; there was no sense of privacy. “Get. Off. Me. Now.”
            Will lowered his head and, damn him, inhaled deeply, with his face pressed against the side of her neck. Her carotid artery also thumped in a very unvampire-like cadence. She waited for the smartass comments to start.
            Instead, he lifted his head and looked her in the eye. She could swear his heartbeat sped up, although it was hard to tell over the pounding of her own. Well, this was awkward.
            He blinked and opened his mouth to speak, then closed it again.
            Well, that was one good thing. Will had been stricken dumb, at least for a moment. It wouldn’t last.


The Penton Legacy, Book 2

By Susannah Sandlin 

Release date: October 9, 2012

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Book Description: 
Book 2

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.



Book One Penton Legacy series
By Susannah Sandlin 

Book 1

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 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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miki said...

It was really great to have the girls talk for once^^ and i'm sure Will will come barging in the training room is if telepathic powers permitted him to hear Randa^^ he is so jealous of Cage^^

thank you so much for this post. I really recommend this serie sto the lovers of paranormal romance with action, suspense and humour in teh mix^^

Roger said...

The interview with the girls was fun. Of the three girls I Randa is my favorite. Omega is a great read. Go buy the Penton Legacy book guys. You will enjoy them. Thanks for the interview.

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks, guys--it was fun letting the girls talk for a change!

shellbelle said...

Love the girl talk....and they are right about Cage....he is hot! Hmmm....I wonder what Melissa thinks about Cage.

Read this is fantastic!

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks, Shellbelle....I'll be doing either a fourth book or a novella later in the summer and you can find out the answer to that question!

NatashaMay said...

I love character interviews. :) These sound like an awesome read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Liz S. said...

Really enjoyed the girl talk. The whole blog tour has been fun. Thanks for the contest.

elaing8 said...

Great and fun interview with the ladies.

Jennifer Haile said...

I love the interview with the girls! I'd love to read this series!

-Jen Haile

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks again for the comments, guys! Of course now the girls want more "airtime"--they think the guys are getting too much of the attention!

Kindlemom said...

I absolutely love this series and I am so glad I found this interview! What a fun idea!!

And I can't wait to get more Cage! I know there is a great story there!