Friday, February 10, 2012

Blood Legacy by Marianne Morea | Character Interview, Excerpt | Paranormal Romantica

Freedom fighter, Carlos Salazar, lived by his sword, fighting evil in the guise of righteousness and the atrocities carried out in the name of God - until the night he met true evil. Three hundred years later, he still walks in darkness, his only solace the hope that one day he will find absolution and a purpose under heaven for his cursed existence. Can forgiveness transcend time and heal a broken soul? Even if it is no longer human?

Trina Markham's life was ordinary - until a chance meeting with the man of her dreams. Alarmed by the intensity of their attraction, dangerous passions ignite when she falls head over heels for this dark stranger. But when she finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed, her life becomes a legacy of blood and lies, a nightmare where the monsters are real. Can she be saved from this nightmare, even it it means choosing death?

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Carlos Salazar, former freedom fighter, currently vampire/soul searcher and main character from Marianne Morea’s paranormal romance, Blood Legacy. 
Recently, Carlos consented to an interview.  Here’s how it went to the best of my recollection.
Tell us about your family, Carlos…

Chuckling, he raised an eyebrow. “Human or vampire?” Running a hand through his hair, he exhaled, a sad smile touching the corners of his lips. “I was born Carlos Antonio Jose Salazar, in the year of Our Lord, 1711, in Valencia, Spain. My family was what you would call, gentry…wealthy, titled, but not royal. I held a different view of the way the world should be from the rest of my family, and my actions because of those beliefs, forced me to choose between them and the comforts I knew, and my own conscience. Those choices led me to what you see before you today. Over the centuries, I acquired a different sort of family—some through blood, others through bond, but all with the same shared desire—to hold onto whatever humanity was left to us.”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

He shrugged. “I never really gave it much thought. In my time, one didn’t choose one’s occupation. Girls were married according to their family’s wishes, and boys were raised according to the constraints of the station in which they were born. It’s not like today where children can grow to be anything they want. I suppose I always believed I would eventually take my place at court, like my father. But one thing is for certain, I never dreamed I’d end up a vampire.”

What are you passionate about these days?

Smiling broadly, he glanced over his shoulder at the pretty redhead sitting off to the side of the interview set. “Trina. She’s my whole existence now…her and the survival of our little family.” Raising an eyebrow, he cocked his head to the side. “Why does everyone look both shocked and appalled at the idea of vampires having children? Relax…that’s not what I was referring to. I meant Julian, Miguel, Eric Margot and Trevor—my vampire family—although as far as children are concerned, stranger things have happened. But that’s for another story…”

What is your favorite meal?

Shifting forward in his seat, he gave the interviewer a look. “You’re kidding, right?” he answered, letting a bit of fang show for effect. With a sly grin, he leaned back in his chair, crossing his legs. “Although, I do enjoy a very, very, very rare…” he stopped, as the interviewer’s face blanched. “Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. But in truth, my favorite bit of human fare is rum. I love the smell, even if the taste and the alcohol do nothing for me. The warm, sweet scent brings back so many memories from my human life, I just can’t resist.”

What do you do to unwind and relax?

“I own a Harley, so when the need for speed beckons, I mount up and let the wind take me.” Looking over his shoulder again, he chuckled, shaking his head. “Trina’s not much a fan of it, though, so it really makes for the perfect alone time. You would think, with an endless expanse of time ahead, the last thing a vampire would want is to be alone. However, much like humans, we have stresses too, and all need our space from time to time.”

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Carlos took a deep breath, and let it out slowly. “Dio…the list is far too long to mention. But I did get to ask Isabel for forgiveness…she was the first human to suffer from my bloodlust. I suppose I would want to apologize to my family—my father and my mother. And to Antonio da Silva. He ended up the last victim to die at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. I wasn’t able to fulfill my mission of helping him escape when I was turned to what I am today.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

“I guess it would be my love of the sun. I know vampire mythology has us bursting into flame at the slightest hint of the dawn. But the truth is we become immune to it with time. I love mornings on the beach, most. Watching the dawn break is one of my favorite things in the world. Now I have to wait for Trina’s blood to mature so she can join me. It’s going to take a few centuries, but then again, what else does a vampire have, but time?”


I myself am 40-something. I have been married for 17 years, have three beautiful kids and two dogs. I am a 2nd degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate, I love to travel, and my romantic and spontaneous husband shares that passion with me, so my stories get plenty of inspiration!

While my world may not be as daring as those I create, the ones I love certainly make it an adventure.

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Sandy said...

I've heard a lot of really great things about this book. I'd love a chance to win it!

Marianne Morea said...

Thank you Sandy for taking the time to read my interview. It was great fun, even if I did make Laurie a little uncomfortable... we vampires need something to give us a chuckle from time to time! Trina wasn't exactly happy with me teasing her, either, but what are husbands for, eh?

If you do read the rest of mine and Trina's story, please let me know how you liked it. I promise not to bite...


Tracey H. Kitts said...

Wow. What a hot cover! Okay, I'm going to go back and finish reading the post now. LOL I got distracted:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

The ParaNormal Romance Party said...

thanx for the giveaway!!
Sounds really interesting!!
~Samantha Dacier

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the interview--I've heard amazing things about your writing, Marianne!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

bn100 said...

Great interview! The book sounds very good.


Ollie said...

Sounds like a great book!

Thanks for this giveaway!


Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

Dovile said...

I'd really like to read it. Thanks for the chance!

Goldenmane said...

Interesting interview. I anticipate reading this book. said...

love to win this book would love 2 read it

Brenda Demko said...

I've never heard of this before. :( I probably would have missed it if not for your post. Thank you!!

Martina Koleva said...

I hadn't hear of the book before but it sound interesting. Thank you for the giveaway and for making it international! :)

Chaantii said...

Sounds amazing. Thanks :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Book looks great!

Katrina said...

So appearantly, it pays to actually read things all the way, and not just half sentences. Because I saw: "Read the First Chapter" and then thought the interview was the chapter. I was thinking it was the weirdest book ever. Then I saw the part about the Character Interview, and it made MUCH more sense. lol

Anonymous said...

I love vampire stories. Can't really explain why though...hmmm... sounds like a fantastic, gripping story that I would love to "sink my teeth into" to speak ;)

Laurie said...

Giveaway winner is Diana Mahnke

Laurie said...

Giveaway winner is Diana Mahnke