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.
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
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: February 5, 2013
Number of pages: 328
Word Count: approx. 88,000
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.
The Penton Legacy, Book 2
By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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
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.
Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781612183541
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