Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guest Blogger: Sky Purington and an Interview with Alexandria and Salvator from Heart of Vesuvius!

Hi Everyone! I’m totally thrilled to be visiting Alisha’s blog. For those of you unfamiliar with my work I write a cross genre of fantasy/paranormal with a twist of history and a splash of time-travel. Sound like the perfect cocktail? Good!

This visit I’m going to get down to the nitty-gritty. Dive into the depths of my latest release in a most unconventional way. What do I mean? Well, I’m going to have the hero and heroine from my latest vampire tale interview one another. Yep, it’s been done at this blog before BUT has it been done by two vamps over eight hundred years old? Not only that…has it been done by a female vampire with a chip on her undead shoulders? But all that’s blood under the fangs. Love survives!

Before we hand the blog over to a couple of vampires with very strong personalities, here’s a basic run-down of their story, HEART OF VESUVIUS.

(One lucky commenter gets a download of their choice from my backlist. That includes Heart of Vesuvius.)

Two vampires…one goal.

Alexandria has no choice. She must flee to the last place she wants to. Straight into the arms of a vampire she was determined to forget. Salvator, ancient vampire, finds this a clever fix to obtaining the one vampire he’s always desired…Alexandria.

Together, they must find a way to evade her powerful enemy, Salvator’s brother Luciano. On the run, they struggle to understand one another. Deep, dark secrets are revealed. Denied passion ignites. Blood is spilled.

Within the heart of Vesuvius, anything is possible. All can be conquered. But will it be? Can wrongs be made right? History is the locked door. Forgiveness is the key. Time will tell if ancient love can once again flourish.

So there you have it, a general idea. What do you say we get back to the fun stuff? Of course, that means it’s time for Alexandria (Alex) and Salvator to interview one another. I hope you don’t mind but I’ve called Gabriel (Alex’s brother and the hero from Darkest Memory- Prequel to Heart of Vesuvius) in to act as an intermediary between the two because, well…these vampires are rather like a volcano when they get too close! And you never know which way they’ll erupt. My guidelines? Three questions only aimed at the other. No more. Trust me, if I let them they’d ramble on or worse. So, floor’s yours first Alex. Gabriel stand strong my man. Salvator, just be nice, k?

ALEX: (Long dark hair pulled back, wisps hang loose. Painter’s smock speckled with her latest color pallet. Crisp English accent takes on a soft sexy Norman tongue when dealing with all things Salvator) Thanks, Sky. Glad to be here. But truth told you were a bit dramatic when introducing us. Salvator and I have made it through the toughest of our tale. Now it’s all pure romance. Gabriel, glad to have you here brother, but unnecessary. Best we get to the interview. So, Salvator, my love, what were your first thoughts when you knew I was coming back into your life?

SALVATOR: (Tall, too dark and handsome for his own good, dressed in black, haute couture head to toe, lounges casually nearby) ora che il mio amore

Alex frowns. Gabriel says, “English, Salvator.”

SALVATOR: So sorry, Alexandria. I said, “It was about time, My Love.”

ALEX: (Nod of approval) What plans do you have for the future?

SALVATOR: To please you for many centuries to come, preferably in the bedroom.
Alex shoots a pointed look Salvator’s way and shakes her head. Gabriel says, “You need to let the readers know more, Salvator.”

SALVATOR: Thought I did. You need details? Her long, sexy as hell legs being tossed up over my shoulders. That wet, hot−“

ALEX: Stop! Moving on. Salvator, we’re looking at an eternity together. How do you intend to make that work? You’re not exactly−“

SALVATOR: I’m exactly everything you need and it will work. You are my existence be it past, present or future. You are my love, Alexandria. Do you doubt that for a second?

Passion ignites mid-interview. The room blurs and two vampires are instantly in one another’s arms. Gabriel clears his throat. “We owe Alisha’s blog a full interview. Can you handle it or should we leave?”

SALVATOR: (Licks the side of Alex’s throat, eager to bite) We’re vampires. We are in true form. (Nibbles her neck) but we will finish the interview. Alexandria, m’dear, why were you such a prickly wench?

ALEXANDRIA: (Small smile, head thrown back) Because I could be.

SALVATOR: Devilish woman (Incisors out. Sniffs her skin with a secret grin.) Tell me, was that the real reason you fled my brother? I think it was because you had to be with me. Had to have me.

ALEXANDRIA: (Head snaps up. Eyes narrow.) You know damn well that wasn’t why.

SALVATOR: Are you quite sure because I felt the way you used your mouth on my−.
(Slap. Alex’s hand across Salvator’s face.) She pulls away. He growls.
Gabriel shakes his head and shrugs. “You see. They can’t handle a civilized interview.”

SALVATOR: (Tries to pacify…kind of) What the hell’s the matter with you, sweetness?

ALEXANDRIA: You know that wasn’t why I fled to you. I had no choice. As to how I use my mouth, that’s between us!

Gabriel winks and leaves. Sky here. Did I not warn you? Oh, no worries, Alex and Salvator already vanished down the garden path leading toward their special place. They’ve been through an awful lot and while passion rules them…man are they stubborn! There are still some kinks to work out. I wrote their tale. I brought them together because truly, they’re meant for one another in not only this life but….wait, almost gave away too much. I suppose all we need to know right now is that they really are in love despite that interview. Dang vamps.

HEART OF VESUVIUS takes you down their path. PLUS you had the added bonus of meeting Gabriel.

What they’re saying about HEART OF VESUVIUS…

"...this haunting story about loves lost and found is certainly worth the read. The ominous climax of the story, where we learn the origin of the feud between the two brothers and the truth that lies at the heart of Salvator's relationship with Alexandria, was beautifully, heartbreakingly written."

~The Romance Reviews

“The vampire on vampire sex is hot and wild ...a great read for all you romantics and vampire lovers!"

~Nocturne Romance Reads

“This vampire romance grabs you and keeps you riveted until the very end. I couldn’t put it down. If you love paranormal or vampire stories, this is one to read.”

~ Lisa- Happily Ever After Reviews

Purchase HEART OF VESUVIUS at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle, All Romance Ebooks and most online book stores.

Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Alex and Salvator from Heart of Vesuvius. Don’t forget, their tale is better tasted if Darkest Memory is sampled as well. Why not? Twice the hot vampire action!

Learn more about my vamps and previous works including some very sexy Scottish Highlanders. Then there’s my upcoming trilogy about three To-Die-For modern day Warlock Paranormal Investigators. All can be found at my Website. Enjoy blogging…better yet meeting great authors and winning tons of prizes? Then swing over to my blog, A Writer’s Mind and join the fun. I always welcome friends and fans. Hit my website to find out how to hook up via Facebook and Twitter.

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Thanks for letting me and my vamps chat at your blog, Alisha. We had an absolute blast!



Barbara Mazzuca said...

So your plan is to kill me with the sensuality of the vampire. Vampires...first love, the danger, going to the very edge and just about when you think you can't take another breathe, because your heart is beating so fast. This is the dark stranger that first took us into the shadows. Vampire...where are you that I can feel your breahe the anticipation just maybe deadlier then the kiss of a vampire...I will need to get to know more about you and your books and add them to my list to be reviewed. If your writing is as good as this interview we may just become have the beginning of a beauiful thing. hahahaha dont mind me i just took a sleeping pill and am off the bed and if i'm very lucky a dark dream with Alisha's new cover model and your lead vampire and me...ahhhh the imagination. Authors i thank you. wish me sweet dreams as I bid you good night. I love writing when i'm a bit on the looped side...

Sky Purington said...

Great to be here. Thanks for having me over, Alisha! :-)

Skhye said...

Awesome character interview! Thanks for sharing. I definitely want to read more.

Alisha said...

So happy to have you here today, Sky! What a kick ass author interview! I love your characters! So spunky, so sexy, so fun! As you know, vampire romance is right up my alley! I can't wait to sink my teeth into this one! What a great book video! Makes me want to read it even more! Great job on that one, girl! And I love all the wonderful changes you've made on your blog to help other authors. You're the sweetest! BTW, your author photo is GORGEOUS! Loved pasting your pretty face at the top of my blog today!

@Barb..oh yeah, will love Sky's books! I loved your post! Please come back often. You always make me laugh! Hugs!

@Skhye...thanks for popping over today! :)

Average Joe said...

Ok Sky, these two are delicious, I love Alexander, a man after my own arrogant heart if ever I met one.

I love the way you delve into their sexual and palpable tension and put it on display for your readers amusement.

I will definitely enjoy following these two star crossed blood suckers.

Sky said...

Barbara, you're awesome! Loved that comment. Thank you. Hope you had sweet dreams... or should I say naughty dreams with Alisha's super hot cover hunk and perhaps a few of my vamps? Double the fang-tabulous pleasure. ;-)

Sky said...

Thanks, Skhye! Glad to see you on this end of cyberspace m'dear! :-)

Sky Purington said...

*blushes* Alisha, sweetie, you flatter me endlessly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You did a superb job setting up this post. Gotta run for a few but will be back to chat! (((big huge cyberhugs)))

Sky Purington said...

*Wide smile* Thanks Average Joe! When Alisha suggested I write a character on character interview, I jumped all over it. Had such a blast putting it together. TY for stopping in! :-)

Jaclyn Tracey said...

As always, you leave me on the edge of my seat in one heated from the chin up, soggy from the neck down mess.
Your writing is remarkable, and as endless as the time these two vamps have to love one another. If only we were alotted this much time with our true loves... You suck people in better than vampires drain their lovers dry.
I just purchased the book. Best of luck to you and can't wait for the sequel to the Victorian Lure. xoxo

Carol L. said...

God I loved the interview Sky. Awesome. Some wild passion ready to ignite. :)I'm so excited because I have both of the books, this one and Darkest Memory and I'll be reading them later on when I finish all my chores. You're the best Sky. I know I can always count on you for the most delicious reads. Thanks for the interview.
Carol L

Sky Purington said...

Jaclyn, you are SO sweet! Thank you, hun! Hope you enjoy it. Three quarters through the book following The Victorian Lure. I can't believe it took nearly the whole winter to write! (((HUGS)))

*yadkny* said...

Hi Sky!
That was a great character interview! Salvator sounds really sexy:) I'll have to get both Heart of Vesuvius and Darkest Memory on my wishlist.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

The interaction between Alex and Salvator is great...if they are half this good in the book it should be a great read!


mamabear said...

Awesome interview! Vampires were never my thing, but I somehow see myself purchasing this one! Alex and Salvator are intriguing characters and I love the inter-action. Gabriel has my attention also...does he look like Axl??
Thanks Alisha, for another great guest!

Sky Purington said...

Carol, always wonderful to 'see' you! Glad you liked my interview! You'll have to let me know what you think of my vamp tales.

Enough with those chores! Kick back and enjoy your weekend. It's YOU time! (((Cyberhugs)))

Sky Purington said...

Thanks so much, Yadkny! Salvator was definitely a fun character to develope. *winks*

Sky Purington said...

Thanks so much, Maria! There's certainly friction between the two but that's half the fun! :-)

Sky Purington said...

Thanks so much, Mamabear! Gabriel actually has black hair. The sort of look you might see on a GQ UK magazine cover. All suave, smooth, classic handsome good looks!

Sky Purington said...

And the verdict's in (compliments of my five year old's random selection) We have a winner!

Congratulations, Barbara! You've won your choice of a book from my backlist (incl Heart of Vesuvius of course). Feel free to poke around at my website to see what's available. As soon as you've made your selection, please email me at

I'd like to once more thank everyone for such fantastic comments and Alisha for having me over. LOVE your blog, hun!!!

Barbara Mazzuca said...

@Sky...well I have to write more when I'm loopy. Thank you my dear, I am very excited. I will head over and see, awwww like a kid in a candy store. Lovely.
@Alisha, this is very cool. Thanks for hosting this blog for all of us, really enjoyed it. Winning was fun too, LOL!

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