Series: Mi Corazon Sangrante (Book 2)
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press (November 5, 2015)
Amazon: Tainted Heart (Mi Corazón Sangrante Series 2) by Melissa Graves
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Blurb: A year after meeting and falling for the young, mysterious vampire, Dr. Brian Preston is now living and working side-by-side with Kyle Hayes for the agency guiding vampire-human relations at a secret underground facility. As the couple adapts to the demands of Brian’s career tending to vampires, Kyle’s return to school and the needs of their evolving relationship, a dangerous conspiracy puts everyone they know and everything they have been working for in danger. The sequel to 2014’s Bleeding Heart, Tainted Heart is Book Two in the Mi Corazón Sangrante series.
When it gets dark, he texts Brian that he's going to be out late, and avails himself of not one but three vampire-human nightclubs set along a dense strip of Chicago nightlife. Going alone to places like this always attracts immediate attention, and he isn't surprised when he has to pry both humans and vampires off of himself. But he doesn't mind—the blood from the center is humming in his veins, and that buzz takes on a new dimension every time that he swallows a thimbleful of blood from a donor, which he does at least a dozen times over the course of the evening. When he’s more relaxed, he allows bodies against his own, dancing with strangers until strobe lights become normal and everything outside is too dim and still.
The blood changes the world around him. Every color, every sound and every source of light takes on a life of its own.
He loses track of how many donors he pays. All he knows is he's spent all of the pocket money that Brian gave him for the weekend.
He feels like a bloated tick. He’s been away too long. Brian. He has to get back to Brian.
Meet the author: A veteran writer of fan fiction with thousands of followers, Melissa Graves wrote her first story at age thirteen, and by age sixteen had met her future husband in an online vampire fiction chat room. A fan of science fiction and fantasy, she has a degree in anthropology and a passion for good chocolate, amateur erotica and fan worlds that celebrate diversity. She is mother to two cats.
Bleeding Heart, book one of the Mi Corazón Sangrante series, was her debut novel for Interlude Press.
1) What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
Tainted Heart is a combination of urban paranormal, political thriller, and erotic romance—I’d like to think a bit of the best of all three! Erotic romance is my primary love, but it’s always been the most fun for me when I can play with the setting and theme, taking the story to a place outside of the usual mainstream modern context. Vampire fiction is a favorite of mine. I love how the story of the minority plays out in many vampire universes, so I tied that to contemporary themes of social queerness and ran with it.
2) How many days a week do you write?
Zero to seven, depending on my mood! No, really—I try not to plan writing sessions. For me that would be like planning every sexual encounter I had; the mood would die fast. If I’m on a deadline and have an outline, I do try to structure myself and make time to write scene by scene so that I don’t fall hopelessly behind, but I am not a writer who believes you need to write every day to succeed. If you want to, you should. If you don’t, you shouldn’t. For me, writing is all about what I have to say and feeling inspired to say it.
3) On average, how long does it take to write a book?
Six months if I’m in control of the word monster—a year if I’m not, or if I’m crafting something more carefully than usual. Again, I hate to put a timetable on writing, but deadlines are deadlines no matter what you do in life. Once I get going, I can maintain a pretty intense pace, but it’s the getting going that’s the challenge.
4) Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
Oh, I wish! Anyone out there interested in making one? And can it be smutty?
Let’s be real—I want a trailer and a movie! But yes, absolutely. I come from fanfiction roots, and it’s always nice to have things made for the works you create—fanart, fan videos, “fake” movie posters, and so on. To have something like that for my original work would be amazing.
5) If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
I’d be the socially awkward yet worthy sidekick, if I’m being honest. I love quirky helper characters, and I love being an observer, or the person the “main” characters confide in. There’s something to be said for observing the action and collecting a record of events—this is probably why I ended up becoming an author, now that I think about it!
Where to find the author:
Connect with Melissa at msmelissagraves.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/msmelissagraves, on Goodreads at goodreads.com/melissagraves and on Facebook at facebook.com/msmelissagraves.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26223006-tainted-heart
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