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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.
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We had an opportunity to ask the author a few questions...
Hi Melissa, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
I think my number one would be prolonged strife/heavy angst. I’m absolutely awful at really tormenting my characters—I want them to be happy and fulfilled far more than I should (insert chant of “conflict drives narrative” here). A runner up would definitely be action—I want to be a good action writer so badly, and there are sequences I force myself to write and re-write because I’m trying to improve on that front. Writing vampire novels definitely calls for good action sequences!
What do you think makes a good story?
To me, the only thing that really matters is if a story makes a reader feel strongly, whatever that reaction is. It could be arousal or happiness or anger or sadness—as long as the story leaves an impression, it’s good. It could be a single sentence or a supporting character that jumps off the page or a backstory element the reader relates to, but as long as the reader recalls that thing long after they finish reading, it’s good.
Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
Erotica is the backbone of my work, so that is mostly what I hear about, and I love it! I get messages all the time, anonymous and otherwise, from readers who do not hesitate to tell me exactly how, where, when, and why my sex scenes turned them on and got them off. It’s one of my favorite things to hear. I write those scenes to do exactly that, and so it’s really gratifying when my readers take the time to send me “TMI”! It’s never enough “I”. Keep it coming (pardon the pun), everyone!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Two published novels so far. Bleeding Heart, the first book in the Mi Corazon Sangrante series, was published in July of 2014. Tainted Heart, the second book, will be published November 5th of this year, and I think it’s my favorite. Bleeding Heart is what I like to think of a prologue to Tainted Heart—it introduces you to the characters and the world they live in but doesn’t quite delve into nitty gritty. It lets you fall in love with Kyle and Brian as they fall in love with each other, and it’s a bit of a fairy tale. In Tainted Heart, we get to see them living together and trying to balance the demands of their settling relationship, their complex professions, and the strife in their community. It’s a much bigger picture, and we get to know them both much better. Readers who were teased by book one will definitely get some long-awaited gratification from book two!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Totally cliché, but if I’m not writing I’m usually reading. If my brain manages to drift away from fiction (dramatic sigh!), I’m usually aimlessly surfing social media or playing World of Warcraft. When I can, I’m in New York with friends seeing shows and catching up, and attending book events. I’m a total homebody, though—there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in my pajamas (and okay, let’s face it, naked if possible!) with my cats doing absolutely nothing.
About 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.
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