by Michele Drier, guest author
Last fall, Janet Evanovich blew into town.
She was the guest of the local newspaper’s Book Club, which hosted her appearance.
The auditorium (holds about 2,200), was packed and the free tickets were gone within three hours of the announcement in the paper.
I went with my critique group, evenly divided into Morellis and Rangers.
She was great...funny, flip, everything you think Stephanie Plum would be, and we all had take-aways.
Mine was her talking abut the world of Stephanie Plum.
It’s based on Evanovich’s own family, with just enough of a spin to make them irresistible.
And Evanovich is so crazy about them, she can hardly wait to wake up in the morning and get back to Stephanie’s world.
That’s when I realized that I’m not the only one who lives in fantasy land.
But mine stretches the fantasy a little. Instead of pulling stories and characters from my own past, I’ve created a family that’s complete fantasy. A fantasy of five hundred year old Hungarian vampires.
I’ve boxed myself in. The Kandeskys are uber rich, sophisticated, live in a style that heads of small nations would envy. They travel in their own planes and Mercedes limos driven by their bodyguard, a corps of demons who’ve been with the family for centuries.
The Baron, head of the family, lives in a Hungarian castle. Family members have estates in Kiev. Others live in lavish apartments in Paris, London, Rio.
The family owns enough L.A. homes, condos and commercial real estate to make a Southern California developer drool.
And the vampires themselves. Pen, the Baron’s wife, was a celebrity for years, until she decided to retire because people were beginning to ask how she looked the same for better than fifty years.
Jean-Louis is tall, lean, with dark hair and eyes that range from navy blue to deep violet to black and he’s perfected the ability to glimmer—producing a glow that attracts and calms regulars.
Nik is light to Jean-Louis’ dark, with streaked blond hair and eyes that shift from hazel to brown and when the two of them appear at parties, women give themselves whiplash from looking.
Who wouldn’t want to hang around this family?
There’s one wrinkle. I’d much rather be with them than my “other” life. They don’t cook, clean, pay bills, drive across town to find the cheapest gas, live in fear of stepping on the scale or put up with an elderly cat who stands on a head at night and says, “feed me.” And this urge to be with the Kadeskys means that all those “other” chores mostly don’t get done.
After I finish book eight, SNAP: All That Jazz, later this spring, I’m going to have to wrench myself back to my “other” life. My daughter’s threatening to call the Hoarders show on me.
For now, back to Kiev!
Nik, the third-in-command of the Hungarian Kandesky vampire family, has been handling the family's interests in Czech munition factories for upwards of four hundred years. He's been a contented bachelor, throwing himself into business until Jazz strolls into his life. Jazz is Maxie Gwenoch's successor as the managing editor for SNAP, the international celeb gossip magazine, another Kandesky company. Maxie, Nik, Jazz and Jean-Louis, the Kandesky second-in-command, are headed to Moscow to assess the business potential for a SNAP Russian bureau, until an old enemy shows up. Set against the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the short Russian nights teach Maxie to cherish her time with Jean-Louis while Jazz faces her own questions about loving a vampire.
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Others in the series: SNAP: The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, is available in ebook, paperback and audible at ebook retailers. All have received “must read” reviews from the Paranormal Romance Guild. SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story and Danube: A Tale of Murder are available singly and in a boxed set at Amazon, B&N and Kobo. The fifth book, SNAP: Love for Blood, rated 5 stars, and sixth, SNAP: Happily Ever After? are also available.
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
SNAP: White Nights, the seventh book of her paranormal romance series, The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, was published March 20. She’s working on the eighth book in the series, SNAP: All That Jazz, scheduled for publication in late spring 2014.
She also writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries, Edited for Death and Labeled for Death. A third book, Delta for Death, is coming in 2014.
Visit her website: http://www.micheledrier.com
facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMicheleDrier
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Drier/e/B005D2YC8G/