Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween event guest post--historical paranormal author Susan Macatee


Good evening, my dear guests. I see you've returned. How wonderful! What's that? The ghosts? Oh, don't mind them. After what happened last year I decided it would probably be best to employ and extra regiment of guards. Most of them are soldiers, yes, it's true...Civil War, and the Revolutionary war to tell by their resumes. Don't mind them. So long as you don't have anything stake-like with you, they should leave you alone. Now then, my first guest is a dear girl who knows a little something about Civil War soldiers. Turns out she's a friend to us vampire kind to. So, please do welcome Ms. Susan Macatee whose come here to chat with me today. Come sit by me, Susan, and tell me and my guests a bit about yourself.
  Susan Macatee writes American Civil War romance, some with a paranormal twist. From time travels to vampire tales, her stories are always full of love and adventure. She’s spent many years as a Civil War civilian reenactor with the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. She's a wife, mother of three grown sons, and has recently become a grandmother. Outside of spending time with family, she spends her free time watching favorite old movies, and inhaling books.  


Mistress: Very interesting, dear. *sigh* I must admit, I have a soft spot for the Union boys. Now for the questions. What inspired your novel Sweet Redemption?

  Susan Macatee: Sweet Redemption was inspired by a number of things. First of all, the story is set in 1862 at Fredericksburg, where a major Civil War battle was fought. The real life story of Joshua Chamberlain, who fought for the Union in this battle, had an influence in the opening of my story when the hero is pinned down on a dark, cold field, by Confederate fire. The other influences were the historical vampire novels of the late Dawn Thompson, as well as my love of vampires in general, dating back to my grade school days when I rushed home to watch the soap, ‘Dark Shadows’. Since then, I’d always wanted to write a vampire story. Combining it with the history of the Civil War was my way of personalizing the age-old place of vampires in literature.  

Mistress: That was a great show. Now these are the fun questions. Tell me your favorites. Which do you prefer: All Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Day?  

Susan: All Hallow’s Eve, of course. 

  Mistress: A girl after my own heart! Favorite scary movie?  

Susan: Psycho  

Mistress: Oh, good choice! Favorite leading man: Dr. Frankenstein, or Dracula?  

Susan: Dracula  

Mistress: I must agree. He was such a gentleman, you have no idea. Shame what that awful Bram Stoker did to him. ;) Next question: Pick your poison: Candy corn or chocolate?

 Susan: chocolate  

Mistress: What are you going to dress up as for Halloween this year?

Susan: Since I’m now a grandma, I won’t be dressing up, but will be standing at my door giving out candy and taking pics of my granddaughter in her first Halloween costume. She’ll be a year old on November 8th. 

  Mistress: Oh, now. That is a good reason not to dress up as anything scary. (Of course, if you wanted to borrow anything from my closet, I wouldn't mind. :)) *shuffles through cards* If you could be in any classic horror novel, or story, which would it be?  

Susan: I’m a big Edgar Allen Poe fan, so ‘The Raven’ would be my choice.  

Mistress: Excellent choice. Poe was another gentleman. Very fine man, in my opinion. Please give us a taste of your work.  

On a cold December night, Union infantry captain, Jonathan Hackett, is pinned down on the Fredericksburg battlefield trying to escape Confederate fire. But a creature of the night, more dangerous than any enemy soldier, stalks him. Jon must fight for his life as well as his soul. Maddie Emery has lost everything dear to her. Her husband and parents have passed on and her brothers are off fighting in the Confederate Army. She’s alone, trying single-handedly to hold onto her family’s farm, when a Yankee soldier collapses across her stoop. Maddie and Jon soon form a bond of love and tender desire. But when Jon begins to exhibit signs of becoming the creature he fears most, is their love enough to fight off the evil of a centuries old vampire bent on destroying them?  

Excerpt:
At first she held her lips firm, then opened allowing him to explore the velvety insides of her mouth. Encouraged, he leaned into her, and she yielded beneath him, sighing softly as she reclined on the settee. He pulled the pins, releasing her hair into a silken veil trailing over her bodice. He cupped one of her lush breasts through the fabric of her gown, and she moaned in response. Encouraged, he adjusted his body over hers, his arousal growing.
She gazed up at him, eyes half-closed in passion. He focused on her throat and the steadily beating pulse. He pushed a strand of hair back and fixated on the soft, white skin, gaze drawn to the pulse point. His lips grazed the spot, the beat and scent driving him mad. He had the overwhelming urge to bite. His mouth distended.
An image of what Arnwolf had done to him in the barn, made him jerk back. His heart pounded as he traced his finger along his teeth. Two sharp, pointed fangs had taken the place of his canines. He rose from the settee and howled, backing away.
Mrs. Emery stared at him.
He turned away, so she wouldn’t see. What had he become?

 Oh my! That sounds fantastic! I want to meet this man if we ever get a chance... Folks, Sweet Redemption is available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0056ICETQ/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313157188&sr=1-7
Nook from Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-redemption-susan-macatee/1018988355?ean=2940043310798&itm=3&usri=sweet%2bredemption
All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sweetredemption-391948-139.html and The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=87_79&products_id=3750  

One more question, Susan, then, my Minion insists I must let you go. 
*Aside: Don't mind her. You can stay as long as you like.* 
Now then, where can our guests find you on that evil little realm called the Web?
  http://susanmacatee.com
 http://susanmacatee.wordpress.com
On Twitter @susanmacatee  

Ah, good. :) Now the moment you've all waited for, Susan's giving away a copy of Sweet Redemption and her short vampire story Eternity Waits to one lucky commenter, so please leave Susan a meaningful question or comment, and don't forget to leave an email address, so my minion can contact the winner at the end of this event. Thanks so much for being with us tonight, Susan! Happy Halloween!

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This giveaway is over now.

 
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Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.
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