Monday, October 24, 2011

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Liz Strange and giveaway !

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Interview: Giovanni (The Dark Kiss trilogy)

1. Please tell us a little bit about your background.

My full name is Giovanni Alejandro Ruiz y Castillo, and I was born in Catalonia, Spain, in 1712 to a moderately wealthy family. I had a traditional upbringing, belonged to the Catholic church and had many brothers and sisters. When I came of age I moved on to France to study art.

2. How did you become a vampire?

While in France I unknowingly attracted the attention of a very old vampire. One night, after a secret meeting with a young woman I had fallen in love with, he came to me. I had no idea what he was, and he took me with no warning and no chance to make the choice for myself. He left me soon after.

3. I’ve heard about your recent ordeals with the Desmarais, can you give me some details?

Ah, the Desmarais. It was one of their own that I had fallen in love with as a mortal man, a young, sweet girl named Seraphine. Because of the terrible circumstances of my change I was left without guidance and was at first unable to control my blood lust. I killed her and her brother, acts that started a centuries old vendetta against me and other vampire-kind. After three hundred years, and many advances in their knowledge of vampires, the Desmarais caught up with me. Instead of killing me though, they kept me for two years, starving me and torturing me. I was saved by accident when Rachel and her friends came to destroy the group, finding me in one of their compounds.

I am much better now, but will never fully recover from everything I went through.

4. There have been many rumors, but could you give an inside scoop into what happened with Harshika?

Harshika, Mother of all Immortals, called her offspring together recently. She was not happy with how the race as a whole was acting, and tried to force us to submit to her ways under threat of destruction. I cannot give away too much of what happened, but I will say that the threat has been averted and immortal kind have come through the ordeal the better for it.

5. What are you feelings about the current state of vampire kind?

I am pleased that we are making strides to get past the old ways of suspicion and solidarity. I think as a group we are stronger.

6. Anything else you’d like to add?

Don’t believe everything you read or are told, much has been made up and exaggerated over the years.  Some of us are really quite lovely—others are not.

Liz is offering 2- a copy of Born of Blood and Retribution and The Embrace of Life and Death, for giveaway. These are eBooks so international is welcome. Please leave a comment or question to Liz or her character Giovinni, along with your email.

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