She wants out
Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch…
He needs her to stay
Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong…but now it’s killing him—and he’s horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He’d rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior…
Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She loves to spend time with good friends, good music, good beverages, and good books (when she isn’t making characters fall in love, that is). She lives with her family and one big scaredy-cat in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington DC.
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Later I graduated to Agatha Christie. I think I was nine, and I would do that classic pull up the blankets and read with the flashlight maneuver. Because of course the blankets kept you from being killed by any lurking murderers who might be in your home (or from your parents noticing the flash-lit lump under the bed).
2. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. About 90% of the time I read romance, and this definitely isn’t romance. So far (I’m about halfway through) my assessment is it’s sort of like The Wonder Years but sadder. It’s a really tough book for anybody who struggled in high school—and that’s most of us. Every once in awhile I force myself to read something outside my comfort zone so this is the book I chose for that, this go-round. The writing is really gripping and fantastic, and it puts me right back in high school, which is what makes it difficult to read.
3. How does your garden grow?
Oh, it really doesn’t. I mean, speaking literally? I can’t grow a damn thing. It’s a recurring joke around here that it’s a good thing kids and pets know how to pipe up and say something when they’re hungry. My middle child has already shown an interest in cooking. I suspect it’s borne of self-preservation. 😉
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Angry Birds cake pops. I’m entertaining the insanity of making some for my kid’s birthday party.
5. What makes you cringe?
Very little makes me cringe because very little surprises me anymore. Things like animal and child abuse, because I can never see a reason. Human rights inequality. That’s a big one for me.
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