Thanks Yankee Romance for asking me to blog!
Since I am a relatively new voice to the vampire sub genre, I thought I’d write a bit about that. My specialty has been the paranormal historical romance (witches specifically).
When I decided to write a couple books about vampires I ran into a challenge—historical accuracy. Now, when you talk about paranormal happenings and magical creatures, worrying about historical accuracy seems a little foolish, but really it’s not. History is full of mysticism, legends, and myths filled with magical beings.
It is easy to be historically accurate to the mystical beliefs of the period. My period has always been the 16th century (though my Immortal books take place at the beginning of the 17th century). My challenge was to uncover the vampire in history—specifically Scottish history.
When most people research the vampire they are inevitably led to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. But the word “vampire” first appearance in the English language in the 18th century, which left me with the challenge of what to call my vampires. I couldn’t have them referred to by a word that wasn’t even in use. Of course, I have always operated on the theory that just because the word wasn’t used doesn’t mean the creature or object didn’t exist. And sure enough, I found the Scottish equivalent of the vampire, the Baobhan Sith, or blood witch.
So, to those that lived back in the 16th and 17th centuries, a vampire was nothing more than a witch—one that fed on blood and skulked about at night. There is much more to my baobhan siths than feeding and skulking of course, but this gave me a jumping off point grounded in history.
My Immortal Promise, the second of the Immortal books, but the 5th in the McDonnell Bride series, isn’t due out until November, but in anticipation of its release, I am giving away the first 4 books in the series (My Wicked Highlander, My Devilish Scotsman, My Shadow Warrior, and My Immortal Protector), drawn from among those who comment.
You can visit me at my website http://www.jenholling.com/, but I am sorry to say it hasn’t been updated recently. However, I do plan to get an excerpt from My Immortal Promise up within the next few weeks.