From Chelsea / VBC: Super happy to have Regan Summers on the blog again. Her Night Runner books are big on action and awesome. Make sure to read to the end for your chance to win Running in the Dark!
I love my vampires dark and mysterious, and occasionally fatal. A tortured past never hurts. Simmering sensuality is pretty much always a plus.
However, since the Night Runner series is contemporary urban fantasy, I thought it would be a disservice to the modern world to make all my undead characters ancient and broody. Humankind excels at adapting. We can move around the world, deal with paradigm-shifting setbacks, and invent new and remarkable things daily.
Vampires are no longer quite human, but for the experimental, scientific or entrepreneurial among them, there’s suddenly this whole new world of opportunities. Some of the inventions, as Sydney learns from Malcolm, are not so successful:
“…Is somebody running a meals-on-wheels service for the undead?”
“Don’t laugh,” he said, the light receding from his eyes. “That concept was tried once. Everything tasted like duck blood.”
I threw a hand up. “You don’t know what duck blood tastes like.”
He stared levelly back. “Hints of webbed foot.”
But not every vampire invention is so innocent (or fowl-oriented). While vampires undergo a greater change than most humans can imagine, not all of them like it. Some can’t control the nature of their hunger and become despondent or angry. Others pine for the lives they left behind, especially for their loved ones – still living nearby – and this makes them desperate.
And there’s always someone – vampire or human – willing to make a buck by giving the desperate what they want, or think they want. But, as Sydney and Malcolm discover in Running in the Dark, attempting to control vampire hunger is a dicey and explosive undertaking – one that threatens the tenuous accord between vampires and humans.
Regan Summers lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and alien-monkey hybrid of a child. She is a huge fan of the low profile. She likes books, ottomans with concealed storage, small plate dining, libraries, Corporal Hicks, some aspects of pre-revolutionary France, most aspects of current Italy, and books.
Regan has offered up two digital copies of Running in the Dark for VBC readers. Simply leave a comment on this post with your innovations for modern vampires (or why you like modern vampires). Contest is open through Nov. 14. Winners will be selected randomly.