Monday, January 14, 2013

Watch My Back with Guest Blogger: Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Win a book and chat with 
author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom 
today at the Book Boost!

Hello Book Boost Blog. Glad to be here today. Thought I’d jump in with a post about my something on my mind.

I’ve been asked a hundred times over why I choose the characters in my books. Why those particular people, with their particular backgrounds inspires a story, or a series. And I can answer this pretty simply, at first.

The people I write about have to have certain qualities that I either might aspire to in their situations. Qualities I’d look for in friends, close acquaintances, and lovers. Not perfection, certainly, but close to it, according to my own internal parameters for things like that.

Of course, a vampire might not be somebody’s idea of the perfect male. So, when I write about vampires, my males still have those qualities that would make me want to love, or admire.

I write paranormal romance, and about worlds where the supernatural is imposed on the known one. So my Others carry over my search for the ideal. As tortured, scarred, or dangerous as my immortals and werewolves might be, in my world, they are never despicable criminals or monsters. They all possess the stuff that makes me want to write about them over and over again.

My latest Nocturne is out now. Guardian of the Night is part of my Vampire Moons series for Nocturne, which takes a few of the seven Blood Knights from the Aurthurian times up through the centuries and into the present. The Seven have scattered around the globe, still honoring the quest that set them into motion as a group. They still maintain the qualities that made them a part of the honorable knights of old. But they are, of course, immortal. They are also world weary, and lonely, but remain in seclusion.

In Guardian of the Night, we find Mason LanVal in France. One of the Seven, with all those characteristics I told you I like: loyalty, strength, intelligence, elegance, and control. All seven of the Blood Knights are Guardians of a holy relic, and are tied to that cause. Mason LanVal has stretched his blood oath to include guarding the mortals his area.

I just love the idea of a guardian angel. Of having someone like that watching over me when I might not even know about it. And if I found out, then what? Would you approach such a being? What would you do?  *** That’s the question of the day.

The first of my Blood Knights was detailed in last year’s Golden Vampire. Another of them will appear in 2013. Really, writing about these guys is an adventure in pleasure. No matter how serious their stories are, and how deeply they go into their own world, I’m there to chronicle it, and to share their plights and oaths with you.

Guardian angels? You bet. No wings on these guys, but they do have a pair tattooed into the skin on their backs. . . that never let them forget what honor is all about.

Hey – that’s it for me. How about you?

I know that some folks like their vampires dark and horror-ified. They get off on that chance that he will roll over and bite you on the neck while you sleep. Is that what floats you? Or, like me, do you crave that Guardian? And maybe knowing that the Seven are out there somewhere, keeping the bad guys from you?

Does a Guardian have to be an angel? Does yours? Fill me in on your thoughts. One lucky commenter will win book from my backlist.

I hope you’ll give the Blood Knights a read. Guardian of the Night is out now.

Oh, and yet another dark immortal makes an appearance in my novella for Nocturne’s Holiday with a Vampire 4 anthology. He’s sexy, too.  Ha-zah! These guys are sheer author bliss.

A Note from the Book Boost:  I totally believe in guardian angels.  That little voice that tells you not to turn down that road or go down those darkened stairs.  Of course, the question we most often listen to that little voice or ignore it?  Thanks for joining us and this series sounds amazing!


The Guardian. An immortal with incredible strength, created centuries ago to protect the purity of the vampire bloodline and fight those who would abuse its power.

As one of the seven Blood Knights, Mason LanVal spent lifetimes honoring his vows without wavering. That all changed the night he found Faith.

Faith James will do anything to save her missing sister, even if it means risking her own life. She sought Mason for help, and instead found more questions and the key to unlocking her own latent powers. She is a woman and a trueborn Lycan. Her pull on Mason is twice damned, and yet he can't tear himself away.

With just one kiss, the blood gift Mason gives Faith sets in motion an all-consuming desire that is forbidden to indulge, but impossible to ignore....

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JeanneD said...

Hey Linda! Yes, Guardian Angels are real. They do whisper in the ear, or sometimes they're even the guy who suddenly appears and helps you...I don't know, but you'll get it when it happens!

Interesting - vampire as angels. Talk about conflict!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Linda -

I think we have guardian angels... I think a few of them are probably our ancestors, trying to help us avoid trouble...

The hard part is trusting that gut instinct! :)

Great blog!

Lisa :)

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

Yay. Thanks Jeanne and Lisa for the comment and the wave. So glad you... believe.