Thursday, May 24, 2012

When in Rome … Survive

On June 1, the fifth and final novel in my Sabina Kane urban fantasy series releases. BLUE-BLOODED VAMP is the result of four years of hard work and a heck of a lot of fun, and I am thrilled that it’s finally time to share the end of Sabina’s story with all her fans. But in order to give her the send off she deserved I had to do something special, which is why I chose to set the novel in Italy.

Let’s back up a second. All of the other books in the series took place in American cities, namely New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. But for the fifth book, I knew I had to get Sabina away from her comfort zone so she could face her greatest foes yet on unfamiliar ground.

Two years ago, my husband took me to Florence and Tuscany to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. I knew instantly that I wanted to set this book in the country I fell in love with on that trip. Part of the story is based in Tuscany on an estate that closely resembles the one we stayed at on our trip. But most of the action takes place in Rome, a city I have never visited.
Here’s a picture of me hamming it up in Tuscany. 

Naturally, writing about a city you haven’t been to can be challenging. I spent a lot of time researching the perfect settings for a story about a half-vampire, half-mage as she hunts down one of the oldest and most evil humans that ever lived. I spoke to people who’ve visited and read travel guides and watched videos about the city.
Luckily, the Eternal City offered up a lot of creepy setting from which to choose, including catacombs and crumbling underground chapels and churches made from bones. I also learned about Rome’s famous talking statues, which I used as an important key to the plot of the book.To a lot of people these settings are just fun touristy spots, but in Sabina's world they're allf taught with potential dangers. That's one of the most challenging and fun things about writing urban fantasy--twisting the every day things we may take for granted into the fantastical. 

In the end, I hope I did Rome justice, just as I hope I did justice to Sabina’s journey throughout the series. Maybe one day I’ll go back to Italy and leave a copy of BLUE-BLOODED VAMP at the base of a talking statue. 

In the meantime, I hope you’ll give this series a try. Three of the series’s five books have been chosen as Top Picks and all have received 4.5 stars from Romantic Times magazine. And if nothing else, maybe you’ll learn of some new stops to add to your itinerary for an upcoming vacation to New Orleans or New York or Rome.

The epic conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane urban fantasy series.

Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too.

The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he's in Rome and may not want to be found.

Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute. As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.

Read an excerpt of BLUE-BLOODED VAMP here.

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To celebrate the release of BLUE-BLOODED VAMP, I'm giving away a copy of the book. To be entered, please share the location of your dream vacation in comments. 

***Jaye's winner is Pamerd!  Please email with your full name and mailing details!***


Unknown said...

Visited Italy for the first the year before last. Been in love with it ever since. :) Florence and Tuscany were highlights for sure.

*yadkny* said...

My dream vacation is definitely to Greece... I love the culture and from what I've seen on tv the area is beautiful.

megblod said...

My dream vacation is to go to Italy and maybe Greece.

Dina said...

wow pretty pic. I am Greek, so Greece in 1 of my dream trips, but London, Italy and Scotland if on there also

erin said...

My dream vacation would be somewhere tropical and warm w/ an uncrowded beach... probably somwhere Hawaiian or Caribbean. But i would love to visit Greece, Italy, Ireland, China, Brazil... Pretty much any where that's not Nebraska which is where I live... lol :)

I'm such a fangrrrl of Jaye! I love this series and I have preordered every book after the first one :) Thanks so much for such an well written and engaging series and I'm sad to see it end!

JWilli said...

My dream vacation would be going to Sicily. My mom was born in Palermo and I have extended family there; some I have met and some I would love to meet. While in Italy I would love to visit the Vatican. Maybe the Pope would have me in for espresso, although I doubt the Holy Father would dig my insane urge to curse in Italian whenever I get mad. Please please send me to Italy ! Oh...wrong contest?? Oh. A copy of Blue-Blooded Vamp would be lovely, thanks. :)

Di said...

I'd love to get back to Italy, but had to come home early. And this time I'd love to take a cooking course.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Barbara E. said...

My dream vacation is to go to Great Britain and tour England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. I'd love to have several weeks to see it all, that would be heaven. I'm looking forward to reading Sabina's last book and learning how the series ends.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Mary Preston said...

My dream vacation would be to travel through Europe & Great Britain. Several years might just do it.

host said...

Ireland is my dream vacation spot  hope I’ll get a chance to visit it soon

pamerd said...


I love this series! My dream vacation would be to visit Australia and New Zealand. Someday I WILL get there.

Thanks for the chance

Pat Cochran said...

Dream trip: Venice, Italy. It would be
a return trip. I won a sweepstakes prize
to Venice in 1998 and we found that a week
was not long enough to see all its beauty!

Pat Cochran

Maureen said...

My dream vacation would be a trip to Australia.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

traveler said...

Italy beckons since it has woven its spell upon me. The beauty, romance, history and food are all wonderful.

petite said...

A dream vacation is by a beautiful beach which is secluded and white sugar sand with water like turquoise.

Mary Kirkland said...

Scotland because I'd love to see the castles and hear the men speaking. lol

Michele L. said...

My absolute dream vacation would be to visit the places of my heritage. I have a wee bit of Irish in me from my mom's side, so Ireland would be my first stop. I have a lot of German and English in me from my mom's side too, so Germany would be next, then on to London, England. Plus, I am part Czechslovakian from my dad's side, so that would have to be another trip! My husband is half Italian and English, so we would love to go to Italy someday. I guess an around the world in 80 days going to all our heritage countries would be a lot of fun!

Eli Yanti said...

my dream to go to hawaii and alaska :)