AOTM May 2016 (3)

Kate Baxter chats about her Last True Vampire series...

 

What inspired you to write about vampires?

I’ve always been a fan of vampires! I read Anne Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE when I was 17, and after that, I was hooked. I love the aura of darkness that surrounds them, the intensity of their emotions, and the potential for so much self-inflicted torture. I love to write internal conflict and with vampires there is so much opportunity to explore their angst. It’s fun to shed a little light on characters who are condemned to live in darkness!

 

Was there a book in the Last True Vampire series that you found the most challenging to write? And the most satisfying?

THE DARK VAMPIRE, Jenner’s book, was by far the most challenging to write so far. I’m not used to writing characters like Jenner, who is so completely alpha, and I worried about what readers would think of his overbearing nature. The most satisfying book in the series so far has been THE WARRIOR VAMPIRE. Ronan and Naya’s story had been bouncing around in my brain for years before I wrote it. The words flowed and the book was so easy to write.

 

Do you have a favourite out of your vampire heroes, Mikhail, Ronan and Jenner?

There are definitely things about each of them that I love! I love Mikhail’s angst, and Ronan’s snarky playfulness, and Jenner’s intensity. They each have something unique to bring to the table. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. I wouldn’t want to make anyone jealous. ;-)

 

Your heroines are just as feisty as your heroes. Is this important to you?

A feisty heroine is essential to my writing. I’m a HUGE fan of the “unlikeable heroine.” I admire strong female characters and I like to write them as being as complex as their male counterparts. I love strong heroines, but to be strong, I think it’s important to write a heroine who’s flawed. Claire is a con artist, Naya is stubborn and refuses to accept help, Bria can be reckless and her naivety can certainly be seen as a flaw.  I like tough heroines, but I also like relatable heroines. And no one is perfect.

 

The series is set in LA, why did you choose this infamous city?

For some reason, LA seemed like the perfect place for a bunch of vampires to call home. I wanted them in California. Forcing a bunch of nocturnal creatures to live in one of the sunniest places on earth was too good to pass up. Plus, I wanted them in a city where paranormal creatures would easily blend in. Where there would be never ending nightlife and the possibility to create conflict. LA seems so sensual, and seductive, and even a little seedy. I wanted them in that sort of environment where glitz and glamor rubbed elbows with down and dirty.

 

What do you think it is about vampires that readers seem to fall for?

Vampires are eternally seductive. Even Bram Stoker recognized the allure. They represent eternal life and sacrifice. If you think about it, a vampire gives up a lot in exchange for immortality. Food, sunlight, the chance at a normal life, the possibility of watching those you care about growing old and dying or succumbing to illness. It’s a lonely existence and that isolation is what spurs the romantic notions of a vampire searching for a mate. Because in the end, the sacrifice is nothing without someone to spend eternity with.

 

Are bad boys better than clean-cut heroes?

I’m torn on this one. As a lover of all men, I can appreciate them both! ;-) I have a tendency to want to write nice guys. Clean-cut, upstanding, mature, and responsible. The guy who would never let you down. But bad boys really have their appeal as well! Gruff, arrogant, who acts like he doesn’t care about anything. That is, until he meets the heroine. Why not have the best of both worlds? Take a bad boy and turn him into a nice guy!

 

What do you prefer, vampires or werewolfs?

This is a tough one to answer because Christian Whalen, a character I introduced in THE WARRIOR VAMPIRE, is a werewolf and I have an absolute crush on him! He’s a werewolf I could get behind! Or beside…or under… Well, you get my point! I think if I have to choose, however, I do prefer vampires. Dark and broody—not to mention the fact he’s obsessed with putting his mouth on your throat—pretty much does it for me. I’d volunteer to be a blood donor any day!

 

Were you inspired by any paranormal romance authors?

I am such a HUGE fangirl! I met Patricia Briggs last year at RT and I almost couldn’t speak I was so star-struck. I’ve met Kresley Cole too and I seriously had to keep reminding myself NOT to do anything to embarrass myself. I love Larissa Ione, J.R. Ward, Lillith Saint Crow, Kalayna Price, Darynda Jones, Anne Rice… I could go on and on. I’m in awe of their talent and every time I sit in front of my keyboard, I aspire to write as well as they do. 

 

Can you tell us a little more about the development of this exciting, dangerous world you’ve created and what’s in store for your characters next?

The thing that I love about this world is that it is so vast, I could write in it forever. With each new instalment, new possibilities branch out in so many directions. I could write about Mikhail’s coven, the dhampirs, the Sortiari, Naya’s pod in Crescent City, even Gregor and the berserkers… Each new book introduces new characters and new possibilities and I want to explore them all. 

 

Where would you like the Last True Vampire series to go next?

By the end of Jenner’s book, there are 3 new vampires in the mix. I’d like to keep exploring the tethers of these vampires while moving forward with the Sortiari, Gregor’s plans, and of course, Siobhan. Her story isn’t ready to tell, but I’m looking forward to weaving her storyline into future books to set up for it. I like for the world to unfold for readers as it’s unfolding for the characters. That way, we can all experience the ride together.

 

Headline Eternal

The Last True Vampire: Last True Vampire 1

By Kate Baxter

Launching an unmissable new series for fans of Bella Forrest, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian. THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE is deeply sensual, intensely emotional, and bursting with heartstopping action.

Centuries ago, the vampire race was almost destroyed. Now, salvation rests upon one - the last true vampire.

He is the last of his race. King of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of LA after dark, haunted by his past and driven by hunger. The sole Ancient One to survive the slayers' obliteration, only he can resurrect the vampire race. But he's unable to reclaim his world without the woman who can return his soul...

Claire Thompson is mortal, yet her intoxicating blood draws Michael like a moth to the flame. Sassy and seductive, only she can satisfy his insatiable cravings, their first fiery kiss igniting an irrevocable passion.

With the future of the vampire race now at stake, Claire has the power to seal Michael's fate - forever.

This unforgettable new series continues with The Warrior Vampire - return to the dark, deadly, and deliciously sexy world of the Last True Vampire.

Baxter breathes new life into the vampire romance genre ... Readers aching for a romance rich with passion, intense emotion and the sweet promise of immortal love will do well to get acquainted with this seriesBaxter beautifully blends together vampire lore, romance and action in this fantastic book, and definitely proves that the vampire genre is by no means dead ... This book is awesome, suspenseful, sultry, action-packed, and just brimming with delicious vampire goodness. I'm so excited about this series and I can't wait to see where it goes nextThe pacing is fast. The action is edge-of-your-seat. The danger is real and brutal. But the love story, oh man the love story; it's beautiful ... This is Kate Baxter's debut and she really knocks it out of the park. If you are a paranormal romance lover, I strongly suggest you check this series out. If you are new to paranormal, give this one a go; The Last True Vampire is exactly what you want in a paranormal romance. Kate Baxter is definitely one to watchDelicious, dangerous, and deadly, The Last True Vampire is a welcome bite introducing the seductive Michael Aristov, the sexy Claire Thompson, and the sly author Kate Baxter who brings these gorgeous creatures to life. This is the first book in what is shaping up to be a must-read series for fellow vampire groupies ... Kate Baxter has done her job and masterfullyFrom page one, I had a feeling of complete absorption and absolute fascination ... with this red-hot vampire tale filled with action and a meticulously assembled paranormal world ... It was everything you could ask for in a paranormal romance ... I was thoroughly lost in the world inside this book from beginning to end. Lost to the creatures, the fight scenes, the fated love, the intensity and tenderness of this couple fighting to find a way to change the fate of the world togetherKate Baxter tantalizingly weaves legend and sizzling romance into a tale that will leave you craving more! Kate is on my list of "must reads"!If you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood ... pick up The Last True Vampire, you won't be disappointedThis is the Vampire book I've been waiting for!!! ... This first book indicates her name will be spoken alongside Jeaniene Frost and Charlene HarrisDelicious, dangerous, and deadly ... A must-read series for fellow vampire groupies ... The Last True Vampire has a little something for every romance lover - mystery, suspense, superhuman action, steamy sex, intense sensuality, and a hope for love that keeps us turning the page ... Kate Baxter has done her job and masterfullyHot. Damn. Killer world-building, a heat level Demonica fans would appreciate, an alpha male who isn't perfect, and a heroine with some steel to her spine. We're so excited about these booksA brilliant blend of vampire lore, sensual energy and twitchy characters ... Pulse-pounding action with great fight scenes! Ms. Baxter's book is a jackpot read for vampire lovers who like sizzle because this story is brimming with heat! ... Dangerously addictiveA fast-paced romance with non-stop action, The Last True Vampire is an incredible read ... The world-building is captivating and heart-pounding ... A thrilling story of survival and finding love in the darkest of timesKate Baxter has done a remarkable job of building this paranormal world and folklore within the human realm and creating multiple plotlines that will continue to follow this seriesKate Baxter needs one hell of a gold medal for weaving together such a griping, action packed, kick-ass vampire tale. It was hard for me to put this book down and was disappointed when it came to an endI like the unique spin Kate Baxter puts on the vampire myth, while still including some classic elements ... In addition to the scorching romance, there are moments of danger and suspense ... Full of sexy vampires, strong women, and excitement. The romance and action in The Last True Vampire are perfectly balancedClaire was the kind of heroine that you want to root for - independent, strong-willed, and courageous - and when she and Mikhail were together, they were this combustible pairing that looked like they were ready to conquer the worldThis is the first book I have read by Kate Baxter and the first in a new series. I think she knocked it out of the park. I loved it! She took an old idea (vampires) and made it unique and completely her ownI really loved this book. It seems vampires are making a comeback lately and if they're all going to be like this then I'm a happy lady!Dark desires and pulse-pounding excitement draws the reader into an exhilarating and dangerous world ... I was positively enthralledThe characters are well written and have an electrifying chemistry together. I absolutely cannot wait till the next instalment of the series! This book is a 5 star hit for meNeat twist this author has put on vampire fiction... Readers who enjoy vampire paranormal romance with a tough, scrappy heroine and a hero a bit out of his element should enjoy this new book from this new author!The world-building was excellent! ... I'll definitely be grabbing the second bookGreat storyline with characters that leapt off the pagesYou could cut the sexual tension with a knife... Explosive! When it comes to vampires, the more biting and blood sucking the better in my opinion, and Kate Baxter did not disappointA truly spectacular roller coaster ride. Once I started, I couldn't stop until I reached the end. I will definitely be following this series as it grows overtime. So if you are like me and aren't sure if you can love a vampire story again, give this one a try. I think you may fall in love.Once things took off, the story went from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds... There was action and plenty of heat, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens in Ronan's bookBaxter gives us everything we look for in a new series. Hot, potential heroes abound, as do villains set to destroy everything they've built. What was most surprising was the fluidity of Baxter's story. The overall flow of the characters and story line was practically flawlessI was hooked right from the start with this one... The author very skillfully weaves a melancholic thread around the start of the tale, which rapidly morphs into dark tension. The interaction between the lead characters is combustibleI have high hopes that Kate Baxter will build on these foundations to create a wonderful series... The author has managed to put her own twist on vampire mythologyKate Baxter has kicked her new series off with a bang... l definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the sequelKate Baxter has done a very good job with the world-building and her characters are funny, sexy and fascinating, as much as the whole story. I would really suggest every lover of this genre to give this book a tryControlling alpha male who needs some feminine sense knocked into him? Check. Woman blind to the supernatural world until she is thrust into the centre of it due to one sexy male? Check. A bunch of misunderstandings and moments of conflict in their relationship broken up with scenes of sexual tension followed by some steamy scenes? Check. It was just a fantastically enjoyable readThis book was a brilliant read, it was everything I expected a vampire story to be and more. It was smokin' hot, passionate, exciting and dangerous. It was fantastically written, with an engaging plot. I was easily transported into the dark and deadly underworld and loved every minute of being thereThe first breathtakingly powerful novel in a brand new paranormal romance series. High-concept, hot, and utterly thrilling - this series has got it all.

Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry and undead.

Find out more about Kate by visiting www.authorkatebaxter.blogspot.co.uk, and connect with her on Twitter @KateBaxterAuthor, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKateBaxter.

INCREDIBLE TALENT: Kate Baxter is an exciting debut author of exceptional talent. Her Last True Vampire series is paranormal romance of the highest quality. An authentic, multi-layered world, a passionate, heart-stoppingly romantic love story, and a thrilling, action-filled plot are just some of the ingredients of this powerful, unputdownable new paranormal romance series.EXCITING LAUNCH: We have big plans for Kate Baxter. We're incredibly excited to launch her Last True Vampire series as the new must-read paranormal romance series. We plan to build Kate's profile and really generate the buzz that this series deserves. We truly believe that Kate has the potential to sit alongside J.R. Ward and Nalini Singh, as a stalwart in the paranormal romance area.CLASSIC GENRE: Paranormal romance is an area of the genre that remains ever-popular, with a core, dedicated audience. With authors such as J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione leading the genre, we plan to place Kate Baxter and her phenomenal series alongside these romance giants.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to sizzlingly passionate erotic romance, thrillingly exciting suspense, out-of-this-world, provocative paranormals, irresistibly sexy and heart-warming contemporaries or intense, emotionally powerful new adult, this is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

The Warrior Vampire: Last True Vampire 2

By Kate Baxter

The vicious war against the ancient race of the vampires continues in Kate Baxter's THE WARRIOR VAMPIRE. Fans of Bella Forrest, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian, prepare to be addicted to the pulse-pounding action, incredible emotion and raw sensuality of this powerful series.

Centuries ago, the vampire race was almost destroyed. Now, salvation rests upon one - the last true vampire.

For hundreds of years, Ronan Daly has hungered to be turned into a vampire. Now his time has come he's ready to serve his king and resurrect the vampire race to glory.

Naya Morales is no ordinary mortal, but part of a secret tribe dedicated to hunting down stolen magic. One fateful night, she's led to Ronan - a thief set to change the course of her fate for ever.

Ancient law orders Naya to kill her prisoner, but she can't ignore the formidable vampire's pull on her soul. And once they surrender to desire, a torrent of addictive passion is unleashed. But dark magical forces are at play and, with the bloodthirsty wrath of Naya's tribe to contend with, their love faces a deadly battle...

Return to this seductively dark and deadly world in THE DARK VAMPIRE. And visit where it all began in THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE.

Baxter has definitely hit her stride in this second Last True Vampire novel, enriching the already imaginative world of this darkly inviting paranormal series, and offering a romance not easily forgotten ... a surprisingly tender, emotional romance that still packs tons of action, adventure and intrigueBaxter beautifully blends together vampire lore, romance and action in this fantastic book, and definitely proves that the vampire genre is by no means deadThe pacing is fast. The action is edge-of-your-seat. The danger is real and brutal. But the love story, oh man the love story; it's beautiful ...Delicious, dangerous, and deadly ... a must-read series for fellow vampire groupiesRed-hot vampire tale filled with action and a meticulously assembled paranormal world... It was everything you could ask for in a paranormal romanceIf you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood ... pick up The Last True Vampire, you won't be disappointedA brilliant blend of vampire lore, sensual energy and twitchy characters ... a jackpot read for vampire lovers who like sizzleThis is the vampire book I've been waiting for ... This first book indicates her name will be spoken alongside Jeaniene Frost and Charlene HarrisI loved this book! Kate Baxter has quickly become one of my favorite authors and The Warrior Vampire is a great addition to The Last True Vampire seriesThis book is uniquely interesting and will cause the reader to not want to stop reading ... Naya is my type of women; strong, fearless, faithful to her beliefs and a kickass fighter. The author does an astounding jobIf in the first novel of the series, The Last True Vampire, I thought the world was rich, in The Warrior Vampire things got even more yummy ... The romance arc was really fun, the odds-against-the-couple thing came with awesome tension and the action outside the romance was interesting tooAfter reading The Last True Vampire, I was looking forward to Ronan's book ... Full of action and steam and even made me smile a few timesKate Baxter is one of those authors that has an innate skill for creating a variety of well developed supernatural creatures and world that they live in ... If you're looking for a great PNR series to get started on to really whet your appetite for more, I highly recommend this one. You have romance, action, suspense, and writing that is locked tight with no holes or discrepanciesAn action-packed story ... I'm looking forward to see what Baxter has in store for her readers next!I loved reading this one as much as the first. You get pulled right into Ronan and Naya's story ... Kate Baxter has created an amazing worldI LOVED this book ... The sexy scenes are HOT! ... Naya is a bad ass chick ... Did I mention the SEXY HOT VAMPIRE scenes?The Warrior Vampire is a hot and exciting read. The chemistry between [the] two mates is like fire. It engulfs readers from head to toeSpellbinding paranormal romance ... The chemistry between Naya and Roman flows from the pages in stunning clarity as it sizzles with electric heatThe Warrior Vampire is the second book in the Last True Vampire series and just as good as the first ... a fun ride ... some very satisfying sexy-timeThe Warrior Vampire is a great addition to the Last True Vampire series. I loved Ronan... Baxter is one of my favoritesThe story was fast-paced, thrilling and contained the most hottest couple I have ever come across from the this genre. Kate Baxter sure can create some steamy scenes. I am surprised that my kindle didn't catch fire during some parts of the book. Sucking someone else's blood has never been so hot. No wonder I was hooked!Really entertaining and sexy ... a spicy, action packed novelI signed up for a steamy romance and boy does Baxter deliver in spades. Naya and Ronan have sizzling chemistry in this book and I was cheering them on every step of the wayDemonic slayers. Fearsome vampires. Ancient magic. The second book in Kate Baxter's seductive Last True Vampire series.

Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry and undead.

Find out more about Kate by visiting www.authorkatebaxter.blogspot.co.uk, and connect with her on Twitter @KateBaxterAuthor, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKateBaxter.

INCREDIBLE TALENT: Kate Baxter is an exciting debut author of exceptional talent. Her Last True Vampire series is paranormal romance of the highest quality. An authentic, multi-layered world, a passionate, heart-stoppingly romantic love story, and a thrilling, action-filled plot are just some of the ingredients of this powerful, unputdownable new paranormal romance series.EXCITING LAUNCH: We have big plans for Kate Baxter. We're incredibly excited to launch her Last True Vampire series as the new must-read paranormal romance series. We plan to build Kate's profile and really generate the buzz that this series deserves. We truly believe that Kate has the potential to sit alongside J.R. Ward and Nalini Singh, as a stalwart in the paranormal romance area.CLASSIC GENRE: Paranormal romance is an area of the genre that remains ever-popular, with a core, dedicated audience. With authors such as J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione leading the genre, we plan to place Kate Baxter and her phenomenal series alongside these romance giants.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to sizzlingly passionate erotic romance, thrillingly exciting suspense, out-of-this-world, provocative paranormals, irresistibly sexy and heart-warming contemporaries or intense, emotionally powerful new adult, this is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

The Dark Vampire: Last True Vampire 3

By Kate Baxter

The grave threat to the tortured race of vampires is greater than ever in Kate Baxter's THE DARK VAMPIRE. An unforgettable, intensely emotional, and hot series for fans of Bella Forrest, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian.

Centuries ago, the vampire race was almost destroyed. Now, salvation rests upon one - the last true vampire.

For centuries, Jenner has been plagued by the shadows of his past. Now, a newly-turned vampire, he stalks the night like a wild predator, unable to satisfy his insatiable desires. Until a beautiful vampire sets his soul on fire...

Bria is pure innocence, hidden her whole life from a merciless enemy determined to hunt her down. When things become perilous, safety comes in the form of a fearsome bodyguard - Jenner.

One fateful night, Bria is saved by her vampire protector and a blazing connection is sparked. But surrendering to the powerful call of passion means breaking free from the shackles of their pasts. And with the war against the slayers more savage than ever, they must fight to survive. For the vampire race depends on it.

Addicted to the wild world of the Last True Vampire? Don't miss the earlier books in the series, The Last True Vampire and The Warrior Vampire.

Baxter breathes new life into the vampire romance genre ... Readers aching for a romance rich with passion, intense emotion and the sweet promise of immortal love will do well to get acquainted with this seriesBaxter beautifully blends together vampire lore, romance and action in this fantastic book, and definitely proves that the vampire genre is by no means deadThe pacing is fast. The action is edge-of-your-seat. The danger is real and brutal. But the love story, oh man the love story; it's beautifulDelicious, dangerous, and deadly ... a must-read series for fellow vampire groupiesRed-hot vampire tale filled with action and a meticulously assembled paranormal world... It was everything you could ask for in a paranormal romanceIf you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood ... pick up The Last True Vampire, you won't be disappointedA brilliant blend of vampire lore, sensual energy and twitchy characters ... a jackpot read for vampire lovers who like sizzleThis is the vampire book I've been waiting for ... This first book indicates her name will be spoken alongside Jeaniene Frost and Charlene HarrisHot. Damn. Killer world-building, a heat level Demonica fans would appreciate, an alpha male who isn't perfect, and a heroine with some steel to her spine. We're so excited about these booksI like the unique spin Kate Baxter puts on the vampire myth, while still including some classic elements ... In addition to the scorching romance, there are moments of danger and suspense ... Full of sexy vampires, strong women, and excitement. The romance and action in The Last True Vampire are perfectly balancedThe third intoxicating novel in Kate Baxter's fiercely sexy, deadly Last True Vampire series.

Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry and undead.

Find out more about Kate by visiting www.authorkatebaxter.blogspot.co.uk, and connect with her on Twitter @KateBaxterAuthor, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKateBaxter.

INCREDIBLE TALENT: Kate Baxter is an exciting debut author of exceptional talent. Her Last True Vampire series is paranormal romance of the highest quality. An authentic, multi-layered world, a passionate, heart-stoppingly romantic love story, and a thrilling, action-filled plot are just some of the ingredients of this powerful, unputdownable new paranormal romance series.EXCITING LAUNCH: We have big plans for Kate Baxter. We're incredibly excited to launch her Last True Vampire series as the new must-read paranormal romance series. We plan to build Kate's profile and really generate the buzz that this series deserves. We truly believe that Kate has the potential to sit alongside J.R. Ward and Nalini Singh, as a stalwart in the paranormal romance area.CLASSIC GENRE: Paranormal romance is an area of the genre that remains ever-popular, with a core, dedicated audience. With authors such as J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione leading the genre, we plan to place Kate Baxter and her phenomenal series alongside these romance giants.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to sizzlingly passionate erotic romance, thrillingly exciting suspense, out-of-this-world, provocative paranormals, irresistibly sexy and heart-warming contemporaries or intense, emotionally powerful new adult, this is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.