Tracey O'Hara is a true master of writing jump-off-the-page-into-my-bed-please heroes. Her novels are ones I finished in a page-turning frenzy, all while sending her DM's demanding to know when the next one is coming out. It's really a wonder she hasn't blocked me or at least taken out a restraining order. Of course, she did me one better by sending me a care package and triggering my addiction to white chocolate Tim Tams.
Is it any surprise I love that bitch?
NIGHT'S COLD KISS
The tension between the Aeternus, an ancient vampiric people, and humanity has been mounting for over a century. But when rogue vampires begin to drain humans in order to achieve an illegal blood-high, all bets are off.
After the death of her parents, Antoinette Petrescu devoted her life to becoming one of the top Venators, the elite hunters who destroy the rogue Necrodreniacs. Her kill count is legendary and her skills superb.
But now the serial killer who killed her parents has returned. And to stop him Antoinette must join forces not only with the Aeternus, but also their most legendary killer. One that is both dangerously attractive, and involved in buried secrets of her past. More dangerous still, a dark attraction grows between them--one that could doom both races.
Alpha Pussy: I love your book covers!!! You won a Ruby Award for your debut novel Night’s Cold Kiss. What was that experience like?
Tracey: One word – surreal. I never expected to final, let alone win. When they called my name, I could swear I’d misheard. It still doesn’t seem real, I have to touch the trophy every now and then to make sure I wasn’t just dreaming.
Alpha Pussy: Would it help if I pinched you every now and then as well? The world you write about has such a rich history. Did it take you hours of research or did you just wing it as you went along?
Tracey: The history just came along as the world revealed itself to me. The stuff I had to research was the American settings since I had never left my own country at that time.
Alpha Pussy: Next time you need that kind of research let me know. I will work for Tim Tams. Or ARCs. Who’s your favorite boy: Christian or Raven?
Tracey: Don’t ask me to choose – that isn’t fair. I guess Christian is my first, but Raven is a pretty hot number.
Alpha Pussy: Of course it's fair! I would have to go with Raven just for the hat alone. And the hair...and the eyes...oh hell, I'll take all of him. Tell me about the first sex scene you ever wrote. What is your hottest one so far and why?
Tracey: Okay the first sex scene I ever wrote is in Night’s Cold Kiss where Christian gets in on with a human donor. He feeds and has some pretty hot nooky on railing of the hotel penthouse suite balcony. But the hottest sex scenes are the erotica ones that I write under a different name.
DEATH'S SWEET EMBRACE
After thousands of years of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens to shatter the tenuous peace.
Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a twisted, sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force must be formed to halt the madness—a union of avengers including the vampiric Aeternus, Christian Laroque and Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes…and forbidden lovers.
A centuries-old blood feud has divided their peoples—pitting wolf against snow leopard in a battle to the death—and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside in light of the scourge that is now upon them. For the killer they seek is but the first sign of a blossoming terror rising up from their long-buried pasts: the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.
Alpha Pussy: As a fan of all your stories, I'll have to agree with you on that one. Is there a different process writing sex between two humans and writing sex between either a human and a para-human, or two para-humans?
Tracey: Not really. I have never written any animal sex so they all take place in human form, although a vampire will probably be just as fixated on feeding as fucking.
Alpha Pussy: *blinks* Animal sex? Now I feel all sleazy for asking that. Although...Raven... What’s your favorite synonym for cock?
Tracey: What is wrong with cock? It’s such a perfect word. Though I do say erection sometime.
Alpha Pussy: A woman after my own heart. I love the word cock. Has writing about sex improved your own sex life?
Tracey: Who has time for sex when you work 8 hours a day and your husband works nights.
Alpha Pussy: Oh honey. *passes you a Tim Tam* One of my recent brilliant ideas is Jolly Rancher cockrings. Which flavor would you choose?
Tracey: Okay – I have never heard of Jolly Rancher and had to look it up. I found this http://www.faqs.org/shareranks/5015,Best-Jolly-Rancher-Flavors and decided I would pick cinnamon fire.
Alpha Pussy: Mmm...good choice. I'd go with that or watermelon. If you were to get snowed in with any one man of your choice, who would it be and why? Or will you be greedy and choose more than one?
Tracey: No – there is only one man for me, there has only ever been one man for me. And I married him.
Alpha Pussy: Smart man. Can I please have Raven for a weekend?
Tracey: You’ll have to fight Kitt for him. I mean, he is a pretty hot ticket. Plus I think he only has eyes for her, he is a one woman wolf :)
Alpha Pussy: I'm the Alpha Pussy, I can take her. The ending of Death’s Sweet Embrace twisted in a way I didn’t see coming. Bravo! First time I’ve been surprised by a story in a long while. How far in advance did you plot it out?
Tracey: I always knew how it would end. It was just getting there that was the journey.
Alpha Pussy: A journey which you're taking again with the third book in the series. Which I'm sure you're in desperate need for a beta reader. *bats eyelashes* Wrap it all up by giving your best tip for #BJFriday.
Thank you, Tracey, for the Tim Tams and the interview! You never disappoint!
Check out Tracey's website, http://www.traceyohara.com/books.html, for more information on The Dark Brethren series and to download DANTE RISING, the prequel to NIGHT'S COLD KISS.
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