I love redemption stories. There are few themes more compelling than those involving someone coming back from a position of dishonor or disgrace (deserved or undeserved) to prove himself worthy once again to his family, his friends, and his community.
Sometimes the core of the story is rooted in the character’s fall from grace--how did he lose his status within his world, and was that loss due to his own actions, or the machinations of someone else? Other times, the story’s heart is found in the character’s journey back to his place within his people and his world--will he come back to the same social status he held before? Will he be forced to accept a lesser standing because of his past failings? Or will he return to his place in his community a better person, one with an even greater role to play after he redeems himself?
These are the kinds of questions I thought about almost from the first moment Sterling Chase walked onto the page in KISS OF CRIMSON, Book 2 of my Midnight Breed series. I knew he would be set on a downward path as the series continued, and I knew that path would be long and dark and winding--one that might make him disliked by some readers even as others might love him all the more for his failings and self-destructive behaviors. And now, here we are, at the release of Book 10, DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT, and (finally!) it’s Chase’s turn in the spotlight.
I probably shouldn’t admit how much fun I’ve had developing (torturing is probably a more accurate word) Sterling Chase for the past seven books. But I love working with complicated characters who are painted in shades of gray, instead of simple black-and-white. And it was both a challenge and a reward to be able to spread that character development over such a broad multi-story canvas--all the better when I knew there would be a happy ending waiting for him after all that torment and angst. I hope my readers enjoy Chase’s redemption story in DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT!
So, tell me what you like best about redemption stories! Everyone who comments will be entered in a random drawing for a DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT prize package that includes a signed tote bag, mousepad, koozie, pen, signed bookplate and a set of bookmarks for the whole series. Good luck to all!
And thanks so much to Danielle for inviting me to play at the blog today. =)
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order--a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike--to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.
At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach--until he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young woman who may be something much more than she seems . . .
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As a child, Lara Adrian used to sleep with the covers up around her neck, afraid she might become the midnight prey of deadly vampires. Later on, under the influence of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, she had to wonder if her fear wasn't actually something else: a secret desire to walk in a darker world, to live a dangerous and sensual dream with a man of seductive, preternatural power. It is that twining of fear and desire that fuels Lara's own fantasies today, and the idea that she explores in her New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series of vampire romance novels from Bantam Dell Books.
With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, Lara Adrian lives with her husband in coastal New England, surrounded by centuries-old graveyards, hip urban comforts, and the endless inspiration of the broody Atlantic Ocean.
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