I recently had the opportunity to ask the characters of Mari Mancusi’s new novel Blood Ties, a few questions. At the end of this interview, I also have an international giveaway for a copy of Blood Ties. So, lets get to the interview-
1. What is the hardest thing you have overcome?
Sunny: Being bitten by a vampire, of course, in the worst case of mistaken identity ever! You see, the vampire Magnus was supposed to bite my gothy twin sister, Rayne, instead. She's the one who got her certification to become a creature of the night. In fact, until that fateful night at Club Fang, I didn't even know vampires existed. So imagine my horror to find myself transforming into one...one week before prom! Ugh. Luckily, Magnus felt terrible about his mistake (as well he should!) and together we figured out a way to turn me mortal again before the vampire thing became permanent. In the meantime, we fell in love. So, like, I guess the hardest thing turned out to be the best thing in the end, go figure!
2. What book has impacted you the most?
Mari (Author): The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I've always been a fan of Arthurian legend, but that book -- which gave the story a feminist twist -- really changed my life. I could never write like her--her prose was so lyrical and rich--but I just love reading the book over and over again. I even named my new daughter (who is 5 weeks old as I write this!) Avalon after the legendary island.
3. What would you like people who have read Blood Ties to know?
Magnus: That despite what Sunny may tell you in the story, I never once put her interests second. At least not on purpose. Heck, I'm always thinking about her and how to make her happy. But sometimes it's tough to balance my role as her boyfriend and Master of the Blood Coven. How I wish those two things didn't constantly seem at odds. I would never want to hurt my darling Sunny, but I don't want to put the lives of the vampires who trust me in danger either. It's tough to be the Master, let me tell you!
4. What is your all time favorite moment?
Jayden: When Sunny kissed me. I know, I know. It was probably wrong. After all, I know about her history with Magnus and I don't want to always be that guy--pining over the perfect girl, who belongs to someone else. But I just can't help it. Sunny's become my best friend and so much more. She's perfection, wrapped in fairy wings. So to have her lips on mine--even for a moment--is a memory that will last a lifetime for me.
5. Is there anything you would like to add?
Rayne: There's a lot more to come after Blood Ties! Book Seven in the Blood Coven Vampires series, Soul Bound, will be out in March 2012. It will go back to my point of view as I, once again, must work to save my sister. (Wait til you see what I have to do THIS time! Sunny better be grateful!) And then, in October of 2012, we go back to Sunny for the very final chapter of the Blood Coven Series - Book #8 (still untitled...) Hope you enjoy them!
The final battle is brewing between Vampires and Slayers. But for Sunny McDonald, the true war is being fought over her heart.
Though now officially back in the arms of her vampire boyfriend Magnus, Sunny finds she still can't forget the gentle mortal Jayden who once saved her life. And when the darkness threatens to steal his humanity, Sunny finds herself with a choice. Stay true to Magnus and the Blood Coven or defy them in a desperate attempt to save Jayden’s soul.
Meanwhile, the Blood Coven is gearing up for its toughest fight yet--going head to head with a splinter group of Slayer Inc who's regrouping in Tokyo, Japan, still determined to take over the world. In dark blood bars and hidden temples, it'll be Vampires vs. Slayers in a showdown that could cost Sunny not only her heart...but also her very life.
You can enter to win a copy of Blood Ties, here-