‘Debut Author Spotlight’ is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.
Before becoming an author, Linda Mercury had varied careers, including librarian, art model, and professional clown. She holds advanced degrees in both History and Library/Information Science.
She lives in Oregon with her husband.
RELEASE DATE: July 2012 | PUBLISHER: Kensington | GENRE: Paranormal Romance
In a new world where paranormals and humans share an uneasy coexistence, the most dangerous and sensual legend of the night lives once more–and one of the greatest secrets of all time is about to come out. . ..She Hungers For His Light. She calls herself Valerie Tate. One of the few vampires left on earth, as beautiful as she is powerful, Valerie has resisted her craving for human blood for years, just as she once hid her true gender. But the night she lays eyes on the most enticing man she’s ever seen, her appetite can no longer be denied. He radiates goodness and light–and searing sexual energy. Valerie must have him. Taste him. Consume him. For he is temptation–and he is her destiny. . .
Lance Soleil is a rugged war veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Portland. At first gaze, he knows what Valerie is–and wants her even more. But when he welcomes a pack of werewolves into his shelter, he attracts the attention of Valerie’s oldest rival–her bloodthirsty brother, Radu, who hopes to become the first vampire President of the United States. Valerie knows Radu has a hidden agenda, and with Lance’s help she is determined to stop his unholy rise to power. But first, she must risk their growing love by fully revealing herself–as the one and only Dracula. (Goodreads)
Hi Linda, welcome to Book Chick City. What’s DRACULA’S SECRET about?
Dracula’s Secret and the rest of the Blood Wings series tell the story of a very different Vlad Dracula than the one we all know.
Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in DRACULA’S SECRET?
Valerie Tate is a vampire on a mission to redeem her past. Unfortunately, she has a lot of redeeming to do, since she was Dracula.
How did you research DRACULA’S SECRET?
I have a BA and MA in history, so I was able to research fairly quickly. I checked a lot of bibliographies on the books written about Dracula to find out the best primary sources. I also spent time researching the fall of Berlin in World War II to get those details correct.
Is DRACULA’S SECRET the first in a series or a stand-alone?
Dracula’s Secret is the first book in the Blood Wings series. Dracula’s Desires is book two, and Dracula Unleashed, book three, will be released in early 2013.
When is your favorite time to write?
Whenever I have had enough sleep!
Where is your favorite place to write?
I am one of those who like to write in a number of locations. I will always return to my local library (where I used to work), a coffeehouse down the street, and the library at the Portland Art Museum. All these places engage my brain and make writing feel easy.
What was the last book you read and enjoyed?
I just read Hidden, the debut novel by Kendra Elliot. It was one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve ever read!
Which authors do you admire?
I adore books by Jayne Ann Krentz, Jessa Slade, and Nalini Singh. I also like indie pubbed author Nancy Brophy.
Describe yourself in five words
Tall, intense, curious, sensual, and a little goofy.
Turning in the final draft of Dracula Unleashed. Then I’m going on vacation!