Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mini Interview + Book Spotlight with Susannah Sandlin, The Penton Legacy Series

Author Name: Susannah Sandlin
Book Title: Omega, Book 3 
(Redemption, Book 1 - Absolution, Book 2)
Word Count or Number of Pages: 328
Series: The Penton Legacy
Genre/Subgenre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: February 5, 2013
ASIN: B0073XV3L2 
Number of pages: 328
Word Count: approx. 88,000

The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton's humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal's vicious leader, Will's capture could doom the resistance. 

Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will's polished charm and Randa's guarded heart finally give way to the warrior within. 

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Mini Interview

Q: Do you have a favorite quote or line from Omega? If so, please share.

A: It’s not so much a line as a series of lines. Will has been injured and is in a lot of pain, so the doctor gives him a triple dose of morphine—who knows how much morphine it would take to work on a vampire? So he’s stoned out of his gourd, watching the dots on the ceiling tile swirl around, and trying to carry on conversations. Will’s funny anyway, but that part still makes me laugh.

Q: The Penton Legacy Series features Vampires. Did you stick with traditional Vampire lore or did you add some new twists? Please elaborate.

A: It’s a combination of old and new. My vampires do feed on human blood (although a virus vaccine has changed blood chemistry and made it poisonous to vampires, so they fight over the unvaccinated humans). They can’t tolerate sunlight and go into “daysleep” during daylight hours. They have super-strength and normally heal fast. So those are things one might expect. Some of the differences: they aren’t “undead,” but evolved—their hearts still beat, albeit slower. They’re sensitive to silver—it renders their strength to that of their human life and they heal from a silver knife wound at human rate. Their eyes lighten when they’re angry or aroused or hungry. Master vampires have some psychic skills. My group of vampires have worked hard to hang onto as much of their humanity as possible, living among their human familiars who are blood-bonded to them, which means other vamps can’t feed from them.

Q: In Omega, Will is the hero and Randa is the heroine. Name two things each of them can’t live without.

A: Will loves his electronics—his iPad and cell phone. A lot of Omega takes place in their underground bunker because they’re in the middle of a war, and he is bored because he can’t get a cell or Internet signal. He’s also have a hard time giving up his tunes—he likes classic 60s rock music, which was popular at the time he was turned vampire. Randa has trouble living without control—she’s a bit of a control freak. She’s only been turned vampire five years, though, so she hasn’t been able to get very set in her ways.

Q: Convince readers to buy Omega in 25 words or less.

A: It’s fast-paced and sexy, funny but full of tension, and Will can make you love him. Forget what you think  you know about vampire books.

Q: Are there any specific words or phrases you aren't comfortable using in your stories (especially in sex scenes)? Word or phrase that makes you say “ick”?

A: OMG, there’s such a long list. I’m so fearful of “purple prose” that I probably go too far in the opposite direction by just calling things what they are. And for some reason I absolutely hate the word “mewl.” Unless there’s a cat in the room during the sex scene, don’t have anybody mewling, please. *shudders*

The Penton Legacy, Book 2
By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Book Description:

With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal.

A Scottish gallowglass warrior turned vampire in the early 17th century, Mirren Kincaid once served the Tribunal as its most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the Tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the Tribunal wants him back on their side—or dead. 

To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?

It’s a town under siege, a powerful warrior in a battle with his past, and one woman who can make the earth move—literally—as the Penton Legacy continues.
Buy Absolution

Book One Penton Legacy series
By Susannah Sandlin

Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed. 

Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars.

To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago.  

Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again. 

Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18. 
Buy Redemption

About the Author: 
Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

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  1. This is really a wonderful series and the author is kind and attentive so if you haven't tried this series yet jump on it you won't be disappointed and by reading it in order you will see how it become better and better with each new book

  2. Thanks, Miki! I'm anxious to get started on the next one!

  3. The Penton Legacy series is a great read. Highly recommend it whenever I can. Try it, you'll like it.

  4. Thanks, Roger!

    And thanks to Jocelyn for hosting me today!

    1. Thanks for being here Susannah! I'll add The Penton Legacy books to my TBR. :-)

  5. I highly recommend this series. Put it at the top of your TBR pile!


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