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THE KING’S VAMPIRE–Not Your Mother’s Vampire!

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I can hardly believe that “The King’s Vampire” was published by Soul Mate Publishing nearly four years ago! http://amzn.to/1sBlyyu┬áThat means it will be going out of print some time in March. It’s a book that meant a lot to me, and I’ve been thinking about reprinting it as an indie, but I’m not sure yet.

It’s not your mother’s vampire because it has some twists that are not typical of the vampire genre. Elizabeth Curran, the female protagonist, is not content to remain a vampire and is in search of her soul. More a battle between good and evil rather than the life of a vampire. What was truly enjoyable about writing this book was the historical aspect. Most of what I write about King Charles II of England is true, well, except the part about someone trying to make him a vampire. LOL! The Restoration in England is one of my favorite historical periods, and I loved writing about it.

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The oak tree above was grown from an acorn of the royal oak where Charles Stuart climbed to hide from Cromwell’s men. According to the legend, Father John Huddleston was the priest who helped him hide. The very same Father John Huddleston was the one who gave Extreme Unction to Charles Stuart on his deathbed.

It’s a well-known fact that King Charles had many mistresses, and Barbara Palmer, Countess of Castlemaine, has a few run-ins with Elizabeth in my book. Nell Gwynn, infamous actress & harlot of the Restoration, is also there. I make mention of a nude portrait of her hidden behind a secret chamber, and such a portrait has been found and thought to be Nell Gwynn. History is so much fun!

I make mention of a Philip Rohr who was a German theologian who believed in the vampire lore of the time, and also a Francois Richard who wrote about vampires and witches. It’s fun to use history as a catalyst for fiction. Sometimes, the problem when you write paranormal, people tend to dismiss the historical facts along with the fiction. That’s understandable, becomes sometimes fact is just much weirder than fiction, as we can all attest.

One of the last historical realities I’d like to mention in my book is the topic of Catherine Montvoisin, or La Voisin as she came to be called. Noblemen and women of Louis XIV’s court did embrace her dark arts. The scandal really hit the fan when Louis’s mistress, Athenais de Montespan got involved with La Voisin. Rumors spread that Montespan had stripped naked on the altar, and they found a sacrificed newborn over her body. Whether it was true or not, it spelled trouble for the nobles. I guess my fascination with these topics prove in my mind that there is always a continuous struggle in the world between good and evil, and we must always remain vigilant to the demons who might steal our souls. Just because something is fiction, doesn’t mean it’s not true.

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One last favorite part of my book, THE KING’S VAMPIRE, is my vampire dog, Charlie. And while there are no real vampire dogs, Charlie was real as my little dog, Toto. THE KING’S VAMPIRE will be out of print soon, but I hope if you get the chance, you’ll take the time to read it. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bren

 

 

 

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