Vampires and Me, by J.P. Bowie
So, it’s no secret I have a thing for Vampires. I have written seventeen stories about them, and given the time I might just write seventeen more. After all, they do give a writer a lot of great stuff to work with. First of all, they’re immortal, so their stories can go on forever, unless they meet an untimely demise at the end of a silver stake or severed head… Yeah, even the strongest vamp can’t survive that. And then there’s the daylight thing, but vampires are usually really, really smart and can generally avoid most of those inconveniences.
In my books, I’ve dispelled some of the myths surrounding the vampires, the no reflection thing, the holy water and the cross making them weak, and that they all hail from Transylvania. Those were Bram Stoker inventions, and although I loved his Dracula, I wanted to work on the premise that vampires could actually mingle with humans without being all that noticeable. And of course, as the stories are mostly pretty erotic, the guys have to be super hot, if a little on the pale side.
Here’s the blurb for my latest, The Vampire and the M.D.:
When Dr. Blake Farnon hits a shadowy figure with his car, he is astounded when the man almost instantaneously recovers from the accident. But Daniel Vale is no ordinary man, as Blake soon discovers. Daniel is Vampire, and not only that, works for the US government in a secret department of the FBI. At first, although wary of the undeniably handsome vampire, Blake cannot resist Daniel’s allure for long. From the moment Daniel shows up at Blake’s apartment with a poisoned silver sword imbedded in his side, Blake is hurled into an adventure he never dreamed he would be a part of.
Demons, ancient gods and a vindictive goddess determined to tear apart the fragile fabric of world peace after the Middle East War, can only be stopped by other supernatural beings—vampires. And Blake finds himself caught up in the fight, whether he wants to be or not. Can his fledging relationship with Daniel possibly survive? He’d thought it crazy enough he’d fallen for a vampire, but the rest of it? What would his mother say?
|S.J. Frost’s Demon Prince Reviewed at The Blogger Girls – Overall Impression: I really liked it!- “In any case – this was fun, and it was fab seeing all the old crew again, the powers and magic and action are great and though it wasn’t my favorite it is still an excellent book in a fantastic series!”|
|A.J. Llewellyn & DJ Manly’s Slow Dance Reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews – ”
My two favorite men in law enforcement are back in this third installment of the wildly exciting ‘Orgasmic Texas Dawn’ series. Once again, I’m thrilled that the story picks up almost immediately after the end of the previous book. So now I had even more intrigue, more twists and turns, more betrayal, deceit, and lies. Super exciting!”
Can I write about Smart Alex? Oh, yes, I can. This is the first book I wrote back in 2007 when M/M was all so new to me. I’ve said before that I saw Brokeback Mountain and loved it, ordered the DVD, and got the manuscript with it. While reading that I thought that I could do write about guys in love. I went back online looking for more, not knowing of the whole M/M genre. I found books on online and was thrilled. I read them, ordered more, and I was hooked. Soon after that I heard that there was a drag show in my town. Mind blown! Here? Really? I had to go. (The funny part is that when I walked into the smoky dark room a young guy came up to me and asked, “Didn’t you use to teach at ?? Elementary?” OMG. Yep. Busted. Hilarious.
Anyway, while there I watched this couple dance in between the acts and I fell in love. I used that scene in Smart Alex. That right there started my writing in the M/M genre. That smaller guy holding on so tightly to the back of the taller guy’s shirt as if he’d never let go was an eye opener for me. “This is mine,” is what he was saying. He danced with others, but not like with this guy. They were so clearly a unit.
I started writing Smart Alex. I like that Smart knows he’s gay but has never had a chance to act upon it. He’s so excited to be going to college and hoping he’ll meet someone. Right off the bat, he meets Tommy and Mike and through them he learns what he wants for himself. The three become fast friends and the story develops from there.
Tragedy comes in the form of a fierce beating to the most vulnerable of the three and through that trauma he meets Alex. Through the story Smart and Alex become close and they all work together to help their friend recover. There is parent drama, police drama, sweet hot love, a cool dog, and a happy ending. And now, in the reissue of Smart Alex, there is an epilogue that shows where they are after graduation years later.
A neat little aside. Kris Jacen, at MLR read Smart Alex, loved it, and went to the owner and they decided I needed to write for MLR. It remains one of her favorite books to this day and I couldn’t be happier because that first endeavor has brought me so much. I love what I do and I hope you all love it, too.