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I am so delighted to welcome Ramsey Weiss today to my blog. I have to say, Ramsey, you are the first vampire to be interviewed here. This is exciting!
Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I’m a private investigator with GSIS (Global Security and Investigative Services) and occasionally do freelance work for my friend, Christian McKenzie who owns NEHC (Nocturnal Entertainment and Hospitality Corporation). Both organizations are run by vampires. Yeah, you guessed it, I’m one too. But, I’m a nice guy overall. I’ve received a bad rap though. I’m what many women call the quintessential bachelor. I love women, what can I say, but I do. Except, now things might change that status since I met my new love.
It sounds like another “quintessential bachelor” has bitten the dust. Too bad, but I’m happy for you.
Are there a couple of things you can tell us about yourself that will surprise your readers?
I’m a romantic at heart and I like to play video games.
Ahhh, a romantic at heart. You’re my kind of guy.
Can you share with us something about your ordinary life before the upheaval to your life?
I traveled around the world saving damsels in distress. Usually took advantage of the situation and loved them, if you know what I mean. (winks) Always seemed to get me in trouble with my boss, Braedon, by doing that. (He shrugs shoulders) Hey, I told you I love women. Sometimes, waking up in a different city and bed every night wears thin, that’s why I occasionally take a freelance job for a good fight with the bad vamps in the world. Gets my blood pumping and rejuvenates me.
You’re so naughty, loving the damsels in distress…and then leaving them. But I bet they were “happy” when you left.
What changed in your ordinary world and brought you into contact with Camille du Bassin?
Ah, Camille, the love of my heart. I was dispatched to Paris to help in the kidnapping of a young heiress, who by the way turned out to be a former lover. Except, I didn’t know that at the time. She went by another name. We resolved that issue and were still friends. Oh, sorry I digressed there. Well, when I got to Paris, I was introduced to the heiress’ aunt, Camille.
I love it when you call her “the love of my heart.”
What was your immediate reaction to Camille?
(Laughter) I did not like her, at all. She was demanding, arrogant, liked to talk French around me, even though I understood her, I thought it rude. She fought against me all the time. I nick-named her the Bitch of Paris. I know, I know, not a nice name, but quite frankly, she was. Of course, turns out she became more to me than I originally thought. I’m totally head over heels in love with her.
The “Bitch of Paris, ” huh? No, that’s not very nice.
Did Camille get in your way to obtain your goal?
Camille didn’t get in the way, well sort of because of her stubbornness. But in the end, she’s the one that helped lead me to the antagonist of our story.
I like a stubborn woman. We can’t make things too easy for our men.
Did Camille give you any headaches while first dealing with her?
(Laughs again) Camille kept going out on her own to solve the kidnapping and ended up the one kidnapped, not once but twice. She’s so independent and smart, she just doesn’t know when to step back and let those of us stronger, more skilled, and, well, vampire to handle the job.
Yes, it sounds like maybe she took the being stubborn a bit too far.
Did anyone else interfere in you reaching your goal?
Oh yeah. Try the creepy ancient Egyptian vampire, Benjamin Laurent aka Bentehhor Anokhenti, a real bad-ass. He has it in his head to take over the world, or something like that, and thinks Camille is the reincarnation of his consort, Ta-Khara, a priestess of Anubis. Weird stuff, huh?
Oooo, a creepy bad-ass vampire! That sounds like a challenge.
Did you feel an immediate attraction to Camille? Or an immediate resistance to her?
Hmm, didn’t I already answer that? Well, anyway, “no” to the attraction and “no” to the resistance. She may have been a pain in the ass, but there was something about her strong-willed personality that attracted me deep down. She knew who and what I was and she accepted me and I think that’s what got me.
I’ve got to read your story. Camille sounds wonderful, especially if she managed to win your heart.
Who made the first compromise to make peace in your relationship?
Me. She fought me almost till the end. I think when I brought her to London for protection, she came around.
Again, I like Camille already.
When did the heat between you and Camille first start firing up?
I know exactly. Our first kiss, which was nothing more than a dare on my part. Surprised the hell out of me. Think it did her too. We continued to deny the heat as you described it, and it built to a point when we finally did the “deed” we nearly ignited.
Yum! I love a fiery coming together!
What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?
She’d been kidnapped by Benny, that’s my nick-name for the slime ball vamp, and he was seconds away from taking her blood in an ancient ritual. I nearly lost it. I fought him, but the bastard escaped. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out more on that in the next book, if Cynthia and her finicky muse get off their duffs and finish the story. *winks* You know I love you Cynthia.
Oh you tease!
You managed to make things work between you after some ups and downs. Would you go through all of that again?
Our relationship was a journey. We’re happy and in love. Would we do it again? Hell, yeah. We wouldn’t be where we are now if we had done anything different. Sometimes getting what you want has to be hard otherwise you don’t appreciate it when you do have it.
It sounds like you had quite a journey. I’m happy that it worked out and that you’re in love.
Now, Ramsey, I’ll let you relax while I chat a bit with your author, Cynthia Arsuaga…
Cynthia, what drives you to be a writer?
I enjoy telling stories.
What do you do to get away from the stress of writing?
I’m not stressed when I write. I love doing it.
Do you use a pen name?
Nope, go by my given name.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere. A story I’m working on now was from a cosmetics ad and I added the villain into the story based on lipstick.
Interesting. But I agree, inspiration can come from anywhere.
Do you have a regular writing process?
Write most of the day, off and on in-between promotion and networking.
I understand that process, although some days I feel like I do more promotion than actual writing.
Do you have some “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially new writers?
Stick to it, write, write, write. The art improves when you do.
Thanks, Cynthia. Now let’s talk about some specifics of A Vampire in Paris.
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Buy Link: Secret Cravings Publishing, after release
What was unique to this particular book?
Unique? I’ve blended Egyptian mythology, vampires, foreign locations into a love story with “older” characters. The heroine is an older woman in love with a younger man who happens to be a vampire, who of course is really older than she is. Makes for interesting dynamics in their relationship.
Did anything surprise you as you wrote this book?
How fast I wrote it!
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
Ramsey Weiss, the Hero
Did you have a favorite scene?
There were several. I liked the banter between the Hero and his heroine and probably the scene at the Eiffel Tower on Valentine’s Day.
That scene sounds good to me. I’ve been to the Eiffel Tower and it’s so impressive…and kind of romantic, too.
Did you have a scene that was particularly hard to write?
There was one I rewrote five or six times. It took a week to get it just the way I wanted. I kept going in different directions and was finally pleased with it. The chapter was a pivotal part on how the story progressed. I think I got it right finally, even went through edits with no problem. Yay!!!
Will there be any sequels to this book?
A Vampire in Paris is the second in a series I’m writing about Forces of Beauty, women in the lives of the men working for GSIS or NEHC. The third is in the works right now. Hopefully, there will be others!
The Cougar and Her Vampire is the first book in the series.
Quintessential vampire bachelor in Paris meets an heiress and a cat-and-mouse game leads to two lovers on a journey to discover love eternal.
The attraction is instant, but their new found love is tested on the journey to love eternal.
“Really? I thought you wanted me off any jobs outside London for a few more months following last time’s small misunderstanding.”
“I did. But Paris is a short flight compared to Hong Kong or Miami. Are you up to it?”
“Absobloodylootely. Paris I can always handle.”
“Hmm, this is a relatively short assignment to find a kidnapped heiress.” Braedon tossed the dossier across the desk toward Ramsey. “Take this. The file should tell you everything you need to know—addresses, phone numbers, names, your cover, and where you’ll stay during the day.”
“Perfect. When can I leave?”
“Will tonight fit your plans?”
“Not a problem. Who’s the client?”
“The wealthy businessman’s daughter, a young heiress apparently abducted by an alleged cult group leader. According to her father, they have demanded no police involvement or they will kill her. He has hired us because he heard of our special abilities, and he did not mean our investigative skills. We need to quietly take care of this problem. Personally, this sounds more like a bad boyfriend relationship gone sour, but the money pays well, so I took it on and did not ask too many probing questions. That’s your job to get to the bottom of the crime. Find her, bring her home safely, and make everyone happy.”
“Hmm. Sounds like a piece of cake. My fee?”
“Euros, Sterling or Dollars?”
“Certainly works for me.”
“And, of course, the client is picking up the expense of the round trip flight. Business class.”
“The least they could do at such short notice, right?” A husky, deep chuckle along with a wink to his boss went unappreciated.
“You’re one of my best investigators Ramsey. You also like the young lady detail jobs, so I called you in on this one, reluctantly.”
“Oh thanks, boss. Am I that transparent and a problem for you?” Yes, he was, but Ramsey made no attempts to disguise his weakness for the fairer sex. He loved women and was good at charming them for their blood and sex. At any rate, taking these types of assignments made them more interesting. No strings attached made for cleaner breaks when the jobs were complete. Play the role of the knight in shining armor and he’d have the heiress swooning in his arms for one night. Just the way I like my women.
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