Welcome to the Love is Darkness Blog Tour. Love is Darkness by Caroline Hanson is an urban fantasy novel and book one of the Valerie Dearborn Trilogy. Caroline has provided us with a lovely interview and there is a tour wide giveaway for everyone at the bottom.
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.
In London for graduate school, Val knows she’s finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she’s out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?
She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can’t refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he’ll stop protecting those she loves.
Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.
And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.
Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!
Caroline: Sexy, sassy and sweary (it’s kind of a word, right?)
Caroline: I’m a huge vampire fan, so I tried to take what I like and leave out the rest. When I think of vampires I think of them being very much in control, so what I wanted to see was a world where they might be out of control.
Caroline: Some people are very easy to write. Valerie was easy to write, so was Marion and Jack. But Lucas was a bastard. But people love him so I must’ve done something right! When I wrote Love is Darkness, everybody would email me about Valerie and how they related to her. Then the second book came out and it was all Lucas all the time…with a swear word at Jack usually thrown in.
Caroline: Ha. It would have to be a Florence and the machine song. How about My Boy Builds Coffins? It’s got an appropriate title at least.
Caroline: I’m an attorney, I’m obsessed with awesome tv, I used to live in England.
Caroline: I’d be a vampire, but one that could go out during the day!
Caroline: …It’s a secret. Like Kentucky Fried Chicken and their special seasonings.
Caroline: A time travel that will hopefully be out in July. It’s called A Lady Out of Time and has a kick-butt heroine and a very stuffy Duke that she blackmails. It’s set in Victorian England.
Caroline: No, but thank you for having me!
Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Adulthood ensued and she returned to California, bringing back her very own Englishman.
After becoming an attorney she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She’s heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is trying valiantly to keep those rumors from reaching her family.
Caroline grew up listening to Brit pop and reading about vampires. As a teenager her favorite authors were Anne Rice and Jude Deveraux. Now she loves Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Nalini Singh and JR Ward–that’s the short list.
In terms of TV she’s big into Game of Thrones, anything by Mr. Whedon, Ms. Plec or Ms. Rhimes because she likes a love story– the more messed up and disastrous the better!
Her books have been on various Bestseller lists and she loves to hear from fans so long as they understand that Lucas is not real, she can’t hook them up, and he CERTAINLY isn’t chained to her bed.