World Building, Vampires, The Aegis, and Release Day

the aegis ecoverThe Aegis, my vampire paranormal will be released today by Champagne Books. Since the villains are common – VAMPIRES – world building involved balancing the vampire villains with a group of heroes who hunt them. Both exist in the mundane world as we know it, but are governed by certain rules – like invitations to enter someone’s home. Everyone has his or her own ideas about vampires. Even about whether vampires are evil or not. I mean, really, somebody sucking your blood out of your living body doesn’t make for good friends.

My Light Warriors, all of them gorgeous and practically immortal, battle the evil vampires, who are not-so-gorgeous and smell like road kill. Of course, it’s a romance, so the heroine is a beauty who has no idea about her heritage as a vampire hunter, especially one who occasionally sprouts fangs herself. Melinda is surrounded by folks who know what’s going on with her as she prepares to take her place at her lifemate’s side, except, of course, Melinda herself. The humor of her situation is balanced by the danger that surrounds her and the Light Warrior who has pledged to protect her until she can become his Shield Bearer.

Check out the cover by Petra and blurb for The Aegis. Click the cover or HERE to read an excerpt or buy.


Melinda Kildare, antiquarian and rare book dealer extraordinaire, returns to her shop after an estate sale with a massive, sealed barrel. Too late, she discovers that the Aegis medallion that traps her head-first in the bottom of the barrel is the bait used by a family of vampires to capture and enslave women of power.

Light Warrior Damian Sinclair who has battled the Dark Ones for centuries answers Melinda’s call—the Call of a lifemate. While protecting her from the Dark Ones who pursue her relentlessly, he introduces her to passion, love, and her heritage as a Shield Bearer of the Light.

Will they find happiness as they unite to fight the Dark Ones or fall victims to the Dark forces ranged against them?


“Celebrating Romance Across the Ages” with Rita Bay’s Blog

“The Aegis” Champagne Books, April, 2013
“Her Teddy Bare” Champagne’s Carnal Passions, May, 2013
“Search & Rescue” Secret Cravings, July, 2013
“Finding Eve” Champagne Books, September, 2013
“Into the Lyons’ Den” Champagne Books, 2012
“His Obsession” Siren BookStrand, 2012
“His Desire” Siren BookStrand, 2012



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3 responses to “World Building, Vampires, The Aegis, and Release Day

  1. Yeah. Evil vampires. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

    • Seems to me that there’s something inherently evil about prolonging one’s own life at the expense of others’ lives. While the tradition of vampire-like creatures is ancient, the actual appearance of vampires in literature dates back to the early 1800s. What is especially interesting is the evolution of vampires from blood-sucking evil creatures of the night to attractive and compelling characters that has occurred in the last two decades. R

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