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Release day: Vampire State of Mind

1 October 2012

Today is the official release of Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well.  She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee.  To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York.  

But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship.  The stakes are high.  They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with …

Jane dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Having read far more vampire novels than is good for anybody, I found myself wondering many things – for example, if a vampire falls in love with a human, how long is it going to last, really? I mean, after around sixty years, he’s going to find himself shackled to something that looks like Yoda, and nobody wants that, do they? And why should the human have to become a vampire just to keep the object of their love? Vampires, if they really existed, would be top of the food chain. All that superhuman strength and speed – wouldn’t they just wipe us mere humans off the face of the world (apart from some tasty morsels that is)? What would stop them running the whole show and humans being nothing but powerless adjuncts? And then I came up with the answer – the local Council, obviously. And lots of paperwork. So my take on the vampire/human world is rather different: the vampires are slightly old-fashioned and rather obsessive about things, and the humans drink too much coffee and worry about the rent. I like to think it’s how things would really be; the Children of the Night having to learn to draw the curtains and not disturb the neighbours…

You  can find out more about the book at Jane’s website and buy it at Collins.

All ARRA members who comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of this book.  Giveaway closes 22 October 2012.  (The winner was Natalie)

12 Comments
  1. 1 October 2012 5:26 pm

    It sounds as if Jane Lovering has given this book her usual humorous twist … :-)

  2. 1 October 2012 6:18 pm

    I love the sound of this. And what would a vampires reaction be to caffeine loaded blood? Hyper vamps :-)

  3. Anonymous permalink
    1 October 2012 7:29 pm

    @Sue – yep, there are definitely some funny bi
    @Louise – my vamps have a different metabolic system so drugs don’t affect them. Except one drug…..

  4. 1 October 2012 7:30 pm

    Sorry, computer malfunction; My comment should read

    @Sue – yep, there are definitely some funny bits
    @Louise – my vamps have a different metabolic system so drugs don’t affect them. Except one drug….

  5. 1 October 2012 8:36 pm

    I don’t read too many vampire books but this one sounds interesting .. congratulations Jane

  6. Natalie Moress permalink
    1 October 2012 9:15 pm

    Sounds likre a great read. I just finished The Killing Dance, and I’m in the mood for another good vampire story.

  7. 1 October 2012 10:31 pm

    Thank you Barbara – and be reassured that it’s not like your ‘normal’ vampire books.
    And Natalie – go on, give it a shot…

  8. aimskye permalink
    2 October 2012 11:54 am

    Congrats Jane on your release day, sounds like something I would love to read.

    Aimee

    • 2 October 2012 8:38 pm

      Aimee and Shiona – thank you both. If you read Vampire State of Mind, I hope you enjoy it. x

  9. Shiona permalink
    2 October 2012 5:05 pm

    Congratulations Jane, sounds like you’ve managed a fresh and entertaining take on the vampire genre. It’s going on my Wish List now.

    Cheers, Shiona

  10. Shiona permalink
    5 October 2012 5:24 pm

    Jane, I went to Amazon to put it on my Wish List and as it was reasonably priced I pressed that alluring button and “whispernet” delivered it to my door. And I loved it! Are you going to write more books set in that world? Please do!
    Cheers

    Shiona

    • Anonymous permalink
      5 October 2012 7:56 pm

      Excellent news, Shiona – I hope you enjoy reading it. And, yes, Vampire State of Mind is the first of a trilogy of books all featuring the same characters…I’m busy working on the follow-up as we speak!

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