"Unfortunately, after five centuries or so, the comfortable vampire enchantment can, in fact, wane. Sometimes I think Catrina is longing for something more-just like her fooled admirers. I enjoy my music. I have to occupy myself with some post-war Goodman ‘Moonglow’ and Miller ‘Serenade in Blue’ in order to control my Welshire urges. These dark gifts cannot and shall not rule me. I will not succumb to animal anarchy the way Stephen does. For myself, I am content in my respectable role here until the next war comes calling. Can I admit to myself that I know Catrina is not content? How could she be? My voluptuous love has the predatory power of the wolf and all her fun feline charm. I enjoy watching her exude the dark magic allure as I play the music for her. Her exotic and spooky look brings the silver screen to life-curly black hair and white skin stamped with a perfectly deadly pout of red lips. I love her, I always have. I could not bring the vampiric gifts to anyone I did not love. I expected to spend the rest of my unnatural life with her. Although I don’t doubt Catrina loves me and will always have a space for me in her black heart still; deep down I know she intends to leave me for new vampire lusts..."
And so Lust, Book 5 in my ongoing Muse series Fate and Fangs: Tales from the Vampire Family is an unusual vampire tale in that can be a bit...depressing. Non-glitter, unhappy 900 year olds who don't brood at the local high school, Who knew?
I must say, I didn't really think much that Lust was going to be our December release in the set. The order of the stories was already planned chronologically. The sex and vampire speakeasy of James' 1955 tale naturally fell after the slavery of Victoria's Debauchery and the contemporary Humanity forthcoming in January from Gaston. It is amusing that Lust comes at what should be a reverent time, but let's face it. Unfortunately, our society is far more into the naughty than the nice, and that is exactly James' problem in Lust. His good guy vampire just can't compete against the new and upcoming hot stuff.
The Sundowner offers steamy Welshire vampires Jessica, Pamela, and Slava for underground vampire sex and biting fetishes in this mid-century tale from Professor James. Victoria’s twin brother James, however, is content with his gig as piano player at the club owned by their brother Stephen. James’ own love Catrina is the alluring singer at The Sundowner, but can he keep his longtime vampire companion away from the tempting, exciting young clientele?
I knew Lust was going to be a brooding turnaround after some of the fun and juicy heavy in the first two Fate and Fangs books, Love and Punishment, and this is probably why James is one of my favorite characters from my original The Vampire Family novel. We'd like to think we'd go all out and be heady, decadent vampires living the glorious moonlight high life. In actuality, however, we'd probably be much of the same, going along with the status quo, taking the screw from the man, and going through the unending darkness in our usual 9 to 5 monotony. 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.!
After guesting with several of my Muser Family, doing other blog posts, and answering tough interview questions, I realized then how fitting Lust actually is to Christmas and our December holiday season. We rush rush rush with all the buying, give unnecessary gifts to bosses or coworkers, sometimes people we don't even like!! We do the pretty paper and curl all the ribbons because it is expected of us. And really, we all know someone who becomes a Christmas bridezilla and flips out under the yuletide pressure!
In my newspaper work this week, I came across a note for a 'Blue Christmas' church service for those alone this season or in grief or suffering circumstances. Though such meetings are not unheard of, I was again reminded how many folks find Christmas as the most depressing time of the year. Doctors and scientists provide clinical explanations for the 'winter blues' and amid an entire street of ridiculous outdoor lights and blow up displays, we do always wonder about that one house that doesn't have one bulb upon it.
What has happened to what should be the soul of the season? Have we replaced it with shopping, sales, chaching? Can a vampire, a would be soulless evil thing, have a broken heart?
Damn! I've done depressed myself in realizing the connection! Here's a few links to my latest Fate and Fangs virtual visits. We have a little more fun with Roseanne and Margaret!!
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