Friday, November 12, 2010

Vampires & All that Jaz: Guest Post!

Vampires and 
All That Jaz!
Hi Everyone!
I'm very honored to appear here on Rex Robot Reviews. I've been a sci-fi fan since childhood, so robots definitely appeal to me. But then I like dinosaurs, so the name Rex reminds me of Tyrannosaurus Rex. But then, I'm struck by the idea of a robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex! I need to write that down...I can envision a story there somewhere.
Many of you (most of you?) are likely wondering who Jaz Primo is, exactly. I'm the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal vampire romance titled Sunrise at Sunset. It's the first installment in the Sunset series, and a novel with a rather unconventional premise for a vampire storyline. Have I piqued your interest? Here's the teaser:
We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities. My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature's most dangerous predator. On occasion, it's a very valuable quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope. Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I'll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn't one of them. I'm feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she's trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I'll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I'll make her regret the day she was born. So, I suppose that I'm not just a vampire- I'm about to become someone's worst nightmare.
I've noticed that in the paranormal romance genre it's rather typical for the key male characters to be heavily alpha-oriented. In addition, most key female characters are traditionally either one of two types: submissive and defenseless, or jaded and equally alpha-oriented to the point that they're attracted by a strong male but don't actually need them. Please don't misunderstand me, there's nothing at all wrong with that, it's just an observation. I enjoy reading novels with those traditional character styles on occasion, as well. 
Most popular literature is based around variances on a common theme or flavor. People enjoy reading about familiar character and storyline structures because they're comfortable to them. In some cases, it's how they would like to see the heroes and heroines of their dreams. It's the same reason that one goes to a restaurant and repeatedly orders the same item on each subsequent visit. A "known" happiness is much more satisfying than an "unknown" risk. With the Sunset series, I employ some traditional character structures, but I lean more heavily on non-traditional structures for three of my main characters. To illustrate this point, my editor Julia stated that one of my main characters (Caleb) is "unusual in American popular fiction." I constructed my characters to reflect reactions and emotional development that is more reality-based. I'm quite proud of that fact, and I believe that I make it work quite well in the Sunset storyline. Fortunately, I enjoy a growing fan base of readers who like it, as well.
Let's switch gears, shall we? As a reader, are you tired of vampires? I can't even fathom such a thought. I LOVE vampires, and I enjoy writing about them. Granted, I like other genres, as well. Heck, I like medieval magic users, dragons, futuristic space operas, and zombies as much as the next person. But vampires...there's just something about them that I love. They're simply fang-tastic! *wink* Although the vampires that I employ in the Sunset series aren't like most traditional or popular vampire stereotypes. They're not the reanimated dead like in Twilight or True Blood. Oh, and they don't have glittery skin in the sunlight. My vampires are corporeal, alive, and somewhat plausibly based. Well, as much as the realities of a vampire can actually be, I suppose. 
Okay, I'd like to state for the record, that I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. It's one of my favorite vampire series, in fact! Meyer is a talented writer, and I genuinely FEEL Bella's character throughout the series. Add to that, I'm a big fan of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse vampire series, as well. Harris has a talent for mixing a form of nearly every mystical character archetype known to fantasy literature into her series. And who can forget the vampires conjured up by Anne Rice? However, you may be surprised to learn that I'm not a fan of the granddaddy of all vampire novels, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Certainly, the storyline is more than compelling, but I really don't enjoy books written in epistolary format. Give me a good first or third person style because I just don't like reading memoirs. It breaks up the flow of my preferred reading style. To be honest, Dracula was simply too tedious to read and enjoy. (Uh-oh, I already see the hate mail coming my way from vampire purists.) 
I wonder if your reading list is as long as my own. I love books, and I don't think that I'll ever catch up to the point that I run out of something to read. But then, isn't that a wonderful problem for each of us to have? *wink* Thanks so much for your time and indulgence. It's been such a sincere pleasure and honor to appear on Rex Robot Reviews. And I hope that you'll permit me an opportunity to entertain you with Sunrise at Sunset. It's available in paperback and eBook formats, and you can read the first chapter on my website at or Amazon. Hopefully, you'll find it to be love at first bite! *Cheesy Grin*
All the best,


  1. Aloha Jaz=)

    I have this novel TBR'd and so when I seen this post I had to come over and read.

    After reading the beginning I'm very curious about the characters. I also find it interesting when you use 'reality-based.' Most readers of the genre will say that they read the genre to escape the hundrum of reality but I do like a small dose of reality interlaced.

    From the blurb I see it's written in first person so I assume the novel is written like so.

    Very interesting post.

    Best wishes to you!

  2. I'm with you, LovLivLife! I like a little reality :)

  3. Reading list & time--sigh! I not only have the longest reading list, more books than should be aloud (thank goodness hubby understands my addiction!), but I have even managed to already spend my book budget for the year! We still have 1 1/2 months to go! I am that much of a book junkie. Luckily the library will hold me over til Christmas (guess Santa doesn't even need a list from me this year) and I have even won a book contest or 2 on the net :D

    But no, Jaz, the reading list never goes away. Always finding new and interesting books to add to it. Of course it helps to have these wonderful review blogs sending me posts to keep up with the latest releases (or is that it keeps me busy??)...
    thanks guys!

  4. Hi Everyone!

    I wanted to take a moment to respond to the posted comments, which are wonderful by the way!

    @Rex Robot Reviews:
    I’m so grateful for the opportunity to reach out to your readers and blog followers!

    @LovLivLife Reviews:
    My novel is actually written in third person, though I liked the first-person back cover blurb because you get inside the thoughts of Katrina. However, I employ a method in my writing where you get to “hear” thoughts of the main characters via text that is in italics. I have noticed that many paranormal novels are written in first-person, but it prevents you from “hearing” what’s going on inside other interesting characters.

    Libraries are still wonderful resources, even in this 21st century world of “web-based everything”. *chuckling* Here’s hoping that Santa will provide some additional “book-buying money” in your stocking this year! All the best from a fellow book junkie!

    Kind Regards,



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