Monday, July 16, 2012

Denise Verrico: an Interview with Cedric and Giveaway

So I've invited my friend Denise Verrico today to do a little promoting of her latest book. Denise and I go way back, as book promoting friends and today she has a very SAUCY interview with OOH LA LA Hottie Vampire Cedric (man, I love red-headed men). She is giving AWAY a copy of her Annals of the Immortyls to someone who leaves a saucy comment and email addy in the comments, and you definitely want to win, so tap into your naughty inner bad boy or girl and give us some sugar, eh? 

I’m pleased to be back with Hart today! I brought my Scottish bad boy, Cedric MacKinnon, with me. I’m sure you’re much more interested in what a 6’ 3” bisexual vampire has to say, so I’ll let him speak.

DV: So Cedric, tell your readers a little about yourself--and do try to behave.
CM: My dear, I'm your slave, you know that. I only do what your wicked brain contrives. You dreamed me up.
DV: You hatched out of my head like Athena. I have little control over your escapades. Be a good boy, and maybe I'll write some erotic adventures for you.
CM: Promise? I'd like that. So, what’s this about a tart running this blog? I’m always pleased to meet a fellow tart. Oh, that’s a Python thing. I love Python too.

[*Tart pinches Cedric's bum*  I can be both kinds of Tart, you know]
So, here goes, I was born in Scotland. My parents died when I was little. I grew up in a children’s home and ran away to London when I was fifteen with dreams of becoming a rock star--needless to say, not a great idea. I went on the streets and made my living selling the only thing I could.
To make a long story short, rent boys in London have a 33% HIV infection rate, and I became a statistic. I turned to playing my guitar in the underground to supplement what I got from the government, and one night I encountered this lovely Indian man--or so I thought. Raj made me the man I am today. That is to say, a vampire courtesan turned assassin. Complete sociopath, Raj.
On the bright side, I’m a musician and play the guitar as well as Indian instruments. My prized possession is a vintage Stratocaster. I love all kinds of rock music. My favorite artist of all time is David Bowie. Flashy clothes, fast cars and the latest electronic gadgets are my weakness—and beautiful lovers. I believe in spreading the wealth, so to speak.
DV: Talk about your former line of work.
CM: Must I? You just love dredging all that up.
I’m an adept of the ancient arts, which is an Immortyl temple artist in service to the Goddess Kali, but adepts are used as courtesans in political intrigues by the Chief Elder, Kalidasa. Usually a total drag-- except for the singing and dancing. No one does a blues riff on a sitar like me. Music is my true passion.
Too many uncongenial lovers, too many beds, too little rest. Lord Liu was the exception. Liu Li Cheng is a gentleman and knows how to treat a boy right.
My official duty was to serve the Goddess and bestow Shakti’s blessings through an elaborate tantric sex ritual. During my training in the ashram, I told my guru, Sandhya, “I’ve been called many things in my time, but never a conduit of divinity”. She wasn’t amused and hit me on the back of the head with all her rings on. Ouch. Vampires aren’t known for being gentle. Well, maybe those sparkly, wussy ones.
I once had an encounter with a bloke who was with the Spanish Inquisition. No Monty Python fun here. Torture isn’t officially allowed on an adept, but with our new Rani, Giulietta, anything goes. The change I’d like to see is Giulietta’s head at the business end of my knife.
DV: And what is it you do now?
CM: Mia tells all about my exploits in servant of the Goddess. Let’s just say that I take heads now instead of give…well you get the drift.
DV: Who trained you in your new occupation?
CM: I’ve had excellent teachers in New York. Mia is quite the swordswoman. Philip and Shieh have taught me martial arts. My dance training comes in handy here. They call me a living weapon. I rather like that.
DV: I'm not surprised. Do you have a significant other in your life?
CM: With my omnivorous sexual nature it’s rather difficult to settle. I get around-- a lot. But there are two lovers who mean something more to me than a congenial shag.
My darling Mia is the earthly manifestation of Shakti in the form of Durga, and I’m her “tiger” servant. Grrr…we do get a bit rough sometimes. I love a strong woman.
However, I must say that Lord Liu remains a powerful presence in my life. You’ve got to love a Chinese warrior from the former Han Dynasty turned scholar turned Immortyl elder. He’s deep. And dare I say sexy?
DV: So, where do you go from here? Any last secrets to reveal?
CM: I won't tell all. I did that in My Fearful Symmetry. They will just have to read my saucy tale and Mia’s new one, Servant of the Goddess. With my new line of work, it’s hard to say where I go from here. I’m on a secret mission at the moment. So, I can’t say exactly what I’m about—or as you Yanks say—what I’m up to. If I survive this mad quest, I hope to continue to aid Mia and Kurt in their mission to find a cure for this condition that makes us perish in the ultraviolet and addicted to blood.
And you have promised some steamy tales. Of course, I will still be blogging and interviewing on Saturdays. I can’t disappoint my darlings.
Well, I suppose if the nice boys and girls leave me a saucy comment and a contact email, we could send them a link and coupon code for the free ebook of Annals of the Immorytls. That’s a-n-n-a-l-s—not a-n-a-l-s. There’s a short in there about yours truly.
DV: Cedric blogs at Immortyl Revolution on “Sexy Saturdays with Cedric”. Yes, I did indeed create a monster. He’s a social media whore. Here is one of his posts, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From David Bowie. You can chat with Cedric @cedricMackinnon on Twitter or at his Facebook page

About Denise's Latest Book: Servant of the Goddess is the fourth novel of the urban fantasy vampire series written by Denise Verrico. This installment follows up her debut novel, Cara Mia, which introduces the characters and world of Immortyl Revolution and its sequel, Twilight of the Gods and My Fearful Symmetry. Set in 2001, Verrico’s My Fearful Symmetry introduced a new vampire hero, Cedric MacKinnon, a temple dancer in service to the Goddess Kali, who learns his beauty and speed render him a lethal weapon. “My vampire society originates in India. In my third novel, My Fearful Symmetry, I delve deeper into the origins,” says Verrico. “In the fourth book, I unite heroine Mia Disantini and Cedric in a way that raises some sparks. It takes place in NYC in 2001, so there will be momentous events my characters must deal with.” As in all her novels, Servant of the Goddess maintains a science fiction twist on the genre, action-packed thrills and a touch of romance. 

About the author:  Ms. Verrico is an Urban Fantasy author and New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since childhood and is a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. Her books are published by L&L Dreamspell Publishing and include: Cara Mia (Book One of the Immortyl Revolution Series), Twilight of the Gods (Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution Series), and My Fearful Symmetry (Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution Series). She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and her flock of seven spoiled parrots. 


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Tart Note:  Now don't forget!  Spicy comment. Email! (Cedric is definitely worth getting to know--seriously--this vampire world is a very enjoyable one--tension and conflict of the role as killer, spicy, sexy... And I love the deeply thought through and consistent with mythology back story.  You want these)


Denise Verrico said...

Thanks for having us here!

Cedric MacKinnon said...

Ditto! So, when do I get to help with the writing in the bath? I look amazing naked.

Hart Johnson said...

Fun interview, Denise! I love Cedric!

RaShelle Workman said...

Wow, love the artwork for Cedric. The very first boy I crushed on had thick, longish red hair... His name was Guy... and that's all I'll say. LOL

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, what guy doesn't dream of becoming a rock star?

Sarah Ahiers said...

ooh, i am also a fan of redheads. MMM.
Unfortunately i'm swamped at work right now which leaves very little creativeness regarding the sauce (and i so badly wanted to come up with something clever regarding bearnaise or another mothersauce. Sigh)

Hart Johnson said...

RaShelle-HA! I have a Guy in my past, too... and a redhead... but they aren't the same person...

Alex-teehee--you and the hot vampire have something in common, eh?

Sarah-man, I hate it when the day job interferes with the good stuff!

Helena said...

It's tough out-spicing a character like Cedric. Love the humor and the sad very human background he came from and how he sounds like he's still evolving, and not just as a social media whore (love it!). I'm checking out the book and his blog.

Cedric MacKinnon said...

RaShelle, ginges are hot!
Alex, too right. I should have fronted a stadium band.
Sarah, bernaise works for me, but something in chocolate is so much sweeter.
Helena, my love, I appreciate your empathy. Thanks!

Denise Verrico said...
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Denise Verrico said...

Thanks for the great comments!