Spotlight & Giveaway: One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Posted September 23rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 80 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands to HJ!

Hi Lynsay welcome to HJ, Thanks for celebrating release day with us 🙂

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

lynsayI’d say they have everything but the kitchen sink as a rule, lol. They’re fast paced, action packed stories with some suspense thrown. They’re very character driven, thecharacters and the relationships they develop along the wayare funny. Oh… and they’re funny. I have had many readers that have complained of having fits of laughter at the most inopportune times.

5 best things about being a writer?

– I guess the first thing would be the writing. I love writing. I do believe that even if I hadn’t been lucky enough to have been published and therefore able to make a career out of it, I’d still be writing in my spare time.

– The next thing would be my readers. I firmly believe that I have the best readers out there and I do enjoy hearing from them and meeting them.

– I like the freedom in my schedule although this is a bit of a double-edged sword. I enjoy the freedom of being able to keep my own hours as long as I meet my deadlines however because there’s so much more to being an author these days (like promo, keeping up with the social media,emails and blogs, etc.) I have a tendency to work around the clock…but I get to do it in my pajamas, lol

– Another great thing is the people I meet and interact with. That includes my agent, everyone from Harper Collinsespecially my editor, other writers, bloggers from all over the world and of course my readers.

– And I enjoy seeing my stories in print. It gives me a kick to be able to see all my stories on the bookshelf AND in multiple languages to boot!

Let’s talk about your newest release: One Lucky Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Series #19

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

OLVIt’s about Stephano Jacob Colson Notte. As some readers may recall Stephano was turned in A Bite To Rememberafter a rogue vampire fatally wounded him. Since then Stephano, or Jake as he goes by now, moved away dropping out of touch with everyone he knew and started a new career as a bodyguard… His life mate is Nicole Phillips, a mortal with a target on her back. Nicole had a lousy marriage and is just two weeks shy of the final step, the divorce. Marguerite has known Nicole since she was young and has followed her career ever since. However there have been a few too many potentially dangerous incidents seemingly directed at Nicole. Concerned for her health both mentally and physically and knowing Nicole would never accept a bodyguard, Marguerite coaxes her into getting a ‘housekeeper’. And she knows the perfect person for the job… Jake Colson.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Well Stephano is not your typical Argeneau, or I guess Notte in this case. Here you have an immortal that never wanted to be an immortal and resents the fact that he was turned. Stephano always enjoyed being mortal and is having trouble embracing his newly fanged life.

And Nicole is an artist…enough said.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

One of my favorite scenes was when Nicole and Jake meet for the first time. These revealing moments, which are so awkward, are also the most fun.

Dear God, she’d had her rump in the air a minute ago as she’d leaned down to pick up the glass, Nicole realized with dismay, and that had been his first view of her.

“Nicki? Who was that? Are you okay? What’s going on?”

Nicole’s gaze dropped to the phone at Pierina’s concerned squawks. It was only then that she realized she had no idea who the man was … or what he was doing in her home. Before she could panic, the man turned his head and called out, “I’ve found her, Marguerite. We’re in the walk-in closet.”

Nicole relaxed and answered Pierina with, “Uh, I think he might be the cook/housekeeper.”

“He doesn’t sound old,” Pierina said, interest in her voice.

“No, he’s not,” Nicole agreed, staring up at the man’s profile as he waited for Marguerite to respond or show up.

“He sounds hunky,” Pierina added.

“He is,” Nicole admitted and then realized what she’d said and flushed when he turned sharply to peer at her, eyebrows raised.

“Thanks,” he drawled with a slow grin and offered her his hand.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The hardest scene to write would have been the first scene when Jake was having dinner with Marguerite after aseven-year absence. I had trouble with the scene because my character, Jake, had trouble with the scene. Seeing his family was long overdue. He knew it and Marguerite knew it but it was still difficult with the complexity of emotions that he was feeling because not only was there resentment and anger there, there was also guilt on having disappeared from the family for so long.

She hadn’t left. Damn, he thought wearily and headed for the table. She was on her feet by the time he reached her, and immediately stepped forward to hug him.

“Sorry I’m late,” Jake apologized as he self-consciously returned the embrace. “I just got out of work.”

“No need to apologize, Stephano. I’m just glad you agreed to meet me,” Marguerite Argeneau said, leaning back in his arms to smile at him warmly. “It’s good to see you.”

“You too,” Jake said stiffly as he released her. Voice gentle, he added, “I don’t go by Stephano anymore.”

“Oh, yes, of course, I’m sorry,” she said apologetically. “You go by your second name now. Jacob.”

“Call me Jake,” he suggested, urging her back to her seat, before settling in the one across from her as another woman all in black approached with menus in hand.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

I always have trouble with this question. My charactersaren’t tailored after any one particular person so they are unique individuals, at least in my own mind. So although I’m sure there are actors that would do an amazing job portraying my characters, I couldn’t say who those actors would be. Sorry.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

The latest Argeneau story that I recently handed in has to do with Marcus Notte and it also has an immortal I’ve mentioned in a few books, the mysterious Basha. Due to a twist of fate, this lady has been alienated from her family for more than two thousand years. Having been on her own so long she’s learned to live like a gypsy and act like a ghost but she’s about to get the shock of her life when an enforcer successfully tracks her down. Marcus Notte is Julius Notte’s right hand man, but now that Julius no longer needs him to help run the company, Marcus is feeling at loose ends. To fill the void, he agrees to help out Lucian in tracking down Basha, someone Lucian had thought long dead until now.

Other than that I couldn’t say what’s next in the Argeneau series. Unfortunately I never know what I’ll be writing about until just before I sit down to do so. Sigh.

Currently I’m writing another ‘hysterical’ historical, as some readers like to call them. I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to jinx myself other than to say it is a continuation of the Highland series I started with An English Bride In Scotland, which at the time I wasn’t sure would become a series!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

You can find me on facebook (under Lynsay Sands), twitter (LynsaySands), or you can email me atlynsay@lynsaysands.net! J

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Excerpt

Jake watched her go and then glanced from Dante to Tomasso. “Well?”

Dante pursed his lips and then said, “Give her twenty minutes and then take her coffee.”

“And jump her bones,” Tomasso added.

“What?” Jake asked on a half laugh of disbelief.

Dante shrugged. “You’ve rocked her world.”

“Not in the good way,” Tomasso added, in case he’d misunderstood.

“Nicole’s spinning right now,” Dante added.

“You need to anchor her,” Tomasso said.

Jake arched one eyebrow and said, “You want me to anchor her with sex (edited for this publication)? Seriously? We barely know each other.”

“Sometimes it’s incredibly obvious you were born in the Leave It to Beaver era,” Dante said dryly.

Jake stiffened and scowled. “Excuse me, you two are older than I am.”

“Yeah, but we’re Italian,” Dante said with a shrug.

“And that means what?” Jake asked dryly.

“The Brits are known for bad food, the French for good food, and the Italians for being the best lovers,” Dante explained.

Jake gave a disbelieving laugh. “You’re delusional.”

“Cassanova.” Tomasso rumbled, and then added, “Enough said.”

“One man does not—Ah hell, never mind,” he muttered standing up. “I’m going downstairs … to talk to Nicole.”

80 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands”

  1. Carra

    I would only want to be an immortal IF I could tell my family/friends that I was so I could spend their entire lifetimes around them.

  2. elizabeth gray

    I love this series, although I’m so far behind on my reading. I don’t know if I would want to turn into a vampire. There are a lot of pros and cons to consider, those mentioned above in the question are just a few.

  3. janinecatmom

    It really wouldn’t bother me to leave everyone and everything behind. I’m not very close with any of my family and don’t have many friends. My cats would never tell my secret, so I’m sure they could come along.

  4. Erin F.

    Being immortal would be interesting, especially to see the world change so much; however, I would miss my husband (unless I can turn him….) and so I would not want to be immortal.

  5. Tammy

    I don’t have to think about it, hell no. I work my butt off knowing at some point there will be an end.

  6. Mary Preston

    I think that being immortal would be exhausting. I would not want to see loved ones die & the next generation & the next… No, not for me.

  7. Diane Sallans

    Gee … when you put it like that I’d have to say no … but, if I could bring someone with me ….

  8. Debra A.

    If I was still in my twenties or thirties I would want to be turned. My family has all gone their separate ways in life and we are not close. But since I am way past that age I guess I will have to stay the way I am. Love reading all of your books. All have been favorite immortals.

  9. Jennifer Noe

    If we still followed the Argeneau rules, I could handle being an immortal. Getting to chose a life mate. And, there was an older character that was turned in her older years and she transformed back to her 20’s. I could live with that!

  10. Kai W.

    Being immortal is quite lonely. Every few years, I would need to relocate and hope that no one I have met bumped into me. I rather live my natural life and be reincarnated in the next life or cross over to the other side.

  11. Thuy Phan

    If I was turned by an Argeneau then the answer would definitely be yes. But otherwise I like my life the way it is 🙂 even if there are some family members I wouldn’t mind leaving behind lol

  12. Stephanie F.

    If I could bring my loved ones over with me I would. If not it would be a hard decision. I would be de dated to leave them behind but to be able to experience the changes in the world and to watch the ancestors of my loved ones grow up would be amazing.
    I love the series, it’s hilarious and sexy. Such a huge milestone to have so many great books.

  13. Kelly

    I can see both sides of this. Part of me says yes! just think of what you would experience, and the other part says no way! because of what I would leave behind. Hard choice.

  14. Barbara Elness

    Yes, I’d want to be an immortal. I think it’s because I’m older and my mortality is starting to become more real, and I don’t want my life to end. There are way too many books still to be read. 😀

  15. Barbara S

    Only if I could have been when I was younger; not at this age. There is so much I want to see and do that I will never get the chance to, so it would be wonderful to know that i would have the time.

  16. Janie McGaugh

    I think I’d only want it if I had been born that way in a family that was all immortal. No way would I be able to leave my family behind!

  17. Heather

    I think it would be fun, for a while, but unless you have “some” friends or family it would get lonely.
    I LOVE this series…still trying to catch up.

  18. Chelsea B.

    I don’t think so. I’m to close to my family for all that. Now, if they were turned, too…

  19. Ada

    I would only want to be immortal if my family and friends were also immortal. No fun to be alive on my own without all the cool people 🙂

  20. Michelle Huang

    I do wish to become an immortal since I’m not that close with my family…too many problems and somehow they all involve me =/ Also, time will be on my side to catch up with all these readings! The down side is that I have to leave my friends behind unless a couple of them could be immortal too. For now, not enough time to catch up on my readings, they never stop growing!!!

  21. jovialvampyre

    I would like to be immortal if my loved ones were as well otherwise no. That’s one of the reasons I love this series so much. Lynsay points out the sadness that goes along with immortality.

  22. Mayra

    HMMMM good question but I would pass…I would hate lose my family and friends..they are the most important part of my life

  23. demonsangel

    This is an awesome giveaway. I must be honest I’ve never read any of her books yet but I want to. I’ve heard her books are really good. Thsnks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone.

  24. Autumn Kelley

    It all depends on who turns me. If the one who turned me was the absolute love of my life/soul mate then it may be worth spending eternity loving him!!

  25. Brenda Rumsey

    I can’t even imagine living forever, but it would be a big challenge filled with adventure and I’m sure, frustration. I do enjoy reading about the immortals and their lives. This sounds like an excellent story that I wouldlove to read. .

  26. Sami Coghill

    The only way I would want to be immortal is if I could also turn the rest of my family (except my sister-in-law)

  27. Krysten M

    I don’t think I’d do well with immortality.. Too many people who you’d never see again.

  28. Pam Bogue

    I would love to be immortal. I don’t have any family to speak of. I really wish I could be adopted by an Argengeau though. I have read all the books. They have humor, love, danger and mystery. I have enjoyed everyone. I’d like to live in Evie’s town lol

  29. Josette Schaber

    I would love to be immortal, but since I have two teenaged kids and a few friends that I couldn’t leave behind, yeah, wouldn’t be able to handle that. Would have to bring them all with me. Not to mention, I would only do it if I was changed by an Argeneau, otherwise, what’s the point 😉

  30. Jen M

    I don’t think I’d want to live forever or be without my family. I do think theses vampires have it pretty good though!!

  31. Michelle Ruelland

    I want to say yes I would love to be an immortal, but I wouldn’t want to leave my mother or kids behind. If they could know about immortals then yes for sure i would want to

  32. EllenToo

    No way would I want to be imortal because I have lost enough of my family and I wouldn’t want to lose what few I have left.

  33. ssmommie75

    No, not without my children. And if I could have them with me is that really the life I want for them? Having to leave their friends within 5-10 yrs, seems very selfish of me.

  34. Erica M

    I would love to be an immortal, I would tell my family I got an amazing job offer in some other country, and then I could still call and talk to them, and write plenty of letters.

  35. KYLA WHITLEY

    Maybe 30 years ago …I’m in my 50’s, so not sure I’d want to be an immortal at this age. The idea would be very cool, but I’d want to take my family with me. So they would all have to be immortal too … that is, if they wanted to be. thank you for sharing. 🙂

  36. Denise Van Plew

    Only if by one of the guys and was their immortal mate. Just finished one before this one and this is only one of hers I haven’t read.

  37. Jenni

    I don’t think I would ever want to be immortal. I’d have to see my children grow and die, all the while knowing I would out live them. Plus I absolutely love my husband and I wouldn’t want to leave him behind.

  38. Jesica F

    I’d have time to accomplish all the things I wanted to. On the other hand, I want to do those things with my friends, who I’d be outliving. Still, you can make new undead friends XD

  39. kerry Kelly

    i wouldn’t mind being immortal, though after a while it might be lonely i just might have to change some one too (eventually) or find others like me. it might be interesting to see all the changes and help change them for the better.

  40. Sandra Wheeler

    I’m 66 years old, I feel like it is to late for me to be immortal but if I were, I’d make sure I did all the things I’ve missed up to now. See the world especially Israel. Get a Masters degree in Nursing and teach new nurses the right way, not just the book way. Meet all the authors I have read over the years. Try to spread the gospel every where I went. I guess I could do all of that at 66, so maybe I would want to be immortal after all.

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