Spotlight & Giveaway: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Posted March 13th, 2018 by in Blog, Spotlight / 60 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff to HJ!
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Hi Mimi and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant!

 
Hello, to all! Thank you for being a part of my book release fun!
 

Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT is book one of my new vampire mystery series. While there are romantic elements, the relationship between our cute quirky librarian and her new vampire assistant is actually part of the mystery. Plus…there is a murder, some bad guys, too much sunshine, and lots of intrigue!

 

What’s your favorite line(s) from the book?:

This is my favorite because my two boys always call snakes “danger noodles.” There are a lot of snakes where we live in Arizona. Since this is the first book I’ve ever written without explicit sex scenes or tons of f-bombs, they finally get to read one of my stories. The danger noodle reference is totally for them!

While I’m here, I have to convince the society that I’ve come to stay—job, home, car. After buying some sneakers—Kill me now—a variety of jeans—Awful!—and those tacky graphic tees—Why are snakes now called danger noodles?—to go under my button-down shirts, it’s time to head to the airport and address the car.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

Michael Vanderhorst is a 400-year-old vampire, who looks to be about 20. He’s smart, restrained, and a bit stuffy at times. More importantly, he’s never been in love or truly loved anyone, not even his best friend. Simply put, Michael’s heart is just too cold.

When he meets this cute, quirky little librarian, Miriam, Michael’s world gets turned on its head.

But he doesn’t know why. Why is she so special?

 

When you sat down to start this book, what was the biggest challenge you faced? What were you most excited about?

My biggest challenge was keeping the dialog clean. Yes, there is minor cussing, but usually I let my characters say whatever’s on their minds. This time, no! I wanted this story to feel different from my other works.

Also, no sex. Let me rephrase. There is sex, but we don’t “see” it. I really wanted the story to be about fun and mystery, not the act of making love.

That said, the book is very much about love! HOW? You’ll have to read it.

 

What, in your mind, makes this book stand out?

Definitely the fresh take on the vampire world. They’re business savvy, they eat and drink real food, and they can go out in the sun, though they really don’t like to.

More importantly, this story really is about a vampire trying to find himself.

 

The First Kiss…

Ha! No kiss yet. Maybe book #3? Or never? I shall never tell! LOL

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I love the scene that kicks off Michael’s protective obsession with the danger-magnet librarian. From this moment forward, his life is never the same.

When I lift my head, a jerky movement on the sidewalk one block down catches my attention. I have excellent vision, so there’s no mistaking the scene playing out. A fight. It’s a couple. I couldn’t care less, except that the large man isn’t playing nice.
Is that…

“Miriam.” I grip the steering wheel as the man strikes her with a closed fist and she falls to the ground.

“Seriously?” It’s the middle of the day. What breed of nitwit hits a woman in broad daylight?
Wait. Back up. Not what I intended to say.

What I mean is that as a vampire, there is a time and place for dirty business. A busy sidewalk on a major street during morning traffic is not that place. Regardless, there is never a reason to hit a woman. All right, some women yes, however, the ones I’m referring to are horrible monsters that would sooner rip out your throat as they would your gonads. A woman like Miriam, however…

“Mr. Vanderhorst?” the woman says, coming back on the line. “I have Mr. Aspen on the phone—”
I hit END CALL and push open my door. I ball my fists and then stretch out my fingers—one, two, three—repeating the action ten times in quick succession. This is a reminder to take a breath. I must think of the consequences before I take action.

I close my eyes tightly. Think, Michael. Think. Killing a human in another’s territory is an act of war.

 

If your hero had a sexy-times play list, what song(s) would have to be on it?

There is this one song I have in my book trailer that I love so much. It completely captures all the emotional feels the hero has when he meets this very sweet woman he wants to protect: “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” by Henrik Wikstrom. https://youtu.be/EtWmGyudYEo

For you Spotify users, here’s the link for the entire song:
https://open.spotify.com/track/5Bp3uAzAWXcEvaUUpwGOLd?si=mMqLI2cHQbGS2Dzv_o4Rwg

Or here’s the entire playlist for the book. The first song, “Caffeine” by Foreign Air would be my hero’s all-time favorite sexy time song. He loves coffee that much!
PLAYLIST (Spotify): https://open.spotify.com/user/mimijeanpamfiloff/playlist/73Idy5ycTc6Llql4hSaTPK?si=KuesG3zJSY6d0myFbpxr1w

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

First, I hope they just really have a good time, and it gives those hardworking moms and ladies out there a mental vacation. (If any dudes read the book, ditto.)

Second, I think the book is really about our blind spots. We all have them as people, and sometimes you just have to take emotional risks to get through them.

 

What are you currently working on? What are your up-coming releases?

I’m so excited. Do-do-do-do. And I just can’t hide it. Do-do-do-do! That’s the song I hear when I think about the book I’m working on right now, SKINNY PANTS. The story of an overweight nurse who takes extreme measures to snag a hot surgeon. This one has some CRAZZZZY twists. I know my readers are going to love it.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: 1 signed paperback copy of The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff + swag

 

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Excerpt from The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant:

I sit in my rental, an enormous black SUV that lacks the sophisticated comfort of my silver Jaguar convertible back home. For summer, I like to drive my Mercedes G-Class with tinted windows. I’m a gentleman, not a snob, but a vampire my age doesn’t have many things to get excited over, and comfort is one of them.
So is not dealing with bullcrap. I hit CALL on my cell phone, intending to give the local society a piece of my mind. I am not a man without influence or resources. I simply choose my battles carefully, something I learned the hard way in my youth.
“The Arizona Society of Sunshine Love. How may I help you?”
Every society must answer the phone with their legitimate legal title, and yes, theirs is actually the Arizona Society of Sunshine Love—a testament to their ridiculousness.
“I’m calling for Lamashtu,” I say. It’s a code we all use to signal we’re one of them. Lamashtu was the Mesopotamian demon goddess who stole babies from their mothers and sucked their blood. Yes, this is an example of vampire humor. No one in their right mind would suck on a baby. It’s simply wrong.
“And how may I direct your call?” she says politely.
“This is Michael Vanderhorst. I have an appointment this afternoon at one o’clock with…” I pause, realizing I don’t actually know.
“With Mr. Aspen, the head of our society.”
“Yes. I believe so,” I say.
“Is there a problem, sir? Do you need to reschedule?” she asks.
“No. And yes.” This is the ideal moment to deploy my gentlemanly behavior. “I am hoping Mr. Aspen can see me now.”
“I’m afraid he’s not available this morning. One o’clock is the earliest.”
“Is there someone else I could impose upon? Clive Bakker was very important to me, and I’m afraid the issue concerning him cannot wait.” We can never be too careful in this day and age of government spying and hacking, so no vampire ever speaks plainly over the phone. We get by, regardless.
“I see, Mr. Vanderhorst, but I’m very sorry. There is no one else available or knowledgeable enough on the matter pertaining to your friend. You must wait for Mr. Aspen.”
I decide to take one glove off, though the glove is a pristine white and will not leave a mark once I slap it across her face.
“Such a shame that Mr. Aspen is so busy,” I say. “The Cincinnati Historical Society of Original Family Members, myself now being the oldest member, is very concerned about the topic of Clive Bakker.”
Translated, this means that our damned coven is older than their damned coven, and now I am the leader of my society in Clive’s absence. With my age, I am far more powerful than some one-hundred-year-old group of ridiculous masochists who choose to live in the least habitable state in the country. In addition, our numbers are ten times theirs with vampires five times older.
As I said, one glove off. No marks. I know better than to start a dispute, especially when I’m in their territory.
“Oh. I-I see, Mr. Vanderholt.”
“Vanderhorst,” I correct.
“Yes, sir. Please hold.”
Music plays over the phone, and it’s “Girl from Ipanema.” Garish morons.
I flip down the driver’s side visor in my SUV to check my appearance. It’s so damned sunny now that I’m sure my hair will catch on fire before noon hits. How do vampires live like this?
I remove my blazer, carefully fold it lengthwise, and place it on the passenger seat.
When I lift my head, a jerky movement on the sidewalk one block down catches my attention. I have excellent vision, so there’s no mistaking the scene playing out. A fight. It’s a couple. I couldn’t care less, except that the large man isn’t playing nice.
Is that…
“Miriam.” I grip the steering wheel as the man strikes her with a closed fist and she falls to the ground.
“Seriously?” It’s the middle of the day. What breed of nitwit hits a woman in broad daylight?
Wait. Back up. Not what I intended to say.
What I mean is that as a vampire, there is a time and place for dirty business. A busy sidewalk on a major street during morning traffic is not that place. Regardless, there is never a reason to hit a woman. All right, some women yes, however, the ones I’m referring to are horrible monsters that would sooner rip out your throat as they would your gonads. A woman like Miriam, however…
“Mr. Vanderhorst?” the woman says, coming back on the line. “I have Mr. Aspen on the phone—”
I hit END CALL and push open my door. I ball my fists and then stretch out my fingers—one, two, three—repeating the action ten times in quick succession. This is a reminder to take a breath. I must think of the consequences before I take action.
I close my eyes tightly. Think, Michael. Think. Killing a human in another’s territory is an act of war.

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Book Info:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a Horribly Sunny Mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant.

NOBODY MESSES WITH HIS LIBRARIAN. . .
Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.
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Meet the Author:

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Both traditionally and independently published, Mimi has sold over 1 MILLION books which recently caused her to spontaneously combust. (Kaboom! So happy!)

Although she obtained her international MBA and worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dreams.

When not screaming at her work in progress, Mimi spends time with her two pirates in training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper hubby, and rat terriers, Mini & DJ Princess Snowflake, in Arizona.

She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.
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60 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff”

  1. Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait to read it to see more of Michael and Miriam.
    I’m not sure about the food, maybe Chinese or steak or maybe Chicken Marsala. How about something sweet, like Tiramisu or Black Forest cake or a cannoli. Too many choices.

  2. Tammy V.

    I would say seafood would be something I would have to have. Drinking blood would probably cause me to have to have a lot of Tums too.

  3. Cailin

    I loved this book, very different and amusing! If I were a vampire I would still drink loads of coffee and tea and chow down on chocolate. And toast, I guess. Even a vampire needs more than sugar and blood every now and again!

  4. Michelle

    I’m withinking Michael, I’m all about coffee, throw some chocolate in the mix, and we are golden.

  5. Sadia A Lee

    U won my heart with the indian food. Since im from that culture i was soooooooo happy to read it !!! I wud add french fries thou! Lol coz french fries is life for me lol

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