Spotlight & Giveaway: Vampires Like It Hot by Lynsay Sands

Posted September 18th, 2018 by in Blog, Spotlight / 44 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Lynsay Sands to HJ!

Hi Lynsay and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Vampires Like It Hot!

Hi Sara!

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

My editor played around with titles for quite some time but in the end went with Vampires Like It Hot, which is kind of funny since Raffaele isn’t at all pleased to find himself in Punta Cana during the rainy season when it’s so hot and humid you have to be a fish to breathe. But this enforced vacation is to help his cousin, Santo, so he doesn’t kick up too much of a fuss. Besides, once he meets his life mate, Jess, even Punta Cana can’t compete with the heat that’s generated . . . and Raffaele finds he likes it hot.


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

“Vampirates?” Raffaele echoed with amazement.
“Her name for them in her head when she thinks of them,” Zanipolo explained. “But appropriate from the few memories I saw,” he assured him, and then added dryly, “She appears to have a penchant for nicknames. For instance, until I told her your proper name, she was thinking of you as Penisocchio.”


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

Jess is in Punta Cana to attend a family wedding and has been tasked with keeping her cousin, Allison, out of trouble. Instead, Allison drags her onto the pirate ship of vampires and into a whole lot of trouble.
Raffaele is there for Santo, to help him get over the torture he received at the hands of Dr. Dressler on the island in Venezuela. He and his cousins Santo and Zani are tight, and there for each other no matter what. That’s a good thing for Raffaele since he finds himself fighting to claim a life mate who also happens to be a possible life mate to a crazy seeming, rogue immortal, pirate captain determined to snatch Jess away and claim her as his own.

As for what first attracted Raffaele to Jess and vice versa…
Jess is wet and half naked when Raffaele drags her out of the ocean, and that right there was mighty attractive. But when he finds out she bravely jumped ship miles from shore, risking swimming for hours in shark infested waters to reach land in the hopes of fetching back help for the tourists being fed on aboard the pirate ship, he admires her courage. After that, the more he learns about this brave determined woman, the more he falls for her.

Raffaele is also wet and half naked when Jess first encounters him. He’s also just saved her life, scaring off a shark and dragging her exhausted self to shore. He is her knight in shining . . . well, dripping . . . not armor? Anyway, he’s gentle, kind and so caring and gentlemanly with her . . . actually, she wouldn’t mind a little less gentlemanliness . . . Anyway, the more she gets to know him, the more she likes him.


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

The biggest challenge was how to deal with the fact that Jess was the potential life mate to both Raffaele and a pirate captain who takes tourists out to “Feed the sharks” only in this case, the vampire crew were the sharks they were to feed, and not by tossing them fish. It was a fine line to walk showing the natural physical attraction between life mates with both men, especially when she was so horrified and repulsed by the pirate captain.

As for what I was most excited about…
Playing with pirates. LOL. I’ve wanted to write this story since a trip to Punta Cana where we sailed out on a pirate ship to swim with stingrays and sharks and came back to watch pirates with swords do a dance routine. I got the idea right then and it has been simmering ever since.


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

I think, at least, I’ve been told, that the Argeneau series stands out because it’s not just about life mates finding each other. It’s also about a family, made up of relatives and friends alike, who look out for one another, love each other enough to be honest even when it hurts, and would do anything to help each other out.

This book stands out because it’s about “Vampirates” of all things.
It’s unusual to see immortals living in a hot, sunny climate, but add that to the fact that these immortals, whom were actual pirates way back when, are working a tourist ship and getting paid in blood and a whole new set of problems arise.
And then there’s Jess, a mortal woman, who could be the potential life mate for both Raffaele and the pirate captain . . . It was such a blast to write. And Vasco was so fun to play with. He was supposed to be a full-on bad guy, but the man had a couple of surprises up his sleeve . . . even for me.


The First Kiss…

Jess stared at their entwined hands, noting his darker skin against her still-pale flesh despite the sun she’d gotten since arriving in Punta Cana. Her skin was positively sparking under his. That was what it felt like anyway. It was the same thing she’d experienced with him before, and with Vasco. It was what gave her hope that she could still experience that crazy heady passion she’d experienced with the vampire pirate. But with someone else. Probably not Raffaele, though, she admitted on a small sigh. He always pulled back at this point, and she fully expected him to do it again now, so was surprised when, instead, he began to draw her hands across the small table and leaned forward in his seat.
Raising her gaze from their hands, she peered at his face and simply stared. She’d thought his eyes a brown so dark they looked black, with flecks of a blue so pale they seemed silver in the dark pool of his irises. But now his pupils were dilated, she saw. A sign of attraction Jess recalled from one of her classes as she stared at the large black holes and the silver rimming them. It was as if the flecks had coalesced in the smaller space left by the dilating pupils, shrouding the darker eye color. They almost seemed to glow in the sunlight coming in the window, she thought with wonder, and then glanced down with a start at their hands again. He had drawn her fingers to his mouth and was now pressing a kiss to her knuckles in an old-world gesture she’d read about but never seen.
Even as Jess thought that, his tongue slid out and ran between two of her fingers. The action left her mind blank, but not her body. It stiffened, every muscle and even her nipples tensing, even as something in her core softened like warmed butter and began to melt, sending liquid heat pouring downward. She wasn’t aware that her mouth had dropped slightly open until he suddenly raised his head and leaned across the table to claim her lips with his.
It started with a sweet brush of his soft mouth across hers that had an almost electrifying effect, and then it exploded into heat and passion. His tongue was filling her mouth, his lips slanting hungrily over hers and stealing her ability to think of anything but the need suddenly shuddering through her in mounting and overwhelming waves.


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

This scene shows the main characters Jess and Raffaele as well as strong secondary characters Santo and Zani. It’s an amusing, animated scene and it would show a range of expressions that the actors would have to pull off like fear, surprise, shock, embarrassment, and sympathy. To set the scene, Jess is presently dangling from the balcony above where Captain Vasco and his first mate Cristo are trying to pull her up, while Raffaele is trying to pull her down into his arms and save her from the pirates.

“Stand up, Cristo, and I’ll pass her to you.”
Mouth tightening, Raffaele tightened his grip on Jess’s legs and yanked, hard. He heard Jess’s startled cry, and then a deep voice cursed, and Jess’s upper body fell back. Moving quickly, Raffaele released one leg, and got that hand under the base of her spine as she dropped. He then tugged her toward him as he stumbled back from the railing. Holding her close, he watched the owner of the voice he’d heard tumble past them, heading for the ground below.
Jess flinched in his arms as they heard the thud when the pirate hit the ground three stories down, but Raffaele didn’t look to see how the rogue immortal had faired. Instead, he turned and carried Jess into the suite.
“Lock the door,” he growled to Santo and Zanipolo, who were up, but only just stumbling toward the door, pulling their pants on as they went. Raffaele then carried Jess to the sitting room and sat on the pull-out bed with her in his lap. The moment he did, she crossed her arms and turned to bury her face in his chest.
Mouth compressed, Raffaele held her tight, one hand patting her back soothingly. He’d come so close to losing her, he needed the time to calm himself, but after a moment, he eased her back to look her over.
Raffaele’s mouth tightened when he saw that she had a few new scrapes and bruises on her cheek, and what he could see of her chest. From scraping against the wall when he’d pulled her down and toward him, he supposed. She also had bruising starting on her one wrist, he noted. But all in all, she’d made out relatively well, he thought, just before she turned toward him and pressed close, trying to hide herself.
“It’s all right,” he said, his voice a growl of sound. Now that his concern for her well-being had been eased, he was very aware that she was sitting there in his arms wearing nothing but the damned bikini bottoms.
Sighing, Raffaele tried to pretend she wasn’t nearly naked, and his life mate, and said, “Tell me what happened. How did you end up hanging in front of the balcony? Did they come in and steal you from the bed and try to drag you upstairs?”
It sounded ridiculous, but he couldn’t imagine any other way she could have ended up out there.
Jess shook her head, and then, her voice soft and almost embarrassed, she admitted, “I went up to shower and change.”
“To your room?” he asked with dismay as Santo and Zanipolo came out to the sitting room, both fully dressed now.
Jess nodded.
“By yourself?” he asked with disbelief, his voice raising. “Why didn’t you wake me? I would have gone with you.”
“You were sleeping, and you’ve already done so much, and I just wanted to . . .” She paused and shook her head helplessly, and then said, “But they came in and . . . I tried to climb down, but it was too far and I lost Allison’s dress and he wanted to tie me up and quiff river trout,” she ended on a moan, and buried her face against his chest again.
“She means grope for trout in her river,” Santo explained quietly.
“He also mentioned quiffing,” Zanipolo added. “She’s confused the two.”
“Dear God,” Raffaele breathed, his arms tightening protectively around Jess. He hadn’t heard those terms in years . . . like hundreds of years. Shakespeare had used “groping for trout in a peculiar river” to mean infidelity, but the young lords of the day had quite got a kick out of the term and it had quickly come to be a euphemism for other things back then. The pirate had been telling her he was going to stimulate her digitally, before quiffing her, which was slang around the same time for sex. The bastard wanted to tie his life mate up and rape her and was terrorizing her by telling her ahead of time exactly what he meant to do.
Sighing, he peered down at Jess. All he could see was her back. She was still huddled against his chest . . . like a child seeking protection from monsters, he thought sympathetically. This must be terrifying for her.
“She’s huddling against you because she has no clothes on,” Zanipolo told him with exasperation.
“We should go buy her some,” Santo said.
“Good idea,” Zanipolo said, heading for the door.
Raffaele was opening his mouth, intending to protest that they had to stay, Jess needed protecting, but then Jess mumbled against his chest, “Oh, God, thank you so much. Just something cheap, a resort T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops are fine. I promise I’ll pay you back the first chance I get.”
Raffaele closed his mouth. The woman was sitting here in bikini bottoms, the only item of clothing she had to her name at the moment. At least here in Punta Cana.
“We might be a while,” Zanipolo said, stopping at the door.
When Raffaele glanced to him with surprise, the man waggled his eyebrows up and down, and then dropped his eyes to Jess and back up to his face, obviously trying to convey some kind of message. It didn’t take much effort for Raffaele to sort out what the man was suggesting. Shaking his head, he waved the men out, and then just sat there for a minute, unsure what to do while they waited.


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

  • Taylor Swift – Ready For It?
  • Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do
  • Liam Payne, Rita Ora – For You
  • P!nk – Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  • Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – The Middle
  • Justin Timberlake – Say Something


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

I want my readers to have fun. The kind of fun that has them snickering on the subway on the way home from work or getting “shushed” because their partner’s trying to sleep. Life is short and full of strife and grief and I just want to give people a break from that.


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

I just finished up the proofs for The Wrong Highlander. And I just finished the copyedits for Santo and Pet’s story, The Trouble With Vampires.
I’m about to disappear for a couple of months to write the next story in the Argeneau series and then the next story in the Highland Brides series. Yay!

As for what other releases are coming up in 2019…

– Book #7 in my Highland Brides series called The Wrong Highlander is coming out January 29th. In this story one of the Buchanans gets kidnapped by a redheaded beauty named Evina MacLean. Evina’s father is deathly ill and she’ll do anything to save him even if her actions end up starting a war with the Buchanans.
(Hmm… perhaps someone should have informed Lady MacLean just how powerful the Buchanans have become before she set out to kidnap Rory Buchanan at all cost…)

– Argeneau book #29, The Trouble With Vampires, is set to come out April 30th! This one’s about Santo Notte and a fireball named Pet so you better hold on! <G>

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: A signed copy of Vampires Like It Hot along with the original book we met the Notte cousins in, Under A Vampire Moon! (And if the reader already has Under A Vampire Moon then the choice of the 2nd book by me is theirs.) This is open to everyone!.


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– Would you jump?
– Would you stay and try to fight?
– Or would you stay and see what happened with Vasco even though there were a LOT of things that you didn’t like about him?

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Excerpt from Vampires Like It Hot:

“How long was she out there?” Raffaele asked with a frown as he switched his wet briefs for the dry ones.
“Hours,” Zanipolo said, handing him the jeans he’d collected off the beach and brought back for him. “Since shortly after sunset, I think.”
Raffaele frowned at this news as he dragged on his pants. The sun had set before seven and it was ten thirty now. Jess had been in the water for nearly four hours. That was a long time to be struggling with waves and trying to swim to shore. It was no wonder she had lost consciousness by the time he got her out of the water. In fact, he was surprised she was already up and about. She was recovering quickly. It suggested a strong constitution, he thought as he did up his jeans.
Straightening then, Raffaele raised his eyebrows. “So? What else did you learn? Who are this Vasco, Cristo, and Ildaria you mentioned? I presume you read those names from her memory?” he added. Despite what Zani had said, Jess hadn’t mentioned the name. Before Zani could respond, he asked, “What was the ship she escaped? Some kind of dinner tour?” Even as the words left his lips, Raffaele suspected that couldn’t be the case. She was wearing swimsuit bottoms, and a torn T-shirt, not exactly dinner attire, even if that dinner was on a boat.
“It was a pirate ship.”
Raffaele stiffened, his eyes widening with disbelief. “What?”
Zanipolo shrugged helplessly. “That’s what I got from her memory. She was on a pirate ship with vampires, and Vasco, Cristo, and Ildaria were some of the crew.”
“Vampirates,” Santo growled.
“Vampirates?” Raffaele echoed with amazement.
“Her name for them in her head when she thinks of them,” Zanipolo explained. “But appropriate from the few memories I saw,” he assured him, and then added dryly, “She appears to have a penchant for nicknames. For instance, until I told her your proper name, she was thinking of you as Penisocchio.”
“What?” Raffaele gasped with shock.
Zanipolo nodded. “That’s why I told her your name was Raffaele when I did. I was finding it difficult not to burst out laughing every time she thought the name,” he explained, and then taunted, “But again, the nickname was appropriate.”
Raffaele closed his eyes briefly. He didn’t need to ask why Zanipolo thought the nickname appropriate. The minute he’d set Jess down on the couch and stepped back to look her over in her skimpy outfit he’d started to develop an erection. Her gaze sliding over his body hadn’t helped the situation much either. Just recalling it made him start to harden again. Mouth tightening, he opened his eyes, and raised his eyebrows.
Zanipolo grimaced. “Like I said, her thoughts are a bit scattered, but from what I could sort out, it looked like they went to the Seaquarium—”
“Some of the people on the beach had gone there. What is it?” Raffaele asked.
“You didn’t even look at the pamphlets I gave you, did you?” Zanipolo asked with disgust.
“I looked at some, but there were a lot of pamphlets,” Raffaele said defensively.
“Well, you can look up what it is later, because that’s not the important part. It’s when the boat that took them to the Seaquarium got back that matters. That’s when the pirates, or vampirates as she thinks of them, approached the returning guests. They lured a bunch of them to their sloop with some story of feeding the sharks, including her cousin Allison. Allison in turn dragged Jess along.”
“But they weren’t feeding finned sharks,” Raffaele guessed grimly.
Zanipolo shook his head. “Jess apparently happened on one of the rogues starting early on a guest.” He grimaced with distaste at the memory. “It was pretty bad.”
“Gruesome,” Santo added.
“Yeah.” Zanipolo shook his head as if trying to shake the memory away, and then continued. “The rogue she interrupted was Ildaria. She took control of Jess and sent her to kiss someone named Vasco, who I think was the ship’s captain, so maybe the head rogue.”
“Kiss him?” Raffaele asked with a start, his mouth turning down at this news.
“That’s what I got,” Zanipolo said apologetically. “But like I said, it all gets a bit scattered once she walked in on the rogue chewing on some guy named Tyler. She was kind of traumatized at seeing that. Hell, I was traumatized seeing it secondhand.”
“Yes.” Santo nodded. “Very traumatizing.”

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Book Info:

New York Times best selling author Lynsay Sands brings the heat in this new Argeneau novel as one woman is rescued by an irresistible immortal …
When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…
Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?
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Meet the Author:

My name is Lynsay Sands and I’m the author of the Argeneau series and many hysterical historicals (as my readers tend to call them). I have written over fifty books and twelve anthologies, which probably tells you I really enjoy writing. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to make a career out of it.
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44 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Vampires Like It Hot by Lynsay Sands”

  1. carol L

    No hesitation, I’d jump and pray for the best. Can’t wait to read it. And definitely looking forward to Rory’s story as well.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  2. ladyvampire

    I would stay and fight the vampires from hurting my friends. I would also keep an eye on this Vasco. Even though I don’t like him, there’s the old saying.. “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer”… I would use this to my advantage until I could escape safely with my friends as I am not leaving anyone behind.

  3. janinecatmom

    If I jumped, I might be shark bait. I think I might stay and hope for a handsome vampire to fall in love with me and just have a little nibble instead of making me his entire dinner.

  4. noraadrienne

    Since I’m at the age where just jumping off a boat would kill me, I think I’d try to find a way to kill a couple of the blood suckers before I got bitten.

  5. Ashley thomas

    I would want to stay and fight for my friends but i would probably end up jumping if that was the only way to save everyone!

  6. erahime

    What would you do if you were stuck on a ship with vampirates gnawing on your friends?
    Find something that will help me get away. Be it a boat, a lifesaver, etc.
    – Would you jump?
    Jumping ship is an option if there is a life preserver on me.
    – Would you stay and try to fight?
    If there are things that can be used as weapons, then this is also an option.
    – Or would you stay and see what happened with Vasco even though there were a LOT of things that you didn’t like about him?
    Well, yeah. He’s HOTT. Though I may have those weapons and life preserver just in case. So maybe all three options?

  7. erinf1

    jump!!! But I’m petrified of being eaten by a shark… too much shark week watching! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. Joanna M

    I don’t think I’d jump. I think I’d stay and fight but it really depends if there are any good looking vampires on the ship LOL

  9. kermitsgirl

    Sure, I’d love to say I’d stay and fight, but I’d probably just grab what friends I could and then jump (which for me is truly terrifying since I have a healthy fear of the water).

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