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Title: Tainted Heart (Mi Corazón Sangrante #2)
Author: Melissa Graves
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: RJ Shepherd, Buckeyegrrl Designs
Genre: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
A year after meeting and falling for the young, mysterious vampire, Dr. Brian Preston is now living and working side-by-side with Kyle Hayes for the agency guiding vampire-human relations at a secret underground facility. As the couple adapts to the demands of Brian’s career tending to vampires, Kyle’s return to school and the needs of their evolving relationship, a dangerous conspiracy puts everyone they know and everything they have been working for in danger. The sequel to 2014’s Bleeding Heart, Tainted Heart is Book Two in the Mi Corazón Sangrante series.
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?
Number one would definitely be comments about how varied and intense my sex scenes are, while at the same time being a vehicle for intimacy to promote character development and plot. I think sex can be as vital to the story as it can be a method to be turned on, both at the same time. It’s always nice to hear how much of an impact those scenes have on my readers.
With Tainted Heart, even in the advanced reader and review stage I am right now, I’ve been getting some truly exciting feedback about the diversity of my characters and the “found family” these characters have formed around Brian and Kyle, and I’m thrilled by it. The idea that we can make family for ourselves when our own is either absent, lacking, or abusive is a huge part of my life, and I think that it resonates very strongly in LGBT communities, especially. Seeing people notice and feel this theme in Tainted Heart makes me so happy.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?
I guess I’d have to say, if we’re being technical, part-time, since I work a day job, but mentally I feel like I’m doing it full-time, anyway! I’m never far from my characters or the worlds they live in, and I think a lot of writers would say the same. I always want to be in that creative space, whether I’m just planning or daydreaming or actually outlining and writing. Still, my day job allows me the freedom to comfortably pursue my true passion—writing erotic romance—so it definitely works for me!
What interested you about the theme of this book?
Wanting fictional niches to come together just the way you like them can sometimes be frustrating as a reader. For instance, I can find plenty of vampire novels. I can find a good number of romance novels, though I’d have to fish for non-heterosexual pairings. If I’m looking for a neat plot, if I’m craving a diverse cast of characters, if I’m not in the mood for a story about coming to terms with sexuality or homophobia, I’ll get those things sometimes. If I’m craving a diverse cast of characters, I’ll have to look for a while. To find all of these things in one book is rare, and I desperately wanted to create a story that ticked off these boxes, for my own pleasure as much as the pleasure of others. I’d like to think I achieved my goal and then some!
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Having the experience of a book release under my belt going into book two of the Mi Corazon Sangrante series, Tainted Heart, I was struck by a sudden awareness of a wider audience taking notice of my work, and that knowledge was sometimes difficult to set aside as I wrote. The struggle to write simply to create without thinking about your audience is difficult—sometimes necessary, but sometimes harmful, because I appreciate being aware of my audience and I think it can be vital to the process of creating. I want to know what entertains and arouses my readers. I want them to be able to relate to and immerse themselves in my stories, and how can I do that if I ignore them? Striking a balance between creativity and awareness of your readership is an on-going challenge, but a good one.
Name your four most important food groups.
If thinking chocolate chip cookies are a food group is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Being Italian, I’d say carbs (pasta!) is up there. I am also very fond of good beef, sharp cheese, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
When it gets dark, he texts Brian that he’s going to be out late, and avails himself of not one but three vampire-human nightclubs set along a dense strip of Chicago nightlife. Going alone to places like this always attracts immediate attention, and he isn’t surprised when he has to pry both humans and vampires off of himself. But he doesn’t mind—the blood from the center is humming in his veins, and that buzz takes on a new dimension every time that he swallows a thimbleful of blood from a donor, which he does at least a dozen times over the course of the evening. When he’s more relaxed, he allows bodies against his own, dancing with strangers until strobe lights become normal and everything outside is too dim and still.
The blood changes the world around him. Every color, every sound and every source of light takes on a life of its own.
He loses track of how many donors he pays. All he knows is he’s spent all of the pocket money that Brian gave him for the weekend.
He feels like a bloated tick. He’s been away too long. Brian. He has to get back to Brian.
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About the Author
A veteran writer of fan fiction with thousands of followers, Melissa Graves wrote her first story at age thirteen, and by age sixteen had met her future husband in an online vampire fiction chat room. A fan of science fiction and fantasy, she has a degree in anthropology and a passion for good chocolate, amateur erotica and fan worlds that celebrate diversity. She is mother to two cats.
Bleeding Heart, book one of the Mi Corazón Sangrante series, was her debut novel for Interlude Press.
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