Alex Beecroft on Sons of Devils ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Sons of Devils
Author: Alex Beecroft
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Simoné
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Historical, Romance
Release Date: 03/13/2017

Blurb:

British scholar Frank Carew is in Wallachia to study the magic generator on nobleman Radu Vacarescu’s land. There, his party is attacked by bandits and his friends are killed. Pursued by a vampiric figure, he flees to Radu’s castle for help.

Unfortunately, this is precisely where the vampires came from. If allowed, they would feed unchecked and spread their undeath across the whole Earth, but Radu maintains a shaky control over them and keeps them penned in his tiny corner of the country.

As Frank recovers from his assault, Radu finds himself falling for the young man. But loving Frank and not wanting to lose him leaves Radu vulnerable to his demons’ demands. Can he bear to let them feed on the man he loves? Or must he give in to their blackmail and set them free to feast on his entire country?

Even now when I think of vampires (as I do when thinking of Sons of Devils, even though in-universe they are called strigoi) the first sound track that comes into my mind is the thudding drums and screeching strings of the Hammer House of Horror movies:

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But it’s clear that whoever wrote the soundtrack had not spent much time listening to actual Romanian music. Now I want you to clear your mind of what you consider appropriate music for vampires and instead consider this:

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or even this

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I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds much more the sort of music you would get from a culture that believed the dead were lying twiddling their thumbs in their graves and peeking out to watch the doings of the living with envy, because death was boring and life was good.

Obviously I like this very much. Being a fan of English folk music and a player of the pennywhistle myself, it feels oddly familiar to me, as an expression of rural community life, a society that is persisting and even enjoying itself despite the bloodsuckers at the top making things difficult.

Or take muzica lautareasca, the music of the Romani Lăutari – like this, for example

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a music of resilience and surprising joy.

Neither of these types of music were anything like what I expected to find when looking up Romanian culture, but I was delighted by them because of that. It’s far better to learn something that is surprising and therefore widens your understanding of the world than it is to just have your prejudices confirmed. Plus, there’s something particularly wonderful about the juxtaposition of bloodthirsty monsters and pastoral cheerfulness that adds an edge to both.

Nothing, after all, is as uncomplicated as the Hammer House of Horror films, where the monster looks like a monster from the start, and the hero just has to pay attention to the ominous soundtrack to know who to trust and when he’s in danger. Real life is always a mixture of factors, and it seems fitting to me that the darkest things should come from some of the loveliest places.

In the same way that the music is lighter and livelier than horror movies might have lead you to expect, the countryside is more beautiful and the architecture more playful and charming. The interiors of the grand buildings are opulent and full of colour and decoration, and even the cottages are full of embroidered flowers. After I had taken a virtual tour of all these things, I suddenly had no doubt that my exiled English hero Frank would fall as much in love with the country as I had. I hope you will too – I think it’s been sold short in the popular imagination up to now.

Links

Sons of Devils on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Sons of Devils, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and one ebook from Alex Beecroft’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

Alex Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

Beecroft won Linden Bay Romance’s (now Samhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition in 2007 with her first novel, Captain’s Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in the Charleston City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, the Baltimore City Paper, and The Other Paper. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association of the UK and an occasional reviewer for the blog Speak Its Name, which highlights historical gay fiction.

Alex was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the English Peak District. She lives with her husband and two children in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has led a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800-year-old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to operate a mobile phone.

She is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency.

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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16 thoughts on “Alex Beecroft on Sons of Devils ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the interesting post, Alex. Too bad that the links to the videos don’t seem to be working in my computer… I do not know much about Romanian music, but if it is something similar to Serbian Emir Kusturica’s music I’m sure I would love it. It is happy and lively, and it makes you want to dance.
    Congratulations on the new release. I love your books, every single one is a must read for me
    susanaperez7140(at)

    • Oh, it is a shame the links aren’t working – they should be showing a bunch of youtube videos. You can get them by searching for Romanian folk music on Youtube if fancy checking it out. And yes, it’s lively and cheerful, quite soft-sounding, in that it sounds like it’s the music of nice people. Now I need to check out Serbian music too 🙂 Thank you!

  2. It’s a convincing theory. Reminds me of Bono’s feelings years ago that the music in BLADE RUNNER was all wrong, because people in a mechanized society would go for something that reminded them of their humanity (like livelier world music).

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

    • That’s interesting, and makes some sense. I think there tends to be a burst of music made with new technologies (as there was with synthesizer music) that explores the limits of those technologies, and then slowly everything popular gets back to the basics of good voices and hummable tunes again.

  3. I love that penultimate paragraph. Very thoughtfully said. I always pick up your books regardless of focus because I love your writing, so it’s fun to learn more during the blog tour. Sons of Devils is already on my reader, and I look forward to reading it!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  4. Congrats and thanks for the post. The book and cover look great. I love your stories, especially ones like this with historical aspects, like False Colors and Capt’s Surrender. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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