I’m pleased to be back to Bitten by Books today! Today, I brought my Scottish bad boy, Cedric MacKinnon, with me.
(Enter a six-three, twenty-something, auburn-haired vampire. He’s clad in a long, suede coat, snug pants and thigh-high boots. The impression is space-age pirate or rock-and-roll front man. He assumes his seat like he’s sitting on a throne and flashes an insolent grin that creeps up the left side of his face. His jade-green eyes catch the light like a cat.)
CM: Hello, my loves. Fabulous to be here.
DV: So Cedric, tell your readers a little about yourself–and do try to behave.
CM: My dear, I’m your slave, you know that. I only do what your wicked brain contrives. You dreamed me up.
DV: You burst out of my head like Athena, and I have little control over your escapades. Be a good boy, and maybe I’ll write some steamy new adventures for you.
CM: Promise? I’d like that. So, this is a site for vampire lovers? Well, I’ve come to the right place then. No one is a better vampire lover than me.
DV: No, baby boy, this is a site for those who love vampires.
CM: Brilliant. Either way. And, for the record, I do go either way, boys and girls. I’m an equal opportunity lover.
(Stretches out his long legs and puts his feet up) So, here goes, I was born in Scotland. My parents died when I was little. I grew up in a children’s home and ran away to London when I was fifteen with dreams of becoming a rock star–needless to say, not a great idea. I went on the streets and made my living selling the only thing I could. To make a long story short, rent boys in London have a 33% HIV infection rate, and I became a statistic.
I turned to playing my guitar in the underground to supplement what I got from the government, and one night I encountered this lovely Indian man–or so I thought. Raj made me the man I am today. That is to say, a vampire courtesan turned assassin. Complete sociopath, Raj.
On the bright side, I’m a musician and play the guitar as well as Indian instruments. My prized possession is a vintage Stratocaster. I love all kinds of rock music. My favorite artist of all time is David Bowie. Flashy clothes, fast cars and the latest electronic gadgets are my weakness—and beautiful lovers. I believe in spreading the wealth, so to speak.
DV: How do you feel about your condition?
CM: My condition?
CM: Ah, the beastie inside me. Well, the immortality part—I mean, who can argue with super strength and looking like this through eternity? The other part—the blood thing–well, I’m no vegetarian, I crave the red stuff all the time. There’s nothing like it—but It’s not fun, this addiction. Not when your food can think and feel. I also miss the sun. Our flesh suffers a horrible necrotizing effect when we are exposed to ultraviolet rays. Mia and Kurt are trying their best to separate this unpleasant side effect from the immortality. We’re fighting for our freedom, both from our masters and the bloodlust.
DV: Talk about your former line of work at the chief elder’s court in India. Your past is rather colorful, darling.
CM: Must I? You just love dredging all that up.
I’m an adept of the ancient arts, which is an Immortyl temple artist in service to the Goddess Kali. However, adepts were exploited as courtesans in political intrigues by the Chief Elder, Kalidasa. It was usually a total drag– except for the singing and dancing. No one does a blues riff on a sitar like me.
Music is my true passion.
My official duty was to serve the Goddess and bestow Shakti’s blessings through an elaborate tantric sex ritual. During my training in the ashram, I told my guru, Sandhya, “I’ve been called many things in my time, but never a conduit of divinity”. She wasn’t amused and hit me on the back of the head with all her rings on. Ouch. Vampires aren’t known for being gentle. Well, maybe those sparkly ones.
I once had an encounter with a bloke who was with the Spanish Inquisition. No Monty Python fun here. Torture isn’t officially allowed on an adept, but with our new Rani, Giulietta, anything goes. The change I’d like to see is Giulietta’s head at the business end of my knife.
To sum up my life at court–too many uncongenial lovers, too many beds, too little rest. Lord Liu was the exception. Liu Li Cheng is a gentleman and knows how to treat a boy right.
DV: And what is it you do now?
CM: Spoilers, love. I never kiss and tell. Mia tells all about my exploits in Servant of the Goddess. Let’s just say that I take heads now instead of give…well you get the drift.
DV: Who trained you in your new occupation?
CM: I had excellent teachers in New York. Mia is quite the swords woman. Philip and Shieh taught me martial arts. My dance training comes in handy here. They call me a living weapon. I rather like that.
DV: I’m not surprised. Do you have a significant other in your life?
CM: With my omnivorous sexual nature it’s rather difficult to settle. I get around– a lot. But there are two lovers who mean something more to me than congenial shags.
My darling Mia is the earthly manifestation of Shakti in the form of Durga, and I’m her “tiger” servant. Grrr…we do get a bit rough sometimes. I do love a strong woman.
However, I must say that Lord Liu remains a powerful presence in my life. You’ve got to love a Chinese warrior from the former Han Dynasty turned scholar turned Immortyl elder. He’s deep. And dare I say sexy?
DV: So, where do you go from here? Any last secrets to reveal?
CM: I won’t tell all. I did that in My Fearful Symmetry. The boys and girls will just have to read my saucy tale and Mia’s new one, Servant of the Goddess. With my new line of work, it’s hard to say where I go from here. I’m on a secret mission at the moment. So, I can’t say exactly what I’m about—or as you Yanks say—what I’m up to. If I survive this mad quest, I hope to continue to aid Mia and Kurt in their revolution.
And you have promised some steamy tales. Of course, I will still be blogging and interviewing at Immortyl Revolution on Saturdays. I can’t disappoint my darlings. Be sure to stop by our blog before the 31st! Ms. Verrico has lots of Halloween posts and giveaways to share.
Well, I suppose if these nice boys and girls leave me a saucy comment or question, I could be persuaded to answer. I’m waiting breathlessly.
DV: Cedric and I are more than pleased to answer your questions today. Don’t forget to enter the contest!
Ms. Verrico is an Urban Fantasy author and New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since childhood and is a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. Her books are published by L&L Dreamspell Publishing and include: Cara Mia (Book One of the Immortyl Revolution Series), Twilight of the Gods (Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution Series), and My Fearful Symmetry (Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution Series). She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and her flock of seven spoiled parrots.
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Cedric blogs at Immortyl Revolution on “Sexy Saturdays with Cedric”. Yes, I did indeed create a monster. He’s a social media aficionado. You can chat any evening with Cedric @cedricMackinnon on Twitter or at his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cedricvampire.
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