Happy New Year! I’m sure you’ll be shocked when I tell you I’m starting out the New Year with a new release.
Yeah, I know you aren’t. But that’s good, right? A new book to read. A vampire book. A vampire book with a bite. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
It’s coming out on January 17, and while it’s called Eternity, it’s actually part of a boxed set called Awakenings. There are 12 novels in this boxed set; all vampires, all part of the same world: the Blood Courtesan world.
Never heard of it?
Well, basically, the heroines in these books all have one thing in common: They’ve all decided to become Blood Courtesans, generally to save themselves or save someone they love or to in some way attempt to improve their lot in life.
What’s a Blood Courtesan, you ask? It’s a human who sells her blood for a lot of money. Oh, and generally, when she’s giving over her blood, there’s usually sex involved. Steaming hot vampire sex — you know, with a bite. (I’m really bad at the vampire puns.)
The problem with the Blood Courtesans in our books is they have a tendency to fall in love with the vampires to whom they’re supposed to be beholden. Which causes all sorts of issues and drama and bad things to happen, at least until the end, which is always, always a happily ever after.
Because we’re romantic vampire lovers.
Anyway, Eternity is Abigail and Parnell’s story, and here’s an interesting tidbit about this book: It’s the second one I’ve written. The first vampire novel I wrote is called Resist, and it’s Abigail’s sister, Anya’s story. Abigail and Parnell were supposed to be secondary, background characters. I never intended for them to have their own story.
Hence the name, Parnell. It’s not my fave. In fact, if I’m totally honest: I don’t even like it. When I was writing Anya and Camden’s story, Camden needed a friend who was born over a hundred years ago in Ireland. So I researched names from that era and area and came across Parnell and thought, That sounds nineteenth century enough.
I didn’t decide to write Parnell and Abigail’s story until after Resist was already published, and of course I can’t go back and change a character’s name once I’ve hit the ‘publish’ button.
No matter how much I want to.
So Parnell it is, and no, it hasn’t grown on me, even though I’ve been working on this book for nearly a year now. About the only thing that’s happened is I’ve learned my lesson.
No matter how unimportant I think characters may be, always, always give them a name I like. Just in case.
Tami Lund is an author, a wine drinker, an award winner, and occasional selector of bad character names. Although she’s trying to break that last habit. Check out her website: http://tamilund.com