WHEN HE WAS BAD . . .
Two-thousand-year-old vampire demon Zeb is supposed to spend eternity turning mortal sinners into bad guy Lucipires like himself. That way, they can grow their numbers and fight the vampire angels known as Vangels. But Zeb is a bad boy in a good way—secretly working as a double agent for none other than St. Michael the Archangel in hopes of one day earning his wings. Problem is, Zeb’s betrayal is discovered.
Hello, demon dungeon.
HE WAS VERY BAD . . .
Until Regina, a foxy, flame-haired Vangel witch on a rescue mission, busts out Zeb, along with three oddball Lucipire witches. Hello, temptation!
BUT TOGETHER THEY WERE VERY GOOD . . . !
Their escape unleashes a war to defeat all Vangels forevermore. In an epic madcap battle between good and evil, a Demon just might earn his wings . . . and spend eternity with the Vangel of his wildest dreams.
CAN VAMPIRES REALLY GO TO HEAVEN?
As the title of my latest novel, GOOD VAMPIRES GO TO HEAVEN implies, you might be surprised to find a vampire or two when you hit the Pearly Gates. I’ll take it one step further. Even vampire demons get a shot at the heavenly afterlife.
How is this possible? Surely vampires are dark creatures whose misdeeds are more attuned to the other side. And demons? No way could demons get past St. Peter.
Let’s ask Zebulan, my tortured hero with a sense of humor, a good demon, if there is such a thing.
So, Zeb, isn’t that an oxymoron, good/demon?
Not really. I had a really horrific event take place in my life almost two thousand years ago (yes, I give new meaning to the term senior citizen), which started me on a sinful path of revenge. Really sinful. Unfortunately, Jasper, king of the Lucipires (demon vampires), took note of my depravity and yanked me over to his minions of bad guys. But I never really wanted to be evil. In fact, I yearned to become a vangel (a vampire angel).
Sounds impossible. How did you go about making the transition from demon to angel?
Well, it wasn’t easy, believe me. Here are the steps I followed.
--Begged St. Michael the Archangel, the vangels’ celestial mentor, to give me wings. That didn’t work, by the way. My advice: Pray, maybe. Beg, no.
--Signed on as a double agent for the vangels. Okay, that was a good first step…for a few years. But up to fifty years, give or take? C’mon!
--Withstood demonic torture when my duplicity was discovered. Forget the rack, or water boarding. Among other perverse tactics they used on me, can anyone say barbed wire on my…well, you know what?
--Accepted that I wasn’t going to be rescued by some legion of fierce vangel warriors, but instead a coven of witches in a hot air balloon. (I kid you not!)
--Resisted (okay, I didn’t really resist) the temptation of that red-haired, sizzling hot vangel, Regina, who led the Motley Crue Coven. And isn’t it odd that she looks like Satan’s sister?
So, in other words, it’s a long journey. But what you’re saying is that even the worst sinner can be saved?
Well, duh, isn’t that the basis of all religious beliefs? Redemption. And listen, don’t we all wish for a second chance at life? A do-over? Whether we’ve committed small sins, or big whoppers, we hope to be forgiven.
It all sounds so serious.
It is, but then, my journey (and your lives, as well) are filled with laughter, aren’t they? I contend that God himself has a great sense of humor. Man and his foibles are perfect fodder for laughter. (Picture cave man times, for example. “Hey, Ugga, is my forehead too sloping?” followed by, “Forget your forehead, Oog. Go get me a dinosaur steak.” Or how about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “Are you sure you don’t want a bite of my apple, Adam?” countered by a “Bite me!” said under the breath.)
Check out my website, www.sandrahill.net, or my Facebook page, Sandra Hill Author, for information about GOOD VAMPIRES GO TO HEAVEN, and my other forty-some books.
As always, I wish you smiles in your reading. And may there be lots of second chances in your lives, too.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
A talented writer with a sense of humor.
Can you tell us a little about your book?
GOOD VAMPIRES GO TO HEAVEN: eighth book in the Deadly Angels series. Zebulan is a good demon (vampire…a Lucipire) who finds himself in a hellish situation. Who better to rescue him than the flame-haired vangel (vampire angel) Regina, who looks an awful lot like Satan’s sister! Laughter and sizzle guaranteed!
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
Zeb has been a popular secondary character in the other Deadly Angels books, a quintessential tortured hero with a sense of humor. Readers love him. That’s not to say this book can’t be read without having read others in the series. They are all intended to stand alone, as well as follow a series.
What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
Reading, always. And antiquing at area estate sales. Shopping with my granddaughter; having four sons, I relish the girly things.
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
Anything involving humor. A coven of witches in a hot air balloon rescuing my hero in GOOD VAMPIRES GO TO HEAVEN. A modern women teaching Viking women how to make homemade condoms in THE RELUCTANT VIKING. A lazy Viking who is forced to become a Navy SEAL in KISS OF SURRENDER. An eighty-year-old woman, Tante Lulu, doing outrageous things in all my Cajun novels, including entering a belly dancing contest. A Norse king who has a curse placed on him causing his penis to make a right turn (THE OUTLAW VIKING). These kinds of things I enjoy writing most.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve been writing all my life, including years as a newspaper journalist and education editor. My first novel was published in 1994.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I would love to go back to some Viking historical romances involving secondary characters from my previously published novels, but they will have to wait until historicals are back in favor. And I don’t rule out another Deadly Angels in the future, if nothing else, a sequel catching up on all the vangel gang.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
As always, I wish them smiles in their reading.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
THE CAJUN DOCTOR (May 30, 2017) features Dr. Daniel LeDeux, a burned out pediatric oncologist, who meets his match in Samantha Starr, a New Orleans divorcee who has a reason to hate doctors. Poignant at times and hilarious at others, this book also features the popular Tante Lulu with her usual outrageous antics.
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