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.
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.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Melissa Graves author of Tainted Heart
Hi Melissa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
Impacting readers with my vision. I think one of the most challenging things about writing is making your vision translate into the reader’s imagination—of course, a reader’s view will never match the author’s, but it’s incredibly gratifying when the themes and images and scenarios you weave have the impact you want them to. When a reader gets what I was trying to do or say, it’s incredibly satisfying. For me, in particular, when my sex scenes hit the right buttons and my readers let me know exactly why and how, I’m a happy camper.
Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
Yes, and usually in unexpected ways. This happens to me a lot with dialogue-heavy scenes or exposition—the conversation ends and I read over it and think, “Well, that isn’t the way I thought that would go!” This often necessitates re-writing or re-thinking whole sections of the story. It’s also almost always a good thing.
How did you celebrate the release of your book?
I’m a huge foodie, so I usually treat myself to a nice meal out or some indulgently expensive chocolate. Depending on the time of year or the state of my bank account, a weekend seeing shows in New York City might be on the table.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Vampire fiction has always been a homey niche for me, whether reading or writing. I love the genre, from its origins to most recent efforts, and will basically read any decent vampire fiction. Over the years my creative focus narrowed to queer erotica, and the two niches sort of merged. I realized I had been unable to read any quality vampire stories that contained main characters who were queer with explicit erotica and the plot one comes to expect from vampire stories set in the modern day. So I wrote one myself.
Have you ever written naked?
Wait, people write clothed? Man, you guys are missing out!
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.
Connect with Melissa at msmelissagraves.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/msmelissagraves, on Goodreads at goodreads.com/melissagraves and on Facebook at facebook.com/msmelissagraves.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26223006-tainted-heart
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