A big welcome to Brooklyn Ann who is here to telling us why vampires make good aristocrats and celebrating the release of One Bite Per Night, Scandals With Bite #2 (published on August 5, 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca).
Why Vampires Make Good Aristocrats
Vampires were perfectly suited for the British Aristocracy, which was a major reason why I put them in Regency ballrooms in my Scandals with Bite series. Here are the reasons why that works out so well:
They’re night owls.
Most of the balls and operas and festivities in the regency went from dusk till dawn. A vampire’s nocturnal behavior would be unnoticed in this environment.
The Window Tax
Seriously, there was a tax on how many windows one had on their home. People often boarded up their windows to avoid the tax. This was beneficial to vampires in that no one thought it amiss if they did so to protect themselves from the sun
An Age of Enlightment
In an age of reason, vampires are regarded as mere folklore. This disbelief is advantageous. However in the face of scientific advances, discovery is all too possible. Which is why drinking a mortal’s blood to the point where they die has been forbidden since the mid Eighteen century.
Disappearance of poor people would still be unaccounted for.
Thousands of potential meals languish in alleys and gutters all over London’s East End. A vampire would never starve in this populous city. Also, they have a house full of servants in case of emergency, though normally it is considered a faux pas to feed from one’s servants.
People drank a LOT at Balls and Musicales.
It’s easy to steal a drink from an unsuspecting mortal when the majority of one’s peers are deep in their cups. Sometimes it’s hardly even necessary to mesmerize them and banish their memory of a feeding after the claret really flows. There were also many secluded alcoves inside a British Manor and on the grounds.
All the better to secure a meal.
Respect and authority for rank.
One rarely dares question the behavior of a nobleman. If he has odd behavior, he is merely written off as “Eccentric.”
A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She can be found online at http://brooklynann.blogspot.com.
One Bite Per Night by Brooklyn Ann
Available on August 5, 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
He wanted her off his hands…
Vincent Tremayne, the reclusive “Devil Earl,” has been manipulated into taking rambunctious Lydia Price as his ward. As Lord Vampire of Cornwall, Vincent has better things to do than bring out an unruly debutante.
Now he’ll do anything to hold on forever
American-born Lydia Price doesn’t care for the stuffy strictures of the ton, and is unimpressed with her foppish suitors. She dreams of studying with the talented but scandalous British portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence. But just when it seems her dreams will come true, Lydia is plunged into Vincent’s dark world and finds herself caught between the life she’s known and a future she never could have imagined.
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