Romance author Mona is human. Ship's doctor Fausto is a vampire. He can never be one of her kind and she's afraid to become one of his. As they sail the Mediterranean on writers' cruise, the couple is stalked by vampire hunters, and by Fausto's notorious ex-wife, Lucrezia Borgia. Events force Mona and Fausto team up with the hunters to capture Lucrezia, but where can they go from here? With Fausto's friend and Mona's editor vamping it up and a hunter on the loose, can this bloody good cruise have a happy ending?
Now I've not long discovered this book but due to some ordering difficulties (living in Australia) my copy is still winging its way from the U.S. However I was so fascinated by the premise of vampires on an Italian cruise ship during a romance writers' cruise, the appeal was immediate. With Vampire Week approaching I thought of Diana Rubino and A Bloody Good Cruise and she kindly agreed to an interview and some giveaways (more on that later.)
While I don't have a review for you, my friend Dottie from My Blog 2.0, does. When Dottie, connoisseur of all things vampire "the good, the bad, the utterly and truly evil, the sparkly, and yes, even the anime" offered her help, I took the 'fanpire' up on her offer. Here's a little morsel from Dottie:
"A really quick read ... something for a day at the beach. Fun, sun, and vampires."
Check out Dottie's full review here
About the author: Diana Rubino has written several historical novels set in England and the U.S., a time travel romance, and a futuristic/fantasy romance which received a Romantic Times Top Pick award . Diana is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Richard III Society. Her hobbies include golf, racquetball, bicycling, playing piano, and she has been pursuing a Master's degree in archaeology. She loves to visit historical sites all over the world for book research. Diana and her husband own CostPro Inc. an engineering business based in Cambridge.
I always wanted to write a vamp romance, and I love cruising, so I thought combining the two, especially on an Italian cruise ship, would be unique and intriguing.
Did ‘A Bloody Good Cruise’ require some research into vampire mythology?
Yes, I read a lot of vampire lore books, a vamp encylopedia, and did research into their history. In the end, I made up my own scientific explanation of how my vampires became that way; in ancient Rome, from a blood mutation. I wanted a scientific biological reason they’d become this way, so it would be plausible. I mean, this could actually happen in theory, just like time travel—but it’s highly unlikely.
Do you have a favourite vampire hottie that really floats your boat? (bad pun lol)
No, I really don’t—but in the unlikely event this was ever made into a movie, I know the actor who would be perfect for the role of my hero Fausto. He’s on the soap All My Children, Vincent Irizarry. Just take a look at him, and you’ll see why I think he’d make the perfect vampire!
3 must have items if you were stranded on a tropical island?
Running water, drinkable water, and air conditioning!
Thanks so much to Diana for a fun interview & for a very generous giveaway.
Up for grabs we have: 1 copy of A Bloody Good Cruise and 5 e-book copies.
To enter: please leave a comment with an email address asking Diana a question or tell us which vampire hottie really floats your boat?
Winners will be announced in our Sunday post.
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