Laura Kaye is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance and award-nominated HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), as well as an erotic romance novella, JUST GOTTA SAY. Her fourth book, bestselling contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in the 4-book Hearts of the Anemoi series, while her fifth, IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING, is a dark paranormal romance and the first in a novella mini-series with Harlequin. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Before I dive in to my love for all things fangs, let me say thank you to Lori for hosting me here, Merry Christmas! to all who celebrate, and happy holidays to the rest! I’m very excited to be here today and to be a part of this event. Now, with that said…
Hello. My name is Laura Kaye. And I am addicted to fangs.
There. I said it!
Vampires are and always have been my favorite supernatural creature. There are many things I love about vampires: their dark natures, their inherent sensuality, their allure, the immortality. The loneliness of their existence just calls to me, just speaks to me on some primal level. As is true for so many of us, vampires have gotten under my skin and in my blood since my very first Anne Rice novel. I devoured every single one of them and read many multiple times. There aren’t many vampire series I haven’t tried, and I’m always looking for the next great one to whisk me away into my favorite fantasy…
One of the things I find most attractive about vampires is their fangs. Here are some reasons why I especially love this vampire trait:
Fangs are dangerous and animalistic. If their paranormal character is part of what draws me to vampires, nothing says “not human” like a pair of fangs.
Fangs are powerful. Fangs are just the most visible manifestation of the latent power and magic of the vampire.
Fangs penetrate. Do I really need to expound here? They. Penetrate.
Fangs bring a mix of pleasure and pain. Just imagining how that first searing bite would be followed by a pulling rush of pleasure you’d feel everywhere… Mmm.
Fangs bring a vampire sustenance. The idea that I, as a human, would have the power to keep such a preternatural creature alive, and that his fangs would make it possible…yeah, that’s enough to make me love fangs right there.
So, in the spirit of my confession, I thought I’d share a fangtastic, erm, adult, excerpt from each of my vampire books:
From Forever Freed– Now Available!
(Note: In this scene, the heroine has just learned the hero is a vampire…)
“What are you looking at?”
“Your…um”—a blush heated her face again—“mouth.”
“I just will it, and they change. Some situations cause it automatically.”
She licked her lips and her eyes flitted between my eyes and my mouth. “Show me,” she whispered.
“Because I want to know you.”
I glared at her and hated the idea she might define me by the vampiric nature I didn’t choose or want. Her heart rate spiked. I cursed myself. I leaned my head into the cradle of my hands and tugged at my hair.
She stroked the back of my head. “Lucien, I didn’t mean to—”
“I know what you meant—”
“No, obviously, you don’t.” Her tone surprised me. I dropped my hands and looked up. “I know…this isn’t all you are. But it’s part of you. I want to know it, too. Please show me,” she said softly as she fingered the side of my foot. Her small gesture of outreach melted my resolve.
Resigned, I glanced down into my lap. And punched out my fangs. I flinched when Samantha lifted my chin, but I didn’t resist. Instead, I closed my eyes, not wanting to also see the fear I was about to feel. As if on cue, she gasped. But the scent of her fear never came.
“Please look at me.” Her expression was filled with wonder and curiosity. “Eyes too?”
I frowned. “You didn’t close your eyes at all, did you?” She shook her head. I rolled my eyes, blinked them closed, and then trained my crimson orbs on Samantha. Her heart worked harder in her chest but still the fear didn’t come.
“Does it affect your eyesight?”
“Improves it,” I replied in a low voice.
Out of nowhere, she reached a hand forward. “Can I touch—”
I flinched away. “No!”
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” she cried.
“You can’t…I can’t…”
“Okay. Okay. It’s okay. That was stupid of me.”
“What situations?” she deflected.
“What?” I panted.
“You said some situations make it happen?”
I groaned. “When I’m feeding, threatened, or, um”—I sighed—“aroused.”
From In The Service of the King– Available for Pre-Order & Releases 2/1/12!
(Note: It was much harder to pick a PG excerpt for this title, so it’s a bit shorter… *winks*)
A kiss from the heroine’s point of view:
This time it was her mouth that claimed his. His fang pinched her lip and she moaned. Then she wrapped her tongue around the other fang and flicked it repeatedly. His mouth tasted like danger and ecstasy. Embracing his nonhuman side so wantonly felt decadent, but also like the most natural thing she’d ever done.
And from the vampire hero’s:
Kael fisted his hands in her hair but couldn’t decide whether to pull her away or hold her there forever. Definitely forever. Now that he’d accepted the magic weaving around them, he felt it down deep. Being with Shayla this way was as right as breathing, as drinking blood. Her tongue curled around his right canine and he sucked in a breath and growled. His fangs were so sensitive and her tongue was relentless.
Well, I told you I had a fang fetish! *winks* And there’s much hotter fang play where these came from… jus’ sayin’!
Thanks for reading!