Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today's Special -- Colleen Gleason

Today one of our favorite authors is hanging at The Romance Dish....Colleen Gleason. Colleen writes some of the hottest vampire romances on the market. Her Gardella Vampire Chronicles have been called "Jane Austen meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Trust me when I tell you they're addictive---Andrea will agree. *g*

Colleen's latest series The Regency Draculia is another winner, beginning with book 1, The Vampire Voss. Check out my review here. TheVampire Dimitri, book 2, will be released April 19th, and the third book, The Vampire Narcise will be released May 24th. Vampires and the Regency period, what's not to love?!

Colleen, under the pseudonym Joss Ware, also writes the Envy Chronicles, a fascinating post-apocalyptic romance series. She puts the 'b' in busy! Please give a warm welcome to our friend Colleen.

Woohoo!! So happy to be back at the Romance Dish today! Thanks much for having me again.

The last time I was here, I was talking about the latest book in the paranormal post-apocalyptic romance series that I write as Joss Ware…but today, we’re going to zip back in time so I can tell you about my new historical vampire series, The Regency Draculia.

Some people might be familiar with my Gardella Vampire Chronicles, a series about a female vampire hunter who lives during the time of Jane Austen. This new series, while set in a similar time period, is very different.

In this series, the vampires are part of a secret society, a cabal, that belongs to Lucifer. Each member of the Draculia has sold his or her soul to the devil at some point, and now they are living an immortal life with everything they could ever want: pleasure, money, power—and all without the fear of death or other negative consequences.

While the Gardellas were a five-book series about one woman, Victoria Gardella, my new series is definitely vampire romance—heavy on the romance. Each book is about one vampire in particular who falls in love, and, in this context, realizes that his/her soul belongs to Lucifer and is no longer their own—and the story examines how they come to terms (or don’t) with that.

Along with the vampire aspect, readers can expect everything else one loves about Regency-era romances: balls and masquerades, the haute ton, titled bad boys and brooding earls, and witty repartee. (At least, I think it’s witty.)

The first book in the series, The Vampire Voss, which is available now, is about Voss, the Viscount Dewhurst. He’s been a vampire for a hundred and fifty years after agreeing to sell his soul to Lucifer. Now he has everything he’s ever wanted: immortality, scads of money, imperturbable power, and all the women he can handle.

Everything is going along just fine (if not becoming a little routine after more than a century of pure hedonism with no negative consequences) until he meets Angelica Woodmore…who is the first woman he finds himself unable to enthrall and seduce.

The second book, The Vampire Dimitri, will be available next week. And the third, The Vampire Narcise, is coming out at the end of May.

So tell us readers, who's your favorite vampire in a book, movie or TV show?

Colleen is giving away a copy of The Vampire Voss to one lucky commenter (U.S. and Canadian residents only).


  1. I am in AUSTRALIA & so can't enter but I will be adding to my reading list thank you.

  2. Hi Colleen! Welcome back!

    I'm on my way out the door but will be back later to chat. Looking forward to this new series!

  3. Marybelle, I hope you enjoy The Vampire Voss.

  4. PJ, you know Colleen writes some very sexy vampires. *g*

  5. I loved Teresa Medeiros's Julian in The Vampire who loved me. He was so sexy and tormented! I also love all the vamps in Kerrelyn Sparks love at Stake series, especially Jean-Luc. He's French and so so hot! :D


  6. I loved Teresa Medeiros's Julian in The Vampire who loved me. He was so sexy and tormented!

    Excellent choice, Johanna!

  7. would love to win this. this is a new author for me and am always looking for new books to read. thanks for the great giveaway.


  8. Chrisbails, you will really enjoy Colleen's books!

    Isn't it fun discovering new-to-you authors? :-)

  9. LK Hamilton's Jean Claude hands down!


  10. thanks for the giveway

    I am a fan of JR Ward BDB and my favorite has to Wrath, no wait Rhage, hmm Zadist, No Vishous...I give up I love them all!!!!some more than others


  11. My fave vamp would probably be Lucien from Lynsay Sands' vamp series.
    Would LOVE to win this ... historicals and vamps combined! LOVE it!

  12. LK Hamilton's Jean Claude hands down!

    Rena, isn't Jean Claude delicious?!

  13. Chele, I love the Brothers! Zsadist is definitely my favorite.

  14. historicals and vamps combined! LOVE it!

    June, it is a great combination!

  15. I'll go old school and stick with Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    I love Colleen's Gardella Chronicles and am looking forward to reading this new series.

  16. Teresa Medeiros's Julian in The Vampire Who
    Loved Me.
    That was just a wonderful book that has stuck with me!!

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  17. I'm a big fan of Lestat myself, though I don't think I'd want to spend the night with him. I'd end up his breakfast. ;> Can't wait to read this new series.

  18. LSUReader, since you're a fan of Colleen's Gardella chronicles, are you Team Max or Team Sebastian? *g*

  19. Martha, Julian definitely sticks with you. I love Teresa's books---she's the sweetest person!

  20. I'm a big fan of Lestat myself, though I don't think I'd want to spend the night with him. I'd end up his breakfast.

    LOL @ Melinda! As fascinating as Lestat is, you're probably right. :-)

  21. Well, hello, Colleen! Welcome back to the Romance Dish! You know how much I love your Gardella books, so I am sure to love these as well. *g*

    I'm with Johanna on Julian Kane, plus I'll add Kathryn Smith's Brotherhood of the Blood vamps. All are super sexy!

  22. I loved the Gardella Vampire Chronicles.and can't wait to read this series.I like how they are coming out a month apart.There's no waiting.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Andrea, Kathryn Smith's Brotherhood of the Blood is another yummy choice.

  24. I like how they are coming out a month apart.There's no waiting.

    elaing8, I love not having to wait!

  25. I am not much into the really dark vampire shows or books. I enjoyed the MOONLIGHT TV series. Alex O'Loughlin as Vampire Mick St. John is my favorite.

    The character Josef Kostan played by Jason Dohring is very different from Mick St. John. He seemed to be more of the "traditional" wealthy, very old, pleasure seeking vampire. I always wanted to see and find out more about him.

  26. Librarypat, I loved Moonlight and was so disappointed when it was canceled. Alex O'Loughlin is so sexy!

  27. Sounds great. Looking forward to it.

    I know this ia a common answer. But I love Eric both in the series and I loved him in the books too before it became a series. As to an older series. I really like Nick Knight in Forever Knight too. I w2ould stay up late to watch it on the CBS late night hour they did for a while there.

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