Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Guest Blogger Chris Marie Green Talks About Her Latest Release, A DROP OF RED

A new Underground, a new adventure for Dawn Madison and the vampire hunting team!
Last time, Dawn and her friends brought down the Hollywood community of vampires, but now, in book four of the Vampire Babylon series, there’s a new threat, and it’s in London.
I have to say that this is some of the most fun and interesting research I’ve ever done for a book, because I actually took a trip to London in order to choreograph scenes, brainstorm the story, and record many details that I put to good use in the pages of A DROP OF RED (as well as books five and six, THE PATH OF RAZORS [8/09] and DEEP IN THE WOODS [TBA]). Here are a few highlights that you’ll find on March 3, when A DROP OF RED hits the shelves…
Bleak, gothic, gorgeous. Perfect place for some vamps to be lurking, yes?

Kingswood School

Here’s a haunted house in St. Albans, the city where I decided to locate the new home of the vampires. Things like the architectural quirks you see here really allow a place to come alive.

Haunted House in St. Albans

Crossbones Graveyard

Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark, across from the new headquarters for the vampire hunting team. I knew I had to use the building across the street because of its proximity to this cemetery, which boasts cards, ribbons, and other mementos on the gate because people often go there to remember the people (and prostitutes) buried in this unconsecrated ground. To read about more of my trip, click here to visit my blog!

And for more information about the series, check out www.vampirebabylon.com. There’s even a link to a contest, where I’m giving away this gorgeous print:

Happy Hunting,

Chris Marie Green

"Take Home Tuesday" Alert: Leave your name in the comments below to enter the book giveaway for A DROP OF RED by Chris Green (Ace, March 2009). The winner will be announced tomorrow morning. UPDATE: The winner of the March 3rd edition of "Take Home Tuesday" is Margay. Congrats! Please email your physical address to contests(at)knightagency(dot)net. Thanks to all our participants!

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Blogger tetewa said...

Looking forward to this one, as I enjoyed Midnight Reign.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:13:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tas said...

Looks nice, would love to read it

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:47:00 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I haven't read these. Look pretty good.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger Rebecca Chastain said...

This book sounds intriguing. I'll have to look for the first three.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just started this series and am enjoying. :)

Jana S Brown

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Brandy W said...

We loved living in England while we were stationed there. So many great places to visit...so much history.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

This looks so good and I love England, even though I haven't been there - yet.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

Going to have to get this series into my TBR, too.
Cool print, Chris.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Sounds interesting. That graveyard is something else! Martha

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Hi, all!

tetewa, thank you for reading MIDNIGHT REIGN! I hope you'll read BREAK OF DAWN, too, as it leads right into A DROP OF RED.... ;)

Tas, thanks--I'm so lucky to get these great covers!

Marnie and Rebecca, I appreciate that!

JSB--awesome, and thank you, too! Your support means a lot.

Brandy and Margay--any time I get to go to England, I'm there. There's so much in every nook and cranny. I used London Walks to take a lot of fun, informative tours. They offer everything from a Beatles walk to one about Jack the Ripper.

Pam--excellent. Thank you! And I've got the same print in my living room. The artist, Billy Martinez, is at Comic-Con, San Diego, every year, and I can never resist passing up his work.

Martha--you said it! Cross Bones graveyard is amazing. It was a dumping ground for prostitutes at one point. Now, it's basically a concrete slab. Groups come to have candlelight ceremonies to remember the dead every so often. It's interesting to look at everything attached to the gate, too--everything from cards to small gifts.

Thank you for coming, you all, and good luck!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 1:07:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now is this one where a reader really should read the ones before this? Or could I get away with starting with this on? :D
Thanks for the interview Chris Marie!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 1:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger donnas said...

Thanks for the post. I would love to have the chance to visit places like that. I just finished the first in this series and am going out to find the second soon. Cant wait to read more. Congrats on the new release.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 1:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Hey, Natasha--I write this series using a trilogy format, so A DROP OF RED starts off a new "big" arc. You could start with this one. :)

Wow, donnas, thank you for starting the series and going out for more!

Be back later....

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 3:26:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! I will see what I can do :D

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 4:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

I would love to read A Drop of Red. Love the cover.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 4:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lori Ann said...

The Vampire Babylon series sounds so good. I would love to try A Drop of Red.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 4:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love to win a copy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 5:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Crossbones Graveyard looks so interesting!

~Elisa Jankowski

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 5:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

Sounds like your research was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed exploring, which was basically just wandering with no idea of where I was going, London when I was there a few years ago. Looks like I have a few new places to check out when I get back there.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kytaira said...

The books sound great! I've sort of done a mini surf on A Drop of Red and am looking forward to it. I liked the page 69 test!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 8:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica Milne said...

Oooh, gotta love London! <3 Hollywood could always be taken down a few notches, eh?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger macbeaner said...

I definitely want to read this series! I'll have to add it to my Wishlist!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently started reading Green's Vampire Babylon series and once I picked up the first book I immediately had to pick up the other two. I can't wait to read the next installment! I absolutely love all the characters and how unique they are, especially "The Voice"!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:58:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't had a chance to read this series but I would love to.

Definately enter me in the contest!


Terri W.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lori T said...

This sounds great and I bet the research was quite fun for this one! Looking forward to reading it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 12:39:00 AM EST  
Blogger Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Cool, Natasha, thanks!

Crystal, I appreciate the cover comment. I love that they put Dawn's "saw-bow" weapon on this one.

Raven, Karen, and anonymous, thank you for coming here!

Elisa, I found the graveyard on a London Walks tour. It's smack dab in the middle of "Dickens London," so the surrounding area has a lot of colorful stories attached to it.

Kytaira, how awesome that you found the page 69 test! Thank you for looking and for your comment. Page 69 fell on a good place in the book, thank goodness, LOL.

Jessica, LOL. Yes, London definitely gives Hollywood a run for its money--even with the vampires! For me, the settings are basically characters, too, so I feed off those locations.

macbeaner, great! I appreciate that!

Kay, thank you a thousand times over. That's really sweet of you. Hope you like this new trilogy. :)

Lori, this was my favorite research project ever. I'm lucky I got to do it.

Congrats, Margay!
See you all later....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10:25:00 AM EST  

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