BOOK TOUR REVIEW & INTERVIEW: Væmpires: Revolution by Thomas Winship
by Thomas Winship
The Evolutionary War Series, Book 1
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In the distant future, the Earth as we know it is no more. The planet now has three races: human, vampire, and væmpire. A væmpire is a vampire that has undergone mutations to make it stronger, faster, and in some cases, have special skills that normal vampires do not. Vampires have learned to live peacefully with humans and do not feed on them, but they have also alienated the mutant race of væmpires.
On the morning of young vampire Princess Cassandra’s birthday, they decide to stage a revolution.
Cassandra’s boyfriend Daniel is out in the city when chaos strikes, and instead of going to the palace for a party, he learns nearly everyone he loves has been slaughtered, making him interim king. Over the course of a night, the 15 year old must decide whether to help save what is left of his people, or try to rescue their future queen. The night plays out in ways no one expects.
This book was one crazy thrill ride, and I loved every minute of it. You are thrust right into the action from the very first page, and it never lets go, escalating to a bloody crescendo that left me with one hell of a cliffhanger!
Daniel is so kickass. Any other hero would race straight to his woman, giving no thought to who else might need help. But he somehow manages to consider others, even while dealing with unimaginable grief and with no knowledge of what Cassandra might be in the midst of. He was an awesome character, and he wasn’t too proud to get a little help when he knew he was outnumbered ;)
That doesn’t mean Cassandra was a wimpy princess, at all. She is smart, and a fighter all the way through. She stays royal and dignified throughout her ordeal. The moments she and Daniel have together are heart melting, and I am rooting for them so hard.
The action…oh WOW. Let’s just say it’s not for the faint of heart. These are no romantic, dashing vampires and zombies. There’s tons of killing, blood and gore. Don’t read this book if you don’t like graphic descriptions of violence. But if that is your thing, this book definitely delivers :)
Væmpires: Revolution was an amazing read, and even though I’m frustrated with the cliffhanger (GRRRR), I’ll definitely be reading the next book!
My Interview with Thomas
Hello everyone. I’m so excited to be today’s guest at Sweet Southern Home! I’m Thomas Winship, author of Væmpires: Revolution and Væmpires: White Christmas. Both books are part of a new, ongoing vampire series that explores the question: what if vampires evolved?
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve lived in New York my entire life; a little over an hour north of New York City. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I also love listening to music, watching movies, playing sports, going to rock concerts, and attending Broadway shows.
I have a BS in Business and an MBA in Management. My career is in Human Resources—specifically in organizational development, talent management, and training—but I also serve as an adjunct professor for a local college, teaching courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. And I write, of course …
2. What made you want to become a writer?
About a dozen years ago, creative writing courses taken in college started to open my eyes to the possibility of writing … but something—career, primarily—always seemed to be in the way.
My wife, Elaine, deserves credit for finally pushing me to follow my dream. In early 2007 she convinced me that it was time to stop wasting time, and I listened.
3. Who or what gives you inspiration?
I take inspiration from many things. My wife provides a lot of inspiration because she has so much faith in my talents. Movies, books, music … in many ways, the world around us … provide inspiration on a continuous basis. I just try to keep my eyes and ears open because I never know when it’s going to float by.
Since I published Vaempires: Revolution some six months ago, I also started finding inspiration in the feedback from readers. It’s really an incredible experience to have total strangers read something you’ve created and enjoy it. It’s inspirational and awe-inspiring.
4. Tell us about Vaempires: Revolution.
It’s a vampire novel; but not your typical vampire novel. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future in which humans and vampires peacefully coexist, until vampires mutate into warm-blooded beings (vaempires) that feed on cold vampire blood.
Over time, these vaempires begin to believe they are the dominant species on the plant and they revolt. In short time, they kill the human and vampire leaders and threaten to topple the standing governments. All that stands between them and victory are four vampire teens.
5. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
The number of ideas that I’ll never get to develop. New ideas constantly pop up, but there just isn’t enough time to give them the attention they deserve. So, I jot them down and file them away for the future … but the simple fact is that I’ll never get to most of them. The organized part of me recoils in terror at the thought. The obsessive part of me screams in frustration. The creative part weeps a bit. But the logical part accepts it.
6. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
Other than random thoughts or cryptic ideas, I don’t physically write anything, so my laptop is an absolute must. Beyond that, I don’t need anything. I do, however, prefer to write in my home office, where I’m surrounded by all of my stuff: my iPods; my walls, which are covered with posters, comic book covers, Star Wars and LOTR plates, and action figures; my two dozen bookshelves that hold my book and DVD collections.
7. What are some of your favorite books?
I love to read. In fact, there are roughly eighty authors of whom I read everything they publish. I have a spreadsheet that helps me keep track of it all.
My favorite book of all time is It by Stephen King. Anyone who hasn’t read it should do so immediately.
It’s followed a close second by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In fact, here are some random thoughts on #’s 2-10 (alphabetically by author):
· Jack Ketchum – The Girl Next Door. The most disturbing, heart-breaking book I ever read. Not for the feint of heart.
· Stephen King – Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass. Poor Roland. Poor Susan. I wish King had written the rest of the series from this point forward. The comics are doing it now, but it’s not the same.
· Stephen King – The Stand. It could happen.
· Stephen King – The Talisman. More magical and innocent than the sequel, yet still dripping with malice and danger. Will we ever see a third book?
· Phillip Margolin – Heartstone. The twists at the end are masterful and unexpected.
· Robert McCammon – Swan Song. Post-apocalyptic perfection.
· Peter Straub – Koko. Ghost Story gets all the acclaim, but Koko is better.
· JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings. Do I need to say anything? Well, I do have one comment: the fact that Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn are not present when Frodo departs for the Undying Lands irks me as much as Chewbacca not receiving a medal after the Battle of Yavin.
· Timothy Zahn – Heir To the Empire. Timothy Zahn saved the Star Wars franchise. Mara Jade is the best Expanded Universe character ever (and a top SW character, period). Whoever made the decision to kill her (and whoever approved it) should be jettisoned out of the nearest airlock.
8. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Not yet. Perhaps in the future … but, for now, all the characters are purely fictional constructs.
9. What, if anything, are you working on right now?
I’m working on the sequel to Væmpires: Revolution, hoping for a release sometime in the fall. It picks up right where Book 1 left off—with that massive cliffhanger that shocked so many fans.
Because so many people are eagerly waiting for more, I may release the first portion of Book 2 prematurely, as a short story or novella.
Below is a short snippet (a short, unedited snippet), so everyone knows that the blood-and-guts action of Væmpires: Revolution continues in Book 2:
Crimson blood spurted as the body and head fell in opposite directions. Hot, væmpire blood that smelled like rancid meat hit the sidewalk in uneven splatters that reminded Linq of a drunken frat boy urinating in a back alley.
Then two things happened at once: he sensed a væmpire—yet another new arrival—closing in, while Ray yelled, “Watch out!”
Before he could react, Linq was grabbed from behind. Strong arms encircled him; hot, sweaty væmpire arms that felt like steel pincers. Linq’s own arms were pinned to his sides as his adversary squeezed him like a vise.
The pressure was tremendous and Linq panicked, throwing his head back in an attempt to crush the væmpire’s nose. He knew it was a mistake as he did it, but his reaction was quicker than his thoughts.
The væmpire dodged the blow, and then did the unthinkable: his head flashed forward and he sunk his fangs into Linq’s exposed neck.
Every cell in Linq’s body erupted in unmitigated pain. Nothing in his education, nothing in his imagination—in his nightmares, perhaps, but not his imagination—nothing in his experience or training had prepared him for such pain.
His eyes rolled back in his head and his jaw snapped shut, his fangs slicing deep into his tongue. He didn’t even notice.
Then the væmpire drank.
10. Why do you love writing?
There is no way to do justice to the feeling of creating something from nothing, except perhaps when you share the thing you created with other people and they enjoy it. Readers, in particular, are amazing. It’s pretty incredible to realize that I arrange words on paper (or in pixels) and strangers choose to read them.
I’d like to thank all of you for stopping in and offer a very special “thank you” to Carrie for inviting me to Sweet Southern Home. I hope you enjoyed the interview. I’d love to hear what you think of it and/or answer any additional questions you may have. Post comments or questions below and I’ll be sure to respond.
Feel free to stop by my website and reach out. I’d love to hear from you if you check out Vaempires.
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**BLOGGER’S NOTE: Um, the digital version of this book is only 99 CENTS!! Buy it, it will be the best 99 cents you have spent in a while!! :)