I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Mari Mancusi, author of the Blood Coven Vampire books. The fifth installment, Night School recently released and Mari stopped by to talk about it with us. She brought with her an "interview" with the mysterious Jareth. Mari's website describes his character as a "dark and brooding vampire who looks like a cross between Jude Law and a young David Bowie. Jareth serves as a general in the Blood Coven army. Beautiful, powerful and mysterious, he's quick to temper when someone pushes his buttons."
Did that get your attention? I should think so. Check out "Jareth's" answers to my questions and don't forget to enter to win an ARC of Night School and Bonus Mystery ARC too!
Jareth, while Rayne was on the run hiding out from the fairies, there was no way for her to contact you. What was going through your mind during that time? Were you worried about her staying out of trouble?
Oh god. It was pure torture. I'd been out with the Blood Coven army, on a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East, when Magnus called me with the news that Rayne and her sister had gone missing. I knew something had to be wrong--Rayne wasn't the type to go silent. But she wasn't even updating her blog! And what was she going to do without her supply of Blood Substitute? She'd never been trained to suck real blood from people--being a vegetarian, it was against her beliefs. But without substitute on hand, it was real blood or starve to death. Very worrying, let me tell you!
2. What is it about Rayne that draws you to her the most? And conversely, what about is the most difficult thing about being her boyfriend?
I love her passion. She's so strong and intense and spirited. Never afraid to speak up and say what's on her mind. At the same time, she's quite soft on the inside and can be hurt rather easily. She finds it difficult to open up to people and share what she considers her "weakness." I love that she trusts me enough to let me in to see her soul.
That said, the same spirit I love about her can be bloody annoying at times. She will cut off her nose to spite her face. She will mouth off to people (and vampires) she really shouldn't mouth off to. And she's incredibly stubborn.
She drives me crazy, but I love her with all my heart and soul. And I'm happy to take the bad when there's so much good.
3. When you found about Rayne's interactions with Corbin, did you feel threatened by him at all?
Ugh. That situation was not good. I mean, I don't blame Rayne--she needed to drink something and there was no Blood Substitute on campus. I just wish she hadn't chosen to juice the jugular of a guy who hated vampires as much as Corbin does. The guy is trouble. And now Rayne seems to feel responsible for him. Like, she feels guilty and wants to protect him. And I just know that's going to lead to trouble.
4. During the time that Sunny and Rayne were at Riverdale, Rayne underwent through some interesting changes in regards to her fae heritage and learned a lot about just how powerful her and Sunny really are. So let me ask you this- who would you rather have on your side in a fight-- Tinkerbell (hey, don't laugh--she sure schooled your girlfriend) or an angry vampire?
I would be a fool to underestimate the power of the fae folk. They are a proud, strong race that has been around longer than vampires themselves. That said, Tinkerbell is an arrogant, vain little bitch and if Rayne got a chance for a re-match she'd show her who wears the fangs in the family.
Corbin is indeed a big problem and I think we will be seeing more of him very soon. I'm worried that Rayne's lingering feelings of guilt to what happened to him (not to give away any spoilers) will inhibit her ability to deal with him in a rational manner.
6. What do you think the future holds for you and Rayne?
Hopefully things will someday calm down and Rayne will get used to her vampire self and be allowed to retire from Slayer Inc. I'd like to build a luxury crypt for two and spend my life taking care of her. Hey--a vampire can dream, right?
Mari Mancusi works as a television producer for a nationally syndicated women's lifestyle show and has won two Emmys. She lives in New York City. Official Website
ARC of Night School and Bonus Mystery ARC*!
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BY MARI MANCUSI
Vampires, Slayers and...FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.After their parents' shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run—forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends—the twins are on their own.
Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn't easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control—especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third—who isn't sure whether he wants to kiss her...or kill her.
But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own—leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.
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