Sunday, June 27, 2010
Immortalis: Carpe Noctem
by Katie Salidas
Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.
As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her “turning”, did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.
Only by accepting her newfound immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.
Many vampire novels gloss over the change and go straight into “normal” life as a vampire.
But I’ve always wondered… What would it really be like to turn into a vampire? What would it be like to say good-bye to everything you hold dear? What would it be like to hunger for blood? Blood from humans you once considered friends?
Those are the questions I wanted to explore with my novel Immortalis Carpe Noctem.
I wanted to take readers on a front row tour, so to speak, through the changes and hardships faced by a fledgling vampire.
In Immortalis Carpe Noctem we meet Alyssa. She’s your average Twenty-something girl living on her own, working her way through college. In one bad night, her imperfect world goes from bad to worse as she is brutally beaten and near raped before being “saved” by a vampire. Of course I use the term “saved” a bit loosely here as her new life as a vampire isn’t exactly the way Hollywood might have shown it.
As a vampire, Alyssa is now cut off from the rest of humanity. Vampires in this world are few and far between and they remain in the shadows to protect themselves from the Acta Sanctorum. Close friends, family, job, life are now things of the past and Alyssa is not even given the chance to say a proper good-bye.
Along with her new secret life Alyssa finds that bloodlust is a very real thing and it requires fresh blood to sate it. That means hunting … humans.
Hollywood may have made it seem like being a vampire would be cool, but the realities of the transformation are hard to accept.
Witnessing real human conflict and resolution is the current trend in entertainment. It’s why reality TV is so popular. I took this idea and ran with it adding “becoming a vampire” as the challenge. I took the transformation step by step and asked myself what would Alyssa have to face and how would she deal with it.
Eventually, she does come to terms with all that has changed and even finds a few things to like about it, but it is the journey that make the story interesting.
Immortalis is sold at:
Smashwords (multi format ebook)
Barnes & Noble
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