Her Eternal Rogue by Gina Danna
Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.
Captured and sentence to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her betrothed in England.
Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is – a thief, the undead? The damned? Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanquishes into the night but can he really exist without her?
“You’re mad!” she retorted. “As if piracy was your only problem!”
Lavinia didn’t come any closer to him. He shrugged. What was the point of discussion?
“Why did you go on with that nonsense of privateering at dinner?”
His eyebrows raised, and he grinned. “Because I do have a letter of marque—”
“They give them away to anyone? Even a pirate?” she asked tersely.
“Yes, as long as I don’t walk into the Lord Admiralty’s office as one, the Crown is more than happy to employ any method to interfere in an enemy’s war machine. I simply reported what I saw on our trip here. As the Earl of Berkeley, I do have some grounds for respectability, even if you refuse it to me.”
“I rarely attack British ships. And, over the years, I have returned home periodically. I truly do have a shipping business, even if it is only a minor operation. But I’d prefer not to be here, especially with my change of circumstances. I freed you of your memories so you could move on and live your life as it was meant to be.”
“You left me with nothing.” Her voice was harsh, tormented. “A longing I couldn’t name. A traitorous wife to a husband who loves and protects me, though he could have denounced me as a wanton harlot. Because of you!”
She stabbed him with that. It was wrong of him to have returned her memories, but he was selfish. All he wanted was one more night with her then he would take it away and leave England forever. But she hated him. Her blood raced through her veins as if on fire. And her heart thudded loudly. Yes, she was angry.
But there was something else. A small beat, echoing her heart. He tilted his head, trying to figure out what he was hearing, when she stepped in front of him. Her face was flushed with rage.
“You left me with enough to do what I had to do, to survive,” she stated coldly in the hard voice of the Duchess of Windgate. “Now you have to do the same. Get out.”
He looked into her eyes and found no warmth for him. She closed herself off, her arms crossed over her chest. It took a minute to sink in. He had no one to blame but himself. Tierre had told him not to get involved with humans. They were casualties the vampire needed to survive. Emotions with them only led to heartache.
But he still loved her. He would for the rest of his unnatural life.
He stood straight, nodded slightly to her, and was gone.
The InterviewQ: What was your favorite scene to write in Her Eternal Rogue
A:Favorite scene probably was scene Alexander finds Lavinia with his boatswain - a most innocent compromising position of the two from drinking too much rum.
Q: Your least favorite?
A: The opening. Those can be hard to get how you want them.
Q: How long did it take to write Her Eternal Rogue?
A: 1st draft? 7 months. Totally different from final.
Q: What can you tell us about your writing process?
A: I try to plot it out first, all the points and the big black moment before I start. Not that the characters let me finish it that way...
Q: Did you do any research for Her Eternal Rogue
A: Yes, I did a lot. I was familiar with the Regency period but all the complexity of titles in the nobility, pirates in general and the true background in vampires led to interesting territory.
Q: How did you come up with the names for your characters?
A: Alexander was easy - it came to me. Lavinia had been Laurel but that's not a name that is Regency based so changed. She didn't mind.
Q: Are there any fun facts about your characters that you can share with us?
A: There's a thread that kinda started with Alexander, his brother Nicholas and the vampire Tierre - The men had classic biblical times names (so did their father if I recall correctly) and Tierre was from Ancient Rome. I love the Ancient times. Also, vampires do not require special rings nor do they sparkle, nor do they not reflect in mirrors. All that is based on the late 19th century story by Bram Stoker. So I could have fun in designing my own.
Q: What has been your favorite moment as a writer?
A: Actually holding my book. Its kinda surreal to see your name in print.
Q: Did you ever want to be anything other than an author? If so, what?
A: Yes; A museum curator, which I was for a few years.
Q: What made you decide to be an author?
A: I always read historicals, enough I had stories in my head. Finally, I had the time to start to write. So cool!
Q: What food can you not live without?
A: Dark chocolate!
Q: What's the strangest fact about your life?
A: As a child, I was terrified of vampires. Made myself listen to an audio cassette recording of Dracula to make myself get over it.
Q: Who's your favorite superhero?
A: Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr. <sigh>)
A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable. A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense. Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups. Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she is a content and copy/line editor for an Ebook publisher, enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.