Saturday, June 9, 2012

Felicity Heaton Masquerade Blog Tour Meet Vivek & Giveaway

Welcome to The Blog Tour for Felicity Heaton's Masquerade. Felicity has given us an insight into  Writing the hero of Masquerade, Vivek.

It’s fantastic to be here again at Page Flipperz for the next stop on the book tour for my new vampire romance, Masquerade. Masquerade is the tenth book in my ongoing Vampires Realm romance series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the others, as Masquerade does stand alone.

Today I want to talk about writing the hero of Masquerade. The first things that came to me for Masquerade, were the hero and heroine. They came with a story to tell and I listened. The plot grew from their pasts and their feelings, centred on them rather than the other way around.

Vivek is far from your typical hero. He doesn’t want to woo his heroine from page one. He wants to get her kicked off the guard and stripped of her captaincy. Vivek is a complicated hero, and also a very typical man. He approaches his feelings from completely the wrong angle and has done so for years, ever since the night he patrolled with Sophis and the twin hunters attacked them, leaving Sophis bleeding out from a dagger in her stomach and him with a stake in his back.

Seeing Sophis so close to death triggered a change in Vivek. His instincts said to protect her and the first solution he settled on was having her removed from the guard. If she were a civilian again, she would be safe. Male logic, but it makes sense in a basic sort of way. So, rather than being a hero who is out to charm the heroine and get her into bed, Vivek is a hero who is out to get her kicked off the guard, and is hurting her without knowing it. Not the world’s greatest hero.

I’ll admit, I worried when Vivek came to me with his grand master plan. We argued but in the end he got his way, illustrating that the path to true love is rarely lined with roses. It’s more realistic that it be lined with thorny stems and the pain that comes with them. He promised to redeem himself and see the error of his ways, and I agreed to write him the way he wanted to be written.

Vivek is not a sadistic, nasty character though. His misguided attempts to protect Sophis might make him appear that way but as he promised me, he does realise that he’s going about it all in the wrong way and that he’s on the verge of losing her. His grand master plan might just fail after all.

He may prove a frustrating hero, but who said that we must love a hero from the very beginning of the book? Vivek will earn your love more than any other hero ever has, proving himself able to change in order to win Sophis’s heart and correct his mistakes with her. He’s a diamond in the rough, in need of only a little polish to make him sparkle and capture your attention, and desire. I don’t often write heroes who start out more like a villain, but it is fun and interesting when it happens. I only hope that you’ll give Vivek a chance to prove that he’s worthy of your love and worthy of Sophis’s too, and that a real man, no matter what he has done, is able to see the error of his ways and will move heaven and earth to make amends and set everything right.

The thing is, for Vivek to set everything right, he must also change Sophis’s opinion of him and convince her to give him a second chance, and he’s going to have the fight of his life on his hands to make that happen. Can a hero who starts out more like a villain redeem himself and win the heart of his heroine?

To find that out, you’ll have to read the book and see just how Sophis and Vivek confront their past as they fight for revenge against the twin hunters who drove them apart.

If you would like to find out more about Masquerade or the Vampires Realm series, you can visit the official Vampires Realm website at

I would also like to take this moment to mention that there is a grand giveaway running throughout the whole of the Masquerade Book Tour. The top prize is a KINDLE TOUCH plus bundle of Vampires Realm series ebooks 1-9 (doesn’t include Masquerade), and it’s open internationally. You can find all the details at the Masquerade Book Tour page:  

Masquerade is available now at Amazon Kindle stores, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks. It will soon be available for Nook, Apple devices, Sony Reader, and Kobo Books, but you can get it in epub from other retailers like Smashwords and my own website. 

F E Heaton
Ten years have passed since Sophis and Vivek, two vampires of the Venia bloodline, came close to death at the hands of twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.

Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade and at a time when things between them are dangerously close to separating them forever, they uncover a small army of vampire hunters in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses, Aleksis and Izabella.

With the safety of the rulers of the seven pure vampire bloodlines in their hands and their chance for vengeance hanging in the balance, can Sophis and Vivek face their past and overcome their differences? Will they realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late or will the hunters finally claim their lives as their deadly plot to destroy the bloodlines unfolds?

Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, four of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.

If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places:
Vampires Realm official website:


 Winter's Kiss
F E Heaton
Their lord drinks blood and they are dead men walking. The tales of the mansion don’t stop Nika from falling for one of the guards, but when wolves attack her and he rides to her rescue, she discovers that her knight is anything but saintly. He is a vampire and she is becoming a werewolf, and love between their species is forbidden—the penalty death.

Winter’s world is shaken beyond salvation and his allegiance to his bloodline tested as he watches the woman he’s fallen for turn into a werewolf. His heart demands vengeance and that he protects her, both from the werewolf now hunting for her and from himself, but she tempts him more than he can bear and it isn't long into their journey before he’s torn between upholding the law and succumbing to desire.

Will Nika be able to convince Winter to leave his world and stay with her or will she spend eternity dreaming of Winter's kiss?

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