View our feature on Virna DePaul’s Chosen by Blood.
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
I’m a former criminal prosecutor who has always been fascinated by the dark leanings of human nature and, more importantly, by the strength of the human spirit to overcome huge obstacles for love. The past few years have been a wild ride of highs and lows, but I finally achieved my dream of becoming a published author. This month, my debut paranormal romantic suspense, Chosen By Blood (Book 1 in thePara-Ops Novels) hits bookstore shelves! From the story’s conception, Chosen By Blood felt special to me—that feeling has merely intensified throughout the publishing process. The cover is a dream come true, and I’ve been blessed with meeting so many wonderful people. Here’s what the story’s about:
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
My hero, Knox Devereaux, is a dharmire—a half-vampire/half-human. Knox’s clan, including his mother, the vampire Queen, is slowly wasting away. He rules the clan in her place, even though there are many who look down upon him for his human blood. Knox must live down the sins of his human father, who told other humans how to kill vamps. As a result, many of Knox’s clan was slaughtered during the French Revolution. When Knox is offered the chance to lead the Para-Ops team and retrieve the antidote that could save his clan, he jumps on the chance. He does so out of duty toward his people, but also genuine love. But what will he do when the human female he’s forbidden to love tests his duty—will he be forced to choose between her and his clan?
I believe one of the most difficult issues people grapple with is the divide between duty and desire. Just like most of us, Knox was raised to be honorable and loyal to his family and people. In his world, vampires are not monogamous and because of their dwindling numbers, pro-creation between vampires is a social necessity. Loving Felicia Locke, who refuses to share Knox with another female, would demand going against his culture’s principles, but it would also highlight his own human blood, the blood of a traitor. So what will Knox do?
I hope you’ll read my debut novel and find out. Chosen By Blood releases May 3, 2011. Below is an excerpt I hope you’ll enjoy. In addition, look out for Book 2 in the Para-Ops Novels, Chosen By Fate, which launches October 4, 2011.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me and my books! Have a wonderful spring full of joy and rejuvenation, and I hope you’ll give my books a try!