Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A visit from Lauren Hammond

I am pleased to welcome the fabulous Lauren Hammond to A Fanatic's Book Blog!

She is the author of Love Sucks which brings forth the idea of being the last vampire left on Earth.

In England during the seventeen hundreds, Cara Jones had her human life ended for her and she became a creature of the night. One moment she's an adolescent young woman living her life, the next she's lurking in the streets at night looking for her next meal. The vampire slayings in England became so brutal the whole race was nearly wiped out. So Cara and the clan she called her extended family fled to the U.S. to make a home. They kept to themselves and stayed out of trouble by feeding on recently deceased corpses and cleaning out blood supplies at local hospitals. When one of the clan members makes a mistake, they are once again being hunted and Cara is the only one who makes it out alive. Cara is officially the last vampire on earth. So when Cara awakes from a two hundred year slumber, she awakes to a new city, new people, and a new way of life. Cara sets out on a journey to find her soul mate, the one person who is designed for her. Along the way she encounters a zany new friend, a jealous co worker, and a man whom she can't live without. Dr. Jared Sayers is her destiny. Will Jared give up everything he knows to be with Cara? Or will she wander the earth for the rest of eternity alone?

I'll let Lauren take the wheel now, and away we go!


"I am powerful, I am immortal, I can do anything, I am cursed, I am the Darkness
-Jackie Estacado

Love Sucks began as a mental image nestled deep in the back of my subconcious mind. I was driving home one day when Cara Jones, the main character, appeared in my mind. I knew from that moment, that her story deserved my undivided attention. I knew then, that her story needed to be told.

The vampire genre has always fascinated me, ever since I was a young child. I've always liked to challenge myself when it comes to writing about the unknown. The vampire genre is mysterious, seductive, and intriguing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time constantly wondering, what if. So that's where my love of the vampire genre began. When I began writing Love Sucks, I wanted it to be different. I wanted my readers to question the main character. I wanted them to put themselves in her shoes. I wanted them to feel her pain, love, self-doubt, and even heartbreak. That is if she had a beating heart. I questioned myself constantly while writing this novel, what would I do if I were in Cara's shoes? I think in any great novel, the author has to ask themself that question to make the character stand out to their readers.

Love Sucks will take you on the journey of a lifetime, literally. Cara Jones becomes a vampire during the early 1700's and you'll follow her through her years of life until she awakens in the year 2010. A vampire around that long can get into a whole lot of trouble, right? Yes. Lots.

This novel began as a mental picture and has evolved into so much more. Due to the positive attention, a sequel is in the works. A Sucker For Love will be out in the summer of 2011. Now I only have one thing left to say: Are you ready to be sucked in?


Intrigued and want to know more about Lauren and her books?

Purchase your copy of Love Sucks at Punkin Books or!
Visit Lauren at her Facebook Fan Page.
Follow her via her blog or Twitter.

Also make sure to visit these other stops on the tour!

Guest post at Reading Teen
Guest post at Novel Thoughts
Interview at


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