Books with Buzz: Colleen Gleason Interview and Giveaway (Contest Closed)


On March 22nd, those of us who’ve missed Colleen Gleason’s historical vampires will have reason to celebrate.  On that date, The Vampire Voss, the first in her new Regency Draculia series, is released.  The next two entries will follow in May and June.

To mark the occasion, we’ve got an interview with the author and five early copies of The Vampire Voss to give away.  To enter for your chance to win, simply comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th.  A few rules: Due to high postage costs, this contest is open only to readers in the U.S. and Canada. Multiple comments are welcome, but please note that you will be entered only once.  This giveaway is designed to get early copies of books into the hands of readers who otherwise wouldn’t have access, so if you review for another Web site or blog, please don’t enter.  Winners will be notified by email on Friday morning and if no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Before we hear from Colleen, a personal note from me: I read a digital ARC of this one without the cover. Lucky me because this one just blows. Voss is a handsome and seductive vampire, not a young Boris Karloff with really bad contact lenses.  I don’t know what the publisher was thinking, but I’m just saying, don’t let the cover scare you.

Now, here’s Colleen:

Colleen, I was lucky enough to get an early look at The Vampire Voss, the first in your new series, and I loved it.  While it’s Regency-set as your Gardella books are, it features a differing vampire mythology and, perhaps most significantly, the primary POV is a vampire and not a vampire hunter.  Could you tell our readers a bit about the book and give us a preview of the next two installments?

I’m glad you enjoyed the read! It’s definitely very different from the Gardellas in the sense that each book in the series is more traditional in the romance aspect. What I mean is, each book focuses on one hero and heroine, unlike the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which are about one woman and her journey (and is basically a five-book romance novel).

Although the Gardellas and The Regency Draculia are set in the same general time period—Regency-era England—they are actually about fifteen years apart, historically speaking. The Draculia are set in 1804, well into the Napoleonic Wars and a bit earlier than Victoria & Co.

Because I wanted to write vampire romance novels this time around, meaning I wanted there to be a romance with the vampires, the mythology had to be different. In the Gardellas, there are no good vampires. Kind of hard to have a romance with an evil vampire, ;-) so I had to think about the mythology and come up with a way to make it different from the Gardellas, yet not to completely destroy the world I created with them as well.

In this series, the vampires are part of a secret society, a cabal, that belongs to Lucifer. Each member of the Draculia has sold his or her soul to the devil at some point, and now they are living an immortal life with everything they could ever want: Pleasure, money, power, and all without the fear of death.

Each book is about one vampire in particular who falls in love, and, in this context, that his/her soul belongs to Lucifer and is no longer their own.

But along with the vampire aspect, readers can expect everything else one loves about the Regency-era: Balls and masquerades, the haute ton, titled bad boys, and brooding earls.

The first book, The Vampire Voss, is about the playboy of all playboys. If a man were to live forever with all the power and pleasure and money he ever wanted, I believe he would be just like Voss: Selfish, hedonistic, and, at some point, bored with it all.

In The Vampire Dimitri, we meet a tortured, brooding vampire who has come to strongly regret his bargain with Lucifer and who is trying, in vain, to break that bond. Too bad the woman he falls for is fascinated by his Draculean bent.

And in The Vampire Narcise, we meet a damaged female vampire who believes that love isn’t for immortals—because nothing can last forever, especially for someone whose soul is not their own.

Colleen, you took a detour in writing a new series of books under the pen name of Joss Ware and for a different publisher.  Are you planning on continuing to write under the name of Joss Ware as well as Colleen Gleason? I also know our readers enjoy behind-the-scenes looks at how the publishing process works, so I’d bet they’d be interested in why you took a pseudonym.

As it happens, I am currently working on a novella for the Joss Ware series that I hope will be released before the end of the year. This series was such a departure from historical vampires—I went to writing about a futuristic world set in a dystopian society, with a strong paranormal element that doesn’t include vampires. That’s part of the reason that I decided to use a pseudonym. The publishers like to differentiate such vastly different series.

So, for now, my “brand names” will be Colleen Gleason for historical vampires (although I have also published Siberian Treasure, a Clive-Cussler-type of action adventure novel under that name as well) and Joss Ware for the futuristic/dystopian paranormal series.

Colleen, I know from following you on Twitter, that, like a lot of us, you’re a die hard pop culture junkie.  What are you watching and listening to these days?

Ooooh! Fun question! Yes, I do play around on Twitter (though I’m not as consistent there as I am on Facebook), and yes, most of my posts do have to do with pop culture.

My current totally favorite show is Castle. Love, love that show! I just hope that they don’t ruin it like they did Moonlighting—and every other show that seems to fizzle once the guy and girl get together. It has great dialogue, decent mysteries, and, of course, Nathan Fillion!

I also like 30 Rock (Tina Fey rocks!) and occasionally watch Glee—although I have to admit I’m getting a little bored with the latter. Hopefully it will pick up again.

I am also catching up on the amazingly well-done Friday Night Lights. The final season is just out on DVD (and will come to network TV in April), so I am catching up. I adore Kyle Chandler, and let me just say that if you aren’t watching FNL, you totally should be. It’s not what you think.

As far as movies go, anyone who hangs out on my Facebook page knows that Robert Downey, Jr., as Sherlock Holmes is my current favorite. So hot. So smart. So sharp and witty. Can’t wait for Holmes II.

I also like to ask authors I like who they like to read.  So, who are you favorites?  What books are you looking forward to?

While I don’t read as much as I used to, I do manage to get quite a bit of reading in between books. I recently re-read the entire Harry Potter series (over the holidays; it was my gift to myself after a year of brutal deadlines).

I also really love Kylie Brant’s Mindhunter series, JD Robb, Julie James and Robyn Carr. My all-time favorite author is Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, and I recently really enjoyed reading The Mistress of the Art of Death by the recently deceased Ariana Franklin.

I don’t read a lot of paranormal simply because I write in that genre, but some of my favorites in that realm are Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh, as well as Lara Adrian.

I know you’ve got two more books to follow in your new series over the next few months.  What’s next for you?

I’m starting to think about/plot the next books in the Draculia series, as well as my next Joss Ware project. I also have been messing around with some other ideas totally unrelated to either. J I find that whatever I’m working on tends to lean toward the historical, though, so look for more of that from me hopefully in the future!

Thanks to AAR for hosting me here today!

And thanks to Colleen for joining us today. Remember, to enter for your chance to win one of five early copies of The Vampire Voss, just comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th.

- Sandy AAR

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43 Responses to Books with Buzz: Colleen Gleason Interview and Giveaway (Contest Closed)

  1. Barbara says:

    Vampire books are not usually my reading genre of choice, but after reading this interview, my interest has been piqued. Thanks.!

  2. Julie L says:

    Colleen, I loved your Gardella Chronicles so I’ve been eager to read this next series of yours. I’ve been on a quest to find another series like your Gardella and nothing has come close in quality, so maybe at last I’ll find another series with your Draculia that will finally stop cure me. Looking forward to it, you’re one of my favorites!

  3. farmwifetwo says:

    I’ve been watching Castle via DVD. 10pm on Mon’s is a little late for me to stay up and watch it. I’ve been hoping they either break up completely and simply work together or get together, the “tension” is getting old.

    I’ve read the first 2 Joss Ware’s. For me they are library reads and am currently waiting for the library to bring in the 3rd. It’s on order still.

  4. Cindy W says:

    Your Gardella series is on my wish list and has been forever! I would love to get my hands on this one!

  5. LSUReader says:

    Yes! I can’t wait. Colleen’s Gardella series still ranks among my favorites and I’m really looking forward to this newest series of hers. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  6. Terry says:

    I don’t have room to save a lot of books but I have saved your Gardella books.
    Loved them!

  7. vol Fan says:

    Colleen, I honestly can’t remember how I found your Envy series, but boy was I ever hooked! Being late to the party, I ordered all of them and devoured them quickly. LOVED how different and unusual they were! So, even though I usually don’t read very many vampire stories, I decided that since I LOVE your writing, I would give them a try too. Needless to say, I gobbled all them up in short time too. I love how strong and equal your heroines are. Cannot wait for this new series to start up!

    I’m also anxiously awaiting the next Envy book! And I surely would love to know what happened to Sebastian from the Gardella series! Hope you will revist him someday!

  8. CathyShuford says:

    I am crazy about the Gardella series! Can’t wait for this new one.

  9. Martha Lawson says:

    Hi Colleen,

    This new series sounds wonderful. I love vampires and I love this time period. Can’t wait to read it.

  10. SandyH says:

    I was introduced to this author with her Joss Ware series which I really enjoy. I have the first book in the Gardella series but haven’t started it yet. This series sounds very interesting as well.

  11. Holly wright says:

    I love vamps. Can’t wait to read.

  12. Terri says:

    Hi Colleen,

    I love your Gardella Chronicles and your Joss Ware series.

    Congrats on your new vampire series and I can’t wait to read!

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  13. Johanna Jochum says:

    I love vamps and this book looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us today!

  14. Donna S says:

    Congrats on the new series. It sounds great and I am really looking forward to it.

  15. BevL(QB) says:

    Count me in as a fan of your Gardella books, and yes I’m still a fan even though I was in the Sebastian camp. *sniffle*

    So when I first found out that you also wrote the Envy series, I figured you would be just about the only author that could get me to enjoy a post-apocalyptic romance. And ohboyhowdy did you ever!

    So now, thanks to this post at AAR, I’m ready for you to take me on another journey through the Regency era.

  16. Mariee says:

    This new series sounds great! I can’t wait to read them.

  17. elaing8 says:

    I loved the Gardella Chronicles. I have gotten my sisters and niece to read them.This new series sound like another hit.I’m looking forward to reading them.

  18. amers says:

    Glad Colleen could do an AAR interview. I follow her on fb and she’s a fun one to “hang out” with. :) Looking forward to all the upcoming releases!!

  19. Sotheara says:

    I had no idea that Colleen Gleason wrote under Joss Ware as well. I have Beyond the Night and Embrace the Night Eternal on my Kindle TBR. I’m looking forward to trying this Regency Draculia series.

  20. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all your kind words about the Gardellas. I sort of miss that world, but I really enjoyed expanding my boundaries with this new twist on vampires.

    I hope you all enjoy Voss and Dimitri and Narcise!
    Thanks for hanging out here!

  21. Kelley says:

    Looking forward to the new series! I’ve enjoyed both of the other series so far.

  22. Barbara Elness says:

    I’ve always enjoyed historicals and paranormal romance, so when both are in the same book, I’m in heaven. I’m looking forward to reading your new series.

  23. Karen W. says:

    I’m a big fan of Colleen’s books, and I LOVE vamire romances, so I’m very anxious for THE VAMPIRE VOSS!

    I enjoyed the interview, and thanks for the contest! :)

  24. Rosie Nguy says:

    Please count me in for the giveaway. This looks interesting.

  25. willaful says:

    I have to agree, what an unfortunate cover! But of course we romance readers know better than to judge a book….

  26. lucy says:

    I wasn’t aware you wrote under the pseudonym of Joss Ware! Now I feel guilty because I haven’t felt compelled to finish your Joss Ware books. But I love your Gardella books, and I wish I could find more books in that same vein and period. I’ve also enjoyed your Colette Gale books. Are you planning on writing under that pseudonym again? I love a retelling of a classic.

    Can’t wait for your new books, and even if I don’t win a copy, I’ll buy a digital version. I’ll also give your Joss Ware books a chance, now that I’m aware who is behind the name.

  27. PatA says:

    I love your Gardella Chronicles and have recommended to my friends. I am adding your new title to my amazon wish list. Please put me in for the give away. Thanks.

  28. Rosie Carlo says:

    Hi Colleen, I’m really looking forward to your new series. I haven’t read a good regency vamp book in a long time (most now are set in present day). Thanks for stopping by!

  29. Cybercliper says:

    You had me at “tortured, brooding vampire” – I’ve really been looking forward to The Vampire Voss. I loved the Joss Ware “Night” series and discovered them before the Gardella books! Congrats on this new series!

  30. Michele says:

    I’m also a sucker for tortured heros. I know I’ll love these books. I’m looking forward to reading The Vampire Voss. Good title! I’ve never read any of the author’s books before-this sounds like a good place to start!

  31. Jennifer T says:

    I love vampire romances. Can’t Wait!

  32. Lisa G says:

    Colleen, I love all your books, whether they’re written under Colleen Gleason or Joss Ware Anxiously awaiting the Draculia series!

  33. Margaret says:

    Put me in! Would love to win!

  34. Dawn says:

    The Gardella Chronicles is one of my top three favorite series of all time. Colleen is an amazing and captivating author, and the nicest and most patient person at her signings. I can’t wait to read The Vampire Voss; I preordered it in December and have been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

  35. KC says:

    I really enjoyed the Envy books, and I’m looking forward to this series! Please enter my name for the drawing, and thanks for the opportunity.

  36. christian says:

    OMG,vamps! Sexy…. Bite me baby one more time :p :p :p

  37. Susan says:

    I really enjoyed the Gardella books and look forward to reading about the ‘good’ vampires this time round in your new series.

    Thanks for the chance of winning this book!

  38. Julie M. says:

    Looking forward to Colleen’s next series. Thanks for a chance to win the first of the series.

  39. Helene says:

    I am looking forward to this new serie…simply loved the Gardella books! For sure, Iwill buy it as soon as possible!

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  43. Val Badman says:

    I missed you guys yesterday,was close to breaking out in a cold sweat.Congrats to the couple.Report this comment as spam or abuse

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