Thursday, August 11, 2011

DAMNED: A Chat With the Vampire Antonio



I am thrilled to present my contribution to the DAMNED book tour - the second in the CRUSADE series from New York Times best selling authors Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. Hang around because at the end of this post are details about how YOU can win an ARC of DAMNED. My own vampire did a review of the first book, but this time Antonio *coughs hot* himself has come to visit. And talk about conflicted, Antonio is a vampire, but he is also studying to be a priest.

1. Welcome, Antonio. Let's get right to it. Is it difficult being a vampire?
Si.  It is the most difficult thing in the world.  I have to struggle every moment to not forget myself, to not let the demon out.  I have prayed countless times to have this curse lifted from me and one day I believe God will answer and will save me.

2. Is it really a vampire’s nature to be evil?
Absolutely evil, por supuesto.  We are called the Cursed Ones for a reason.  Twice I have fallen prey to the darkness of my nature, and when I was in the grip of the bloodlust, there was no impulse inside me to be good.  None.  I reveled in my inhumanity.  I murdered innocent people, and I relished their torment.

3. *shifts uneasily* What do you think of the romanticized version of vampires in today’s teen literature?
I think they are dangerous because girls like Jenn believe that they can love a monster like me and it will turn out with a happy ending.  At the same time I wish it was like those stories.  I’m grateful that God blessed me with the calling to become a priest.  My vow of chastity creates a boundary between Jenn and me.  

4. If you had one wish, what would it be?To destroy the vampire scurge and free the earth from bondage.  If I could have a second wish, it would be to live as a human man again.  But first, humanity must be free of this horrible curse.  

5. What do you hope people will get out of reading this blog?
I hope that more people will join our cause.  The time has come to fight.  No matter how afraid you are, how isolated, or how insignificant you feel, nothing could be farther from the truth.  It only takes one person to make a stand and change lives forever.  Por favor, join the Crusade.

6. How do you feel about Nancy and Debbie, considering what they are putting you through? Do you have a message for them?
I wish they would let Jenn be free of her feelings for me and the fear she feels for her family.  I would suffer any and all cruelties, humiliations, and punishments at the seƱoras’ hands if they would only free Jenn to love and fight and be everything Father Juan and I know she can be.


Very selfless of you, Antonio. Thank you for joining us and spreading the word.
And now to the contest! Just leave a comment below in support of Antonio with your email address so I can contact the winner. If you blog or tweet about it leave a link. I'll give you an extra entry for each one up to five! Oh and since the ARC is courtesy of Simon and Schuster, the contest is open internationally! Yay! That's it. Good luck.I'll post the winner next Thursday.
Check out the other stops on the DAMNED book tour here.

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  2. LOL. When I first saw the picture on my blog roll, I thought he was Fez from That 70s Show. :-)

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  3. Sigh. I know there are words here, but after seening that cover. Oh. Wow. Double sign.

    *slaps self in face*

    I love this interview from Antonio's POV. I especially love his comment about loving monsters in YA lit.

    stinalindenblatt (at) shaw (dot) ca

    I'm off to tweet about it now. :D

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  4. Loved Antonio's interview and him on the cover of the book!!! Thanks for the giveaway!


    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

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  5. I am SO joining the fight. Wow, how can I not after that?! Loved this interview! Hotness! OH yeah:

    h mccorkle (at) wildblue (dot) net

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  6. A wanna be priest who's a vampire? That is AWESOME! What a cool concept.

    Antonio, sorry to say, but with a name like yours, and a face like yours, you're doomed to be loved by females.

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  7. Oh, oh, oh!!! You did a damned good sell on this book!!! (look I made a pun!)

    I JUST have to share this with you though. I just came from reading Jess's underwear post on her blog and saw your answers, loved your answer 42 from Hitchhiker!!!! But then I come to your blog and this oh so serious, self-sacrificing save-the-world vampire. What a contrast! :)

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  8. And oh! oh ! oh ! you are giving it away!! I will totally tweet this and sidebar it. berendsen70 at yahoo dot com.

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  9. Great interview! And great giveaway!

    orchdork5@yahoo.com

    I posted on my twitter:

    https://twitter.com/#!/unpredictable51/status/101733224157413376

    and Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000045278183

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! And I loved the interview!

    bookluver1208(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Great Giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win Damned!

    valerie.rusnak@hotmail.com

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  12. Great interview! I can't wait to read this! Thank you for the giveaway

    shygrumpychica1@hotmail.com

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  13. Great interview! Love Nancy holder and Debbie viguie can't wait to read damned! Going to tweet now
    vivianmah8@hotmail.com

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  14. Great character interview.And thansk for the chance to win Damned.

    tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/elaing8/status/101785674734243840

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  15. Yet another Vampire with a conscience. How do they do that? Okay, I want to win. I want to win.

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  16. Oops! Got so excited I forgot to give you my email. cleemckenziebooksATcomcastDOTnet

    Tweet,
    fb,
    Google Buzz for good measure.

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  17. Thanks for giving the chance to win!

    estwilighter@aol.com

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  18. Cute! And please enter me. :) susankayequinn@comcast.net

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  19. Hmm, our new I.T. guy is named Antonio and he only works evenings or should I say ev-a-nings. I wonder. Dig the premise of a vamp/priest. The cover pic of Antonio es muy bien. I'm so in this contest. Off to tweet.
    email: lsrtorrance@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Would it be awkward if I said I know exactly how Anotonio feels? Some curses I just have to live with! (LOL)

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  21. Wow that cover is hot! Looks like a really good book! Thanks for the giveaway! I tweeted here
    https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/itzKelseyD/status/102029912763940865

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

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  22. Love the interview! Awesome giveaway :)

    nicoleloveskyle2@aim.com

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  23. Wow, Lisa, what an awesome interview! And what an amazing voice. I could just hear Antonio's voice so clearly in my head and the conflict is so intense. I cannot wait to read this! :-)

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  24. It is an amazing interview, and the book sounds great.

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  25. K. I'm sold. Awesome, AWESOME interview. Sign me up for the ARC, and now I'm off to order the first in the series.

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  27. Thank you for the awesome contest!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  28. i tweeted here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/in_the_hammock/status/102185821322481664

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  29. Great interview! And this book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it!

    ruby95660[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  30. I tweeted here!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Ruby95660/status/102239733995937792

    ruby95660[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jenalang@live.com

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  32. I cannot wait to read this! Big fan of the Holder & Viguie team. I just finished the Unleashed ARC (read it twice) and can't wait to read more. Your books rock!

    najeramail at gmail dot com

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  33. Blogged about it too!

    http://bookwormmom.wordpress.com/2011/08/13/books-teamwork-by-holder-viguie/

    najeramail at gmail dot com

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