The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones Series #5)

The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones Series #5)

by Katie MacAlister

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The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones Series #5) by Katie MacAlister

On a trip to England, physicist Portia Harding is stalked by a heart-stoppingly handsome maniac.Theondre North is a nephilim-the son of a fallen angel-who needs Portia's help to change his fate. Problem is, Portia's down-to-earth attitude frustrates beings from both heavenly and hellish realms-and gets Theo turned into a vampire. But at least he has Portia to satisfy his newfound hungers-and possibly save his soul.

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ISBN-13: 9780451220851
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Dark Ones Series , #5
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 687,028
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.63(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katie MacAlister lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online game sites.

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Frenzied fun. (Best Reviews)

A laugh riot...invigorating and steamy. (ARomanceReview.com)

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Heart to Heart Interview with Katie MacAlister

Heart to Heart: We love The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires, the sixth (and not the last) in your bestselling vampire books. It's a lot of fun to watch the very pragmatic physicist, Portia, have her skepticism shaken so thoroughly!

Katie MacAlister: I loved writing Portia. I put much of myself into her (I studied astrophysics at the University of Washington when I was a fresh young thing, I'm very skeptical, and I see beauty in science), so it was great fun putting her into situations where she tried like the dickens to explain things by what she thought of as "rational" terms, but which just didn't mesh with this new, unexplainable world she found herself in.

Portia was also a product of a recent podcast I've been enjoying, that of the New England Skeptical Society. I loved the thought of taking someone whose roots were firmly grounded in skepticism and plunking her down in situations where everything she valued went out the window. Like me, Portia turned out to have a soft, romantic, squidgy center, so of course she fell for the one man who defied everything she knew.

I was also amused by the way Portia continued to make order out of her world once she accepted the fact that it wasn't what she'd known her whole life. She gave me a chance to explore the importance of faith in her life -- not a religious faith, but more the ability to accept that, sometimes, there are things which just aren't going to be easily explained…like falling in love with someone who at first glance seems totally wrong for you.

H2H: Do you think of these books as a series or books that are loosely connected in various ways?

KM: The Dark Ones books are pretty much a loosely connected series -- some characters overlap, but for the most part, each book shows you a snapshot in two people's lives when they met and fell in love (and usually battled demons, demon lords, and assorted other nasties). With these books, it's not so important that people read them in order as it would be in the Aisling Grey books, in which the same protagonists tell a story over a series of novels.

The books are connected together, however. They are set in the same part of the Otherworld and use the same Dark Ones lore. But I'm trying to bring fresh new elements into the stories, rather just retelling the same story using nothing but the Moravian lore. That's how the Court of Divine Blood came about: I knew there had to be a counterpart to Abaddon, and I thought it would be interesting to see what it would take to get a Dark One -- someone one thinks of with more hellish than heavenly roots -- into its fold.

H2H: And -- we have to ask -- how do you account for your heroines' inability to resist the Dark Ones?

KM: All my heroines have one thing in common with me -- they are born romantics. Some may hide it better than others (like Portia), but deep down, they know when they have found the man of their dreams. When you give that man a dark past, a desperate need for the heroine, and, usually, a stubborn nature that is just far too much fun to overcome, it's no surprise they fall for them. I know if a dark, sexy man showed up on my doorstep and told me that I was literally his reason for existence, I'd have a hard time closing the door in his face. My husband wouldn't have any problem doing that, but we weren't discussing him…

H2H: What scene was the most fun to write?

KM: Oh, boy, there were so many fun scenes to write in that book, it's difficult to pinpoint one. I hate to admit how sadistic I am toward my characters, but I think the scene where Portia hailed on the mare while struggling to control her jealousy and anger really showed a lot of her character. But I have to say that for all-out snickering to myself, the scene where she lands in a pile of discarded oyster shells was the most satisfying, because it allowed her character a growth moment -- while covered in horrible muck and bird poop. And how many of us could manage to experience personal growth while covered in that sort of hideous guck?

H2H: We know you are amazingly productive. What books are you working on now, and what books will be published shortly?

KM: I'm just about to start writing another Dark Ones book, ironically enough. I'm still mulling over story line ideas now, but I think I will be introducing a new element with the yet-untitled seventh vampire book. I just finished Holy Smokes, the fourth Aisling Grey book, and had more fun writing that than should be legal. I really love writing about the dragons, and had especial fun with Holy Smokes because things are shaken up a bit by the end of the book. Aisling, Jim, and all the dragons will be back this November [2007], when Holy Smokes is published.

Sometime at the beginning of next year, Ghost of a Chance, the first book in my new paranormal mystery series, will be hitting shelves. The mysteries will also be set in the same Otherworld as the rest of the paranormals but will focus on a part I've yet to discuss much: the poltergeist society, and the Akashic League, which governs all things ghostly. The two main protagonists in that book are Adam Dirgesinger (a poltergeist who also happens to be a U.S. marshal) and Karma Marx, who is a Trans-Anomaly Exterminator…which basically means ghost buster. The mysteries have some crossover types of characters from the romances but will pretty much inhabit their little corner of the Otherworld.

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The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones Series #5) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a question.. it says this is the sixth book in a series. I was wondering what the first five were, in order? I'm very interested in reading them all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Facts, nothing but the facts, are how physicist Portia Harding sees the world. Logic can apply to anything and those items that fail to be validated in a consistent reliable manner simply mean some facts remain unknown.----------------- When Portia visits a so-called English magical site, she assumes superstition or con artists worked their trade to bilk the locals. However, she soon learns that there are some odd things in the universe that do not fit the Harding concept of reality when she skeptically chants, which summons the virtue Hope from the Court of Divine Blood. Seeing an opportunity to save herself from a deadly threat, Hope transfers her ability to control weather onto Portia before vanishing into seemingly thin air without further explanation. Portia, using logic, assumes it must be something she ate causing hallucinations especially with the cloud over her head and when her next visitor claims to be something called a nephilim, the son of an angel Theondre North. He tells her he will protect her while he needs her to change his fate. However, she stands accused of murdering a virtue and his fate leaves her neck exposed to a bite or two unless she becomes illogically in love.----------------- This is a wild zany romantic fantasy that will have the audience wondering what next will happen to the female Mr. Spock. The fast-paced story line never slows down as one incident follows another destroying Portia¿s logical thought process that she clings to in hopes of waking up except when Theo kisses her. Paranormal romance readers will enjoy this madcap tale of the logical physicist who finds love with THE LAST OF THE RED HOT VAMPIRES.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps me warm and happy and love the sarcasim with the characters
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