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The Birth of a Series
by Irina Kardoas
Vampire Elite began unfolding two years ago. It came to me at a time when I felt particularly miserable. Gabor, my husband, had a stroke, and I was doing everything to help him deal with his depression and loss his mobility. At the same time I was preparing for my licensing exam in clinical psychology and was working full time as a psychologist (under my supervisor’s license).
The pressure was intense. That must have been the catalyst for my mind to begin taking me into an alternate reality filled with unique and powerful people. These people were also going through challenges. Their challenges were much greater than mine so my own felt like a piece of cake compared to theirs. The story unfolded as a sequence, like a movie playing in my brain when I was driving, sitting in meetings (extremely boring) or doing housework. I was also dreaming about it and making notes in the morning. The characters were coming to life, events were happening with lightning speed. It seemed as though I was living in two parallel worlds.
In this world I was Irina with all my responsibilities; in the other world, I was four people simultaneously: Simone, Arianna, Theores and Anock. It was beyond thrilling. I’ve always been interested in other people’s inner worlds, which is why I chose psychology as my profession. Listening to people’s stories is one thing. To actually live the life of your characters, is a completely different experience.
One day the story stopped, and there was a nagging thought that I had to breathe life into this parallel world by writing a book.
I was insecure about my proficiency in English, hence my resistance to write a book. But the thought about not writing was unbearable. It was eating me alive. So I sat down and began typing. In a few days the first few chapters were born. I sent them to Jo-An, my dearest friend, for some feedback. She was thrilled. She actually took what I wrote and rewrote it improving the verbiage, developing the characters further, adding incredible details and descriptions. That is how our partnership was born.
When the book was finished, we found an absolutely fabulous editor, Laura Holliday, PhD, whose contribution to this book is immeasurable.
That is the story of how the first two books of the Vampire Elite series were born. The first draft of book 3 is already finished.
About the Authors
Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors:
Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis, and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia, where she was employed as a TV journalist.
Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers. Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century of our era a millennia long war between two immortal races was coming to an end. The Vampire Elite, the strongest among vampires, forced the race of immortal beings, the Amiti to become their blood suppliers, called bloodstock, locking them in their underground cells and treating them like livestock. The surviving free Amiti make a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of Amiti is proclaimed a traitor and is executed. Her death signifies the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna who becomes the last hope of her dying race. Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge — the vampire King Tor. They both are captured into a trap of love where they had to make an ultimate choice; to kill the loved one or to let their races die.
Vampire Elite is the epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.
Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.
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