Behind The Books – An Interview with Lynsay Sands + A Signed Book Giveaway!

by Maryse on February 22, 2013 · 48 comments

in Behind The Books

Author Lynsay Sands

You guys!!! Look who we have with us today. Eeeeeeeep! I’m so excited!!! *happy wiggle*

This author’s Argeneau series made one of my top ten lists and I am such a HUGE fan of Lynsay Sands and her super-steamy, super-funny vampires. Er… I mean “immortals”. ;) The Argeneaus (and their crew) don’t really like to be called vampires. But you know… If they’re immortal like a vampire and feed like a vampire…. *looks around discreetly and whispers* vaaammmpiiiires… *giggle*

But I LOVE these guys and they feel like family to me. This series is one of my “firsts” in my initial reading frenzy and start of my blog (I just couldn’t get enough of ‘em). And it’s true. They are not like our “usual” vampires. Okay a few of ‘em have that ancient vampire-y tendency, but for the most part, they are modern, fun, and can be so very very human! Some of ‘em even love human food and when you throw actual humans in the mix, you’ll be laughing like crazy!

Thank you so much, Lynsay for being here today. *hug* Congratulations on your upcoming book release (Immortal Ever After: An Argeneau Novel). It’ll be just a few days more, and Anders will get his moment!!


Maryse: Wow! Canadian vampires!! Who knew? I’m from there and had I known they existed… I would have certainly looked harder. ;) I love your version, and the science behind your vampires (or “immortals”) such as the Argeneaus. Awesome ancient technology! Very logical in it’s “out there” way. Can you tell me about your inspiration?

Lynsay: You hit the nail on the head with the comment about logical.  I have a very logical mind and found I was having trouble envisioning the traditional vampire as a romantic hero. Dead and soulless just didn’t sound attractive. So to write vamps I had to come up with an alternate source for their existence. Necessity is the mother of invention and all that. I looked around at what was possible and bio-engineered nanos that used blood as a propellant and to perform the necessary repairs to the body seemed the most viable answer. But I wanted my vamps older and that’s where Atlantis came into play since it’s legendary for being advanced technologically. I combined it all and then added that when Atlantis fell, the nanos evolved their hosts to have fangs and be stronger and faster to be better predators and get the extra blood they needed (nanos use more blood than a mortal body can produce to do their work.) It all just kind of came together for me.

Maryse: Perfectly!!! And to top it all off, these books are so romantically intense (and at times, heartrending) but best of all, these are laugh-out-loud funny. I have snorted in public while reading them, (case in point: Lucern’s adorable grumpiness). His surly reactions are a riot, and his experiencing “life” (and conceding) through Kate’s insistence made him so real to me. The writing is just so witty that you can’t help but love him like crazy (and all of them, for that matter). I know this is probably a long shot as I’m sure each of your characters holds a special place in your heart, but do you have favorite book in your “immortals” repertoire? How about a favorite character or two?

Lynsay: Single White Vampire will always be one of my favorites as it was the first Argeneau that they published. Other than that I would have to say Under a Vampire Moon because I had a hoot writing it. 

As for my favorite characters… those would be Lucian and Marguerite.  I have a soft spot for crusty, marshmallowy Argeneau men.  And Marguerite really is the backbone of the family, not to mention their own private cupid.

Maryse: I love Marguerite and her “mate matching” assistance (and especially how they’ve stopped arguing with her about it). She’s always right. LOL! Okay maybe this one will be easier to answer. Any favorite memories looking back, writing the Argeneau’s and the Rogue hunters? Any character surprises and/or twists along the way that you didn’t see coming? Any of them make you cry, or grin like mad at how clever or funny they were?

Lynsay: My characters are always surprising me. I intend to write the story one way and the characters just kind of do their own thing…but that’s how I know I’m getting it right. The characters take on a life of their own.  I guess the most surprising twist lately is what happens at the end of Immortal Ever After, however I can’t talk about that without giving away too much.  The next one that comes to mind that I can talk about without giving away a story would have been when Captain Jack, who really liked Caro at this point, decided to deposit her on Christian’s front doorstep because he could tell she really wanted to be with him. As for crying and chuckling, I burst out laughing all the time at their antics, and have occasionally teared up too. Little Livy really tugged at my heartstrings.  The girl was a sweetie and in such painful, dire circumstances.

Maryse: I love that you’re as emotional about these characters as we are! Let’s talk Bricker. Now that my other crushes have paired up (Thomas and Bastien to name a few), I am now crushing profusely on Bricker (as I’m sure MANY of your fans are). He is so modern, sweet, and amusingly cocky. So… when will he be getting his own book? Or will you be teasing us with him for a long time to come? I’m good with either as his frequent appearances in the series help intensify my crush.

Lynsay: LOL… Sorry but I still can’t say when he’ll get a story.  The problem is that once an immortal finds a mate they end up disappearing for a few months and I still have work for Bricker to do. Besides as immortals go he’s young yet so can handle a little wait.

Maryse: That’s true… he is still eating human food after all. Well then it’s settled. I will continue to intensify my crush on him with each installment. Lucky me!! ;) Tell us a bit more about Anders from your most recent “Immortal Ever After“. What was it like to write his story, and how do you feel now that it’s done? Do you miss your characters after spending so much time with them, or do they inspire a whole new story that you’re anxious to get to? Any that you still reminisce about?

Lynsay: Anders has always been a bit of an enigma.   He’s a 600-year-old vampire that’s worked for Lucian for many years and we barely know anything about him.  Anders has a story to tell and I’m happy he finally gets his chance to tell it. Actually, it was a pretty interesting history too, so I enjoyed hearing it.  

I never miss characters after their story has been told because they continue to pop up now and then in future stories to either help out or tell us what they’ve been up to. They’re never gone completely. 

Maryse: Do you have a dream cast for your characters? Any in particular that look like a specific star? I know that Mortimer looks like David Beckham. Who else? For example, who does Bricker look like? *grins*

Lynsay: I have thought about this quite a bit as I tend to get asked this question fairly frequently… I’m sorry but none come to mind. The problem is that all my characters are born out of my head and are not fashioned after anyone in particular. It’s a real problem with covers because the models never look like the people in my head…hence the reason their heads are often cut off or darkened or turned away, lol.  I get the images and my shoulders droop, and I sigh and say, that isn’t him/her/them…. “Off with their heads!”  Just call me the queen of hearts, lol.

Maryse: LOL!!! Off with their heads!! Eeeep! They’re “immortals” but not that immortal. Glad they get to keep their heads in the books. ;) But I completely understand what you’re saying. Are there any of these funny moments (or serious ones, too) that were inspired by real life events? How about certain characters?

Lynsay: All the time!  Every book has something or many somethings that really happened in real life.  For example, in The Rogue Hunter when the sisters almost fell off the dock, and then when Sam was running behind Alex waving around a flyswatter and dish towel to get rid of the deer flies that were swarming her head, and the scene when Sam gets covered in leeches after making out with Mortimer. All of those actually took place and weren’t all that was real life transplanted to fiction. And that was just one book!  

As for whether my characters are based on real people… every character I write has some attributes from friends and family members, but I never base my characters solely on one person.  I also name characters after friends and relatives, but never with their true personality.

Maryse: Ohhh yes… the leech scene. *shudders* Any fun or funny reader reactions you’d like to share?

Lynsay: I have had readers come up and reiterate large parts of my own stories back to me because they’re so excited.  It’s very sweet and funny because… Well, I know what happens in them. LOL

I’ve also had readers come up and want me to sign their clothing, which is still a little surprising. 

And at one conference I had a lady come up and burst into tears three separate times before she could calm herself enough to explain why and actually speak. That one wasn’t funny at the time, but it was very touching and in retrospect makes me smile because every time she burst into tears, I’d hug her and get teary eyed too even though I didn’t know why we were crying…yeah, I’m a bit of a sap.

Maryse: I love it!! What do we have to look forward to in the Argeneau’s future? Any sudden inspirations or new character developments?

Lynsay: The next book in the Argeneau series will be called One Lucky Vampire and it’s about Stephano Notte, the mortal that was turned by Vincent after he was fatally wounded in A Bite to Remember.  Other than that I’m working on another story about a gal who forgets something at work, goes back to get it at night, and stumbles across a couple of rogue hunters which changes her life forever…Oh, I should mention she works in the office of a cemetery.

Maryse: I can’t wait to read both of those! I love when humans are thrown in the vampire mix. Their reactions never get old, for me.

Any favorite books that you’d like to recommend?

Lynsay: I’ve enjoyed reading Dean Koontz (especially his older work), Terri Garey, J.F.Lewis (author of Staked and Revamped)  and lately I’ve picked up a few books by Molly Harper of the Nice Girls Don’t series that were quite funny. 

Maryse: Oh I love Terri Garey (and of course Dean!!), and am very excited to check out your other suggestions. That was so much fun, Lynsay, and I’m so excited to have chatted with you today!!

Lynsay: Thank you for having me!

If you’d like to read more about Lynsay, check her out online:

How to enter for a chance to win the a signed copy of Immortal Ever After? Just leave a comment below, and by Sunday, February 24th, 2013, 11pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

marsha shew February 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Thanks for the great giveaway :)

Andrea February 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Great Giveaway! Love Lynsay!!

Jean Moretto February 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I love Lynsay’s Immortal Argeneau series! The science sounds great! Still looking for those nanos. Can’t wait for the next story! :-)

Nikki A. February 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

This series is in my top 10 favorite series! I am like you Maryse and want to see Bricker’s HEA! Sounds like we will have to wait tho. :) Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway.

Nicole Tetrev February 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I love the immortals such a unique take Lucien is still my fav

Melissa Fernandez February 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Love, love, love Lynsay’s books! Thank you so much for writing Anders’ story!

Lia February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I love the immortals! They are Wowwwwww!

LucyLou February 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I love everyone of the Argeneau vampires!!! Lynsay, thank you for joining us and you are a great author!!! Maryse, thank you for making this interview and giveaway possible, you are a great blog queen. :) Soooo lucking forward to “Immortal Ever After”. These books a just plain FUN to read!! :)

Teresa H. February 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Great giveaway! I love this series!

Annie February 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Thanks for the giveaway. It’s been ages since I’ve read a vampire book.

Donna February 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I look forward to reading this series!

Barbara February 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Love the series.. what a treat the interview was! Thanks..

Sami February 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Love Lynsay Sands, thanks for the giveaway.

Aimee Dennis February 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

*raising hand* ooooo….oooo….oooooo pick ME!!
Lynsay is the reason I am reading today – Fluke Book Fair at work where I picked up ‘Vampires Forever’ and after reading the book in one sitting, I proceeded to read the book AGAIN!! Needless to say, I have bought ALL of her books in the series since then.

Rose February 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Great interview and have read a couple of the Argeneau stories which I loved and need to return to after reading the interview:)

Beverly February 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I love knowing some of the gackground behind this series!!! I would love to have a signed copy of Immortal Ever After!!!

Alexandra February 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! :)

Dena February 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

This series started my love of books so deep it has become my obsession. Thank you!!

kim February 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

I love this series!! Would love a signed copy!

Melissa February 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Would love a copy!!! One of my all time favs!!!!! Thank you both for the chance to win~

Heather P February 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I love love love this series. I am excited about Anders but can’t wait for Bricker’s story either! Thank you for the giveaway!

Laura P February 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Oh, yeah!! What a great giveaway but then again you always have such awesome ones!!

Jessica Katz February 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Sounds like a good read!!

Janet February 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Love her books. Thanks for the interview!

Jen P February 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Hey…Thanks for the giveaway…would love to get started on these books…please send my

Sherry ;) February 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Great interview !! I know you were excited about this :)

*Off with their heads* hehe

Katie February 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Love Lynsay Sands books and after reading the Argeneau series I had to read all the books she has written as I loved her style of writing as much as the story’s themselves!
Really looking forward to the new book, and the next one and the one after…
Keep them coming Lynsey!
The interview is awesome, you’ve asked some questions many (including me) wanted the answer to so thank you Maryse!

Sydney wallace February 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Thank you for the awesome interview and giveaway !!

Noelle February 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

I love this series! Great interview!!

bn100 February 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I enjoyed the interview.

Liz February 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Such a fun series!

Sharon Chalk February 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Thank you Lyndsay for putting your books in proper reading order,I have 6 of your books and had finally started reading them and was going by the publishing date and realized that some things just didn’t seem right and now that Ive seen the correct reading order ,I understand completly.This is great because I love reading books in the order where they make the most sense lol, at the rate I read I should have read all the ones I have by the time your new one comes out lol

Stefany Thode February 23, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Thanks for the chance!

Kim February 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Maryse, this is one of the first interviews of yours that I have completely read. After the seriousness of the TW saga I definitely wanted more vamp stories. LSands stories really gave me a different outlook on them and I have really enjoyed each story very much. I love the humor, the loyalty,and NOW after reading the interview I LOVE knowing some of the background of where these stories came from and why written the way they were…the interview was GREAT.thanks for taking the time and freakin cool that u got to talk to Lindsey Sands… Wow… Oh and I also have a crush on Bricker… :) l

Shannon Stephens February 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I think I found my next author to try! Thanks!

Jenn February 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I love her books. Thanks again.

Cherie Acevedo February 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

OOOOHHHH!! So many more books for me to check out!!! Thanks! Awesome giveaway!! :)

Diane February 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I think I’ve found my next series to read.

Thanks for the give away!

Stacey February 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I am a HUGE fan of Lyndsay Sands and her amazing family of immortals. I cannot wait for her books to come out! And I have reread them all at least a dozen times. Congrats Ms. Sands on your success.

Jennifer V February 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

Debra D February 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Me me me!!!! Looks great!

Christy Perry February 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Thank you for the interview & sharing the books again, I love, love. love these! Thank you for the chance to win :)

Mickala Murphy February 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Thanks for the interview & Giveaway!

Dawn M. February 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Looks good! Thanks for the giveaway.

Debbie February 23, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Would love to get into this series!

carol February 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Just can’t put the series down!!!!

Robin February 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I’ve read every book in the series….Can’t wait for the new one!!!!!

Heather February 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I have herd awesome thing about this series. I haven’t read them yet but on my TBR book shelf!

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