Vampire Novelist Denise K. Rago

It was 1978 and I was twenty one years old. I had never been abroad but chose Paris as the city I wished to continue my undergraduate degree in Art History. I consider myself both an Anglophile and a Francophile yet Paris had won out and so off I went in January of 1978.

You know how places have smells? Paris will forever remind me of diesel fuel and gray days for that is how I first experienced her. For me, Notre Dame carried the scent of wax, wood and feeling insignificant yet I felt such a sense of calm and awe. Total awe. This feeling would never leave me.

Yes, there are other churches in Paris, but none like Our Lady of Paris. I remember the first time I saw her lit up at night, a beacon of spirituality, history and hope. I was so young yet I felt so lucky to be in what would become my favorite European city. I don’t know, there is something about Paris that calls to me; maybe that is why all my novels are set there.

As I watched her burn yesterday, I felt sick, a sentiment I know was shared with millions around the world. I watched with such a sense of defeat, of helplessness and dread. I kept asking myself how can you replace a monument that witnessed centuries of wars, marriages, revolutions and kings? Which holds such profoundly religious and significant artifacts?

The answer is, you cannot. It’s been twenty-four hours and I am still on shaky ground here. I still cannot believe what I witnessed yesterday on the television. I know Notre Dame will be rebuilt and perhaps I will be alive to witness the next incarnation of this beacon of art, history and spirituality, but right now, I have a knot in my stomach. I am in shock and though I cannot adequately express my grief, I need to write about it, to take keyboard in hand and pour some of my feelings out here on this page.

Spring has arrived, sort of.

I am presently working on my fourth novel, tentatively titled, All That Remains. I have taken a bit of a break after publishing Eternal Hunger, just to get my bearings. I have a lot going on in my personal life and as much as I enjoy writing, I need a break. Amanda, Christian and Michel are still out there trying to put their lives back together.

I’ll be in touch again soon. Thank you for dropping by.

When I looked up the word romance in the dictionary, numerous definitions came up:

1) A love affair, especially a brief and intense one.

2) Sexual love, especially when the other person or the relationship is idealized or when it is exciting and intense.

3) A spirit or feeling of adventure, excitement, the potential for heroic achievement, and the exotic.

4) A fascination or enthusiasm for something, especially of an uncritical or inexplicable kind.

5) A novel, movie, or play with a love story as its main theme.

Romance writing concerns itself with a love story, which could possibly be a brief, exciting and intense affair; includes sexual or physical love and can be filled with the spirit of adventure and generally, a fascination with the other person. Each of us has our own perception of what defines an exciting or intense affair, how we perceive adventure and experience physical love and passion and what might draw us to another person.

When writing “paranormal romance,” I have the additional responsibility of bringing romance into the world of beings that are not entirely human. Vampires – those seductive creatures whose very speech or touch can bring us to our knees and lead us down a very wicked path.

Within the realm of romance writing, I weave a bit of the erotic, something elusive and arousing, yet I tend to leave much more to the imagination than I put down on the page. I prefer to hint, to suggest and let the reader fill in their own fantasies based on what sits well with them. This connection elicits the emotional response between the characters and the reader. When Amanda Perretti finally meets Christin Du Mauré and realizes he truly does exists, her fascination and need for him are palatable, even when she discovers he is a vampire.

Conversely, vampires experience love too and Christian Du Mauré is no different. Having loved and lost centuries ago, he still harbors guilt and pain and still pines for his lost love to this day. His regrets and desires form an interesting paradox. Each of us experiences love in a myriad of ways and it might be safe to say, we would define romance differently as well, no matter whether we are mortal or immortal.

Hello, 2019! It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new goals & new resolutions, new adventures, new books to be read, and more. One of the things I’m most excited for in 2019 is writing the next book of the “Enchanted Bloodlines” series (yes, there will be a fourth!). I’ve already started, so it’s well underway and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

I’m also hoping to travel more in 2019. Traveling with my husband is one of my favorite activities (we’re fans of Florida in particular) and I’m excited to explore more of our world with him at my side.  Last year saw the birth of a new grandbaby, so staying healthy is another resolution at the top of my list for 2019 – I definitely want to see that little one grow! And, of course, there’s a book goal – my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge.

All in all, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year. I hope that all of you guys have equally as exciting ones coming up as well! What are some of your 2019 goals? I’d love to hear about them (and maybe find some new ones to try out)!

Love,

Denise

Books are “a uniquely portable magic” to quote Stephen King. I can’t think of a better stress reducer than curling up with a good book.  Books have always been there for me and so I thought I would share some of my favorite reads of this year. Some of these authors are longtime standards, and others I am reading for the first time. That is the beauty of picking up a book by an unknown author.  They can suddenly become a fan favorite. Here are some of mine for 2018.

A very Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all! Thank you for your interest in and support of my novels.

As you can see from the photos, my book signing was a lot of fun.  Book signings are always a risk, you just never know who will attend, but Tuesday night, October 23rd, was filled with many surprises including two old friends who drove a long distance to attend.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who drove both near and far to celebrate the official launch of Eternal Hunger. It means so much to me.

As we approach the holiday season I must confess that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For me, it’s all about sharing and giving and the gratitude we feel for our family and friends. It is the satisfaction gained from being a part of something larger than ourselves. There is such joy in sitting around the table with our loved ones and enjoying a really good meal. In the day-to-day we sometimes forget all that we have to be grateful for.

Soon the holidays will be upon us – Hanukkah is early this year and Christmas is not too far behind.  I don’t know about you but I have already started my lists for family and friends, plus a special list for my two beautiful granddaughters. I also hear my mother telling me to “get more rest, take time for myself and breathe.”  Wise words. I thought I would share a shopping tip along with a stress reducer for everyone as they seem to go hand and hand!

Books are “a uniquely portable magic” to quote Stephen King.  I can’t think of a better stress reducer than curling up with a good book; well, maybe a glass of wine or a good strong cup of coffee to go along with that good book. Give the gift of books and give someone that uniquely portable magic for the entire year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah and a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Best,
Denise

 

 

I’m so glad the wait for Eternal Hunger is over and I sincerely hope that you guys are all enjoying it! To celebrate the release, I’ll be having my first book signing October 23rd at Sterling Parc @ Hanover in Cedar Knolls and YOU are invited. There will be light snacks, beer, and wine available plus lots of fun & laughs. It’s your opportunity to meet me in person, ask me any questions you have, or to just come and chill (I’m really laid back, I promise!) and enjoy some good times. So mark your calendars with the info below and drop by; I can’t wait to see you there!

October 23rd, 2018

5-9PM

Sterling Parc @ Hanover

2101 Glen Drive

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

Yes, Eternal Hunger publishes next Wednesday September 12th!  It has been a long journey from the moment I sent my first manuscript to my lovely editor through the process of creating  both the paperback edition and the Kindle version for you.

This has truly been a labor of love and I hope you enjoy the next chapter in the the lives of my vampires Christian Du Maure, Michel Baptiste and the mortal women they just can’t seem to live without.

Please feel to contact me here with your comments or questions or wherever I am on social media.  I think I speak for all Indie authors when I say that your opinion mean a lot to us. Please leave a review, spread the word, support the written word in any way that you can.  It is crucial to our existence.

Again – Many, many thanks and with much gratitude~

 

Denise

Okay, its summer! A time to read, relax and enjoy the warm weather while playing it safe in the sun. The tri-state area is in the midst of a heatwave. I much prefer heat to cold weather and snow but again, I’m a summer girl through and through.

Born just before the official start of summer is another beautiful granddaughter.  She’s so tiny and precious and her name is Summer!

I cannot believe it is the 4th of July.  I have been very busy between my full-time job and preparing to launch my third novel, Eternal Hunger. I know I keep telling you it is almost here but it’s no lie.  I’ll be launching it soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy my favorite time of year!

Happy Summer

 

 

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