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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Contests, Interviews | 53 comments

Interview and giveaway from author Karyn Gerrard

Today we are talking to author Karyn Gerrard about her vampire series, Blackthorne Clan, and her latest release, Black Desire. 

Make sure you keep reading after the interview to learn how you can enter to win an e-copy of Black Desire for yourself.

Can you explain what Black Lust is?
My clan of vampires has the last name of ‘Black’ so the titles of the books in this series are a play on the name.

Can you tell us who and what the Blackthorne Clan is?
They are an old clan/family of vampires living in a fictional coastal village in Nova Scotia, Canada. Back in the 1700’s the name of the clan was Blackthorne, but the name became shortened to Black in the ensuing years.

Can you describe what a Thrope is and why they would have conflict with the Blackstone clan?
Don’t you love that every paranormal author has their own twist on the mythology? I broke my wolves into three groups. Thropes, Lycans and Weres. The Thropes are the elite; they can shift into wolves and have other powers. Thropes are very cold and detached, they hide their feelings. They are also very devious. They also take their breeding very seriously, which will tie into the conflict with the Black’s.

What sets your vampires apart from all the others in paranormal romance genre?
My vampires are very emotional. In my paranormal world, the Blackthorne Clan has done the impossible, they have children. So I have Dhampyres (half-vampires) and Quarters (1/4 vampires) in my vampire world.

Can you tell us a little about the two main characters in Black Desire, Tristan Black and Katrina Hammond?
Tristan Black is a Dhampyre (half-vampire) and the son of the leader of the clan, Deegan (a pure-blood vampire). Tristan’s last mate was human and died of old age in 1939. He has closed off his heart all the decades to follow until a chance meeting with a woman in a pub. He feels the Mate Bond.

Katrina Hammond is a historical romance author (I couldn’t resist!) on vacation visiting her cousin in the small village in Nova Scotia. The attraction to Tristan is immediate and potent. Katrina can’t believe what she’s been pulled into. Vampires? Wolf-shifters? Some vacation!

What is the relationship between Lucius Black from Black Lust (the first book in the Blackthorne Clan series) and Tristan Black from Black Desire? What are their positions in the clan?
Lucius Black in the first book is a Quarter, and Tristan’s son and Deegan’s grandson. The book takes place in the U.K. where he has been staying with a cousin who is part of another branch in the Blackthorne Clan tree.

In the second book, the scene shifts to Canada and focuses on Tristan. Lucius will show up again in Book 4. Book 3 is about Deegan, the leader.

How many books do you have planned for this series?
I only planned on three, but Marcus Steele, a Thrope, (who appears in Book 2 and 3) had such an impact on me, I had to do his own story. I hope to submit Book 3 and 4 this fall and fingers crossed they will be accepted.

Did the series come out as originally planned or did it evolve as you went along?
It did come out as planned, the three books all fell into place. But Marcus wouldn’t let me leave it at that. *grins* I’m sure four books is all I will be doing, but I certainly left it open to explore other characters should I wish to at another time.

Is there a routine you use to help inspire you when you write?
I limit my computer and writing time to the weekdays when my teacher hubs is at work. I usually take the weekends off. Usually all it takes is a pot of hot tea, Earl Grey is my tea of choice. I also crank up the music, crack my knuckles and I’m off! So far, writing block hasn’t been an issue, and as long as it stays fun and publishers keep accepting my manuscripts, I will keep going!

More about Black Desire:

Black Desire (Blackthorne Clan, book 2) by Karyn Gerrard

Tristan Black of the Blackthorne Clan has known heartache and pain. He is a Dhampyre (half-Vampire) and most would say blessed with extreme longevity. Tristan would say cursed as he observed the long, slow decline and then death of his human wife due to old age while he seemingly aged not a day. Now seventy years later, he meets Katrina Hammond who piques his interest.

Katrina is a romance writer on summer vacation when she meets the mysterious and dangerously sexy Tristan. Katrina now finds herself in the middle of a clash between the Blackthorne Clan and a pack of Thropes (wolf shape-shifters).

Can Tristan protect Katrina, and can he protect his heart?

She awakened feelings in him he thought he would not have again. He considered these passions to be little more than vampiric mythology. She awakened his…black desire.

How you can contact Karyn:

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Karyn is giving away a PDF copy of Black Desire.  This giveaway is open internationally and will end on May 15th.

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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Hi! I have many ”fav” PNR series:
    The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (maybe more UF), The Immortal After Dark by Kresley Cole, I discovered The Immortal Guardians by Dianne Duvall, Kali Sweet series by Misty Evans…! Thanks for this chance 😛

  2. My favorite PNR series is probably The Edge series by Ilona Andrews although there are plenty of others that I enjoy.

  3. My favorite PNR series right now is Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series and it’s spin off Alpha&Omega. I have truly enjoyed these two.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  4. I have several favorites. Jessica Andersen’s Nightkeepers series, Larissa Ione”s Demonica and four horsemen series, Laura Wright’s Mark of the Vampire.

    But I am a readaholic. I am always on the lookout for new series and authors. This is right up my alley so I’m adding this to my TBR mountain.

  5. I have many PNR. Hm… picking one… How about the Night Huntress series? Always a good time with that one. 😉

  6. My favorite PNR series is Lora Leigh’s beast series. I became a fan when they were published with Ellora’s Cave and have followed it ever since. I have almost every book in the series.

  7. I´ve got to many fav´s *happy sigh* Karen M Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole and the latest would be Delilah Dawson. I´m always reading and i´m a sucker for a tormented Alpha male in need of some love from the right woman =)

    best wishes, Linda xo

  8. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

    Oh man… I have so many PNR series… I’d have to say first that comes to mind is Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs.

  9. I don’t have a favorite paranormal series, but my favorite hero is a big cat shifter like a jaguar.

  10. I have a list of favorite serieses I never miss a book from any of themLords Of The Underworld,Argenea Vampires,Black Dagger Brotherhood,Dark Hunters,Immortals After Dark,Lords Of Deliverence,Nice Girls Dont, and Queen Betsy.I am a paranormal addict I cannot get enough.

  11. My favorite paranormal romance series is Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series with Cat & Bones.

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  12. HI Proserpine,

    I LOVE Kresley Cole’s IAD Series. I will have to check out The Immortal Guardians. I love Moning’s Highlander books, but I am not keen on first person so never gave her Fever books a go. I think I should! Cheers and thanks for commenting~

  13. Hi Jen,

    I never heard of that series either *adds to list* thanks for commenting!

  14. Hi Michelle,

    Another I haven’t heard of. Looks like I need to read some more!

    Thanks for entering!

  15. Hi BlackwaterMama (LOVE that name!)

    Love Larissa Ione, I enjoy the Demonica a little more than the Horsemen, but its still great!

    Oh cheers, hope you enjoy my own little slice of paranormal, thanks for commenting!

  16. Hi Melissa, Oooo. Good Choice, I agree, thanks for commenting!

  17. Hi Romance Reader Enthusiast,

    Well, I never knew Lora Leigh did paranormal, *adds it to list* I will be checking that out. Cheers and thanks for commenting~

  18. Linda,

    I’m a sucker for a tormented alpha male, my guys are, that’s for sure. I love Kenyon and Cole. I will check out Dawson, and another vote for Moning. Def. will check it out. Thanks for commneting!

  19. Hi Erin,

    Oh cool, another to check out. I def. need to read more! Thanks for commenting!

  20. Hi Leni!

    If you like cat shifters, let me recommend Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series. Meworrr!

    Thanks for commenting!

  21. Hi Wanda,

    Oh yes, JR Ward and Gena Showalter, I have those. Have a few of Sands too. Great list!

    Thanks for commenting!

  22. Hi Ollie! *waves*

    I am just getting started with Jeaniene Frost, I read the couple of latest ones and am eager to start at the beginning!

    Cheers and thanks for commenting!

  23. For all that I love paranormal romance, my exposure to them has been limited. I have been a huge fan of JR Ward and love her BDB series and REALLY love her Fallen Angels series.

    I hope to start with Kresley Cole at some point too.

    Great interniew!

  24. This looks like a delicious read!
    My favorite paranormal series – is Karen Marie Monings – Highlander Series – followed right behind by Larissa Ione’s Horseman series. Great reads all of them!

  25. Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series! My 1st & fav PNR books. It got me interested in PNR.

  26. I have really been enjoying Stacey Kennedy’s Frostbite series, it has chuckles, spicy, and lotsa PNR 🙂 Thank you for sharing this lovely interview with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I am new to your series and will be hopping over to check it out further,

  27. My favorite paranormal romance series is Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh. I highly recommend it!

  28. thanks for the interview ladies, that was interesting to read. I like a mix of vampires and werewolves in my books. I have so many favourite paranormal series, but the longest one is Christine Feehan’s Carpathians. Though I do prefer the later books, where the female is not just a mate but an equal.

  29. Not sure I can pick one. There’s Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, Rosalie Lario Demons of Infernum series, and Mary Janice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series.


  30. I have so many favorite PNR series! But my top favorites would probably be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and the BDB series by JR Ward 🙂

  31. Leigh,

    haven’t read Christine Feehan, must check it out, thanks for commenting~

  32. Gayl, I can’t recommend Cole’s IAD series enough. I also really like BDB with Ward. I read the first fallen angel book and couldn’t get into it. Have the second on my kindle, should give it another go.

    Thanks for commenting!

  33. Thanks Erin!

    I love Moning’s highlander series, and Ione’s. Good picks! Thanks for commenting!

  34. Linda, good suggestion, I’m getting lots of ideas for reads! Thanks for commenting~

  35. Denise, I’ve heard good things about that series, must check it out!

    Cheers and thanks for commenting!

  36. Amy, I have a Singh in my TBR pile. I will move it up the list, thanks for commenting!

  37. Jennifer, another vote for Singh, thanks for commenting!

  38. Hi Aurian,

    I like a mix too, shakes things up. I will add Feehan to my list, thanks for commenting~

  39. Great suggestions Joanne, I will be sure to check them out. There are so many good ones, thanks for commenting!

  40. Lacey,

    It’s hard to top JR Ward’s BDB series. And I am not crazy about first person, but I will check out the Fever series by Moning! Thanks for commenting!

  41. I love Twilight, Wolves of Mercy Falls, Fallen,Hush Hush, Shadow Falls, etc.

  42. I have LOTS of fave PNR series! A few are: Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld, J.R. Ward’s BDB’s and Fallen Angel series, Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors and Rhyannon Byrd’s Primal Instinct series.

    Congrats on the new release…I LOVED the excerpt…and thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! 🙂

    barbbattaglia @

  43. The Fever series by KMM!

  44. Tore,

    You list some great choices! Thanks for commenting!

  45. Barbara, you have listed all my favs! And thanks so much for reading the excerpt, glad you liked it!

    Thanks for commenting~

  46. Hi Tammy,

    Another vote for the Fever series. I am going to have to try and get over my aversion for 1st person and check these out! Thanks for commenting!

  47. Do you have a favorite paranormal romance series? If not, then tell me what paranormal hero do you prefer?
    I don’t know, i don’t like favorite stuff… but i guess it would be like hero: Gemma. From A great and terrible beauty. She’s kind of a witch, does that counts?
    Hope so (:

  48. Hi
    I have a few, like the BDB series by JR Ward, Midnight breed series by Lara Adrian, Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks, Argenau Vampires by Linsay Sands, Night Huntress by Jeanniene Frost. Well, those are the ones that come to my mind now.

  49. Hi Andii,

    Yep, it counts! Thanks for commenting!

  50. Hi Daniela,

    You mentioned some great choices, and some are mine as well!

    Thanks for commenting!