Literary, Vampire, Paranormal: Blood Diva
by VM Gautier
Literary/ Vampire/ Paranormal/ (Borders on erotica) "genre-fluid" -Blood Diva - Mesmerizing and as Beautiful as Night .
The 19th century's most infamous party-girl is undead and on the loose in the Big Apple.
Marie Duplessis rose from poverty to celebrity before dying of consumption at 23 in 1847. Months later Alexandre Dumas filspublished The Lady of the Camellias, based on their affair. The book became a play. The play became Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata. And Marie's legend never died.
But what if when offered the chance for eternal life, she grabbed it, even though the price was the regular death of mortals at her lovely hand?
Now in 21st century New York, she falls hard for a mortal whose star is rising, and she begins to question her choice.
Blood Diva is a sometimes humorous, often dark look at sex, celebrity, love, death, destiny, and the arts of both self-invention and seduction. It's a story that asks a simple question: Can a one hundred ninety year-old demimondaine find happiness in 21st century Brooklyn without regular infusions of fresh blood?
This book may contain language and content sure to offend some sensitive readers.
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What One Reader Had To Say!
Fictional vampires have run the gambit from the garlic-dodging bloodsuckers who don’t come out in sunlight to handsome and sparkly creatures, hanging out on the Olympic Peninsula. Blood Diva gives us yet another twist on vampire mythology.
The story starts with the protagonist, a real-life historical figure, Marie Duplessis, on her deathbed in Paris. While some may be familiar with Duplessis and her history (which might give the story even more appeal), other than the little I picked up before reading this book I wasn’t, and didn’t feel as though it mattered. Mostly set in the modern day, predominately New York City, the little touches and details the author integrates in the story are likely to resonate with fans of the art world and opera, yet I’m neither and still found much to enjoy.
Beyond being an excellent story with some hot sex scenes, for those who like that, a clever and entertaining take on the vampire myth, and a love story, for those who look beyond the surface there is more. What does it mean to be human? Are some of the Earth’s creatures more important than others? (Put another way, if it is okay for us humans to kill “lower” animals for nourishment, would the same logic justify “higher” creatures killing us for the same reason?) If you could live forever, would that be a good thing and what would you be willing to give up to do so? Marie grappled with all of these questions. After you read Blood Diva, maybe your answers will be the same. Or maybe not.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
As you may have guessed, I am a pseudonym. I better not say too much lest I be accused of lying. Fiction writers must always tell the truth.
Believe me the "real" me isn't very important. You probably haven't heard of me. And I'll let you in on the secret soon enough.
Meantime, you can look at the blurb for my novel, Blood Diva, which is available as an ebook and soon as a paperback.
Blood Diva is one of those hard to categorize books that with luck might appeal to a large audience. It's kind of like Anne Rice (vampires) meets Jean Rhys (kept women, and literary deconstruction) meets Patricia Highsmith (psychopathology, remorseless killers, etc.) and they all share an apartment in Williamsburg with Lena Dunham. There's also opera because how the hell would you write a book featuring vampire-Marie Duplessis and not reference La Traviata? And why would you want to?
Blood Diva is sexy, smart, and fun, but also like its heroine dark and mysterious.
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