I discovered Fallen by Stacy Claflin while participating in a cover reveal promotion for the novella. When Stacy decided to do a book tour, I jumped at the chance to participate. I plan to read Fallen during the Fraterfest Read-aThon. Fallen is free for Kindle on Amazon right now. Pick up a copy and join me in the read-a-thon.
— Stacy Claflin (@growwithstacy) September 29, 2013
Fallen is the prequel to the Transformed series (Deception, Betrayal, Forgotten) and it’s also a novella, so it’s a pretty quick read—and a fun one. It’s from the perspective of one of the antagonists in the series.
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Since Fallen takes place before the series begins, you don’t need to have read any of the other books to read it.
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Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the world’s most feared vampire, Vince Moretti. Just when everything is going according to plan, he sidetracks her with the assignment of pretending to be a high school student in a small town.
It’s humiliating enough to go from stilettos to sneakers, but Samantha must also follow the most boring person alive: the teenage girl who stands between her and the throne. When she has had all she can take, she finds a fun distraction: an attractive football player who isn’t scared of vampires. There’s one problem. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. Now she must decide between the mortal she adores and a place of power in the vampire world. If she tries to have both, she could lose everything.
Excerpt from Chapter One
“She must die.”
Raising an eyebrow, I looked into Vince’s dark eyes. “Who?”
“The rumors are true, Samantha,” he said, and then bit into his caviar.
I took a sip of wine. “Which rumors, exactly?”
He ran his fingers through his short, spiky hair. “She’s alive.”
My mind ran through the list of she’s that he could be referring to. Then I looked at him again. “You don’t mean…?”
Eyes aglow, he nodded. “Marguerite Westerfield is alive and well. As it turns out, her watcher never had her killed. I threatened the lives of her daughters, and yet Mattie still risked it all to save Marguerite. She merely hid the child.”
I leaned over the table toward him. “She wouldn’t be a child anymore. How old is she now?”
“Almost sixteen, if I remember correctly. She was close to three when she was supposed to be killed.” He sighed.
“So she’s already gone through her transformation.”
Vince shook his head. “No, not yet. That’s what has made it so difficult to track her down. She was hidden amongst the humans, being raised as one. Marguerite probably thinks that she is one,” he said, and laughed.
I grinned, flipping my long, dark blonde hair behind my shoulder. “What’s the plan?”
He narrowed his eyes slightly. “You’re going to pay her a visit.”
“What?” I asked, sitting back. “Are you kidding? You’re sending me?”
“You’re perfect for the job. You’re a quick thinker, unlike most of the goons I have to deal with, and you look like you could be her age. She’ll probably trust you if you play it right.”
Wonderful. I was getting sent out on a job instead of sticking around with him. But I couldn’t argue. Nobody crossed Vince. No one that lived to tell about it, anyway. I gave him my most seductive smile. “Actually, it could be fun to mess with the humans. I haven’t mingled with them in decades.”
“I’m glad to hear it, Samantha,” he said, smiling. I loved it when he smiled at me, because he was one of the most powerful vampires alive. He could have been with anyone, but I had won him over. “I thought you might put up a fuss.”
“Oh Vincey, you know that I love a challenge. That’s how I ended up here in this room with you.”
He laughed. “That’s true. Most everyone is afraid to even look at me, but not you. That’s what I love about you.” He reached across the table and intertwined his fingers with mine.
I love writing, reading, and watching Young and New Adult Paranormal and Paranormal Romance. I’ve been writing and telling stories as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble when I would try to convince other kids that my stories were real.
When I’m not busy writing, I spend a lot of time with my family. I run a preschool from home and homeschool my kids.
STACY’S OTHER BOOKS
The Transformed Series:
- A Long Time Coming (A Short Story) – Coming Soon
- Chasing Mercy
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Tell us a little about Samantha, the main character in Fallen.
We first meet her in Deception, book one of the Transformed series. She’s the former flame of one of the love interests of Alexis, the main character, and Samantha’s also part of the group out to kill Alexis. Now in Fallen we get to see her side of things.
Who was your favorite character to write?
Definitely Samantha. It was a challenge at first because all of the other times that I’ve written about her, shes’ been one of the bad guys. Switching gears to make her likable was a stretch but ended up being so much fun that I’m working on another novella starring her.
Fallen is the prequel to the Transformed series. Why publish a prequel now?
The story of Fallen is part of the back story of the series and has had a lot of interest from readers. It was something that happened, but the reader doesn’t know much about it from the series.
Why a novella?
The main focus of the series is the four novels and Fallen is more of a side story. Also, I wanted to be able to give it away to say thank you to my readers and also introduce new readers to the series. Amazon price-matched it, so it’s free!
What inspired you to write the Transformed series?
When I was little, I used to always imagine what it would be like to find out that I had actually been born as someone or something else. What if I was actually a princess? Or the heir to a fortune? What if I had superpowers that I didn’t know I had? That’s what it’s about.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get up at about 4:30 and write for 90 minutes. Then I make notes about what I’m going to write the next day. Knowing what I’m going to write about helps me to write faster.
What is the most important element in a romance in your opinion?
There needs to be obstacles in the way of the romance. They need a lot thrown in their way to fight for each other and make their love stronger as a result.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn about the craft every day. The resources online are limitless and there are so many good ones. Keep writing, practices makes you better! Even if you only have a couple of minutes, use them.
Tell us about your beta readers group.
They are a varied group of people with different interests. I don’t stick only with people who prefer my genre. I want as many opinions as possible, and the more varied, the more I can learn about how to improve my work.
Stilettos or sneakers?
I’m more of a practical shoes girl, although I do enjoy a pretty pair of shoes when the occasion calls for it.
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