Maggie’s Glasgow by Marie Treanor
The vampire Maggie, heroine of my newest vampire romance, BLOOD DESCENT (Blood Hunters 3) has become one of my favourite heroines. She haunts the streets of Glasgow – my home town! – in Scotland, where she was born in the 1920s and died in a World War 2 bombing raid. She’s had a difficult life and a difficult un-death but she makes the most of everything, turning dingy office basements and old, cold, scary crypts into delightful homes – at least for a vampire of Maggie’s tastes – complete with running bath water, embroidered bedspreads and antique furniture. She has a peculiarly Glasgow sense of humour, and like many of her live neighbours, she’s incurably friendly.
Maggie first appeared in BLOOD ETERNAL, the third of my Awakened by Blood trilogy (the prequel series to Blood Hunters), when she accosted and fascinated the convalescing young soldier John Ramsay who, in BLOOD DESCENT, introduces her to my hunter hero Konrad – who immediately tries to kill her!
I don’t live in Glasgow any more, but I do miss it. It’s Scotland’s largest city, once the country’s industrial hub, and later a black spot for unemployment, health and social issues. But it has a rich history and culture, plus a unique spirit, humour and friendliness, all the things I’ve tried to embody in Maggie herself.
So I’ve been checking out some of Maggie’s haunts in old photographs. Sauchiehall Street is Maggie’s favourite stamping ground, so I’ve included some photos of this famous city centre street from the 1920s, to the present day. Once it was the home of large department stores and busy theatres. It’s a pedestrian precinct now, full of shops, pubs, clubs, cafes etc. It also has its fair share of beautiful and not so beautiful buildings. Maggie haunts the area looking for blood and entertainment and she lives in the disused basement of a nearby office block. Hope
you can imagine it as well as I can!
If you were a vampire, where would you hang out and why? J
Blood Hunters: a sequel series to the Awakened by Blood trilogy
Blood Hunters, Book 1
Natural enemies, deadly attraction...
Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.
BLOOD OF ANGELS
Blood Hunters, Book 2
Obsession... a wounded hunter, a damaged vampire
Six months ago, vampire hunter and inventive genius Istvan nearly died in the seminal battle that would change the relationship between humans and vampires forever.
A year before that, he first encountered sexy vampiress, Angyalka, owner of the Angel Club, favored haunt of the undead. Istvan won that round, but when he recklessly seeks her out again in search of the secret of angels, he's alone and so exhausted he can barely stand, let alone fight vampires. Plus Angyalka's out for revenge, and very happy to use his powerful sexual attraction to her…
But Angyalka has her own secret weaknesses amd terrifying strengths even she doesn't understand. Their battle becomes one of wits and sex, but when someone bombs the club, they fight together to contain all the threats closing in on the Angel, from humans and vampires, including the sadistic killer who could just be dangerous enough to finally topple undead overlord Saloman.
As Istvan struggles to harness the mysterious power of angels, Angyalka needs a deeper strength to send away the fascinating hunter who delivers on all her deepest sensual desires and yet can't come to terms with her vampire nature.
Blood Hunters, Book 3
A child is born...into the final showdown of Vampire and Hunter
The face of a killer, the heart of a lost child…
Konrad once led the legendary first team of Hungarian vampire hunters. Now, refusing to ally with the undead, he goes his own way, slaughtering vampires across the length and breadth of Europe.
The dying thoughts of one such vampire send Konrad to Britain in search of a dangerous instrument that might be just what he needs in his obsessive war with undead overlord Saloman – a war he’s determined to win at any cost. The only being who can lead him to the instrument and its current, evil possessor, is sexy, mysterious, young Glaswegian vampire Maggie, who holds herself aloof from her own kind.
Maggie sees much more than Konrad’s anger and cruelty. She makes it her mission to reach beyond the horrors of his past and find the man he should have been. Difficult, when he threatens her heart as well as everything she believes in; and when her whole being clamors for his body and his blood.
While journalists circle, about to break the news of vampire existence on mainstream television, Elizabeth Silk labors to give birth to Saloman’s daughter: and Maggie plays a dangerous game that risks everyone for her belief in one troubled man.
About Marie Treanor
Award winning author Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Marie has published nearly forty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL. She is now self-publishing three new paranormal series.
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