Today I welcome author Diana Rubino with 4Fun Facts about her and the details of her vampire romance, A Bloody Good Cruise. I have to say I admire Diana’s commitment to good health.
1) My husband and I are hooked on cruising, and my very first cruise was on the Eastern Mediterranean, beginning in Rome and ending in Istanbul. The ports of call included Rhodes, Cyprus, Santorini, and Egypt. Because I love Italy and cruising, I wanted to combine those passions with a humorous story about vampires and how they face prejudice in the human world.
2) I met an Italian woman named Fausta in 1983 and always loved that name–I always planned to use that name in one of my books someday. I finally got the chance with the hero Fausto, close enough!
3) On Fridays at noon my trainer Jodie Dolan comes over. It’s her ‘escape’ from her studio, and we work out in my exercise room. When it’s warm out, we do our session under my deck. She puts me through a rigorous workout–sometimes I post to my Facebook page “Jodie murdered me today.”
4) Before I began measuring all my portions and drastically cut back on carbs, I made a mountain of spaghetti with garlic bread every Friday night. The complete absence of protein or vegetable didn’t faze me…this was my Friday treat. But when my husband began NutriSystems about 8 years ago, I began measuring and counting everything, too…and realized I was way overloaded on carbs and lacking in protein. So I began a Friday salmon ritual–now Friday dinner is salmon, a palmful of rice and a vegetable. I’ve lost 17 pounds and kept it off.
Blurb: “How would a ship swarming with vampires liven things up?”
Fausto took command of a standing mike. When she heard him address the crowd with a simple Good evening, she stumbled back in shock, almost landing ass first in the punchbowl.
It was Fausto, in the most stunning outfit he’d ever worn. A black velvet cape swirled like liquid onyx. A gold medallion rested on his chest. His black hair was slicked back, revealing a widows peak. His look bordered on sinister. His dark eyes penetrated the room with a devilish twinkle. A smile revealed two gleaming white fangs. He projected a picture of menacing confidence.
But to the crowd who saw a familiar figure they all feared, he was simply Dracula. It’s Dracula!
I’m a self-confessed history nut, my favorite eras being Medieval and Renaissance England, and all American history. I’ve written several novels set in England and the U.S., two time travel romances, a vampire romance, and a fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT which received a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a longtime member of Romance Writers of America and the Richard III Society. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano and devour books of any genre.
I’m giving away a free e-book of A BLOODY GOOD CRUISE to the first 5 readers who can tell me:
Which 3 historical figures would you have wanted to meet, and why? Email me your answers at Diana@dianarubino.com
Linda again: Okay, people, hands. How many of you would want to cruise with vampires? I’m thinking, nuh huh!
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