13 Fun Facts about Lotus Petals
Have you read Lotus Petals? This story of a reluctant vampire bride and the courtesan she falls in love with is out in print, and it's been pulling in great reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Breathless Press website!
Whether you've read the book or are thinking of picking it up, here are 13 fun "insider" facts I think you'll really enjoy.
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1. Vampires are the "Fourth Blood" of demons. The other Bloods are: Exsul (incubi and succubi), Werewolves, Shadiil (shadow-walkers), and Coven-Kin (witches and warlocks).
2. The numerical order of the races denotes the order in which they were created by the Drogh Lord. This makes vampires the second-youngest race.
3. Rhiannon, like all my main characters, is left-handed. This is an homage to my brother.
4. Over the course of writing Lotus Petals, I watched Memoirs of a Geisha 23 times, and listened to the audiobook twice. This was so I could keep an audible "feel" for dialect and speech as I wrote Aijyn, Nagisa and Gohachiro.
5. Aijyn's is Japanese for "lover". Sölva's name is Norse for "sun warrior". Rhiannon's name is derived from the Celtic for "great queen".
6. Aijyn was originally written as a kin-born vampire. I changed her to a human when I realized she was too "watered down" as a vampire and there wasn't enough conflict as to her fate.
7. Sölva is probably the most unforgivable and unredeemable character I've ever written. She's a character designed to make you cringe. I love to know readers despise her.
8. In Her Dark Rewards—a prequel short to Lotus Petals and part of the Breathless Press Crimson Anthology, Vol. 2—Sölva asks Rhiannon if she's ever taken a lover without Sölva's permission, and Rhiannon says no. Rhiannon a naughty liar.
9. Helena Donovan—Rhiannon's dam—was strongly inspired by Countess Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D, and bears a very strong resemblance to her.
10. In Rhiannon's stories, as in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, vampires do not change after they become immortal. This is directly inspired by the scene in Interview with a Vampire when Claudia tries to cut her hair, and it grows back immediately. Rhiannon's own hair fiasco in Lotus Petals is a direct reference to this scene.
11. The reason Rhiannon's guild tattoo doesn't disappear like any other scar or wound is because it is alchemically treated with, among other things, trace amounts of silver. The presence of silver prevents the immortal's supernatural restoration from simply wiping the tattoo away. It's actually an unhealing wound.
12. Yes, it is worth noting that Rhiannon's body becomes animated in the throes of intense emotional sensation. No, it does not mean true love will bring her to life.
13. Even I don't know who Rhiannon's father is. If I had to guess I'd say he's some sort of vampire pool boy.
Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon Lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life. In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both... or might cost each of them their lives.
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When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.
In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology. She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on. She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.