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Sunday, December 18, 2011

AferDark's Interview with Annalynne Russo

Happy Holdiays to everyone from AfterDark Online. As the year 2011 comes to a close, I want to introduce to my admiration, a paranormal writer with a touch of both dark sensuality and adventure. Annalyne Russo. So move over Buffy Summers and Angelus, AfterDark's sharing a cocktail moment and an interview with California's finest writers as we end the year on an adventurous note!

1. Ms. Russo, thank you for the opportunity to interview you, why don’t you please tell a little bit about yourself?

Thank you so much for hosting me here at AfterDark Online.  I’m a hot-blooded Italian wife and mother of two teenage sons from San Diego, CA. While I teach kindergarten during the day, my nights and weekends are filled with hot, sexy heroes ready to leap from my imagination onto the page.

2. How long have you been writing erotica and do you only write paranormal erotica or other genres?

I started writing erotica about five years ago.  But until recently, I was always too self-conscious to share it with anyone. 

3. How do your family and friends feel about your work?

My hubby and family are supportive, but it took time for me to finally open up about my passion for writing erotic romance. I only recently let my hubby read excerpts from my latest work, Irresistible Nemesis. But once I did, it felt so freeing.  Now, he’s helping me work out scenes and edit for some upcoming writing projects.

4. What kind of characters do you enjoy writing about (badboy/badgirl, hero/heroine, etc) and why?

I am your classic church-going girl looking for that bad boy to tempt her to the dark side.  In fact, I’ve been tagged with the nickname GirlCorrupted, a play on words from the Angelina Jolie-inspired GirlInterrupted.

5. Why don’t you please tell us about your latest release, Irresistible Nemesis, in a short synopsis?

Irresistible Nemesis is all about the good girl/bad boy dichotomy. Eva Sambucco is a stiletto-wearing, stake-wielding vampire huntress with everything a girl from the Big Apple desires. Good looks. A great job. Even an expensive wardrobe. But the one thing she wants the most, is the only thing she can’t have. The leader of the New York City vampire coven. Andreas Kristopolous is her Irresistible Nemesis.

Andreas runs AK Oil International - one of the wealthiest business conglomerates in the world. But money can’t fix a scarred relationship with his father or cure him of his philandering chauvinism. With god-like good looks and a fat bank account, women fight for his attention like wolves battling for the coveted alpha position.

Can Eva slay her own personal demons and come to grips with her feelings for Andreas? Will she be able to keep the bimbos at bay long enough to help mend his relationship with his father and capture his heart?

6. What inspired you to write your story?

In the scorching summer of 2008, my hubby and I embarked on two-week a European adventure. We backpacked across Italy via the Eurail, then took a 7-day cruise along the Mediterranean. At port one night in Athens, Greece, I had a vivid dream about Andreas, the bad boy vampire in Irresistible Nemesis.  I’ve been trying to get his story on paper ever since. But with the daily stress of work and motherhood, it took nearly three years to come to fruition.

7. How long did it take you to complete your story?

Once I got serious about writing, it took about eight months. I was new to publishing and wanted to make sure I did it right.  I read books about writing romance novels and solicited help from some of my writing colleagues at Evernight Publishing.

8. Are there other books you have written, prior to your latest release?

I have written several other stories currently being shopped by a handful of e-publishers. I hope to have a new release out sometime in the first quarter of 2012.  One of them I am anxious to get published is a twisted erotic version of Rumpelstiltskin entitled Dueling Desires.

9. What other challenges have you faced in your projects, but was proud to accomplish?

I just recently received my first first 5-star review for Irresistible Nemesis from The TBR Pile.  That was an amazing feeling. In fact, I’m up for their December Book of the Month.  You can vote for Irresistible Nemesis here:

10. Any other trivial things about you that you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Although I am attracted to bad boys, I guard my heart pretty closely. I married one of the good guys – a computer geek with a heart of gold. We enjoy salsa dancing and listening to slow jams. In fact, I’m suffering from a bad cold right now and he’s taking good care of me. J
What a guy!
11. If there was a favorite cocktail you enjoy drinking (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?

I only drink alcohol a couple times a year.  My big, fat Italian family has a huge party at our house every year on Christmas Eve. The festivities wouldn’t be complete without a few bottles of Lemoncello – a traditional, vodka-based Italian liquor.

12. Do you have any upcoming projects or other plans with your work?

One project that I am anxious to get published is a twisted erotic version of Rumpelstiltskin entitled Dueling Desires. I’m hoping to finish the manuscript in the next few weeks while I’m on break from teaching kindergarten.

13. What advice would you give to other writers, especially to those that are starting out?

Network. Don’t be afraid to show your work and ask other writers for input.  I have found the advice of my fellow authors to be completely invaluable in helping me get published. You’d be surprised how willing others are to share the tips of the trade.

14. Where can people follow you? (i.e. social networking sites, blogs, websites, and etc.)

You can follow me here:

Like most charming, charismatic vampires, Andreas had no problem finding dinner. He spotted a sweet, old homeless woman willing to make a blood donation. Her tattered grey overcoat and wide-brimmed hat covered the weathered features of her face. While her clothes looked worse for the wear, she was well-groomed and had recently bathed. All good news for a famished vampire. She smiled up at him, mesmerized by his impeccable gaze, and easily submitted to his demands. Andreas took his fill and left her intact, if not a bit light-headed from loss of blood. Then he turned back toward the subway station. His sleek form moved stealthily in the darkness. The only sound, the tip-tap of Ferragamo loafers as his footsteps came into contact with the iron rails of the track.

“Mr. Kristopolous, what a surprise!” A voice called to him. Its shadow lurked all around him. “I never figured you for the public transportation type.”

The hairs on the back of his neck rose. He recognized that voice. “Ms. Sambucco, how nice to see you again. I’ve just come from dinner. Had I known you’d be in the neighborhood, I would have extended an invitation.”

Eva snickered softly. “That’s very kind of you. But I’ve already eaten.” Her lilt voice dripped with sarcasm. She held her ground even as the vampire undressed her with his eyes.

“Oh, on the contrary, my darling,” Andreas replied. “There’s always room for dessert. And you happen to be the most delectable treat I’ve come across in a very long time.”

Then Andreas approached her. His gait bold and self-assured. With each step forward, she took another one back, until he had her trapped against the wall of the subway tunnel. He lifted his hand in slow motion to gently stroke her cheek with the pad of his finger. His coarse digits glided along her jawline as the huntress lowered her head to avoid his intense stare. She didn’t seem to care much for bloodsuckers. At least, not one hell bent on seduction.

“I should warn you, Mr. Kristopolous–” she began.

“Please, call me Andreas.” He couldn’t breathe with her so near. Eva tilted her head to the side and Andreas was rewarded with the most beautiful sight he’d ever seen. Long, luxurious eyelashes cast a sublime shadow over her angelic features, including a provocative glimpse of her ample bosom. His control teetered on the edge of

This is crazy. Take her now, while you’ve got the chance.

An internal battle raged inside Andreas as the animal fought for supremacy. Then Eva looked up at him, newfound courage reflected in her beautiful brown eyes. Her face flushed in an array of color. The sudden rush of blood to her cheeks started his own blood pumping. He growled with need.

Eva held her head high in blatant challenge. “Andreas. I advise you to back off. If you refuse, this will end badly. Very badly. I’ll either drag you in to the authorities by the skin of your teeth or kill you. Your choice.”

Without warning, Andreas pressed his burning lips to hers, demanding an acknowledgement. Eva broke away. Her head thrashed from side to side in an effort to resist his bold intrusion. But Andreas wouldn’t be denied. He pinned her pliant curves more rigidly to the wall and locked both hands to her sides. It was either take what he needed or die trying.

Andreas’s stare bore into her. He pleaded for total surrender. She blinked and her expression softened a bit. And he went for it with a kiss much more delicate than their first embrace. The pillowy-softness of his lips and the silky smoothness of his tongue, coaxed a response from her. Eva had no chance in hell of surviving the pure rapture of his kiss. Its sweet sensation, a stark contradiction to the way his firm, rigid body pressed against her. The hard length of his cock rubbed against her clitoris, and she moaned out loud. Before long, she kissed him back with a hunger he’d never experienced before.

Andreas couldn’t stop the momentum of their mutual attraction. Neither of them could. It spiraled out of control with hands everywhere. Probing and prodding. They simply took that which was so desperately needed. Eva’s voracious tongue explored his mouth. Andreas sucked on her pouty lower lip. In a bold move he never expected, she took hold of his firm ass cheeks and squeezed, unleashing the beast that prowled below on the surface. His fangs extended. Andreas scraped them against her tongue and tasted blood. Delicious, hot, and tempting. The taste drove him into a frenzy.

Like a lion pouncing on its prey, he grabbed the front of her floral-print blouse and yanked it open. Eva gasped as tiny glass buttons fell one by one to the ground. She opened her mouth as if to scold him just as Andreas swiped his sultry tongue over the lacy fabric covering her nipple. She went limp and melted in his arms, releasing the sexiest little half-whimper, half-moan he’d ever heard.

“You’re not a huntress. You’re a God damn witch sent to cast a spell on me.” Andreas groaned as he left a trail of passionate kisses along the side of her throat. “I should drain your blood this very instant and get rid of you once and for all. But the need to fuck you is so much stronger.”

“I know exactly what you mean.” Eva whispered the words, her voice rough and gravely as Andreas lifted his head seeking another one of her sizzling kisses.

As his lips descended upon hers, Eva jerked her head back in one swift motion> her forehead came into contact with the bridge of Andreas’s nose. The blow took him by complete surprise. On instinct, he put his hand to his nose and saw the familiar red liquid pooled in the center of his palm. By the time he looked up again, ready to face his beautiful nemesis, she was gone, leaving him reeling. Both angry and aroused.


  1. Thank you for the opportunity to interview you Annalynne. You are such an interesting author and I love your book; very captivating! I hope to interview you again.

  2. Great interview! Love the excerpt :) All the best for the new year!

  3. Love the concept of the story. Like the dark, sexy, dangerous bad boy vamp.