Featured New Book: Saint Sanguinus by Julia Smith


I’ve known Julia Smith for eons now. Three lifetimes in a blogger’s life. Maybe more.

Julia and I have followed each other through some pretty major changes in our lives, and I’m thrilled to have her stop in today to talk about her new book, Saint Sanguinus. Which means, of course, that I asked her the Famed One Question Interview: What song makes you think of your book?

That is easy-peasy.

I wrote the initial draft of SAINT SANGUINUS while listening to the full length ballet score for Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.

The only hard part is choosing one section to share with your readers.

So I’ll have to go with the dark, dramatic tomb sequence from the final act.

Instead of Romeo and Paris fighting in the shadows of Juliet’s tomb, let’s picture a vampire clan surrounding our hero Peredur as he’s tormented by Lord Muirdach and given the choice to join them—or die.

An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath.

Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren. Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns.
Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises that he can reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?




  1. Tara MacQueen

    November 11, 2011 12:19 pm

    On this dark and stormy day I am now hopefully downloading the score before my power gives out to the high winds. 🙂 Great post!

  2. Julia Phillips Smith

    November 11, 2011 3:43 pm

    Susan, thanks for featuring me here at West of Mars. Your decision to take matters into your own hands regarding your writing career has definitely influenced me. Thank you for sharing your experiences with your readers so that we could follow the trails you blazed.

  3. Alice Audrey

    November 13, 2011 12:36 pm

    I knew Julia could write a good story, but this sounds fantastic. Buy link?

  4. Julia Phillips Smith

    November 13, 2011 7:19 pm

    It should be live for purchase in a few days.

  5. Imaginography

    November 14, 2011 5:31 pm

    I love a bit of Prokofiev. Sounds like a great read 🙂

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