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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blog Tour: Damned by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

I'm today's Tour Stop for Damned, the sequel to Crusade. Please welcome Debbie Viguie & Nancy Holder!

Nancy Holder (left) has published sixty books and more than two hundred short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker awards for fiction from the Horror Writers Association, and her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She has written or cowritten twenty Buffy and Angel projects. Her books from Simon Pulse include the New York Times bestselling series Wicked and the novel The Rose Bride. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Nancy is currently a writing teacher at the school. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and their growing assortment of pets. Visit her at

Debbie ViguiÉ (right) holds a degree in creative writing from UC Davis. Her Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels VIOLET EYES, SCARLET MOON and MIDNIGHT PEARLS. She lives in Florida with her husband Scott. Visit her at

Each character in your Crusade Series is so unique with their backgrounds. Do you find it difficult writing different POVs? How do you keep your characters fresh?

Debbie: I love writing different POVs. That's what actually helps keep the story fresh and exciting for me. I have different songs I listen to that I think of as theme songs for the particular characters which helps me to write from their unique perspective.

Nancy: I also love writing different POV’s. I like to let the reader in on information and situations that a single POV character wouldn’t know. That way the reader is in the center of the entire story. They can anticipate what may happen next, in the same way that someone watching a movie whispers “Don’t go into the basement!” as a character does exactly that. I think that the epic nature of a series like Crusade demands that kind of breadth and scope.

I love the world that you have created in this series. How much research went into the setting that your characters live in? Did you find out anything interesting?

Debbie: A lot of research goes into the settings. The thing that amazed me the most was learning about the statue that depicted Lucifer in Madrid, the only such statue dedicated to the fallen angel in the world.

Nancy: I love doing research and I’m a history geek. I agree with Debbie that finding out about the fountain dedicated to Lucifer rocked my world. Today I learned a bunch of cool stuff about Leeds Castle.

For readers who are a little wary with all the vampire books in the market today, what makes this series so different? 

Debbie: First off, the vampires in the series are evil, much more old school. Second, we've worked to develop a very realistic feeling of what it would be like if the world was at war with these creatures. Many readers have told us it frightened them because they could see how easily our governments could bow or topple to such creatures. By bringing a global scale to the war and making it very reminiscent of other world wars I think we bring a sense of horrific realism to the story that people are really responding to.

Nancy: What Debbie said. Our story is about more than vampires. It’s about courage, life-and-death crises, honor, and sacrifice. And it’s as much about werewolves and witches as it is about vampires. We both love to write about witchcraft and magicks.

Who's your favorite character in this series so far and why? If you could pick an actor or actress that resembles that character who would it be?

Debbie: Holgar is my favorite character because he is so strong and so funny. I love how he uses humor to diffuse tense situations. I also love how when things spin out of control that very humor can sometimes get him into trouble. He is an alpha male who is also so tender and so compassionate. My favorite character to write, though, is Jamie. It's a lot of fun to work on his dialogue and see just how obnoxious he can be.

Nancy: I love writing Antonio. He is so kind and sincere, yet so passionate. I would cast the cover model of Damned to play the part. His first name is Sterling, and I know he was in L.A. during pilot season to audition for roles. Good luck, Sterling!

What can readers expect from you and your books next?

Debbie: We're working on the final book in the trilogy, Vanquished. It's going to be a wild ride!! Also, Nancy and I have a new series starting up in a couple of months, Wolf Springs Chronicles. Book 1 is called Unleashed and it deals with werewolves. For myself I have a new book series starting up in October with Kiss of Night, a vampire series aimed at the adult market.

Nancy: Vanquished has completely taken over our lives. We eat, sleep and dream Vanquished! Then once we let go of it (in other words, once our editor pries it out of our hands and tells us it’s going to press) we will turn all that energy into our next Wolf Springs Chronicles book. I have a number of short stories coming out, including a shared world vampire story for IDW. I’m very proud of my contribution to Dear Bully, an anthology of seventy pieces about bullying by seventy young adult authors. Dear Bully will come out in August--the same month as Damned!

Thanks for stopping by ladies!

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More about the book!

Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 544pp
Age Range: Young Adult

There is a fine line between love and sacrifice….

Antonio would do anything for his beloved fighting partner Jenn. He protects her, even suppresses his vampire cravings to be with her. Together, they defend humanity against the Cursed Ones. But tensions threaten to fracture their hunting team and his loyalty—his love—is called into question.

Jenn, the newly appointed Hunter, aches for revenge against the Cursed One who converted her sister. And with an even more sinister power on the rise, she must overcome her personal vendettas to lead her team into battle.

Antonio and Jenn need each other to survive, but evil lurks at every turn. With humanity’s fate hanging in the balance, they must face down the darkness…or die trying.


  1. Awesome post! I look forward to hosting and reviewing Kiss of Night by Debbie now more than before.

  2. Awesome post and great interview! This story souds really interesting and I can't wait to read it!


  3. I loved this book! This story is both heartbreaking and hopeful, engaging and fast paced. I highly recommend picking it up.


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