Vampires Not Invited

Cheyenne McCray
Vampires Not Invited
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
November 2010
Book 3 of Night Tracker
Action/Adventure Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray sets the night on fire in her blazing-hot Night Tracker series-where the fangs come out when the sun goes down...

Vampire attacks are on the rise in the city that never sleeps. So why is half-human, half-Drow private eye Nyx tracking down Sprites? Sure, these "young bloods" are causing mischief all over town-like painting the Statue of Liberty's toenails neon pink. But it's not until Nyx finds herself at the Pit, Manhattan's hottest nightclub for paranorms, that she understands what she's really up against...

Seems Master Vampire Volod has a plan-and the Sprites are in on it. By targeting the weaknesses of every paranorm in the city, from Elves to Shifters to Zombies, Volod and his fang gang aim to rule the night once and for all. Over Nyx's dead body. She loves a good challenge-and she will seduce danger at every turn to throw Volod off course. It's time for Nyx to enter the beating heart of this dark conspiracy…before driving a stake through it.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Nov 24, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
Vampires Not Invited is non-stop action, dangerous missions, and a whole lot of fun!

Nxy is back and up to her old tricks in this third installment of the Night Tracker series. Vampire attacks are at an all-time high in New York City, and now the Sprites are wreaking havoc as well. What more could go wrong? Well, our half-Human, half-Elf Night Tracker Nyx will soon find out.

This book is a continuation of the Night Tracker series, and while you don't have to read the first two books to understand what's going on, I feel like you would miss out on how well the Night Tracker world is developed. The story builds off of past plots, so it's best to have read all the books. I love this series because I laugh, yell, roll my eyes and get scared, and even sometimes get a bit misty-eyed, and Vampires Not Invited held true to form.

Nyx is such a wonderfully unique character. I love watching her navigate through the New York Underground. The other characters in the book are so fantastic, and we get more glimpses into their personalities in this book as there are more serious events happening that could threaten the entire paranorm world. These added glimpses bring depth and further the development of the story and the Night Tracker world. Of course, I have to mention my favorite character, Olivia. She's Nyx's sassy, tough as nails Human partner. She's been hilarious in the series, and she's true to form in this book as well. Nyx and her boyfriend Adam, the Human NYPD detective, nurture and deepen their relationship in this story, and I enjoyed watching them become more solid. Their interactions are always steamy, and in this book, we got to see a bit more of the feelings that they have developed for each other.

The best part of the book for me had to be the plot. I love how the author takes pieces of previous books and builds on them, bringing about another facet of the overall story. It keeps the other books in your mind, while giving you a whole new set of characters and enemies. The end result just sucks you in, and you find that can't put the book down. There's nothing predictable about the plot, and the surprises kept me on the edge of my seat.

Overall, a wonderfully developed installment of this great series. I can't wait to see what lies ahead for Nyx and the rest of the trackers.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on December 2010
Q: Nyx is such a unique character. How did you come up with the idea for her?

I wanted a strong heroine who had it all together. Someone who was loyal, strong, capable, beautiful, independent, and sexy. As the series developed, her character evolved. I wanted to bring out other qualities that anyone would feel…Fear, emotions, doubt, vulnerabilities and introspection that some of her ideas about the world and people might not be correct.

I thought readers would connect with her better. She had these qualities we all have, but she had the resolve to overcome them and not give in. I thought these were qualities readers would relate to in some area and also respect.

Q: How do you come up with such great secondary characters like Ice (a fellow Night Tracker) and Nadia the Siren?

I try and develop characters that would be complementary to the story and interesting to readers. Complementary does not mean the characters get along. Often times it is the personality conflicts which draw interest to them. If you look at what I write, it is in some respect similar to a real work situation. If it is a team of investigators in real life, you would expect to have the "class clown", the cocky, the serious, the sarcastic personalities. I just try and bring a mix to the story that will create interest and add to it.

Q: Do you know their personalities from the beginning or do they develop as you are writing?

Mostly from my imagination from the beginning. They come to me almost fully formed. I find most of the characters stay true to form in many ways, but some of them often develop depth and complexity. I actually come to like certain characters a great deal . . . and some I don't like. Just like the readers would not like some.

Q: This world of paranorms in present day New York City who come out at night around unsuspecting humans is really fascinating. What research went into creating the Night Tracker World (or the Underworld as you call it)?

I try and research the area where events occur. So if I mention, for example, the Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party in Central park, or a chase down a certain street in Manhattan, or a state park in New Jersey, I will research to make certain it is accurate. Many of the names, such as bar names, are fictional. My paranormal and urban fantasy books require a certain amount of research.

However, it is far less research than some of suspense books I have written, such as the Lexi Steele series. In that series, the police tactics and profession terms have to be accurate… in Urban Fantasy, it is my world, so it can be whatever I make it.

Q: The Great Guardian character is so cloaked in mystery. When do we meet her?

Oh, I can't tell you that . . . But I will say it just might happen.

Q: What is the deal with her anyway?

I guess the mystery I wanted to achieve worked, as you have asked the question. :) You are in good company. Nyx can't figure her out, and the mystery surrounding the Great Guardian, along with her cryptic messages, aggravates her. You'll have to wait and see…especially since the Great Guardian hasn't told me how just yet.

Q: The Werewolf Pack we met in book 2 "No Werewolves Allowed" had some memorable characters in it, especially the alpha, Dmitri. What is their role going to be going forward?

Thank you. I think Dmitri is a good character, but I can't give it away. However I will give you a hint . . . ZOMBIES SOLD SEPARATELY.

Q: Olivia DeSantos, Nyx's best friend and partner in the paranormal investigations firm, is one of my favorite characters in the series.

Thanks! She is one of my very favorite characters in all of my writings. Sometimes I write her humor in there, and I go back and read that and think, "Wow, did I write that?" It is often different than what I would say. It is almost like that is a part of me that thinks like how Olivia would, but she also says things I would never think to say.

Q: Where did the idea for Olivia come from?

I just wanted to have a fun partner for Nyx. She continues to evolve. There is always someone you can think of in your life that lightens the mood for everyone. That makes everything fun. I wanted those types of characters. Like many of my other characters, she has continued to evolve, though the core of who she is doesn't change. If you like her now, I think you will like her even more in the next few books in the series.

Q: Why was she perfect for Nyx as a partner in their work?

She brings a balance to Nyx. Nyx can be focused and serious. Olivia brings out the fun in Nyx which might not come out with someone who's intense and serious all the time. She also knows how to get serious when needed. She is loyal to a fault and even caring . . . she just tries not to show her caring nature. Nyx needs someone who she can totally trust and Olivia is that.

Q: Nyx has two hunky men (NYPD Detective Adam Boyd, and Rodán, her Night Tracker boss) in her life. Who is easier to write—Adam Boyd or Rodán?

Adam probably.

Q: Why do you say so?

Rodán is more complex. It is easier to write a character like Adam that is more conventional and someone all readers will relate to. Rodán is not conventional. I want readers to like him, but some of his ways may not be embraced by all. But I guess that is true of real life.

Q: Please give us a unique or fun behind the scenes experience or fact from when you were writing VAMPIRES NOT INVITED.

Well, VAMPIRES NOT INVITED was the first book I have written where I outlined the book before I wrote it. I tended to be a seat of the pants writer and thought outlining would take away from that. I found that planning and coming up with the framework allowed me to be more efficient in my writing while allowing change and creativity as I went. I have used that same technique in ZOMBIES SOLD SEPARATELY and in the book I am writing now, VAMPIRES DEAD AHEAD.

Q: What information can you give us about Nyx that we don't already know that can help us understand her a bit better?

She knows she can't do it all. It is okay to be vulnerable and like many women, she desires a strong man who completes her.

Q: Nyx has made it very clear that she is not fond of vampires. Why is this so?

Nyx is all about helping others. She is willing to give it all up to safeguard those who need her help. She sees Vampires as totally selfish. They are like leeches, sustaining themselves from the lives of others. They take from someone else that which is not theirs to take. It would be one thing if humans gave it up to Vampires, but Vampires attack and take it from humans. To be complete, a Vampire must take the lives of others, ruining not only their lives but those of their loved ones as well.

Q: We had a small bit of insight into Nyx's life before she came to New York in the previous books (including her hilarious parents). What in Nyx's background influenced her to be the person that she is now?

She was raised in a male-dominated society. Her mother was human and instilled in her that it was okay to be independent. Her mother was respected a great deal by her father, the King of the Dark Elves. He allowed her to be independent as well and actually enjoyed Nyx besting men in some of the formerly male-only competitions growing up.

That led to her being polarized from others as she had few friends, but it also allowed her to be and do what she thought was best for her and those around her. She does not go for the most popular view, but instead, she holds to her convictions. That background allowed her to be self assured, independent, accepting of others different than her and loyal. She also didn't have friends growing up, but that lack of friendship caused her to be loyal to others as a friend when she moved to New York. Something she missed growing up.

Q: There seems to be a lot of strife between the different classes of paranorms. In book 3 (VAMPIRES NOT INVITED), we see how that caused some trouble for the paranorm world. Nyx also came to some conclusions about herself. How will those revelations affect the tone of future books?

Nyx develops more tolerance for others and has more resolve to right wrongs in the world.

Q: What is next for Nyx and the gang? Please give us a sneak peak.

I am very excited about ZOMBIES SOLD SEPARATELY out in June 2011 followed by VAMPIRES DEAD AHEAD Fall 2011.

Nyx and the other Night Trackers go up against Zombies in ZOMBIES SOLD SEPARATELY. An evil and very powerful Sorcerer desires to find a replacement world for his own dying world. He comes to Earth with a plan he has executed successfully in another world to take over its people. It is a book full of imaginative magic and unique fun characters.

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