March 23, 2012

Book Tour: The First Series by Dawne Dominique

In this stop, I'm lucky enough to interview on of the main characters in the series! But first, let me tell you a little about the series itself... 

Eden's Hell, I: The First

In the beginning…

God created man and called him Adam, a fine specimen replicated in his own image. He then created woman to ease Adam’s loneliness and named her Lillith. Unfortunately, God realized his mistake too late in giving woman free will, for she would rule her domain—not man.

When Lillith left Adam, God created another for his first-born son and gave her the name Eve and a kingdom called Eden, but by then it was too late, for he’d unleashed Hell into the world of man.

Dark Diary, II: The First

Daniella Rolfe, a seven-century old First vampire is unwittingly drawn together with a City of Winnipeg detective, who happens to be investigating a string of some rather bizarre serial murders. It doesn’t take long for her to discover that this mere mortal man holds more power over her than any she's ever known.

And Aiden…he's only dreamed about women like Daniella.

Blood battles and broken vows are just the beginning of Daniella Rolfe’s woes.

Kindred Blood, III: The First

There is nothing thicker—or stronger—than kindred blood.

Being married in Scotland sounds like the perfect romantic getaway, doesn't it? For Daniella Rolfe and Aiden Blackmore, the nightmare they'd left behind was just the beginning.  When Aiden is kidnapped, Daniella will go to any lengths to ensure he's brought safely back to her, no matter the amount of blood to be shed. Together with Spencer Dalton, a private investigator she hired to help find Aiden, they begin to unravel more than they bargained for.

Broken vows are the least of Daniella's worries now.

And now, on to the interview. You're in for a real treat today. I've been given the rare opportunity of interviewing Daniella Rolfe, a curator of sorts of antiques, and one of the main characters in Dawné Dominique's The First series. Daniella rarely gives interviews, and I'm very excited to be given this opportunity. So, without further adieu, let me introduce Ms. Rolfe.

Q:  Ms. Rolfe--

A:  Call me Daniella.

Q:  Daniella. Thank you for granting me this interview.

A:  I didn't. Aiden thought it would be a good idea.

Q:  I'll have to thank him. May I ask why you don't like being interviewed?

A:  I tend to keep you mortals at a distance. My blood cycle is approaching--

Q:  Blood cycle?

A:  I am not like my vampire kin who need to feed every night. I must digest blood once a month and within three days. It is a little like a menstrual cycle, only backwards.

Q:  That's different. What happens if you don't feed within three days?

A:  Hope that you and I never meet. The hunger takes over and the blood madness follows. People die. Over the centuries, I've developed staunch habits to ensure I feed in a timely fashion.

Q:  Centuries? How old are you?

A:  You do know it's impolite to ask a woman her age, don't you?

Q:  Yes, but you're no ordinary woman.

A:  Touché. I gave up counting the years long ago, but there had been a time I thought I was about seven centuries old. Things have transpired recently, and I've discovered I'm far older.

Q:  How much older?

A:  How about we leave it at seven centuries for now.

Q:  Absolutely. I didn't mean to offend. Let's talk about Aiden.

A:  My favorite subject.

Q:  You and Aiden met in a small prairie city in Canada, correct?

A:  Yes, a quaint city, and one we hope to return to soon and live out the rest of our days.

Q:  How did you and Aiden actually meet?

A: My penthouse was broken into by petty thieves. Aiden had been assigned the task of investigating the crime, but unbeknownst to me, he was also working on another case at the time. A serial killer was loose on the streets of Winnipeg killing off my monthly lovers, excuse me, monthly fodder. He was the lead detective searching for the murderer.

Q: Damn, that's horrid!

A: Sometimes, in the realm of horror, good can come from it.

Q:  Good analogy. You two hit it off pretty good, eh?

A:  I see there's some Canadian in you.

Q:  Excuse me? Oh, the “eh”.  I rarely use it, I swear.

A: To answer your question, I fell in love with Aiden the moment I first saw him, though I fought against it with every ounce of my essence. A man of authority is dangerous to creatures such as I, and love? What did I know of such a mortal emotion? He awakened something dormant inside me and brought out my humanness.

Q:  But you're a vampire.

A: I am half vampire, half human. I was born a blood drinker.

Q:  Whoa! What? Aren't vampires usually turned?

A:  We call it “the veiling” and yes, vampires come into existence through the interlacing of blood. They are my kin, but I am nothing like them, except for the unrelenting thirst that comes once a month. I had once thought I was the last of my kind, but there is one more. My father, Sanehet.

Q:  So, your mother was human and your father a vampire?

A:  He was an Egyptian demi-god.

Q:  You've got to be kidding?

A:  I never kid.

Q:  Then that means vampires have been around for -

A:  Since the beginning of man.

Q: You're joking?

A: I don't joke, either. Aiden is the comedic relief.

Q:  You mean to tell me that vampires have walked this earth since the days of Adam and Eve?

A: To learn the truth of that, I suggest you speak with Addison Eden. And it was Adam and Lillith, not Eve.

Q:  Who's Lillith?

A:  Adam's first wife.

Q: Holy crap! I learn something new every day.

A: There is a lot you mortals don't know. Your bibles are storybooks, recounts of events written and rewritten so many times that no one knows what is fact or fiction anymore, like the Alluminatae, which some profess to be a vampire's bible. As an author, you yourself know that one person's rendition of something is entirely different from another.

Q:  True, but religion... Wait a minute. A vampire's bible?

A:  You repeat yourself a lot, don't you?

Q:  Only when I'm shocked. Vampires have a bible?

A:  Everyone is entitled to believe what he or she wishes. I am not that naïve. What god would create creatures such as us?

Q:  True. No one believed in vampires.

A:  Or vilkacis.

Q: What a vil-ka-size?

A: Wolf.

Q: You mean like in werewolf?

A:  Why are you surprised? You're interviewing a vampire, and not just any vampire, but a First.

Q:  Yes, but...  Why do you call yourself The First?

A:  Because I am from the first bloodline.

Q:  Wow. That's so cool.

A:  There is nothing cool about what I am. I am a blood drinker, a huntress, and every month I must feed from one of you. I take someone of bigger stature to ensure I replace all the blood in my system. In this way, my fodder is not in danger of being drained to death. I take what I must, and my magic ensures they remember nothing of the incident.

Q: In other words, you don't kill.

A:  Not necessarily. Some souls do not have a place here on earth.

Q:  So, you play God?

A:  I would suggest you ask him yourself.

Q:  *gulp* Well, look at the time.

A:  Yes, it is getting rather late, almost midnight, and I must sleep.

Q:  Oh, that's right. You sleep at night, unlike the other vamps that have to sleep during the day.

A:  I am a day dweller, for now, but things can always change.

Q:  What do you mean?

A: To answer that you will have to read The First series.

Q:  Oh, now that's clever.

A:  I thought so.

Q: Well, Daniella, it's been an absolute pleasure, and I hope we have this opportunity again.

A:  Only time will tell.


  1. Ron, I love this interview. I hadn't heard of this series but I'm definitely going to check them out. Hope all is well in your world.


  2. Thanks so much for dropping by, Kristin. The First series is a little different from the other vampire books. I hope you have an opportunity to check them out.

    (((hugs))) and smiles,

  3. Thanks, Kristin and Dawné!

    The First series does sound super original, and I like Daniella's voice so much, too!