Immortals exist in Louisiana! And I can prove it.
Exhibit A: This photo, taken on Bourbon Street. We see an innocent bystander in the middle, accosted by what must be a drunken Libation Demoness swilling demon brew on the left—and a mesmerizingly gorgeous vampire on the right, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lothaire the Enemy of Old (or perhaps cover model sensation Paul Marron).
Note that the two beings on the sides are the only ones with changeable eyes. Clearly, the unfortunate guy in the middle is terrified, imitating what we can only surmise is an ancient vampiric “gang signal” in an attempt to placate his captors and escape being drained.
My understanding is that this poor bystander made it off Bourbon Street unscathed physically, but deeply emotionally scarred....
Seriously, though, I’ve often been asked why I chose to set so many of the Immortals After Dark tales in the French Quarter. And on a recent bus tour to promote my latest release, Lothaire, Paul Marron and I were able to snap this picture—which demonstrates exactly why the Quarter is an ideal place for Loreans to hang out.
An immortal truly can blend in with the crowd. Horns? No problem! Full Sorceri regalia?
Would earn a sorceress many, many beads.
Plus, Bourbon Street offers mortals an array of mind-bending cocktails to choose from (some of which would give even Hag a run for her money). After imbibing one Hand Grenade®, a human could behold winged Furies and find nothing amiss (or so I’ve, uh, heard).
Many of the factions—witches, Valkyries, and certain demonarchies—are very sociable creatures; if they were unable to let off steam by bar hopping in the Quarter, well, I can only imagine the havoc they’d wreak in the rest of the mortal world. Therefore, it could be argued that every time romance readers go out on Bourbon Street in costume—with fangs, horns, or pointed ears—acting as a beard for immortals, they’re actually . . . saving lives.
Midnight carousing: The toughest job you’ll ever love.
Soldier on, ladies!
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Kresley Cole is the author of the Immortals After Dark Series, a paranormal romance collection with Simon & Schuster. Look for Lothaire, available now from Gallery Books!
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