Title: Blood And Guitars
Book # or Vol # 1
Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.
Age: 23, but technically I haven’t aged since I became a vampire at 19.
Nationality: My father was Caucasian and my mother was Egyptian.
City or town of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Currently lives: Clearwater, Florida
Hair color: Black
Hairstyle: I wear it long and straight, or in big waves
Eye color: Green (Trey says they are the color of old-fashioned 7-Up Bottles.)
Personality: I’m a bit of a recluse. It just comes with the vampire territory. Maybe it’s partly because I’m an artist. I’m an observer. I’ve always been more into watching things unfold around me than jumping right into the middle of them. My OCD kicks in when I’m at work, whether it’s organizing my paints, mixing up a fresh batch of varnish, or arranging the way my work is displayed on the walls at my gallery. I don’t have a lot of friends, but being with Trey has taught me to open up a little. I’ve adopted the rest of the guys in the band as brothers They’re sort of stuck with me now whether they want me or not.
Likes: I love rain, which is convenient when you live in Florida. I also love Root beer (there’s just something nostalgic about it.) I love painting, and not just because my livelihood depends on it. Painting is therapeutic. I also apparently have a thing for guys who play guitar.
Fears/phobias: I have a fear of death. I know most people probably do, but I think being immortal was the biggest thing that attracted me to being a vampire. There’s just something about the idea of not existing on this earth anymore that totally freaks me out.
Favorite color: Red.
Hobbies: Painting, hanging out at the local vampire hot spot called Club Sanguin, giving my best friend Mark a hard time, and more recently, sketching Trey while he works in the recording studio and beating all of the guys in the band at Guitar Hero.
Talents/skills: Let’s talk vampire skills, since that’s more interesting. My moon-given talent is to be able to block my thoughts from the prying minds of other vampires. I’m able to ask for other abilities at each new full-moon cycle, but this is the one skill I have with me any time the moon is out. I’m also super fast, strong, and a bit on the sarcastic side.
City or town of birth: I was born in Clearwater Florida, and I still live there today.
Height: 6’ 0”
Figure/build: Slim, Athletic
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Light Blue
Tattoos: I have a tattoo of the band’s name and logo, Catalyst, on my chest on the right side.
Personality: I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t fall easily, but when I have someone that I love, I want to spoil them and give them my heart completely. Living like that opens you up to getting hurt, but the rewards are worth the risk. I like to think I’m spontaneous. I’m pretty laid back and easy going, except for when it comes to my music and the band. I feel responsible for every note and every word I write in a song. I’m a bit of a control freak in that sense, so I like to be involved in the details in as much of the creative process as I can, from the moment we start writing new songs for a record, right down to designing the stage we use.
Likes: I like dogs. Cats make me sneeze. (Sorry cat lovers.) I like the ocean. I used to spend a lot of time surfing, but the band takes up most of my spare time these days. I like writing songs and being on stage. There’s just something about being able to tell a story with my guitar and my voice. I’m completely addicted to every aspect of my job. I’m the luckiest guy in the world that way. I love Legos. I’m like a 10-year-old. I even have a working guitar a fan made me out of Legos. It’s the coolest thing ever.
Dislikes: Fake people. Tabloids. Paparazzi that hide in my bushes in my front yard. (You know who you are.)
Fears/phobias: I used to worry that I was never going to find someone who could deal with my crazy life and my career choice. Aurora has changed all that for me…. Oh, Spiders! I don’t do spiders. They are pure evil.
Hobbies: Music, pretending that I know how to paint with Aurora, playing with my miniature pinscher Cowboy, hanging out with my bandmates.
Taste in music: I play rock, so I tend to listen to rock. I’m a big fan of Mayday Parade, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, The All-American Rejects, and a bunch of other bands like that. I also love some of the classic bands like Kansas, The Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. My iPod has a weird combination of bands on it.
Disliked food: Sushi. I just don’t get it. I really don’t.
House/home: My house is huge. Too big, really. I went a little overboard when I was house shopping. Aurora calls it the mansion. I wish I could say that is an exaggeration. The pool is the best part, though. I did it all for the pool.
Current job title and description: Leader singer and rhythm guitarist in Catalyst.
Top 10 – Book Crushes Heather Jensen
1 – Trey Decker (Blood And Guitars series) It wouldn’t make much sense if he wasn’t at the top of my list, right?
2- Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries) I read these books long before they made the TV show, but I have to say, I like the TV Damon better than the book Damon. (Oh no she didn’t!)
3- Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games) What can I say? I know everyone loves Peeta, and he’s great, but I like a guy who’s willing to jump the fence and hunt for his own food. Just how my daddy raised me.
4- Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy) I’m just going to say how much I love Dimitri without ruining for anyone who hasn’t read the books yet. (Why haven’t you, exactly?) Dimitri is the ultimate forbidden love.
5- Christian Ozera (Vampire Academy) I know, I know, another VA guy, but Christian is great, and his wit and sarcasm are hilarious. He’s staying on the list.
6- James Stark (House of Night) There is a definite vampire theme going on here, but just stay with me. Stark is handsome and still manages to be a bit of a bad boy without being a total jerk. Again, I might have a thing for guys who can hunt, and the fact that he’s a perfect dead-on shot each time with that bow of his? Hot.
7- Jack Swift (Heir Series) Fantasy, but not so much Paranormal here with this one. Jack is a great guy caught in a love triangle while he tries to come to terms with learning that he’s a Warrior Heir. Wizards, enchanters and magic. ‘Nuff said.
8- Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire) My vampire obsession may or may not have started with Louis. I saw the film adaptation before I read the book, but the book is amazing. Plus, imagining him as Brad Pitt as I read didn’t hurt. He’s the original brooding vampire with a conscience. How could that not make the list?
9- Zane Cobriana (The Kiesha’ra Series) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is one of my favorite authors, and this series is part of the reason for that. It starts with Hawksong, but you get more about Zane in the second book, Snakecharm. These are shape shifters, people, but not like you imagine. Zane is a Cobra. Everything about these shape shifters is unique, and Zane is just icing on the cake. (My only son’s name is Zane. Need I say more?)
10- Ian O’Shea (The Host) Ian is described as being tall, muscular, with black hair and sapphire blue eyes. He loves Wanda for her personality in the story, and is so desperate to be with her that he helps find her a new body in the end to do it. He definitely deserves a spot on this list.