Friday, June 7, 2013

VBT - Interview and Giveaway - Vampire Elite

Who would you most like to be stranding on a desert island with? Least? Why?

MOST LIKE: Willie Nelson – my husband is a news junkie and could not survive without his Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Fox News, History Channel, Local NBC and CBS, he would be miserable…plus, he couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.

Willie, on the other hand, could sing to me everyday and smoke marijuana with no fear of being arrested

LEAST LIKE – Barack Hussein Obama because he is leading our county to destruction..Jo-An

My son with his computer games. It is a disaster. I think he will never out grow them…

My son, without his computer games..Irina

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

Atlas Shrugged..Jo-An

Master and Margarita, by Bulgakov (my unconditional favorite)..Irina

If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?

 Salads- There are hundreds of varieties…Jo-An

No way that I could eat only one food, I would be dead in a month from starvation. I need variety in my life..Irina
If you were a shifter, what animal would you like to be?

White Siberian Tiger..Jo-An

A cat..Irina

Favorite season? Why?

Spring – warm , colorful and a prelude to summer …I HATE BEING COLD!…Jo-An

It depends where. In Russia it is summer, in the US—winter because the summers in California are too hot..Irina

 Best movie ever made?

Best in Show or Harold and Maude….they both rank right up at the top..Jo-An

There are so many it is impossible to name. OK, let it be Gone with the Wind..Irina 


Irina Argo


Can the ultimate choice be made if saving your race means destroying the one you love?
At the beginning of the twenty-first century of our era a millennia long war between two immortal races was coming to an end. The Vampire Elite, the strongest among vampires, forced the race of immortal beings, the Amiti to become their blood suppliers, called bloodstock, locking them in their underground cells and treating them like livestock. The surviving free Amiti make a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of Amiti is proclaimed a traitor and is executed. Her death signifies the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna who becomes the last hope of her dying race. Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. They both are captured into a trap of love where they had to make an ultimate choice; to kill the loved one or to let their races die.
Vampire Elite is the epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.
Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

As the auctioneer spoke, two Sekhmi in eveningwear—a male carrying an elegant dagger and a female a silver tray covered with glass vials—approached the Amiti girl.

“She’s barely eighteen, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a good three years younger than the youngest bloodstock you’ll usually come across. Look at her; she’s stunning, simply stunning, and as you can see, we’ve kept her well conditioned, in excellent health.”

The auctioneer paused as the male Hunter grasped the Amiti’s hand and held it above the tray. The girl showed no resistance, her only display of anxiety the butterfly fluttering of her thick eyelashes. He raised his other hand, and the dagger flashed in the light as with a swift motion he slit the Amiti’s palm. The dark, intoxicating scent of fresh blood filled the room as it poured into the vials.

Simone’s gums began to itch and burn, and she covered her mouth with her hand so no one would see her fangs punching down. It was considered terribly rude to expose one’s fangs in public, even among other vampires. But she needn’t have worried; everyone’s attention was riveted to the stage and the blood flowing from the girl’s wound. The room vibrated with bloodlust and sexual arousal.

The female Sekhmi approached Simone’s table, offering the Royal Pride the first of the blood samples. Knowing that all eyes were on her, Simone forced herself not to hesitate and took a small sip—and was immediately flooded with euphoria.

“For this magnificent specimen, we open the bidding at ten million U.S. dollars,” announced the auctioneer.


Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An Torres.

Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.

Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers.  Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.



  1. This is a fun interview. You would have to choose carefully who you would want to be stranded with.


  2. Love the interview, thank you. I also love Gone With The Wind, wonderful movie.


  3. Like the back-and-forth in the interview!


  4. Sounds awesome thank you for sharing with us .