1. Are your anthologies
Argeneau Book & Reading Order
1. First books published
out of order, why?
2. Reading order of Argeneaus,
what is it and do they have to be read in order?
3. Anders' story?
4. Chris Keyes (C.K.)...
will he ever get his own story?
5. Christian Notte's story?
6. Dante & Tomasso,
Marcus, Neil, Stephano... will they ever get
7. Argenis, who is she?
8. G.G.'s story?
9. Jean Claude, will we
ever hear more about him?
10. Jeanne Louise's story?
11. Julianna and Victoria,
Martine's twin girls - Any plans for them?
12. Justin Bricker's story?
13. Leigh's baby, what
14. Martine, will we get
to know her better?
15. Roberto Conti Notte,
what is Roberto’s relationship to the
16. Teddy Brunswick, the
police chief from Port Henry?
17. Revisiting characters
that have already found a lifemate?
18. Argeneau, what is
the origin of the name?
19. Many of your characters
are Canadian, why?
Argeneau General Qs
20. Family tree, why
are some characters missing from it?
21. How did you start
writing about Vampires?
22. Argeneau series are
not just romance stories.
23. Pronunciation of Argeneau,
Etienne, Bastien and Lucern?
24. Rogue Hunter series
vs Argeneau series, are they different?
25. Why haven't the Argeneaus
been made into a movie / t.v. series yet?
26. Are e-book formats
available for the Argeneau books?
27. Can you tell me what
Argeneau books were published in hardcover?
Argeneau Immortal Biology
28. Why my immortals
are not the classic, living-undead vampires?
29. Why don't nanos keep
immortal kids from maturing?
30. Can nanos fix genetic
1. Will you do a sequel
to The Loving Daylights?
2. What were the names
of the other stories in the B.L.I.S.S. series?
1. Madison series, when
will Lisa's story be coming out?
2. Lady Helen and Rolfe,
will they get a story?
3. Rolfe, what stories
did he appear in?
4. Robert (Lord Ramsey's
friend) from The Reluctant Reformer, Osgoode
from The Brat, Reginald from Love Is Blind...
will you write a story on any of them?
5. Will you do another
1. Why do your characters
seem so real?
2. Your stories are usually
pretty light… why don’t you write
3. Why don’t you put
more sex in your stories?
4. How do you come up with
ideas for some of your titles?
5. Are e-book formats available
for your books?
6. My book is falling apart/missing
pages. What should I do?
1. Do you map out your stories
or do you just let them come to you?
2. Do you get writer's block
and if so, what do you do about it?
3. I want to write a book,
how do I go about it?
4. What advice can you give
a writer that is stuck on a story?
5. I want to be a writer,
should I try for an agent first, or try to get
6. Do you have any advice
for aspiring writers?
1. Signed photographs, can
you send me one?
2. Do you donate to charities?
3. Do you send out signed
bookplates, signatures, autographed photographs
4. Will you sign books that
get sent in?
5. When's your next book signing?
1. What happens to story
ideas sent in by readers?
2. Will you read my story?
3. Do you accept manuscripts?
1. Lynsay read any of the fan
Are your anthologies a series? That is, are the stories
in the anthologies The
Eternal Highlander, Highland
Thirst and The
Immortal Highlander related?
A. My stories in the series stand alone, but the
hero in the latest, Highland Thirst, is about
the son of the couple, Eva and Connall, from The
Eternal Highlander so you may want to read The
Eternal Highlander first. However, I don’t
think it’s absolutely necessary. Both stories
stand-alone. And the story in The Immortal Highlander
has nothing to do with the people in the other two
except that he belongs to that clan. I try to make
mine self-explanatory and stand-alone so that anyone
who hasn't read the others won't be confused.
Argeneau Book / Publishing
Q. First books
published out of order, why?
A. They were published out of order. When I wrote
the proposal for the series it started with Lissianna's
story, then Etienne's story, then Lucern's, then Bastien's.
However, Dorchester, my publisher for the first three
books, could only purchase three books at the time
and chose the brothers. It was their choice to take
the brothers and not the sister and their choice to
publish them out of order. Now the series is at Avon
and Lissianna was the first they published. From now
on the stories will be in order.
Q. Reading order
of Argeneaus, what is it and do they have to be read
A. I try to write all of them to stand-alone but
some stories, especially the most recent stories bring
in A LOT of characters from past stories. It may be
difficult for someone who hasn't met them before to
keep them all straight. I don't think you HAVE to,
but it might be better if you read a couple of the
other stories first.
The reading order is:
#1 A Quick Bite (Lissianna’s story) - November 2005
#2 Love Bites
(Etienne’s story) - January 2004
#3 Single White Vampire (Lucern’s story) - September 2003
#4 Tall, Dark & Hungry (Bastien’s story) - July 2004
#5 A Bite To Remember (Vincent’s story) - July 2006
#6 Bite Me If You Can (Lucian’s story) - February 2007
#7 The Accidental Vampire (Victor’s story) - January 2008
#8 Vampires Are Forever (Thomas’s story) - February 2008
#9 Vampire, Interrupted (Marguerite’s story) - March 2008
#10 The Rogue Hunter (Garret Mortimer’s story) - September 30 2008
#11 The Immortal Hunter (Decker Argeneau Pimms’ story) - March 31 2009
#12 The Renegade Hunter (Nicholas Argeneau) - October 2009
#13 Born To Bite (Armand’s story) - September 2010
Anthology Bitten By Cupid (Tiny’s story) - January 2010
#14 Hungry For You (Alex Willan’s story) - December 2010
#15 The Reluctant Vampire (Harper Stoyan’s story) - June 2011
#16 Under A Vampire Moon (Christian’s story) - May 2012
#17 Lady Is A Vamp (Jeanne Louise’s story) - August 2012
#18 Immortal Ever After (Anders's story) - March 2013
Anthology The Bite Before Christmas (Teddy Brunswick's) - November 2011
#19 One Lucky Vampire (Stephano Notte) - October 2013
#20 Vampire Most Wanted (Marcus Notte & Basha) - March 2014
#21 The Immortal Who Loved Me (Basil Argeneau & Sherry) - March 2015
#22 About A Vampire (Justin Bricker & Holly) - October 2015
#23 Runaway Vampire (Dante Notte & Mary) - March 2016
#24 Immortal Nights (Tomasso Notte & Abigail) - Sept 20, 2016
#25 Immortal Unchained (Domitian Argenis & Sarita) - Mar 28, 2017
#26 Immortally Yours (Scotty & Beth Argenis) - Sept 26, 2017
#27 Twice Bitten (Elspeth & Wyatt) - Mar 27, 2018
#28 Vampires Like It Hot (Raffaele & Jess) - Sept 18, 2018
#29 The Trouble With Vampires (Santo & Pet) - April 30, 2019
Printable version of the Argeneau Reading Order
Book cover version of the Argeneau Reading Order
Q. Anders's story?
A. Anders finally got his story and it's called Immortal Ever After. It was released in North America on February 26th, 2013. I quite enjoy this cover!
Q. Chris Keyes
(C.K.)... will he ever get his own story?
A. Chris will likely never have his own story. He's
based on a real person, my editor at my previous publisher,
Dorchester Publishing, and the real CK just hasn't
found his life mate yet.
A. Christian's story called Under A Vampire Moon is scheduled to come out April 24, 2012. So far this is my favourite Argeneau story to date. <G>
Q. Dante &
Tomasso, Marcus, Neil, Stephano... will they ever get
A. While I'm sure they will all get stories, I can't
guarantee it just now or tell you when. It all depends
on whether readers keep wanting them and publishers
keep publishing them. I do have ideas, but we will
have to see if they make it to print.
Q. Drina Argenis,
who is she?
A. The latest lady appearing in The Reluctant Vampire
is a female enforcer from Europe, Drina Argenis. She's
also a European relative to the Argeneaus, hence the
name Argenis (basically the spanish variation of it.)
Other than that m'dear, you will just have to wait
to read the story... <WG>.
Q. G.G.'s story?
A. G.G. or the Green Giant is a hoot, isn't he?
I do have plans for him, but can't yet say when they'll
come to fruition. He hasn't fully formed and come
knocking yet. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Jean Claude, will we ever hear more about him?
A. I doubt I'll go into too much more detail concerning
Jean Claude. A lot has already been explained about
his character in A
Quick Bite and Vampire,
Interrupted and how he affected Thomas, Lissianna
A. Jean Louise's story called The Lady Is A Vamp came out July 24, 2012.
and Victoria, Martine's twin girls - Any plans for them?
A. Julianna and Victoria are really young yet and
I have no plans on finding them lifemates anytime
soon but they may appear as secondary characters in
A. Justin will eventually get his story but not
quite yet. You will have to wait for his but in the
meantime he will be the comic relief. Besides he’s
pretty young yet and still enjoying life and all the
liberties that immortality has brought him. He can
handle a little wait.
baby, what happened?
A. Leigh lost her first baby because of a genetic
problem, which nanos will not fix. Never fear though,
she is pregnant again and this one will take. You can read what happens in Immortal Ever After.
will we get to know her better?
A. The reason she's been such a minor character
is because she's never spoken much and thus hasn't
been forefront. Also Martine has a different family
dynamic with her kids because many of them have moved
Conti Notte, what is Roberto’s relationship to
the Notte family?
A. Roberto Conti Notte was the lifemate of and married
to one of Julius's sisters, Rosa. He gave up his own
family, his name, and his mortal life to be with Rosa
and become a Notte. By the time Rosa died Roberto
had been a member of the Notte family for centuries.
The Nottes are the only family he knows now and he
was--and is still--considered a member of their family
despite the death of his wife. Roberto is considered
a brother to Julius and his other sisters even though,
biologically, he isn't.
Roberto and Rosa had kids while she lived, they
are half-siblings to his son, Neil, with Elaine and
as far as they are concerned to Stephano as well (though
he would disagree, but that's part of his story).
Stephano was welcomed as a Notte the moment Elaine
joined the family. She is now considered a Notte and
even if Roberto died, would remain a part of the family.
After a hundred years, they will probably think of
her as a sister even though she biologically isn't.
It's a function of the length of their lives and their
relatively small numbers compared to the rest of humanity.
But it's also a necessity amongst immortals. If they
didn't think and act this way (for instance if they’d
kicked Roberto to the curb when Rosa died) they would
be raising the risk of those abandoned immortals becoming
Anyway, Roberto is still considered a brother to
Julius, and his second life mate and any children
gained through her have been embraced by the Nottes
and are considered a part of the clan.
Q. Teddy Brunswick,
the police chief from Port Henry?
A. Teddy Brunswick's story called The Gift was
published in the anthology The Bite Before Christmas on October 25, 2011 and reissued in paperback on October 30, 2012.
characters that have already found a lifemate?
A. Many will reappear in future stories as a secondary
character and you will hear about important events
in their lives but I will not be writing another story
with someone who’s already found their lifemate
as a main character. There are just too many stories
to write for me to revisit individuals that have already
found life mates.
what is the origin of the name?
A. I came up with the Argeneau name from argentum,
which is Latin for silver. In early times people were
named for notable attributes (i.e. strength, blonde
hair, etc.) and as the Argeneaus all have silvered
blue eyes I decided their name would be based on this.
They have had various versions of the name over time
such as Argent, Argentis, Argento, and Argeneau depending
on the time period and where they were living. I decided
on the French version for the modern day family.
Q. Many of
your character are Canadian, why?
A. I am Canadian and I know Canada. I write about
locations that I have at least visited, as I need
to have some knowledge about the area before I can
describe it. I also lived in England for two years
after meeting my husband who is British and visited
other European countries which is where I got the
research for the stories based in Europe.
tree, why are some characters missing from it?
A. I will not put new characters in the family tree
until after the book is released and even then updates
to the tree may take some time.
Q. How did
you start writing about Vampires?
A. The idea came while MSNing with some writer friends.
One of them suggested doing a vampire anthology, with
each of us doing our own take. With my track record
in romantic comedy, I said if we did that, my character
would probably faint at the sight of blood or something.
I then threw out various other ideas. The anthology
never came to pass, but the ideas lingered in my mind,
taunting me until I sat down to start writing the
series and the Argeneaus were born.
series are not just romance stories.
A. Because that would be boring . . . at least for
me it would.
I actually get a lot of readers who cross over from
other genres. There are fantasy, horror and science
fiction readers who all seem to like my books. I've
also been pleasantly surprised by the number of men
who read them and I sometimes wonder if my publisher
would be better describing my books as something other
than romances and then perhaps a wider audience would
try reading them.
of Argeneau, Etienne, Bastien and Lucern?
A. Argeneau is Ar-zsa(as in Zsa Zsa Gabor, the actress)-no.
Etienne is spoken as Et-ee-en.
Bastien is Bass-chen
Lucern is Loose-urn
Q. Rogue Hunter
series vs Argeneau series, are they different?
A. The Rogue Hunter and Argeneaus are all one series,
but my publisher changed them to the Rogue Hunter
series as an overall title because neither Sam nor
Mortimer were Argeneaus. Shrug. I'm sure when I start
writing about the Nottes, they'll call it the Notte
series but again it will still be all one series.
Q. Why haven't
the Argeneaus been made into a movie / t.v. series yet?
A. Authors don't really have any say in whether
their books get turned into movies. It's actually
Hollywood and others in the movie industry who make
the decision about which books to use. And while I'd
love to see some of my characters on the big screen
(played by the right actors and actresses of course)
I haven't yet been approached by anyone making any
suggestions that they would like to film my books.
Q. Are e-book
formats available for the Argeneau books?
A. Yes. They are available for iPad, Kindle, the
Nook, Kobo, Sony e-books.
Q. Can you
tell me what Argeneau books were published in hardcover?
A. Both Rhapsody and Double Day Book Clubs have
published some Argeneaus in hardcover format.
Day Book Club
Why my immortals are not the classic, living-undead
A. I couldn't do the dead soulless
version as a hero, so had to come up with an alternate
source for them. I looked around at what was possible,
picked nanos and went from there. Nanos that could
be used to repair injury, fight illness, and would
repair damage caused by age or sunlight using blood
as a propellant and to make the repairs. I wanted
my vamps older though and so Atlantis came into play
since it's legendary for being advanced technologically.
So I combined it all and then added that when Atlantis
fell, the nanos evolved it's hosts to have fangs and
be stronger and faster to be better predators and
get the extra blood they needed (nanos use more blood
than a mortal body can produce to do their work).
They also gave them better night vision so that they
could avoid sunlight, which caused damage and led
to more needed repairs. It all just kind of came together
for me. I guess that old saying that "necessity
is the mother of invention" is true. I needed
a different source for my vampires to be able to write
them with any sort of believability for me, and that
necessity led to the Argeneaus.
Q. Why don't
nanos keep immortal kids from maturing?
A. The job of nanos is to keep the host at their
peak condition, not to prevent their maturing so while
the nanos will repair and rejuvenate immortals who
are turned at a later age, repairing the damage caused
by sun and environment and the simple passage of time,
it will not prevent an immortal child from aging until
they reach their peak in their mid-twenties to early
Q. Can nanos
fix genetic problems?
A. Nanos do not fix genetic anomalies because they
don't recognize a genetic issue as being something
that needs repairing which is why Victor and Vincent
both have to feed directly from donors as opposed
to bagged blood . . . because it's a genetic anomaly
that they have, not something needing repair.
you do a sequel to The
A. I’m considering it though there’s
nothing definite yet.
Q. What were the names of the other stories in the B.L.I.S.S.
A. Two other authors published 'spy' stories under
the B.L.I.S.S. series. One was Nina
Bangs (From Boardwalk With Love) and
the other was Lisa
Cach (Dr.Yes). All of our main characters
worked for the same agency, B.L.I.S.S., but that's
where the similarity ends. Our stories aren't based
on one another.
series, when will Lisa's story be coming out?
A. Lisa's story called The Husband Hunt is scheduled to be released on February 28,
2012. Sorry about the wait but unfortunately, as authors,
we have little say in the release dates.
Lady Helen and Rolfe, will they get a story?
A. Though I don't have any immediate plans to write
a continuation to The
Chase, I have thought about revisiting some of
the secondary characters from my older historicals.
So maybe is the best answer I can give at this point.
what stories did he appear in?
A. Rolfe appears in The
Key and The
Chase, which is Seonaid's story (Duncan's sister
(Lord Ramsey's friend) from The
Reluctant Reformer, Osgoode from The
Brat, Reginald from Love
Is Blind... will you write a story on any of them?
A. I have been thinking of revisiting some of the
secondary characters from the older historicals I
wrote for Dorchester. So maybe is the best answer
I can give at this point.
you do another Pirate novel?
A. I'd quite like to do another pirate story, Lady
Pirate was great fun to write.
Q. Why do your
characters seem so real?
A. My characters are often based, at least partially,
on real people so it's not so absurd to think of them
as real people.
Your stories are usually pretty light… why don’t
you write darker stories?
A. So far I can't do dark and dreary. Too depressing,
and life is far too short for me to be happy deliberately
Why don’t you put more sex in your stories?
A. I can't do all sex because . . . well . . . there's
more to life than that. Actually, I often used to
forget to include the sex, or to put enough in and
was asked to add more. Now I usually check for three
sex scenes before sending it in to my editor.
How do you come up with ideas for some of your titles?
A. I suck at titles. The best ones have come from
friends and my editors.
Are e-book formats available for your books?
A. Yes. They are available for iPad,
Kindle, the Nook, Kobo, Sony e-books, etc.
Q. My book is
falling apart/missing pages. What should I do?
A. Any new books that are missing pages or falling
apart should be returned immediately to the bookstore
where you purchased it. They should exchange it for
Q. Do you map out
your stories or do you just let them come to you?
A. Each story has it's own rhythm and tempo. Some
just flow in one burst of ideas, others start flowing,
then have to be mapped out, and still others are mapped
out from the start.
Do you get writer's block and if so, what do you do
A. Occasionally, and when I do I tend to go to a
coffee shop and write the old-fashioned way with pen
and paper. It usually loosens the block.
Q. I want to write
a book, how do I go about it?
A. You sit down and write. It's that simple.
What advice can you give a writer that is stuck on a
A. I can only give you advice based on my own experience.
If the story is going well then you'll know as the
ideas will come faster than you can even write them.
If, however, you have a problem with a story and it
becomes difficult to write then you should do a few
First, take a break from it. Don't think about it
at all for a while, live a little and then go back
to it. Stories can't be forced. Well at least that's
what I have found.
Second, if it still isn't going then maybe you have
a problem with the story. Maybe something is not sitting
well in your mind. If so, then resolve it if it can
Third, and I hate to say this as it is painful, but
start fresh. Sometimes I've forced a story along and
eventually it just comes to a jarring halt and I have
to go back to the beginning.
I want to be a writer, should I try for an agent first,
or try to get published first. And do you have any other
advice for aspiring writers?
A. Hmmm, agent or publisher first... that's a tough
one. Agents can be as hard to get as publishers. Harder
sometimes. I tried to get an agent after my first
book was purchased, but no go. It was my sixth book
before I got one. On the other hand, a good agent
can also be invaluable. Whether you go for one is
up to you. A lot of publishers will not even look
at a book unless an agent backs it. In fact, I only
know of one or two who will. So, you might be best
with an agent.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A. Start with a query letter. I'd suggest you go
to the library and pick up a book called The Writer's
Market, try to get the latest edition, one is put
out every year. They have a section in there on writing
query letters and who accepts unagented, unsolicited
And NEVER EVER take a rejection to heart. You have
no idea what was going through their mind. Your hero
may have the same name as their nasty, obnoxious,
noisy neighbor, or the heroine could have the same
name as the bimbo they caught in bed with their last
boyfriend/girlfriend. You just do not know what turned
them off. Heck, they might have grabbed a stack of
queries on their way out the door to catch a plane
to go see their dying parent and simply rejected everything
they took because of their situation and mood.
And don't write for money. Good Lord, the average
writer makes very little money. Make sure you are
writing for love. If you love what you are writing,
the reader is more likely to love it as well, and
then the money is more likely to follow. Good Luck!
Q. Signed photographs,
can you send me one?
A. I don't have autographed photos. I don't think
authors do that. At least none of the ones I know
do. That’s an actor’s thing I think.
Q. Do you donate to
A. I will, but I do so on my own time and of my
own volition. If you are requesting free things for
your own purposes ("Can I get an advance copy
of the next book?") it will not get answered.
If you are requesting free things for a charity ("We
want you to donate a free book to our charity auction!")
it will likely not get answered. I get so many requests
now that I don’t have enough books to fill current
demand. All requests are reviewed by Tori and those
that are substantiated may get forwarded on to me.
Q. Do you send out
signed bookplates, signatures, autographed photographs
A. No. For legal reasons I have been advised not
to sign anything but books any longer and I only sign
books at books signings.
Q. Will you sign books
that get sent in?
A. No. The only way to get a book signed is by going
to a signing or by winning one of my contests.
Q. When's your next
A. I often attend the annual RWA conference (Romantic
Writers Of America) and sometimes the RT convention
(Romantic Times) and both of these events have book
signings, which are open to the public.
Q. What happens to
story ideas sent in by readers?
A. My contracts stipulate that my stories are based
on ideas wholly my own. Legally, I couldn't and wouldn't
use ideas sent to me. That being the case, I have
an assistant that goes through my emails and letters
beforehand to make sure that I don’t inadvertently
read other’s ideas. So if you send an idea in,
I won’t even read it. Sorry!
Q. Will you read my
A. No. I get this request a lot and I always have
to say no. It’s for legal reasons. I’ve
been advised not to read stories that are not already
contracted to be published. Those I can read for quoting
purposes. Otherwise, however, I cannot read stories.
Q. Do you accept manuscripts?
A. I do not accept unsolicited manuscripts of any
sort. This is for our legal protection. If someone
submits an idea that happens to be similar to a future
novel, that person may feel that they are entitled
to some form of compensation. The only way to ensure
this does not happen is to destroy all unsolicited
Q. Does Lynsay
read any of the fan email?
A. I read most of the fan email. Terri, my administrative
assistant, reads all the fan mail and forwards to
me only those which are considered ‘safe’.
Safe means any emails that do not contain story ideas,
stories, unsolicited manuscripts and that are not
deemed demanding, obnoxious, or rude.