The Problem with Superheroes, Titans, Zombies, and Vampires…

Creatus Series by Carmen DeSousa - All Five Books

The Problem with Superheroes, Titans, Zombies, and Vampires…

Not that I have anything against any of the above entities, but only a select few of the books and movies with these preternatural sentient beings get it right.


They’d take out entire towns and demand sacrifices until a hero saved the day–usually, the god’s had to equip the champion, or the conqueror was part god in order to be able to conquer the typically enormous being with superior strength. Clash of the Titans


The good ones are okay, but what happens when they are under appreciated, or are just plain vicious. I.e. Superman Two, Megamind.


Never understand how they take over the world unless the stories include airborne infections. I mean, really, haven’t you made your zombie apocalypse plan? I know my husband has… Get out! Seek water. Heck, we know what to do when a hurricane is coming. Stock up on batteries, bread, and milk, and seal up the house. World War Z.


Only one vampire movie really got this one right, which leads up to my excerpt this week. Daybreakers. Have you seen it? Ugh! Gory, vicious, but it makes sense. In the second Twilight book, they tried to explain how the vampire elders stopped this from happening, but I think Daybreakers got it right. If you have a being that craves humans, has superhuman strength, and is immortal, face it; we don’t stand a chance.

Excerpt from Creatus

He stopped and glanced around the darkened park, thinking they should be getting home, but knew he needed to get to the scary part. The detail about his kind that fed the nightmares.
“We protect our own no matter what. Until there’s a rogue. As I said, we are mostly peaceful, but we do have our psychos, as humans do. The only problem iswhen one of my kind is homicidal, they eat their victims.” She shuddered and he rushed to assure her. “Don’t get me wrong. We don’t crave humans. Humans don’t even smell like food. Believe me, if my kind really craved humans, the human race would have been extinct a long time ago.”


The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal storyit’s a realistic twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

Creatus Series Boxed Set – Includes All Five Books!


How well do you know the Creatus?

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How well do you know the Creatus Series? If you’re already a fan, you might be able to answer some of the questions below without looking. If you haven’t read the Creatus Series, click on the link of your favorite retailer for more information on this new twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Then come back and play. 🙂

Simply send your answers to Carmen [@] Carmen DeSousa [DOT] com. If you’ve only read the prequel, send me your answers, and each month, I’ll send one reader the boxed set. Yes, you can enter every month until you win. BUTif you don’t want to wait to win and go ahead and read all the books and answer all the questions, I’ll register you to win the complete set of my Southern Romantic-Suspense Collection. That’s five books with a value of $20.95! This is an ongoing contest through December 2014.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal storyit’s a realistic twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

The Prequel ~ Creatus (They Exist)

Book One ~ Creatus 

Book Two ~ Creatus Rogue

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Here are the questions if you’d like to copy and paste, so you can find them while you read. But I assure you, they’re easyafter you’ve read. 🙂

Creatus (They Exist)

The first night Derrick meets Janelle, where does he follow her home from?

What’s creatus’ favorite food?

How is Janelle related to Kristina?

Who said: “You are so not a guy.”

Who said: “The family won’t allow it. She’s a liability. And if it didn’t work…”

From Creatus (Book One)

What mythical creatures are creatus most like?

What’s special about Derrick’s mom?

What secret does Ry share with Vic?

Who said: Maybe she was dead, because she could swear she’d just heard him say he’d be back.

Who said: “That was some kiss.”

From Creatus Rogue (Book Two)

What does Vic drive?

What city is the safe house in?

What’s Vic’s favorite wine?

Who said: “You really are a dominatrix, aren’t you?”

Who said: “Do you realize I could kill you right now? Don’t make me snap this beautiful, slender neck…”

Creatus Boxed Set

What’s the VERY last word in the boxed setbefore Amazon asks you to rate the book?

Creatus Series ~ Paranormal ~ Romance ~ Suspense


Ancient myths, superheroes, vampires…

Forget everything you’ve heard.

For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who almost hunted them to extinction. Now, one rogue wants the world to know they exist. 

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal storyit’s a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

“You’re…real. You’re flesh and blood.” CREATUS, New Paranormal ~ Romance

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…
The reason we believe in fairy tales—and monsters. 
Feeling her gaze burning through him, he cast a glimpse in her direction.
“You’rereal,” she finally sputtered, a quiver in her voice as she touched his arm.
“You’re flesh and blood.”
Huffing out a chuckle at her words, he attempted to contain the nervousness of her accusation, as if she’d discerned there was something unusual about him. He didn’t look any different from any other twenty-eight-year-old male.
He’d always assumed that once they met, he could convince her that she’d been mistaken as a child when she told the police officer that her dark angel had saved her. “Of course I’m real,” he said, attempting to add enough conviction behind his words so she
wouldn’t question him further.
Creatus is a new paranormal romantic-suspense novel that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.
Prepare yourself to believe…


Enjoy this deleted scene from paranormal romantic-suspense bestseller CREATUS. #SampleSunday

CREATUS - Final Front Cover

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…

Creatus, the reason we believe in fairy tales–and monsters.

In my new novel, for the first time ever, I deleted the prologue and the first chapter and jumped right into the story, but I do love prologues, as I know many of my readers do as well, so I couldn’t part with it. 

Instead, I’m going to give you a first peek at my new novel, and a little insight to the above scene. I hope you enjoy. 



Kristina cowered against the damp building, looking to her mother for direction. Even at eight, she could see the wild gleam in the man’s eyes.

Pepper spray in hand, her mother pushed her toward the street. “Run, baby!”

A knife glinted in the man’s hand as he held it up in front of him. “I just want the jewelry and your money, lady. Don’t make me hurt you or the kid.”

Her mother took her eyes off him for a fraction of a second. “Run, Kris—” Her words cut off as the man slammed the knife into her mother’s chest and then reached for Kristina, but she ran as her mother had instructed. As she fled, she heard her mother’s cries. How could she have left her, especially when it was all her fault? She stopped in the middle of the street. She had to stop him. Her legs felt heavy and sluggish as she ran back down the alley toward the mugger, tears blurring her vision. 

A silhouette of a man landed in front of her with a soft thump. When he stood up, a sliver of light from the street revealed that he was dressed in black and much larger than the guy who’d attacked them. An anguished scream shredded the air as the new man tore the thug off her mother, slamming him into the concrete. He knelt down over her mother, checking where the man had forced the knife, but she didn’t move. The kind man lifted her to her feet and she stumbled forward.

“Mommy!” Kristina screamed, seeing the blood drip from her mother’s mouth and seep through a rip in her dress.

Her mother’s eyes and mouth opened, but nothing came out.

“Go,” the man in black shouted. His voice was deep and strong, his eyes dark as he turned to the man on the ground and pulled him up by his hair.

Kristina wrapped her arms around her mother’s waist, doing her best to hold her upright. As they staggered away, one lone wail filled the air and then silence. She hoped it was the bad guy, not the one in black. Normally his dark hair and mysteriously deep eyes would scare her, but she’d felt safe when he looked at her, as if he knew her.

Her mother collapsed in her arms. The blood had soaked through her dress, turning it bright red.

She looked back to the alley where the mugger had pushed them off the sidewalk. They’d just been going to get ice cream. “Help me,” she pleaded to the man who’d saved her. He was leaning over the bad guy, his fingers touching his neck. “My mother’s dying…”

The man in black looked up at the sound of her cry, but didn’t move. “I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can do.”

She blinked the tears out of her eyes, and he was gone.

Creatus is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings. Prepare yourself to believe.

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After years of searching for the mysterious stranger who saved her life, twenty-two-year-old Kristina is alone and desperate. Seeing no future in her worthless existence, she attempts to force her protector out of the shadows the only way she knows—killing herself.

Ignoring his family’s disapproval, Derrick continues to safeguard the girl he rescued from a vicious attack years earlier. The one thing he can’t protect her from, however, is herself. When Kristina jumps off a bridge, he must reveal himself, even if saving her means she will now be in danger from his kind.

To make things worse, a video revealing Derrick’s supernatural ability when he saved Kristina is now in the possession of a government agency, and someone in his family will do anything to keep their existence a secret, even kill Kristina, the woman Derrick can no longer live without.

Prepare to believe…


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What’s a Creatus?

Creatus-4SquareWithout giving away anything about my new series, as that is part of the pleasure of reading a new book, I’d like to share with you what Creatus aren’t instead of what they are. And why I felt the need to share their story.

I enjoy reading almost all genres, but one of my favorites is a little-known genre called magical realism. I love when an author can take normal characters who live and work among us, but then give me insight on what makes their character special and why they have a story to tell in the first place.

Whether it’s about psychic abilities, soul changing, or even paranormal activity, the key for me is that it’s believable–or at least plausible in some sense.

Since the beginning of the written word, storytellers have shared myths about supernatural beings. However, over the centuries, these supernatural beings have morphed into tales of vampires, werewolves, and superheroes that are so outlandish I find it hard to pay attention, let alone believe.

Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoy a well-written story about vampires and mythical creatures, but I crave a reason to believe. I want some reasonable basis for the story.

The idea of a person shifting into an animal form that’s ten times the size of its human form, or a person having the ability to fly without the required body mechanics, makes little sense to me. But, I can’t discount that since biblical days, stories have amassed about sentient beings with superhuman strength.

CREATUS, from the Latin word meaning created, are the reason we believe in fairy tales—and monsters. Superheroes didn’t come about by being bitten by a vampire, a werewolf, or a spider. Instead, perhaps the same superior being who created us created them. So to answer everyone’s question… “What’s a creatus?” Well, a creatus is…a creatus. 🙂

That’s all I can say for now. If you love enough supernatural in your romantic-suspense novel to make you say, “Hmm…” Prepare to believe…

Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit my author page, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.

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In every myth there is a modicum of truth…


The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

Creatus is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

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