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Another Winner in 30 Days of Vampires!

I knew this would happen. I knew somehow I would miss a giveaway! Don’t you all know you need to watch me? Anyway, late, but still great….LadyVampire has won a copy of one of Sharon Ashwood’s Dark Forgotten books. Congrats to LadyVampire and thanks to Sharon Ashwood for keeping me...

30 Days of Vampires Dec. 2011: The Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who blogged, read and played along during this 30 Days of Vampires event. I had a blast reading everyone’s comments. I hope you had as much fun too. Now for the winners! Everyone should have been sent an email, but if you haven’t been notified and see your name listed below, drop me a note and I will get things sorted out. Also, if I missed a prize, let me know. There were a lot and I may have lost track during the crazy month that was December here. Note: For daily prizes you had to comment on that day. For grand prize there just had to be a comment sometime during the event–but more comments meant more chances to win. Date Blog Author Prize Winner 1-Dec Lori paperback copy of Jennifer Armintrout’s The Turning and a fun vampire Pez. Alaina 5-Dec Pamela Palmer signed copy of Desire Untamed Kimberley Coover 6-Dec Lisa Renee Jones Collection of Vampire Wardens in an anthology Kelsey Meyers 7-Dec Alexis Morgan cute vampire Christmas ornament / copy of A Vampire for Christmas Yadira A. 8-Dec Bonnie Vanak electronic download of Bitten by The Vampire wanda flanagan 10-Dec Linda Thomas-Sundstrom download of Veronica and the Vampire Tammy 16-Dec Diana Castle an electronic version of Madison Avenue Vampire Cathy P 19-Dec Monica Valentinelli Strange, Dead Love Cielle 20-Dec Felicity Heaton ebook copy of Love Immortal or Forbidden Blood Barbara 21-Dec Melissa Olson copy of Blood Calls by Caridad Pineiro /vampire Pez. sue brandes 22-Dec Lynda Hilburn The Vampire Shrink (the British version ) WildAboutBones 24-Dec India Drummond digital copy of Blood Faerie Viki S. 25-Dec Lori Devoti Holiday with a Vampire II  MJB 25-Dec Lori Devoti The Vampire’s Seduction by Cynthia Cooke Wilma 26-Dec Laura Kaye $10 amazon gift card Tammy Ramey 27-Dec Angelique Armae signed paperback copy of The Protectorate Lori...

30 Days of Vampires: Happy New Year & Last Chance to Win!

First…. Hope everyone had a safe and fabulous New Year’s Eve and is now in their jammies eating black eyed peas or taking part in whatever tradition you have for New Year’s Day. Second, this is your last chance to get in all those comments for 30 Days of Vampires and try for the win of either one of the daily prizes or the $100 gift card grand prize. So while you are sitting home eating those black eyed peas, visit the posts you missed and comment! All comments must be made by January 3rd to count. Direct link to all the 30 Days of Vampires...

30 Days of Vampires: Romantic Predator

Welcome to 30 Days of Vampires 2011. Stop by every day in December for a new post on vampires and a chance to win a $100 gift card from the bookstore of your choice. (gift card must be available for Lori to purchase/send with reasonable shipping) Also watch for numerous daily prizes offered by the individual authors. (some restrictions may apply) To enter just comment! One comment per post will be counted. So stop by every day! Comments must be posted by January 3, 2012 Linda Robertson writes the Persephone Alcmedi series for Pocket/Juno books, the fifth book was released just a few days ago, Dec. 27. She hails from Mansfield, Ohio, is a mother of four boys and is currently a guitarist in the band Hagatha’s Bluff.  Her website is: authorlindarobertson.com *********** Vampires. Mmmmmm. These creatures of the night have seized their iconic status and are running like hell with it. Some folks love ‘em when portrayed as romantic. Some folks want ‘em to be written more like the classic predator from the old silent film Nosferatu. Me, I like something a bit more in the middle. I mean yes, I like my vampires to be old but to look young. I like them to be powerful and intelligent and have a penchant for badness–y’know the Machiavellian vamp—but to show that he/she is not locked into that behavior. When a character can surprise you without losing the character that is uniquely theirs, will keep you guessing, keep you interested, and keep you coming back for more. So what is it that intrigues me about the agelessness of the vamp? The idea that they’ve existed long enough to have mastered all the cycles and patterns of life. I mean they are still human at their core, still subject to the memories and temperament of the person they were in...

30 Days of Vampires: What You Crave Can Kill You. #Prize

Welcome to 30 Days of Vampires 2011. Stop by every day in December for a new post on vampires and a chance to win a $100 gift card from the bookstore of your choice. (gift card must be available for Lori to purchase/send with reasonable shipping) Also watch for numerous daily prizes offered by the individual authors. (some restrictions may apply) To enter just comment! One comment per post will be counted. So stop by every day! Comments must be posted by January 3, 2012 Michele Hauf  has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over nineteen years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE. France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage ‘write what you know’, all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen. ********** In my world of Beautiful Creatures the vampires have some of the standard vamp foibles.  They need to drink blood to survive.  A stake through the heart can kill them.  They don’t do sunlight (well, they can, but they get a nasty burn, and prolonged exposure to UV rays will fry them). They have great strength.  They are immortal. But what are their weaknesses? Well, I like the idea of something that is irresistible to the vampire to also be a deadly craving.  Take faery dust, or faery ichor, which is what runs through their veins. A vampire can easily become addicted to faery dust.  One bite is as addictive as meth is to humans.  So most vampires avoid faeries like the proverbial plague.  Except my hero.  He wasn’t looking to get high.  He needed blood, ichor—anything—to regain his strength.  And he got it, with the new addiction to dust.  Now he craves it,...

30 Days of Vampires: Versatile Vampires #Prize

Welcome to 30 Days of Vampires 2011. Stop by every day in December for a new post on vampires and a chance to win a $100 gift card from the bookstore of your choice. (gift card must be available for Lori to purchase/send with reasonable shipping) Also watch for numerous daily prizes offered by the individual authors. (some restrictions may apply) To enter just comment! One comment per post will be counted. So stop by every day! Comments must be posted by January 3, 2012 Mercy Loomis grew up in a haunted house, and has had quite enough of ghosts for one lifetime, thank you. Though she now lives in a 150-year-old house, it is remarkably ghost-free. (That, or they’re staying on the down-low. She doesn’t care which.) She finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn’t stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the paranormal because monsters are scary, but less scary than real people. Or at least less depressing. ********** “I would never have read a vampire book, but I really liked this one.” I heard this from many of my beta readers after they read my novel Scent and Shadow, and it left me with two impressions. One, I had apparently succeeded in my goal of writing a vampire book with broad appeal, and two, there are a lot of people out there who apparently think vampire books are all the same. Vampires show up in all kinds of books, from the ruthless symbiotes of Brian Lumley to the Scribe-Virgin-blessed holy warriors of J. R. Ward. From horror to science fiction to fantasy to romance to historical noir, vampires have been there, done that. One of the things I love about vampires is that they are so very, very versatile. Their versatility is two-fold: the legends themselves are...

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