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How to Break Up With a Vampire

A couple of weeks ago I gave you some tips on luring your own personal vampire. If you were successful, about now you are probably looking at some ways to UN-lure him. But let’s face it, vampires aren’t going to be all that receptive to the “It’s not you; it’s me” speech. My guess is me, you… doesn’t matter. They just want their blood and you turned yourself into an all too convenient source. And it isn’t like you can wait around to outlive him either. So, what’s a girl or guy to do… Stakes. This may sound drastic, but stakes are also effective. And I’m not saying you have to USE one. Just leave a few lying around –preferably made of ash or hawthorn, although anything that’s made of wood (chair legs, for example) and is sharp will do. Bonus points if the stake is made in the sign of a cross. Crosses. I know I told you in that earlier post to rid your home and person of them, but times have changed. Get thyself to the religious goods store and stock up! If wearing a cross seems too obvious, just leave a rosary lying casually in the car seat. Or an open Bible on the pillow. You know be subtle. If this doesn’t work, know that these same “hints” can do some real damage.  A cross will leave a nice burn on his forehead. So will a Eucharist Wafer. Holy water is also good for either burning a vampire or threatening him. Knowing Latin also helps. Doesn’t matter what you say. Just as long as it’s in Latin. Fire. Ah, who doesn’t love a good story of peasants with their flaming torches? Fire is effective and vampires know it. (Staking a vampire won’t do you much good if some clueless doofus comes along and pulls the...

How to Lure a Vampire

With Buffy and now Twilight, vampires are  more popular than they have ever been. So popular that it can be exceedingly hard to get one to answer an invitation to dinner or just a quiet night out. So what’s a vampire loving guy or girl got to do to get one to answer his/her next text? Start with the old stand by – Blood. Vampires love blood. It’s their raison d’etre. As Dracula so neatly pointed out, “the blood is the life.” Which sounds a bit like a contradiction since vampires are, technically, not alive, but that’s neither here nor there. Blood will draw a vampire quicker than honey draws a fly. (Vampires also appreciate a little class. So you might want to break out the good crystal. But do a temperature check before serving. Ideal temp is, of course, 98.6 degrees F.) Maybe flash some Skin. Especially in the neck area. A bit of jewelry to draw attention to your jugular wouldn’t go unappreciated either. Just keep away from the religious symbols, especially religious symbols that bring with them great personal faith. Embrace the Darkness. Most vampires, though not all, tend to avoid light, or at least very bright light. If you go by most television vampires who also happen to be detectives, however, they seem to have an affinity for living in cities like Los Angeles, where the sun shines pretty much all the time. Go figure. But most vampires like it dark. So arrange that get-together at night in a smoky, murky bar or in the shadows, preferably near a cemetery. Utilize a vampire’s favorite sense – Smell. Vampires have a very heightened sense of smell, which is needed to sniff out all that fresh blood. It helps a lot if your blood smells especially good. Bella in the Twilight series smells very attractive to vampires....

30 Days of Vampires: Vampires, the Perfect Christmas Hero #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 Lori Devoti is the author of paranormal and contemporary romance, urban fantasy, young adult and amateur sleuth mysteries. She is also the owner of this web site. Thanks for stopping by! *********** On the surface, a vampire seems a very unlikely hero of any type, much less a Christmas story hero, but if you go just a tiny bit deeper, it is easy to see that not only is a vampire a great hero for any Christmas tale. He/she may just be the perfect one. In the past vampires were seen as incapable of representing anything except pure evil. (Alex Bledsoe  did a post here last week somewhat lamenting the loss of that depiction.) To me this relegated vampires to little more than a bogey man. A potential Old Testament punishment for the evils of mankind. Today though, vampires are more complex than this. There are still unrepentant evil vampires, but there are also vampires driven to do what could be (and is) interpreted as evil because they have been shunned by society and rejected by everyone they thought had loved them.  They are seen as evil and feared, but deep inside there is still a flicker of humanity, still that lost son or forgotten husband who is now so filled with self-loathing he can’t bring himself to do anything besides be the monster...

30 Days of Vampires: A Blood Seduction Excerpt & #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 Pamela Palmer  graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and went to work for a major computer manufacturer.  She devoured books (almost exclusively romances) and even tried writing one, but after the first exciting chapter had no idea what to do with her characters. Pamela set aside the dream of writing for a few  years, though she continued to create stories in her  head. Then one night, one of those daydreams  became too big to keep in her head. This time,  thanks to the opening of a library down the  street, she discovered a wealth of books on plotting and character development  and realized she could learn how to turn scenes into books and craft entire stories. The process was neither fast nor easy, encompassing four manuscripts,  half a dozen partials, and eleven years of hard work before she sold her first book. Her very first book finaled for Romance Writers of America’s  most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Golden Heart. Each  of her subsequent books also became a Golden Heart finalist, the third winning the award outright. The fourth, through the Golden Heart, sold. ************ I love vampires. But, I have to admit, I didn’t always. For years, I steered cleared of anything that even hinted of ‘horror’. I loved time travels, sci-fi, and fantasy, but horror worried me. Strong imaginations can be a double-edged sword and scary movies...

30 Days of Vampires– Vampires: What’s the Fascination? Excerpt & Free Story!

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 Jackie Ivie was born and raised in a suburb outside Utah’s capital, beautiful Salt Lake City. The second in a family of four daughters and one son, Jackie was constantly amusing her siblings with her invented games, escapades, and stories. And she was always reading. She would even walk the family dog, with one hand holding the leash, while the other held the ever-present book. In 2001, Jackie and her family took a huge step and moved to the largest state of the nation; Alaska. Although it was her job that brought her here, Jackie has grown to love this land of amazing contrasts, breathtaking vistas, and the ever-present resident, the Alaskan moose. There’s nothing else like it, and the very long days of summer lend themselves to hours and hours of energizing tasks, while the long winter nights are just right for her real love…writing. Visit her web site at: www.JackieIvie.com Keep Reading for an Excerpt from Jackie’s new vampire romance series, Vampire Assassin League and a coupon code for a free copy! ************ “VAL headquarters.” “Is this the Vampire Assassin League?” “Possibly. Who’s asking please?” “Stephanie. Stephanie Bowker.” “You have 69 seconds, Miss Bowker.” “Before what?” “This conversation ends, and tracing efforts with it.” “But I have permission to use this number!” “Then I suggest you use it.” “Are you Akron?” “Potentially.”...

30 Days of Vampires–The Last Dance, Last Chance…

Hey, guys, this is it–your last chance to be entered for any and all prizes (actually midnight tonight is). So, go back and hit any posts you missed! And for one last chance, post here five vampire books you have read and loved, and five more if you were to win the grand prize you would most want included in the mix. I look forward to reading everybody’s recs and wants. :) Finally, this went so well, I am thinking of doing it again. Probably in April when my next Nocturne comes out. Shape-shifters of some sort to celebrate my hellhounds and garm (wolf-shifters). And maybe in June/July when my urban fantasy releases. It features Amazons though…probably can’t do 30 days of Amazons, maybe just U.F. or kick ass women. Suggestions welcome here too! I’ll post the winners in a couple of days–so check back and good luck to all!...

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