Hi everyone –
Today is the official release date for Night Walker in Mass-Market!!! WOOT!!! (Even though Amazon and Barnes & Noble released it early… J)
To celebrate, I’m hosting Day 2 of our Vampire Author blog hop! One Lucky commenter will receive an eBook copy of Night Walker! Don’t forget to visit all the blogs this week and comment for a chance to win the Amazon gift card too…
Playing with Vampire Mythology
One of the most interesting things about reading and writing vampire romance is there are so many fun aspects of vampire mythology with which authors can play. Daywalkers or nightwalkers? Beating heart or not? Fanged or fangless? Cold or warm? The list goes on and on. Here, six vampire romance authors to die for share which mythological aspects they used in their latest vampire stories…
Laura: In my Vampire Warrior Kings series, I made the vampires unable to walk in the sun, have beating hearts, able to ingest a minimal amount of human food but dependent on blood, and have supernatural strength, speed, and senses. The vampires’ world also offers a new mythology in which seven remaining vampire kings, who are allied with a handful of elite humans in the know, reign over their respective regions of the world and fight against an evil legion of ancient immortal enemies. Seduced by the Vampire King, book 2 in the series, releases June 1!
Lisa: I wanted a west coast vampire, and the European Dracula mythos just didn’t feel right on the California coast, so I started researching ancient native cultures and ended up with the Mayans. In Mayan Mythology there are four gods called, Becabs, who uphold the four corners of the world. With all the history of Mayan blood sacrifices, I wondered if maybe those four immortal gods needed the blood to survive. Gradually my research into the Mayans became my new vampire-like race of Night Walkers.
Laurie: Because I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder caused by the lack of sunlight in the winter, I asked myself, what if my lethargy isn’t always because of a lack of sun? What if I’d been visited by a vampire and I just didn’t have any recollection? When I thought about why vampires need blood, I realized it’s because they need our energy. Their bodies are unable to convert UV light into energy like humans can, so they must take it from us—by drinking our lifeblood and absorbing it through physical touch. Although sunlight doesn’t kill them, it does make them very weak and vulnerable, and creates intense cravings, so they generally try to avoid it…but they’re not always successful.
Caridad: For The Vampire’s Consort I went with the mythos that I had created for THE CALLING/REBORN vampire novel series. Vampires can have “keepers” who can live longer than humans by the giving of a “keeper’s kiss” by the vampire to his consort. My vampire elders can go out in weak sunlight and all my vampires have a heart beat. They are generally cold in their human form, but grow warm when they release their inner vampire.
Elisabeth: I stuck with the classic creature of the night mythos, and my vampires have fangs. They are not, however, undead. In King of Darkness vampires are an alternate species and have learned to blend in with humans for survival. They do live for hundreds if not thousands of years, but not forever. They must drink blood from each other in order to regain lost power, which allows me to play later in the series with possible complications should a vampire fall in love with a creature of another species.
Joyee: In the Marius Brothers world, specifically, my new book Maverick Danker, I like to play with the mythology. The vampires are born as they are, drink blood, but still eat food, are not cursed, can walk in the sun, and are so far from evil that their honor rules every decision they make. They have beating hearts while still having retractable fangs and their warm and not only in body temperature. In this book I wanted to show that they weren’t the typical, elitist vampires who look down on all paranormals. They band together as a species to help when some are lost and need a new home.
About the Authors
Joyee Flynn dreams of one day living on enough land to have a few horses, and find a couple of cowboys or pool boys of her own. She loves to get lost in fantasy that only books can bring. Her wide interest in reading is reflected in her writings, whether short stories, romance, or mystical.
Laura Kaye is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Her debut novel Forever Freed is a 2012 Booksellers’ Best Double Finalist for Best Paranormal and Best First Novel, and won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011.
Lisa Kessler loves to make up stories. Her work has been featured in print anthologies, and her vampire story “Immortal Beloved” was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. She was also a finalist in RT Book Review magazine’s “Writing with the Stars” contest. Her debut novel, Night Walker is a Bookseller’s Best Double Finalist for Best Paranormal and Best First Novel.
Laurie London is the award-winning author of the Sweetblood series. The hotly-anticipated third book, TEMPTED BY BLOOD, is available now, and the fourth book, SEDUCED BY BLOOD, comes out in late July.
Caridad Pineiro is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist. Caridad is the author of over thirty published novels and novellas. Caridad’s latest paranormal romance release is THE CLAIMED, the second book in the Sin Hunter series. For more information, please visit www.caridad.com.
Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel,
King of Darkness, is available now. Her second book,
Prince of Power, releases in January.
Wanna talk vampires? Wanna win vampires?? Follow along the Vampire Romance To Die For Tour all week for both!
Here’s the schedule:
Here’s what you can win:
1) A grand tour-wide prize of a $60 amazon or B&N gift card!
2) Each day’s blog hostess will give away one book of a vampire romance to a commenter at their blog
What are the rules?:
1) You must comment to enter to win with your email address. Blog follows are appreciated but not required
2) Contest is open until midnight EST Monday, May 21
3) Winners will be announced on May 22
4) Open to international
5) Winners to be picked using random.org
6) Participating authors not responsible for biting, blood loss, or swooning-related accidents
And if that’s not enough blood-sucking fun for you… Hop over to my Night Walker facebook party today! I’ll be giving away books, posters, trading cards and fun bath goodies from The Body Shop all day… And all you have to do is share the Night Walker links around facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/361845210514967/
In the immortal words of The Lost Boys… Let’s Sleep All Day and Party All Night!!! LOL
Thanks for stopping by!