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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel,
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Giveaway!

Wanna talk vampires? Wanna win vampires?? Follow along the Vampire Romance To Die For Tour all week for both!

Here’s the schedule:

5/14
Caridad Pineiro

5/15
Lisa Kessler

5/16
Joyee Flynn

5/17
Laura Kaye

5/18
Elisabeth Staab

5/19
Laurie London

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!

Lisa J

  • Mellissa Monteforte-J

    I just liked your facebook page. When checking out your pics I noticed you at a local b&n signing your books! I thought that was amazing! I really hope the city you were at is the one in my area. I would love to get my hands on one of those copies. Hehe best of luck to you, and thank you for sharing your stories with the rest of us!

    • Hi Melissa –

      That was in the San Diego Barnes & Noble! They have signed copies waiting for you… 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Lisa 🙂

  • I already have my copy of Night Walker, so don’t enter me for that. Although, I can’t believe that I didn’t get a signed copy at RT. Next time, I’ll be first in line. 🙂 Congratulations on the mass market release. It’s so exciting!

    • Thanks so much Ciara!!! I didn’t get to go get anything signed at RT! *pout* Ah well…

      It was great getting to meet you in person though! Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Hi, Lisa, thanks for hosting Day 2! So excited!

    • This has been such a fun Author Hop!!! Thanks for helping put it together Elisabeth!!! 🙂

      Lisa

  • Congratulations Lisa! I’m thrilled for you!! For anyone who hasn’t read Night Walker – don’t miss out on this great book 🙂

    • Awww thanks Casey!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Andrea

    I haven’t read Night Walker but the Mayan gods sound like an interesting twist.

    • Thanks Andrea!!! I hope you’ll enjoy the Night Series! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Psyched for your visit at FANGS, WANDS & FAIRY DUST. Would love to enter the tour contest, but have most of the books. The GC would be a huge help to the battered budget. But you know where I am if I win may not be able to reply.

    • I’m looking forward to visiting your blog too!!! 🙂

      Have an amazing trip!!! (I know you will… Lucky!! LOL)

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • I love how much variation there is with vampire novels. They remind me of different breeds of dogs — they can be so totally different — yet still be instantly recognizable for what they are. It was great to see a comparison of novels.

    • laurakayeauthor

      I totally agree, Cara! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • You nailed it Cara!!! I think werewolf mythology is the same way… They can be so different, yet you can still feel the core werewolf….

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • LorettaLynn

    Congrats:):) I can’t wait to read it.
    So looking forward to it, thank you for sharing with us.
    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Thanks for stopping by Loretta!!!

      I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • xmelaniexthomasx

    Happy release day, Lisa! I have Night Walker on my to be read list and would love to win it.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    xmelaniexthomasx(at)aim(dot)com

    • Yay! Thanks for putting Night Walker on your to-read list!!! 🙂

      I hope you enjoy the book!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Cynthia Garcia

    Happy Book Birthday!!!! I look forward to reading Night Walker!

    • Thanks so much Cynthia!!! It was fun partying with you today! 🙂

      I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Congrats Lisa on the Mass Paperback Release! 🙂

    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

  • Diane

    What a fun contest. Wish I could sleep all day and party all night!
    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  • crystalg78

    Congrats on the new release. Nightwalker is my next book to read, I can’t wait to start it!

    cguidroz2@cox.net

    • Oh Yay!!! I hope you enjoy the book Crystal!!!

      Tell Calisto I said Hi! 😀

      Lisa 🙂

  • Catherine

    I didn’t see my first attempt at a post come through…SO, I’ll try again! It’s intriguing to me the different mythologies that are out there. I guess it’s necessary, too, so that the vampire genre doesn’t get stale or repetitive. Lisa…I love your West Coast vamp vibe with the Mayan influence. What a different twist. I’m not up on all of the vampire lore but I’m betting I’m going to learn some this week.

    Lisa…I also was a “giver” on World Book Night. I gave out Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. I wen’t back to the class last week and led a book discussion. It was SO much fun. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Hi Catherine –

      Thanks for hopping with us this week! 🙂 You’re definitely going to learn all sorts of vampy things! LOL

      World book night was a blast!!! I’m glad you had a good time too…

      Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

      Lisa 🙂

  • raco774

    I like the idea of a keeper from Caridad’s book. I think I could do that :). Enjoy the day.—Rachel

  • Congrats on your new release, I love all the different mythos that vampire stories create also, so much fun1
    sugerlady@aol.com

    • Thanks Tamara!!! It’s been an exciting week! 🙂

      Thanks for hopping with us!

      Lisa 🙂

  • mabledsoe

    This is why I love paranormal romances. The author takes a species and makes them her own. I was so happy when PR’s became popular, I love reading about different takes on vampires. It is so much fun…LOL
    Thank you for the chance to win wonderful books. I look forward to reading them all.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • laurielondon

      I agree! I love reading everyone’s “take” on the vampire mythos too. I know for me, I took the elements that intrigued me the most and twisted them to suit the story world I created. Thanks for stopping by today and, Lisa, thanks for hosting Day Two!

    • laurielondon

      I’m not seeing my reply, so I hope this doesn’t end up being a duplicate.
      I agree! I love reading all the various “takes” on the vampire mythos. For myself, I took the elements that intrigued me and didn’t use the ones that didn’t and that’s how I created the Sweetblood world.

      Thanks so much for commenting on Day Two of the blog hop. And good luck!

      • The blog hop has been SO fun Laurie!!!

        We’ll have to do it again sometime! LOL

        Lisa 🙂

  • Congratulations on your book.This contest looks like, it’ll be fun.
    divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Thank you!!! 🙂 And if you visit and comment on all the blogs this week, you’ll be entered to win a $60 Amazon gift card!!! WOOT!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • mabledsoe

    I am so happy that PR’s have become popular. I love how authors feel free to take a legend like vampires and make it their own. Each author here has a fresh take on vampires that keep readers coming back for more.
    Congrats Lisa on your print release of Night Walker. I can’t wait to read it.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • mabledsoe

      Dang computer!!!!. I didn’t see my first post when I posted it and figured Word Press lost it. Please ignore one reply for contest. Thank you. *head desk*

      • Happens to me all the time Mable, no sweat! 🙂

        Thanks for the good wishes for Night Walker! great to see you!

        Lisa 🙂

  • Ruth

    Happy Book Mass Market Birthday! Day, Night does it matter lol fang hotties is all you need to know.
    eeriejogger at gmail dot com

  • Love the giveaway and Happy Release Day! It´s already on my TBR list and i can´t wait to read it.
    best wishes, Linda xo (fr_larsson at hotmail dot com)

    • Hi Linda –

      Thanks for commenting!!! I’m so glad Night Walker is on your to read list! YAY!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Tina B

    Congrats on your Mass-Market release, Lisa!!!
    I, too, love all of the different routes that an author can take on vampires and their worlds. I know some people say that it becomes redundant, but for me, I can never get enough of them! These all sound like wonderful books! I already have a few, but will be adding the rest to my TBR. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    trb0917 at gmail.com

    • Thanks Tina!!! 🙂

      And thanks for hopping with us this week too!

      Lisa 🙂

  • jovialvampyre

    Congratulations on your release! I think that’s why we like reading vampire books so much – you can change things around like crazy with all the different myths :).
    Thank you.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Thanks for the good wishes for Night Walker!!! 🙂

      Lisa

  • Phyllis

    You are new to me Lisa, but I hope to remedy that very soon. I like the fact that you tied the vamps in your books to the Mayan culture which is very different than what I have been used to. Good luck and congrats on the release!

    brandypm(at)optonline(dot)net

    • Thank you Phyllis!!! it’s great to meet you too!!!

      I hope you enjoy Night Walker! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • I read Night Walker over Christmas and loved it! You don’t have to enter me into the contest for the ebook, as I already have a copy, thank you.
    Looking forward to Night Demon!
    Lisa
    http://lisaannesley.blogspot.com/

    • Awww thanks Lisa!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

      Night Thief is a prequel novella and it’ll be out in September so you won’t have to wait long… Night Thief will be out in the spring… 🙂

      Lisa

  • laurakayeauthor

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! Glad you’re enjoying all our different takes on vampires! 🙂

  • Congrats on the mass market release Lisa! *hugs* So happy for you!

    • Thanks Isis!!! *HUGS* And thanks for all the help spreading the word about Night Walker too!

      Lisa 🙂

  • So excited for you! As part of your street team I already shared the links on my fb timeline and my blog’s fb page as well :o) Congrats! Keep up the great work.

    April K.
    foreverbama@gmail

    • YAY!!! You rock April!!!

      Thank you!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Karin Werner

    Just bought the book, can’t wait to read it!
    karinwerner50@yahoo.com

    • Thanks so much Karin!!! I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

      Tell Calisto I said Hi! 🙂

      Lisa 🙂

  • laurielondon

    Lisa, I’m so excited for your mass market release of Night Walker. What an awesome cover!!!

    • laurakayeauthor

      Isn’t it a great cover??? Licktastic! 😉 Congrats, Lisa!

      • Ha! Thanks you two!!! Laura was the first one to mention to me that she wanted to lick my cover!!! LOL

        I’m super excited about the paperback release too!!! Thanks for all the blog hop fun!!!

        Lisa 🙂

  • Vanessa N.

    Awesome giveaway. I love vampire stories.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  • flchen1

    Thank you for taking the time to share the basics of your mythologies–I love how each author puts her own spin on things, using different cultures to base these on! It keeps things so interesting!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • Colleen

    Congrats on your book’s release! 😀
    I will admit that I am unfamiliar with your books… followed the link from Caridad’s site to see what you have… going to look around!
    greenshamrock AT cox DOT net

    • Thanks for the good wishes Colleen!! I’m glad you found me! 🙂

      Lisa

  • Barb P

    Hi Lisa! Congrats on the MM release of Night Walker! I can’t wait to read it and am still desperately trying to get my hands on a copy ** Grin **. Thanks the awesome giveaway. Winning would be an awesome B-Day present for myself! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

  • Laurie

    Thanks for the great hop! I love seeing all the different takes on vamps, and it’s so funny how no matter what, we still love them! Congrats on the release!
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

  • AmyS.

    I haven’t read any of Lisa’s books yet. I have heard lots of great things about them. Going to be adding some more books to my ever growing list of TBR books. 🙂 Great hop and I can’t wait for the next stop.

  • Happy release day, Lisa! That’s so exciting! I’m so excited that we are doing this blog hope together and I can’t wait to get my hands on Night Walker. Congrats, again!

  • Pat Cochran

    Happy Release Day! Just visited your Facebook page & liked you! Thanks for the
    description of each author’s vampire style. Very interesting!

    Pat Cochran
    p-cochran@juno.com

  • jennifer mathis

    Congrats on the release I now Night Walkers in on my tbb list 🙂

    meandi09@yahoo.com

  • Barbara

    Congrats, Lisa…and ditto on all the different ‘view point’ comments. LOVE your FAB/SMEXY cover!

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  • Hai-Yen

    Happy release day, Lisa! Congratulations! I look forward to reading you. Go, vampires, go LOL 🙂
    hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

  • Congrads On The New Release. April Alvey butterfli262002@yahoo.com

  • Fannie Wiggins

    Happy release day. You are a new author for me but I like the sound of your books. I will be ckecking them out further. Looking forward to reading Night Walker.

  • Mary Preston

    I love how authors take the mythology & interpret it their way. This makes for a unique reading experience.

  • bn100

    Thanks for sharing more about the books. They all sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Susan W.

    Thanks for the blog hop! I can’t wait to read these stories! Love those vampires.

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  • Happy release day, Lisa! Love this blog hop — so many vampires, yay. 🙂

  • Happy release day!
    I’ve discovered you and your book on books monster reviews just a few day ago and i’m still trying to win your book . it seems so good

    thanks you for your participation in this hop and all the informations

    all the best

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Amiee Ryan

    I haven’t read Lisa’s books yet but I ‘ve put them on my TBR list after seeing them on Book Monster Reviews! Can’t wait to read them 🙂 Thank you for participating in the blog hop its great finding new books! 🙂
    amiee(dot)ryan(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Artemis

    This tour is amazing and Congrats on the release for Night Walker.

    Thank you!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • sharonstogner

    just realized I didn’t comment here yesterday! Don’t enter me for a copy of Night Walker cause I got a copy 🙂 just wanted to show some love!

  • SheriV

    Thank you for the interesting look into the different mythos. Learning about the different ways some of the new to me authors view vampires makes me more interested in checking them out. 😀

    SheriV
    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  • JoAnna B

    I love that each series is different. Keeps everything fresh!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  • Congrats on the release of Night Walker! Hope to read it soon.

  • laurie g

    hey…i found your take on vampire mythos VERY interesting 🙂 and even thought i haven’t read any of your books i am looking forward to reading night walker

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  • Congratulations on Night walker’s release.Great giveaway. They’re definetely all on my TBR List.
    divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

  • xaurianx

    Congrats on the new release Lisa! And thans for putting all those different takes on vampires together on one page, I enjoyed reading it all.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  • Sophia Rose

    This is so fun! So many talented authors with their books about yummy vampires. I’ve had Night Walker on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

  • Sandy Lion

    I just love the day -night dichotomy of your vampire series. They sound so exciting and I would love the opportunity to read this series. I love the other authors involved in the hop and thing this is a great chance to see other sext vampires. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  • donnas1

    Congrats on the mmpback release! Yay more people to love the story and well enjoy the cover too of course.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • congrats for the release. I am intrigued by the excerpt of your book. So look forward to read another great vampire books!

  • Joanne B

    Congrats on the book release. Thanks for all the great excerpts. I’ve added several books to my wishlist and found a few new authors.
    Thanks for the blog tour.
    I love vampires.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  • Julianne

    I’d really love to read Night Walker, I’ve been trying to win a copy it seems like forever. Vampires Rock!

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