OK, this is the first of couple of scheduled posts (actually, they’re all scheduled, but I won’t be here to check your response , so be patient with me, LOL) and I am allowing this guest to take over the blog for a day. I have already interviewed Joleene Naylor last year, and was quite happy to host her again. Except maybe it’s not her. Anyway, I leave you to today’s guest! Have a great Sunday!
The history of vampires?
First I would like to thank Barb for hosting me and my giveaway (see details at the end of this post) on the third stop of the blog tour celebrating the release of my newest book in the Amaranthine series, Ashes of Deceit. Barb is a sweet person and the author of the fantastic Silvery Earth universe.
Since Barb writes a lot of historically inspired fantasy, I have prepared a post about the history of the vampire which I hope will be entertaining and enlightening. We will begin in Russia. The first mention of the vampire was used to call a priest a “Wicked vampire” or “extortionist vampire” in-
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(translation: what the hell? Why is there duct tape over my mouth? Wait! Where did these ropes come from! Help!)
There. Shut her up just in time. Oh, I guess you’re probably wondering who I am. Hold on, let me plug the author’s ears – there we go. As I was saying, my name is Verchiel and I’m a vampire from her Amaranthine series, though I don’t show up until the third book. I guess she didn’t want to dazzle people with my brilliance too soon.
I don’t usually do this sort of thing – tie my author to a chair – but can you imagine reading a dry old post about some supposed history (which we all know is wrong, anyway)? She’s supposed to be attracting readers, not chasing them away!
If you want to know about the history of the vampire, I can tell it to you. Long, long ago someone, somehow made a vampire, who made a vampire, who made a vampire, and the whole thing continued on and on until – voila! – I came into being!
Despite being the pinnacle of vampire evolution, I am not the main character of the Amaranthine books. That… honor, if you can call being tortured by our author an honor, belongs to Jorick. He’s a crusty old vampire who likes to brew, stew and yell, but all the ladies think he’s hot, including Katelina. She’s his human girlfriend. Since I’m so fond of her, I can say in the nicest possible way that sometimes she has the brain power of a turnip. But, hey, brilliance is over rated! Would you rather spend eternity with an intellectual who will write long, boring posts about the history of things *cough* or with someone who can’t figure out how to open a pop bottle? Having been around, I can tell you that the second option is more fun.
(Unless it’s the case of our author, who writes those posts AND can’t figure out how to open a pop bottle. Just saying.)
But our author has one good point – she occasionally writes. Whether she writes well or not is a subject of debate. (I usually take her side. I want my own spin off series, after all) and as she might have half mentioned, she’s managed to crank out four full length novels and several short stories. Since the proof is in the pudding, as they say, I think now might be the time to share an excerpt of the latest book, Ashes of Deceit:
(During a battle with Senya, one of the Guild’s Executioners, Crabby old Jorick has asked Micah and Loren – fellow vampires – to take dear little Katelina and a couple of incapacitated vampires, and hit the road before things get too out of hand. Micah does, but he steals Senya’s car in the process.)
It was after midnight when Micah announced, “We need gas, and Lunch’s growling stomach is driving me fucking nuts.”
Katelina glared at a passing tree and imagined slugging him.
A truck stop glowed in the distance. Micah pointed to it and asked, “Who’s got cash?”
“Not me,” Loren chirped from the back seat.
Micah snorted. “What’s new? I think I’ve got a five, but that’s it. Looks like you’re buying, Lunch.”
“Stop calling me that,” Katelina snapped. “And I don’t have any money.”
“Ah, fuck. All right then, check the glove box. Maybe the bitch left her purse in here.”
Though Katelina couldn’t imagine Senya with a purse, she did as instructed. The first thing she found was a gun.
Micah rolled his eyes and steered into the truck stop. As he parked, Katelina gingerly moved the weapon aside and rifled through the contents of the glove box. There was a collection of IDs, all with Senya’s photo and different names; a cell phone, which Katelina pocketed; a package of wet wipes that Micah grabbed; and several road maps dotted with familiar symbols.
Loren snatched one of the maps. “What’s that?”
“It’s a map of the dens,” Katelina answered absently. “The different marks mean different things, like who’s on their side and who isn’t.”
Micah snorted. “I suppose Jorick told you that.”
“No, Verchiel.” She glanced up to see the scorn in his eyes doubled. “There’s no money.”
“Eh, I’m hungry, anyway.” Micah glanced back at Loren, “I bet you are, too?”
The teen nodded.
“And we should probably revive those two.” Micah jerked his thumb towards Torina and Alex. “Do you think we can catch two people with Lunch dragging us down?”
“You can’t hunt people!” Katelina cried, too horrified to notice the insult.
“Sorry to say, Princess, but yes we can.”
Loren cut in. “What if we just revived Alex? One person would be easier to kill than two.”
“You don’t need to kill anyone!” Katelina cried. “Verchiel fed off that Santa Claus guy and left him alive!”
“Santa Claus?” Micah snorted and waved it away. “I don’t wanna know. If it was just me or Loren, then yeah, we could drink offa someone without killing ‘em, but we need more than that for the three of us.”
“You can hunt animals!” Katelina gestured to the darkness beyond the glowing oasis of artificial lights.
Micah snickered. “You ever seen that commercial where they stack up all the breakfast cereal to show how much you’d ‘need’ to eat? Imagine those bowls are little raccoons.” He and Loren laughed and Katelina glared. “Besides, unless you wanna get stuck along the side of the road, we need money. Last I looked, Bambie and friends don’t carry cash.”
Katelina waved her fist furiously. “I won’t be part of this!”
Micah slipped the car into gear and drove to the back of the station. “We don’t want you to, Princess. You look like shit. Anyone who saw you would run.”
One lucky commenter will receive a coupon code for a free ebook from Smashwords. Since this is a series, the winner may choose which of the books they would like to receive:
Book 1: Shades of Gray - Katelina’s “friend-with-benefits” is murdered for stealing something from a coven of vampires. Hunted as an accomplice, she must rely on Jorick to survive. But what happens when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters?
Book 2: Legacy of Ghosts – For Katelina and Jorick, peace is hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome previous betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must overcome old regrets, or lose their future to the ghosts of their past.
Book 3: Ties of Blood – A trip to Katelina’s home starts a chain reaction; she and Jorick meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick for kidnapping. Worse, The Guild wants to question them. Will Malick, the head of the vampires, punish them? Or will the mysterious vampire following them do the job first?
Book 4: Ashes of Deceit – Katelina and Jorick must rescue a captured vampire and discover who kidnapped him and why. The truth isn’t easy to find. As Oren’s attack on the Guild draws closer, Jorick and Katelina are led back to the Citadel. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?
Follow the tour for more chances to win!
You can find more of Joleene Naylor and her vampires at her website: http://JoleeneNaylor.com or check out her blog at http://JoleeneNaylor.WordPress.com or her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/joleenenaylorbooks.
Barb’s note: as it might take me a couple of days to moderate comments from new visitors, as I’ll be mostly offline this week, please be patient – the winner will be announced next Sunday or contacted directly by the author! Thanks for participating – and go read the Amaranthine series (I should comment too, but I don’t have time to read the fourth book now, so I’ll just buy it when my TBR pile goes down, LOL)!