"Hunted by the Others reminded me why I fell in love with the urban fantasy genre in the first place...A paranormal world that sucks you in, characters you actually care about, romantic tension that truly sizzles, and did I mention Royce?"
"Royce - the big, bad yummylicious vampire - is one of the things that kept me reading the story...With lots of funny moments, plenty of action and a bit of a romance, Hunted by the Others is a fun read and I'm definitely going to be reading the next book in this new series."
My guest blogger today is Jess Haines, whose debut Hunted by the Others, was released this week. Congratulations, Jess!
Here's her publisher's summary of the first book in the H&W Investigations series:
Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm--if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires.
As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend--a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing--and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil--whether she likes it or not. . .
Jess is giving away an autographed copy of Hunted by the Others. Read to the end of the post for contest rules. Now, she tackles that question that scholars have pondered since time immemorial, Vampires: Hot or Not? Welcome, Jess!
Vampires: Hot or Not?
There are many flavors of vampire out there. Sometimes they are good looking and suave; other times they are ugly and deformed. You’ve got the classic elegant beast in Dracula, the disgusting monster in Nosferatu, the broody reformer-in-search-of-redemption in Angel, and the sparkly hunk of teenaged angst-on-a-stick that is Edward Cullen.
In addition to their looks, vampires have some of the most interesting blends of strengths and weaknesses of all supernatural creatures. These attributes vary greatly depending on the myth, legend, book, or TV series you’re watching/studying. The vampires may be allergic to garlic, silver, sunlight, holy objects or consecrated ground, running water, fire, etc. They need to periodically consume (human) blood to survive. As immortal creatures of night and shadow, they frequently seduce their victims using their looks, their charms, or magic powers. Often they possess unnatural strength, agility, speed, stamina – pardon me, must pause for a moment to fan myself.
One thing I’ve noticed from the reviews I’ve seen for my book, Hunted by the Others, is that the reviewers are mostly slanted in favor of the vampire in my story, Alec Royce. Royce is an ancient, elder vampire who rules over a good chunk of real estate on the East coast, including New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He also presents a big problem for my protagonist, Shiarra Waynest, since he’s the one who has the artifact she’s supposed to collect for a mage coven, and he’s not about to make it easy for her to get her hands on it. As one reviewer put it, “Half the time he is stalking Shia I don’t think even he knew if he wanted to eat her or sleep with her.” Yet he’s a reader favorite – why is that? What makes him desirable despite the obvious danger he poses?
Mine is not the only book where I’ve seen this phenomenon (or experienced it myself). Now, to stick with the topic at hand—are they hot or not?—we’re going to discuss and study vampires like Bram Stoker’s Dracula:
Louis and Lestat from Interview With The Vampire:
David from The Lost Boys:
Eric from True Blood:
Blade from the Blade Trilogy:
Not to mention Blade’s nemesis, Deacon Frost:
Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga:
Wow. While I might have gotten a bit carried away there, I may have made my point. Those pictures pretty much speak for themselves.
So what do you say, folks? Vampires – Hot or Not? You decide!
As a side note, for more delightfully hunky vampires, please visit my new best friend, Vamp Boyz (or, if dudes aren’t your thing, check out Vamp Chix instead!). This eye candy has been a public service announcement brought to you by Jess Haines (with a little inspiration from Michele Hauf of Vamp Boyz!).
Read Chapter One of Hunted By Others.
CONTEST RULES: Just leave a comment on whether you think vamps are hawt, or if you prefer another paranormal creature or regular human beings. Or you can leave a comment for Jess. The contest runs through May 16, and a winner will be selected by random drawing. Restricted to those in the U.S.
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Wherein we explore the theme, vampires, hot or not? By the way, what is it about vampire fans that they're wild about disco beats?
I apologize for this song. It feels me with despair for modern civilization.