Flash SALE. Your vote counts!

In celebration and thanks for Jared’s nomination as Best Supernatural Villain in the 6th Annual UTOPiA Reader Awards, True North is on SALE for the first time ever – only 99¢ – 3 days only!

This is an Amazon countdown deal that can be nabbed on Amazon US (until end of Friday, May 26).

You are also invited to enter for a chance to win one of three Aurora Sky coloring books with swag here.

I’ve never liked asking for favors, but for this I will. I’d love to showcase the Best Supernatural Villain trophy for Jared on my bookshelf! I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the end of Aurora Sky, and it would make one killer 40th Birthday Gift. (I’m pulling out the birthday card!)

If you have a moment, I’d appreciate your votes by Thursday, June 1st. Details and link here.

In addition to Jared’s nomination for best supernatural villain in True North (category 17), Once Upon a Kiss is up for best anthology (category 6), and French Kiss for Hire in best serial (category 7).

Thank you for reading!

Date With A Vampire (Ep 4) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Welcome to Date With A Vampire, a fun Thursday feature every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Here I make recommendations on vampire themed books and movies.

Continuing with May’s theme of blondes have more fun, I recalled a past date with Eric Northman.

I’d marry him for his last name alone! Maybe it’s my Alaskan upbringing. 😉

The book: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Although this is book 4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I consider it the first date with Eric— amnesia Eric, that is.

While Bill is off messing around and allowing Sookie’s driveway to go to shit (fucking Bill!) Eric actually helps out. With or without his memory, Eric has always been way more considerate. Sure, he has that sinister side, but for anyone who hates home repairs (says the woman who is about to be a home owner at the end of the month!), this is a major selling point. And just look at the way Eric towers over this weenie. Bigger and better in every way!

Bill annoyed me so much in the HBO series True Blood, I had to switch to reading the books. I swear his only line in season one was: “Sookie is mine.” It reminds me of Men in Black when the bug alien takes over Vincent D’Onofrio’s body and he keeps saying “Sugar in water.”

Bite me, Bill!

Let’s get back to Eric. Do you like him better with short hair or long hair? (A or B?)

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ENDS SOON! There are still a few more days to enter to win a paperback copy of The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Details and link in episode 3.

Next month I’m going PG with some middle grade reads. We’re moving at the end of this month and I need some quick fixes between packing. With school ending soon these could make for timely suggestions to distract the minis from sucking away all your time & energy. 😉

Date With A Vampire (Ep 3) The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Welcome to Date With A Vampire, a fun Thursday feature every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Here I make recommendations on vampire themed books and movies.

Bonjour, mes amis and welcome to another Date With A Vampire. May’s theme is: blondes have more fun!

I am pleased to introduce one of my new favorite vampires: Lestat. Keep reading and enter to win a date with this blonde Frenchie with fangs at the bottom of this post.

Full Name: Lestat De Lioncourt

The book: The Vampire Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2 by Anne Rice

With Lestat, I learned the importance of first impressions . . . they’re not always right! I thought I despised the coldhearted scoundrel after Louis’s account of him in Interview With A Vampire.

But Louis is a LIAR! #LyingLouis

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This isn’t the first time some moody, broody vampire misinterpreted his vivacious blonde counterpart.

Angel – Spike

Bill – Eric

And isn’t it funny how the brunette boys start out in all appearances the “responsible” ones, but become a psycho killer (Angelus) or unfaithful jackass (Bill) while Spike and Eric gave an actual damn about their superpowered honeys? Plus, they’re more fun. Way more fun!

Lestat likes to laugh. It annoys other vamps. Screw ‘em! You reach an age, or unage, when you stop giving a shit what other creatures of the night think. Vampirism was forced on Lestat, unlike Lying Louis, but you don’t see Lestat sulking in sewer tunnels, feeding off rats.

Lestat enjoys the finer things in life. Wine, music, fashion, art . . . the theatre!

Why not live unlife to the fullest?

What is it with vampires insisting upon misery, death, and despair?

Life is long. Live it up!

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As a side note, Lestat’s BF is named Nicki. It’s a boy Nicki, but still. I got tingles listening to Simon Vance (aka: Lestat) say my name in the audiobook.

Audio is The Best way to enjoy Lestat. Vance kills it! He IS Lestat. And Anne Rice has such a way with words that I found myself continuously playing back passages, mouth hanging open in delight, as though hearing a haunting symphony made only of words. I was so blown away I knew I needed a paperback copy to follow along with and keep on my bookshelf . . . FOREVER. I immediately called all the local book shops until I found a paperback copy at Barnes & Noble, put it on hold, then rushed over to claim it.

The clerks kept insisting it wasn’t there and attempted unsuccessfully to send me away. I was seriously ready to leap over the counter and bite them until I spotted the book on the hold shelf, placed up-side-down, thus not being shelved with the “J’s”, but “D’s” because it appeared thus: DROFFEJ IKKIN

(Never mind biting, time to go REDRUM on their asses!)

Enter to win your own (hassle free) paperback copy HERE. Open internationally!

If you’re a “live unlife to the fullest” kind of critter, check out past dates: Viago, for hilarity in New Zealand; and Fred, the vampire accountant, who is way more interesting than he thinks!

Suggestions? Let me know by comment, tweet, or Facebook. I won’t bite. (Unless you’re withholding a book!)