Date With A Vampire (Ep 5) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Welcome to Date With A Vampire, a Thursday feature every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month with vampire themed book and movie recommendations.

Last month we had a laugh with blondes who bite: Lestat de Lioncourt and Eric Northman. This month we’re going emo with outcasts.

For this first Thursday date, meet Christian Ozera from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

The moment I saw Christian skulking around in the shadows my mind chanted a sultry, “hello, there, bad boy.” I love Christian Ozera the way I love Toby Cavanaugh in Pretty Little Liars. Loners and outcasts have always held a special place in my heart.

Thankfully, the Vampire Academy movie exceeded my expectations. (The overall ratings weren’t making my blood pump with excitement.) But I ended up enjoying the film and wish they’d continue with the rest of the series, which I ended up buying in paperback.

The box set is now in a box, one of many as we make our move (today!) to a town a little north of where we’ve been holed up the past three years. It will be another couple months before the floors get done. The house still has the original orange shag carpet from the 70’s. Can’t wait to have it all finished and books back out of boxes and onto bookshelves where they belong!

As always, give me a shout if you have a suggestion, especially the cinematic kind during these next couple months of grueling labor.

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!)

Date With A Vampire (Ep 2) What We Do In The Shadows

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, along with my suggestions for thirst quenchers and nibbles to enjoy on your “date.”

Dearest fangiacs, I’d like to introduce you to tonight’s date: Viago

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

The Film: What We Do in the Shadows written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

For this date night you absolutely MUST, not only have a sense of humor, but go one step further and open your mind to the complete and utter absurd. This movie is ridiculous. Viago is ridiculous. His roommates are ridiculous. I laughed my head off!

What We Do in the Shadows is filmed as a mock doc—a gory, outrageous spoof on reality TV.

When I’m feeling my most down (life sucks, full on frustration), I’ve always found laughter stabilizing. Viago turned out to be just what I needed. I hooked up with him via Amazon (free to Prime members at the time of this posting).

For this date, I brought Kettle Corn, strawberry licorice twists, and organic Chewie Fruities from Torie & Howard. Aurora especially approved of the popcorn, since she loves crunchy snacks. With her taste buds out of commission, she goes more for texture: crunchy over chewy. (I like both!)

Single men often come with roommates and Viago, you should know, has three with a fourth on the way. Petyr keeps to himself in the basement, thank goodness. Vladislav has a sexy accent, and sense of fashion he calls “dead, but delicious.” Deacon never does his chores, but he makes up for it with handknitted gifts and his erotic dance performances.

Then there’s newbie Nick who messes up the whole household dynamic and, worst of all, interrupts Deacon’s aforementioned erotic dance.

If the preview makes you laugh, give this one a go and let me know what you think of it in comments, or by tweet or Facebook. What are your favorite movie snacks?

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If you appreciate a date who makes you laugh and missed episode 1 with Fred, the Vampire Accountant, catch it here.

NEXT MONTH: Blondes Have More Fun! We’ll kick off May with Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and include a giveaway.

Date With A Vampire (Ep 1) The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Welcome to your first date with a vampire, a fun new Thursday feature every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

In Date With A Vampire, I make recommendations on vampire themed books and movies I find amusing, along with my suggestions for thirst quenchers and nibbles to enjoy on your “date.” The theme for April is funny. Keep reading to learn more about our first bachelor with bite: Fred!

Full name: Fredrick Frankford Fletcher

(“Yes,” Fred says, “that name did get me beaten up quite frequently when I was a child.”)

Occupation: Accountant

Hobbies: Watching vampire movies

Favorite Eats & Drinks, Aside From Blood: Merlot and Cheese

The Book: The Utterly Uninteresting & Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Looking for a little tax time relief? Fred’s offbeat humor had me at first sight – the cover! One look at that sucker and I knew I was in for a good time.

Fred is funny without intending to be funny, which makes him even funnier. (Don’t you just love an undead man with a sense of irony?)

We started our date with Fred’s favorites: red wine and cheese. I am in absolute LOVE with Miyoko’s Creamery, vegan – non-dairy – organic, cultured nut cheeses. The double cream chive is to die for!

Although Fred prefers to stay in, he decided to step outside his comfort zone by attending his 10 year high school reunion, held around Halloween. It kicked off with a costume party, thankfully after sunset. Freddy dressed up as a doctor. If you’re wondering why he didn’t done a black cape and come as a vampire, Fred explains it best. “The point of a Halloween costume is to be something you are not.” Since Fred’s a vampire, that would have been cheating and Fred doesn’t cheat. He’s a hardworking, honest man. They don’t unmake them like that anymore.

Fred wasn’t one for mingling, way fine by me. We hit up the refreshment table and sipped on “the poorly flavored sugar water they had the gall to call punch.” (I told you to sneak in your blood flask, Fred.)

We were about to bag the whole thing when the lights suddenly went out and we heard screams. I’ll stop there. I have no intention of spoiling date night should you make the wise decision to give Fred a call.

If you appreciate oddball humor you’ll have a great time with Fred! I’ve already agreed to a second date with book two, Undeath & Taxes.

For more laughs, check out Viago’s date, served with candied popcorn and red whips. Take a trip to New Zealand in the wacky film: What We Do In The Shadows.