Today we are super excited to have C.J. Ellisson on the Blog! She has wrote a fun Guest Post and is even offering a Giveaway. So sit back and Enjoy!! And now here's C.J
Vampires, Werewolves, and Alaska – Oh My!
Where do the undead go to vacation? Let’s think about this. If you were undead would you go to New Orleans with a whole bunch of vampire wanna-bes and mingle with bunch of costumed people? Perhaps Manhattan or some big city in the Midwest? Or would you seek solitude from a civilization that forces you to adapt and go unnoticed?
As a reader of vampire fiction, especially the spicy & sexy kind, I often wondered why almost no one wrote about vampires going to a place with very little daylight. It makes sense when you think about it, right? Sun can burn you, go to the dark.
Stephanie Meyers made her vamps live in a perpetually cloudy area, which I thought was a good setting, but she lost me a bit when they sparkled in the sun rather than fried to a crisp. Honestly though, to each their own when it comes to vampire tastes – and with today’s plethora of vampire genres on the market a reader will certainly never want for their particular flavor of the undead.
For years I’d thought – why hasn’t anyone written a vampire tale in Alaska? There is no sun for months, seems like a great place for the creatures to hang, right? After I wrote a few chapters of Vampire Vacation and submitted it to my peers for critique I heard about a movie and comic book called 30 Days of Night which is a horror story set in Barrow, Alaska.
I’d never seen the movie, but I was bummed they picked Barrow, which is where my story was originally set. I did more research and found Barrow to be an unlikely spot for my proposed setting (whew!), so I picked a different Alaskan locale (north of Coldfoot, south of Dead Horse) to get the landscape I wanted for the book.
Non-stop parties, themed sex-rooms, willing blood donors among the employees, winter activities if you feel like venturing out, and a hostess who can make your secret dreams come true. Sounds divine for a vampire, doesn’t it?
What happens when a dead body is found and the innkeepers try to investigate while keeping their guests in the dark? The guests get more than they bargained for during their stay, that’s for sure. And the married innkeepers, Vivian and Rafe, have lots of secrets they need to protect.
I’d go there for a getaway, wouldn’t you? ;-)
Thanks for having me here today on Awesomesause, Amber & Amber. I know you like paranormal and I sincerely hope the graphic sex in my books didn’t scare you both off!
~~*~~ CONTEST TIME ~~*~~
I’d like to give away a copy of each of my V V Inn ebooks out to two commenters today. What supernatural elements do you like in your vampire books? I’d love to hear from you.
~~ C.J. Ellisson ~~
Guest Speaker at Vamps at Sea – a Vampire Themed Cruise to Alaska
Thanks Again C.J. And now lets learn a little bit about these books!Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t?
Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of ten years in silver chains, she'll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic—it holds death.
Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all her new seethe members.
Don't forget to answer the question and enter to win!!
Contest Ends 9/23