C.J Ellisson Guest Post

Friday, September 16, 2011

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


  1. Oh and C.J I would just like to say, there is no way some hot graphic sex would scare me off!lol. I refer to these books as my book porn.haha

  2. I like a variety of vampire series. Each one is unique. Some have only vamps, others include shifters, demons, witches, angels, etc. Many different series feature vamps that can read minds, control others, levitate, teleport, etc. I like for each series I read to be unique in some way. All of them contain some humor and some seriously sexy vamp guys. I am always on the lookout for a new vamp series to follow, since vamps are probably my favorite paranormal characters.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. I'm not picky, I'm a sucker for any type of vampire read. ;-)

    They can be light hearted, dark and scary, sexy (yeah!). But at heart, I guess I'm conventional in terms of the supernatural abilities they have, so dark and brooding with minimal extras, must stay out of the day light, can have mind control, need blood, the ability to fly, not so much,seems cheesy.


  4. Thanks, Amber! Glad you like the spicy stuff ;-) Me too.

    June - two peas in a pod. Love me some vamps :-)

    Anne - thanks for commenting! I eead a series once where the main vamp character turned to mist, but I didn't mind it though, the rest of it was so well done.

  5. I like magic and witches in my vamp books! It just adds another element of intrigue and excitement!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  6. I have to say that I already have book 1 and it was fantastic! I'd love to win book 2 The Hunt. I loved how C.J. portrayed Vivian. She can be bad a** when she needs to be but Rafe is the sweety =) I guess for supernatural elements I like the more traditional stuff. Like can't go out in sunlight, only drinks blood. Dark and mysterious...that's what makes them so damn sexy. Thanks so much for the chance to win your book.

  7. I like many different supernatural elements in my vampire books, but my favorite is when they are new and unique. That way it doesn't feel like you are reading the same type of story just with different characters all of the time.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  8. I am not picky...I like all kinds of supernatual elemants. I think the variety is what keeps things interesting...if every book was the same I would get bored. The fact that authors keep coming up with different things is what keeps me coming back for more!

    Thanks for the chance!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  9. Julie - girl after my own heart! I've planned a magic user in book three. I've enjoyed so many books with that angle I figured "why not?"

    Tanya!! Can I just tell you I love you right now or is that too soon? ;-) Thank you so much for trying my work and I'm sincerely thrilled you enjoyed it so much. Good luck in the contest!

    Amanda - good point! I love it when an author puts just enough spin on an old take to interest me and drag me into finding out what other "new" aspects they may have brought to the table with their book.

    Maria - I agree! The variety does make it more interesting. Oh, and I love your pic! Cute red horns on your head (or are those ears?)

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies! It was great to read your answers.

  10. In my vampire books I like to see vampires that are true to their nature and crave blood instead of falling in love with humans and being sparkly.


  11. I'm not picky either. All I'm really looking for is an engaging, good story that sucks me in :) I like the different mythologies and worlds that different authors have created around vampires, but the one that I've managed to resist so far has been Twilight.


  12. I like variety in my vampires telepathy,mind reading ,teleportation ones that crave blood but can and do fall in love with mortals .I love my vamps super sexy and if the book has humor in it im all over it .These books look amzing I would love to read them,

  13. I love the forbidden romance element in paranormal romance: vampire falls for werewolf, angels and vampires, witches and vampires, etc. It makes for some excellent sexual tension and a great story. I like to mix up my supernaturals. Great post! This series is going on my wish list.


  14. Hmm, what supernatural elements do I like in my vampire boosk? All of them! I like the different powers that different authors gift (or curse) to their vampires in their mythologies. I think vampires need some supernatural power perks to make being a vampire sexy. I also like the addition of other supernatural characters-werewolves, shifters, fae, witches, etc. Something to mix it up. Thank you for the interview and giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  15. I like it when my vampires don't sparkle. I want them to have an edge. I, also, want shifters in my series. I love shifters.

  16. I love all kinds of supernatural elements in my books. I don't mind if they stick to one species or if they mix them up. I do demand excellent dialogue, prefer snarky heroines and love a fast paced plot.


  17. I love to see vamps and shifters falling in love and overcoming the prejudices of each others species.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  18. I just started reading vampire books and love it! I would say I like them to have supernatural abilities. It makes it so much more interesting!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  19. Squiggles - I will refrain from commenting too much on the sparkly opinion, but let's just say I lean very heavily on your side! ;-)

    Erin - I love the mythologies woven into stories too! I have to say, I sometimes learn more from a fiction book then I ever did in school.

    Wanda - thanks for commenting! I like your view on vamps falling for humans too (we all need a little dream, right?)

    Lori - great points! I like the tension too, but I also like the outright sex scenes :-D I'm naughty that way.

    ML - you nailed it! that's what is so fun about the genre, anything goes!

    Mbreakfield - Thanks for commenting as well, wishing you luck in the contest.

    Judy - I agree on the dialogue. I've read some where they push the wit a little too far and it comes off contrived, but for the most part the snark and humor draws me in, too.

    Nay - prejudices is a good way to put it, I hadn't though of it that way, but you're right. And it does add a nice delicious spark.

    Mary - you're welcome, and thank you for stopping by.

    Wishing you all the best of luck in the contest!

  20. I like my vampire books to have a variety of abilities. I like it when the vampires don't ALL have the same abilities. It is always entertaining when they have mind control over the opposite sex though. I also like it when their past comes back to haunt them so to speak.

    LOVE the cover designs BTW!


  21. The elements that I like in a Paranormal would definitely be the supernatural abilities that characters have as well as intricate world-building because these aspects makes for interesting stories.


  22. I love vampires but mostly, I love to see a book where many different species live together in the same world - like a mix of shifters, vamps, and faeries. It's awesome to see how they all intertwine.

    Thanks for the contest!!

    violettewaits (at) gmail.com

  23. Really enjoyed the guest post! Your books sound great C.J.

    I love all vamps and vamp reads :)! The norm abilities work just fine for me. I also like when unique things are thrown in. From sweet and fun reads to dark and very sexy. Yah, long as it has a good storyline I'm not hard to please lol.

    pams00 @ aol.com


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