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Today's Guest of Honor is Shane and Regina from Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP Series!
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Shane: Hey everyone, Shane McAllister here. I do the 90s grunge/indie/alternative show on WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll [link: http://www.wvmpradio.com]. Thanks to Amber for inviting me to talk about what it means to be a vampire.
Regina: It’s totally righteous being a vampire. Totally. *lights cigarette*
Shane: Oh. Um, this is Regina, who apparently tagged along for the interview. She does the 80s punk rock/goth hour, Drastic Plastic. [link: http://www.wvmpradio.com/page.
Regina: I made you what you are, babe. Literally. I came because I knew you’d tell people that it sucks to be a vampire. They need to hear both sides.
Shane: You’re just afraid I’d tell everyone how you made me.
Regina: If you ever tell a soul, I will kill you. Permanently, this time.
(Edited by Shane later to add: my “turning tale” of how I became a vampire can be found on Jeri’s website. The story’s called “Last Request.” [link: http://jerismithready.com/
- OK, let’s get started. What is your Creature?
Regina: We are vampires, glorious immortal beasts! *stretches arms to the sky, waving black-lacquered nails*
Shane: Sure. Whatever.
Regina: “Whatever,” he says. Did you know that’s the name of his radio show? “Whatever.” [link: http://www.wvmpradio.com/page.
Shane: *adjusts sleeves of flannel shirt* I’m not Generation X. I hate labels.
Regina: As does every member of Generation X.
Shane (to Amber): See, each of us is “stuck in time” in the era we were turned, so we tend to wear the clothes and speak the slang we did when we were alive. It keeps us comfortable and semi-sane. But we have to fight to keep from becoming walking clichés.
Regina: Speak for yourself, hoser.
Shane: Regina is from the 80s, and Canadian. I bet you can’t tell.
- Is your creature from a specific part of the world?
Regina: We are everywhere! Cold and heat don’t bother us, so we can live where the weather is totally gnarly. My favourite city is London. I miss it horribly. It’s too sunny where we live now.
Shane: Not that weather matters. Rain or shine, we can’t be outside or even in a room with a window when the sun is up. We’re not like Angel or the Twilight vamps who only have to avoid direct sunlight.
Regina: I don’t know who those people are. Anyway, the rich vamps—which we are not—move north during the winter to take advantage of the really long nights.
Shane: But traveling is hard, because of the sun. There’s a network of vampire-friendly hotels and motels, though, where you can either sleep in a basement room with blackout curtains, or at least in the bathtub and not be disturbed by the housekeepers. Kind of like pet-friendly hotels, but for vampires.
- Physical Description?
Shane: Yeah, I won’t deny that. Even if you’re a homely human, like I was, becoming a vampire makes you hot.
Regina: I was pretty hot to begin with.
Shane: But seriously, we have to drink human blood and the best way to get it is voluntarily.
Regina: Yeah, big piles of blood-free corpses tend to attract attention, which is the last thing we want.
Shane: Also, killing is wrong.
Regina: Uh-huh, whatever. Anyway, seduction is our main weapon. It’s how we attract willing donors, who hopefully become regulars.
- What book or series does this creature appear in?
Shane: We’re in the WVMP RADIO series by Jeri Smith-Ready. Sometimes it’s called the Ciara Griffin series, after my girlfriend.
Regina: Is that her name?
Shane: The books are, in chronological order, WICKED GAME, BAD TO THE BONE, BRING ON THE NIGHT, the novella “Let It Bleed,” and last but not least, LUST FOR LIFE, which just came out today.
Wicked Game: http://jerismithready.com/
Bad to the Bone: http://jerismithready.com/
Bring on the Night: http://jerismithready.com/
Let it Bleed: http://jerismithready.com/
Lust for Life: http://jerismithready.com/
Regina: I’m so proud of you for not rearranging them into alphabetical order.
Shane: As long as they’re in some kind of order, that’s all that matters.
Regina: Vampires are kind of OCD.
Shane: Not “kind of.”
Regina: See, we kind of bug out when the world keeps changing around us while we stay the same. So finding something we can control helps us stay sane.
Shane: Regina’s OCD thing is counting. But if you make a Sesame Street crack, I can’t stop her from killing you.
Regina: Shane’s thing is sorting. He teaches a community-college class on how to load a dishwasher.
Shane: I do not. They turned down my proposal.
- What is the history of this creature? how where they created, where do they come from?
Regina: Vampires have always been. We are eternal. We have walked this earth since the dawn of history, and we shall feed off the last vestiges of humanity as it destroys itself.
Shane: What she means is, we have no clue.
- What are their strengths?
Regina: Ooh, I’ll show you! Do you mind if I throw you across the room with my pinky finger?
Shane: That’s not very courteous.
Regina: Hey, I asked her permission. That is courteous.
Shane (to Amber): Regina’s right—we’re physically strong and get stronger as we age. Also, older vampires don’t have to drink as often. For instance, I’ve been a vampire since 1995 and need blood a couple times a week. But our oldest vampire DJ, Monroe, was turned in , and he only needs to drink maybe once every six weeks or so
Regina: It’s good to be old.
Shane: In some ways. We also have great senses of smell, vision, and hearing, and have lightning-fast reflexes and running speed. Your basic predator skill set.
Regina: And we’re excellent dancers.
Shane: Again, for the seduction factor.
- What are their weaknesses?
Shane: This is where the bad side of aging comes in. The older we get, the crazier we get. It’s called “fading.” We lose touch with reality and get more violent around humans. Eventually we either kill ourselves or end up in a Control “nursing home.”
Regina: It’s not just age, though. Some vampires can stay sane when they’re really old, like Monroe. But a lot of vampires start off crazy, because they were bonkers when they were human. Those tend to flip out within a few decades.
*moment of silence*
Shane: I should explain the Control. That’s the International Agency for the Control and Management of Undead Corporeal Entities.
Regina: They’re a bunch of jackbooted thugs.
Shane: No, they’re not. Most of them.
Regina: I didn’t say they weren’t useful jackbooted thugs. They did save my life more than once.
- How long can vampires live?
Shane: Technically, we’re immortal, so under the right conditions, we could live forever. But I’ve never met a hundred-year-old vampire who wasn’t completely batshit. I wouldn’t want to live like that.
Regina: It’s awesome to stay young-looking for all that time, though. We only get old on the inside.
Shane: But most vampires either starve to death or accidentally burn up in the sun within the first few years. It’s a dangerous existence, so you have to be careful.
Regina: And most vampires suck at being careful.
What do they need to survive?
Regina: And music.
Shane: Blood and music. Or maybe that’s just us.
- Are they made or born?
Shane: We’re made. A vampire drains a human near the point of death, then feeds them his or her own blood, and they come back to life. As Buffy says, “it’s a whole sucking thing.”
Shane: A show that’s after your time. After my time, too, but Ciara is bringing me up to speed on the pop culture of the last fifteen years.
Regina (ignores him, speaks to Amber): Technically we’re undead, not dead. We have heartbeats, we breathe, we even use the washroom.
Shane: That’s Canadian for “bathroom.” We can eat food if we need to, to blend in with humans, but we can’t taste it. The only liquids we can taste are the ones with caffeine or alcohol.
Regina: Thank God for chemicals.
- Do you like being what you are?
Shane: It took me years to accept what I’d become. At the beginning, I had to be put on suicide watch. But that was more about not wanting to exist at all than about being a vampire. I’ve worked through my issues—most of them—and now I embrace what I am. I’ve found a way to be an undead predator that’s consistent with my ideals.
Regina: I LOVE IT. Period.
Shane: And that’s a good last word. Thanks again for having us, Amber. And hey, Jeri is giving away a signed, personalized copy of any book in the WVMP RADIO series to one randomly drawn commenter. All you have to do is ask me or Regina a question in the comments below. Open to international entries, obviously, since Regina is international herself.
Regina: I like this interview thing. I’m going to do more of them, since I’m so good at it.
Shane: You can follow me and Ciara on Twitter: http://twitter.com/
Our author, Jeri, is here: http://twitter.com/jsmithready
WVMP RADIO SERIES:
Late-night radio you can sink your teeth into
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station—and the link it provides to their original Life Times—the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around—next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher—and the perils graver—than any con game Ciara’s ever played…
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Turn On. Tune In. Drop Dead.If you’re just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Con-artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs—including her new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their ‘Life Time” (the era in which they became vampires). It’s Ciara’s job to keep the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—without missing a beat.
For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash sure to raise the dead. They’ve got cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? Well, for starters, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the illegal transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be…a canine vampire? And behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it).
Now Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own murky relationship issues, her best friend’s unlikely romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year’s in one piece, she’ll need to learn a few new tricks.…
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What's Blood Got to Do With It?
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor's degree!
But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps?Ciara's suspicions are confirmed when she's assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control's oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious, fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN SLAUGHTERCon artist-turned-radio-station-manager Ciara Griffin hopes to settle into a normal un-life as a fledgling vampire, with the help of her immortally hot fiancé, grunge DJ Shane McAllister. But she has bigger problems than finding a sane blood donor and a new home for those boxes of mac ’n’ cheese. Ciara’s best friend mourns her like she’s dead instead of undead, and her own maker clearly wishes she’d never been born (again). Worst of all, the WVMP crew calls a Code Black: hippie vampire DJ Jim has murdered a pair of humans—humans who share Ciara’s true last name.
That’s when trouble rolls out the red carpet, straight into Ciara’s life. At Shane’s first live concert, Ciara finds herself face to face with her Irish Traveller cousins, a not-so-welcome family reunion that might hold the key to Ciara’s anti-holy blood. Jim’s spiral into madness makes Ciara an unwilling prize in his deadly feud with Shane. As Ciara clings to what’s left of her humanity, she’ll need her new vampire strength—and old con artist cunning—now more than ever.
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Everyone's Out for Blood—Hers
Ciara’s con-artist parents taught her three keys to survival: keep low, keep quiet, and most of all, keep moving. But managing WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll—not to mention becoming a vampire herself—has kept her in one place long enough to fall madly in love, adopt an undead dog.... . . and make more enemies than she can shake a stake at.
A psychotic DJ, a wanna-be necromancer, and a posse of vengeful hippies would all love to see Ciara get her day in the sun—literally. To protect Ciara, her fiancé, Shane, has traded his flannel shirt and guitar for a flak jacket and crossbow. If she survives to walk down the aisle, will she recognize the man waiting at the altar?
In this final chapter of the award-winning WVMP RADIO series, Ciara must decide who to trust, who to love—and who to kill.
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Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.
Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.
When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.
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Amber:Okay that was one of my most favoritest ever interviews. It was crazy entertaining but did you see that Shane said my name 4x! I think I may have died and gone to heaven!!! Sorry I had to throw this out there.
I hope you read the interview and didn't skip to the giveaway. Because I decided to be mean and tell you that to enter the giveaway you must read the post. Yes the rules for the entry are above in this post. Shane tells you the details. In order to enter you must follow the rules. I will tell you a few things though.
- Jeri is giving away a signed, personalized copy of any book in the WVMP RADIO series to one randomly drawn commenter.
- You MUST answer Shane's Question (hint its in the comment that he says my name for the 4th time)
- Open INT
- 18 and Older
- Ends November Dec. 5th
I also have some goodies for you to. So 2 lucky commenters will get this. Open INT.
And a SUPER thanks to Jeri, Shane and Regina for stopping by. I am so sad to read the ending of this series. I am starting Lust for Life today actually. I love it! And Shane is just freaking awesome. He is stuck in the 90s my most favorite music era ever! I would love to hang out with him and listen to all that awesome music. I am so going to miss him.