Monday, September 21, 2009

Guest: SciFi Guy on Blood Lite

We welcome honorary VampBloke, Doug Knipe today, who is best known as SciFi Guy, and who has an incredible blog dedicated to sci/fi, UF, and paranormal reads, reviews and news.  His blog is a must-add to your blog crawl!


If you would like a change of pace from the darker side of the un-dead, I have put together a list of some of my favourite series by writers that would be right at home here at VampChix. They all share a lust for life (figuratively and literally), humorous and eclectic characters, and a penchant for pun-ishing and quirky book titles. You’ll find the cover designs for these lighter vampire romps are also outside the usual vein.

Which of these series have you tried? Which was your favourite and why? Do you have a recommendation of a vampire novel or series that reflects (well maybe not, given they’re vampires) the lighter side of un-life? Leave a comment and share.

For each series I’ve included a short snippet or blurb to convey the flavour of the series.

Marta Acosta
Funny and original, the Casa Dracula series has one of the more unusual twists on vampires.

Excerpt – “Despite her Fancy University (F.U.) degree, Milagro de los Santos isn’t having much success at life. She can barely pay the rent and all of her boyfriends are as frivolous as beach reads. Then, at a party in honor of her successful ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive, quirky Oswald Grant.
Who knew that her passionate kiss with Oswald would result in serious illness, a craving for raw meat, and an aversion to sunlight? Well, her ambitious ex knew, and after he attempts to kidnap Milagro, she must hide out with Oswald’s snobby family at their country estate to recover and learn the truth about their mysterious “genetic condition.”

Casa Dracula Series:
1. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (2006)
2. Midnight Brunch (2007)
3. The Bride of Casa Dracula (2008)
Return to Casa Dracula (2010)

Places to visit:
Website | Vampire Wire

Michele Bardsley
Broken Heart Oklahoma is a hotbed of supernatural activity and is populated by appealing and likeable characters from ordinary walks in life, including beauticians, librarians and single moms. Only they have all become vampires

Excerpt - There's a new breed of soccer mom in town-with fangs. Does drinking blood make me a bad mother? That's the question single mom Jessica Matthews faces when she wakes from a savage attack sucking on the thigh of Patrick O'Halloran, a super-hot Irish vampire who'd generously offered his femoral artery to save her from death...only to make her one of the undead. Jessica can't rest until the beast that did this to her is caught. Meanwhile, she's having trouble committing to Patrick (in the vampire handbook, physical intimacy costs you several hundred years of being bound together) and keeping her kids in line.

Broken Heart Oklahoma Series:
I'm The Vampire, That's Why (2006)
Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire (2007)
Because Your Vampire Said So (2008)
Wait Until Your Vampire Gets Home (2008)
Over My Dead Body (2009)
Come Hell or High Water (Jan 2010)

Places to visit:
Website/Blog | Broken Heart Oklahoma Series Website

Gerry Bartlett
Glory runs a vintage clothing story and her werewolf girlfriend runs the coffee shop next door.

Excerpt - Gloriana St. Clair, full-figured vampire and entrepreneur, doesn’t understand why life has to be so complicated. First, her shop is fire bombed by a frustrated vamp hunter, then long-time lover Jeremy Blade abandons her to hunt the hunter. She’s determined to get her business and her love life back on track, but she becomes the target of Energy Vampires. The EVs want to— excuse me?--suck out her stored power to make Vampire Viagra.

Glory St. Claire Series:
1. Real Vampires Have Curves (2007)
2. Real Vampires Live Large (2007)
3. Real Vampires Get Lucky (2008)
4. Real Vampires Don't Diet (2009)
5. Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs (2010)

Places to visit:

Tate Hallaway
Tate recently announced that her Garnet Lacey series is ending which is sad as I would have loved to read the additional books she had planned.

Excerpt - Garnet Lacey vowed never to do magic again. Not after that scene with the Vatican assassins in Minneapolis where she called on the Goddess Lilith, who left a swath of destruction so huge Garnet had to leave town. Eight months later, and several hundred miles away, she’s now the manager of Mercury Crossing, Madison, Wisconsin’s premier occult bookstore and herb emporium where the employees are prime examples of witches without a clue.

Garnet Lacey Series:
Tall, Dark and Dead (2006)
Dead Sexy (2007)
Romancing the Dead (2008)
Dead If I Do (2009)
Honeymoon of the Dead (May 2010)

Places to visit:
Website | Blog

Katie MacAlister
The Aisling Grey series follows the exploits of Aisling, her pet demon Jim, and Drake, a handsome dragon in human form. The Silver Dragons and Light Dragons series explore different wyverns.

Excerpt - All Aisling Grey had to do was deliver a centuries old, gold dragon statue to her uncle's client in Paris, but instead she finds the woman murdered and a strange, sexy man lingering nearby. Drake Vireo claims to be with Interpol, but before Aisling can verify this, he, along with the statue, disappears. Now the French police's prime suspect in the case, Aisling must figure out who really killed the woman and exactly where Drake disappeared to with her artifact. Aisling's efforts to clear her name become even more complicated once she learns she is a Guardian (as in guarding the portals to hell), and dishy Drake is a real-life dragon (otherwise known as wyvern).

Aisling Grey, Guardian
1. You Slay Me (2004)
2. Fire Me Up (2005)
3. Light My Fire (2006)
4. Holy Smokes (2007)

Silver Dragons
1. Playing with Fire (2008)
2. Up in Smoke (2008)
3. Me and My Shadow (2009)

Light Dragons
Love in the Time of Dragons (2010)

Places to visit:
Website | Blog

Erin McCarthy
Apparently the series is now complete but still well worth tracking down. I love stories set in Vegas and these are not your typical vamps.

Excerpt - He's a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy. Not to mention a very hot, wealthy, casino-owning vampire. It's an election year for vampires, which means he'll first have to escape his opponent's hit men. Then he'll have to find a suitable First Lady, preferably here in Vegas.

Vegas Vampires Series:
High Stakes (2006)
Bit the Jackpot (2006)
Bled Dry (2007)
Sucker Bet (2008)

Places to visit:

Kimberley Raye
Excerpt - Being dead can kill a social life! For Lil Marchette, the owner of Manhattan's premier dating service for vampires (and a dazzling denizen of the dark herself), death is all in a night's work.

Dead End Dating Series:
1. Dead-End Dating (2006)
2. Dead and Dateless (2007)
3. Your Coffin or Mine? (2007)
4. Just One Bite (2008)
5. Sucker for Love (2009)
6. Here Comes the Vampire (2010)

Places to visit:

Michelle Rowen
Another series that just recently completed.

Excerpt - Dear Mom, I might be a wee bit late for Cousin Missy’s wedding. It’s been a tough week. Turns out, my blind date from hell was literally from hell. Guy bit me. Next thing I know, I’m being chased all over the city by vampire hunters. And did I mention that I got fired, too? Bright side-I met a man. Thierry de Bennicoeur. How great is that name? Anyway, he’s sexy, six-hundred years old, and a tad suicidal, but no one’s perfect, right? And we have a deal-he’s gonna show me the ropes of the vampire world, and I’m supposed to help him end his existence. Or maybe I’ll just try to convince him life is worth living – no small challenge with the mostly immortal, let me tell you. I’ll admit it’s a complicated relationship. But with any luck, I just might have a date for that wedding after all… Hugs and Kisses,Sarah.

Immortality Bites Series:
1. Bitten & Smitten (2006)
2. Fanged & Fabulous (2007)
3. Lady & the Vamp (2008)
4. Stakes & Stilettos (2009)
5. Tall, Dark & Fangsome (2009)

Places to visit:
Website | Blog

Lynsay Sands
This long running series is another with an interesting twist on the vampire origins story.

Excerpt - Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sign of blood… an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Her mother thinks she has the perfect solution, and serves up the therapist on a silver platter (or at least a wrought iron bed). Of course it doesn’t hurt that this psychologist has a delicious looking neck.

Argeneau Family Series:
1. A Quick Bite (2005)
2. Love Bites (2004)
3. Single White Vampire (2003)
4. Tall Dark and Hungry (2004)
5. A Bite to Remember (2006)
6. Bite Me If You Can (2007)
7. The Accidental Vampire (2008)
8. Vampires Are Forever (2008)
9. Vampire, Interrupted (2008)
10. The Rogue Hunter (2008)
11. The Immortal Hunter (2009)
12. The Renegade Hunter (2009)

Places to visit:

Other writers with a humorous bent on vampires include MaryJanice Davidson, Dakota Cassidy, and Molly Harper.


Mardel said...

Doug, I followed you from your website (creepy? maybe....)

I read the very first of Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula series,
The first of Michele Bardley's series, and I have the first two of Gerry Bartlett's also. I haven't been able to finish her books though; I think it's because I got tired of the main character going on and on about her weight, when she really isn't that big (I'm overweight so it bugs me)
I also tried Tate Hallaway's first Garnet book, and a couple of Katie MacAlister's books. I haven't yet tried Erin McCarthy, though I've been meaning to. Kimberly Raye's first two were pretty funny. I laughed a lot while reading Bitten and Smitten. I also read A Quick Bite, by Lindsay Sands. Lindsay Sands also writes some funny romance (historical) I've heard. MaryJanice Davidson is one of the funniest-especially her first Queen Betsy book.

It is fun to read vampire books that aren't too serious. We all need some light-hearted fun. Seeing all those author names reminded me that I've been meaning to read more of their work.

Elie N said...

Hi SciFi! As usual you have some fantastic recommendations. I have read most of these except Erin McCarthy and Tate Halloway. I read Gerry Bartlett, but couldn't finish the series. I will some day, I just need to break it up.

ColleenFL said...

I have read all those authors except for Molly Harper. She is already on my TBR list. I really love Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series. She's great at using humor in her vampire stories. I like to reread her books. Great post!

Anna Dougherty said...

Thanks for posting today- and thanks for putting the books in the series! I have most of these titles but it's hard to keep track of what comes next. I have been experimenting with a book list on my computer- what I've read, what's next, and when they come out. The problem: making my list mobile. I've enjoyed these series, and the humor, because they represent what would happen in the real world if someone was a vampire. How they cope, what bugs them, figuring out the rules. And they are all so fun!

It's a real bummer that the Garnet Lacey books are ending. Any chance that she'll shop them somewhere else? Is that even possible?

Michele Hauf said...

I've read Tate's series and love it, and yep, I'm bummed to it won't be continuing. But she is starting a new young adult series that I'm sure will be tons of fun.

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Doug

Nice to see you at VampChix.

Great list! I am especially looking forward to Marta Acosta's next Casa Dracula book. The series is funny and the heroine, Milagro, is quite intelligent.

I'm still unhappy that Michelle Rowen's Immortality Bites series has ended. There were always many laugh out loud moments.

Marta said...

Hi, Doug and Michele!

Doug, thanks for mentioning my Casa Dracula series on your list!

Michele, I was happy to see that you were featuring Doug, one of my favorite bloggers, when I was linking up my Vampire Wire blog to VampChix new Bite Club. Best of luck to your book club!

Daelith said...

Great choices you've listed. Some of these writers I have read and the others I have in my TBR pile or on my wishlist.

wcvamp said...

Love Michelle Bardsley, Erin McCarthy, and love Lyndsay Sands.

all others not very interesting. IMO.

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
What a fabulous post on the lighter paranormal novels.
Thank you for taking the time to post the covers and links with your writing.
I look to you as the inspiration on how to professionally post.
All the best,

SciFiGuy said...

Mardel I only mentioned MJD because I figured her Queen Betsy was already pretty well known. I've heard that comment about Bartlett's Gloriana before and once you get past the 2nd book it really isn't more than a casual mention in the stories although the titles seem to say otherwise. It's just her hook.

Elle if you liked the others you would for sure like the Vegas Vamps series. Erin's writing is pretty hot too.

Colleen my fav Argeneau so far was The Accidental Vampire. Loved that one.

Anna I just rely on my monthly release lists to keep track and do most of my ordering online.

Michele maybe you could convince Tate to write the other novels by subscription :)

Patricia yeah a few of these series have concluded but hopefully the authors will start new series also in the lighter vein. I'm quite ready for the 4th Casa Dracula. Love Milagro too.

Hi Marta Casa Dracula is always on my list of fav reads.

Daelith I love the lighter paranormals. I've read all of these although a couple of the recent titles in a couple of the series are still sitting in my TBR too.

wcvamp thats what I love about lists - there is something for everyone!

RKCharron thanks. There were so many more I wanted to cover so maybe I'll do a Part 2 at some point.

Derek Tatum said...

Thank you for writing this list. I have been interested in humorous vampire stories because I typically read darker material (I come from a horror background).

SciFiGuy said...

You're welcome Derek. Everyone needs the occasional break from the dark and dangerous :) You should consider doing your own guest spot on the flipside of vampires.

Vickie said...

Hey Doug: I've read Katie Mac, Michele Bardsley, MaryJanice Davidson, Tate Hallaway. And Michelle Rowen is on Mt Git'r'Read.
I do dig a fab and kitschy title, which is what draws me to these books and authors. Then they keep me with the humor and action.

Derek Tatum said...
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Derek Tatum said...

Depending on who it was, Doug, I'd be willing to let someone write a guest column for Mondo Vampire. Now that my con stuff is through for the year, I want to get things going over there again.

I like VampChix overall... and the thing that commanded my attention was this article right here: Good to see Quinn, the Grand Dame herself, getting props. In this day and age where you can't go to a bookstore without tripping over a vampire novel, I am glad Michelle and co. honoring the foundations. CQY FTW.

Michele Hauf said...

Derek, looked for an email contact at your blog, but couldn't find one. We should talk regarding exchanging posts for our blogs!

SciFiGuy said...

Vickie it was the titles that got me interested too. Often though the title doesn't have a thing to do with the story, it just grabs your attention.

Derek yeah I loved the Chelsea Quinn Yarbro interview. I have read her ever since Hotel Transylvania (and have a signed inscribed copy from her too).