Thursday, October 29, 2009

VampBash: Predatory Vamps, eBooks and Blood Ties

Marcus Pelegrimas guests today!  I know, I know, to judge from the polls we do monthly here at VampChix, I can determine that the majority of visitors to this blog love vampire romance.  But vamps can't always be broody and charming, can they?  That's why I had to invite Marcus to guest here and shake up things a bit with his seriously blood-soaked monsters, werewolves and vampires.  E.E Knight says about Marcus's work "Blood Blade peels you right down to the nerve."  Now how's that for a visual?  Marcus will give away a signed copy of HOWLING LEGION to one lucky winner who participates in today's Scavenger Hunt.  So without further ado...

Sexy Masters of the Night or
Punks with Fangs?
By: Marcus Pelegrimas

         What a great time to be a vampire.

            Seriously, in the old days they had to worry about rampaging mobs who wanted to put them in the ground and keep them there any way they could. Sure the locals were superstitious, but they didn’t stop to wonder why garlic may or may not have worked or what constituted an invitation across the threshold. If a creature of the night showed up for a quick bite, it got a stake knocked through its chest. If holy water didn’t phase them, the mobs switched to kerosene and lit a match so they could write their folk tales over a nice warm bonfire. That’s how it used to be.
            Now it’s a whole different story. Reading fairy tales and legends is considered “research” and if some of those superstitions of old don’t hold up, well that dude with a taste for plasma must not be a “real” vampire. All a bloodsucker has to do anymore to get a square meal is walk up and flash the fangs. Odds are pretty good someone will either think he’s sexy, want a shot at immortality or both. “You like the fangs, huh? You know what it’s like to be misunderstood? Awww, you feel like an outcast? Come over here and tell me about it. Now turn your head for me. Just a bit more. That’s it.” Suppertime.

            When I hear people talk about vampires, the conversation rarely goes anywhere near the bloated, hideous, swollen tick-like sacks of blood that you find in actual folklore. This is the same folklore that people treat as gospel in regards to a vampire’s weaknesses or dislikes, turn-ons and turn-offs. It’s as if those stories were pulled from medical journals. Let’s face it. If vampires were eternal beings and wanted to stick around for a few more years, they would simply LOVE IT if all of us mortal foodstuffs (I mean people…heh) thought they knew how to deal with them.
            “They think we care whether or not they invited us in?” the common vampire casually muses. “Ok. They think they can poison us with food seasoning? Suuure. But wait. They also think we’re smokin’ hot and rule the cities in an underground empire? NOW you’re talkin’.”
            Being a vampire in the 21st century is the best case scenario for pre-conceived notions in regards to the undead. Just imagine how great it would be if you were a serial killer and suddenly clowns were considered to be hilarious and most definitely NOT terrifying by the community at large. So vampires are sexy, powerful, alluring, movers & shakers, snappy dressers and fashionably sensitive. The whole “will puncture your skin and drink the blood which you very much need to live” aspect is dressed up nice and neat. Funny about that. When I get tattooed, most people wince at the thought of those needles. But mention a vampire bite and watch the girls swoon.

            Being a true, predatory vampire in this day and age would be so easy. EVERYone thinks they know all about them. Strangely enough, they still think this when most everyone agrees that vampires have survived because they can hide and deceive so well. The undead must truly enjoy those wild-eyed stories from the 17th century. You think the people who wrote those tales were so smart? How do you feel about putting your life in the hands of a doctor from the year 1687? We don’t listen to those old-timers about drilling holes in someone’s skull to cure a headache, so why take all of their outdated supernatural speculations so seriously?
            But why listen to me? Go with the legends and all those comforting tales from days gone by. Dress up all nice and pretty for that sexy dude with the great hair and pouty lips who’s beckoning to you. You like bad boys? You like dangerous men? You want to feel the taboo pleasures of being fed upon? Go right ahead. They’re always hungry.
            Oh, and you think they don’t enjoy the kill or feel guilty enough to just take what they need and let you go? Sure, because every predator feels that way.
            Yes indeed. The only problem vampires have nowadays is overeating.


Today's scavenger hunt features Electronic Book giveaways and HOWLING LEGION (not an eBook).  The electronic books can only be read on a computer or with an eBook reader, so take that in mind when entering.

HOWLING LEGION by Marcus Pelegrimas - No one said fighting monsters was going to be easy. 
You can't see them, but they're here: hiding in the pools of shadow outside a Chicago burger joint . . . wreaking havoc in Kansas City . . . feeding in sleazy "blood brothels" that cater to humans who itch to get bitten.
Cole was designing video games when he learned the truth—that foul creatures of the night lust for our blood . . . and our world. Now he's a "Skinner," a member of an ancient secret society of warriors entrusted with keeping the terror at bay. Monsters once chained to the wilderness are suddenly free and descending, razor claws ripping, on the unsuspecting city. No one knows what's coming—but Cole and his seductive partner, Paige, will be the first to dive into the meat grinder. (See book cover above)


Lana misses her daughter every single day, but after she became a vampire she had to walk away. When her ex-husband calls her and claims Christy was taken, she rushes to the house. But when she gets there, Lana is ambushed by a mysterious man with a wooden stake.

Hayden is a hired hunter that won’t give up the chase. When Lana realizes he might be her only hope to find her daughter, she plans to seduce him to get some answers. But will her plan backfire, and entangle both of them in much more than just a passionate encounter?

HEART AND SOUL by Yolanda Sfetsos

Jake is haunted by the memory of what the bloodthirst made him do years ago.

Mary is caught in a cycle of amnesia that keeps her confined to a coffee shop.

When Jake is assigned a case that leads him to the coffee shop he frequents, the one Mary works in, their hidden attraction is inevitable. But he needs to stay focused, to find the human that placed an ad in the local newspaper to attract the vampires of Sydney.

Besides, is now the right time for Jake to open his heart... and help Mary recapture her soul?

RELEASE by Nicole Hadaway - Forever.  That’s the response Ben Gongliewski receives, when he asks Miranda Dandridge how long she’s been a vampire. He doesn’t expect the word forever in her reply, but then again, Ben never imagined meeting vampires, let alone demons and werewolves, during his time as a Resistance worker in World War II Poland. Far from being horrified, Ben discovers that Miranda and her friends have very useful … talents … especially when it comes to saving children from concentration camps. After all, in these desperate times, while the line between good and evil is clear, the one between heroes and monsters is very, very blurred. 

DESIRE TO DIE FOR by Jessica Lee

Kenric St. James wants revenge.  After two centuries of denying his body’s needs and with vengeance finally at hand, the last thing he expected to find was the one woman he burns to claim as his own.  If only giving her his love wouldn’t surely mean her death.
All Emily Ross desires is time alone to learn who she is without a man and to save the home that holds her heart.  The last thing she wants is another controlling, dominant male calling all the shots, in bed and out.  Never would she have thought stopping her car one night to save a dying man might change her mind, and her life, forever. But is what they have, their desire, worth dying for?

SEALED IN BLOOD by Margaret Carter

Science fiction conventions attract some strange people, but Sherri Hudson never expected to spend her weekend helping a ravishing man in a black cape steal photos of a "winged alien." By the time she discovers that the "alien" is Nigel Jameson's kidnapped sister and he's a vampire, it's far too late to escape from his allure.

It's published by Amber Quill Press  and is part of Margaret's "Vanishing Breed" vampire series.


1) What is Nicole Hadaway's favorite vampire novel?  Please visit Nicole's website!
2)  What is the hero's name in Yolanda Sfetsos's Vampire Oracle: Death eBook?  Please visit Yolanda's website!
3)  In Jessica Lee's Desire To Die For, what is the last name and profession of the heroine? Please visit Jessica's website!
4)  Who is the hero of Margaret Carter's Dark Changeling?  Please visit Margaret's website!
5)  What do the letters M.E.G. stand for in Marcus Pelegrimas's Skinners series?  Please visit Marcus's website!

Please send the answers to all 5 questions to and put VAMPBASH DAY 5 in the subject line.  (Do not put answers in the comments.)  You may enter this day's scavenger hunt through Friday 11:00 pm central.  All winners will be announced on Saturday 31st.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has generously donated copies of the Blood Ties DVD (win one today by leaving a comment; get another chance to win in the Grand Prize package).  This is Season 2 of the short-lived but well-received BLOOD TIES series featured on LifeTime.

In season two, private eye Vicki Nelson and her vampire cohort Henry Fitzroy continue to encounter esoteric cases involving paranormal occurrences. In addition to the complications of solving murders and unraveling occult mysteries, the plot thickens with the romantic tension between NelsonFitzroy, and Nelson’s former partner Mike Celluci. The story only gets murkier as Christina, the vampire who original gave Fitzroy that first bite 480 years ago, pops into the picture to shake up the story even further! Living up to its tagline, Blood Ties truly is “A Crime Series With Bite.”

ANOTHER FREEBIE!:  I would be remiss if, on the day we're featuring a number of eBooks at the VampBash, I did not mention my own vampire romance KISS ME DEADLY.  This was released in 2007 by Nocturne.  As part of it's 60th Anniversary Celebration, Harlequin has been giving away electronic copies of KMD all year.  You can download a copy for yourself at eHarlequin, Amazon, or any of your favorite online retailers.  For more info, and to read the first two chapters, visit my website.

Today's Review:  Please give Marcus some vampy love by leaving a comment.  Posting in the comments also gets you entered to win the Blood Ties DVD!  And to qualify to win one of the above eBooks, or Howling Legion, please venture off on the scavenger hunt, and then send all 5 answers to with VAMPBASH DAY 5 in the subject line.
You can enter any of this week's contests through Friday 30th.  Didn't get a chance to enter your vampire haiku yesterday?  You've still got time!  On Saturday we'll announce all the winners!

See you all back here tomorrow!


makeart said...

Ha! Great post!!

The vampires of folklore are very different from the brooding vampires of today and even those from 30 years ago! I enjoy both, but sometimes I just want the monster.


makepeace.arts AT gmail DOT com

Witchy Woman said...

Wow Marcus in "one" post you managed to do 3 things:
#1 Strip my vampire heroes of their sexy brooding allure.
#2 Terrify me with thoughts of skull drilling, I suffer from migraines.
#3 Peaked my interest in your books.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great way to prepare us for Halloween.

Jo-Anne Kenrick said...

Hi, Howling Legion sounds awesome -- totally added to my to-read list! Been a while since I read a book that 'peeled me right down to the nerve'.

I hunted, I emailed and I discovered a few new books I'd love to read :) THANKS

How awesome is it, that Kiss Me Deadly is still free?! A great intro to your work. I hope sales have sky rocked for it, Michele!!


Daelith said...

Marcus, you have some valid point there. Scary, but valid.

Love the cover art on your books and will definitely be adding them to my wish list.

cheleo at yahoo dot com

Crystal Adkins said...

I would love to win the Blood Ties DVD!!! I hear it's an awesome series but I don't get that channel here for some reason :)

Crystal Adkins said...

sorry email is

Kris said...

Okay so a few things to hit on here...

Marcus the books sound awesome! I want to check em out...totally opposite of what I normally read but that's good. :)

I would love the blood ties DVD

Oh and Michele just call me an ass right now! I so did not realize you were Michele Hauf!! I LOVED "The Devil to Pay"! I think Ivan is a hotty and and Dez is probably the neatest witch character I've read about yet! Michele you are more than allowed to email me if you have the urge that you would LOVE to sign my book if I mailed it to you *winks like a goofy*

Okay enough with my unending chatter :) Ack so excited!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Oh my, your description of a blood filled tick just turned my stomach. I'm pretty sure vampire have lost a little bit of their sparkle for me now.

Rosie said...

Marcus, I loved reading your post today and definitely want to try your books.

Please enter me for the Blood Ties giveaway. I never got to see the final episodes. :-(

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

maggiemay said...


Love your spin on current day vampires. It does seem that we have sanitized what was originally thought about vampires and have now just made them into sexy, dark, bad boys that all of us women would love to tell them we understand how they feel misunderstood, lol.

Speaking of tall, dark, and handsome bad boys-calling Henry Fitzroy, lol. Sorry but I'm one of those people who loves the fact that vampires are tall, dark, sexy, dangerous, etc. Add to Henry Fitzroy's sex appeal he was a romantic at heart, now what woman wouldn't love that? I'd love to win the dvd.

Marcus said...

Thanks for all the great feedback, everyone! My wife is a huge vampire romance fan and I give her a little grief along the lines of my essay every now and then. She flips plenty more my way in return, so it all balances out. Heh.

Judy said...

Your post was definitely interesting. I have not read any of yours, but I need to check them out!!

Jeanette J said...

I like my vampires with a bit of a bite to them. I don't mind the good guy vamps but I prefer to be scared by them first, then surrendering to them

Anonymous said...

Great post! I must check out some of the books mentioned! :) I like Marcus' view on vampires and can't wait to read some of his stuff!
Please enter me in the contest =]

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the great post Marcus Pelegrimas!
Also thanks to Michele for the link to her book.
All the best,

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed your post. I always enjoy getting new vampire information.

seriousreader at live dot com

donnas said...

Great post. Thanks so much for taking the time and sharing!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

carrie said...

I love doing the scavenger hunts and reading all the posts. Have a great Halloween. Making coffin brownies for my sons 1st grade class party. He's a vampire

Moonsanity said...

So cynical...and so correct, but still, those perfect skinned, spicy smelling vamps are so wonderful to imagine. BAHAHAHAHAHA

Michele- I just downloaded your book! Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh! I would love to win the Blood Ties DVD! I absolutely loved the series and was extremely pissed when they cancelled it--Bastards!

To whoever wins it--Henry is one of my favorite vamps of all time--soooooo sexy :) The guy that plays Mike (can't think of his name right now) called him 'sex on two legs' LOL And he is RIGHT!

heidi87 said...

I love these books. I have them to read. thanks