Welcome Gerry Bartlett today! She writes the hilarious Glory St. Clair vampire series, and will give away a set of the first 4 books in the series to one lucky commenter today. You know what to do. Start chatting!
Are You Sick of Vampires Yet?
Not me. You’d think we would be. Surely this mania should have run its course by now. Stephanie Meyer’s blockbuster series hit a nerve and there was suddenly a vampire craze that hit everyone from tweens to grandmas. What’s up with that? Where’s the appeal of blood draining monsters who come out at night and should logically scare us, not thrill and turn us on. Oh, but they do. Turn us on, that is. Hmm. Maybe logic’s got nothing to do with it. Of course we’ve known since Adam first tumbled for Eve that love and logic aren’t even distantly acquainted. There’s emotion and that elusive thing called chemistry.
Got to love chemistry. It’s why most of us lose ourselves in a romance novel. And the vampire hero makes a perfect guy to fantasize about. He’s strong, edgy and dangerous enough for us to want to tame. Remember, this isn’t reality. If we had to live with this man and wash his socks? Well, our vamps don’t bother with socks or underwear. You get the picture. He’s the man in black, wandering the streets at night looking for the woman who will finally make him happy or at least offer her neck for a little sip at her personal fountain.
What makes the authors of these vamp romances happy is that millions are still fascinated by the genre. I know I bit the bullet and added HBO to my cable package so I could become addicted to “True Blood, ” spawned by Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. Now I’ve also got the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” on tap. And was I in the audience for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”? You bet, along with three girlfriends and my long-suffering son who called it a chick flick. Maybe it is, but it had enough violence in it to keep him from falling asleep. Which is a must in the urban fantasy/vamp books coming out now. There has to be a combo plate of action, romance and maybe even humor if that’s the trademark of the author putting the story together.
My own Real Vampires series features a vampire heroine with extra inches in all the wrong places, Glory St. Clair, who’s trying to find the right man, laugh at her own mistakes and keep from getting staked. I like to have some fun with the whole vampire thing. Because, in my mind, any person who is turned vampire was a human first, bringing along the same baggage he or she had then, whether it’s a big butt or some insecurities. Even the men. Of course Glory’s always attracted to the ancient vampires who still don’t get the twenty-first century woman she’s trying to become. Will these guys change from being violent, passionate and strong-willed? Doubt it. Do we really want them to? Not on your life. This is fantasy after all. And I’m still not sick of it.
My next release is REAL VAMPIRES HATE THEIR THIGHS , book 5 in the Glory St. Clair series, due out February 2. Glory has a chance to go to the Grammys with fantasy man and rock star Israel Caine. When a vamp diet guru offers her a chance to finally lose some pounds before she walks the red carpet, she jumps at it. Too bad he’s an ancient enemy of Glory’s longtime lover. Does he have a hidden agenda? Jump into this series and find out. Fresh Fiction calls it “laugh out loud” funny and Romantic Times says the series is “hot.” To learn more, hit gerrybartlett.com where you’ll find links to my Fan site, Myspace and Facebook pages. Win a package with the first four books in the series by commenting here. Good luck!