Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guest: Gerry Bartlett



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! 
Gerry


35 comments:

Elie said...

Great interview. I read the first book in this series and it was adorable. Glory was cute, although a bit obsessed with her weight. I am curious if her foreign hottie, Jeremy?, really likes her or just feels obligated to protect her. Love the covers, they are fun and whimsical.

Sarah said...

Great post :o) I've had this series on my wish list for what seems like forever so thanks for offering us the chance to win a copy. I love this kind of paranormal comedy romance so I'm really looking forward to reading these books!!

Amanda said...

These books sound so fun! I love discovering new books to add to my TBR list. :-)

Jo-Anne Kenrick said...

Okay. So where have I been hiding? How did I miss this series? Duh. It sounds fab n funny -- A must read. So why haven't I? *Shakes head at self, and slams book one on my TBR list.*

Vampires. Sick of them. No Way! It could never happen.

And yeah, my son calls Twilight a chick flick as well. I tend to agree. I mean, the vampires sparkle for goodness sakes -- that screams chick flick! hehe But nought wrong with that.

tina werner said...

oh what a fun series! i really should broaden my scope of vampire lit LOL! reading something with a little bit of humour is what i need. thanks for the chance to win!

tina

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

Kirsten said...

Hi Gerry,
How can anyone ever be sick of Vampires?! I LOVE them, have done for years and years. I haven't read your series however. Seems like I've been missing out!

SandyG265 said...

Hi Gerry,

I like that you did something different from the perfect, drop dead vamp.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Oh I am liking the sound of this series. Humor really amps it up for me in these types of books!

Miranda @ Sweet Vernal Zephyr .blogspot
mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

Love Glory, she's one of my favorites. Just saw that they have it on shelf in Toronto, I'm half tempted to run out in the cold now!

throuthehaze said...

Great post! This series sounds like a fun read :)

Robin K said...

I would absolutely love this! I just added all of the books to my to-be-read list. Vampires and comedy are the new peanut butter and jelly!

robin@intensewhisper.com

Silvia said...

Hello Gerry! I loved the interview & it's great to hear you write about charmingly “flawed” vamps. Couldn’t agree more that nobody is perfect so why should they be. Please count me in. Take care, Silvia

jeanette8042 said...

Loved the interview! I've read the first two books and I love Glory! She's hilarious, and I'm hoping she and Jeremy work through all their issues.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I've started reading "Real Vampires Have Curves" and am enjoying it (so far). I write my own vampire novels, so I'll never tire of the subject!

ScrapNMichelle said...

Your books are so FUN....thanks for providing the escape :)

Vicky said...

Gerry, you know how much I love your books. I'm also a big fan of True Blood & bought the 1st season & then got HBO. I think the appeal of vampires is all about the forbidden. And hunky heroes help, too!

staceylevine said...

I love Glory! She's not the usual stick thin character & she's smart and funny. If you haven't read Gerry's books then please do so. They are great!

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for introducing me to Gerry Bartlett. I love discovering new (to me) authors. Thank you to Gerry for the indepth answers to the great questions. Gerry's novels seem enjoyable reads, like MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series (which I adore).
All the best,
RKCharron

Sandra Sookoo said...

Great post. I've read the first one :-) Keep writing. We'll keep reading :-)

joder said...

I love the covers of your books-very eye catching and really fun. Very reminiscent of Charlaine Harris' which I also enjoy. I'd love to win this series since the heroine seems a lot like me and the titles alone definitely make me think of myself.

For me, my love of vamps is their mysteriousness and their vast life experiences.

Roxanne Rhoads said...

I just read the first book in the series and I am addicted. I would love to get the whole set.

~Roxanne

RoxanneRhoads @ aol . com

Rosie said...

I'm so not sick of vampires yet! In fact, I can't get enough of 'em. LOL. Your series looks very good (and funny) and definitely something I'd like to read. Love the title of the newest book!!! :-)

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

The Mighty Buzzard said...

Yeah, Glory is a hoot even from the bearded, pickup truck driving, tattoo sporting guy perspective.

Get sick of vampires? You have to be kidding. They're more interesting than regular humans and you never have to worry about their grade-school-aged spawn waking you up early on a Saturday morning with all the yelling or trying to sell you candy bars.

Kat said...

Hi Gerry!

What a well written article! Of course you know I am a huge fan of yours and I just wanted to come on here and say if you haven't already read these books, pick one up and you will be instantly addicted! This series is so funny, super sexy and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I for one know I can relate to Glory (I can never get rid of those extra pounds no matter how hard I try!) and you will find yourself rooting her on in her search for independence, love, adventure and cheetos she can actually eat! :) You might even find yourself on Team Blade or Team Ray! Me? I'm a proud member of Team Blade!:) Thank you Gerry for writing an amazing series, here's to wishing you and Glory many more books together.

KatrinaAndScott@bex.net

Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

I love these books, and it's great to see them getting some attention! I've read the first three books, and I loved them. Great stories, great interpretation of the vampire myths, great characters. I haven't gotten a chance to read the fourth one yet, here's hoping I can win and get to it even sooner!

Much love to a great author and series!!
Morning Glow
ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Great post and I love this series! I've only managed to read the first two books in the series and Glory is such a hoot!

Thanks for a chance to win the books 1-4!

Crystal said...

I absolutely love these books I think glory is fantasicly delicious. I cant wait to get the new book in my hands!!

van_pham said...

Great post
Series sounds great, would love a chance to win the set to read! Thanks :)

Spav said...

Nice post. I haven't read any of this books but they look interesting.

Barbara E. said...

I haven't had a chance to read any of Gerry's series yet, but they've been on my wish list for a while now. I love vampires, and stories with humor, so these books are a great fit. I love the idea that a vampire, even though now immortal, etc. is still worried about their thighs, or backside, or other insecurities they had as a human.

Linda Henderson said...

I like paranormal, romance and comedy so I know I would enjoy this series. I can't wait to read them.

Martha Lawson said...

I LOVE vampires - don't think I'll ever get tired of them!! I also love humor in my books, so I know I'd love these.. Thanks for the great giveaway..

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Melody said...

I could never get tired of Vampires, especialy not a sassy lady vapire that lives life more so than humans. Glory is so much fun, if she were real she could be my friend. Thanks for sharing Glory with us all!!!

Gerry Bartlett said...

Thanks, everyone! As soon as the moderator lets me know who wins, I'll send out the set of books. Don't forget that book 5, REAL VAMPIRES HATE THEIR THIGHS, comes out Tuesday, Feb. 2. Glory's off to Hollywood and the Grammys with Israel Caine. Nightowl Reviews gave this one a Top Pick and Fresh Fiction says it's hilarious. Glory on a diet? Oh, well. She had to try. Gerry ;)

heatwave16 said...

I loved the interview!!! Hmmm...vamps that need to diet, interesting and fun.

heatwave96(at)hotmail.com