Thursday, June 17, 2010

Discussing the Female Vampire & Ebook Giveaways

Most of the sexy vamps we talk about around here are male...I guess that's mainly because here we are a bunch of hot blooded, hetero chicks that like our guys with fangs.

But what about the sexy female vamps?

It seems most of the time female vampires are portrayed as evil femme fatales. I wonder why this is.

Have you ever noticed that powerful women are often portrayed as evil while male characters, whether supernatural or not, that have power can go either way? Look at all the wicked step mothers and crazy witches in the old fairy tales- always bad.

And don't even get me started on the Bible's representation of women (I wouldn't want to start a religious war here).

I think a lot of it has to do with fear- men fear powerful women. Timid women fear powerful women. Children fear powerful women even if it is the fear that a child has of their mother, it's still fear.

Subconsciously these fears are still portrayed in many paranormal and urban fantasy books and movies.

The sexy woman who knows want she wants and isn't afraid to go after it gets labeled a slut or a whore, the older women who is sick of fat and lazy balding guys her age and decides to go after something younger and more into life gets labeled a cougar, and women with power get called all kinds of names behind their backs. Especially if it's supernatural power.

In many PNR and UF books the female vampire is a bad guy- look at Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series- other than Anita female characters are sparse and the ones that are there are evil and powerful- The Mother of All Darkness (marme noir), Belle Morte, and Raina.

The same is true in many books especially vampire ones- I know a lot of it may be subconscious and it adds to the plot since the lead character is often a human female in love with a male vampire so she has to be leery of the female vampires.

But sometimes I feel- enough is enough give the girls a break. Just because she has fangs doesn't mean she has to be the evilest bitch on the block.

So in a couple of my short stories I've switched things up a bit and made the lady a vamp and the guy a human. And I try not to make her too bitchy or femme fatalish.

In Dark Tales Digest released by Midnight Showcase, my short erotic story "Cemetery Seduction" features a half witch, half vampire and she's no femme fatale.

Here's a quick blurb:

All half witch half vampire, Abigail wanted to do was go out and have a little fun but when her powers go awry in a nightclub she has to run from the guards. Something strange has been going on in town so the Others are policing all human/magick interaction. The last thing Abby wants is to end up in a jail cell created for Others. On the run she ends up in a cemetery and jumps behind a bush to hide from the guards. She never expected to land right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.

"A Last Goodbye", another erotic short story featuring a female vamp, appears in Like That Spark released by Circlet Press. The vamp in the story, Deirdre, starts out a little catty but we soon discover there's more to her than meets the eye.

Like That Spark is a collection of short stories that explore the sensuality and eroticism of the moment when two characters finally realize they are meant to be together. These are tales of relationships and the beginnings of romantic and sexual connections. The stories here will challenge you and your notions of what constitutes a relationship in the first place. You will not find the common tame romance tale here.

Here erotic connections are represented by the science fiction and fantasy worlds; a realm of infinite possibilities. Nothing is ever as it seems. There are mythical kingdoms, distant planets, futuristic cities, surreal dreamscapes, sultry bedchambers, and even the furthest reaches of space to tempt and entice you.

In my story "A Last Goodbye" new witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty that really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget.

Warning: Contains F/F and F/M/F scenes

Like That Spark is available at All Romance Ebooks, Fictionwise, Smashwords, and Scribd or you can get it for your Kindle at Amazon

So what do you think, do you think female vampires often get a bad rap when they could be just as caring and misunderstood as the guys?

I think they deserve a chance, what about you?

To celebrate the female vampire and my two new releases I am giving away a pdf copy of each of the above books to one lucky winner.

Both collections are erotic in nature so I ask that those who enter to

please be over 18.

I will pick a winner next week and announce it here in the comments

Be sure to include email contact info with your comment


SandyG265 said...

I think that part of the reason that female vamps get a bad rap is that the early vampire stories were all written by men.

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Roxanne Rhoads said...

I agree.

I have read that women tend to write more romantic tales concerning vampires where the men prefer the violence.

Where women make the vampires more human the men really exploit the monsterous side.

Anonymous said...

I think that men feel threatened by women's sexuality -- it makes them lose control of their own, hence when the male writers wanted to make women into 'monsters', they made them overtly sexual. (Basically I agree with Roxanne and Sandy).

My own novel, Release, features a strong female vampire protagonist who actually is not a femme fatale -- she's just a woman trying to find her place in the world like everyone else. Who also rescues Jewish children from concentration camps. In the second novel (forthcoming) -- she's getting married (and she should have hired a coordinator!!).

Rosie said...

Yeah, in a way I do . . . it seems like most of the female vamps I read about are just horrible creatures. I'd like to see more like Esme from Twilight!

Lorelei said...

It may harken back to Bram Stoker's "Dracula", the women were considered brazzen/slutty in that they exhibited their sexuality.

We won't go into Stoker's obvious psychological obsessions with women being nasty monsters. (remember that all the female vamps got a stake through the heart because they were EVIL.)

Thank you for pointing this out. I plan on making one female vampire in second book less evil--had this already in plans.

Scott Romanski said...

I do think that they get a bad rap. Some of what i've read, they are portrayed as "evil" because they were turned against their will and now want vengence. Or they are spawned straight from Hell. so naturally are evil.

I would love to read about a strong, sexy, powerful vamp-chick who is good.

Michele Hauf said...

Hmm, started to think about the female vamps I've created and usually I just assume my vamps are good, unless I need a villain. But the most prominent female vamp character I've featured (Evie in Moon Kissed) was evil. Hmm... Interesting.

cfisher1504 said...

I love dark fantasy... Evil can be sexy.... Books about vampires have evolved so much.... so many directions they can travel... I get tired of the nicey nicey do-gooders and tend to lean towards the gritier tales.
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Jenn said...

I haven't read too many books with female vamps who aren't turned during the story. But the ones I've read don't portray them as bad (Michele Hauf's mostly). I do vote for equal opportunity good and evil though!

heatwave16 said...

I agree that female vamps get a bad wrap. They can be very sexy, strong, and on the good side. I think of Selene from the Underworld movies, and Ivy from Kim Harrison's Hollows series.

I still think its a new concept in society for a woman to be stronger or take care of a man. I think we'll slowly see more and more of it.


Zahir Blue said...

As it happens I am working on a web series idea right now, that features the love story between a human boy and a vampire girl. Nor is she evil, a femme fatale, etc.

BTW, some of my favorite female vamps include Urs from FOREVER KNIGHT, Jessica from TRUE BLOOD and Harmony from BUFFY/ANGEL.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

I think there are not enough female vampires in novels. And it is tiring and boring that 98% of the few female vamps there are are either slutty temptresses or cool blooded killers, variety and originality are really rare. So would be really curious to read about your take on vamp women :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Shauna Leigh Kemp said...

Congrats on your short story Roxanne, that's awesome!!! :)

Roxanne Rhoads said...

sorry I forgot to pick a winner last week, I am doing it now...

Scott Romanski has won a pdf copy of each Like That Spark and Dark Tales Digest