Monday, December 13, 2010

Guest: Gerry Bartlett

Please welcome Gerry Bartlett, author of the Glory St. Clair series!  Gerry is giving away a set of her books to one lucky reader, and they include:  REAL VAMPIRES HAVE CURVES, REAL VAMPIRES LIVE LARGE, REAL VAMPIRES GET LUCKY.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday, so leave a comment to be entered to win.


That Liquid Diet—Why Can’t Vampires Eat?

When I started to write about vampires, I really struggled with the dietary restrictions. Sorry, but much of my own social life revolves around eating. My holidays are spent with family around a dinner table. Dates were dinner and a movie or dinner and dancing. Now how are you going to have a vampire play the field, date, whatever, and not involve a restaurant? Where’s the cute meet? I couldn’t even put them in line at Starbucks. You see the problem?

One thing this lack of all things involving a knife and fork did was to get my vamps between the sheets faster. Part of that I blamed on the famous vampire libido. But also, if you aren’t wasting a lot of time in the dining room, then why not move right along to the bedroom? Still, I hated to just have endless sex scenes between chasing bad guys. My heroine is a lot like me. She misses her munchies. If vamps could dream, she’d be enjoying hot guys feeding her Cheetos with chocolate chasers every night. So I began to play with the mythology. Came up with a couple of vampire geniuses who were working on ways to help vamps eat. One has created food that wouldn’t upset a delicate vampire tummy. Another might have developed a secret formula that could let Glory actually eat anything. Of course it would be outrageously expensive. There always has to be a catch. If it were too easy, where would be the fun?

Is the blood drinking what makes vampires sexy? Or do you like them in spite of that? Why do you read about vampires? Tell me about it. Should I quit letting my vamps eat? Is it ruining the mystique? Maybe the liquid diet is the way they should stay. Come on, I want to hear your thoughts. I live to serve.


Dangerous curves ahead…

Glory St. Clair is a vampire with problems. First there’s her on-again, off-again lover Jeremy Blade, back in town and expecting her to fall into his arms again. Doesn’t he remember that they have issues? And what about smoking hot rock star Israel Caine? He’s back too and sinking his fangs into someone else.Glory told him to move on, but did she have to be so thin? At least Valdez is still loyal. But her former bodyguard is no longer dogging her. Instead, he’s now a hunky guy determined to share her apartment and maybe something more. So much man-candy is enough to make even a gal with a liquid diet feel a sugar rush.

No time to enjoy it though with a pair of hunters playing beat the clock as they try to win the fortune a techno-freak billionaire left behind. The stakes are high and Glory’s the prize in this vamp hunting contest. Dodging arrows and arranging a bachelorette party for her BFF may just prove to be too much for even this clever vamp who has more to love…

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35 comments:

Brandi said...

I absolutely adore this series! I loved Glory in the first book and it has just grown...Her character is so funny and relatable. I also like that Gerry wrote her female heroine with issues that are things every female deals with...espically ones with some extra curves like me!!

I would love to be entered for this.

Brandi
smocksnstuff@yahoo.om

~*Jessica Rabbit*~ said...

ha ha, Brandi!! It's like we're chasing each other in cricles.

Now to answer Gerry! I don't think that its the blood drinking that's so appealing to us wannabe fang-bangers, I think its the biting and the vampire libido that's such a turn on. That and imortality.

I like that you are mixing new world technology with older world myth, it shows they're (vamps) are evolving just like us normal folks. Adds a bit of fun to them with being able to eat as well too, because sure they don't need it but just being able to have it, even at a high cost, is fun. I mean I don't need this boston cream pie / cake but I'm eatting it and I'm having a blast.

Also, I already have the first three books in this series, so no need to enter me for the giveaway. :)

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Kalex said...

Unfortunately, I started reading one in the middle of the series, but I have to say I love Glory. It's nice to read about a non-skinnie-minnie female vamp. I would love a chance to read the rest of the series.

Melissa Walker ~ Edge of Forever said...

Hi Gerry! Sounds like a great read!

I don't think letting your vamps eat will ruin any mystique - specially when the process itself could cause all sorts of drama and hilarity! I have a baby vampire character who constantly dreams of eating again, and all of his food cravings happen to be red. BBQ ribs, bloody steak, lasagna. It annoys him to no end and gives the others something to tease him about.

I say stick with what your gut (literally!) tells you about the foodie vamps.

SandyG265 said...

I haven't read this series yet but having vampires eat doesn't bother me. I can think of at least one other series where vampires can eat food.

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new series to read, count me in!

Amanda, aka Morning Glow said...

Hmm.. what makes a vampire sexy... I don't think it's the blood drinking. I think it's the mystery and the brooding nature. I'm usually a bouncy, laughy sort of person, so I always love the idea of someone like me falling in love with a broody, serious vampire. Maybe I can shake them out of their funk.

And I agree with you, I know I'd really struggle with the no-eating thing. Give up chocolate?! And french fries!? You must be joking!

ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

Sara said...

I don't think it's the actual drinking of blood that's so hot, it's the overwhelming drive to do so and the fact that it's connected to the vampire's libido. So, having a vampire eat, as long as it wouldn't satisfy the blood or sex hunger, would be fine. ;)

Rebecca Dix said...

I love love LOVE the series just the way it is and I love Glory's struggles with wanting to eat (especially Cheetos) and it definitely helps me to relate to her, haha. The mystique is still there and the food just adds to the humor and literally makes me laugh out loud. Love Gerry AND Glory- this series is awesome.

Mindy fangedmom said...

I am not for the vampires eating. That is what makes them UNIQUE...the liquid diet. The fangs are what make them HOT! I love my vamps with Fangs. That is what makes them so sexy to me. I would LOVE to not have to worry about what i was going to eat anymore. One choice...that would ROCK!

I would LOVE to wint these books. i have heard so many great things about them. I love how you are bringing the vampires that i have loved for 30+ years to a reality that I can call mine! Thank you so much for this chance!

wolfkeep1 said...

I guess if Vampires ate they wouldn't be vampires...they'd be normal looking instead of pale and gorgeous.....love your series, love Glorianna, Blade, Rafe and Ray....but Glory is my fav, I can so relate to her being a big size woman

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practimom said...

Hey Gerry!

Loved RV Have More to Love! A lot of OMG moments...can't wait for Size Six to come out.

I will have to agree with Jessica Rabbit on the question. I think it is okay if they eat as well. They already can't go in the sun..why take away food too???

Katie H. said...

I love your books. I'm really wanting to get the newest one, but am debating on waiting til Christmas! Glory is the best character that I've read anywhere. She feels like someone I know, and get to visit when I pick up the books. Keep writing Gerry, you're extremely tallented.

Amy said...

I love this series! All the characters are great - especially Valdez! I like vampires any way - whether they can eat or not. Personally I don't have a preference. I like when they can eat, but still need blood to survive. I also like when they can't eat, because you can understand their longing over things they can no longer have. Either way, keep writing - I love your books!! :)

Sonya said...

I started reading this series last year and can't count how many times I have reread the whole series since then! I LOVE this series!! I wanted to get the latest book but have to wait till Christmas. . . its the only thing I told my family I wanted for Christmas! Counting down the days so I can read the latest. . . . hurry up Christmas!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I have heard only good things about this series and they are on my wishlist and I seriously want to read them!!!!

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com
in Germany

Tanya1224 said...

I've read so many vampire books. All I read is Paranormal and I've read where they're strictly blood drinkers and where they can eat food. It's never really mattered to me though. Its the whole darkness vibe they give off. Most stories take place in the night hrs and they have been around so long that they're very sure of themselves. It also makes them sexy by their powers they can have. Flying or teleporting. So I think your safe with having your vampires eat real food =) Please count me in your contest, Thanks
Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barbara E. said...

I don't think the blood drinking is what makes vampires sexy, I like that it is part of the mystique and makes them different than us, so that's what makes it fun. I love reading about vampires because of that mystique and because they're so different than us ordinary humans. Having them drink blood is a challenge for them to overcome, to hunt for their food and not have it come easily.
I don't have a problem with letting vamps eat. Especially if there are obstacles to overcome or if it is very expensive, thus not as easy for them to do so. I've read stories of vampires that can eat, but they still need blood to survive, the food won't sustain them. I say, keep on doing what you're doing Gerry, whatever you think works for your vampires is okay with me.

Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

Gerry Bartlett said...

I love all these comments. It's great to hear the different takes on why we love vampires and what makes them so fascinating. Yes, Glory craves her goodies. Because I put myself in her place and I know I would go crazy if I couldn't crunch ever again. But then with the weird stuff I write, maybe I'm already halfway to crazy anyway!

Johanna J said...

I just heard about your books! AWESOME! A Full figured vampire chick who loves to eat!!!!! YAY!!!!! I don't think it's the blood drinking but its the mystery, the sexual tension, the darkness, and the forbidden that turns so many on to vamps! I say keep feeding them! I'ts different and unusal! Thanks for sharig today!

evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

KellyC said...

I discovered Glory over this summer and proceeded to read the whole series! Love it! My reason for loving vamps is (I think); because of the forbidden and mysterious aspects. As far as the whole food thing goes..egh So what who cares LOL! It's Glory's quirk. Twi Vamps- go out in the sun, Sookie Vamps-classic vamps w/the synthetic blood twist. Real Vamps- have some mad scientists in there that get them what's normally unattainable...

chrystal smith said...

I love the glory series and have loved them since the very beginning!!! Not only are they action packed, romantic, and funny, but they are addicting!!! Can't wait for the next one to come out!!!!!!

Amanda Heard said...

Gerry-I've said it before and I'll say it again-I'll read ANYTHING you write. Whether it be a book, a note, a post, a blog, or even the ABC's! LOL You are a terrific author! Glory St. Clair has gotten me through many a boring day at work, long nights at home, and some days I just choose as "me days" and allow myself to relax and ENJOY.

PS I would LOVE to have those books! You can never have too many Gerry Bartlett books in your personal library!

Michele Hale said...

I love the Glory books. I remember loving the fact that she is plump.

I am currently reading the new book and already looking forward to the next.

Keep up the good work.

I would love a copy of the books.

Rose Pressey said...

I love when authors make their own twist with vampire lore. Reading new vampire worlds is always fun. And I love the Glory books!

Teresa K. said...

Hi Ms. Gerry,

To be honest, I only heard of your series tonight through Michele's forum. I'm glad I came over and read about you.
As a plus size lady I love the fact that you have herione who is a little thick and I love the fact your Vampire Gloria can eat.
Lynsay Sands Vampire's eat food when they find there lifemates. So it doesn't bother me if Vampires can eat. As you said, how can you have a date when you can't eat.
As far as why Vampires appeal to me, I think its the fact in every religion and every culture there is some kind of lore about Vampires and Were Wolves. I'm Native American and I was taught that the Super Natural exist. And I'm here to say it does. I've seen things growing up that I can't explain. We have medicine men that have strong medicine. So who am I to say that Vampires don't exist. My elder said to me one time, just because you can't see them doesn't mean they don't exist. Besides Vampires are Hot!!!! I can't wait to go to Borders and start with the first book in your series. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

mariska said...

I haven't read any of the series before means you are a new for me author ! :) i would really like to your books back to back !

I read about vampires, because they are so mysterious, immortal, 'cold' and well drinking blood is not why i read the about them though.

uniquas at ymail dot com

RK Charron said...

Great guest post Gerry!
I like reading about vampires because they represent the triumph over death and its mystery. I don't mind the blood drinking - what jolts me out of my disbelief is the whole non-reflection thing.
Thank you for sharing here,
All the best,
RKCharron

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Hi Gerry,

Great post and I love this series (though I haven't read all of them but want too)!

They are very light and funny reads and I highly recommend reading them!

Amanda Heard said...

I think what makes Glory so sexy is that she's just her. A REAL woman. Someone that every other woman out there-whether its a working mom who never lost the "baby" weight and only slows down long enough to read occasionally or when she finds a really really good read (liek the Real Vampire Series)-this is me by the way!-or whter its a single young woman who is model thin. It doesn't matter who you are, what shape, size, color, whatever-Glory is relatable! Whether she's sipping delicately from a bottle of Fangtastic or trying to scarf down an entire bag of Cheetos! Thank you, Gerry, for giving this chick someone to laugh and cry with!

Gerry Bartlett said...

Does anyone ever lose that baby weight? I'd be embarrassed to admit how old my "baby" boy is. Glory is me with fangs. So glad so many people relate to her. Thanks for sharing.

Gerry Bartlett said...

Does anyone ever lose that baby weight? I'd be embarrassed to admit how old my "baby" boy is. Glory is me with fangs. So glad so many people relate to her. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I love the series and that Glory is true to herself. She's funny and sexy
and if I was a character in her book I'd love her as a friend. She's loyal to her friends and has given me many hours of reading enjoyment.
I think vamps appeal to me because though they are mysterious, they could just as easily be your neighbor or family member. So don't change a thing (except maybe write more, faster so we didn't have to wait so long for our next Glory transfusion)