Monday, March 21, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Theresa Meyers Author of The Truth About Vampires

Vampires Aren’t Just Trendy – The transformation into Pop Culture

By Theresa Meyers

Vampires. They seem to be everywhere, and with so much talk about the undead, you might have wondered what on earth could be done to make these creatures of the night seem fresh again rather than yesterday’s news. I know, it sounds like I’m touting some kind of super-power deodorant, when I say I’m talking about making the undead fresh again, but what’s really going on is that vampires have transcended from merely a trend to a fixture of popular culture. And with that comes a whole new slew of choices when it comes to getting your vampire fix.

Yes, I’ll admit, for those of us with Buffy-love in our heart, Twilight brought vampires to a whole new audience and between that and HBO’s TrueBlood, vampires do seem to be everywhere supersaturing the market. But that doesn’t mean everything that can be done with these fascinating denizens of the dark, has been done. Case in point, my new mini-series for Harlequin Nocturne, the Sons of Midnight. The first book in the series, The Truth About Vampires, just hit store shelves this week and already reviewers are commenting about how it’s something fresh and different than they’ve seen in vampires before, but appealing to those of us who dig fangs.

Our ability to create something fresh is only limited by imagination. When I was creating “Theresa’s version of vampires” I tried to keep the myths that made biological sense to me and discard the others, making up some that were knew along the way. For instance, my vampires can certainly withstand sunlight, but it gives them one heck of a migraine, similar to what you might get if you left the eye doctor’s office after having your eyes dilated. This made biological sense to me. My vampires’ vision is sharper, so like other predators in nature, wouldn’t their eyes be more sensitive to light?

I also looked at garlic and stakes and thought, hey, really, I’m half Italian (and my hero in The Truth About Vampires, Dmitri is full Italian), is it fair to have to cut out garlic? Absolutely not. So my vampires can eat it if they choose to, but they do have preternaturally sharp sense of smell, like other predators in nature, so it could be obnoxious to get close to a clove. As for stakes, they are going to sting, but if you’re talking about a creature with a fast healing ability and superior strength a little stick is going to be annoying but not take them down.

Sure there are a few things, however, that do impact my vampires. The reason being that I can’t stand all-powerful beings—they’re just boring! Everything has to have a weakness. So for vampires in the Sons of Midnight series, silver acts as a disruptor to their nervous system’s electrical impulses.

Dead man’s blood is a swift acting poison if it gets beneath their skin or is ingested (which makes sense if you consider there’s no life force left in it, so it’d be like snacking on out of date cheese which could make you sick.) My vampires are also impacted by a precious metal called orichalcum. We’ve forgotten how this alloy is produced, but it was originally mentioned by Plato in his writings about Atlantis.

My vampires also possess a venom that can liquefy flesh like some species of spiders. And perhaps the biggest nod to biology of all was the fact that my vampires are created by means of a virus. In nature viruses can take down even a top predator. It made sense to me that they could change humans. I also gave my vampires the ability to change themselves to suit the most intimate fantasies of their prey. And why not? If you’ve got a superior predator, shouldn’t they have superior skills?

I also happen to be a bit of a history nut, so I took bits and pieces of mythology, Minoan, Etruscan, Greek and blended them together to form a history for my vampire culture, explaining how it all started and the involvement of the gods in the creation of vampires in the first place by means of the virus. And my vampire society has different facets that are somewhat medieval in nature. Most of the civilized vampires live in clans with a laird and a council that lead them. The laird and council answer to a knight which in turn answers to vampire royalty. But there are those outside these structured societies – reviers, who like the Scottish border reviers merely subsist on the fringes of good society by taking what they need and moving often.

Mix in the whole revelation to humanity that vampire do exist by an investigative reporter determined to win a Pulitzer, and you can see that The Truth About Vampires is only the beginning of how these two societies will learn to live with one another out in the open and that my take on vampires is a little bit different.

As I said, a fresh take on a genre of characters we already love is only limited to imagination. Vampires aren’t just trendy anymore – they’ve transitioned, becoming a fixture of popular culture that’s here to stay. And now that I’ve given you my take on it, what kinds of things would you like to see happen in a vampire world?

The Truth About Vampires
Harlequin Nocturne - Vampire Romance
March 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373618549
ISBN-13: 978-0373618545

Pulling back the veil on a world shrouded in darkness, Theresa Meyers' stunning debut reveals a sinfully handsome vampire whose secret is about to exposed...

All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her...

Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story...or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.

Giveaway Time!
How would you like to win a signed copy of The Truth About Vampires, chocolates and a bottle of Vampire Wine?
To enter leave a comment on this post
Opne to US residents age 21 and older only
Winner TBA Wednesday March 30 in the comments of this post


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LadyVampire2u said...

Great post! I would love to read this book. I'm also a big Nocturne fan. Thanks for entering me in the contest and have an awesome day!

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

I would love to win this package! I've been wanting to read Theresa's book, and it seems only right since we share the same first name! LOL


Amber said...

It appears that I have another author to add to my summer "To Read" list. :-)

Vampires, shifters, and the paranormal are my favorite things to read about.


June M. said...

This book sounds really good and I am going to add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.
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StacieDM said...

Vampire venom that liquifies flesh? That is both creepy and very interesting. I've never read a story where a vampire could do that. I like that you are creating your own rules regarding vampire lore.

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love the Vampire Wine!! I actually brought it to my in laws when we went for dinner. They thought it was hysterical. They all know me and my vampires!

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Angela said...

there are so many nocturne collections to choose from but they are all good reads. Thanks to the amazing authors for letting us into their worlds.

Amanda from Novel Addiction said...

What would I like to see happen in the vampire world, hmm. I know I enjoy seeing when vampire politics is the reason for major world catastrophes. For example, a vampire clan war is actually the case of the civil war, that sort of thing. I would love to see more of that.

Hm, I hope I answered correctly.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for the contest!

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Theresa Meyers said...

Thanks for stopping by! I can tell this list is going to be fun today.

Ooo, yes. I love vampire politics. In fact, in the third book in the series I'm writing right now, there's some politics going on between vampires and other supernaturals (whom the vampires consider inferior) and whether they should let the mortals in on it...

Robin K said...

Would love to be entered. The book sounds fantastic!

Vidisha said...

Love to be entered

tetewa said...

Sweet giveaway, count me in!

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading the post; it was intersting.

I like the idea of adding some mythology in the novel; it will add a nice twist to things.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Tom Olbert said...

Very interesting, Theresa. Kudos to you for striving to keep the genre fresh.

What would I like to see happen in the vampire world? The vampires I write about are always on the run, with the mean, nasty hunters a step behind. In "Unholy Alliance" I presented the idea that vampires are defined by whatever was their dominant human emotion at the moment they died. And that, while their bodies heal fast, they keep re-manifesting the scars they've suffered in the past, when despair or loneliness afflicts them. When they feel love, the scars disappear.

Tom Olbert
twm216 at yahoo dot com

Sharon Jones said...

So glad to hear others agree with me that vampires are here to stay and not just another trend!

My vampires are not bothered by silver, crosses or garlic. In book one, beheading is the only way to go and in book two I introduce another element from the desert of Arizona...

Bad blood (not saying whose) can cause caustic burning on their skin, but not death.

My oldest vampire is an amber-eyed Scottish woman, and I'm thinking of bringing her beginnings into book two or three. (she just happens to be the Prophetess of my vampire society and she gives her prognostications in the form of poetic riddles)

If you'd like to read some snippets from my book please check out my Writer's Page. They are posted along with the photos there.

Sharon :)

BADklv said...

What a great giveaway! Old Vampires, that's an interesting concept. You never see a vampire that is old who looks old too. Vampires always seem to be beautiful and young looking, even when they have many years.

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BLHmistress said...

I love the fact she is taking the old myths and making it different, I am always looking for different concepts or what is like kryptonite for vampires and plus she has put mythology in it and I really love mythology it is tied with my love with vamps.


wanda f said...

NOCTURNE SERIES rocks !!!I love the fact she is taking old myths and putting a new spin on them.Thank you for this awesome giveaway I would love to win this .

Theresa Meyers said...

The cool thing is there's no end to the ways you can twist vampire mythology or what harms them, what powers they have, etc.

In many ways writers get stuck in ruts, writing what's become cannon because they believe if they don't people will shun it. But based on your comments so far, I'd say the opposite it true. If we like vampires we like all kinds of vampires!

van_pham said...

awesome giveaway! please count me in :)


Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I started my PR love with Nocturnes and as long as the author can come up with fresh and compelling stories, I'll keep buying them and reading them.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Barb P said...

Hi Theresa! Love your books, love Vampire Wine and of course love chocolate! What a contest!

Rosie said...

This sounds like another winner to the Nocturne series. Thanks for the contest!!

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

Cylver said...

Hi Theresa! I know that vampires are just about everywhere right now, but I still love them!
I especially like the idea of vampirism having a scientific basis, being transmitted via virus, and the flesh-liquefying venom? Too cool!

I love the contest, by the way! Chocolate, wine and a good just doesn't get any better!

Mariee said...

Great giveaway. Please count me in!

marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

Carol L. said...

I love the idea that your Vampires are caused by a Virus. A different twist to things. :) Love reading about Vampires no matter what is going on..I enjoyed your post today.
Carol L

Tonya said...

Oh, I love me some Vampires!!! I so enjoy the Nocturne series!!! I can't wait to read this book!!! :-D