Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cera duBois Explains Why Her #Vampires Don't Sparkle!

Welcome guest author
Cera duBois
to the blog today!

I'm thrilled to welcome guest author Cera Dubois to the blog today! You all know I love vampires, even those ones that do sparkle *winks*, so I just think this is such a fun guest post. Be sure to see her giveaway information down at the bottom and leave her some comment love! Now, take it away, Cera!


My Vampires Don't Sparkle

Although I freely admit the premise for A Hunter’s Angel and the whole series came from a single line from Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse, my vampires are totally my own. I used a lot of different inspirations for the myth I created surrounding my undead.

The thing I admire about Ms. Meyer’s vampires is that she made them completely her own, yet they are still very traditional. Her vamps are undead, they have powers that are superhuman and paranormal, they don’t live on bagged blood. What she has been criticized for are the two things I like—despite not totally agreeing with—the sparkle and the lack of fangs. But what these two things do is make the vampires of Twilight totally, undeniably unique.

I hoped to accomplish the same thing. Although I love Lindsay Sands and J.R. Ward, I am not a fan of vampires being a unique species from humans and therefore alive, as with Lindsay Sands’ Argeneaus, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Christine Feehan’s Carpathians. I used a combination of traditional myth, bits and pieces from other places, and a lot of imagination to come up with my vampires.

Ten ways my vampires are unique, and yet are steadfastly seeped in traditional tropes:

1.      My vampires are undead—not really alive, but not dead either. They are considered immortal and the only thing that can kill a vampire is stabbing through the heart with either a silver dagger, a hawthorn stake, or decapitation by a silver blade.

2.      They were created by the arch demon Asmodi, the prince of the Incubi/Succubae. (Hint he shows up in Book 3 as the villain).

3.      Although older vampires can be out during the day, no vampire can be out during the sunrise. Withstanding daylight comes around age 100.

4.      They must drink blood live from a human and the desire to kill is almost unbearable. They can’t drink bagged blood and animal blood can’t be used long term or they will go insane. They also can’t drink blood from each other (mates can share blood, but this only strengthens their mate bond and can’t provide nourishment).

5.      My vampires have fangs, which are similar to snake fangs, and like snakes, they are venomous. The venom does several things if enough blood is taken from a victim and enough venom induced. The most basic thing is it gives the person being bitten an almost orgasmic feeling. But if enough blood is taken, the venom creates a blood bond between the vampire and the human (the first step in siring a vampire. With this bond, a vampire can find a fledgling anywhere in the world). The venom also causes the physical changes to a fledgling’s body (second step in the siring process.)

6.      Vampire siring is a three-step process, requiring three bites. The first bite is to create a blood bond (if enough blood is taken). Step two (second bite) triggers the venom to start the changing process. The last bite is to drain the body of the poisoned blood to kill the fledgling. The venom is what keeps the fledgling from crossing over the barrier between life/true death. Then the fledgling has to take blood from the sire to complete the change.

7.      My vampires can’t read the minds of other vampires/werewolves. However, if they have a blood bond, they can. The bond between mates (the strongest of all bonds) allows them to share thoughts and sexual sensations magnifying the pleasure they both feel.

8.      They have the power of mind control and manipulation over humans, they have superhuman strength and speed (they can move faster than the speed of sound). They can’t dematerialize, but because they are so fast, they do seem to disappear before the eye.

9.      Vampires in my world have reflections and can be photographed and videotaped; however, they have the power to prevent these things and can use their powers to cause disturbances with video equipment.

10.   The only non-blood thing my vamps can drink is red wine…A gift from Asmodi and his father Satan as the ultimate blasphemy in the face of God.  Red wine is used by Christian churches to represent the blood of Christ. So, if vampires can drink red wine, they are drinking the blood of Jesus.

But in no way do my vampires sparkle…

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To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel check out Cera's website for a schedule of her blog stops during the book tour. She will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow her as she interviews Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
Contest
(Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)
Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)—ends July 27.
1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos)—drawing to happen on September 1.
2nd Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.
(Stalker means that for every blog you comment on over the length of the book tour, your name will be added in for the final drawing.  For example, if you comment on five blogs, your name then is entered five times. Good luck!)
 
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

Excerpt:

“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”

“But you were once.”

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take...some of it.”

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.

No!

Bio:
Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams…

Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class. Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War.  Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary. A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.
Find Cera on the Web:

Buy A Hunter's Angel at The Wild Rose Press | Amazon 
Thanks so much for reading! Wasn't that fun? Now, please tell Cera either which unique vampire feature your most enjoyed or a favorite line from her excerpt! And good luck in her contest!

Laura 

28 comments:

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Thanks, Laura, for having me here today!

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Sara,

I like your vampire snake fangs, and the fact your vampires can drink red wine. Makes sense to me!

All the best with your new release. Don't enter me in the contest. I'm not in the US.

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah,

Great post. You did a great job blending traditional and new conventions. Our vampires have wine in common, although mine can only drink one particular wine, and discovering why is the mystery of the series.

fuonlyknew said...

Your vampires are believable. I like the snake fangs and the twist of red wine as Christ's blood is very imaginative. It is also nice to read something nice about the Twilight series. So many bash them, but I enjoyed aspects of the vampires and the story is entertaining. So nice to meet you and discover a new author:) Please enter me in the contest.
laura thomas

Hales said...

Good Morning Laura and Cera,

Great post!I love it. I've been looking for a new vamp book to sink my teeth into :P

I love seeing new spins that give a story a dif feel than the last series I've read.

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the comments for Cera this morning, guys! Really enjoyed this post! :)

Victoria said...

How nice it is to read your post and find you supporting Stephanie for being unique. That's what drew me to her books. She made them her own. I will be reading your books as well. It is always nice to read a different take on the vampire.
The excerpt is fantastic.
Thank you.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Victoria said...

I forgot to say what my favorite characteristic of your vamps is: #1. I think it's cool that they would have to loose their heads with a silver blade. It makes me wonder if you'll write a scene where the vampire is decapitated without a silver blade and the head goes flying away and then is drawn right back onto it's shoulders ;).
Thanks again.
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Crystal-Rain Love said...

This is exactly what makes writing vampires so fun. You can include your favorite parts of the mythology, throw in your own rules, and create a whole "new" creature, so to speak. I love that your vampires come from a demon. Pretty cool.

Jenna said...

I'm glad too you don't dislike the Twilight series. I thought it rather imaginative to have vampires sparkling--great reason not to go out in the sun! So I LOVE it that your vamps grow immune to the sunlight as they age. Cool idea too!

A Hunter's Angel looks like a fantastic read! Best of luck with it, Cera!

Brenda said...

Love the unique twists on your vampires. Your book sounds fresh, but also holds true to myths. Wonderful.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Thank you, everyone, for coming by....

I love the whole Dracula myth, but there are a lot of things that have been so overused that it has become so boring to read. I tried my best to stay true to that myth, but make my vamps stand out among the ranks of the undead.

Many writers have done this with making their vampires really alive or a different species, but those, too, are becoming run-of-the mill.

A little bit of Hunter's Dagger Series trivia....
The reason for the snake fangs---Asmodi, the demon who created the vamps, is the same demon who tricked Eve in the Garden of Eden... He looks like a snake or serpent when he's not in his human form. We'll meet him in book three.

Martha Ramirez said...

What a great list of unique vampire traits! A Hunter's Angel is an awesome read!

Stephanie/PurdueLiz said...

I love your twist on the mythology, but my favorite is the mate bond. I'm a sucker for those. :) Add me to those thankful to not see Twi-bashing, I rather like they Meyer-pires, simply because their mythology is so different. I definitely want to check this one out.

Thanks Laura for hosting an author to add to my vampire fascination!

Michelle MsRomanticReads said...

Hi Laura, Hi Cera!

I truly enjoyed the excerpt, even if you left it on a cliffie *sobs* Now I have to know whether Ian erased her memories or not! I'm with Grace on that one. He'd better not dare!

I wasn't crazy about the the "sparkling" aspect of SM's vampires, though the reason for it made sense. Perhaps it wouldn't have sounded so ... silly if she could have found some other word for it. My favorite trait that you mentioned was the blood bond. Why? Because I'm a perv and this part: "allows them to share thoughts and sexual sensations magnifying the pleasure they both feel." just seems like a must when it comes to vampire sexuality.

This is going on my TBR list. Thank you Cera for the interview and giveaway, and thank you Laura for hosting it and introducing a new author.

Emily Tardy said...

My favorite line of your post is "But in no way do my vampires sparkle…". I thought that was pretty funny (sorry for the lame humour, I just woke up). I love the Twilight series because they are the reason I have become a book reader, and I also love that authors can put their own twists on vamps. Makes for a really intresting and delightful read =D

Emily T

Mary said...

I wondered the same as Victoria. If the head is cut off without a silver blade, what happens? What book is that in? I already purchased Hunter's Angel. And I have a copy of Bloodwine. So I don't need to be in the contest. Looking forward to reading many, many books from you.

heather said...

I like your snake fangs. I keep trying to picture them on a hot vampire and it's creepy but really cool lol. I've always thought that a vampire shopuld give off venom when they bite and not be able to just go around biting whoever they want.

chamblinh@gmail.com

Carin said...

I love vampires and I love all the different take authors have put there own spin on them.
I love that you have a solid reason for the attributes of your vampires like the snake fangs and the red wine.
I will be adding to my TBR list it looks like :O)

D'Ann said...

I love your vamps, Sara. And I'll be honest, their the only ones I do love. You wrote them so well I had to like them.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Mary---Thank you! I really hope you enjoy them....

About the silver blade and decapatation.... Yes, if a vamp loses his head in any why other than by silver, the head will reattach... This feat will be shown in book 3... (grin)

I will admit, I borrowed the idea of venom from Twilight... and mixed it up with my own myth about Asmodi(my vamp's creator) being a serpent-like demon.

D'Ann... You are so sweet! Thank you for all of your fantastic crits!

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Thanks everyone for reading my little blog today... Hugs to all of you!

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Cera today, guys!

SdyLion said...

How cool are those fangs! Thanks for giving me a glimpse of your unique take on my favorite subject! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

donnas said...

Sounds great. This is the first I have read of these books. And I really liked the line - He was sucking her into his insanity. Its great how she wants it but still sounds like she is resisting its real

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

SdyLion--- I really wanted to make my fangs different... glad you think they are cool!

Donnas--- You're right... she's really hoping he's just delusional.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

THE WINNERS ARE.....

I will be emailing you soon with your free PDF copy of my short story BLOODWINE.

VICTORIA
HEATHER

Congratulations to you both.

Everyone well also still be in the drawing for the jewelry and gift card which will be held on September 1....

Thanks again, Laura, for having me and I'll see you on August 6...

Victoria said...

Thank you so much. I can wait to get it onto my Kindle :).