A Recipe for a Good Vamp

Greetings, readers!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I always enjoy seeing all of you.  How’s it goin’?  Today I wanted to just tell you a little about my new Halloween vampire tales, “Sanguine Kiss” and “Three to Tango.”    Of course, I didn’t want to just sit here for 500 words talking about how fantastic the books are and how you should buy them.  It’s just not my style.  So in my infinite wisdom, I’ve decided to write a little recipe for writing a kickass vampire.  Let’s face it, ladies and germs, our vampires have been defanged in the last several years and it’s up to us to save the genre.  Now, I promise, no more Twilight bashing sessions.  I’ve decided that they’re pointless and redundant.  And Stephanie Meyer, evil little monkey that she is, did reinvigorate the genre and get kids reading again.  So I must applaud her for that.  She also had some interesting, if not poorly executed, ideas about the vampire mythology. 

So what are the essential things to writing a good vampire story?

1.        Originality.  I can’t stress this enough.  The truth is that the market is flooded with tales of the undead.  Part of the reason that Twilight was so successful was that Meyer came up with some new takes on time-honored tropes.  For example, the evil sparkling.  Traditional vampire mythology states that the vampire cannot venture out during the day.  In most stories it is believed that vampires will burst into flame upon getting into direct sunlight, however, Meyer turned that on its ear and made them sparkle in the sun.  It sounds utterly ridiculous and then the effect in the movie looked like a glitter rash.  But you have to hand it to her—it was different.

2.       A sexy vampire that ACTS like a vampire.  Think back, ladies and germs, over all the vampire books you’ve read in the last ten years.  I’m going to use my “psychic” abilities to make the assumption that many of the heroes or heroines  were  brooding vampires, bored with eternity.  They can’t drink blood because of all their extreme guilt.  Well pardon my French, but WTF?!  You’ll stay young and beautiful forever, living a thousand lifetimes.  Pardon me, while I play you a sad little tune on the world’s smallest violin.  A great vampire story needs to have a powerful vampire that relishes his situation.  I, for one, am tired of listening to all the woes of being guilty and immortal.  Feeding is a vampire’s sexuality, so if you take that away from him or her, what’s left to be sexy?

3.       A great plot.  I think this one goes for all books of any genre.  If you don’t have a compelling plot, it doesn’t matter if you have a hot vampire dude and all the hot sex the pages can hold.  Your readers will get bored and throw your book aside.  Even an erotic short can still have a bit of plot to hold the characters together.  Why are these people suddenly overwhelmed with lust?  It doesn’t have to be something intricate.  I can even be something the author merely alludes to, but it must be there. 

4.       Solid characters that we care about.  A lot of horror writers make this mistake as well.  It’s not surprising.  Horror and romance are closely related in that both are extremely tied to emotional response.  Which is, of course, why we need really solid characters.  Characters and plot are two of the things that separate erotica from pornography.  If you’re reading one of mine or my colleagues, you should care about the characters enough to stick with them even if there’s no sex. 

So there you have it, folks.  My recipe for a great vampire book.  So what does this have to do with me?  Well, it just so happens that my new releases with Purple Sword Publications and Mocha Memoirs Press are vampire books.  The first, “Sanguine Kiss” is a little vampy novella that’s all about blood and revenge.  These vampires definitely DO NOT sparkle.  Check out the blurb…

Gillian Thompson wants to end her life. Deserted by her lover and desperate for peace, she thinks that death is the only answer. But life never closes one door without opening a window. On a fateful night, the one that should be her last, she meets the dark and mysterious Seth, who seems to understand the depth of her pain. Rather than let her kill herself, he offers Gillian a new life beyond pain and regret. A life bathed in bloody kisses and bittersweet vengeance.

The next is a bit lighter.  It’s a little vampire ménage (that’s right, ladies. TWO hot vamps are better than one) short that kicks off my new series with Mocha Memoirs Press.  It’s called “Strange Bedfellows:  Three to Tango.”  Here’s a little taste…

“…vampires can be dangerous to your health.”

A truer statement had never been uttered, but when Cali stumbled upon The Oubliette, she began to realize the wisdom in those words. Broken-hearted and bored, Cali’s life had become a string of TV dinners and romance novels. She wondered where her life was going until she followed the mysterious stranger through the red door and entered a world that few would ever know existed. A world of vampires, werewolves and pleasure beyond imagination. Within the walls of The Oubliette, Cali will embark on a dangerous and sensual journey of discovery that will change her life forever.

Don’t those sound like hot reads?  For those of you that like a little horror with your erotic romance, these stories are definitely for you.  You can find my naughty little vignettes at the following locales:

Amazon

All Romance eBooks

Purple Sword Publications

Bookstrand

Mocha Memoirs Press

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