Sunday, January 8, 2012

I Tawt I Taw a Vwampire Part III and Book Review

I've discussed vampirism today in our society and vampire movies and TVs. I left out one of my favorite vampire movies: 'The Librarian The Curse of the Judas Chalice.' 'The Librarian' series are based around the concept that there has always been a Librarian who keeps the world's artifacts. I thoroughly enjoy watching these. They star Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen a new Librarian. In 'The Curse of the Judas Chalice' Flynn finds himself in New Orleans helping a female vampire save the chalice from evil hands.
Noah Wyle is just a fun actor who makes these movies so entertaining.

On to the top selling Vampire books:
First of all, there are all sorts of opinions on this, depending on the sub-genre. However, I believe these are top sellers:

Charlaine Harris Sookie StackHouse Southern Vampire Mystery Series - this is where the TV show True Blood came from.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2) by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur

Vampire romance genre is taking more than its share of 10 sellers.

Lothaire by Kresley Cole is one.

My friend Beth Muscat just reviewed 'Vampyre Kisses' by Elizabeth Kolodziej. Beth gave it 5 stars. Here is the review:
It certainly looks to be an excellent read.

But my all time favorite has become 'The Amaranthine Series' by Joleene Naylor. Not since the Harry Potter books have I been more impressed with an author. Her series are action, thriller, mystery, horror, and erotica all thrown into each book.

Joleene has 3 out right now: 'Shades of Gray', 'Legacy of Ghosts', and 'Ties of Blood', with books 4 and 5 due out this year. I cannot wait!

'Shades of Gray' is the first in the series where we meet Katelina - a human and Jorick - a vampire from centuries ago. Right from the first page, I could not put this book down.
Same with the other two:

What did I like about them? Everything. I am serious. These are the best reads I've had in a long, long time. I read around the clock. Be prepared. They are about vampires, so I won't deny there are horror scenes in them and certainly some tastefully done erotica. But putting that aside, it was fascinating to watch the interactions of other vampires with Jorick.

As Katelina and Jorick fall in love with each other, and their love deepens, I was impressed at how well Joleene did in developing this relationship.

Would I read them again? You're kidding! Seriously, when I finished 'Shades of Gray' I wanted to immediately read it again! I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Joleene Naylor is an amazingly talented author, and I think her time of discovery will be soon. She has several smaller books out on the lives of each of these vampires.

Who's my favorite? Well, of course I like Jorick - he's a brooder. I like Oren too - he's more of a brooder. I like Jeda. She's very much the perfect lady, yet vampire. Loren is a teenage vampire, recently turned who is a lot of fun to read about. Oh, there are just too many.

In 'Ties of Blood' we meet yet another vampire, Verchiel. I can't wait to see whose side he's really on. Verchiel is not well like by Jorick, yet he's saved Katelina more than once. And he's funny, and a tease, and mishchevious; and I love his character.

Honestly, friends, try these books out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. 'Shades of Gray' sells in e-book form for only 99cents at Amazon. The other two are only $2.00 each. $5.00 for some of the best writing out there today.

How I discovered Joleene Naylor's works:
Joleene advertised to interview writers' characters. I thought it would be humorous for her to interview Geraldina since Geraldina does not believe in vampires. You can read Geraldina's meeting of a vampire by clicking the above tab and reading 'An Offer I Must Refuse.'

Joleene agreed to the interview and I sent her my parts on Geraldina. She was a wizard at developing my parts into the interview with Katelina. Here for your enjoyment is the meeting reprinted:

Interview with Geraldina Pottwatts

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we have Geraldina Pottwatts from a collection of short stories by D M Yates – and it looks like she’s brought her cat. I think this is our first pet! Now we’ll have to have a dog later to even things out.

Geraldina: Well, hon, I’m 65 years old. I hate glasses, but I do use these here pince nez. As you can see, I’m properly groomed with short styled hair. I’ll admit I’m rather tall, but my late husband, Wally, didn’t mind. God rest his sweet soul. He was an archeologist. That’s someone who digs up old stuff. Now, I devote my time to the Lard (at this, she throws up her arms, looks to the ceiling and yells ‘Hallelujah, Lard’) and to my precious widdle Snookums-Doodles. (She looks fondly at an excessively overweight cat, wearing a knit sweater, laying on his back in a pet stroller eating a cat treat. As if in answer to her, he stops eating for a second and produces a rather loud belch, then continues eating). I live somewhere in the Midwest, but I ain’t gonna tell you where. You can see how attractive I am, and I don’t want a lot of male visitors coming by. (She leans forward and with her hand to her mouth, she whispers, ‘you know what I mean’) Now, the Midwest is in the United States, Sweetie, in case you didn’t know.

K: Actually, I was just there recently. There’s not much in the Midwest, is there? Or at least not in my literary universe. So you’re not actually in a novel yet?