As an author my life is so unstructured. So I get a little over-excited about things that I can count. One thing I can count is my Book Bub followers– 271. I’m only 29 follows away from reaching 300 Book Bub followers. (I know, I know–but I’m so *excited* about topping 300.)
Would you like to help me get there? Sign up for this contest by clicking on the link below. I get another book bub follower when you enter the contest and you might win some pretty prizes. It’s fun! 🙂 Here’s the link:
If you haven’t read Amanda Bouchet’s first book PROMISE OF FIRE you’re in luck! To celebrate the release of her second book BREATH OF FIRE this week, I’m offering a giveaway of her first book (in print) along with a copy of my first book, WICKED APPRENTICE (also in print.)
by Kiersten Hallie Krum It’s theme week here at Lady Smut as we celebrate the release of Lady Smut blogger and all-around guru, Madeline Iva’s, new novel Wicked Apprentice, a high-fantasy romance filled with betrayals and power juggling and chained up lovers and all sorts of sexy, magical hi-jinks just in time for Halloween! In Wicked […]
(it’s free on Amazon right now, btw. We’re talking fast paced erotica. The main character is an ex-soldier/possible sociopath who saves petite vampira with all the Mexican Drug Cartels after her. Think of it as lite dark erotica, if that makes sense.)
–which was making me think of True Blood. That started me thinking about all my favorite vampire movies–and how some are set in the heat (True Blood and Interview With A Vampire take place close to New Orleans) and some are dipped in cool.
Since it’s hot outside, this is a list of stylish vampire films dipped in cool. They are all as pleasing to look at as they are to experience.
UNDERWORLD 1 & 4 –Kate Beckinsale is sleek and chic in her portrayal of cold, pissed off Celine, who shamefully falls for a lycan in this action adventure film. (Why only two out of four? Because 2 was a less good version of 1 and 3 went back into the past and wasn’t Urban Fantasy. 4 is not as good as 1 but it’s not bad, plus it has Theo James in it.)
THE HUNGER –Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie star in this 80’s minimalist classic of rich NYC vampires, bittersweet betrayal, and how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
NOSFORATU THE VAMPYRE — A German film, by a famous German director, with famous German actors. (Note the references to the paintings of the Pre-Raphealites!) A romantic, suspenseful film. This is the film that Coppola tried to imitate with Keanu (what was he thinking???)
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE — If you’ve seen Nosforatu, then this movie takes on even more layers–but it’s not necessary. This film is two parts edgy, one part satire, one part daffy, one part scary. You really don’t know just exactly what’s going to happen next.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN — Vampires, Swedish style.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE — Cool vampires looking back while avoiding death in a toxic world. I could look at Tilda Swinton and her hair all day. Meanwhile, Tom Huddleston sends me.
So my friend talked me into going off to Madison, Wisconsin for a week. So excited to go to Madison, which I hear is hella cool. Have no idea what I’m getting myself into, really, I’m just up for the adventure.
There’s a hair braiding party. There’s a Mulan Slumber Party, and there’s a panel I really, really, really want to go to that’s about how Disney is sorta doing the fan-fic thing lately, taking fairy tale characters and putting them in alternative universes. Not sure how that’s going to go, but if they’re talking about Maleficent, I’m listening. You know? I wrote a post about it HERE back before I’d seen the movie — but really, the movie is Sleeping Beauty turned on it’s head.
I’d like to go to more conferences in the future–this one happened to be super cheap. No idea if any romance readers will be there, but my quest is to talk to fantasy people about elves, and wicked apprentices (wink wink, nudge nudge).
I’m back on June first when I’ll be talking to more with my editor about revisions to Wicked Apprentice, and maybe I’ll even find out if I have a release date for the book. Yay!
Hope you all embrace your inner nerd and follow your bliss while I’m away. Ciao!
Our LadySmut Paranormal Tea Party on FB last Sunday was fuuuuuuuuuuun!
Joey W. Hill and Kate Douglas were our special guests. It was a part of #Romance15, the online romance festival put out by our publisher, Harper Collins UK. I know what you’re thinking — yes, we enjoyed our frivolous little online gathering, but what exactly did we learn from the experience?
Welp. Joey Hill is awesomely nice – and I learned that she has a LOT of other paranormal out there that’s not just vampires. (Witches and mermaids—oh my!) I am going to read up and report back to you on that.
I learned that there is no fan like fans of werewolves/shifters. In honor of Kate Douglas I asked fans to post their fav wolf references and kicked things off with Duran, Duran’s HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF.
If that doesn’t bring back the mid-80’s to you, nothing will!
Fan responded back with Florence and the Machine’s HOWL:
Love that wolf thang!
The Paranormal tea party was also a opportunity to post photos of bloody tea cups and women wearing adorable little tea cup hats. (Thank you Liz Everly!)
Speaking of Joey Hill – if you don’t know about her (and how could you not? But maybe you’ve been living on mars–I dunno) We got to chat with her about her dominant vampire queen who gets together with a submissive hero. How did she get away with it? I mean, let’s face it, most authors couldn’t, because most romance readers like their men very dominant. But this is a no less intense romance series. Joey indicated that what does it for readers is the point where her human servants are bound to their vampire mistresses/masters for good. And they want that. They’re ‘all in’. It’s a kind of “I promise to live for nothing and no one but you” perverse romantic ideal. A romance hero who’s ‘all in’ definitely sends out alpha vibes.
Kate Douglas, meanwhile, is kicking off a whole new series for St. Martin’s Press. This time her series is with werewolves as opposed to her wolf shifter romances. So in her posts she was asking us how we like our werewolves. Bitten, cursed, or born that way?
We were all over the map. One thing we agreed upon is that we love broody heroes – but don’t like them too angsty. Tread carefully with that cursed thing, Kate. One reader said “bitten – I love biting.” Yes, dear reader! Yes to biting. (Unless you’re in first grade and some horrid little boy is biting you.)
Of course, our tea party wouldn’t be complete without weighing in on the big question of the universe. Why do some women like vampires while others only like werewolves?
The difference seems about controlled power vs. primal release. Joey W. Hill is into the controlled power. Although her vampire queen may be fragile and like a twisted china doll in some respects, she is still definitely in control. Joey also goes to the BDSM side of life–this too is all about having control. Kate Douglas on the other hand likes the primal thing – a different kind of “all in”. Uninhibited, in the moment, raw.
Let me pause a moment to say that when you describe it that way, I clack my teeth with happy desire. I admit I lean more to the vampire side in general. But I don’t know, I also like my people au natural and the wolfie side of romance seems to uphold a no fuss, no muss approach to life.
I hope the next time we party you join with us. Meanwhile, I’m giving out a copy of our anthology to anyone who answers the eternal question in the comment section below: vampires or wolves?
Ladies, these days staying sane means daydreaming about Dyson and the TV show LOST GIRL. I mean, what are you going to do during that long span of time when there’s only football on TV and re-runs? Lost Girl is a great TV show to watch around the fall holidays. Those fae folk are just naturally festive and there’s a ye olde harvest-solstice-spirit-y vibe that just emanates from the show.
I first saw a glimpse of LOST GIRL on Hulu.com–but they only had clips, not a full episode. Then I was on holiday batting around the remote control and came across a scene where Dyson was “healing” Bo the succubus by having sex with her. Yes, yes, and more yes! Yet it seemed that was just a kind of one time-y thing. I frowned and moved on to other channels. Until Kiersten Hallie Krum joined Lady Smut, and she had this post about wolves.
So I just had to take another look. I started watching the show and I was bitten–bitten hard. Yes, there’s a lot about Lost Girl that people love in terms of world building. And yes, Kenzie, the side kick is so fascinating and fun to watch with her eyes that look like green beach glass. But really, the alpha and omega of that show for me is Dyson.
There is Bo’s character arc, (yawn) and the arc of what’s going on in Fae land (meh), and then there is Dyson’s feelings for/being there for Bo (!).
He’s got a voice that’s like a black bear licking honey. He’s got a body that does not stop, despite being forced to wear dorky fae vests. He’s a long cool glass of water, and he makes me thirsty. His character and how the actor embodies the character is like the relaxing sensations of a vibrating…foot massager.
However, if you haven’t watched the show yet, you should brace yourself. At one point they pull the rug out from under you. I’m squinting with one hand in front of me while looking ahead for Season Two. Part of Lost Girl’s unique niche is that Bo is bi. I’m thinking season number two is all about giving her a lot more girl time…which is okay…I guess…It’s just that for me the only reason I’m watching the show is Dyson, so I’m hoping that whatever he’s doing while kicking his heels as Bo gets it on in Lady Land is as good as the stuff in Season One.
Meanwhile, here’s something for your Xmas wish list. I’ve been reading HARD AS IT GETS a romantic suspense book that’s coming out by Lauren Kaye. Sounds like an erotic romance with that title–but it’s a little more trad romance. Loving it — even if you’re not so into tattoos (and I’m not), Kaye will keep you zooming through the pages with her taut hero and his gritty world. It’s available for pre-order here.
I’m also squealing over the fact that I just got ONYX by Jennifer Armentrout in the mail — this is the follow up to OBSIDIAN — the first book in her Lux series. While the books are ostensibly Y.A.-ish, they are hawt.
They really sit on that line between Y.A. and New Adult. I whiffled through Obsidian. Now I am drooling over the amethyst cover and can’t wait until I can start reading it later tonight. In the meanwhile, back to some new chapters for me!
So go over-indulge with a big glop of romance on top of your pecan pie next week. I’ll see ya around the time we start to deck the halls.
Just say no to Xmas creep! — and follow my blog, plz.