Vampires vs. Werewolves H0p: Which do You Prefer?

VVWWelcome to the Vampire vs. Werewolf Hop where   participating authors and bloggers will be discussing those sexy creatures of the night and giving away prizes. You can find a complete list of participating authors here.

As someone who enjoys a good paranormal romance, I readily admit a fondness for both night prowlers. Do I have a preference? Hmm …there are plenty of sensual, smoldering vamps out there but, if I had to choose, I’m definitely partial to the guys with a lunar attachment.

It started many decades ago with my older sisters watching a show called Dark Shadows. I was the annoying grade school kid but, even at six, was enraptured. Sure, the star of the show was vampire Barnabas Collins, but I was infatuated with Quentin Collins, tortured smoldering werewolf. A connection was born.

Today, many stories favor shifters and wolf packs which I do enjoy. But, to me, there is nothing more tragically romantic than the original werewolf legend in which lycanthropy was a curse. I love the idea of a single individual struggling against the power of something he or she can’t control. That was the concept I used when writing WEATHERING ROCK, my time travel/paranormal romance about a Civil War colonel transported to modern times.

Let me share the blurb:

Weathering Rock300dpi finalDrawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

Intrigued? I hope so! :D I fell in love with Caleb while writing this story and would love to share his tale with you.

Finally, in closing, I hope you enjoy these snippets of folklore related to werewolves:

Most people know that being bitten by a werewolf will transform you into one at the rise of the first full moon. It’s also common legend that someone can willingly become a werewolf through the use of sorcery or by making a pact with the devil. But here are a few less commonly known ways of getting your (were)wolf on:

Being the seventh son of a seventh son Through cannibalism (can I get an ewwww on that one, please?) If you’re Catholic, failing to go to confession for a 10-year period By drinking from the track or footprint of another werewolf By drinking water haunted by the dead By eating a wolf’s brain (second ewwww!)

Now for my giveawawy: Comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, and tell me what most attracts you to werewolves. I’ll select a winner through random.org at the end of the hop and award an ebook copy of WEATHERING ROCK, Kindle or Nook (winner’s choice). I also invite you to like my Facebook Author Page and/or follow my blog by email by using the subscription option in the top right corner of the side bar. Either ‘twould make me wolfishly happy! :)

Don’t panic if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. Moderation is on, but I promise your remarks won’t be lost and will materialize as soon as I check in. :)

Happy hopping! :)

Buy WEATHERING ROCK at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Lyrical Press
iBooks

And, if you’re a vampire girl, my friend and fellow author, Deborah Palumbo just contacted me. She was too late to participate in the hop, but she would like to offer a free Kindle copy of her book, THE UNDEPARTED. If you’ve already commented, on a previous post I did during the Vampires vs. Werewolves blog hop, you’re included for Deborah’s giveaway. She’ll contact her winner directly at the end of the hop.  Check out this wonderful cover and blurb for THE UNDEPARTED, book 1 of THE UNDEPARTED SERIES!

Blurb:

Cassandra is trying to figure out if she was actually bitten by a vampire and whisked away to his castle or if it was a very vivid dream, one which has left her to contemplate her own sanity.

Unknowingly, she is the only mortal to resist the vampire’s bite and capture the heart of the most powerful vampire that ever existed; the one who began the entire race of the undead, Quentin Castle.

For ions Quentin has felt nothing but the lust for blood. But Cassandra has awakened something in him that he had forsaken a millennium ago; he is determined to win this beautiful woman by mortal means rather than by the vampire’s bite. But will he be able to suppress his natural instinct? Will he be able to prove to the skeptical Cassandra that he is a vampire and not an imposter, a wannabe? What hideous thing will he do to prove that he is a vampire, prove that he isn’t using some kind of parlor trick, some Houdini magic, and that he is the real thing?

As evidence mounts on Quentin’s behalf and she can no longer deny her encounter was real and not a dream, will Cassandra be able to resist his evil charm and convince her boyfriend, police officer Mike Lapp and best friend Lucy that vampires really do exist and she’s being stalked by one?

To expedite their liaison, Quentin devises a scheme to blackmail Cassandra by setting up her boyfriend for a murder he didn’t commit. Cassandra must surrender herself to Quentin for her boyfriend’s sake and wait for Mike to scale the walls of the vampire’s castle and rescue her. But when her boyfriend arrives, she’s in for the shock of her life. People are not always what they seem to be.

Mae Clair: Do You Collect Stars? BOTY Award 2012

Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpegApparently I do. I didn’t expect it, but Calisa Rhose nominated me for my third 2012 Blog of the Year Award. I’d already been nominated previously by Kitt Crescendo and Sheri de Grom. All of these ladies are gems in the blogging universe.

Calisa, one of my sister authors at Lyrical Press, has an amazing ranch home blog that you just have to check out! It’s loaded with all manner of goodies from guest authors and cover reveals to visiting editors and friendly chit-cat. No matter what the topic or day there is always a warm ranch welcome to make you feel right at home. Many thanks to Calisa for the nominating me for this honor!

So how does it work? The rules are pretty straightforward:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin, you receive the ‘1 star’ award. Every time you are given the award by another blog you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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So here are my nominations for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award:

Renita Pizzitola
Renita is one of my sister authors at Lyrical Press. Her debut novel, GOSSAMER released on the same day as WEATHERING ROCK which put us both on the same learning curve (although I think Renita was far ahead of me, LOL). She’s a prolific writer with the 2nd book in the GOSSAMER series of YA books already under contract and her adult urban fantasy romancel, DREAM ON, releasing in March. Her blog, Think Whimsy, is a great place to find info on new releases, Celtic folktales and writing whatnots. Drop by and treat yourself to some whimsy!

Deborah Palumbo
Deborah tells stories of vampires, romance and mystery among other genres. She’s the author of THE UNDEPARTED SERIES, wherein you’ll get your fix of sexy vamps. She has an active blog that enjoys a steady flow of guest authors, promos and book releases, plus a fun feature called Flip-Flop Friday. Friendly and outgoing, Deborah has been a delight to get to know.

Sheri de Grom
Sheri honored me with this award earlier but I really want to pay it forward again. She has been so supportive of me from day one, and such a delight to get to know. Even more so, her personal story is amazing and inspiring, a testament to the bond of soulmates and love. Visit Sheri’s blog for reviews on women’s fiction, thought-provoking posts on Medicare reform, mental health, and support for our military. The beautiful bridge that graces her header is a gateway to the myriad treasures you’ll discover within.

Thanks again to Calisa for my third star (makes me feel like a star collector…kind of cool since constellations play a role in my upcoming release, TWELFTH SUN). I hope you get a chance to visit the blogs I’ve highlighted. They’re all gems, worthy of some glittery starshine! :)

Mae Clair: The Next Big Thing

I’m jazzed today because it’s my turn to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I was tagged by the very talented L.J. Kentowski who writes steamy kick-butt urban fantasy. Her new novel, SEEKER OF FATE, (book two in the FATE SERIES) will be releasing next month. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with her characters and cool world mythology by reading book one, GUARDIAN OF FATE. It rocks!

As for the NBT hop, writers answer a series of questions related to their current WIP, then tag several other authors to join the hop. Fun, huh? First, I want to send a high-five out to L.J. for tagging me (thanks L.J.!), and next I’ll roll out the questions. All set? Goodie. Here goes:

What is the working title of your book?
ECLIPSE LAKE

Where did the idea of the book come from?
My sister and her husband have a lake house at a resort area in the mountains. The setting is beautiful . . . rolling hillsides dotted with farms, a sprawling lake with several public docks, marina, restaurant, beach area, picnic areas. Most of the homes are built on the mountain with the lake below. There’s also a small blip-of-a-town at the base. Think highly rural with turkey-eat-alls at the firehall, fishing cabins, and resort homes. High up on the mountain a handful of mansions peek through the trees, sprawling structures of glass and wood. When you turn the lights out at night, it’s so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face, but the tree frogs chatting outside sing you to sleep.

The first time I was there, I fell in love with the setting. It seemed like a great place for a mystery so I immediately started crafting a story. It took a while, but I eventually had the first draft of ECLIPSE LAKE. I’m now working on draft two.

What genre does your book fall under?
That’s the loaded question I’m currently struggling with. I originally saw it as an inspirational romance. I have since cut the inspirational element and am pumping up the mystery. So . . . I’m going to say it’s mystery/romance although, romance readers may feel it has too much mystery, and mystery readers may feel it has too much romance. I like blending those two in equal amounts and, hopefully, many readers will feel the same way.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in movie renditions?
As strange as it seems, I can’t pinpoint any. I know that sounds odd. After having written a complete first draft, I know these characters well, and can see them clearly in my head, but I can’t match up any actors.

Dane Carlisle is tall and lean with brown-blond hair. His love interest, Ellie Sullivan has black hair, is petite but athletic. Dane has an older brother, Jonah, who is shorter but muscular, and a seventeen-year-old son, Jesse. Those are my four main characters. The only person I can think of for Dane is Chris Hemsworth (with longer hair). The others, I have no clue.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Ex-con, Dane Carlisle, now a successful businessman, returns to his hometown in hopes of reconciling with his estranged brother, and falls for a photojournalist who becomes involved in a decades old murder.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I plan to submit to my current publisher in hopes it will find a home there. If not, I’ll forward it to several other e-publishing houses before going the Indie route. I do, however, feel strongly enough about this novel that I will self-publish. I just dread the learning curve, and will therefore be hounding my indie author friends for advice!

How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your project?
I wrote the first draft many years ago (this is one of those books I had tucked away in a drawer) so I don’t remember exactly, but I’m going to guess roughly six to eight months. That’s my normal pace since I work full-time.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I can’t think of a specific title, but anything that blends mystery and romance.  Family relationships also figure prominently in the novel and are key to the plot.

Who or what inspired you to write this story?
I’ve always been drawn to flawed characters, family relationships, and second chances. I wanted to tell a story showing the power of forgiveness, and the ability to start over again. Dane and Jonah have a bitter and tumultuous history between them. That rift is at the heart of the story, but I wanted Dane to find happiness through romance too (because I’m an HEA girl :) ) and that’s where Ellie comes in.

What else about your book may pique readers’ interest?
Um . . . some kids find a skeleton that unleashes a deluge of trouble, there’s a strange light phenomena over the lake that no one but Ellie sees; I’ve got a closet-full of buried family secrets, a sheriff with a score to settle, a teenaged son who doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut, and a widower trying to find the peace of heart to love again.  Intrigued? :D I hope so!

That’s it for me and ECLIPSE LAKE. Thanks for taking a peek with me and thanks to L.J. Kentowski for the tag. And now, I’d like to nominate the following awesome author/bloggers to continue the NBT hop.

It’s your turn, ladies!

Christina McKnight
Stanalei Fletcher
Lorraine Paton
Christy Olesen
Alicia Coleman

Cover Reveal: The Banished One by Deborah Palumbo

Title: THE BANISHED ONE
Series:  Book three of THE UNDEPARTED
Author:  Deborah Palumbo
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery/Romance
Publication:
December 2012

Description of THE BANISHED ONE
The Banished One, a serial killer vampire also named Lucius, is still wreaking havoc on the sleepy town in Tower City, and since he’s supernatural he can’t be captured by normal police procedure.

A frustrated Lieutenant Welby refuses to believe that the elusive Lucius, the one responsible for those dead bodies in his town, is a vampire; that defies logic. There’s got to be another explanation for those fang marks in the victims’ throats. Welby remains a staunch disbeliever in vampires until the coroner, Doc McMahon, causes him to change his mind!

Doc shows Welby his ancestral journal from the 1700’s regarding Quentin Castle, the father of all vampires.   Welby is whisked back in time as he reads those yellowed pages filled with encounters of beautiful women being lured to their mortal doom and transformed into vampires by the handsome and charming Quentin.

But what causes Welby to finally be convinced, is a series of preternatural events and the coroner’s scientific evidence! Welby then follows the old town rumors about vampires right to Quentin and his gothic castle to enlist Quentin’s supernatural aid in capturing Lucius.

Will Quentin, the only one who can stop Lucius’ vampire tirades, help the Lieutenant or make him one of The Undeparted?

Will Quentin battle Lucius and send Lucius to the bowels of hell for eternity, finally ensuring that Cassandra is safe from her old beau? Will the old coal mining town be safe at last?

THE BANISHED ONE ~ Coming December 2012!

Look for Deborah Palumbo at the following haunts:
Website
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter

Mae Clair: An Engraved Invitation

It’s travel time again!

I’m packing up my blog suitcases and hopping over to my good friend Donna Cummings  blog where we’re discussing all sorts of writing related topics.

If that isn’t enough, I’m also visiting the lovely Deborah Palumbo’s web haunt for a short interview about writing habits, favorite genres and WEATHERING ROCK.

Don’t wait for the movies! Consider this an engraved invitation to drop by both haunts and say hello! :D

For a complete list of all my tour stops over the next two months, visit my WEATHERING ROCK Tour Schedule page. Caleb, Arianna and I have a lot of sharing to do ;-)

Mae Clair’s Wizards with Words: Deborah Palumbo

Hello friends, and welcome to another Wizards with Words feature. Today, I’m welcoming author Deborah Palumbo who writes historicals as well as paranormal romances laced with mystery and mystery/crime. Given my love of history, romance, and things that go-bump in the night, I had to invite her to drop by for a visit. I met Deborah through a forum called Book Blogs and we soon started talking books and writing.

Hi, Deborah, and welcome to my humble blog haunt. 

Deborah:  Mae, first I want to say that I’m thrilled to be here with such a wonderful author. I appreciate this opportunity to answer your questions and get to know the readers and vice versa. Thank you to everyone attending; this is going to be a lot of fun. I’m a kindle author, about to turn paperback as well. I’m really looking forward to that by the end of the month. I hope, I hope!

It sounds like you’re definitely moving full steam ahead. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks that way. I understand that actor/writer Jordan Rhodes paid you a high compliment when he finished reading your mystery crime novel EDGE OF DARKNESS. I’d like to share that with my readers *rustling through papers for quote* Here we go:

“Edge of darkness is a taut suspenseful detective thriller laced with humor that reminds one of the wit displayed by the character of Lenny from Law & Order. It’s an interesting read that would easily translate to film as it conveys visuals to the reader. For every Mickey Spillane fan out there – Mickey’s back – only he’s a female and her name is Deborah Palumbo”…JORDAN RHODES Actor/writer

High praise indeed! You must have felt great with that kind of glowing review.

Deborah:  Well that’s amazing that JR feels that way, and incredibly kind of him to say so. I humbly appreciate the compliment. Of course, there can only be one Mickey Spillane. I hope though that some Spillane fans would be interested in reading EDGE OF DARKNESS and my new vintage detective novel, WHEN THE TEMPERATURE RISES.

Tell us about your newest novel, When The Temperature Rises.

Deborah:  It’s a 1948 crime noir. I’m introducing Detective Humphrey McAllister. He’s really a likeable guy. He’s had some personal problems, like chasing blonde dames and consuming too much funny water, but he’s making a comeback, so he’s got a lot to prove to himself and his cantankerous, potbellied Captain. He’s got a murder to investigate and wrap in 48 hours or the Captain’s gonna demote him from homicide to chasing bed jumpers in sleazy motels.

That comeback is easier said than done ‘cos at every turn there’s some attractive dame who is willing and able; self-control has never been one of Humphrey’s strong points. Then his ex-wife starts looking like a damn good suspect. Too bad he’s still carrying a torch for her. He’s got a difficult decision to make: haul her in or let her escape? Or maybe she isn’t the killer after all?

The man definitely has his hands full, LOL. Any other characters you’d like to share with us?

Deborah:  I’d love to talk about the handsome Quentin Castle from THE UNDEPARTED series. He’s the father of all vampires, and is devoted to the beautiful, mortal Cassandra. He’s a multi-millionaire, not some cape wearing, blood-dripping-from-the-mouth vampire, though he does live in a gothic castle. He’s desperate to win Cassandra’s heart, but doesn’t want her love and devotion because he did the “mesmerizing vampire thing,” so he tries to woo her the mortal way first. As to what he actually ends up doing…well, hopefully your readers will read the novel and its sequel ,THE ASCENT OF THE UNDEPARTED to find out.

Oooh, you have me seriously intrigued by Quentin. Not only did you give him one of my all-time favorite names for a hero, but he sounds utterly intoxicating. Any chance there’s a third book in The Undeparted series?

Deborah: Yes, I’m working on it right now. It’s steamier, sexier; Quentin and Cassandra take a few romps under the sheets, the villain is out of control, and there is definitely an element of crime solving because a detective is introduced.

Fantastic! Okay, let’s talk about Deborah. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Deborah: I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. Typically I think people are born with the desire to write.

I know that was true for me. When did you first start writing seriously?

Deborah: I wrote my first novel(s) around 1990 when an unfortunate illness left me housebound. Talk about fate, huh? I dusted off those files in 2010 and, in 2012, I self-published.

How many novels have you written total?

Deborah: I wrote 12 novels but have 8 published. I intend to flesh out the unpublished ones and bring them on board too.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

Deborah: I wish I could say behind some antique desk; a desk handed down from generation to generation, but the truth is in my four-poster king bed. The pillows are “smooshed” up behind me.

Sounds comfy. :) Of the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite?

Deborah: Since each book I write is like my child, it’s hard to pick and choose, you know? But I had a blast writing When The Temperature Rises. I found it almost lyrical composing that novel.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Deborah: Geeze, I wish I could say something really interesting, but the truth is I’m a home body. I’d rather have family or friends over and play Scrabble or a good card game than go to a club. I’d rather take a long drive on a country road than jet off somewhere. I love sitting in my screened-in gazebo and listening to birdies sing and watch trees. Yeah, trees. I love to cook, bake, read scripture, entertain. Tell me you’re not yawning!

Actually, you’ve listed many of the things I like to do myself. Give me a country road or a serene backyard setting and I’m a happy camper. Before we go, do you have any parting words you’d like to share?

Deborah:  Mae, This has been an absolute pleasure; a real delight, and I thank you and everyone for spending time together! It was a blast! Hope everyone thinks so. I’d like to mention what a talented author you are. Best wishes for continued success.

Aww, many thanks and the same to you! Please look for Deborah at the following haunts:

AMAZON
WEBSITE
GOODREADS
TWITTER
NINGS BOOK BLOG
FEAUTRED DISCUSSIONS ON NINGS

INDIVIDUAL BOOK LINKS:

THE UNDEPARTED Book one: Cassandra is trying to figure out if she was actually bitten by a vampire and whisked away to his castle or if it was a very vivid dream, one which has left her to contemplate her own sanity.
Unknowingly, she is the only mortal to resist the vampire’s bite and capture the heart of the most powerful vampire that ever existed; the one who began the entire race of the undead, Quentin Castle. REVIEWS

THE ASCENT OF THE UNDEPARTED: After ingesting a potion to turn him mortal, will Quentin have the strength to battle his arch enemy Lucius and rescue his beloved from Lucius’ prison, or will Quentin be sent to Hades without the ascent of his undeparted soul?  REVIEWS

WHEN THE TEMPERATURE RISES:  Book description above in interview.

Can’t get enough Deborah Palumbo? There’s more! Check out these other titles from her:

THE DOCTORS
EDGE OF DARKNESS
THE GOLD SEEKER’S DAUGHTER
BRAVE WOMAN
THE DYING TREE