Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Donna Burgess




My love affair with the undead

By Donna Burgess

People are always asking me why I think vampires are so hot. I could tell them the answer begins and ends with two words—Eric Northman.

But then this post would end up way too short. The thing is, I didn’t always think vampires were hot.

As a kid in the 70s, vampires were anything but sex symbols—at least as far as I was concerned. They were monsters, hell-bent on sucking the blood out of any one who came along. I grew up with Anthony Zerbe and his albino-white evil in Omega Man, Christopher Lee’s dashing wickedness on Saturday’s Double Creature Feature at the Belmont Drive-In and Barnabas Collins, who was so melancholy he could put any viewer searching for the nearest ledge. Either way, I was afraid of vampires. Even Grandpa Munster gave me the creeps.

However, as time pushed on and I grew older, my interest (obsession? not exactly a word that points to mental stability) evolved into something else. Vampires could be funny (Love at First Bite) and they could be ultra-redneck-cool (Near Dark), but it was not until Anne Rice’s first three Vampire Chronicle novels and Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman I realized that blood drinkers could be sexy (sorry, Lost Boys fans). Vampires were indeed hot. Yes, they were still monsters, but hot monsters.

With my book, Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale, I wanted sexy vamps who retained some very humanistic qualities without diminishing the beast in them. My vamps have poor attitudes toward lowly mortals. They were already adults when they transformed, so they aren’t burdened with a lot of high school drama. They are not at all comfortable in daylight (or twilight)—darkness is where they belong. I hope with this series, I can offer something to fans of sexy dark urban fantasy, as well as gritty, gory horror. It’s my little homage to the vamps of my past. I had a blast writing it and I hope that is evident to anyone who decides to grab a copy and read it.


Today we are offering a little giveaway—

five copies of the print version of Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale

and 10 downloadable copies (via Smashwords) to lucky winners.

For more chances to win a copy of Darklands and learn more about Donna be sure to visit her along all of her tour stops throughout February, see them all here

Receive +2 entries for linking to Donna's tour via Facebook, Twitter, or your blog, be sure to include the link in your comments

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Add up all your entries and include them in your comment

Print Copies Availble to US Winners Only, Ebook Copies International

Winners TBA Next Wednesday January 26

32 comments:

stacey said...

sounds like a Entresting new book for me to Read Can't Wait to Get my Hands on it.
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Katrina W said...

Well U r not the only one !!! Dont get my started on Eric northman ** book 4 ** Lusty wink !!! lol
I am obsessed with vampires !! what can I say !!! I have brought that many books in the last twelve months, my collection has rapidly grown !! this book sounds really great !! and I follow your reviews and have read books you have recommended ;) so this is an extra added to my lil black book !!! Thanks for the comp and Off to facebook Donna Burgess :)
thanks kat

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Anonymous said...

Would love to win.
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debbie said...

I would love to read this. Please enter me for the print version.
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Anne said...

When i was a kid, all vampires were scary too. Chris Sarandon in Fright Night was the first one I thought was sexy.

I love Eric Northman in The Southern Vampire series, I still have to warm up to the True Blood version. maybe season 3 will do it for me. (No cable have to wait for DVD.)

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Robin K said...

Hope its ok to enter if we are participating in the tour :) I would love to win a print version!

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Holz said...

Sounds awesome..all dark and gritty just how i like them lol.
I would love to win an ebook copy:)

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I am a new GFC follower of yours and follow you under the name DarkBloodyVamp.
Thank you for this amazing giveaway.

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win.

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Leni said...

I loved the way you were able to put into words your love of vampires. It sounds easy enough to answer,but sometimes those are the ones that stop you in your tracks.

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tetewa said...

I'm a follower and live in the US would love a print copy! tWarner419@aol.com

Stephanie said...

This looks like a great book. I love the excerpt.

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booklover0226 said...

Oh this book sounds pretty good; I look forward in reading it.

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Estella said...

Yeah for Eric Northman---he's my favorite vampire!

your book sounds like a really good read.

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Sherry said...

I've always found vampire books interesting but I really love the modern version because they seem a lot sexier.

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Danielle Gorman said...

This book looks really good. Would love to read. Definitely going onto my TBR pile.

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Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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*yadkny* said...

This one sounds way too good to pass up!


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I'm always looking for a new twist to an old story
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Julie S said...

This book sounds really interesting. Please include me in the print copies giveaway.

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Pink Panther said...

Sounds great! Count me in for sure! :)
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Atta Girl said...

WOW! Looks like my exact kind of book! Not to mention that GORGEOUS cover!
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Tanya1224 said...

I can never get tired of reading about sexy vampires =) Please count me in this contest.
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Judy said...

I have been seeing them book talked about. It really looks like something I would enjoy. Love the Vamps!!

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Jolene Allcock and Family said...

I sooooo want to read this book! Would love love love love a print copy. Did I say I want this book? Good, because I really want this book :) Thanks so much for the chance, crossing fingers!!
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heatwave16 said...

Sounds like a great read. I'm in the US, and would love a print copy.

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Meredith said...

Vampires are not always hot. Eric, yes, others, not so much!

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Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Ah Yes Eric Northman...Book 4 was certainly the best...now let's hope they bring a good amount of that to Season 4 of True Blood and I will be in heaven this summer!

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donnas said...

Sounds good. Thanks for the chance!

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Laura H. said...

This sounds like a fabulous book! And I appreciate the author's nod to "True Blood"--because Eric Northman is hot! Count me in!

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