Saturday, February 26, 2011

Guest Blog with Tami Jackson

Thank you Roxanne, for sharing your blog, Fang-Tastic Books with me today. As an author yourself, you know how people consume books after learning about them from trusted sources. That's why I really appreciate this opportunity to talk about my book, Ravena & The Resurrected ( and I hope to reciprocate for you sometime when you're ready to post a guest article on my book review blog:


Single and 24-years-old, Ravena feels motivated to become a vampire because she always felt picked-on as a kid and doesn't really understand her birth family. Back in grade school, when she finally made a friend, and after she brought Margo over to the house for a visit, Ravena's mother assumed a friendship role with Margo and sent Ravena away to do chores while she sat on the couch to bond with the young guest.


5:36 - As I walked away, I overheard my mother whisper to my classmate: “Sometimes I wish I could change our reality channel to a different station whenever Ravena enters the room.” Then they laughed together.

The idea of turning vampire always held such a strong 'coolness factor' for Ravena. She assumed, if she were vampire, she would not get her feelings hurt so easily anymore and maybe she would not care whether or not someone liked her. Once she's became an adult, Ravena figured, if she could just find a vampire to resurrect her then coworkers would take her much more seriously on the job. More than that, real food makes Ravena sick. She's a diabetic and wants to be healed of that infirmity. She just sees vampirism as her ticket out of everything that feels awkward and painful about being human.

"I had supposed that all of life's obstacles would fall away soon as I gained my fangs," Ravena said during a recent interview. "After my resurrection, some difficulties fell away but a whole jumble of new problems arose, including the appearance of motivated Assassins who wanted to destroy me. In the long run? Being resurrected was certainly my first step toward pursuing a much better reality for myself but it was only a step and I had numerous new lessons still to learn."

After the change, Ravena goes on adventures that she never would have imagined possible but readers will have to get the book to learn how she manages to escape so many physical attacks and what sort of difficult ethical decisions she makes in order to survive.

Ravena is walking down a Seattle sidewalk, after dark, hoping she'll run into a new acquaintance, named Perihelion. He's rather mysterious to her and their chance encounter, from the other night, has not produced a repeat of such pleasure; not yet anyway. (Ravena tells the story in first person.)

7:5 - Taking an evening stroll, just hoping I’d run into Perihelion, I growled as I stepped around yet another pair of distracted parents who swooned under the full moon together. They had parked their baby stroller sideways to block the sidewalk; and inside that collapsible carriage was a screaming 2-year-old who conjured the darkness from inside of me (her rowdy cries were just that piercing).

7:6 - “What was that?” The woman behind the stroller suddenly asked her partner as I stepped around them, but she wasn’t referring to the rumblings in my throat. I had heard it, too. The most agonizing, bone-chilling sound: a wolf’s sorrowful yodel. It sent my heart vaulting into my head as though slung very high by a jumper’s pole. The lump stayed there as I heard the terrible painful howl once more. Obviously someone or something terrible had just happened.


Anyone readers who would like to follow along with my author's blog tour, where I present more characters and talk about how vampires in R&R compare to those in other popular media, may simply click on this calendar: to find hyperlinks to this blog and others.


Dana Wright said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to read it.

Love the blog. I am a new follower.

Vamchoir said...

Hurray. So glad you found Fangtastic books Dana!