Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Guest Blogger: Jeaniene Frost

The winner of Jeaniene's book is: Night Huntress. Congratulations! I will send Jeaniene her contact information when I receive it (and after I get back from being out of town on Monday). Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

To believe or not to believe?

One of the things I get asked a lot as a vampire writer is, do you believe vampires exist? My standard response is that I haven’t seen anything to believe that they do, but I’d never say never to the possibility. Is that a cop-out? Maybe, but it’s true. I’ve never seen anything strange or inexplicable in my life, but that doesn’t mean I’ve slammed the door shut on the possibility that paranormal things might exist. Hey, I watch Ghost Hunters, and occasionally there are some weird things caught on tape or audio. But does that prove ghosts exist? I can’t say. There’s that big “what if” factor to the paranormal question, and it plays both ways. What if the hazy thing on the video is just a trick of the light, instead of an apparition trying to manifest itself? Or what if that voice on the recorder was picked up from crossing signals with another TV or radio station, instead of a spirit trying to communicate?

So, what if all those legends about vampires, werewolves, zombies, or other creatures truly are nothing more than the imaginings of our ancestors, or the playing out of cultural taboos in monster form? Would I still want to read books or watch movies about them, knowing they’re 100% fantasy and such things have never existed in reality? Yes. As I said, I don’t have any basis to believe in vampires, but I write about them because they’re fun to imagine and to create fictional worlds around. Before I wrote about them, I loved to read about vampires, and I still watch almost every new vampire movie that comes out.

What about you and your favorite paranormal creature? If it were possible to completely slam the door shut – no room for questioning – that such a creature existed now or ever, would it make a difference in your enjoyment of them in book or movie form? Does the possibility, however faint, that something more might exist than what we know, spur you to delve deeper into your fictional creature of choice? Why or why not?

And especially at this time of year, when things that go bump in the night feel a little more real than our sophistication normally makes them, here’s another question – if it were possible to prove, beyond a shadow of scientific doubt, that supernatural creatures did exist, would you want to know? *wink* Would you really want to know if your creature of choice might be sitting next you, even now?

Everyone who tells me what their favorite paranormal creature is, and whether you’d want to know if that creature’s existence was proved/disproved beyond all doubt, will be entered to win an advanced reading copy of AT GRAVE’S END, book three in the Night Huntress series.

I look forward to reading what everyone has to say!



The winner of Jeaniene's ARC will be selected and posted Friday morning (I have to go out of town on Friday, so will need to pick Jeaniene's winner earlier than usual). Good luck!


241 Comments:

OpenID bbricke said...

Fave creature would be any were creature( biggest fave is a tie between werewolves and werecats) .I would definitely want to know if its existence was proved or disproved.

I can't wait for this book to come out, thanks for the great contest.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ruth Schaller said...

I am and have always been a lover of the vampire and I would DEFINATELY want to know if their existence was proved or disproved. I'd be hoping for the first though! LOL

But I can hardly wait to see what happens with Cat and Bones, count me in for this contest!

6:07 AM  
Blogger sarabelle said...

My fave paranormal creatures would the elves and yes I would like to know if they existed and if so could I meet one please.

6:07 AM  
OpenID eternal-moonie said...

My fave paranormal creature would be incubus/succubus and I would love to know if they really existed and if so if I could meet one.

7:24 AM  
OpenID leahclifford said...

Think I've gotta go with vampires. I wouldn't want to know for sure whether they're there or not. Not knowing is half the fun...

7:26 AM  
OpenID cathschaffstump said...

My favorite is the Japanese kitsune, the shape changing magical fox who can be good or bad, but is mostly mischevious. I also like tanuki, Japanese raccoon dogs who shapeshift into humans.

I don't think that it will be proven they exist, because both critters are too clever for that, but I'm convinced I spent some time in Japan with one of the latter, and might be married to one of the former. I've been watching, but he's too clever, and I haven't caught him as a fox yet.

Catherine

7:27 AM  
Blogger Pamk said...

witches/warlock and heck yeah i won't to know if they were proved real or not lol

7:33 AM  
OpenID Tez said...

Zombies are my favourite, because they're extreme - they can have either no personality, or personality plus ;-)

I'd like them to be disproved, though - this way we won't have to cement every grave to prevent the zombies escaping. (Thanks to Family Guy's Mayor West for that idea ;-) )

Have a lovely day! :-)

7:33 AM  
OpenID lezlishae said...

I am definitely a vampire fan (I'm a Fangbanger, I admit it). I'll take vampires any way I can get them - dead, undead, biological condition, or without an explanation. I think vampires are much more interesting than humans and they have seen so much. <3

Would I want vampires to be proven false/true? Only if the answer is that vampires exist, otherwise please keep me in the dark (literally). ;D

7:33 AM  
OpenID kimberkit said...

Ghosts aren't my favorite paranormal creature, but they're the one that seem to have the most credence, and the one I seem to end up wanting to believe in most. Wandering though an older house, who hasn't felt something incredibly sad and cold wash past? Or heard an angry screech in a perfectly ordinary corner?

Werewolves and vampires, on the other hand, who are a little more fun to read about, are also little harder to believe in, for me -- not only do you have to believe they are physically back after nearly dying, but in a kind of legendary self-control over their desires. Given what I've seen of human nature -- how powerful "I want" is-- it's sadly harder for me to believe in that much self control than it is to believe in life past death.

So I suppose I'd like to meet a werewolf, but I'd have a harder time worrying that s/he wouldn't promptly eat me. Ghosts are a little easier to wrap my mind around, and a little cozier to believe in.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Coale said...

I would have to say shapeshifters. Werewolves are my absolute favorite, and yes I would want to know if they existed! To be able to have it all- the ability to be human or run as a wolf, to be able to still eat, to be able to enjoy the sunlight, and best of all the high metabolism! What female wouldn't love to not have to count calories?!?! I can't wait to find out how Bones and Cat work through their next bout of troubles!

Nicole

7:35 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

This may not be paranormal but I have a huge thing for unicorns. I know how girly, right? LOL. But I find them fascinating and beautiful. I would definitely want to know for sure if they existed. The scientist in my would not let me choose otherwise, especially since I am an animal nut anyway. It would be cool to find out if dragons exist too. Man, it is so hard to choose the favorite!

7:37 AM  
OpenID nauticalspoon said...

I would definetly have to say, that while I love most all things paranormal I have a soft spot for vampires. I've got a give and take view on if they were real or not. If they were scary, rip your throat out, no-way in hell bad guys, I'd probably prefer to remain in the dark. But if there was a good guy side to it, one like Bones, yes, yes I'd love to know!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous amy said...

Hi Jeaniene i think Vampires are best too. Although it might be a risk to sound suicidal (sucking blood and all that), i think vampires have better sex (as you always prove us), look hotter and have more experience (hundreds of years to learn ;). I'm a vamp-addict too and watch and read almost everything about them. I like to discover new theories about their lifestyle and how they work, cause everyone has another point of viewing them, right? so True Blood starts next week here in Germany and i am so excited which new perspectives it will bring. I don't really think that they exist though (sadly) but you never give up hope, right? Thanks for the contest, we love you!!! amy from Germany

7:44 AM  
Blogger jbrookel said...

My fave would be vampires of course! I would like to know if they really exist or not but it wouldn't change the fact that I love to read about them.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

Love the books! Probably not overall if I really thought about it, but I'm going to have to answer this question with Vampires, because I'm obsessed with my new favorite show, Trueblood. I heart Bill. I actually had a dream that a proper southern gentleman tried to court me formally after watching an episode.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Amberkatze said...

Hi Jeaniene and Lynda!

I was going to say Vampires or witches but then ghosts popped into my head. Sure I have seen Tv Programmes, read the books and heard the stories. However I have yet to see one myself and even though there is enough proof I really need to experience it.

I can't wait for Grave's End and winning a copy would make me really happy! Your books always seem to take forever to get to Europe and I can't wait to see what happens next!

7:48 AM  
OpenID cindeefirst said...

Oooh, this is a hard one.... I am definitely a fan of the shapeshifter. The absolute freedom that tossing away all society's tethers would bring is invigorating. To run with joyful abandon, to take in the delicious fragrances of the night, to see with absolute clarity... And all the while not worrying one iota about appearances or manners. *sigh*

I do not want my creatures proved or disproved. I want them to remain in my imagination unfettered and unlabeled. We're both happier that way.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Dawn (aka Sweetie) said...

My favorite paranormal creature would be a tie between a Vampire or Alpha Shapeshifter Wolf..both yummy!! Do they exist? Probably not. But it's great to fantasize about them. I read to escape reality and go into my own little world that author's like you take me into. Thank heavens!!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hi, Jeaniene!

It's hard to choose just one creature but I'll go with shifters. I love that they embrace their animal side and how they can change from being a human to whatever animal they are. But honestly, I like reading about them all - vampires, witches, shifters - whatever strikes my fancy! :)

CAN'T wait to read At Grave's End! :)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, when I mean shifters I mean the ones who turn to wolves or lions (hello, Curran!) or something cool like that. Not rats or snakes because those just creep me out! Eeeek.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a Great way to start a Thursday!
An awesome contest for Cat & Bones, which I adore and leads me to the answer of : Vampires rule though Were's are good in bed!! I would like to know either existed,(as I can not truly choose between the two) not only in our imaginations you know and if it was proved they didn't well, I could definetly Miss that Memo! :)
Have a Wonderful Day!

Chris J.

7:54 AM  
OpenID paxford said...

Oh Definately Vampires! - To sleep all day, party all night - never grow old? And definately have a hot looking corpse? - Brilliant!
(spoilt for choice of what they might look like though - starting with Spade & Spike and moving on back through the alphabet to the B's - Yummo!)

7:54 AM  
OpenID bella-moments said...

I think that my favorite fantasy creature would have to be vampires. I don't think it would completely take the enjoyment out of the books and movies if I knew they didn't exist, but I would so want to know if they did. I think that maybe, just the slightest bit of knowing they might posibly be out there does make me want to read more of the books about them, but I read the fiction concerning them and I mostly like seeing the relationship develop and how each author portrays vampires just slightly different.
I can't wait to read At Grave's End. Only a little over two more months left!

7:55 AM  
Blogger judiebabie said...

I'd have to say the vampire, Just to be caught up in their world would be like a dream come true. Not to mention the great sex. I believe anything is possibe.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous AmandaG said...

Does a dragon count? My other choice would be vamps. Although I wouldn't want to find out by being bitten. Maybe.

7:57 AM  
OpenID lalam said...

I saw my first vampire movie at the age of four. My babysitter took me and her sister (who was about 2 years older than I was). Both the babysitter and the sister ended up UNDER the seats, but not me, I was GLUED to the screen. As I've become older, vampires have changed from campy (Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee) to the sensual and sexual creature that we view them as. Gary Oldman really took vampire sex to a new level in Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula". We know have vampires that are out there to save their race (BDB) and vampires who co-exist in the natural world (Sookie Stackhouse books). Plus, I think the preternatural speed of vampires could be quite thrilling in bed!

and um, yeah, there are people out there who really do believe they are vampires. I saw it on HBO.

*crosses fingers she wins*

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Manda Rogers said...

Hi! I think my favs rightnow are Vamps. I love to read about them. My second choice would be witches. I think it would be cool to have powers... And I think that i would rather be in the know if there really were/is such things out there.

I LOVE your books Jeaniene! Keep up the GREAT work. Looking forward to reading the next book be it thru this contest or when it comes out in Dec.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Rosanne said...

OMG! I'm torn between Vampires and Werewolves. I love all paranormal creatures! But if I had to choose... I love Bones the most! *Lol* So there you have it. I love Vampires the most! And yes, I would so love to know if they really do exist! But, even if they don't it is still fun to pretend they do! I also have to say I would love to win your contest! My sister got me into your books and she would just die if I won a sneak peak! Thanks for the chance! Rose

8:05 AM  
Anonymous connie@mit.midco.net said...

My favorite paranormal creatures are weres..wolves or cats especially...I think I would want to know if they were real or not and it wouldn't make a bit of difference in my reading preference. As long as they didn't try to kill me I'd love to know any paranormal creatures!!

8:06 AM  
OpenID wyrdkat said...

My faves are vampires and have been for like forever. I love vampire books, movies and roleplaying games ;)
...and I think that I would like to know, though I don't feel that I have to know.

8:07 AM  
OpenID sidhevicious said...

Hi Jeaniene & Lynda!

For me it's a toss-up between vampires and were-creatures. I find both fascinating for different reasons. I would definitely love to know without a doubt if they really exsist!

I'm dying to read At Graves End! I absolutely adore your books and the characters Cat and Bones are such a blast!

Have a great day! :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I have always loved were creatures, anything that shifts into an animal form. I was always a fan of the World of Darkness roll playing games. The werewolves were so interesting, protectors. I certainly always think of shifters along those lines since that was really the first place I ever encountered them in detail with a lot of background and history.

If they did exsist I think I would want to know. But I can certainly understand staying in hiding. After all we have enough prejudice in the world. Can you image how horribly they would be treated if they did come out. I think that is one of the most fasinating parts of books. How do people deal with these creatures in the world they create. What challenges do they set up and what struggles are there for them in their society and in society as a whole (if society as a whole knows about them) as well as the contrast between the two. Also it is interesting seeing how people react with preconcieved notions about those creatures, if they are true or not.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

Welcome to Paranormality, Jeaniene! It's so great to have you here. I look forward to picking a winner for your book tomorrow. Thanks so much to everyone who is participating.
Hugs, Lynda

8:12 AM  
Blogger Jackie B. said...

I guess my favorite paranormal creature would be a were/shapeshifter. There's something about werewolves I just can't resist, though vampires come in a very close second. If I had the opportunity to find out if they do or had ever really existed, it would be tempting, but I think I'd pass. If the answer was no, the possibility would be totally gone and, while I'd still enjoy stories about the paranormal, I don't think they'd have quite the same magic. Like you said, I've never seen anything to lead me to believe werewolves or vampires are/ever were real, but I also haven't been presented with absolute proof they don't exist. Without proof on either side, I think anything is possible :-)

8:12 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

I believe in the supernatural and paranormal. I think they are all out there and maybe one day the will come out to us maybe they won't. I would love to meet a vampire or two. They would be the ultimate source of history and knowledge . Could you imagine the stories you would hear and the things you could learn.

I love the books and can't wait for the next to come out.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

I would say that vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures. Knowing for an absolute fact that there is not any such thing as a vampire would not make me less inclined to want to read about them. I mean, I doubt that they do exist, but I enjoy reading about all of the many different incarnations out there today. What most appeals to me about the genre is some type of paranormal world existing side-by-side with our own, and just exploring what that would be like. To me, knowing whether or not any of these creatures truly exist is beside the point.

Carol

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jasmine C said...

I would want to know 100% about Vampires. They have always been so mysterious in history and literature; it'd be fascinating to finally get a yes or no answer!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Maeve said...

I believe my favorite paranormal creature is still the vampire. I have a very close second of wereanimals (especially werecats), but I will always have a love of vampires. If I could find out that they really existed or didn't exist, it would be interesting, but would have no influence on my desire to read about them. I have no proof they do or don't exist now, and even if I did, I don't think it would stop me from imagining a world (or falling into a worled created by someone else) in which they did. So, I don't care if it is proven that they do or don't exist, for me personally.

Jeanniene, can't wait for the new book!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

(my post got erased I think so if this double posts, i apologize)

Vampires are my FAVORITE paranormal creature. I would love to know if they exist or not - and I hope there would be good and bad and maybe some half-breeds ;) I'm going to keep believing they exist and hopefully will get to do a vampire tour in NOLA next year! :)

Jeaniene is my favorite author and I've read the first two Night Huntress books waaaaay too many times. I can't wait for "AGE" and it would be HUGE to be able to read it early.

Thanks - take care! *Jess (activistlifeforme@gmail.com)

8:19 AM  
OpenID beth76 said...

I think that I love werewolves. I am not sure I would want to know if they were sitting next to me. But than again anything would be a surprise if it was not human sitting next to me. :)

Can't wait for you next book and I got 2 others hooked.

8:23 AM  
OpenID eclectic-writer said...

I have to say my favorite creatures are shapechangers. They're such a myriad mythology, from Europeans to native Americans; I always find these stories so full of awesome. Werewolves seem to be the ones who get most of the attention these days which certainly isn't a bad thing, but I'd love to see more native American mythology-based stories, as theirs is such a rich and Interesting tale!

Sarah P.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

I love Werewolves...and I would be so excited if they were proven real!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

In reality I'm most curious about the world of Faerie. I hike a lot, and there is this one section that is just strange. Most of it can be explained away as imagination, but not the time stuff. Sometimes it takes three hours to get through it and sometimes thirty minutes, and I hike about the same speed through there every time. Hard to explain that one away.

But as far as books go, vampires and shapeshifters are the most interesting creatures for me to read about.

8:29 AM  
OpenID maryanne-y said...

First I absolutely love the series and would be so very happy to get an ARC! To answer the question, my favorite paranormal creature is the vampire, and if they were proven to be real I would ABSOLUTELY want to know! Thanks for the chance to win the ARC! Love you Jeaniene!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Kimba said...

Vampires have to be my all-time favorite paranormal creature. They seem to be the most believable for me but I could do without any proof either way.

I don't like to have to stretch the imagination too much when I'm delving into a story. I prefer to indulge in the fantasy; in other words, I'd rather be in the movie in lieu of behind the camera.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I would like to know if vampires do or ever have existed. I don't think the knowledge of the answer (either way) would deter me from reading about them. Author's have a talent of being able to lure you into their book no matter what your beliefs. If they did exist and I was able to ask them one question it would be if they really need to kill a human being to feed/survive. If I could ask them something else it would be what does it truly feel like being a vampire.
Thanks for the opportunity for this contest and can't wait to read the book regardless. You're an awesome writer Jeaniene.

Dana A.

8:31 AM  
OpenID ailishsmom said...

Vampires are definitely my favorite paranormal creature! I would read about them no matter what! I think some people can take reading about really scary things because they don't believe they exist. If it were proven that vamps lived among, I think the stories would change so I'd have to take each one on its own merit. Would current story lines be considered quaint and uneducated? You've really got me thinking, J!

8:33 AM  
Blogger quiltingreader said...

My favorites are vampires. I would like to know if they are real or not.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Ah, forgot about whether I'd want to know or not.

As for Faeries, yes, I want to know. And I want to know if that's what is going on in this section that I like to hike through. But, I don't want to know bad enough that I've chosen to camp in that section. Too many creepy things happen in the daytime, I'm not up for being there at night.

Vampires and werewolves? Yes, I'd like to know that, too. Though not as much as my curiosity about the world of Faerie. And, again, my sense of self preservation has to speak up. If I can know by meeting a friendly vamp or shapeshifter then great. But if I find out shortly before one has me for dinner? No thanks, I don't want to know quite that bad.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Raine Delight said...

Hmmm I like Demons and would love to know without a shadow of a doubt if th ey exist or not. :)

I can't wait for the 3rd book! I love Cat's adventures.

Dawn R.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Munk said...

How very evil of you for making us choose just one. I want them all, all I say! Vampires, Weres, Fairies, Trolls, Shifters they all do it for me.

Yes, I would want to prove that they all exist. How hott would that be. Women the world over would be running around losing their minds and I would be at the front of the line.

If I had to choose one... Vamps....No Fairies.....No Vamps. Yes, Vampires were my first love. To be held in their embrace waiting to be bitten. The feel of their fangs dragging up my neck. The anticipation....Will it be pleasure?....Will it be pain?.....Will it be both?

*sigh* What were we talking about? Oh yes, the blog.

Yes, I would want to know Vampires existed because I want one!

Munk

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm like many and would have to say Vampires. One of my personal favorite sayings is "some little girls want to be a princess when they grow up....I want to be a vampire!" One of my friends laughed and said "why not combine the two and be a vampire princess." I think it would be great to know if they truly exist or not, but it might be detrimental to some of the fabulous stories that are created. Thanks for writing one of those fabulous stories. Can't wait for more!

Kristen H.

8:40 AM  
Blogger MsValerie said...

My curiousity is high about vampires and weres, but my favorite would be weres/shifters. I'd love to know whether they really exist, particularly cat shifters.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I've always been fascinated by vampires ever since I was little. Therefore, it only makes sense that I'd like to know if vampires existed or not.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous onyxciel said...

Message: Vampires are my favorite and have been forever. In some
cases I would like to know if they do exist so that I can protect myself so I don't live forever. You know- sleeping with the wooden
steak under my pillow at night. On the other hand- I would hate to live with that fear. Being leary of every person you meet, wondering if they are immortal or not and if they are good or evil.Especially if you are single and dating. I don't know that I could sleep again. I do like not knowing and having it be the ultimate fantasy of being seduced by a vampire (as in the immortal kind) without being turned and leaving it all a mystery. The whole 'what if' factor. Leaving it all to imagination and scaring yourself if you choose without knowing that they are really out there. Maybe if they are out there-i will find out when one seduces me! Until then- we'll just leave it
in my mind.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Chelle said...

Lord, this is tougher than I thought! If this question had been posed a year or two ago, my answer without hesitation would have been vampires. And it's still tempting, but...

What about Djinn? I think having the proverbial three wishes in reach would be terrible, truly, but Djinn are powerful and, if Rachel Caine's David is the standard to go by, sexy as Hell.

Or how about the Guardians a la Meljean Brook's series? Seriously, give me Ethan McCabe any day and I would be one ecstatic camper.

But, in the end, I really would have to go with vampires. Because they are just that: temptation incarnate. Bones is a mighty fine example of that. Would I like to know if they exist? Sure, but only if I got to spend some quality time with a certain few. :)

8:46 AM  
Blogger clwine said...

My favorite is vamps and a very close second would be shifters. I'm totally fascinated by both and even if both are proven beyond doubt to be untrue would still love to read stories about them.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Daelith said...

Vampires are at the top of my list. Always been fascinated with them. Second would be ghosts followed by weres and shapeshifters. As for do I believe? I've seen evidence of ghost so I do believe in them. Until such time as I see evidence of for my self of the others, I'll keep an open mind.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Juliet said...

My favorites paramormal creatures would be incubus and succubus, but I like them all. I like faeries a lot too, and I recently read a book with a satyr and found it fascinating too.

Do I really want to know if there are evidences or not of their existence? Not really, I just want to read great books about them, and probably fantasy would be better than reality. :o)

8:50 AM  
OpenID pennyec said...

My Favorite paranormal creature is the vampire. Oh! So many possibilites. And yes, if they exist, I want to know!

Penny

8:51 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

My favorite paranormal creature is the vampire. There's something erotic about biting the neck. The romantically tragic figure of the vampire, cursed to haunt the night, hunts or seduces his quarry seeking to quench the eternal thirst. Then at last, that moment of surrender when the tender neck is submissively revealed and the victim's willingness to be possessed, body and soul, ends in a climax with penetration and blood. This sensuality is what attracts me to the vampire.

Mel K.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.....I think my favorite creature would have to be some type of shifter.I would love it if they were real.Maybe I would be teased less if I read about something real.Or maybe it's the fact that I barely reach five feet and shifters can turn into something all badass and huge.Though Vampires come in a close second.

8:53 AM  
OpenID so-mercurial said...

Although my initial answer would be vampires, I find I'm a bit squicky about blood. With that in mind, I'd be a pathetic Fangbanger. ;)
I guess I would have to go with shapeshifters since I find the whole hirsute th'ang a bit less disconcerting. Do you think an Alpha shifter would consent to laser hair removal? *twirls hair and ponders*

8:54 AM  
OpenID amarisautumn said...

I would want to know if vampires, shapeshifters and elves exist - I know, I don't want much! I'd only want it confirmed that they aren't just mythical, not sure I could cope with the disappointment if they all weren't real and Bones is far too sexy not to be!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Chris Shepard said...

I would want to know... to some degree there is always some truth to a myth or legend, right? I would have a hard time picking what my favorite would be... I love the idea of the vampire but I also think were's have the best of many world..

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tyava said...

My favourite paranormal being would have to be someone / anyone with magic ... witch, sorcerer, demon spawn (okay ... maybe not the demon spawn).

Do I want to know if they really exist? I don't know.

It's like a Christmas present. The days leading up to Christmas you want to know what you got and may even search the house or shake a present under the tree to try and figure it out. That is half the fun ... and once you open the present and find out what it is there is excitement as well ... but then the excitement disappears and whatever you got just becomes part of your everyday life. The not knowing about magic or vampires or ghosts and searching for the truth is all part of the fun. It would be exciting to find out the truth ... but would that excitement last? I don't know .. and I am not sure I am willing to find out ...

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Latrice said...

My favorite paranormal creature would be the vampires and the werecats/werewolves. I would love to know if their existence could be proved or disproved. It would be nice to know that humans aren't the only ones around us.

9:01 AM  
OpenID giesha-kitten said...

I adore vampires. But would I want to know beyond a doubt whether or not they're real? No. I don't think I could handle it if they weren't real, and if they were there's no guarantee I would be happy either. I love the allure, the fantasy. The reality is often so different that it can be terrifying.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Emma Long said...

I'm a sucker for the blood suckers! I don't want them to be or not to be. I'm perfectly happy with day dreams and fantasy, without knowing for sure or not. It makes it more erotic and exciting in my book. Unless one decided to nibble on me, then I think I'd like to remember in a fuzzy, warm way. Like was that real? Couldn't be. :)
Happy Halloween!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Piercedfreak said...

I love vampires and would love to know if they existed!! I think it would be cool just to talk to one and see what it is like to be a vampire.

9:19 AM  
OpenID kaitiana said...

My favorite paranormal creatures in other people's fiction right now are the Sidhe/Fey/Elves. But my favorite paranormal creatures in my own fiction right now are Furies. And hmm...I guess that if it could be proven they DID exist, I'd want to know for sure, but if it could be proven they DIDN'T exist, I'd rather stay in the dark, so to speak.

That said, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for vamps. *grin*

9:23 AM  
Blogger LadyViper said...

GOSH I'm such a Vampire fan, Real, fantasy whatever. GRIN. Granted we'd all love to know if it was real.. I'm happy with the stories for now but guess I'd love to know if they were hidden out there lol. The written word can put in so many visions of what you see while you read. Its what I like best about your books. Can't wait for book 3...

9:23 AM  
OpenID feycreations said...

Pick just one?! *pout* Not a chance. I love or love to hate them all.
Would I want to know if they exist? Rational brain says no way, that would be too much info for my tiny brain to process. The irrational side of course wants to know.
On the flip side, I wonder if knowing would take the fun out of it, reducing the thrill. Kind of like imagining other continents, sending out explorers and finding them. Sure there is the thrill of the adventure, but now that you've found them *shrug* they become commonplace.
Maybe I'm better off not knowing, so I can keep the thrill of wondering alive.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite paranormal creature is a vampire, and of course I'd want to know if they existed. It would be so cool. And whether they existed or not, it would definitely NOT stop me from reading and thinking about them.

-Kaitlyn Vega

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to choose just one. I agree with Shannon who mentioned unicorns.. they are very high on my list of fave paranormals... but if there was a person-like creature (vs a horse like one) I think it might be fun to have Casper the Friendly Ghost as a pal. Hmm. Just dated myself didn't I?

I adore the Night Huntress Series and would love a advance reader copy to review for CK2S Kwips and Kritiques website.

Crystal
crystalrclass[at]yahoo.com

9:43 AM  
Blogger Drea said...

Oh WOW, I am a vampire girl all the way. I have always been fascinated by them...for exactly which reason I am not sure. They are dark, mysterious, sexual, menacing....so many things, what's not to love!

As to the question of them being proven real or not, I am really torn. I like them being just fantasy because we can glorify them in any way we want and the tales that can are woven are amazing! I like all the different ways people come up with for a vampire's history and what makes them tick. I just feel that knowing they were "real" would take a little something away from them.

=)Drea

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Alicia C. said...

I love both the idea and writings of most vampire and werewolf books. But if forced to choose I would definately say vampires are my hands down favorite. They are always so exotic and sexy and dangerous they just flat out win. My belief is that these paranormal "myths" come from some truths. Everyone knows how vampires got their start because of some messed up royality in the old times who occational either consumed blood or bathed in blood. I believe werewolves get their start from people seeing a large wolf one moment and seeing a man very soon after. There are also native americans who would "become" the animal skins they wore after a cerimony. So I believe certain things in history has made these legends so great and also helps keep them "alive" today. If I were sitting next to a real werewolve or vampire I'm not sure I would want to know. I love to escape into that world when I read, and if they were real then I'd lose my fantasy world, and as sad as it sounds, I'd lose apart of what helps keeps me sane and interesting!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Sean and Anna said...

Vampires have been my favorite type of character since I was a kid- maybe about 12 or so. My mom gave me a copy of Hotel Transylvania and I fell in love with St Germain- I loved that the book was written in what I thought was a different style. All the chapters began with letters written between the characters and at the time I had never encountered that. So began my love affair with the romantic vampire. What really does it for me is a character that is written with substance, and when a world is created in which the idea of a vampire is totally believable. I'm not sure that I would really want to know if vampires exist- it doesn't matter a whole lot. I read books because I enjoy storytelling- vamps, ghosts, fairies, shapeshifters- and I would read no matter what.

Happy Thursday!
Anna D

9:48 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

If I had to pick just one paranormal creature it would have to be vampires hands down. One of the reasons I find them so fascinating is the very small chance that something so different yet so similar to ourselves could really exist. It isn't too farfetched to believe that a similar species of the genus homo has been or was evolving alongside us throughout history. Would I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt if they existed? Defiantly yes! I would be scared of course, but I don't run from what I am afraid of. I face it head on. I might not live as long if they were real, but I'd have a big smile on my face as I embraced my fate.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Night Huntress said...

My fav paranormal creature? Of course its the vampire...solitary, seductive, lurking...hell yea!! As for believing they exist...sure they do. They may not be creature we imagine from books and movies, but they exist. I should know...had a few of them try and suck the life out of me...lol. I truly believe there are realms and creatures that exist beyond our comprehension. My last home was inhabited by a spirit that would open the doors but refused to close them behind her. To truly see, we have only to open our eyes and hearts to what is beyond. Can't wait for Graves End to come out!! Have a great day...Blessed Be...Night Huntress

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I like to read a variety of paranormal books, so it may be impossible for me to pick just one, though, if I had to, I suppose it would be the vampire.
The aura of mystery that surrounds vampires - even today in times of modern science where the need to believe becomes less and less. Through fiction we keep these legends alive and I love that! I imagine it's what makes me such an avid reader.
I would not want to know if supernatural creatures existed. If they did, I doubt they'd be too much danger from them, as each race has it's own rules - people have rules and animals have a hierachy.
The main reason I wouldn't like to know however, is because the lack of certain information makes the stories better. It leaves more space for each author's own creativity and own interpritation of mythical creatures. Each author has diverse, different, unique characters, even if they're writing about the same species!
It's part of what makes fiction such a joy to read. And, if we knew all about vampires, weres and so on, it couldn't be classed as fiction. And that would be a very sad loss.
-Melissa
( me_lissagray@hotmail.co.uk )

9:49 AM  
Blogger frykitty said...

I'm a big skeptic. I can't watch Ghost Hunters without rolling my eyes and thinking sure, that may have been an odd flash of light, but how do you get from that to the spirit of a granny who once lived in the house and was eaten by her cats? That's a tremendous leap. How I wish I could make it. Not only is the idea of a ghost fascinating historically, the personal ramifications for my own continued existence and those I love are very tempting. If the spirits of the dead do exist, and we can contact them, I would love to know.

9:50 AM  
OpenID maleinnoc said...

I honestly don't know. I think I'd like to know simply for practical reasons, i.e. am I in any real danger, etc, but at the same time, part of the reason I enjoy reading and watching movies about the paranormal is that there are no limits to the possibilities. When science has no hand in the paranormal, no rules are hard and fast and it remains a realm (at least for me) of escapism. The world of the paranormal can function as writers imagine it as well as how I imagine it. That, to me, is a great deal of the romance of vampires, werewolves, and ghouls. If I were to discover that my next door neighbor was a werewolf and that the guy working the night shift at 7-11 was a vampire, I really do think the paranormal would lose some of its charm.

9:52 AM  
OpenID maleinnoc said...

p.s. my favorite paranormal creature is a werewolf. I love the idea of the unbridled animal mixed with the human. Double identities rock!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer Dorough said...

Shapeshifters. Something about being able to change into a different animal/human. But I love vampires. I'd love to know if they exist but cant think of a way that it could be disproven that they dont.

9:54 AM  
Blogger ~ Michael and Kristen ~ said...

Truly, I love hearing about every kind of paranormal species... I'll read anything that involves a paranormal aspect. To pick just one is very difficult ~ I think I'd like to know whether or not weres are real. Mainly because I've seen too many animals who are almost too smart to not be human, and too many humans who have many animal-like qualities.

Can't wait for the new book ~ my husband bought me the first for my birthday, and I devoured it immediately. ♥

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Raonaid Luckwell said...

My favorite paranormal creatures would have to be a tie between elves (especially the dark elves aka drow. Friends say I have an obsession with them. Another says I'm a drow geek!) and shape changers.

And well, I would love to learn/realize, etc if they truly existed in the world along side me.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Mippy said...

Off the top of my head, I'd say vampires are my favorite (who wouldn't want a Bones for themself??), but then again, I do have a soft spot for dragons. Especially if said dragon could shift into a hot hunk of man meat...yum. Would I still enjoy these stories if I was told that absolutely no way do either of these creatures exist? Sure, I would. I read for the the "fantasy" of it all. Normal life is the same-old, same-old. Why not stretch my imagination a little?
~~Mippy

10:04 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

My Favorite Paranormal creature.... Vampires.

I don't really want to know if they are really real or not. Some of the enjoyment of vampires is the different takes on them. If they were real and it was proven - the variety of interpretations would die - and variety is the spice of life

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Fischer said...

My favorite would have to be the small/elemental fae creatures - pixies, brownies, dryads, nyads, etc. I would love to believe that they are out there as the keepers of nature.

I would still read any paranormal/fae books out there, only they'd be non-fiction instead of fiction!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'd have to say vampires, although I'm a fan of everything paranormal. Faeries would have to take a close second.

Would I want to know? Yes and no. There is a certain attraction to the fantasy of wondering, but I think it was would be fascinating to know for sure. To wonder if the person you're talking to is actually a shapeshifter or a vamp.

Now I'm hoping I'll be able to post this. Blogspot and I are not good friends, and its usually a hit or miss proposition.

Liz Kreger
liz@lizkreger.com

10:08 AM  
OpenID ritamalone said...

Ginna aka Rita Malone, I would have to say werewolves as much as I love vampires, they are the most confusing of all the creatures of the night. To be cursed at the height of the full moon, both how and why they were so cursed; to know if they are real and their history is as fascinating as the lore of vamps

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer Havanec

I love paranormal in all aspects, but vampires and valkyrie are my all time favorites. Vampires are just so. . .so damn sexy - even the evil ones. And Valkyrie, I love the thought of petite women kicking booty in a major way - I'm just not sure if they are classified as paranormal, but I'll go with it. I am so excited about your upcoming book it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Book Spot said...

I'm really going to have to find out why that drop down thing doesn't work/let me comment on my computer (I'm borrowing someone's at the mo)...

I love reading about vampires but I don't know if I'd want to know if they exist or not. I would, though, I think want to know about faeries. There are so many different ways they're written about (from the cute little, pixie dust kind in Peter Pan to the evil-kill-you kind in some of the recent urban fantasy books) and sometimes they're tiny and sometimes they're actually more regular sized so I think I'd like to know about that :)

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I'm going to have to go with Greek Gods. I think life would be a little more interesting with them some of them running around. I know they don't really fall under the paranormal that most people think of, but I like them.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer Havanec

Sorry - forgot about the 2nd part of the question. Do I want to know if they (Vampires and Valkyrie) really exist? I'm quite happy with the way things are now, my imagination has a playground of knowledge about them and if they were proven/disproven I would have to alter my dreams about them. We are all content this way - I believe, so why change something that isn't broken?

10:21 AM  
Blogger lrwirum said...

Even if paranormals were proved to not exist I would still read books about them. As for knowing it is was proved they do well that would be a hard one to decide. :-)

10:22 AM  
Blogger Marnie Colette a.k.a marniebelle said...

Okay this is a tough one... I will say Vampires (Fae/Sidhe and the Whole Gods system -- run neck and neck.) I would want them PROVED beyond a shadow of a doubt. I think that with the scary humans we have running around the world - knowing that the Vamps exist and have the potential to be way scarier and haven't as of yet taken over the world, might keep people in line.

Why do I like them? Nothing concrete but I just love the way authors make them sound so Yummy!

As for the fae/sidhe and Gods -- if they exist then all the rest will - trully can the world as we know get any more scarier than it already is --- besides alot of the paranormal world are the GOOD GUYS!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I'd have to say vampire though I don't want to be a blood donor. I'd like to know if they exist. Even if they can't be proven, I still enjoy the mystique. Wouldn't mind Bones, Rhage or Butch hanging around me. :-D

Lynda, thanks for running this contest.

Jeaniene, thank you for sharing you stories with the readers. Bones and Cat. I love the cover and stepback. Beautiful.

10:27 AM  
OpenID redfenix said...

I think learning about the existence of any paranormal creatures would be intriguing. To learn that there was something "otherworldly" would be fascinating no matter vamp, were, Fae, etc. I think as humans, we're always fascinated with anything that isn't like us - so my answer is all of them! :^) Can you imagine what our world would be like then? O_o

10:27 AM  
Blogger lisses said...

My favorite would have to be Vampire...and I would want to know; how I would react that is something else. I am anxiously awaiting the third novel of Cat and Bones...Please count me in.
Thanks! Lisa

10:30 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I would have to say that my favorite creature of the night would have to be vampires, hands down. I enjoy reading about them, and I'm writing my own series about them. I live in Santa Cruz, the town which is the so called vampire capital of the United States and I have seen, heard, and read about some freaky stuff that happens in this town.
I wouldn't be afraid if Vampires existed. I'm strange and think that it would be exciting. The office on the other side of my door right now is haunted, so why not believe that other things that go bump in the night exhist also?
Werewolves would have to be the runner up behind vampires for me. I've seen some big ass wolves in my pasture that I'm not willing to put it past.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit, my favorite paranormal creature is a toss up between were's and vampires. Both are equally interesting, but the extra abilities vamps have makes them have the slight edge in my fav catagory. I don't think I would want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt whether they exist or not. I like to read the books and create these "creatures" in my head using the descriptions set by the author...if you knew exactly what they looked like due to proof, you couldn't have so many interesting variations. Think about it...a couch is a couch is a couch, you know it exists and what it is supposed to look like and its function. The not know exactly leaves so much room for play...I like it. :-)

Kathleen Welsh - NJ

10:34 AM  
OpenID bookaddict2 said...

I absolutely love reading the paranormal romances, so whether the creatures were real or not, it wouldn't prevent me from enjoying them! But I absolutely LOVE Jeaniene's books and if Bones were real...well, then WOW!!

10:42 AM  
OpenID jtucktattoo said...

Wow, that's a lot of damn comments above me. ell-oh-ell

My favorite mythical creature is the Nephilim. Offspring of angels and mortals. And yeah, I'd like to know if they exist or not. Wouldn't bother me at all.

Oh and FYI runner up on the mythical fron would be Spring-Heeled Jack. Mostly for his name and partially because he's 10 pounds of awesome in a 5 pound bag.

10:46 AM  
Blogger rowan said...

Vampires are the paranormal being I am most attracted to. My first answer is, yes, I want to know if they are real. But, my second thought is "be careful what you wish for." What if they exist, but they are not the hunky guys with a heart of gold? What if they are horrible evil monsters with no soul? Because with my luck and I stumbled across a vampire, it wouldn't be Bones or one of his friends. It would be one of the vampires from "Magic Bites."

That said, I would rather read about Cat and Bones, and can't wait for the new book. :D

10:46 AM  
OpenID celeber said...

I adore the shapeshifter legends. I so don't want to know though. I am more in love with the possibilities than wanting to know the hard truth.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Michelle Rubalcado said...

Jeaniene :] my favorite author alive!! <3

i watch ghost hunters too, & yes i do believe that beacause certain things are caught on video & on audio that they do exist, its my biggest and my most fear in life, the thought that in the dark night there may be ghost in cemeteries and on a full moon that a man turns into a werewolf and my greatest is that somewhere out there, a man/women who craves blood with sharpened teeth is lurking. I dont see how so many centuries would be cabable of comming up with such sillyness if it werent partially true. Theres so many things you cannot explain in life and this just proves to be one of them.

Answering another question of yours if or if not they were real, i would still LOVE to read about it, fantasy is what gets me through life... such as cat & bones, i mean a guy with no heart not even a guy anymore cause hes dead can still be so passionately in love with a woman. I have read your book about a million times and my boyfriend even gets upset at me cause i tell him i wish he were more like bones! :] hahah! how bad of me!

As you can see, you already know my favorite creature, VAMPIRES!!
but most certainly not, it wouldnt change a thing other than the fact thatt i would be dating a vampire right now if they did exist! lol, they seem to know more about love & passion in life that the guys walking around alive now.. lol (so dont think im a freak) haha! The possiblility that something more may exisit DEFINATELY spurs my passion deeper, the thought that we are not the only creatures of our kind other than animals just excites me to no end! Im 20 yrs old and the thought of being bit to live forever with a vampire just carries my imagination to an unbelieveable life that may or may not exist. It thrills me, but hurts in a way cause the thought that it may not be true just cuts my heart to pieces. so heres the answer to your other question..

Would i want to know if they existed!?! HELL YESS!! it would not only bring my fantasy to reality it would mean that as scary as it may be to see such a thing its also magical! To live a lifetime and say that you saw a vampire or werewolf i mean gosh wuldnt that just be the coolest thing you could do in life??? I think so! :D


Think i went a little overboard on just the two questions you wanted for the contest but my, talking to you about these things has been one of my dreams! :] i hope i win and if i dont i still will be THE FIRST to get your book on the 30th of december! thanks for your time!! :]


Michelle

10:51 AM  
Blogger Tara W said...

I love the VAMPS but I would prefer that whether or not they exist remain a mystery.

10:52 AM  
OpenID zita-h said...

Yes, I would want to know. If they've managed this long to sit beside me and not kill me when I didn't know, I imagine I would be safe enough after I found out. If they were so very violent before, I would have been dead long before now, right? And really, I think I need to know: am I that oblivious or are they that good? I suspect I'm that oblivious, which is just sad, which is why I need an ARC :-)

10:53 AM  
Blogger cfisher said...

I love anything paranormal. If I am honest the faerie are my favorite. I don't know if it's because my grandmother was Irish or not but they fascinate me. I also love the were's and the vamps.....who could resist?

10:54 AM  
Blogger dms1104 said...

My all time favorite paranormal creatures are witches. I find magic fascinating. I like vampires and werewolves also but don't believe they are real. If they are real I would like to stay out of the dark if you know what I mean. I believe in witches and that some may have actual "powers".

10:55 AM  
OpenID bt-kady said...

My favorite is definitely vampires, and would I wat to know if they actually exist? I guess it depends on if they are *good* vampires or *evil* ones! Good ones like Bones and Cat, or like Henry Fitzroy of "Blood Ties" I would want to know about!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

I'd have to say either a werewolf or vampire I would like to know if they exist. I figure there is a balance of good & bad that exists, the same would apply with vampires & werewolves. Both of them have a mystic of danger & depending what fictional novel you're reading can be either an unscruplous villain or something in between with their own code of ethics. However because there is no accurate answer, an authors imaginations can soar and create amazing characters without any boundaries...

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Bella said...

As I pondered this query, the first thing that popped into my head was "the Fae", because I love anything to do with faeries and magic. All types, really, including elves, pixies, the Sidhe, everything! But I'm also intensely fascinated with dragons and unicorns. I know, I know, kind of corny and cliche, but I've loved dragons and unicorns since I was a little girl.

Would I want their existence to be proved or disproved? Absolutely. I would love to know without a shadow of a doubt if I ever had a chance to meet a real, live unicorn, dragon, or Fae. It would be a dream come true :)

Happy writing, Jeaniene!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Cindy Burns said...

I would definately have to say that my favorite paranormal creatures are Vampires.

Its hard to say whether I would want to know if they really exist though. If it affected me specifically then I would want to know, but if not, then I would like to go on believing that they are fantasy.

There are so many variations of Vampires in books and movies that I would not want to have the real thing ruin those. You know, like if they could really only come out at night, etc. For me part of the allure is that there is no set rules to Vampires. Now Vampires can be anything the author wants to convey. Maybe they can fly, hear your thoughts, move through spaces without being noticed.

I am really looking forward to At Grave's End! I can't wait! Thanks for the great contest opportunity.

Cindy

11:05 AM  
Blogger Freedom Star said...

Okay, it's so hard to chose one favorite paranormal creature. Do witches count? They, like vampires, have been portrayed in so many different ways that I want to know if people with that sort of actual physical magic, magic that you can see and the results are tangible, are real. That would be so cool!

Of course vampires are fascinating. And shapeshifters. :) But I think I'd like to know if witches with awesome magical powers exist, because if they do that means they need those powers for something, right? And that would possibly prove the existence of other magical beings.

If we're talking about mythical creatures, my favorite mythical creature is the unicorn. Having loved horses from childhood, I love anything to do with horses. Unicorns have always had a certain attraction to me in that they're portrayed as so pure and clean yet they are physically powerful and have so many magical attributes attached to them.

As for if I want to know if any of these things exist? Well, I quite like not knowing. Makes it all the more intriguing and appealing. :)

Candace

11:10 AM  
Blogger Carmen R said...

My favorite paranormal being (trying to be politically correct here just in case one is reading) would be Vampires. I would love to know if they are real or not. I think it's in human nature to try and find whats out there and find the truths in the world. Even if it turns out they are real but evil I would want to know just so I would know that hey this guy sitting next to me wants to tear my throat out. But, either way it wouldn't effect the movies I watch or the books I read. I use the books to escape from my world of the every day crap that goes on it it. The books serve a purpose for me so even if t turns out vampires are nothing more than a idea, well I'll just kick back and escape into the idea of it.

hdtermite (at) yahoo (dot)com

11:15 AM  
OpenID david-bridger said...

Werewolves for me, please. I love them! And yes, I'd want to know if they'd been proved or disproved. :)

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without a doubt I would have to say that Vampires would be my favorite paranormal creature of the night.

Although I can't say they truly exist, I believe that every legend/story comes from at least some portion of a percieved truth. There are too many similar myths/legends in many cultures to honestly say it is nothing more than fanciful deception.

It would be very short-sighted to say that the human spieces has the corner market on existence, so there is always a possibility creatures we don't see to exist. I believe that is also a large part of the lure of any paranormal creature...... seeing is not always believing.

It would not make a difference to me if they were proven real or not, however, I do admit that it is the mystery around them which makes the stories and fantasies so much more appealing.

The unknown that makes your pulse beat just a little faster, or arrouse hidden desires for the forbidden things you can't have but really desire. It also makes it safer for those of us who are married and can have lurid fantasies without the temptation of acting on impulse if we don't have living proof standing right in front of us. At least not that we know.

Can't wait until the next book.... so I can be tempted by Bones one more time!

Angela

11:18 AM  
OpenID goth-huntress said...

Can't wait for this book to come out.

11:20 AM  
OpenID katiebug112 said...

I have to go with the majory here and say vampires. While they aren't my favorite they are in my top five faves. They are the ones I wish we could find out they existed the most. While we run the risk of findind out vampires are more like your crotch scratching Uncle Larry with a dietary condition( or even worst the mind raping monsters from earlier times) than the mouth watering sexy Bones that we're use to, to me it would be worth the risk. It the rumors were true and vampires did live centry long lives think of the all knowledge that they have accumulate over the years. The people they've met. The empires that they have see rise and fall. That knowledge is mind boggling and would so be worth the risk . Even if him was your Uncle Larry. I could over look a few flaws.

11:20 AM  
Blogger La said...

This has made me think. I love vamps & vamp types (Bones, Night-hunters, Henry, Nick [anyone remember “Forever Knight”?], Feehan’s Dark series, etc.). I’d only want to know about their existence though if there were more of the good guys than the killers. Willing snack maybe. LOL Forced, no thanks!

But if I really had to choose, I’d want to know if magic (a paranormal concept) was real. I’d also love to know about mermaids/mermen. How cool would it be to swim the oceans and be able to see all the beauty of sea life?

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Jaxon (Literary Escapism) said...

Oh pretty please. I love the Night Huntress series!

I would love to find out if vampires or shapeshifters were real. Then, if they would let me, I would so want to pick their brain. How long have they lived? What have they seen? Where have they been?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Julie K. Trevelyan said...

Hmmm...intriguing questions. And I find myself most intrigued by shifters and witches. Do I believe either might be real? Absolutely, although perhaps not quite in the way many authors have depicted them. ;)

Would I still read about them if their existence were to be disproved without a doubt? Well, of course. Would still have to get my fix somehow. I don't believe in everything I read about, but I still find most of it damned interesting.

I utterly adore the Night Huntress books--they're the ones that actually got me back into reading this genre after many, many years away. Journeying further along Cat and Bones' sexy, pulse-pounding, well-written story is a very distinct pleasure I anticipate!

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Tracey Ellen said...

Vamps...for sure, hands down. Would LOVE it if they existed (But only they are the sexy powerful type that walks the fine line between good and evil)

Yummmm...

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Carrie - the book girl said...

I am partial to the werewolves. I really don't have any explanation for why...I just like them the best!

11:52 AM  
OpenID sora-blue said...

Vampires--people who suck away your will to live--are real, Jeaniene. LA's full of them! *g*

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Chelsea said...

I truly enjoy vampires, my interest in them started my love for several different fandoms. Namely, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and eventually this series. If they were real...well, that would definitely be interesting, I'd want to meet one, but at the same time would be a little nervous!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Christine Moore said...

I love vampires. I would like them to be real and everyone to know about them. I think they would be just like people some good, some bad.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I have to go with were-creatures (I say creatures since I like them all - if they shift to an animal I'm on it). I would absolutely love to know if they exist. That would be very cool! Do I think they do? Not so much, but it's fun reading about them!

12:10 PM  
OpenID coffeeisgod said...

My fav creatures right now are demons, but I wouldn't want to know whether they exist or not because I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be as fun in real life. : ) So instead, I'll go with by close second--vampires. I think it would definitely take away from their mystique if everyone knew they existed, but if I were among a chose few, it would be pretty exciting.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Qwill said...

Vamps for me. I think I'm content not knowing if they exist or not. If they do indeed exist, they are awfully good at hiding!

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite paranormal creature would probably be the Fae, and I don't know that whether I believe in them is important, but I would not like to know "for sure" because if the are real and they have hidden themselves for so long and so well there is undoubtedly a reason and I surely would not like to be the one who was responsible for bring them out of the closet. Christina Morris.

12:24 PM  
OpenID sarkastikitty@yahoo.com said...

Definitely vampires, and in some ways I would like to have them proved real only to me, but it's not necessary. I guess it's only important to me that they never be proved without a doubt impossible to exist. Like you said, who knows? Maybe they do, and I like it like that.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Paige Maddison said...

Wow... I would have to say that I wouldn't want to know if any of them exsisted. I love them to much to know I have nothing to hope for.

I want to belive that my favorite would be vampires or demons. But I guess I've been a fan of Mermaids almost aslong... so that's what I'm saying is my favorite. Mer people!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would go with shapeshifters. I think it is fascinating that someone can change into an animal and I would want to know either way if they really existed.

I love your books and can't wait to read the next one.

Jennifer
jcalvert719@yahoo.com

12:47 PM  
Blogger RachaelfromNJ said...

My favorite paranormal creature is a werewolf. I would love to know for sure if there is any possibility if they are real or not. I doubt they are but it sure would be fascinating if they were real!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

My Fav creature would be shapeshifters of any kind. And I would definitely like to know if they exist, however, if they don't, I would rather just pretend that they do..don't want any illusions shattered.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Audrey M said...

I would like to think that there is some truth to every story ever told about the things that go bump in the night. And no, if such creatures did exist it would not change my enjoyment of reading about them.

I saw your post on your myspace page, but image my suprise when I get here and there are over 100 comments. Goes to show, great minds think alike.

12:56 PM  
Blogger ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Hi Jane. I would love to be entered for your giveaway. My favorite paranormal creature is vampires.

My favorite paranormal creature is vampires. I would like to know if they really do exist.

Hugssss
LindaH

1:03 PM  
OpenID meredith-wood said...

My favorite paranormal creature is the vampire. They are, after all, closest to human therefore easiest for me to relate to. Now, would I dislike them if suddenly they were proved without a doubt to be fake...

Nope. My love would live on and on. Everything I dream up in my mind is real for the time it stays there. No one can take that away. :-)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Calliope said...

I have to say that my fav paranormal critter would have to be werewolves, the ones who can turn into actual four-legged canines whenever they choose, not the half-man, full-moon bound kind.

Would I want to know if they actually exist? Um, I'd have to go with no. I mean, part of their appeal is their air of mystery and I think having their existence known would deprive them of that.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Rachel S said...

My absolute favorite paranormal creature is the vampire. My first supernatural book was about a vamp, and I've been hooked ever since! I would not like to know for sure that vampires and/or other supernatural creatures exist. For me, part of the fun of supernatural books and such is not knowing! I like to be able to have my own personal fantasy and ideas about them. To know that they exist would take that away, as I would be presented with the reality rather than the dream. So for me, I prefer not to know! I can't wait to read more about Cat and Bones!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Heather B. said...

Jeaniene,

What a good question. I love to read about vamps, were's, demons, ghosts, witches and all things paranormal.

If one was proven to be real I think I would want it to be vamps. They are so mysterious and sexy, at least the ones we read about, that I am drawn to them and books and movies about them.

I too will watch anything that has vamps or some type of supernatural element to it. I am loving True Blood right now. I can't wait for the next book in your series to come out. They are great.

Heather

1:13 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

My favorite paranormal creature is the vampire. Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated by them. I think it would be interesting world if vampires were proved to be real.

1:20 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Fave creature is definately the vampire. And I would love to know if they really exist or dont. I would be hoping that there really are good ones to go along with the bad too of course.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Polgara The Fallen said...

Fav Creature would have to be Vampire [DUR] lol but anything were is cool to =3

Chomping at the bit to get my teeth into this book but i'm gonna have to wait even longer than i would normaly cos i resantly moved out to Denmark and i doubt i'll be able to get it out here when it comes out *major boo whooing* but enought of the sob story and i just simply can't wait to get me hands on it no matter what!

1:26 PM  
Blogger JackieILynn said...

I think my favorite paranormal would have to be the shifters. Probably mostly with the cats because them tigers can be oh so exotic. I don’t think I would want to know for sure if something was real or not because then there would be no point in building a fantasy about it! It is like a man who actually does dishes without having his belt chained to the sink. If we know it exists than we will all drop our men faster than all heck and there would be a serious child shortage due to lack of dish washing man population!

Seriously though I like my shifters and vampires the best because I think they have such an element of raw instincts. I love the world that you have created and the fact that you make me laugh whenever I read your books……no matter how many times I have read them. Thanks for sharing your talent!

1:26 PM  
Blogger javacatz said...

For my favorite creature? It's a toss-up between vampires and weres/shifters - but only cat shifters. The others are nifty, but once a cat person, always a cat person! :D

I don't really believe vamps and shifters exist, but it certainly would make like more interesting. My husband firmly believes in ghosts and such, but I have no opinion on that. They don't interest me as much, so I don't care if they do or do not exist.

Vamps and shifters in reality? Yeah, I could go for that! Especially if the vamps are like Bones!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

werecreatures and dragons. combo the two and it would be ideal.

2:30 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I love anything that has to do with vampires! I miss Buffy and Angel. Love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series and I'm currently loving the series True Blood. As an avid reader of the paranormal I'm always looking for new authors and series to read!

2:39 PM  
OpenID kaien said...

Favourite paranormal creature would have to be a vampire.
I am still torn if I want such a creature to be proved real/fiction.
If they existed, the examination into the scientific basis for their continued existance would be a really interesting endeavour. Not to mention that the amount of knowledge to be gained from the accumulated experiences from such a long-lived life, assuming we will be able to access such information.
If they could not be proven to exist, the scientific training in me merely thinks that its only because we didn't cast the net wide enough to gather enough data.

Hmm, so I guess I would like vampires to be real. LOL. That was an amusing exercise.

Thank you for holding the contest anyways. I'm definately looking forward to the new book.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

What a great contest prize, I love this series.

As for paranormal creatures, my favorites are shifters, especially wolfes and big cats. Wouldn't want to know that they truly exist, like the mystery of "what if". Plus keeping their identity a secret, would help them stay safe.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite paranormal creature would be the Vampire. I would love to have their existence proven. There are so many questions and myths that could be asked and answered.

Thanks,
Gina Hunnicutt

2:49 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Skelly said...

Definitely vampires.
Those caught between their human and predator side, not exactly good but not totally bad. And the ambiguous sexuality and temptation. And the immortality.
The grave series. Buffy. Vampire, the Masquerade: Bloodlines video game...it's all good.
Not enough female vampires in written fiction, though.

I do have a soft spot for werewolves. Again the human and predator side. The focus on 'change'. Ginger Snaps Back!

And I do like witches as well. The whole plasticity of reality thing. A fair bit of the urban fantasy books I read are witch based.

But Vampires are my fave.

2:49 PM  
Blogger orangeshan said...

My favorite would for sure have to be Vampires. It's a toss up for whether or not I would want to know if they really exist. You know the whole curiosity and the Cat thing!

2:49 PM  
Blogger SciFiGuy said...

Definitely a vampire. The whole immortality thing is a plus.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Caprice said...

I would have to go with Faye-like creatures. It would be so cool to have friends who could control different elements of the Earth. Good stuff!

dragonchica86@yahoo.com

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love zombies and ghouls. they always give me the heebie geebies.
but, i def. wouldn't want to know if they existed.(shudder) when i was little , i wouldn't go down our porch steps at night for fear that one wold grab my ankle and devour me.... i know that it sounds crazy, but i love being scared by the unknown.
to this day, i still won't walk near a cemetary after dark.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

I have to pick a favorite? :-) If pressed I would pick werewolves with vampires running a close second. I agree with you, it may sound like a cop out, but until someone proves to me that they don't exist I will hold out hope that they do.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Jamie H said...

It's probably not that original, but seriously, I would LOVE to know if vampires are real or not. Folklore has had them around since the beginning of time, and sometimes legend is based in a little bit of truth....and if vampires turn out to be real, there are endless possibilities for other supernatural creatures to be real too.

I'd want to be turned too. I have a pact with my fiancee if vampires turn out to be real, and one of us is turned, we'd turn the other one and be together forever.

P.S. Thanks for sending me the signed bookplates Jeaniene! I can't wait to see what happens to Cat and Bones next! Did they get a honeymoon?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Naomi D. said...

My fav paranormal creature are Vampires. (Cliche' I know).

I would want to know if they were existed only if they were the "only feed from their own" or "only took enough from willing donars." Because, well they're supposed to be good in bed(wink)

If they were blood sucking murders like in terrible horror films, I'd prefer to be left in the dark.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Nonny said...

My favorite paranormal creatures would be vampires, and if they really did exist... well, my husband might have something to worry about. ;)

3:36 PM  
OpenID prophet1 said...

I'm a medium and healer and I've seen spirits that look like elves, fairies, dragons, half man, half big cat, and lots more. I've had people see them floating over my body and I dissappear. I've returned from out of body experiences bruised. Universal aliens help me heal, and perform psychic surgeries. Sorry no photos.

I've never seen vampires, werewolves or zombies, and I'm happy about that. They'd scare me.

3:41 PM  
Blogger dragongirl said...

My favourite paranormal creature? Vampires, of course!

Would I want to know if they were real or not? I'm not sure I would. I don't think they are, but we have so many stories about them that I have to wonder if there was something to it. If it was proved beyond all doubt that they weren't real, I think it would take a lot of the magic, a lot of the fascination out of the stories I love so much. So, I think I would rather continue on without knowing.

3:48 PM  
OpenID megaminokonton said...

I love vampires, but my favorite is still faeries. I'd LOVE to know whether they are/could be real or not.

I also hope Bones is real, but for other reasons :D

3:52 PM  
Blogger Cari Quinn said...

My favorite paranormal creature, right now, is the shapeshifter. I'd love to be able to change forms at will, depending on my mood...and if I could know, without a doubt, if such creatures exist, I'd definitely want to. But it wouldn't hinder my enjoyment of paranormal stories, regardless.

Can't wait to read At Grave's End, Jeaniene! I need to put up my Cat and Bones desktop again, me thinks. ;)

3:53 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

My number one paranormal creature would have to be the Vampire, always had a fascination with them since the old black & white movies and yes I would defiantly want to know there existence was proved or disapproved.
Looking forward to reading the new book & the Bones short when they come out.

4:13 PM  
OpenID angylinni said...

My fave is shapeshifters simply because how much fun would it be to do that? It would be awesome to become something/someone else, even for a minute or two.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My favorite is vampires. I would want to know if they existed.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Right now my favourite paranormal creature is the vampire. I don't really believe in them though; for me they're just fun to imagine. So it wouldn't bug me if their existence was disproved beyond a doubt but it would totally freak me out if their existence was proved! Some things should just remain in the imagination, in my opinion ;) It's safer that way.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I have always loved vampires. I would most certainly like to know if they existed. Especially if I can find my own Bones or Spade!

4:33 PM  
OpenID insane-fae said...

My favorite creature would have to be a changling vampire...also known as a Shadow Vampire. they are ethreal in more ways than one can count and yet they are in close kin to Vampires in general. I don't question if they exsist for I already know.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Fav creature is the vampire, always has been, would love to know if they really exist. ;)

4:40 PM  
OpenID badgebunny said...

Gotta love the Vamps! I wold love to know if they truly exist!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous erica drew said...

I would have to say a lycenthrope, not jut one flavor or another but al lof them. I'd love to know what they felt when they were in another shape other than human. Would it stop me from reading or watching movies about them, that's a big NO!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Kara H. said...

I have to go with vampires. I don't think i'd want to know their existence, not knowing is definitely why i love them.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Wenrich said...

Hmmm, I think it's close for me. Vampires are one. But I love shapeshifters, specifically werecats (Jaguars, leopards, panthers...) I like the big cats. But Vamps are realy cool too. So those are my top two because I couldn't choose. And would love for them to exsists!

LOVE the books by the way!! Cat and Bones forever!!!

5:01 PM  
OpenID jennie-leigh said...

I would be hard pressed to choose between the vampires and the werewolves. Both are creatures that I envy characteristics of.

I don't want to know if they are or are not real. I would be too curious if they were and crushed if they weren't.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Laura Szafranski said...

Have to say that werewolves are of particular interest. Guess that stems from the whole transformation aspect. But stranger things happen in real life.

Love the books!!!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Vampires have always been my first love. I watched "Near Dark" as a child and that was it I was hooked. All that dark and spooky, melts my butter. And I would love to know that they and other creatures as such existed and if they could prove that they didn’t exist, well, I would still believe, because it's awful dark at night to not have something spooky out there =)
Thanks for the contest!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Mingzy said...

My favorite paranormal creature would be a Vampire. I would love to be proven correct.:) However. proven or disproven, there really has to be some truth in these myths to have such a legend. Vampire, Werewolves, Demons, etc has been pass on by story telling written works, and arts since the beginning of time. Thanks you for hosting this contest and asking a very interesting question ;)

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite paranoraml is the vampire! And I would definitely want to know if they existed!

I LOVE these books...count me in on the contest!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite paranormal creature is the vampire! I would definitely want to know if they existed!

I love this series and would love to get my hands on the ARC for Graves End! Count me in on the contest!

Kim V.

5:36 PM  
Blogger jmclean1991 said...

Vampires are my favorite and i would love to know if they were real. Ever since i was fairly little i have wished in a way they would be real. Their strength, their power, it is just amazing and awesome. I am going crazy waiting for the next book of Cat and Bones to come out, it has been driving me crazy think of what will happen.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I do not have a favorite paranormal creature. I like all of them. I think that I would want to know if they exist. It would definitly be interesting and I would be able to find out what stereotypes about them that are real. You read different authors and what theier creatures ideas such as garlic and sunlight for vampires, the full mooon affecting were animals and others authors have the complete opposite for their paranormals.

5:46 PM  
Blogger jmclean1991 said...

Vampires are my favorite and i would love to know if they were real. Ever since i was fairly little i have wished in a way they would be real. Their strength, their power, it is just amazing and awesome. I am going crazy waiting for the next book of Cat and Bones to come out, it has been driving me crazy think of what will happen.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I can't wait to read this next one, Jeaniene, like so many others.

Yeah I'd like to know if it was proven so I'd be on the alert, not sure if I'd want to meet one right off not knowing if he was the good guy or the evil one though. Now knowing there really was a sexy wizard out there, I'm there, lead me to him! LOL. I might find a wizard/witch the more believable as a lot of their powers seem to be tied to science.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Night critter said...

Without out a doubt it would be werewolves. If it was proven they existed I would be first in line to meet them.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

I suppose faeries. And i'm not entirely convinced that they don't exist.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I think vampires are really cool, but I'd be afraid to find out they were real, but not as crazy sexy as we imagine...so I'd only want to know they were real if they were all like Bones, or the hot, misunderstood kind of vampire.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Jeaniene Frost said...

Lynda, thanks so much for inviting me to blog, and OH MY. Look at all these comments! You guys are amazing!!! I've had so much fun reading them (and being reminded of some creatures I've forgotten about). Glad to see so many vamp lovers, but hey, there are so many other cool paranormal creatures listed, too. Makes me want to write about all of them, lol.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Just one? Well, I guess I'll go with vamps, then. Cliche, but I can't help it.

And heck yes I would love to see evidence to prove/disprove the existence of them. My thinking is that if you are able to prove the existence of vampires, then werewolves would naturally follow, shapeshifters next, with fae bringing up the rear. Have you ever read a story that uses just one of them in it? No. Even Dracula could change into a wolf, and a bat...that screams shapeshifter to me.

6:16 PM  
Blogger keatonkat said...

My fave would definitely have to be male werecats,that shift into a big cat, not just a housecat. I am a sucker for a guy that purrrrrs! I wouldn't care if they were 100% proved or disproved, they'd still be #1 in my book.

Looking forward to #3 - keep rereading #1 and #2 to get ready :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger macbeaner said...

Vampires. And no. I wouldn't want to know that they aren't real or they are.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Definitely vampires. And I definitely would like to know for certain whether or not they exist. :d

6:40 PM  
Blogger Monique Tsui said...

I've been fascinated by vampires since I was 10. There was this one time I was on a plain heading for California and there happened to be a really tall and beautiful woman who had the greenest eyes and the longest hair. I was hoping that maybe she'd turn me into one, but of course I was only 12 then. I'd love it if they really did exist.
Include me in this contest please, I'm a great fan.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Ellory said...

I'm intrigued by how vampires are being portrayed in books. I loved some of Dracula movies and remember seeing the play in college.

I'd love to know if their existence is real. :)

Can't wait for the third book. I love Bones.

6:49 PM  

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