Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hard Cover Giveaway: The Vampire Shrink

Winners: I put all the names in a hat and pulled out Vanessa N and Barbara! Thanks so much for everyone who participated! I sent the two winners and email. Stay tuned. I'll have more giveaways for more copies of the book!

I'm giving away 2 hard cover copies of the British version of The Vampire Shrink to 2 commenters who answer the following questions (answers can be found in the excerpts section of my website):

1) What bigger plans does Midnight have?

2) What had taken up residence in Kismet's brain?

3) What movie was Kismet reminded of when Bryce lifted her into his arms?

4) Where did Kismet wake up after she was kidnapped?

5) What was Kismet wearing on her feet?

Go to and click on the "excerpts" link to answer these questions. Leave your answers here along with your email address. Giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. October 9, 2011.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yes! More Vampires: Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp

Coming in 2012! I hope it's good. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview and Contest at Amberkatze's Book Blog

To continue the celebration of the UK release of The Vampire Shrink, I'm being interviewed and holding a contest at Amberkatze's Book Blog:

The contest runs through September 25, so stop by and enter!

I'll also be at these blogs this week:

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Patricia's Vampire Notes

Thursday, Sept. 22: Patricia Stoltey's Blog

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vampire Monday: Lisa Kessler

Why Vampires Are (And Always Will Be) Popular

Hi everyone. Thank you to Lynda for inviting me today!

When my first novel released last month, I spent a day on the Fresh Fiction Blog discussing “Who wants to live forever?”

The feedback from readers was really interesting.

I think that vampire popularity flourishes because the thought of living forever intrigues us and terrifies us all at the same time. The chance to live without fear of death, opens up time. You could learn languages, you could travel, you could earn college degrees.

But could you stand to watch those around you age and die?

Vampires also add the torment of losing the sunshine and feeding off of the living.

Sure death couldn’t touch you, but would it be worth losing the sunshine and being forced to drink blood? You might also gain immortal strength and speed, but it would never be enough to save those you love form death.

By reading vampire fiction, we can further explore our fascination with immortal life. We can meet men and women who have watched civilizations rise and fall. Men and women who could end our life if they chose.

But what if instead of killing us, they decided to befriend us, or romance us?

I think the fantasy of a being loved by someone who has met iconic figures through history, who has learned everything universities can offer, who could kill anyone who ever threatened you is enticing. What would it be like?

And as the romance blossoms, would you be content to grow old while he or she retains their outward youth and beauty?

There are so many angles to romancing a vampire, that I don’t believe we’ll ever tire of them, and now the YA market through Twilight and other successful vampire series are intriguing a whole new generation of fang lovers.

What are your thoughts? Are you lured into vampire fiction? What makes you keep coming back for more?

Bio - Lisa Kessler writes dark paranormal fiction novels and short stories. Her vampire short story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa is an active member of her local RWA chapter as well as the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal online chapter. When she’s not writing, Lisa sings in musical theater productions and operas. She lives in San Diego with her wonderful husband who reads every word she writes, and two amazing teens.

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Lisa will give away a copy of her book to a commenter. Stop back by to see if you won!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Vampire Monday: PJ Jones

Why Vampires Are (and always will be) Popular

Chances are, if you are like me, and you must be because you are reading this blog, then you love vampires and everything paranormal. And what’s not to love about the demonic, immortal, blood-sucking pillagers of the human race? No, wait, that doesn’t sound right. How about—What’s not to love about sexy, otherworldly, kickass immortals, who look really hot in leather and like a little bite with their foreplay?

After all, blood is the new chocolate.

But seriously, even though I like to parody vampire romances, I’m also a hopeless vampire romance junkie. And as a hopeless junkie, I’ve come up with a five reasons why vampires will always, forever, eternally, be popular.

1. LEATHER PANTS. Let’s face it, no one can pull off sexy like the vampire race. It’s in their blood, or maybe our blood, since, technically, they feed from our arteries for survival. Well, whatever they do to our blood once they drain it out of our lifeless bodies, somehow works, ‘cause nobody fills leather pants like the vampires. I’d say it’s definitely worth a few human casualties just to get a good look at those ripped abs, corded muscles and tight rears. So suck on, vampires. Sexy is soooo worth it.

2. THEY’RE PARTY ANIMALS. Yeah, they get to stay up way past my bedtime. I need my beauty rest. Lights out at eleven pm here, otherwise, I wake up acting much like a succubus or demon and no amount of coffee can cure me. But vampires, they can party all night long, much like I did in my sorority days, except they don’t need fake IDs to have a good time. And while you’re downing Bloody Marys at the nightclub and dry humping a much younger version of me on the dance floor, I’ll be dreaming of your tight rear in leather pants.

3. FEEDING IS SIMPLIFIED. You never hear vampires complaining about the cholesterol in their O negative. There’s no Jenny Craig for vampires or super colon blow laxative diet drinks promising immortals they’ll drop ten pounds in two days. That’s because they’re not shoveling bon bons into their fanged faces when they get a case of the late night munchies. Nope, their diet is pretty consistent. Blood, blood and more blood. And how liberating it must be not having to plan meals for the family. Just bring an unsuspecting mortal home to your little fanged children. “Mommy brought home some takeout, kids!” No arguing over pizza toppings. No complaining that the food’s cold, and when the kids start whining, all you need to say is, “Shut up and drink your blood.”

4. COOL POWERS! The vampires in my books have the unnatural ability to boogie and they are great defenders of the environment, but some of the vampires in real romances (not parodies) actually have cool powers. Take for example, Caris Roane’s vampires, who have the power to freaking fly. Have you seen their wings? Check out the cover, then I guarantee you will want to buy the book. And where do they fly, you might ask? Only to ultra-posh, higher immortal dimensions. When they crave double lattes with extra whip, they just fly on back down to earth. Latte drinking vampires! Now that’s my kind of immortal. Shea MacLeod’s Sunwalkers don’t sparkle or combust when they step into the light. Not only does Sunwalker Jack, a descendant of the Atlantean race and former Templar Knight, look hot in stonewashed denim, he fills out the jeans, too, mostly beneath the zipper, if you know what I mean. Which brings me to my favorite reason vampires will forever be popular.

5. VAMPIRES ARE AWESOME IN BED! Having never slept with one, I can’t tell you for sure, but from what I’ve read, there’s a whole lot o’ pleasurin’ goin’ on in vampire books. Of course, since they’ve got this unnatural ability to run faster than a jackrabbit on speed and lift cars over their heads, one would expect them to also be decent in the sack. You never hear a vampire groaning that he has to switch positions because his bad knee is giving him a fit. And their partners aren’t griping, “Make this quick. I’ve got a chicken in the oven.” Nope. When a vampire is ready for some lovin’, it’s all about the lovin’. No spicy fish tacos get in the way of their romantic pleasure, which seems to go on, and on, and on… Vampires get all the fun!

PJ Jones is the author of the historical, contemporary, western, shape-shifter, mystery, suspense, vampire parody, ROMANCE NOVEL and THE VAMPIRE HANDBOOK, useful rules and regulations for adapting to the immortal lifestyle. PJ’s sparkly, mysterious den of pleasure and mayhem can be found @ .


PJ Jones, author of ROMANCE NOVEL
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PJ will give away a copy of the book to one commenter here. Stop back by to see if you won!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

September 1, 2011: Release Day!

Today is the release day for the UK version of THE VAMPIRE SHRINK. Yay!