Reading, Watching, Listening—Vampire Edition

Reading:  Two new indie writers you might want to check out!

The Vampire Relationship Guide by Evelyn LaFont This is my give away book this week (still time to enter by commenting!) If you’re looking for a fun take on the romantic . . . or maybe not so romantic aspects of dating a vampire, take a look at LaFont’s book. It’s a very funny, tongue-in-cheek look at the idea of a regular ol’ gal dating one of the undead. Josie is a great protagonist!

Voodoo Dues by Stephany Simmons Okay, no vampires in this series (yet!) but I mentioned wanting to read this a while back after reading the first chapter. The book is out now, and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it. I was impressed by the attention to detail. Simmons has obviously done some work researching her subject matter and it shows. Figg and Lian are fun narrators who show a lot of promise, and I’m looking forward to more in this series.


Watching: True Blood  Yes, I’m still watching Alan Ball’s massive televised fan fiction of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. Everyone knows I love Sookie. The series? He’s losing me. I really love the show in concept; but please, Mr. Ball, streamline your narrative! If ever a show could stand to kill off a few characters (or have them meet the final death) it’s this one. I’m sticking it out this season, but after that? Who knows?

As for the Eric with amnesia storyline from Book 4?  Well, let’s just say I have a few very talented fanfic writers I’d love to direct you toward so you could learn a little about subtle characterization and plotting. Really, Mr. Ball, (ow!) I don’t need (oof!) to bashed over the (argh!) head to understand that (d’oh!) you’re a fan of Bill and Sookie. But … did you read the books at all?


Listening: Keeping with the undead theme this week, I’ve been in a Vampire Weekend kind of mood lately. What? You have not heard of the awesomeness of Vampire Weekend? They’re cool, funky and, despite their disdain of the Oxford comma, I do love their quirky song writing.

Want to see me smile? Play ‘California English’ or ‘Horchata’ and watch me grin. I highly recommend their album Contra to anyone not familiar with the band. Actually, I just recommend that album to everyone.

So, what’s your favorite Vampire-themed entertainment?

Thanks for reading,




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