Guest post – What’s the Deal with Vampires?
Romance author, Laurie London, wants to know why so many of us have chosen the Vampire as our favorite supernatural hero. Comment below to win one of 3 signed copies of TEMPTED BY BLOOD from Laurie – winners will be announced by Laurie tomorrow at the end of the post – good luck!
Thanks, Romance @ Random, for having me on today. *Looks around.* It’s really pretty in here!
So what IS the deal with vampires anyway? Why do we love reading and watching movies about them? I mean, there are lots of supernatural monsters out there, so what makes the vampire compelling year after year?
For me, I must’ve been glamoured at a young age, because my fascination started when I used to sneak out of my bedroom and hide under the dining room table when my mom watched Dark Shadows. My obsession grew from there.
It came as no surprise to my friends and family when I started writing about dark, sexy vampires. Tempted By Blood, the third book in the Sweetblood series, just came out and encompasses all the primal elements that I find so seductive—a hot, sexy guy whose deep, dark secrets are exposed by a spunky blogger, setting off a string of events that threatens to destroy them both.
I know why I love vampires, but when I asked people on my Facebook page why they love vampires, I got quite a response. Seems as though everyone has their own, sometimes very personal reasons and they were eager to share. Here is just a sampling of what they told me:
Sandra says it’s the lure of the forbidden…and the biting.
Rhianna quoted Castle, saying the vampire is the “gentleman’s monster.” She went on to say the hunger separates the vampire from his victims and yet makes him depend on them as well.
Vanessa says it’s because they rarely die, so love can last forever.
Roxanne says it’s because they’re forever young and beautiful and have centuries of experience. Rhianna agreed with her, saying that she loves reading about an ancient, jaded vampire hero being brought back to “life” by the heroine.
Jennifer, Jessica and Josette love that a vampire is often bonded to their one true mate for life.
Danielle says that as a person who sometimes feels like she’s on the outside, she can relate to the plight of a vampire who never quite fits in to human society.
Mandy loves that a vampire who indulges too much can become his own worst enemy, turning into the monster he’s kept hidden inside.
And Marilyn simply says they’re “hot.”
Here’s what Lara Adrian says on her website. It’s “a secret desire to walk in a darker world, to live a dangerous and sensual dream with a man of seductive, preternatural power.”
Okay, I admit it. All of the above works for me!
So what about you? What do you find compelling about vampires?
About the book:
Here’s Tempted by Blood’s blurb:
He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he’s been assigned to protect. Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn’t seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.
But soon their bond may be Arianna’s only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely…. Buy Here
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.
To learn more about Laurie’s books, check out her website | If you think you’ve been glamoured like she has, you can find her on Facebook | Twitter | and her blog, where she loves talking to other glamoured readers.