Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guest Spot & Giveaway with Raven Corinn Carluk

Happy Anniversary Ms. Carluk!!!

Happy Hallows Eve! Please help me welcome one of the first authors I reviewed when I started Bookin’ It. I loved her book All Hallows Blood and you can bet your pumpkin full of sweets that I will request her sequel! So let’s hear it for Raven Corinn Carluk…

Take it away Raven!

Greetings and salutations all.  Thanks Talina for having me.  Thanks everyone for your attention.

Today is Halloween, my favorite time of the year.  More than it just being my anniversary, I love the change in the weather, and the ghosts and goblins, the candy, and all the skulls and monsters and other things that really stir my Goth side.

And, of course, there are all the vampires.  I've always loved the undead.  They're immortal, powerful, talented, and some other enviable things.  Being a vampire sound pretty cool.  I'd miss chocolate, sure, but certainly not the sun.  So long as I didn't become one of the nosferatu or a mindless beast, I'd be okay with it.

Vampires are the raging hotness right now.  You can't turn anywhere without finding some form of vampire.  And the trend shows no signs of stopping.  For vampire authors and vampire fans, this is a great time.


Yes, mostly.  Because vampires are being defanged, becoming domesticated and getting their darkness stripped away.  For those of us who love them for being predators, this is an absolute shame.

Too often do modern vampires eschew drinking human blood.  And not just a character that's an outlier, the one member of his race who won't drink blood.  Entire families/clans/races of vampires not drinking from people.  Nor are there any consequences to slaking only from animals; no weakness, no insanity, no withdrawals.  As if undeath were a choice, like vegetarian or republican.

Vampires have slowly been stripped of their weaknesses, even the ones necessary to their being.  Some I agree with, like crosses and garlic, and others I don't, like the sun and the need to drink human blood.  When you take away the core of the beast, you change it to something else.  That something is no longer a vampire, unfortunately.

"But now vampires are more accessible.  They can protect me and love me, and they don't do any of the icky blood drinking."

Therein lies the rub.  Vampires aren't soft and sweet.  They're supposed to be hunters, a little dangerous, and with a dark side.  Tigers are great to look at, strong and powerful, but they don't make very good house cats.  You wouldn't cuddle a tiger, and call him mittens, and expect him to stop eating deer.

I miss the days when vampires were still vampires.  Granted, I find the undead sexy, and love them because they're dark and drink blood.  I love the Goth vampires so much.  Although not sexy, I even love the ravening nosferatu, because they're still true to their nature.  But once they become just guys with fangs, I no longer love them.

There was a time if someone said they read vampire books, you knew they enjoyed the biting and the blood and all the other trappings.  You expected them to read Poe, and enjoy graveyards, and they didn't look like mall kids.  They were creatures of the night, not creatures of the mildly overcast.

With my Varick, I'm doing a little bit to move back to those days.  He doesn't brood about hurting Keila, nor does he hesitate to kill to protect her.  He's not unemotional, nor is he a pining whiny mess.  She's awakened long dormant passions in him, but becoming human again is the last thing on his mind.  He relishes the creature he is, and has no qualms about living that lifestyle.

Rise up with me fellow fans of real vampires.  Accept no substitutes.  Fangs united!
Raven Corinn Carluk is the author of All Hallows Blood and stories with bite o,.,o  Today is her twelve year anniversary, and her first day as a married woman.  It would make her day if you could stop by her blog with well wishes, or even just her site to find out more about her.

Here are small blurbs of Hallows Blood and stories with o,.,o. Enjoy!

Mourning her mother on Halloween, Keila O'Broin, a psychic warrior and last of her line, isn't prepared for dead teenagers to ask her to avenge them. Compelled by her family creed, Keila combats the vampiric serial killer, despite her atrophied powers.

But defeating one killer is only the start of her adventure. Into her life walks Varick Eitenhauer, centuries old undead master of Portland. The vampire tells her she will now help him defeat his rivals in a battle to control the city, and he will accept no refusals.

Surrounded by her desire and danger, the only way to succeed is to rise from her past like a phoenix from its ashes.

Crawling from unknown depths, these collected stories await your discovery. Fantasy, and horror, and paranormal. Vampires, and elves, and monsters. Tales of darkness and lust. Unexpected turns, rousing battles, and undying love.

These tales are for those wishing to sample the other side.


Bravo Ms. Carluk! Bring back our beloved vampires and show us the feeling of a real bite again! In today’s vampires it is hard to see them as the predators they are known to be. There are few authors that leave them their raw characteristics. Now we can add Raven Corinn Carluk to the list of authors that know how to write a true vampire. Authors sometimes struggle to find the balance between writing a monster that makes you want to run into the sun light and hope he can’t follow you versus a true vampire that allows readers to fall in love with said hero in paranormal romance. It is a task that Ms. Carluk has taken upon herself and in my opinion has been able to pull off with her All Hallows Blood hero, Varick. (You can read my review for All Hallows Blood here.)

Thank You Ms. Carluk for bringing the vampire back into fiction! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Hallows Eve. Be careful out there this evening, you never know what is lurking about ready to make you into the undead…bahhhahahhhhhhaaaaaaaaa!!

Step into my parlor and leave a comment for a Halloween treat! Ms. Carluk is giving away a copy of her All Hallows Blood and  stories with bite o,.,o  to two lucky winners, so don’t be shy! Tell us what you think of today’s vampires. Scary? Or lame and tame? What would you like to see?  Remember to leave your email in your comment! ;-)


  1. I think today's vampire have taken a turn from the scary and have become super sexy and HOT. I don't mind at all, I'm not big on being scared, but I sure like to be turned on and fanning myself :)LOL Most Vampires of today can be both, tough when needed but also very sexy and an amazing lover and have some of their humanity left. But don't piss them off 'cause they'll turn around and bite your and make you like it :)

  2. I love vampires as the warrior heroes. All that physical power and knowledge just amps up their already sexy allure.

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  3. I'm going to admit something, and I might get slammed for this...(covers head)...I have read very little vampire stories. Anne Rice, of course, is a master amongst vampire toilers, and isn't that for the very reason Raven mentions? Her vamps aren't namby-pambies either. I'm really glad you've taken back the night with your choice of vampires, Raven. I can't wait to try your book.

  4. I like today's vampires. They aren't very scary. They have turned from monsters to super models :)

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  5. I like today vampires. They are more human.



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