Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Spooktacular Day 7

Vampire Obsession 
Why are so many people obsessed with vampires?
1. They're immortal. People, in general, are afraid of the unknown, and what comes after this life is a huge unknown. To be immortal and not have to worry about dying (well, at least not of old age) is appealing.

2. They're dangerous. Danger has its own appeal. Who hasn't been attracted to a bad boy?

3. The element of people not being what they appear to be. We all have secrets, most aren't as dangerous as being a vampire, but mysteries are always appealing.
There also seems to be two kinds of vampires - the sexy kind, some of whom walk around in the sunlight (like the Salvatore brothers) or the more traditional kind (harkening back to Dracula).

4. Why do you read about vampires? Which kind do you prefer - the romanticized kind or the more horror? Leave a comment to be entered to win an e-copy of Seeing for the First Time, the first book in my paranormal YA short story series. ends 10/11/2011

Seeing for the First Time blurb
For the last ten years, Ana has spent summers with her Gram. With nothing to do, the closest beach two hours away, and Gram, who Ana is convinced is crazy, always in her garden talking to things that aren't there, Ana is bored out of her mind.

One day, Ana sees strange colors floating around Gram as she works in her garden. Gram says they're fairies. She can "See" them, and there are others who can see things. Ana's a Seer, too.

When Gram gives Ana a book that explains about the many different creatures, like selkies, unicorns, vampires, and others, Ana gets curious. She is shocked when she comes across the entry about famous werewolf hunters - her parents.

Determined to learn where she fits in, Ana's summer gets a lot more exciting as she sets off to find out what she can "see." Only problem is, she's not sure what to do when she finally discovers the truth. And she's not sure she'll live to tell anyone.
Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical, for adults and young adults, novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She doesn't want to get boxed in by genre -- she might be claustrophobic!
 When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending their unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. To learn more about Nicole and her work, visit her website at or her blog at


Arianne Cruz said...

I read vampires because they are romanticized these days. I wouldn't read them if they were horror and gross (ehem R.L. Stine) lol... I love the sexiness they portray and that power... :D
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Vivien said...

I do love the romanticized ones. But I do think a horror filled vampire would be completely refreshing. I for one do not shy from gore though.

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miki said...

i read about romanticized vampires...i prefer than they have this part of " humanity" with their doubt and such


Lexi said...

I am pretty good at romanticizing about anybody! So yes that is the type of vamp I prefer to read about. Every guy needs a soul mate, even if they don't have a soul right?

Anne said...

I originally liked the scary, dark ones (I was 7 when I started my vamp obsession) and never thought of them as romantic. Can't even remember when I read my first paranormal romance, but gotta say I lean toward the dark, sexy ones now. I just finished Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade and liked how the main character was dark, unfortunately, he lightened up. An edge of dangerousness adds some spice.

SusanKMann said...

Love vampires, they are always gentlemanly and immortal.

KainsHottie said...

I prefer to read about werewolves, but I dive into books on the romanticized vampires.

Temperance said...

I have loved vampires for a very long time, i cant say what it is about them but im hooked;)
I do enjoy pretty much all sup. storys but vamps are my fav.:):)
Loved the post

Amy said...

I agree that danger holds a certain allure. That's why girls are drawn to bad boys! I like vampires in paranormal romance because they are tamed versions and are sexy, alpha males who are actually pretty loyal to the heroines.


Rachel said...

I think we all love vampires. They may not be the focal point in a lot of fiction right now, having been slid aside a bit for werewolves, faeries, ghosts, witches, angels, demons and more, but I think we'll always love them!

Na said...

I find vampires fascinating. They are immortal and have strong powers, usually enhanced human abilities. I like the romanticized kind that is still dark and dangerous.

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Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

Although there are so many other paranormals emerging recently vampires were most of our firsts loves and they will probably stay our favorites for a long time to come!

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Sharon Hamilton said...

Love me some vamps, but like a new twist on them. I also am partial to Dark Angels, too. I guess hunky men with special powers pretty much sums it up for me. Loved your post.

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