We are very happy to have author Linda Robertson here at Book Lovers Inc again. She the author of the wonderful Persephone Alcmedi series. Arcane Circle, book 4 in this series, was released in December and today she’s not only here to celebrate her latest release she will also tell us why she thinks that vampires rock. Be sure to stay tuned till the end because we have a little surprise for you at the end of the post. Please give Linda a warm but still rocking welcome.
I’m delighted to be here at BOOK LOVERS INC today celebrating the release of the fourth book in the Persephone Alcmedi series: ARCANE CIRCLE. Also, I’d like to let you know that I’m part of a new group blog that is often deliciously naughty. www.word-whores.blogspot.com
Because I get to post on Wednesdays, I am the Hump-Day Word-Whore. (** “word-whore” meaning that the seven of us on the blog are all authors who sell our words—and no they aren’t necessarily all dirty words)
Over at the new blog we have a weekly theme and this week we’re taking turns talking about TIME. I, of course, immediately thought, How can I link this to my favorite creature character, the vampire?
In the end, I wrote a different time-related post for the Word-Whores, but I brought this fun post to you here at BLI. Enjoy!
“I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you.”
So long as they don’t meet up with the business end of a wooden stake, vampires have all kinds of time. Yeah, oceans of it, metaphors of the subconscious aside.
What does that longevity actually do for a vampire?
Stereotypically, vamps acquire power and wealth, but there are plenty of bad-boys with a heartbeat that have those.
What else? What could a bloodsucker spend time working on that would have a killer benefit?
Well, vampires must feed. The hours won’t turn into hemoglobin, but those endless nights are spent in the pursuit of it, so…why not develop a skill that makes the acquisition of food easier or more thrilling.
To sate their hunger, they must get close to a living person. Stalking the dark edges and attacking the weak is for the fearful and the unskilled—but when the predator can hide in plain sight, that gives license to a different strategy altogether. One of choice.
As the vampire mingles among the populace pretending to be just an ordinary man—it’s my analogy and I say this vamp is a heterosexual man—he can select the most adored, or the smartest, or the most beautiful…but inevitably he must lure the unwitting blood donor away for privacy. Again, since it’s my analogy, let’s say the prey is an attractive female. Suddenly, the feeding has more possibilities.
This kind of hunt requires the quick creation of attraction, and this enthrallment must be so strong that all sense of reason submits to this desire. Unless our vampire was of the ilk of Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Chris Pine, or Viggo Mortensen while mortal, then producing the level of instant enticement I’m suggesting probably takes decades of work.
Gratuitous inclusion of hunky men:
So, apart from our vamp being gorgeous, how does he manufacture this immediate magnetism?
Flirtation. Seduction. Romance. It’s the combination of a look, perhaps an action or a gentle touch, and soft words. By and large the vampires we love most have made the art of seduction their paramount survival skill.
Yup. Those extra lifetimes allow a horny undead guy to perfect his pick up lines and become proficient in the romantic department. (This explains the trio of baby-eating wives that the old vamps typically have hanging around as well as the recent engagement of Hugh Hefner.)
I’d like to offer you two examples from Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, 1992, showing the romantic expertise that Vlad (Gary Oldman) has honed with time.
Example One: “The Power of Romantic Words.”
Vlad establishes himself with Mina (Winona Ryder).
“Please. Permit me to introduce myself. I am Prince Vlad of Szeklys.”
Taken aback, Mina replies, “A prince, no less.”
“I am…your servant.”
It’s not something many men of that era would have said. Hell, it’s not something many men would say now. But he’s so far beyond those conventions he’s willing to reveal how smitten he is and make it clear he will cast aside his authority and serve her.
Those words damn near got him an all access pass—but they’re not just a function of language to Vlad. Having decades of pining and loneliness to fuel him, standing before the reborn image of his one true love, the earnestness he applied was sincerity incarnate. It convinced the proper late-Victorian-era Mina to throw down her moral standards and her caution. Her petticoats dropped onto that pile soon after.
(author aside: Hey, all you mortal guys. Hello! If you’re paying attention you’ll understand that that was one of those statements that, should you be able to pull it off with as much candor as the fangboy, it is guaranteed to get you bonus points with the ladies—and not just the ones who get off on being a dominatrix.)
Example Two: “Not the Best Way to Get a Girl, but it Worked for This Vampire.”
Vlad and Mina at the cinematograph.
That’s my favorite scene from this flick. It portrays a strict sense of decorum descending into reckless freedom, kind of like the end of the Victorian era itself.
Vlad was prepared to bite and claim, then he stopped. Did he realize that he didn’t want to just “have” Mina like the ungrateful brides back at Castle Dracula? Did he feel something very mortal? Perhaps he understood that he wanted Mina to love him for who he was, just as Elisabeta had loved him. Conceivably, his centuries of watching human nature allowed him to understand that he could retreat—leaving his prowess and virile manhood well established—and follow it with a show of remorseful submission that would pave the way for the object of his desire to truly open her heart with rainbows of forgiveness….
(**author blinks at that mouthful she just fervently typed…re-reads it, judges it ok with a shrug and moves on.)
Whatever the reason, the next thing we know, he’s on his knee before her and she joins him. Their gloved hands go sliding all along the wolf’s soft white fur, sliding together and apart like lovers on a fireside pelt.
Vlad attacked her and then, moments later in a pose of submission—one rather like some hunky man-candy in the park making maximum use of his bandana-collared and Frisbee catching pooch—he lured her back to him?
Yup. This wouldn’t work (and shouldn’t work) for most.
I’d like to think that even in the final days of the Victorian period it took more than a spiffy suit, dark glasses, top hat, and walking stick ornamented with one’s own personal dragon crest to gain instant exoneration. Or, possibly, like me, Mina was a sucker for a handsome man with long curly hair.
Inexplicably, Mina takes that step beyond reason. She is inescapably drawn to him. Her sense of reason bowed out while desire took over.
When our darling prince whispered, “He likes you,” I don’t think he meant the wolf. Then he followed it with, “There is much to be learned from beasts.” Moments prior, he behaved like a beast, and now he’s telling her that he can teach her so much.
And we know what this beast wants to teach her:
And that is exactly what we’re talking about here:
The vampire’s ability to make his lovers go all starry-eyed and yielding because he has earned the gift of inducing ecstasy. A fella who’s got a few centuries “under his belt” has had time to perfect some titillating tricks utilizing parts of his body that aren’t necessarily “under his belt.”
So, tell me, awesome BOOK LOVERS INC visitors,
if YOU had mastered time, what would you want to learn to do?
Linda is offering a complete set of the Persephone Alcmedi series to ONE lucky commenter
All you have to do is answer Linda’s question or leave a meaningful comment about the post.
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Giveaway ends on Saturday January 29th
and we will announce the winner on Friday.