First off, a little business. Congratulations to
NICOLE Zfor winning a copy of CL Wilson's new fantasy Crown of Crystal Flame! And congrats to
JAMIEfor winning Marcus Pelegrimas' new Skinners novel, Vampire Uprising!
Now, another giveaway, because new books are fun, right? And we get to talk about vampires.
There are lots of vampire mythologies out there. In JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, for example, vampires are a different species altogether and feed off each other. Stephanie Meyer's glitterati vamps are former humans (but only when some poor human's about to die). In Twilight Forever Rising, a Russian vampire book I read recently, the humans are turned in the usual manner, but they are cherry-picked by the different vampire clans according to their talents. The artistic vamps seek out humans exceptionally talented in music or art, for example.
One of the most popular vampire series around is P.C. Cast's House of Night series--the seventh installment, Burned, came out in April. In the HoN series, a small percentage of teenagers' hormones trigger a strand of junk DNA that changes them into...you got it...vampires. Oops, make that Vampyres. The transition takes four years, during which time the kids--"fledglings"--attend a House of Night boarding school. The series follows fledgling Zoe Redbird as she goes through the change.
Coming out from St. Martin's Griffin tomorrow is a beautiful companion book to the House of Night series--The Fledgling Handbook 101, by P.C. Cast with Kimi Doner. As the story goes, whenever a newly marked Fledgling enters the House of Night receives a copy of this handbook. It contains a lot of the FAQs of life as a Fledgling so it's a fun read. But it's also full of original color artwork, stories from former Fledglings like William Shakespeare (!), vampyre history and lore. [To check out more October releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal, check out my Fiction Affliction columns over at Tor.com. End of commercial.]
Want a chance to win a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101? All you have to do is tell me the "Vampyre" superpower you'd most--or least--like to have: eternal life? beauty? super-scary mental powers? Me--I'd hate to give up cake, you know?
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