Monday, October 25, 2010

House of Night Contest--Mommy, Where Do Vampires Come From?


First off, a little business. Congratulations to
NICOLE Z
for winning a copy of CL Wilson's new fantasy Crown of Crystal Flame! And congrats to
JAMIE
for 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? 


You know the drill: one entry for comment, extra entry for blog follower, extra-extra entry for Twitter follower @Suzanne_Johnson. International entries welcome.



25 comments:

  1. I'm thinking eternal non sagging of the jawline would be good.
    I haven't read the PC Cast series, but the mutant DNA thing make sense to me...I suspect THAT is what's going on with my 12-year old. Everything is so much clearer now...

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  2. OH man. I was loving these House of Night books up until they started throwing other POVs in there.

    Kinda lost me.

    I've not gotten Burned yet to read because it's in someone else's POV if I'm reading the "blurbs" correctly about it.

    But I must be a POV snob, then, right?

    I know I'll read it--eventually. I'd love to see this handbook thing. I love Zoe Redbird. She's a fantastic character. Maybe that's why I'm bummed all the POVs, tense shifts, stuff like that are happening.

    LOL. Okay, as for powers. Mmmm....I would love the mental powers. Oh, and to be super scary. Eternal life would be....okay. I have to pick one? I'd say Mental Powers. . . . . Great post.

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  3. I'd love to win! I loved the series and would love to win this book. I retweeted the contest too :)

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  4. yeah I am with lynnrush (comment before me) I would love to have the mental powers *glamours* that would be awesome!!!
    I just borrowed Burned from my niece to read!!
    thanks for the contest.
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  5. Teri--I think PC Cast might have the answer to teen behavior. Have yours sprouted fangs?

    LYNN and twimom...mental powers would be awesome. Wouldn't have to worry about the sagging jawline because we could just make them see us as (name ideal woman here)

    Thanks for the RT, LYNN and Erica!

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  6. I think still being able to eat and taste normal food, even if it gives no added nutation.

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  7. OK,this is not a contest entry (wouldn't be fair, because you know me), but for me the most desirable power would be a telepathic link with animals, hands down. That implies a path to understanding a totally different mode of consciousness than human.

    Eternal youth, well, that'd be a drag unless everybody you cared about had it too. Of course, if you're vampire in the Bram Stoker tradition, that's not a problem for you, but that's a package deal.

    I think I've mentioned Dr. Michael Bell's book *Food for the Dead*, in which he argues reasonably persuasively that the origin of the vampire myth was outbreaks of tuberculosis in isolated communities. That explains the languor, pale skin etc. associated with the pre-fatal stage of vampirism. So you can add infection to your list of vampire etiologies.

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  8. I'll have to agree with the others. Super mental powers sounds really great.

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  9. Thanks Sandy and Spav--man, everybody loves the mental powers. Guess if you have those, everything else can be manipulated :-)

    I'm like you Donna. That blood diet...I just don't know.

    Matt--great to see you over here! I'm seeing several of the vampire-by-virus books out there right now but I hadn't heard the link to TB. My grandfather died of TB (long long before I was born)...wonder if he was a vampire. Hmmm.

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  10. I don't know if my previous comment worked or not 'cause the page navigated itself away from here, so I'll try again. :)

    I can understand why people would want the mental powers, but personally I'm with donnas: I'd like to be a vamp that can still eat regular food without getting the nutritional value from it. To eat anything I want and not gain weight would be marvelous!

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  11. Goodness, how to choose, I think I like the idea of teleporting from place to place instantly. Of course I'd love eternal youth.

    Who wouldn't love a free book by PC Cast?

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  12. I love the House of Night series! Can't wait to see what happens next. The Fledgling Handbook would be an awesome edition! As far as superpowers, I would like to be able to call Spirit. Also, even though not a power, the tattoos are awesome!!

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  13. I can't help but want eternal life/health. Living forever and never getting sick doesn't sound like a bad thing to me. Heh. I wouldn't mind compulsion, either.

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  14. It would be nice to have super healing powers. And I wouldn't need to wear contacts anymore right? You don't see too many vamps with glasses.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  15. I would love it if I had all five affinities, but since that would make me Zoey, I would like to have an air affinity like Damien. The power I wouldn't want to have is Aphrodite's because they sound like those premonitions hurt.

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  16. I am both a twitter and blog follower.

    Email: bookgeek@gmail.com

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  17. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I'll be doing the drawing on Friday.

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  18. I would love the whole super scary mental powers, everyone else around you would hate them, but boy would they be fun to have :P

    I have to agree with lynnrush, I've kind of lost interest in the series now too. Which makes me so sad because I want more Stark :( I've had Burned for months now, and still haven't read it. One day I will finally get to reading it though. I definitely preferred when they didn't skip around POV's like crazy though. I've been wanting to look at the Fledgling Handbook though :)

    Thanks for the chance to win it :D
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  19. I would love to be able to give up food! If I could do that, I'd be sexy in no time. LOL

    +1 for following your blog!

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  20. I'd want eternal life. To live through things that will become parts of history..I'd love that.Also, staying youthful looking,never aging is a bonus.lol.

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  21. Thanks for this contest!

    Hmmm, well I don't think I could deal with living forever unless there was someone I had to live it with, preferably someone I love. For the mental powers, I wouldn't want that strong power. I'd feel like it was invading someones personal/ mental space. So I have to go with beauty. Not many cons to that one.

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  22. I would want super speed and stregnth! BTW I signed up as a follower and am your 100th follower! Congratulations on your success.
    kjovus
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  23. Yay! Thanks to kjovus for being my 100th follower!

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