Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Guest Blog & Contest: COLD IN CALIFORNIA (A New Vampire Mythology)

Today, Preternatura welcomes author Deborah Riley-Magnus, whose new book Cold in California puts a whole new spin on everybody's favorite preternatural, the vampire! Sink  your fangs into this one, and check out the contest at the end.

Cold in California. Vampire Mythology … Shattered!
Deborah Riley-Magnus

What is it about fictional mythology that makes it seem so real? Is it that once one creative mind develops it, other creative minds feel compelled to continue? Is it the fact that the mythology seems so credible? So … unchangeable?

One day I was in West Hollywood, minding my own business, walking back to my car after a meeting with a client. (True story.) It was a pretty typical day there; in other words, it was a little askew of the rest of the world. After the Hindu dude in a bright orange robe stopped to chat with me, I looked up and spied a dwarf across the street. He looked a little scruffy, walked up to a warehouse door then glanced back suspiciously before slipping into the building’s darkness. I was suddenly paralyzed with intrigue and my mind started to swim into the bizarre.

Was that a troll? What’s he doing in there? Are there other tolls in there? Oh, and maybe there are werewolves and shapeshifters in there, too. A sleeping vampire or two? Right? Are they dead? I mean … all … dead? Waiting for a chance to get into heaven? What about the vampires? If they’re double dead … ahhh! I got it!

And Cold in California was born in a blink of the eye. It’s not that I have a blatant disrespect for accepted mythology and lure where vampires are concerned, it simply didn’t make sense to me any longer.  Why can’t a vampire get a shot at heaven? Most of them didn’t choose to become killers, right? So, maybe there can be redemption? But of course, I couldn’t make it easy so I figured …

What happens to a vampire after he’s finally dead? Heaven? Hell? Nope. Purgatory in a West Hollywood warehouse. Go figure.

Of course this story required a cast of thousands--well not thousands, but at least sixty dead supernaturals and twice-baked vampires trying to earn brownie points for the pearly gates.

Our hero, twice-baked vampire Gabriel Strickland, sure finds it a little difficult, because being good all the time just isn’t in his nature. He has to deal with the fact that his beliefs about final death are a lie, taking on responsibilities he never imagined, facing off with an evil warlock and oh of course, he’s also handsome so he finds ridiculous deep love with a human woman. Could his life after double death br any more complicated? To help him through it all, this twice-baked vampire blogs. He has a lot to say at the website too. Gabriel is rather opinionated.

Cold in California is a story about redemption, about the triumph of love and good over evil … and about big confusion and difficulties for Gabriel and the other dead supernatural creatures living in a West Hollywood warehouse.

So what really happens to a vampire after he finally dies? Cold in California, published by ireadiwrite Piblishing, offers a whole new tongue-in-cheek mythology you’ve never seen before. It is the first of a five book Twice-Baked Vampire series.

Curious? Post a response and get a chance to win a FREE signed copy of the ebook. Oh, and Gabriel himself just may respond to your comment, so don’t be surprised.

Amazon Link for Cold in California

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a 27-year professional background in marketing, advertising and public relations as a writer for print, television and radio. She writes fiction in several genres as well as nonfiction
Deborah produces several pieces weekly for various websites. She also writes an author industry blog, Writaholic, and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations. In 2011, she has two novels and one nonfiction, The Author Success Coach, being released.
She’s lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely.

Deborah's Website and Blog Links
 Thanks, Deborah! I'm intrigued--how about you guys? If you'd like to win a signed ebook of Cold in California from Deborah, just leave a comment. Because it might be cold in California, but we all love hot vampires, right? You know the usual drill: four entries possible--+1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, +1 for Tweeting or Retweeting the contest. Bite!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, I so love this idea! As I live in CA, I can safely say, we do have some interesting folks wondering around!

    I don't have an electronic reading device, so don't enter me in the contest.

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  2. Great idea you have there,can't wait to read it! I love finding out how ideas and inspiration happen when a book is born :)
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  3. Wow…never thought about the Heaven or Hell concept being connected to Vampires. When I do stop and consider this, I imagine Hell would be outliving those they loved and seeing life repeat itself over and over. Like a never ending déjà vu. You have me fascinated by this new concept and all its possibilities. Can’t wait to read it to see what happens. Since I already love your workshops and ideas on marketing, I’m sure your new series will be just as great! Sign me up.

    Live with passion,

    Dr. Charley Ferrer

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    Coming August 2011
    BDSM for Writers
    BDSM The Naked Truth

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  4. Deborah,

    Cold in California sounds fantastic! I LOVE vampire stories.

    But I have to say, I'm totally intrigued (and impressed) how your mind jumped from a thought about the interesting individuals you spoke with and saw to the idea for a storyline. Talk about people watching!!!

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  5. It amazes mw how authors come up with this stuff :) I think it sounds very interesting and very different. I can't picture a vampire sitting at a computer blogging...lol Please count me in for this...would love to read it. Thanks!
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  6. Ooohhh, this sounds really good! Thanks for the great giveaway, as usual:)

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  7. I'm not sure how you sign an ebook but it sounds like a good story.

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  8. Jen, There's a FREE Kindle app you can download to buy kindle books and read them right on your monitor!

    Deb Riley-Magnus

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  9. Hi Irene! And I LOVE readers who find the writing process interesting, LOL. Thanks so much for the comment!

    Deb Riley-Magnus

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  10. Dr. Charley!

    Fancy meeting you here, LOL. Actually, the most fun part about Gabriel's "Twice Baked Vampire Blog" is imagining him sitting at my computer when I'm not here.

    Thanks!
    Deb Riley-Magnus

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  11. Renee,

    Yup, mind jumping during people watching is a common thing for me. I swear last night I saw Winston Churchill in the grocery store deciding on Kosher pickles spears or dill chips. He must have been time traveling. Who knew Winston liked pickles.

    Deb Riley-Magnus

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  12. Thanks, Tanya. Oh, and Gabriel's right here, waiting for his turn on the computer. He says "Hi".

    Deb Riley-Magnus

    (maybe I do need therapy?)

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  13. Sandy,

    I have no idea how an ebook gets signed either, but my publisher has the technology and the magic to make it happen! Looks cool, too!

    Deb Riley-Magnus

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  14. Thanks for sharing! I love new vampire books. Looking forward to reading it.

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  15. ohhh, this sounds interesting. I would love to read this, thanks for the chance

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  16. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  17. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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