The intimate Vampire: Danger or safety?
First I’d like to thank Misty for hosting me and my giveaway (see details at the end of this post) on what is the first stop in my blog tour to celebrate the release of my newest book in the Amaranthine series, Ashes of Deceit! (Thanks, Misty! You’re awesome!)
Like many vampire books, the Amaranthine series has sex (though I wouldn’t call the series erotica, by any means), but it also has violence. So, to kick things off, I’d like to discuss a pet peeve of mine.
I’ve run across various books, articles, comments – you name it – where people say that vampires are the fodder of teenagedom because the bite is symbolic of “noninvasive intercourse” which makes the vampire the ultimate fantasy: sex that is safe.
I can’t speak for every woman, but “safe” is not a word I associate with vampires. In fact, they’re really the ultimate bad boy and about as “un-safe” as you can get, without befriending a serial killer.
Vampires are essentially murderers – whether he’s “vegetarian” or not, even Edward Cullen soiled his hands with the blood of his own kind – vampires are dangerous, and an intimate relationship with them is tantamount to playing with fire.
So why do women “fall for” these guys? Not only is the vampire gorgeous, sexy, and overwhelming, but he’s the alpha. Like the warrior men of old, or at least of a Harlequin Historical, the vampire is bigger, stronger, faster and generally physically superior to their female counterparts. He could kill, maim, crush or destroy her in a moment, but it is his deep, deep love for her that stops him from ever considering such an option. In this scenario, the vampire is an extension of basic instincts. At one time a woman needed to look for the toughest, strongest, alpha male because he would have the better shelter, the bigger share of the hunt, and the higher place in the tribe. Our society has moved on and replaced this alpha brute strength with money. The human instinct just hasn’t figured that out yet.
But I forgot to mention the other base instinct: sex.
Whether it is a mythos that involves only oral blood drinking, or one that mixes sexual intercourse with blood (as in my series), there’s still a common denominator: the blood. No matter how you slice it, the vampire gets their jollies by sucking something out of their human lover that the human needs to stay alive. And, if they wanted to, they could drain their partner completely dry.
If that isn’t enough, many mythologies give the vampire, or at least the vampire hero, mind reading abilities (yes, I did it too!) so that not only can he now crush his female or empty her like a juice box, he can see every nasty, spiteful, dirty, evil, or just plain dumb things that lurks in the deepest recesses of her mind!
So what is the balance to this ultimate danger? The ultimate thrill, of course. Every vampire fan knows that the orgasm from a vampire bite can’t compete with what we mere mortals can enjoy. Just as a thrill seeker will leap from an airplane, so will the vampire’s human lover risk life and limb. Because, far from being safe, vampire blood-drinking-mind-reading intimacy is on a whole new level. After all, you really can’t get more connected – or more invaded – than that.
So what do you think? Is the vampire fantasy one of danger or safety?
And now for the giveaway! One lucky commenter will receive a coupon code for a free ebook from Smashwords. Since this is a series, the winner may choose which of the books they would like to receive:
Book 1: Shades of Gray – Katelina’s “friend-with-benefits” is murdered for stealing something from a coven of vampires. Hunted as an accomplice, she must rely on Jorick to survive. But what happens when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters?
Book 2: Legacy of Ghosts – For Katelina and Jorick, peace is hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome previous betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must overcome old regrets, or lose their future to the ghosts of their past.
Book 3: Ties of Blood – A trip to Katelina’s home starts a chain reaction; she and Jorick meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick for kidnapping. Worse, The Guild wants to question them. Will Malick, the head of the vampires, punish them? Or will the mysterious vampire following them do the job first?
Book 4: Ashes of Deceit – Katelina and Jorick must rescue a captured vampire and discover who kidnapped him and why. The truth isn’t easy to find. As Oren’s attack on the Guild draws closer, Jorick and Katelina are led back to the Citadel. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?
Follow the tour for more chances to win! (here’s the link to my blog post with the dates/links to other posts –http://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/my-first-blog-tour/ )
You can find more of Joleene Naylor and her vampires at her website: http://JoleeneNaylor.com or check out her blog at http://JoleeneNaylor.WordPress.com or her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/joleenenaylorbooks.
Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that led her to write the Amaranthine series.
In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. Her current projects include the fifth novel in the Amaranthine series, and The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy, a web manga collaboration with writer Jonathan Harvey. Joleene maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo. However, unless she starts buying tickets she won’t win anything.