Guest Blog & Giveaway: Joleene Naylor

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.

Oh, wait.

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?

Buy it now at:
Amazon ( Kindle ) $1.50 | Barnes and Noble ( Nook ) $2.00 | Smashwords ( Multiformat ) $2.00
Amazon ( Print ) $7.00

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.

Buy it now at:
Amazon ( Kindle ) $2.00 | Barnes and Noble ( Nook ) $2.99 | Smashwords ( Multiformat ) $2.99
Amazon ( Print ) $7.99

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?

Buy it now at:
Amazon ( Kindle ) $2.50 | Barnes and Noble ( Nook ) $2.99 | Smashwords ( Multiformat ) $2.99
Amazon ( Print ) $7.99

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?

Buy it now at:
Amazon ( Kindle ) $2.99 | Barnes and Noble ( Nook ) $2.99 | Smashwords ( Multiformat ) $2.99
Amazon ( Print ) $8.99

Follow the tour for more chances to win! (here’s the link to my blog post with the dates/links to other posts – )

You can find more of Joleene Naylor and her vampires at her website: or check out her blog at or her facebook page at

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.


Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

38 thoughts on “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Joleene Naylor

  • June 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Well I had to hunt you down to find you. Vampires are good at that too …Why vampire love? Or Devil love? Or werewolf love for that matter? What you didn’t mention, I don’t think, is that to be loved by any of these dangerous creatures is the ultimate love. They are the most attentive, and while it is invasion and a pain in the ass, the mind reading thing lets them know the woman better than any mortal man could and deal with issues. And sometimes, though not Jorick perhaps lol, communicate. So, bottom line, better lovers, better protection and more satisfying attachment.

    I won’t know if you reply to this by the way as the little box is missing so I can follow the comments.

    • June 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I think you should get an email when any topic you post on here is replied to 🙂

    • June 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Very god points, especially if the creature in question is a mind reader 🙂 Though I think even after a few hundred years the problme is men are still men, LOL!

  • June 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Safe sex with a vampire is like keeping a tiger around and thinking it’s the same a house cat. Sure they’re pretty, and fun in the short term, but there’s nothing “safe” about a vampire, no matter how domesticated they seem to be. 🙂 Ask Siegfried and Roy!

    • June 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Exactly! They may look good draped over the sofa but you never know when they may snap 😉

  • June 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Ooop! Forgot to mention, don’t enter me in the contest, I’m just here for support! :[

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  • June 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I think a series like Twilight provides safety for pre-teen girls as they realize the horrors in our real world. Who wouldn’t want nice vampires to watch over you?
    However, overall, you are correct, it is a dangerous ‘affair’. If you read about vampire legends you would know this. So I agree with you – What?!

    • June 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Hee-hee, dangerous affair! I like it!

      And an interesting thought about Twilight! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping in!!

  • June 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Of course, they’re the ultimate bad boy! They are masculinity unleashed, not confined by social niceties. They are base, primal creatures, driven by their lusts. It is the ultimate thrill ride!

    What can I say? Vampires are my fave undead creature. Well, a tie with werewolves. 😉 It just takes a good author to play them up right!

    • June 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Exactly! 😀

      I know, right? There’s just something very smexy about werewolves, too. It’s that whole inner beast thing, I think – >:)

      Thanks so much for stopping in! Great to see you here, Kim!! HUGS!!

  • June 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Jo for this very interesting insightful blog. As I am a terminal saddo however there are a few other things I’d like to know that probably show my ignorance:

    can male vampires make a normal woman pregnant? if so wot about a vampire woman? and is the kid thus a vampire straight out of the womb? And if so does this mean either parent can do the feeding ah, drill?

    can vampires be infected by and/or give others stds?

    should Katelina thus make Jorick wear a condom? And if she does and suddenly turns up preggers, will he twig that it’s Verchiel, as it will certainly be?

    Teenage girls are not I hope anyway the intended market for your books, Jo, so the adult interest in vampire sexuality must also be about the stuff you talk about. Is this “rape fantasy” that would otherwise be deplored, in which the big strong tall dark handsome stranger bursts into your room at night and has his way with you?

    Do gay vampires exist, lesbian and male?

    • June 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      It depends on the vampire universe in question. For instance in Anne Rice’s vampire books they can not even… participate in normal sex, to put it nicely. Twilight vampires are an example of a series where a human woman can get pregnant by a vampire and in that instance the baby they give birth to is a vampire from birth but has a super accelerated growth rate. There are a lot of others, of course.

      In Amaranthine, I like to keep it simple. My vampires can’t get anyone pregnant, vampire or human, and they aren’t passing on STDs as my vampires don’t get sick (I imagine they probably drink from sick people, but the same “something” in the vampire blood which serves to transform others into vampires – in sufficient quantities – would also kill the germs, so to speak.)

      Ha ha! No, I fight daily to keep the tweens away from my series 😉 I actually did a post about that exact thing some years ago – I should dig that up. I think I know where it is in my word documents – If I can find it I will copy it off and send it to you.

      And most certainly you’d have LGBT vampires. I think I even have some, for that matter 😉

  • June 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you very much Jo. I must have missed the LGBT vampires.

    Couldn’t the vampires be carriers? (Yes, I know – SE: Tosser, Grade One)…

  • June 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I just wanted to say i completely agree with you about the dangers of vamps. Juli Huffman is right on with her example. Don’t enter me in the contest please, i already own all the eBooks. 🙂 I just wanted to put my two cents in. LOL

    • June 16, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! Yeah, Juli phrased that well! I should have gotten the quote from her to use in the article – next time, huh? LOL!

  • June 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Does he what! Thanks for that.

    • June 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

      You’re welcome. By the way, I have been thinking on this. As I said, I think their natural… erm antibodies(?) whatever would kill any diseases, but maybe if they had JUST drunk from someone with a blood borne pathogen and immediately shared it with a human then maybe their immune system wouldn’t have killed all the germs yet… OR if they had the blood, say on their lips/hands etc. Katelina does worry in one of the books (Legacy of Ghosts, I think) about Jorick passing on things from animals because he is drinking from a wild raccoon at one point, LOL!

      • June 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        That definitely makes me feel better. I want my (female) vampire lover to be a wee bit fastidious about where she sups when she’s not pashing it up with me, and I wasn’t prepared to take her word for it. I need science! Given that we now know that the British Royal Family are related by er blood to Vlad the Impaler and presumably are in contact with their relations of an evening, this makes sense to me.

        Thanks for a good blog. What happens next?

        • June 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

          Yes! I think there is certainly something suspicious with the royals 😉 But I imagine they have quite nosh meals – no wild animals need apply – hee-hee!

          Well, today (yesterday as I am behind) I had an interview at Ron’s blog. 🙂

  • June 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    the lure of the vampire is the ultimate rush! the danger of being with one heightens the excitement despite the risks involved.

    • June 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Exactly! There’s just something about dangerous men (or ladies 😉 )

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • June 16, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Hey Jo!!! Good article. There is nothing like the thrill of a dangerous liaison and they are the ultimate. Plus they are gorgeous and so sexy. If one climbed through my window, I’d say hell yeah!

    • June 17, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Ha ha With my luck I’d get the trailer park vampire… But ah well, you don;t have to stay with them forever 😉

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  • June 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Safe sex with a vampire… what realality becuase its not in mine! Yeah sex with a vampire is great theyve had years of practice and the body to do it all night long however you like but the bites symbolic and erotic and without it the sex would be a let down. So when comes to vampires theres no sex without the bite…the way it should be, for the most part atleast their are a few exceptions.

    • June 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Yes! If there’s no vampire bite then, well, it’s just the same old thing you could get with any super experienced, super hawt nympho. Wait… There’s not that many of those around, is there?

      Thanks for stopping in, Alicia! 😀

  • June 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Hey Joleene! Great post and I agree with every thing you said. I would have to go with dangerous. The whole mind reading aspect alone would end any relationship is real life . Not to mention the vampire politics that require killing each other violently. don’t enter me! I’ve read all the books 🙂 and love them.

    • June 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping in Sharon! hee-hee, I know, right? As soon as hubby could read my mind and KNOW that I’m not listening or that I think he looks bad in that shirt or that the guy serving us at the restaurant is smokin’ hot… yeah, I can see a lot of problems 😉

  • June 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Okay so I’m about 2 hours late on this giveaway LOL! I got sidetracked. Let me sort through all these comments and I will have a winner shortly.

  • June 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    aobibliophile, you’ve won! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your choice of book 🙂

    • June 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Congrats aobibliophile! Thanks for stopping and thanks to everyone who commented!

  • June 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’d say from an std viewpoint, they’re safe, but in every other aspect, no. If vampires did exist, I’d be too much of a wimp to be with one. LOL

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