Marie Duplessis postmodern vampire

It’s (A)LIVE!

its aliveJust wanted to let all friends, followers and the merely curious know that the SLOW RELEASE has started. Blood Diva is now live at the Kindle StoreB&N for Nook, Kobo and iBooks for 99 cents. The price won’t last more than a few days.It’s both a courtesy to readers and a marketing ploy. It’s as close as I can come to giving away my book without giving away my book. If you hate Amazon go elsewhere and buy the book for for 99 cents – until the sale ends.

Please Trash My Book

I’ve been writing and researching ezines and blogs, reaching out directly to ask for reviews. One big problem I’ve run into – a lot of places won’t even consider self-published books. imgresMany of them used to review “indies” but stopped. The reasons were somewhat variable, ranging from no reason to lengthy explanations that usually hit on a few of the same issues – lack of quality control, overwhelming number of submissions and oh yeah – batshite crazy authors who go into stalker mode when they get less than stellar reviews.

Keeping Up Appearances

Trying to keep up with my blogging is hard work. While I work on the next really life changing post about Mystic Falls versus Sunnydale or something, I thought I’d just share this video clip I found on the youtube. It’s images of Marie Duplessis and her fictional counterparts. What they do to Verdi here is truly criminal so you might want to turn off the sound, but the visuals really show how the myth of Marie has continued to invade our consciousness.

This is HUGE

blooddivajpghigh2Heading into the homestretch here…

Blood Diva is now live on NetGalley. For those of you who don’t know, NetGalley is a site where “professional readers” — reviewers, book bloggers, librarians and the rest (YSWIDT) get to download DRM copies of books for FREE.  I’m doing this through Patchwork Press Cooperative, so they are managing things, including deciding who is “approved”. I’m staying out of that, but if you are a reviewer and a NetGalley reader who didn’t get approved, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I’d love some pre-publication reviews, which can be posted on Goodreads. Also if you aren’t following on twitter or facebook, please click those neat little icons in the upper right corner. Thank you much.

Do Vamps Have Souls? There Will Be a Quiz

I thought I’d take a break from proofreading my book, and answer this super important question you may have googled: Do vampires have souls?

It depends on whose vampires you are talking about.

imgresThe original vamps were basically dead people who walked around and got into all sorts of trouble. Blood drinking was only a part of it. They returned to sleep in their coffins though how they managed to get in and out is a mystery. In any case because people who believe in souls believe that the soul leaves the body at death and vampires generally “die” before they wake up vamp, then vampires have no souls.

Where do the souls go?