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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Event: Pandora's Box Blitz with author Katie Salidas

Today is the big day! In honor of Pandora's Box by Katie Salidas, there is a lot going on today! There are over 20 blogs participating and quite a few of those are doing giveaways (myself included) so be sure to check out all the blogs and get entered in as many times as you can to increase your chances of winning! Check out the Virtual Book Tour Cafe for today's schedule.

I do have Katie with me today (she's going to be busy today, it's a big day for her book, even bigger day for her!), so without further ado, please welcome Katie to the blog:

You cannot deny that vampires are HOT in today’s market. Between Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotica, and let’s not forget the super popular YA market, vampires are taking over.

Not that I think that is a bad thing. I’ve been a die-hard vampire lover since I read my first novel, The Vampire Diaries, by LJ Smith. I believe I was about 10 years old at the time (Ooh, I’m dating my self. Strike that from the record).

There was just something about those creatures of the night that struck me.  Perhaps it was the mystique, maybe it was the ability to be the ultimate bad boy (let’s face it, you know we deny it but we women do love a bad boy.), maybe it was the power and immortality.

I was hooked, plain and simple.

From that moment on I devoured anything, vampire related, I could find.

Combine that love, with a desire to create and that sparked the idea to write my own stories.

And that brings us back to the recent surge in popularity of vampires.

It’s not enough to just write a vampire story. You have to give a little oomph to it. Like it or not the, “sparkly vampires” that were created in Twilight, show us a perfect example of this concept. Whether or not you like them, Mrs. Meyers did something different. She took an old idea and added a fresh twist.  The market is hugely competitive at the moment; so, to stand out, you have to have something to give your audience that they might not get with another story.

We all know the standard vampire themes: Vampires cannot handle sunlight, crosses (or any holy relics for that matter) are a great deterrent, garlic is supposed to be toxic, and a stake through the heart makes a good killing weapon.

When writing my story, I asked myself, why? Why can’t vampires handle the sunlight? Why do holy relics bother them? I wanted to give the reader a real, solid reason behind the answers to these questions. I wanted to make my vampires real enough to step out of the pages.  

With all that in mind, I wanted to deliver a story that let you experience, with the main character, the transformation from human to full fledged vampire.  While reading, you will learn what it takes to be a vampire; you will experience the gut wrenching feeling of blood lust. You will make your first kill. You will feel the high and experience the guilt. If you can get over that, you will learn to hone your new supernatural abilities. In the end, you might even like being a creature of the night.

Thanks for reading, and if you want to check out my work, you can find me at

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Book 1):

Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition... that's the hard part.

Bleeding to death after brutal mugging, twenty-five year old Alyssa is rescued by the most unlikely hero: the handsome and aloof vampire, Lysander.

His gift of immortal blood initiates Alyssa into a frightening, eternally dark world filled with: bloodlust, religious fanaticism, and thousand-year old vendettas.

With Lysander as her guide, Alyssa will have to learn what it takes to survive in the immortal world. She'll have to find the strength to accept her new reality and carpe noctem; or give in, and submit to final death.

Hunters & Prey (Book 2):

Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She’s still learning to cope when a surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the friend she’s missed more than anything.


Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.

Pandora’s Box (Book 3):

After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.
Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?
When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.
Apparently powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?
  
Giveaway
~The Rules~
Leave a comment with your email in the comments below. 
The prize is in ebook format and will be provided with a code to Smashwords.
The contest ends at Midnight. Yes, tonight. So get your entries in!
+1 entries are available if you tweet the contest and get the word out! (leave separate comment with link)

Good luck!

Also, note that there is also a hard copy available to win. For those who comment on all the blogs in the tour, you are entered in for a chance to win paper copies of a book of your choosing in the series. It is open internationally too! For more info, visit the Pandora's Box Blitz section of  Virtual Book Tour Cafe.

28 comments:

Katie Salidas said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today! It's a very exciting day! I've said it a few times but I'll say it again. The love and support I have received for this series is just amazing. I'm thrilled to be releasing book three today and I hope to keep the momentum going. You all, the readers are what keep me going, so thank you for reading!

Good luck to everyone participating in the contest today.

Happy Reading!

Katie Salidas

BK said...

Thank you so much for being a host today :). The post looks magnificent.

BK

Beverly said...

Nice post! Thanks for sharing. I just finished Vampire Bites and loved it - can't wait to read more from Katie.
Please enter me - I am an old follower.
Thanks for hosting.
bevsharp@desch.org

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I love reading about vampires and I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Denise Z said...

What a wonderful post. This series has been on my wishlist and I would love to win a copy. Thank you so much for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.
I am an old follower (please I am talking about GFC not my age, although, nope we will not go there)LOL

dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

Julie said...

I'm so glad you decided to explain all of the "myths" surrounding vampires and what affects them, and why! Holy water? Sunlight? The cross? I always wonder how authors decided which things to include and you explaining the reasoning behind it kind of gives us a little window into it :) I can't wait to read this book!

jwitt33 at live dot com

donnas said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing today. Really enjoying all the posts. Great event.

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Denise Z said...

What fun this blitz tour has been. Thank you for participating and for the giveaway opportunity. Lovely post.

dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

shadow_kohler said...

Congrats on your release! i love reading about myths! thank you!
shadow_kohler(at)att(dot)net

marybelle said...

It's a big day for Katie, but fun for us.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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