One of our favorite paranormal romance authors, Laurie London, is back today sharing her Top 10 favorite vampires and celebrating the release of SEDUCED BY BLOOD, the 4th book in the Sweetblood (available on July 24, 2012 from HQN). Tell us who some of your favorite vampires are in the comments & you could win a copy of SEDUCED BY BLOOD!
Laurie London’s Top 10 Favorite Vampires
Before I started writing the Sweetblood series, I read a fair number of vampire books (horror and romance), so I suppose my characters are an amalgamation of the elements I find so compelling…both the good guys and the bad guys.
Santiago, the hero in SEDUCED BY BLOOD, is the hot-headed region commander of the Guardians. Bold and brash, he’s used to getting his own way and having people do what he tells them to do. But Roxy doesn’t buy into it like everyone else. She’s the thorn in his side, the gravel in his shoe, unraveling him bit by bit, upsetting his world, but she eventually falls in love with the sensitive, vulnerable man she finds inside.
Here are some of my favorite vampire characters in film and books:
Mick St. John from Moonlight.
But only because he was played by Alex O’Loughlin.
Dante from Kiss of Crimson.
I can still remember the scene at the art gallery when he just shows up out of nowhere amidst all those people. I love sexual tension like that, where both individuals are turned on but can’t act on it because of all the people…well, and the fact that she knows he’s dangerous.
Lestat from Interview with a Vampire
He was cocky, yes, and he used his gifts to seduce and kill women, but he was so sensual and magnetic. If I were in the book, I’d have been a willing victim.
Spike from Buffy the Vampire Hunter
He takes bad boy to a whole new level and we love him for it.
Edward Cullen from Twilight
Despite the naysayers, when we find out he’d been watching Bella sleep, I thought it was sexy as hell. If it had happened in a contemporary romance, sure, that’d be creepy. But he’s a vampire. They’re supposed to do frightening things.
Bones from the Night Huntress series
Chapter 32 anyone? He bites her. There.
Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse books
Anyone who can get a woman’s breasts “quivering like puppies who wanted to be petted” (from Dead to the World) is a talented hero indeed.
Zsadist from Lover Awakened
I melted at the part when he reads to Bella, because it showed just how far he’d come and how he’d transformed himself, becoming literate, for her. Plus, men + reading = sexy.
Louis from Interview with a Vampire.
Although it’s been years since I read this iconic book, his cultured, genteel ways countered how I’d always pictured vampires and made a lasting, far-reaching impression with me. The vampire as a character didn’t have to be the same kind of monster as Dracula or those in Salem’s Lot.
Jerry Dandridge, played by Chris Sarandon, from the film Fright Night.
My sister and I saw the movie in the theaters eight times in a row when it came out, primarily because of him. I think it’s the first time I saw or read about a vampire consuming anything other than blood. Remember the staircase scene with the apple? Sexy!
Who are some of your favorite vampire characters? I only had room for ten. Who would you add to this list?
Don’t miss a stop on the Seduced by Blog tour
Each stop will be giving away a signed copy of Seduced by Blood.
July 9th All things Urban Fantasy
July 10th Hanging with Bells
July 11th Ramblings of a Chaotic Mind
July 12th Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
July 13th Paranormal Cravings
July 16th Reading between the Wines
July 18th Romance Book Craze Blog
July 19th Books-n-Kisses
July 20th United by Books
July 21st The Qwillery
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.
Giveaway provided by HQU
One copy of SEDUCED BY BLOOD by Laurie London
Available on July 24, 2012 from HQN
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors… Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians’ region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can’t read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories. Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both….
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