Top 10 List & Giveaway: Laurie London’s Favorite Vampires & win SEDUCED BY BLOOD

July 9, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 63

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.

Alex O’Loughlin as Mick St. John from Moonlight


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.

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2)

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian


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.

Tom Cruise as Lestat from Anne Rice‘s Interview with a Vampire


Spike from Buffy the Vampire Hunter

He takes bad boy to a whole new level and we love him for it.

James Marsters as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer


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.

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyers Twilight


Bones from the Night Huntress series

Chapter 32 anyone? He bites her. There.

Bones from One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


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.

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman from True Blood/Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series


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.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


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.

Brad Pitt as Louis from Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire


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!

Chris Sarandon as Jerry Dandridge from the film Fright Night.

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 17th Book Monster Reviews & Literal Addictions

July 18th Romance Book Craze Blog

July 19th Books-n-Kisses

July 20th United by Books

July 21st The Qwillery

 Laurie London

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

Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood, #4)


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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63 Responses to “Top 10 List & Giveaway: Laurie London’s Favorite Vampires & win SEDUCED BY BLOOD”

  1. Victoria Zumbrum

    My favorite vampires are Edward from Twilight and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  2. Joanne B

    I don’t have any more to add. You gig great with your list, but I would have put Mick St. John as #1.

  3. justpeachy36

    Zadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood will probably always be my favorite vamp. He is that dark, brooding kind of hero that I tend to like a lot.

  4. Kelly M

    Thank you ATUF for being a part of Laurie’s tour and for kicking it off with a super fun list of Laurie’s favorite Vamps……


    • Abigail

      Thanks so much for including us! I had way too much fun finding the pics for this post 🙂

      • Laurie London

        Thank you so much for having me on today. These pics you found are great!Sorry if this looks wonky cuz I’m on a road trip.

  5. Karen Wapinski

    I like a lot of that list, especially Eric ^_^ And the scene with Dante and Tess at the gala is one of my favourite scenes in the book
    But I’d have to add Henry from Tanya Huff’s Blood & Smoke books, played by the adorable Kyle Schmid in the TV series (Which mirrors the books not at all)
    I also love the teenage vampires in the Lost Boys, in particular David (Kiefer Sutherland), Paul (Brooke McCarter) and Dwayne (Billy Wirth)
    Thanls for the giveaway!!

  6. erinf1

    Congrats on the new release! Thanks for a great list and giveaway!

    I’d have to agree w/ Rebe and say Dante from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters series. His book is my favorite!

  7. Phyllis Marshall

    If I had a list, I would def have Zsadist on there, but I would add Butch, as well as Zane from Tina Folsom’s Scanguards vamp series, Dage from Rebecca’ Zanetti’s Dark Protectors, Chase and Hunter, from Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed.
    I loved the character Mick from Moonlighting and Henry from the series Blood Ties, just wished they had continued!

    Thank you for this great giveaway!!

  8. Viki S.

    He’s a demon too but Wraith from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. Next up would be Keri Arthur’s Quinn. They’re both YUM!
    Thank you.

  9. Danni T

    My favorite vampires are Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s IAD series, Zsadist from BDB series, Angel(David Boreanaz), Layel from Gena Showalter’s The Vampire Bride. That’s all I can think of right away. I know there is plenty more swimming around in my head.


  10. Leslie Dovers

    As far as t.v. vampires I would say Damon Salvatore!!!! But in books I would have to say Vlad in Jeaniene Frost’s books, all of the vampires in The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the vampires in The Midnight Breed series. There’s just too many.

  11. Melissa Lamb

    Oh my! I love vampires! I always have since my teenage years. Some of my favorite vampires are : Angel from Buffy, Rhage, Zsadist, Vishous, and Qhuinn from the BDB. Although I really love all of the BDB.Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. Linda Larsson

    Oh, Lothaire from Kresley Cole´s IAD series *deep sigh*
    I waited for his book, forever, and it didn´t let down.
    Agree with your list, Spike & Bones *yum*

    best wishes, Linda

  13. Chelsea B.

    You named a lot of my favorites! 🙂 A few more: Damon from The Vampire Diaries, Vlad from the Night Prince books (and the Night Huntress series), Rhage from the BDB series…. I could go on and on, too! 🙂

  14. Lisa -Silverlight

    My favorite vamps are similar to your choices, Bones#1, ZHADIST, Edward and Lara Adrians vamps are all my favs. Thanks

  15. Heatherc

    Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I only watch the ones with Spike (after he got the chip) he’s to funny not to love!

  16. Amber

    Zadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood and Eric Northman are my favorites!

  17. Natasha

    Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. June

    Oh, there are way too many great vampires to just choose one or even a few. So I will just go with my newest faves. I am just reading the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian and am loving these hot alpha men.

  19. valerie mcqueen

    I have to say my first favorite has to be Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles by the Queen Anne Rice. He was dark and dangerous but at The same time alluring and just dreamy. I fell in love with the magic and mystery of vampires because of him and since then it has only grew!!!!

  20. Danielle Gorman

    Great list! Oh my Zsadist is my absolute favorite. The scene where he hands her the note saying “I love you” gets me every time.

    I’ve always been a big fan of vampires, they were my first foray into the paranormal world. I’ve been reading about them and watching them in movies since I was a kid. I will always have a soft spot for vamps.

  21. JenM

    Most of those are on my list also, but another to add is my very first vampire love, the Count of Saint-Germain from Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s books.

  22. Susan

    My favorite vampires are: Damon from Vampire Diaries, Spike from Buffy, Jean Claude from the Anita Blake series, and Dante from The Makers Song series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Laurie London

    Thanks for all the great comments! I’m on a college roadtrip (no streaking thru the quad,however) and my mobile is being a pain. But I’m reading all of your comments! So glad you like my list. It was hard to pick just 10.

  24. Kai W.

    My favorite vampire has always been Spike in Angel series. I love that English accent that he has. He could turn me anytime.

    My next favorite is Damien in The Vampire Dairies. He is a bad boy that is misunderstood.

    • Laurie London

      His British accent melts me! Speaking of which, have you ever listened to a Night Huntress novel on audio? I’m listening to one now and the narrator gives Bones a thick cockney accent. It took me a while to get used to it. LOL

  25. Michele A

    My favorite vamps are: Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse), Bones (Night Huntress), Edward Cullan (Twilight), and Michael (from Jenna MacLaine’s Cin Craven series). Oh, and all the vamps from the Black Dagger Brotherhood! yum

  26. Barb P

    My favorite vamp would have to be Barnabas Collins! Laurie, thanks for the awesome giveaway and I love the series!!

  27. Pyper541

    Love the list, I’ve got to add all of Joey W. Hills vampires!

  28. Jennifer Demarais

    I agree with some or Laurie’s favorites like Edward, Mick, and Dante. I actually love just about all the guys from the Midnight series and Laurie’s series as well as all the Cullens. Well maybe not Rosalie, but I do understand her.

  29. Megan @ Riverina Romantics

    How did I know who your #1 would be Laurie? LOL!

    I agree with most of your choices. Zsadist, Bones and Eric Northman are all very yummy. So isn’t Vlad from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress/Night Prince series. I also think that Lestat from Queen of the Damned was super scrumptious. My favorite Breed male (Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed) is Chase. From Tina Folsom’s Scanguards Vampires series I like Amaury the best. I really melted when I read about Knox in Virna DePaul’s Chosen by Blood. Of course I loved both Angel and Spike from TV. Blade rocks and I prefer the book Edward over movie Edward. Rob Pattinson is hot but he’s horrible as a vamp.

    • Laurie London

      Yes, I’m predictable, aren’t I? I think Abigail told me the same thing when I sent this post to her. 😉

      And I prefer book Edward to movie Edward too.

  30. Laurie London

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I got back from my road trip late last night and am cringing at some of my poorly formatted responses from yesterday. My mobile is no replacement for my computer. LOL

  31. Coleen K

    Love the list! I also like some of your favorites but I will 2nd the nod to Quinn in Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series and Jean-Claude in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. There are so many to chose from I *might* be able to make a list of my top 20, LOL. Can’t wait to read your latest book, loved the others in the series.

  32. Valerie Long

    You list of vampires was pretty good, I agree with most of them but I’d have to say my favorite vamp is Jean-Claude from Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. He’s sexy and sophisticated and very romantic. =)

  33. Maria pronounced Mariah

    I would have to add Dimiti from the Guild Hunters series and the rest of the BDB series. Can’t leave any of them off…well maybe Phury, he does nothing for me, but the rest are YUMMY!

    Thanks so much!

  34. Debi Anne

    My current favorite is Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s series 🙂
    I love your list of top ten…I never seen Fright Night. I’ll have to watch it since he’s your number 1.

  35. Maria Mercedes

    My favorite vamps? Thats a tall order. In order I would have to say Bones, Vlad & Vishous although Qhuin is in the running against V. Laurie, I listen to alot of books on audio, it allows me to drive & work. I love the Nighthuntress books on audio!

  36. wanda flanagan

    My favorite male vamps are Nikolai Wroth,Lothaire,Lucian Argeneau,Wrath,spike and angel from buffy of course , Roman Draganesti lol and a whole lot more my favrite vamp females of all time are Elvi Black , Margaurite Argeneau.Ive never met a vamp I didnt love 🙂

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  37. Vanessa

    Gosh, that’s a pretty long list…
    I liked your list but… I’ll try to add to it with just a couple of favs:
    Movie = Star in the Lost Boys – just love Jamie Gertz
    TV = the Count from Sesame Street!!
    Book= Kist from Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan Series (he is the first I thought of although there are ALOT more)

  38. Andie Wardlow

    My fav vampire is Zsadist…he had me from book one where Bella follows him and he find out how much she does…ummm yum!!!! I cried when he sang…the scarred one had the voice of an angel. He is my ultimate tortured hero!
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  39. Whitney

    I do love Edward from Twilight . . . but Eric Northman is by far one of my tops! He is just really, really hot!

  40. Erin Walters Koiso

    I absolutely love Z from Black Dagger Brotherhood!!!
    He is my all time favorite vampire!

  41. latisha depoortere

    I have so many favorites one is Dimitri from vampire academy!
    I also really love bones from the Nighthuntress series!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  42. Lisa Richards

    Bones, any of JR Ward’s characters and Mick St John. I so hated that Moonlight was a few years before vamps because so beloved. That series had so much potential. I pulled for all of Alex O’Loughlin’s later series to fail in the vain hope they would revive that series. Alas, Hawaii 5-0 seems to be sticking.

  43. Jessica

    Tough call, but I’d have to go with Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, as played by Ian Somerhalder. Hot, snarky, manipulative, but with a decent heart and strong loyalty to those he cares about underneath it all.