Vampires Should Never Sparkle

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Not that I have anything against Stephanie Meyer or what she created. I have no ill will regarding her story telling or her success. More power to her. I hope her success continues.

All I’m saying is   I have this staunch belief that vampires should never sparkle or glitter or whatever they did in the Twilight series. I, personally did not completely connect with the story. Not just because of the sparkling vampires, dull heroine or the cuddly werewolves, but mostly.   I sat through the first three Twilight films waiting for some tension, something other than look Bella’s in danger or Bella’s special or will Bella chose The Vamp or the Wolf. I was at a loss because the vampires were out during the day and they sparkle.

This kind of threw me off the entire Twilight bandwagon. Not only could I not understand the appeal of Bella Swan as a heroine, but because I cannot imagine such thing as a sparkly vampire family.

Vampires, in my humble opinion, are the epitome of danger. Yes, they are sexy and dark and often mysterious. They should have that edge and make the heroine or hero just a little frightened. They should have distinct personalities and make you wonder that maybe just once, they will get a little carried away and kill you. Accidentally of course, but the threat should be there.

I like that vampires bites are sort of a veiled euphemism for (and often leads to) sex. There is something about a powerful entity that is stronger than any man can be taken don by something as simple as sunlight. There is a reason we are so infatuated by the image of the dark sexy stranger who is so magnetic, so dangerous, and so sexy that he lives in the night. He comes to you and seduces and thrills and offers of life of adventure and in most cases life threatening peril. You must admit, we all have fantasies about the bad boy. Even if we never act on them, we do love them. We love a man who can protect and will kill for those he loves.

I like that tall dark, handsome, overpowering attraction to something that you know is dangerous yet you are compelled to be with him. That is sexy. That is a vampire. Or the Werewolf or the Soldier, the Warrior. That is why we are drawn to stories about these creatures and why we love dark, sexy romance novels. Even those that don’t have supernatural undertones draw the largest audience because of that senses of… imminent danger. And the sex too. I mean the sex isn’t bad. Mostly.

But back to my point, and I do have one.

I mean would Christian Grey be such a sexy, dynamic character if he sparkled? Would we swoon for Eric Northman if he weren’t a devious, double dealing bad boy? Would we care about the Dark Hunters or the Black Dagger Brotherhood if they weren’t such strong, powerful and dangerous men? Would we feel the same about them if they glittered? Or were cuddly and soft? Would we care?

I don’t know. But I do know that ……..Vampires should never sparkle.

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But that’s just my opinion.

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Guest Post from M.V. Freeman, Author of the Newly Released- Incandescent

PHOBIAS AND FEAR 

No one really likes to talk about what they fear. It’s usually one of those unspoken things; because mentioning them, many think, makes one look weak. But we all have it.  Even as I write this  I bet many can feel it prickle deep inside, the nasty panicky feeling when triggered fills one up to the brim, making the heart pound, breathing become rapid and the body and mind starts screaming at you to run and hide.  Imagine if you had  Phobophobia:  Fear of Fear.   (My apologies!)

Many share fears and phobias, one common one is: Arachnephobia/Arachnophobia:   Fear of Spiders.  I admit I have a dislike of them that borders on fear. I do not like the scuttling, spindly legs especially in my home. I am not fond of them much outside. *Shudder* But my feeling is; I don’t mess with them out there, but oh, they are free game inside.

Unfortunately, when your fear is something weird it is sort of hard to explain it such as: Sesquipedalophobia/Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia:  Fear of long words.  (How dreadful! This would be a death knell for me, I love words, long or short.)

Another one is: Oenophobia: Fear of wines.   (I found this unusual; and amusing. I know, it is terrible of me to think so. I can see a catch phrase now: “Fear the Wine”….)

My other favorite weird one:  Anatidaephobia;  The fear somewhere one is being watched by a duck. (I think this one is hysterical, I can’t help it. I first saw this in a Far-Side Cartoon, then found it as a real phobia in the urban dictionary. )

No matter how amusing or strange,  these phobias are very real for some, so even though I make light of it; imagine how hard it is on them and those around them.

I have a fear/phobia I am willing to admit to:  Achluophobia/Myctophobia; Fear of darkness.  I am not fond of it. I don’t have to have ALL the lights on, but I need enough where I can see things. Yeah, I know, it’s childish, but I deal with it. It doesn’t stop me, because I’ve learned to cope, in my own way.

I thought about what my hero and heroine in the book INCANDESCENT; what their phobias would be. Considering their background they probably have more than one (it’s my personal belief we all do) but I decided to choose only one for them.

Mikhail Petrov:    Cleithrophobia;  fear of being trapped (or imprisoned).

This phobia comes from his brutal upbringing and it drives him to free himself.  The difference between him and many is he is willing to face this fear and overcome it.

Laurie Hudson:   Pyrophobia; fear of fire.

Her phobia comes from her affinity to fire, it’s caused damage around her. She doesn’t know how to control this ability with flame, so she fears it and because of this it will cause problems, in the end, like Mikhail, she will have to face it.

Could you? Could you face your fear? What is your fear/phobia?

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Incandescent,

The first book in the Hidden Races Series

by M.V. Freeman

Available Now: http://www.amazon.com/Incandescent-M-V-Freeman-ebook/dp/B00PNQG6XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416503786&sr=8-1&keywords=mv+freeman

Author: M.V. Freeman

Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)

Genre: Supernatural Romance

ISBN: 978-1-623421-51-9

Release Date: December 9th, 2014

Available in eBook and Paperback

Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/

Twitter: @MVFree

New Release from M.V. Freeman : Incandescent, The first book in the Hidden Races Series

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Incandescent,
The first book in the Hidden Races Series
by M.V. Freeman
When fire meets a force of nature an Incandescent is born.

Laurie Hudson gave up “normal” a long time ago. Isolated from friends and family, she becomes a bartender for an upscale restaurant while she fights to suppress her strange affinity for fire. Around new owner Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Now she finds all of her hard won choices being taken away as she is catapulted into a world of Mages, Darks, and mysterious Elementals, all working just below the surface of humanity. As she learns to survive, Laurie realizes her freedom could mean the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.

A formidable figure in this strange world, Tri-Elemental Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.

Available Now: http://www.amazon.com/Incandescent-M-V-Freeman-ebook/dp/B00PNQG6XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416503786&sr=8-1&keywords=mv+freeman

Author: M.V. Freeman
Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)
Genre: Supernatural Romance
ISBN: 978-1-623421-51-9
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Available in eBook and Paperback
Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/
Twitter: @MVFree

Author Bio:

M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee. You can find out more about her here at: http://www.mvfreeman.com