You may notice a new little button over to the right there (---->). Jolie Du Pre of Precious Monsters is sponsoring a special Valentine's Day event: a blog hop. Now, I admit that I had no idea going in what the hell a blog hop was but Julianne Snow was not only kind enough to bring it to my attention, but to explain to me what it was all about.
Myself, along with a few dozen other bloggers, are going to be putting the Vampire in V-day this year. The super popular undead archetypes don't make up a huge portion of my reading list. Yes, a few of the series I have read and are currently reading (Jim Butcher's 'The Dresden Files' and Kim Harrison's fantastic 'Hollows' series, JR Rain's 'Samantha Moon' series) feature vampires, and one of my favorite novels ('The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova) feature the always pale blood suckers, but with the market being so saturated by the ever mysterious, brooding, hyper sexy undead, I'm a little tired of the fangers. I don't hate vampires, but let's just say I've been taking a little break from them.
But, just because I'm not reading a slew vampire-centric books these days doesn't mean I'm opposed to writing them. In point of fact, the first short story I'd ever written was a little vampire ditty; one I hope to eventually release (once I get around to editing it) in an anthology of horror/dark fiction/supernatural short stories I plan to self-publish (also eventually--once I get around to writing a few more stories!).
Where am I going with all of this? Well, according to the Vampire Bite Blog hop rules, the participants are to post something (anything, really) about vampires. Could be an opinion piece on vamps; could be a blog about a favorite vampire movie;could be a promotion for an upcoming vampire novel, etc, etc...you get the point. So what am I going to do?
I'm going to be posting a free short story that I've written especially for the blog hop. Who doesn't like a free story, right? I wanted to get involved somehow. This here blog could benefit from the extra traffic =) And who knows? The dozen or so of you reading this may happen upon another of the participating bloggers and find a new author to read! No harm in that.
So stay tuned. I'll most likely be posting the story on Feb. 13th as I'll be working on Valentine's day and won't be able to post it then, thus getting me kicked off the blog hop. And we wouldn't want that now would we!
I do hope you enjoy the story (which, as of right now, has a title that's still up in the air) and the blog hop! See you on Valentine's day and hope we can put a little bite into Hallmark's favorite holiday.