Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vampire Dating Tips by Adrian Phoenix & giveaway!


Thanks so much, Jo-Anne, for letting me hang out with you and your readers. To celebrate the release of the fourth Maker’s Song book, Etched in Bone, I thought a few dating guidelines for vampires might be fun. Actually, it’s two sets of guidelines—one set for the vampire (nightkind) and one set for the mortal who dates them.
Dating can be awkward at best, but going out with nightkind offers whole new kinds of awkward moments—from the first date to the ones that (hopefully) follow when you really start getting to know each other. Here’s a quick guide to avoid blunders and faux pas while dating that sexy bit of nightkind.
Dating Tips for Mortals:
1. Don’t make any daytime plans. Unless your date happens to sparkle in sunshine or has a special ring/potion/enchanted sunglasses or whatever, figure that all activity will be taking place after sunset. Any dates before sunset might require a fire extinguisher. They are called nightkind for a reason.
2. Be very sparing with perfume, cologne, and scented soaps. A vampire’s nose is sensitive and you could easily block your own natural scent, the sexy fragrance that is all you. You know the date is on the wrong foot when he/she is fanning a hand in front of their face, eyes tearing, and you’re still three feet away.
3. When other people stare at your date or cast lustful and lingering looks at him or her, don’t engage in possessive or jealous behavior. Nightkind tend to be beautiful and alluring (all the better to entice a quick meal into striking range), so you should expect this kind of attention and overlook it with grace. After all, you are the one going out with this beautiful creature. Those staring are not. (Though they might eventually become meals.)
4. And speaking of meals, if dining out, be aware that you will need to choose the restaurant since your nightkind date’s appetite doesn’t include regular food and they tend to be poor judges of which restaurants offer excellent fare and those that don’t—just as you wouldn’t know whose veins held a rare and delicious vintage as opposed to the vascular version of ghetto wine.
5. When being intimate with your nightkind date, you can expect intense passion, biting, growling, some drinking of your blood (feel free to bite back), and your date will be able to perform with breath-stealing intensity all night. One caveat: make sure you have finished before dawn. If not, you run the risk of Sleep claiming your nightkind partner in the middle of even the most intimate of actions.
Please feel free to post a comment about your own vampire/nightkind dating advice.

To celebrate the release of Etched in Bone, we’ve decided to add a little to the prize—the winner not only gets a signed copy of EIB, but a signed copy of any other book from The Maker’s Song series: A Rush of Wings (Book One), In the Blood (Book Two), or Beneath the Skin (Book Three).

You can read a chapter from the book that started it all. Here’s a link to a sample chapter of A Rush of Wings.

With Book Four, Etched in Bone, Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and swallows him. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.

Here’s a link to the first two chapters of Etched in Bone.

Etched in Bone is also a featured read for March on BN.com’s Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Book Club – which I’m very excited about.

Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast. You can also find me at:
Dante’s Club Hell Forum: http://clubhell.yuku.com/directory
Dante’s Club Hell Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dantes_club_hell/

Do you have any tips for dating vampires? You could win a singed copy of Etched in Bone, PLUS a signed copy of any of the other Maker's Song books! Don't forget to leave your email in case you win. Giveaway ends Friday 18th of March.

111 comments:

  1. you may want to avoid eating Italian or any other cuisine high in garlic.....that is of course if your vamps hold true to that old tradition....so many variations these days!!!!

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  2. So many different vamp variations these days. Love that so many authors change things up by deciding which traditions to go with, which not, what new things to add. I love it that they use their imagination and don't stick to the traditions.

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  3. I might add a note with tip #4 to avoid certain foods (garlic, perhaps) that would insult your vamp. Fun post. Thanks.

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  4. Garlic offends my vamps more to its strong (and clinging) odor than anything else. Very good advice!

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  5. This was good. let's see if I can think of anything to add.....be prepared for a quick getaway in the event any of those bad guys looking to put an end to your date show up.

    Please do not enter me in the contest.

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  6. If you're gonna date a vamp, make sure you go all the way. I mean don't half ass date one, give him blood, and everything! You can't date a vamp and just sit there and look pretty. Go big or go home, lol.

    Jessica

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  7. I assume that one of the most erotic body parts for a vampire on the human body is the neckline and throat...
    So 7:
    Take off those necklaces (that would be hard for me as I wear a lot at all times, but I would do almost everything for a date with a vampire!!! :)= and dangling earrings and wear your hair up! And of course do not cover it with a scarf unless it is of sheer material. Show them that beautiful neck of yours with its pulsing veins. And get a manicure so that your pretty hands can leisurely caress your neck and throat area and bring attention to it!!!
    That should drive them crazy enough!! :)=

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  8. Oh hey Adrian, how about a handbook for do's and don't's on how to date a vampire????

    Big hugs and happy writing!!
    Love, love ^o^

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  9. I guess you should avoid wearing any religious jewelry. Of course if you were super religious you may not be the type to date the undead anyway. Maybe postpone your date if you cut yourself earlier in the day and the wound hasn't healed yet because you might set off some kind of bloodlust. Ew. I just thought of something gross that I won't share.

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  10. As usual, forgot my email :)=
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  11. Annette,
    Good point! Watch out for people carrying stakes or other sharp, pointy implements. LOL!

    Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. Jessica,
    True, but nothing wrong with building a little anticipation. Vamps are so used to getting what they want when they want, why make it easy. And if they grab? Slap their hands. LOL.

    Hmm. Maybe we need a vampire etiquette guide.

    Thanks for your great comment!

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  13. Bat_lady,
    Yes, your suggestion absolutely needs to be added. Well done! Loved it!

    I think a vampire dating and a vampire etiquette guide might be necessary.

    Thanks and hugs back!!

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  14. Hi Bethany,
    Religious jewelry wouldn't bother my vamps since they aren't undead but another species, but it should be added for those vamps who are undead and might be bothered. Good point!

    Thanks!

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  15. Hah I love this post, Adrian. Good advice!

    LOL, I've gotta agree with Annette. Make sure you know if your date's pissed off any scary vamps lately, so you know to carry around a stake and have an escape route planned. I'd also add, don't try and take on the bad guys. If they're vamps, you're out of your league, unless you've got some serious training!

    Rachel S
    (I already have books signed by Adrian, so no need to enter me in the contest)

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  16. I think I agree with with a few, no garlic. Also, watch out with your jewelery.

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  17. I would have to say to start sleeping during the day so you can stay awake at night with your vampire. Wouldn't make a very good impression to be hanging out and fall asleep. Your vampire might take that as an open invitation to nibble on your neck....not like that would be a bad thing...just sayin'.

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  18. you would not want to eat garlic. try sleeping during the day to be able to stay up at night.

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  19. No perfume/colone... bless you!

    Hm... vamp tips.. wash the neck and all pulse points? :) Seriously... you should NOT get bitten on the first date. Maybe you need to be stating that up front. You don't want the vamp to think you are nothing but an easy meal!

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  20. Stay away from Italian restaurants as most of their food contains garlic.

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  21. Rachel,
    Thanks! And you are so right when it comes to your vamp date getting attacked, flight is the best option. Fingers crossed he survives to call you for another date.

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  22. Mary,
    Excellent advice! And something Heather in my books is learning to do. Plus deal with the low lighting inside a nightkind house.

    Thanks. ;)

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  23. Melissa,
    Exactly! make him work for it. ;)

    Thanks for your comments!

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  24. Here's another tip - make sure you've got a turtleneck or a pretty scarf to wear the following day so that any inconvenient bite marks aren't easily visible.

    jen at delux dot com

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  25. My tip for dating vampires would be to just be yourself! Because let's face it, vampires are usually older and possibly even ancient, so they've seen just about anything. This means that it can be a possible turn-off if you are trying to be someone you're not. By the way, I think this tip applies to whomever you're dating, vampire or not ;)

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  26. Hmmm.. vampire dating tips.. if you are playing hard to get, wouldn't a turtleneck be better than a bare neck? And what about whispering what you'd like to do later when you're alone with him, while you're in public... vamp ears could hear you but passing humans could not!

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  27. This is an awesome post. Lets see, so many great tips already...how about feeding is not cheating or if you have a vamp break up with you don't let him give you (or especially your neck) a good bye kiss! That could end up bad for you.

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  28. I guess wearing a scarf or turtleneck would be about as necessary as a good bra and panties with other regular men to cover the enticing parts.

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  29. Tips for dating a vamp? LOL Hum... I'm guessing garlic is out of the diet, LOL.

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