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GUEST POST: My 10 Favorite Werewolf/Vampire Movies by Marina Myles

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MY TEN FAVORITE WEREWOLF/VAMPIRE MOVIES

by Marina Myles, Author of Christmas at Thornhill Towers

Fairy tales that feature Prince Charmings who are secretly werewolves, vampires, demons, and ghosts?? Yep…that’s what I write! The books in my Cursed Princes Series feature dashing but tortured heroes who find themselves trapped in an immortal existence.

Can they be saved? Maybe it takes the right heroine…

To celebrate the November 24th release of CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS, a charming, holiday-themed novella that features a werewolf’s servant, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite werewolf and vampire movies.

Here we go!

MovieBlog110.    Bad Moon (1996). Directed by Eric Red, starring Mariel Hemingway and Michael Paré. This intense movie tells the tale of a man struggling to hide his dark, wolf secret. The transformation scenes are pretty cool—and in the end an unlikely character is this poor fellow’s last hope for reversing his blood-lusting curse.

MovieBlog29.   Interview with a Vampire (1994) Feature film based on the 1976 megabook by Anne Rice, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The story centers around a sensually dangerous vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac (or Lestat) that spills the details of his 200-year-old life to a reporter. Cruise proves to be a surprisingly ominous Lestat – and the film really captures the shadowy ambiance of 18th-19th century New Orleans and Europe.

MovieBlog38.  An American Werewolf In London (1981) A comedy-horror movie written and directed by John Landis. Scary and funny at the same time, this movie had audiences flocking to theaters when it was released. It opens with two, young American men as they embark on a backpacking trip through Europe. When they venture deep into the moors at night, they’re attacked by a werewolf. One of the men dies—and the other lives to wreak havoc on London.

MovieBlog47.   Ginger Snaps Back : The Beginning (2004) This sequel traces the mysterious sisters back to 19th century Canada where they take refuge in a Traders’ Fort. The tension builds and the fort eventually becomes the target of savage werewolves. The film has great visual effects as well as a fascinating, stylized aura.

MovieBlog56.   The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) This comedy-horror film follows the story of young Alfred who assists bumbling vampire killer, Professor Abonsius. When the most powerful vampire in the land captures a beautiful tavern girl Alfred has fallen for, Alfred and Professor Abonsius try their best to rescue the girl from the Count’s castle high in the mountains. The movie features director/actor Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate, in happier times.

MovieBlog65.   Van Helsing (2004) Directed by Stephen Sommer, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. Vampires, werewolves, and Hugh Jackman all rolled into one movie? How could I NOT put this film on my list?! Once again, Van Helsing is after his arch- nemesis, Dracula, but this film pays homage to the horror films of days gone by in an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek way. What do you think of its surprisingly touching ending?

MovieBlog74.   The Lost Boys (1987) American teenage horror film, starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and Corey Haim. Tells the story of two Arizona brothers who come to California after their parents’ divorce. They soon realize that the young boys of the town are disappearing one by one, and when they investigate, they end up battling a group of vicious, teenage vampires. (Loved Kiefer Sutherland in this movie!)

MovieBlog83.   New Moon: Twilight Saga (2009) This isn’t really my third favorite werewolf/vampire movie. I just like the poster.

MovieBlog92.   Dracula (1992) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder. This film features a charismatic Dracula who oozes sensuality and seduces without apology. It also gives us a glimpse into Dracula’s tragic past—which explains why he is so evil. (Fun fact: My husband and I saw this movie on our first date!)

MovieBlog101.   Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) (2001) French horror film directed by Cristophe Gars, starring Samuel le Bihen, Mark Dacascos, and Monica Belluci. I think this movie has it all! Drama, intrigue, interesting characters, and amazing scenery. What’s more, it’s based on a true story about the Beast of Gévaudan that terrorized France in the mid 18th century. Heck…what can be scarier than that? (Helpful hint: try and get your hands on the extended version. It contains some great swash buckling scenes and a martial arts sequence by Mark Dacascos.)

Well, that does it! Feel free to drop by and tell me which paranormal movies make you ‘howl with delight’ and which ones you love to ‘sink your teeth into’. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

MARINAMYLESAbout Marina:

Marina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs.

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Christmas at Thorncliff Towers

A Cursed Princes Novella

Marina Myles

ISBN: 9781601832863

Release Date: November 24, 2014

Book Description:

The Werewolf’s Servant

Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…

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Spotlight: The COWBOY and The VAMPIRE, Book 3 by Hays & McFall

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Rough Trails and Shallow Graves

The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection

Book Three

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

 

CV-book-3iGenre: Paranormal Romance/Western Romance

Publisher: Pumpjack Press

Date of Publication: May 5, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9838200-4-8

Number of pages: 358

Word Count: 82,900

Cover Artist: Aaron Perkins

 

Book Description:

Say goodbye to LonePine, Wyoming, a typical small town in the American west with typical small town problems — romantic intrigues, warm beer and vampires.

When Lizzie goes missing on their wedding night, Tucker is forced to team up with his bloodthirsty Russian nemesis to find answers. Crashing through cowboy country, the vampire spirit world and wrecked salmon canneries, they confront an evil more ancient than even the undead — human greed — twisting science into something terrible.

Can there be a happily-ever-after for a cowboy and vampire, or is their unusual love just a delusion?  Time to cowboy up.

This is the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection.

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Reviews of the first two books….

Introducing racial issues isn’t the only adjustment the authors have made to the vampire mythos, but it’s more than just the details that set this series apart. Rather, it’s the way the authors utilize those details to create meaningful conflicts and world-altering choices for the characters…the book is first and foremost a thriller, upping the ante in every chapter as bullets fly and relationships strain under the weight of old loyalties and new revelations…with strong writing, funny characters (no irony is lost on one vampiress who takes to sporting a “Future Farmers of America” jacket) and plenty of action, it’s hard to fault the authors for keeping the focus on a story this riveting. ~ Kirkus Reviews

As a vampire novel, The Cowboy and the Vampire is sure to satisfy Dracula fans’ expectations. However, this book has a little something extra to offer readers. A little something that harkens back to the days when man fought against the wild in the name of civilization. Hays and McFall have succeeded in mixing the Western genre tropes with the Gothic conventions to create a zany grey romance.

 ~ Writastic Thoughts from the Thinking Realm

One of the weirdest stories I have ever read. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s man-swallowing woman parts and talking tents. Instead, here we have rocket-launching, womb-sucking, Bible-bending, non-pointy-toothed vampires. And love. And cowboys. Depending on what you are looking for, that might be a good thing. If I had to liken this book to a movie, it would either be to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, or maybe more appropriately, Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn.

~ The Avid Reader

The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance is one of the funniest and most engaging books I have read in a long time. Jam-packed with adventure, vampires, true love, and a cast of characters you will not soon forget, you find yourself turning the pages thinking, “What more could possibly happen to these two?” And then, you find out. I never imagined the melding of a contemporary western and a paranormal romance could ever be so seamless or so much fun.

~ Bitten by Books

A choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed. Relationships are tumultuous when they may only last a few decades, but when they last eternity, it can get more difficult. “Blood and Whiskey” is a novel of adventure, horror, and cowboys as a follow up to previous novel ‘The Cowboy and the Vampire’, as couple Tucker and Lizzie retreat to a tiny town to of LonePine, hoping to settle down, but the reality of the Vampires on their trail may make that an impossibility. A riveting read that explores many concepts on top of the intrigue of vampires in the lawless lands of the west, “Blood and Whiskey” is a choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed.

~ Midwest Book Review, Micah Andrew, Reviewer

If you’re looking for a combination of sex, blood and Western romance, pour yourself a shot of the good stuff and settle in for a wickedly good read.

~ Renee Struthers, Eastern Oregonian Newspaper

About the Authors:

Between the two of them, Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed. Clark and Kathleen now live in Portland, Oregon.

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Giveaway, Review & Excerpt: No Shelter From Darkness

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No Shelter From Darkness

The Cruentus Saga – Book One

Mark D. Evans 

No shelter coverGenre: Paranormal, Horror

Publisher: Booktrope

ISBN: 978-1620151396

ASIN: B00D5C9IJ4

Number of pages: 304

Cover Artist: Greg Simanson

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“Her hands began to shake as she looked down wide-eyed at the blood-soaked cotton that covered her.”

London emerges from the Blitz, and every corner of the city bears the scars. In the East End—a corner fairing worse than most—thirteen year-old Beth Wade endures this new way of life with her adoptive family. She also suffers the prejudice against her appearance, an abiding loneliness and now the trials of adolescence. But with this new burden comes a persisting fatigue and an unquenchable thirst that ultimately steals her into unconsciousness . . .

What happens next is the start of something Beth will fear more than the war itself. She begins to change in ways that can’t be explained by her coming-of-age, none more frightening than her need to consume blood. The family who took her in and the former best friend who’s taken refuge in their house can never know. Aware of the danger she poses to everyone around her, Beth has never felt more alone. But someone else knows Beth’s secret . . . someone who understands just how different she really is. He alone can decrypt her past and explain her future. But he’s been sworn to destroy her kind, and as Beth grows ever more dangerous, he’s forced to take sides.

Can Beth keep all of the secrets? Can she trust a man sworn to kill her? And can she stop the vampire within from taking her humanity?

My Review:

I have to start by saying this book had everything going against it for me. I’m not a fan of World War II era novels, I’m so done with vampires, and this was a debut novel which usually means the author has a ways to go before evolving into someone I want to read again. And now I have to say . . . lesson learned. I will never let preconditioned prejudice dictate my reading preferences again.

Mark D. Evans has penned an extraordinary tale that grabbed me from the first few pages and kept my interest to the end. No Shelter From Darkness takes place in World War II London. Evans has done his research and created an entirely believable world with characters that come alive page after page. Yes, there are vampires but the story never stops reminding us of their emotional angst. This is especially true with the main character, Beth Wade, as she struggles with her transformation to vampire. Thirteen year old Beth must deal with the wartime London Blitz as well as an internal metamorphosis to something she doesn’t understand or want.

NSFD contains a few horror scenes, a great deal of suspense, the YA factor due to the character’s age, and enough vampire lore to satisfy paranormal fans. History buffs will revel in the detailed and accurate descriptions of WW II London and family saga readers will clamor to learn more about Beth’s familial relationships as she transforms into a blood lusting creature. So you see, there’s something for everyone in No Shelter From Darkness.  This is a five star book from a very talented author. I’m anxiously waiting his next book in the series.

Read on for an excerpt.

 Short Excerpt:

Beth breathed furiously. She was exhausted, but the air she breathed had a new scent to it. It stopped her short. Her insides jumped in excitement at the rusty metallic scent. Her jaw twitched and her body flinched. She spun her head around, toward the aroma. Oliver had felt his way back to the uneven wall and leant against it cradling his arm. He sobbed and whimpered, while looking aimlessly at it. Beth could see what he couldn’t: a jagged edge of bone poking out from his forearm. He was slightly sheltered under the broken floorboards above him, and the rain wasn’t washing away the blood that now oozed freely. Beth didn’t need to see everything. She could smell it.

Beautiful, delicious, unparalleled and unbeatable human blood.

Her head tipped forward. Her nose flared involuntarily and her lips snarled into a sadistic smile. She felt the four pointed canines being pushed out; unsheathed. The tip of her tongue curled under one of the two fangs that slid down. Her heart deafened the rain and the approaching bombers. Almost subconsciously, she lowered herself into a half-crouch, ready to pounce, and though her nails were trimmed short, her fingers curled into claws. She couldn’t even feel the hole in her palm any more. She felt nothing at all except raging bloodlust. Her brother leant there sobbing, oblivious to the bloodthirsty creature no more than a yard away that wanted nothing more than to cover everything with his precious life force. To swim in his blood.

Beth could almost taste it.

About the Author:London Boy

MARK D. EVANS was born near London, England. He graduated university with a degree in something not even remotely connected with writing and went on to become a successful consultant. Then he threw it all away to chase his dream of being an author, via a considerable amount of travelling. Today, his life largely resembles that of a nomad, and he can currently be found typing away in a tiny flat in north London, sustained by coffee.

He is the author of two short stories, one of which made it into a Kindle Top Ten.

His latest work is his debut novel, No Shelter from Darkness, which is the first book in his series, The Cruentus Saga.

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