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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…

Spotlight on Sexy Shifters: CADE by V.A. Dold

Cade

Le Beau Series, Book 1

V.A. Dold

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication:  March 17 2014

ASIN:  B00J1WTSE2

Number of pages:  239

Word Count: about 62,000

Cover Artist:  Bookfabulous

Available at Amazon

Book Description:

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years.

She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter…

Cade Le Beau isn’t what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again.

Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her?

The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.

NOTE: Complete novel. No cliffhanger. Dual POV. Rated 18+ for language and strong sexual content. This is an adult paranormal romance with erotic content. The series centers on wolf shifters but also includes vampires, voodoo priestess, a Marine, and magic. These are stand alone books that create a series. They do not need to be read in order.

 Excerpt:

Prologue- The Plan

“Emma, we need to take matters into our own hands or they’ll never find their mates.” Isaac Le Beau set his snifter down before he crushed the glass in frustration. “We have seven virile, grown sons, who after two hundred years haven’t found their mates. If we don’t step in and give a hand to the wolf-goddess Luperca, our sons may spend their lives alone, without children to raise and without their other half to love. Dang it, I want some grandchildren, while I’m still young enough to enjoy them.”

He slowly raised his head and gazed at the love of his life, Emma. She was a unique blend of Romanian gypsy heritage and a very powerful voodoo priestess. Even after two centuries her exotic sparkling dark eyes and compact killer soft curves left him breathless. Some would classify her as a big, beautiful woman. He called her ‘sex on a stick‘. He swore she controlled every beat of his heart.

The warmth and agreement in those mesmerizing eyes silently prompted him to continue.

“Would you do your high-priestess voodoo thing and ask the spirits to identify their mates? With some influence we could bring them together, so they can recognize them on their own. I don’t want to force a meeting. Simply provide the opportunity. How about it, will you give it a try?” Isaac asked.

He knew Emma wouldn’t deny him. “Of course, I’ll perform the ritual, but I can’t give you any guarantees. All I can do is try. If we are truly blessed, Luperca will appear to me and give this endeavor her approval. I want our sons happy and I’d love to have a dozen grandchildren running around the house, too.”

Isaac opened his arms wide, inviting Emma to slide onto his lap. He buried his face into her hair breathing in her unique scent. The familiar fragrance calmed him like nothing else. He was confident everything would change for his sons very soon. He could hardly wait for each of them to meet their one true mate. No wolf should go fourteen hundred years alone.

 

Two weeks later, they enjoyed the cool breeze that came off the river, flowing through the open windows. A secret little smile lit up Emma’s entire face and her fingers tapped a tune on her cut crystal wine glass. He knew that expression well.

“Out with it, Emma,” Isaac said with a grin of his own. “What is it you’re dying to tell me?” He waited patiently for her to tell him her grand news.

Emma actually bounced in her seat. “I received answers from the goddess.” She clapped her hands excitedly.  “Cade’s mate is in New Orleans right now. Her name is Anna James. The goddess said she has had many unhappy years, but is now open to finding her one true love. Isn’t that fantastic? Two days from now she is destined to be in Jackson Square and then stop to eat lunch at Crescent City Brewhouse. She’ll be in the bar around eleven-thirty. As for the rest of the boys, the goddess said we must have patience. She’ll grant me visions in my dreams or come to me for each of them when the time is right.”

A surge of excited energy rushed through him as a hundred butterflies took up residence in his stomach. This must be what it felt like to win the lottery he thought. “We’ll have to move fast. We need to think of a way to get Cade there at the right time.”

“Maybe we can come up with a way to use Jackson square? Cade sits there so often it might be an option?” Emma offered.

“Maybe.”

He rubbed his chin, forehead crinkled in deep thought. “First we need to get him out of his home office and into the French Quarter. The bank called yesterday about a restaurant up for sale. I’ll have them schedule a meeting with Cade to review our investments and recommend this new opportunity.”  He tapped his chin as the plan took shape, mumbling as he worked it out. He stood and paced across the room, prowled like the animal he was. He couldn’t think properly sitting down.

As he strode back and forth, he noted she had settled into an easy chair to watch him.

“That’ll get him to the city,” he thought aloud as he continued to tap his finger on his chin. “You’re right about his constant people watching, I’m sure he’ll take a walk and perhaps sit a while. A possibility.” Isaac cupped his jaw in his hand and rubbed the coarse stubble.

A satisfied smile tugged at his lips. “I’ve got it! I’ll ask him to meet me for lunch at Crescent City at eleven-thirty. Richie tends the bar, he’ll know the mating signs. When Cade arrives, goddess willing, he will sense his mate. I’ll have Richie tell him I won’t be able to make it. If I’m not there for lunch he will be free to spend time with her.”

Smile broadening, he folded his arms across his chest and nodded. They had a solid plan. In less than a week he could have his first daughter-in-law. Isaac settled into his leather captain’s chair. “I’ll arrange everything with Richie.” He felt two hundred years younger, like the bold robust young man who had swept his mate off her feet. By the wistful expression Emma wore, he must look it, too.

As he sipped his rich, sweet cognac, he imagined a baby in Emma’s lap, sleeping peacefully while a toddler played with blocks on the floor. His sigh brought her attention to him with a raised brow. She would laugh if she knew what he was dreaming.

A smile continued to pull at his lips. He couldn’t help it. He was very pleased with his little romance ambush, positive it would be successful. Cade was in for a wonderful surprise in two days’ time.

“Now that we have the plan, what do you think she will be like? Did the goddess give you any hints?”

She laughed. “No, you silly man, the goddess doesn’t have time for things like that.”

“You know he has always favored curvy women. I sure hope she isn’t skinny, he might not even look at her if she is.” A little shiver ran through him. “Remember the gal he dated who looked a lot like you? She was a plus sized beauty. Cade never said anything, but Marcus drove him crazy with that ‘Oedipus’ nickname.” He laughed as he recalled the antics of the boys.

“You’re right, he does like a woman with meat on her bones. All the boys do.”

About the Author:

V.1526145_1464698327086416_1194617067_nA.Dold is the bestselling author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con’s (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.

A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.

Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since

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