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Guest Author: Marie Treanor (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming author Marie Treanor here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The second book in her Awakened by Blood series, Blood Sin, was just released on April 5, 2011.  You can read an excerpt from Blood Sin here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of either Blood Sin or Blood on Silk – winner’s choice.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Join the party on her new blog, Marie Treanor’s Romantic Theme Party.

Buy Blood Sin (Awakened by Blood 2) at Amazon

Buy Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood 1) at Amazon

Watch out for Blood Eternal (Awakened by Blood 3, coming October 2011)

Visit Marie around the web here: WebsiteFacebookNewsletter

Welcome Marie!

Blood Sin – a Dark Faerie Tale?

by Marie Treanor

Even if you walk in the light, you can dwell in the dark…

Light versus darkness, good versus  evil – the stuff of all good faerie tales! And, in the context of vampire stories, I’ll add hunters versus vampires. In Blood on Silk, the first book of my vampire romance trilogy, Awakened by Blood, the lines are fairly clear. Of course Elizabeth crosses them by falling in love with the vampire Saloman, and there is the hint that perhaps Saloman is not all evil. But the lines are still there

In Blood Sin, the second book, the lines grow blurred. Elizabeth is walking in the light of the hunters’ respect and trust, and she’s doing the right thing. She’s doing her best to protect her fellow descendants and jumps at the chance to fight more vampires in the cause of goodness and humanity.

Except of course, that she secretly still hankers after the “darkness” of Saloman’s love. Encountering him again in Blood Sin, she learns more about him and what makes him tick. And inevitably she begins to wonder if killing vampires is so good; if vampires themselves are , or have to be, inherently bad. Having already committed the sin of loving Saloman, is she opening the door to the ultimate blood sin? How dark, if you like, does Elizabeth’s faerie tale get?

I suppose it depends on the reader’s perception. But for me, Saloman’s “darkness” only exists until you understand him. You don’t have to agree with him, but you can understand his point of view, get to know him as Elizabeth does… And then perhaps the darkness isn’t so black after all. Maybe instead of Elizabeth falling into darkness, Saloman could step further into the light. Or perhaps the lines between were always false boundaries.

In faerie tales, “good” doesn’t always win. Take the poor little match girl who died of cold and starvation. Or the miller’s daughter who’s so desperate to live that she promises her child to Rumplestiltskin in return for his spinning the king’s straw into gold – and who then, although she has the advantage of being Queen and rich, becomes tied for life to a man who only marries her for greed. Looked at from this slightly different angle, it’s Rumplestiltskin, surely, who knows the value of human life and keeping promises.  (In fact in the second of our Fairytale Fantasies, Demon Lover, Bonnie Dee and I explored just this angle in an adult re-telling of the Rumplestiltskin tale J)

In Blood Sin, my own dark faerie tale, good and evil still exist. There is a good path to follow and a happy ending to strive for. But it could be that that path and that ending are very different to the ones Elizabeth originally aimed for at the end of Blood on Silk.

So, in Elizabeth’s shoes, what would you do?

A)     Stay away from the vampire!

B)      Kill the vampire!

C)      Try to bring the vampire “into the light”.

D)     Become a vampire with him.

E)      Something else – what?

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of either Blood Sin or Blood on Silk – winner’s choice.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What is your favorite dark faerie tale and why?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, April 21st at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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28 Responses to “Guest Author: Marie Treanor (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. debbieNo Gravatar
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    My favorite dark fairie tale is the little match girl. The suffering she must have went through as she was slowly freezing to death is just tragic. For some reason, that story has always stuck with me.
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  2. ValerieNo Gravatar
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    Hi,

    Not entering the contest but just wanted to pop by and say YAY to Marie. This is a great series and I’m looking forward to getting my greedy little hands on the second one….it’s on its way!!!

    Yippee….keep on keeping on!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

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  3. Marie TreanorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Debbie – that one always sticks with me too :(.

    Hi Valerie! Thanks for coming by and saying nice things :).

    Marie

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  4. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    I would say D, become a vampire with him. That way, if you decide you need to kill him later, you’ll be much stronger. And with eternal life, I could catch up on my Netflix queue.

    gfc follower and follow on twitter bcardoo79

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  5. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    Whoops, answered wrong question and can’t find a way to delete it! My favorite dark faerie tale would be Red Riding Hood if I could change the ending. I love wolves, and a crazy redneck hunter who kills a wolfie is the hero? Not in my version. Mine would be more about wolves somehow getting revenge on an Alaskan trying to shoot them from helicopters. Perhaps the pilot is wearing a red hooded cloak?

    gfc follower and follow on twitter bcardoo79

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  6. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I don’t have a favorite dark fairy tale, I like them all. If I had to choose one it’d be RED RIDING HOOD. But I think the wolf gets a bad wrap.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/56018234658394112

    Am a follower

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  7. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    I love dark renditions of The Little Mermaid and Red Riding Hood. Cinderella also has some great spins.

    I follow.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  8. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Since I am new to the series, I’m not sure what Elizabeth should do so E is my choice. As far as my fav dark faerie tale I really enjoyed InfInite Days by Rebecca Maizel. The character was very tormented as a vampire. Blood Sin is going on my wish list.

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  9. Marie TreanorNo Gravatar
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    Bethany, that will be my fault :). I asked a question (which I’m still happy to see answered – thank you :)), not realizing that Angela would ask one too!

    Interesting to hear your favourite fairytales though. Bonnie Dee and I have a co-written series at Samhain of Fairytale Fantasies – adult retellings of some old tales. So far we’ve done Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin and Sleeping Beauty :).

    Marie

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  10. Teri CrosbyNo Gravatar
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    Gosh I think almost all are fairly dark in their own right, but lately I loved ASH from Malinda LO.
    For the classics, Tam Lin holds a candle to my heart for the dark fey and escaping them.
    +GFC
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  11. Kaya HackNo Gravatar
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    The Paper Bag Princess has to me my fav fairy tale but for Dark Fairy tales it would have to be the Light Princess, although that has a happy ending.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  12. AmyNo Gravatar
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    My favorite dark faerie tale would have the be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. This series is just so dark, seductive, addictive, and sexy.

    +1 answered question
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  13. jeanette8042No Gravatar
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    My favorite dark fairy tale is the Fever series by Karen Moning, very dark themes and characters.

    lilazncutie1215[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    I don’t know what I would do if I were in Elizabeth’s shoes since she seems to be intrigue by the evil side too. Sometimes not doing anything is a decision as well.
    +1 It seems most of the fairy tales we grew up with were changed to happy endings or alter in some way to leave out the more gruesome bits. To pick from the originals I’ll go with The Little Mermaid – as least in some versions she either became sea froth or a daughter of the air.
    +2 twitter and blog follwer
    +3 Tweeted here:
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    Thanks for the giveaway.
    d.septer at insightbb.com

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  15. Tanya1224No Gravatar
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    I am new to this series so I’m not sure I would know what to do in Elizabeth’s shoes but once I read this series I’ll be sure to let you know ;) I have to say I entered another contest for this book on another blog because I really want it =) So as for my dark fairy tale…I’ll pick a book series I just read. The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. The Ballantine series was good too. Thanks for giving us a chance at winning your book.
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  16. Danielle GormanNo Gravatar
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    I love the dark versions of Snow White. To see just how very wicked the queen is.

    I can’t wait to read this book. It looks so good.

    moc.oohaynull@99bqi
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  17. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Oh I’m with Danielle… I’ve read and seen dark versions of Snow White and those end up being my fave.

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com
    I’m a blog follower
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  18. Karen WapinskiNo Gravatar
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    I love the dark faerie tale Beatiful Vassilissa (A Russian one). It’s so fascinating and beautiful.
    I am a GFC follower
    Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/Parakiss25

    Thanks for the giveaway, good luck to everyone ^_^

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

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  19. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    I guess Little Red Riding Hood.
    +1 comment
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    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mbreakfield/status/56204227403448320
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  20. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Sleeping Beauty. All those dwarfs just freak me out.
    +1 comment
    +2 GFC follower-Lisa Richards

    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/56209988082864128
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  21. Marie TreanorNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for all your comments! I’m learning about some new fairytales, which is great :).

    Rain maiden, “Something else” is always a good choice :).

    Lulilut, you’re right, she is fascinated by the whole package :). Maybe doing nothing and waiting for circumstances to change IS the best option!

    Hi Tanya – I do recognize your name :). Good to know you want it so much :).

    Thanks, Danielle!

    Karen, you’re welcome!

    Marie

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  22. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Mine is Red Riding Hood. Ever since I was a kid.
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  23. Lisa (Lisa's World of Books)No Gravatar
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    I think that it is Red Riding Hood For me!

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter
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  24. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I would say Rumpelstiltskin! It gave me nightmares!

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  25. jmspettoliNo Gravatar
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    I favourite dark fairy tale is Blue Beard (his room full of dead wives is very creepy).

    Old follower of blog (GFC) and Twitter (@jmspettoli).

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jmspettoli/status/56653361373659136

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  26. donnasNo Gravatar
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    I like all the orginial Grimm tales I dont think I can pick just one favorite.

    follower of both

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  27. Maria S (pronounced Mariah)No Gravatar
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    First off…the cover of Blood on Silk is Gorgeous!!!

    I am not sure if it would count as a fairy tale or not but it has fairys and is certainly dark…so my answer is the Fever series by KMM…that series drew me in from the moment Mac dropped her phone in the pool and stil has me wanting to know what will happen to a few supporting charecters. KMM os truely a master!

    +1 answered the question.

    +2 for being follower of blog & Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (Maria_Smith_76)

    +3 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/58538121549193216

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  28. Carly PropperNo Gravatar
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    My favourite is Dark Faerie would be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

    +1 answered the question.

    +2 for being follower of blog & Dark Faerie Tales

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