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RT Convention Guest Blog & Giveaway: Chris Marie Green

My guest today is urban fantasy author Christine Cody (otherwise known as Chris Marie Green, author of the Vampire Babylon series).  Her Bloodlands trilogy (Bloodlands, Blood Rules, In Blood We Trust) will be released starting on July 26, 2011.

Two people who post a comment will win a signed copy of NIGHT RISING, Vampire Babylon, Book 1.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody has also written the Vampire Babylon series for Ace, which is best described as “noir fantasy-mysteries” featuring a vamp hunter. She used to be an eighth-grade teacher, but she became a full-time author who will have published over forty books under these names as well as the pseudonym Crystal Green.

You can visit Chris around the web here: Website | Twitter | Blog | Facebook

Welcome Chris!

The Fangslinger Cometh

by Chris Marie Green

When people have me describe my new Ace series, Bloodlands, I ask them to imagine a paranormal SHANE meets MAD MAX.

But that’s just the start of what this post-apocalyptic western fantasy is all about.  In the first book, we meet Gabriel, a drifter who is looking for his lover—a woman who mysteriously deserted him and ran off to the New Badlands, which is a desolate place where people have gone to hide from the terrible events of this new world.  He finds trouble out there, as well as a bunch of survivalist types who take him in when he’s wounded.  Like most western movie gunslingers, he has lost his soul—but this is literal for Gabriel because he’s a vampire.  When a monster hunter appears in the New Badlands, Gabriel and his protectors need to decide whether or not it’s worth “outing” him to save all of them, and Gabriel even wonders if giving himself up is his path to regaining what he remembers of his humanity.

The second and third books really open up the Bloodlands world, because the “hubs,” or what we might call civilization, come into play.  Once there, I had a lot of fun with research.  What will our current economy or state of the nation or cultural habits yield in the future?  At times, I was little scared by what I found out and then put to paper for the Bloodlands….

What I also loved about this series was how I was able to twist some tropes from old western movies into something different.  I’ve enjoyed every cowboy from Shane to the High Planes Drifter to the Pale Rider, and you’ll see definite reminders of all of them since they have so much in common plot-wise and thematically.  But I used other tropes, too—those of the fallen woman, the mysterious sick lady in town who usually wore a black veil and suffered from leprosy or tuberculosis, the crusty sheriff, and the disillusioned yet determined pioneers.

The first book was mainly inspired by those old, fabulous cowboy movies, but I would say that BLOOD RULES (book 2) was the “road trip” portion.  IN BLOOD WE TRUST (book 3) was my tip of the hat to Bonnie and Clyde.  Also, in these later books, I got to delve into the origins of blood creatures, which was fun because this series doesn’t concentrate on just vampires.  I got to use research to put a spin on other creatures, such as my version of gremlins as well as what are known as “tik-tik”s (female vampires who have a blood appetite for…let’s just say a really unappetizing meal.  Tik-tiks are my take on what we would think of as “fallen women” in those old western movies.)

This post-apocalyptic western paranormal vibe has been used before. (I’m dying to see the movie adaptation of PRIEST when it comes out and SANTA OLIVIA is a wonderful book, just to name a couple of examples.)  But I think there are a lot more stories to be reaped from this landscape.  I hope, when Bloodlands hits the shelves, you’ll fall into this world as far as I did….

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a signed copy of NIGHT RISING, Vampire Babylon, Book 1.

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

What is your favorite bit of vampire folklore/legend/or myth?

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. residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Saturday, April 9th at 11:59 PM EST.

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


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22 Responses to “RT Convention Guest Blog & Giveaway: Chris Marie Green

  1. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    I think one of my fav elements from the vampire genre would be the redemption quality. you get the tortured vamp who wants to become something more than just an eating machine. Also I love the shapeshifter aspect of the vampire. I love that dual nature concept.
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  2. StacieDMNo Gravatar
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    Hello Chris!
    I haven’t started this series yet but I am intrigued by the blurbs I have read about it. My favorite bit of vampire lore would be from Bram Stoker’s Dracula where Dracula could shift into a wolf. I think it is interesting because our modern idea of vampires usually pits them against wolves.

    +1 Answered question
    +2 Follow Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter
    +3 Tweeted the Interview/Contest here: http://twitter.com/GeishasMom73/statuses/51695931422277632

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  3. Chris Marie GreenNo Gravatar
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    Hey, Teri and Stacie–thanks so much. : ) I do like my scary atmospheric vampires (although I do like the flip side, as well, and I have written about both). I have a real soft (er…perverse?) spot for those old Hammer vampire movies in particular!

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  4. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always been fascinated by the compulsion bit. I enjoy seeing how they use/abuse their power.
    +1 comment
    just a blog follower
    +3 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/113598-rt-convention-guest-blog-giveaway-chris-marie-green

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  5. Magaly GuerreroNo Gravatar
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    1. I’m fascinated by the sexual powers attributed to vampires. They just sound dangerously exciting, don’t they?
    2. I’m a follower on Blogger and Twitter

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  6. Kimberly FloodNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’m most intrigued with the way they are always so tortured. The way they are so tortured when they find one woman who completes them….helps them deal with their tortured souls….

    +2 I am a GFC & Twitter follower.

    +3 tweeted about contest @Bakin_Goddess

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  7. Selena IllyriaNo Gravatar
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    I just wanted to stop by and show support. I love the Vampire Babylon series and I can’t wait to read the Bloodlands series. I’m both scared and intrigued by how the Westerns we know will be twisted and made awesome.

    And I can’t wait to see the Priest. I was a bit hesitant at first but now, after seeing the trailer, I want!

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  8. CynnaraNo Gravatar
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    I’m a huge Chris fan. *waves* To me, my favourite vampire tales are the old myths from various lands. How in some Slavic lands, they are born of those who committed suicide or who were wronged. Others are those who were innocents killed who want revenge. I have always focused on the mythological aspects of vampirism as my focus is in mythology as a whole.

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  9. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite vampire folklore would be the flying – in whatever form.
    +2 Blog and twitter follower
    +3 tweeted here: http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/51735810969567232
    Thanks for the giveaway
    d.septer at insightbb.com

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  10. Jessica S.No Gravatar
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    +1 I guess I like the mysterious bit. They are usually dark, mysterious figures in the night. The whole mystery man/woman! I also admired their supernatural strength and speed!

    +2 GFC Follower

    jessbess2505[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  11. Chris Marie GreenNo Gravatar
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    Hi, you all,
    You’re coming up with really cool responses. Thank you Vivien, Magaly, Kimberly, Lulilut, and Jessica!

    Selena–I appreciate it! ; ) I have to say when I saw Maggie Q being mysterious, agile, and kick-ass in the PRIEST trailer, I almost went to the theater to line up already, LOL. It looks like PRIEST is going to have mucho kung-fu (mucho-fu?). BLOODLANDS will have more gadgetry, .

    Oh, Cynnara, that’s so nice–thank you, too!!! I lovelovelove the old tales, too. Someday, I’d love to get over to the Transylvania region, Can you imagine?

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  12. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I guess the part that intrigues me the most is the idea that vampires are dead, yet alive. I’m always interested to see how the author deals with whether or not they still have a soul, and therefore some humanity, or whether they’ve totally lost it.

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  13. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    I think I like the way they deal with possible eternity. Makes their view of mortality more interesting.

    I’m a gfc and twitter follower @BooksThings
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. Maria S (Mariah)No Gravatar
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    Some of my favorite myths are those that some vampires can read minds! This books looks fantastic!

    +1 for answering the question.
    +2 for being a prior follower of this blog and on Twitter.
    +3 for tweeting-http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/51831854399102976

    Thanks! moc.liamgnull@htimsfamm

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  15. Katie @ Novel SocietyNo Gravatar
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    +1 I love the idea of shifting to different locations and shifting to different animals.

    +2 for being a follower and on twitter

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  16. Beverly @ The WormholeNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a great one! Please enter me in your contest.
    I love shifters!
    gro.hcsednull@prahsveb

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  17. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I always liked how they can control your mind (compulsion) +1
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/52036208716562433 +3
    Old follower +2
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  18. VidishaNo Gravatar
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    Compulsion…and mind reading…love it

    gfc follower

    moc.liamgnull@numahsidiv

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  19. Stephanie - the girl on fireNo Gravatar
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    The sun. With all the new twist coming out about vampires I can’t decide, does it hurt them or not?
    +1 comment
    blog follower
    +3 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/113687-bloodlands-giveaway
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  20. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’ve always wondered about the garlic, and would onions work in a pinch? ha
    +2 GFC and twitter follower. @mbreakfield
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mbreakfield/status/52554356528128000
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  21. Book Sp(l)otNo Gravatar
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    It’s not general myth/lore, but I really like what Robin McKinley had in Sunshine about the moonlight.

    +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter: Follow both places :)

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  22. leesaNo Gravatar
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    The brooding bad boy thing and then the sexual stamina and intense passion they bring. The whole gorgeous thing helps too. Remember Chris Sarandon in Fright Night in the club scene, that just screamed male sensuality!! Thanks for the chance

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