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Supernatural Smack Down: Marie Treanor’s Saloman (Round 1)

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..

Round 1: Fighting for DFT – Saloman

Saloman vs. Thoroughly Jones

Remember to check out Parajunkee’s View site and choose wisely…tweet #SuperSmack

Name: Saloman

Book Series: Awakened by Blood

Job: Vampire Overlord with Ambitions

Height: 6’ 4”

Weight: 12.5 stones (before feeding)

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Black

From (Location): Born in the middle-east, turned in what is now Romania

Significant Other: Dr. Elizabeth Silk

Signature Move: I don’t have one. I always surprise.

Kill Highlights: They are all highlights, all unique.

Enemies: A few rebels in Turkey and Asia. Senator Grayson Dante. The rest are dead like the Hungarian vampire leader Zoltan, or new allies, like the American vampire Travis.

Favorite Pastimes: Feeding, killing, sex, music, ruling. Not necessarily in that order.

Other Facts: My people are older than humanity, a race who could make immortals, from whom modern vampires are descended. I am the last Ancient, and the strongest.

I am Saloman.

I realize most of you know exactly who I am, but for the benefit of those humans who have not yet had the misfortune to encounter me, I am a vampire.

To hell with modesty, I am the vampire, since I rule over all the undead of the world. You may hear the odd hiss of denial – we vampires are a rebellious, tumultuous lot – but it will be so quiet that the perpetrator will imagine I can’t hear him. For the record, I can.

I have to congratulate the organizers on this intriguing – er – smackdown event. Some of you look surprised, not to say dismayed, to see me here, but how could I refuse such a charming invitation? When you’ve existed for several millennia, as I have, novelty means a great deal. And what could be more novel than humans judging me? And not on any of the frequently professed human values of freedom, democracy, righteousness, kindness – but on the strength and sheer badness worshipped by my own kind. Even after all these centuries, humans can still surprise me, which is why I love them. Although I couldn’t eat a whole one.

(That was a joke, by the way. I can in fact eat several in one night if I choose, and believe me, I have so chosen many times, and will probably do so again. But that is the difference between me and most of the other beings gathered here: I choose, and for reasons most of you will never comprehend).

But tell me, how do I win this quaint contest of yours? By boasting of my kills? Please, such paltriness is beneath me, and besides, none of us have time to hang around long enough for me to recite the list. My fearlessness? As the most powerful being on the Earth, what is there for me to fear? My skills as a fighter, perhaps? What can I say? I’m older, faster, stronger than any other being on the planet. My ruthless, evil plans? Well, I’m told they are both ruthless and evil by the human who loves me most, so it must be true.

In fact, they’re all true. I’ve killed humans and vampires and most other supernatural beings too at one time or another. I like to kill: I love the fight, the taste of my enemy’s blood, the euphoria of victory and the exquisite absorption of my victim’s strength. I take pleasure even in mourning, for every experience of existence is invaluable, however painful or joyful. I’ve killed too many enemies to count; I’ve killed lovers and friends, those who betrayed me as well as those who’ve done me no harm but whose death is necessary to my plans. I’ve killed those I hated and those I loved – including the being who turned and mentored me and whom I loved more than my own father. So yes, I kill as easily as you breathe, and appreciate each slaying more than you value each breath you take. Only as part of my ruthless, evil plan, of course – which is, for your information, to rule the human world too. I’m already half way there, and you don’t even know it.

But to get back to smackdown, should I trumpet my most wicked deeds to impress you? I’ve held kings and popes in thrall, killed princes and bishops. I’ve ridden with Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, I’ve advised Vlad the Impaler and Nicolo Machiavelli.

Would more recent badness impress you more? Sacrilege perhaps? I “desecrated” St. Andrews Cathedral twice in one night; first, with murder (when I defeated the vampire horde who’d allied with hunters and my Awakener); and then with an even more pleasurable act – but that is my business. I’ve stamped through a ceiling and walked through stone walls to rescue my friends and kill my enemies, and no one has been able to stop me.

So is it dull being the strongest and the best? Occasionally. I like a challenge. Am I invincible? Contrary to popular belief, no, I’m not. If you unite against me, you might succeed. It’s been done before, when my creation Maximilian allied with my treacherous human lover, Tsigana and four others to stake me. I wasn’t truly dead, of course, but I lay in an agony of paralysis for over three hundred years, so I’ll allow it to be a defeat of sorts, although one I’ve since enjoyed avenging.

Are you tempted? I should warn you that one on one, there are very few who could defeat me.  Off-hand I can think of only one: my Awakener. We’ve tried to kill each other before. Either of us could have succeeded, but in the end neither did, because love got in the way. It’s hardest to kill what you love. Only the strongest necessity can force your hand at such times, and it isn’t weakness to look for alternatives… Perhaps you know my human companion, Dr. Elizabeth Silk? She isn’t here, since she disapproves of so many of my plans. It doesn’t matter. No one else can expect the same indulgence.

So who wants the first smack? Give me a challenge. Make it worth my while to be here, when so many other matters require my attention – budding revolt, my unspeakable enemy Dante’s search for the body of my cousin Luk whom I killed long ago, and whom Dante now wants to awaken and use against me. Elizabeth saved Dante from me once, but it won’t happen again – Dante is a human whom the world needs to die.

As for you, my fellow-contestants – expect no mercy, for a demonstration is worth a thousand speeches, and I’m ready to give one that will shock the world into submission. Shall we dance?


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About Marie:

I was born and bred in Scotland, but for some years moved around the UK working and studying. Now I am back home and happily married with three young children.

Having grown bored with city life, we live these days in a picturesque village by the sea where, instead of working for my living, I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy myself writing stories of romance and fantasy.

I draw the inspiration for my books mainly from the people around me and from Scotland’s rich history and culture – with, of course, large helpings of fun and imagination!

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

Want to read more from Marie Treanor?

Blood on Silk Blood Sin Blood Eternal

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This giveaway is provided by Marie and Penguin/Signet Eclipse

Four winners will each receive a copy of Blood Eternal by Marie Treanor

Available on October 4, 2011 from Penguin/Signet Eclipse

About the Book:

Despite the growing passion that unites them, all is not well between Elizabeth and Saloman. She refuses to follow him as he builds his influence among the human population and consolidates his rule over the vampire world. A shocking revolt is just the latest crisis that’s call him away.

But under Saloman’s regime, vampires have become less concerned with secrecy. And after he joins forces with vampire hunters, Elizabeth begins to understand the inevitable collision of the two worlds. She could be a conduit between humanity and the undead-is she can manage to play both sides and stay alive…

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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33 Responses to “Supernatural Smack Down: Marie Treanor’s Saloman (Round 1)

  1. jabelfieldNo Gravatar
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    Very snortworthy. I have cast my vote. :)

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  2. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t had a chance to read this series yet. I would definitely love to give it a try. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  3. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    I have to go with Soloman, that vamp is dead sexy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. MLNo Gravatar
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    I read a bit of Blood on Silk and really enjoyed it. I think Saloman has this battle. This was probably the closest one for me to decide. Many thanks!

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  5. NaNo Gravatar
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    I went with Saloman! I haven’t met him yet but I have been wanting to read a Marie Treanor book for some time now.

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  6. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I voted for Saloman, he sounds like a great character.

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  7. Marie TreanorNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the kind comments and the votes! I’ll pass them on to Saloman – I’m sure they’ll count in your favour :)

    Marie

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  8. PabkinsNo Gravatar
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    Sometimes it is so hard to choose! Looks like I picked the currently less favored Throughly =P

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  9. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    I, for one, welcome our new vampire overlord… (Surely THAT will count in my favor?)

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  10. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I voted for Saloman, but it was a tough round. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Patricia's ParticularityNo Gravatar
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    What a tough choice… but I had to go for Thoroughly Jones.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!!

    moc.liamtohnull@LJnacileP

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  12. Kimberly CNo Gravatar
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    Go Saloman!! Excited for the contest! Going to go see who Throughly is!

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  13. Vivian MahNo Gravatar
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    Voted thx for the giveaway
    moc.liamtohnull@8hamnaiviv

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  14. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    I had to go for Thoroughly Jones.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!!

    (\___/)
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    (“)_(“)

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com

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  15. Jen B.No Gravatar
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    This series is sitting in my Amazon cart. I am so excited for the chance to win Blood Eternal. Then when I have enough in the cart to get free shipping, I could have the whole series to read back to back!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
    +1 vote
    +1 comment
    +3 GFC follower
    (I haven’t been able to get Rafflecopter to work properly during this event – at least it doesn’t appear to be working)
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

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  16. EileenNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read Ms. Treanor before but now I’m going to! I see you’re reading Stacia Kane – are you a Terrible girl? LOL!

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  17. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Would love to read more about Saloman in Blood Eternal! I love the purple background of the cover. Actually, I love all the colors of Marie’s book covers so far.

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  18. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    I had to go with Saloman myself. I would love to read more about him! :D Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. winnieNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a great series! Thanks for the giveaway!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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    I cannot wait to start this series, it sounds great

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  21. Carol L.No Gravatar
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    Love to read this series. Have had them in my Aamzon shopping cart. Voted for Saloman.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    I’m really enjoying your smackdowns. It is so much fun to read about a character in this way.

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  23. LadyVampireNo Gravatar
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    Great post. My vote went to Saloman. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the info and giveaway!! Sounds like a very interesting book. Deinitely on the TBR list now. :)

    mandy(at)fuse(dot)net

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  25. Kelsey dNo Gravatar
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    Saloman looks like one hell of a guy! Totally got my vote ;)

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

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  26. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    I usually go with the gals in these votes but Saloman’s got this vote. These books look awesome, I can’t wait to read them.

    ten.tsacmocnull@99nietskce

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    These sound amazing, I would love to read them!

    moc.loanull@ecneconnidesusim

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  28. Valerie LongNo Gravatar
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    Thanks so much for the chance to enter! =)

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  29. arianneNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read a book about vampire hunters.. I’d love to see what they’re about :)
    email: ude.msuscnull@240zurc

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  30. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I would have voted for Thoroughly Jones – anyone with a black kitty for a girlfriend is someone I want to hang out with.

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  31. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I love this series! I heard about Blood on Silk and happen upon it at a bookstore and decided to check it out, I have been sucked into the series ever since then.

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  32. Vanessa N.No Gravatar
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    I love vampire stories. The sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

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  33. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    Sounds interesting! I’ve never read anything by this author before XD

    Kalliandra2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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