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Supernatural Smack Down: M. Metz & L. Burns’ Gabriel Makos

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..

Round 2: Fighting for DFT – Gabriel Makos

Gabriel Makos vs. Shadowman

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

Name:  Gabriel Makos (AKA Gabe Kahn, and many other aliases)

Book Series: CRAVE and SACRIFICE

Job:  Research Scientist, specializing in bats (for now–in the past, he was a government contractor working on sonar research, among other things).

Height: 5 pous and 14 daktyloi

Weight: 3.4 medimnos

Hair Color:  Dark brown

Eye Color:  Deep chestnut  (except when he is being fed on by another vampire–then, his eyes turn a vibrant violet color)

From (Location): Greece

Significant Other:  Shay McGuire

Signature Move: Why limit yourself to only one? When you’ve lived for centuries, you either adapt or die. That signature move you used back in 1723 probably doesn’t work as well against a 21st century enemy.

Kill Highlights:  Gabriel dislikes the term “highlight.” It implies that killing is fun, and he kills only when it is necessary to protect his loved ones. Though killing Martin, well, that would be a highlight.

Enemies: All humans, but particularly Dr. Martin Kuffner

Favorite Pastime:  Before the massacre of his vampire family, he loved to swim in the Aegean Sea. After the massacre, Gabriel lost his taste for mundane pastimes…except maybe the movies. He loves movies.

Other Facts: Possesses extremely keen senses, great strength, and lightning-fast speed. But Gabriel’s true secret weapon is the communion he shares with the other members of his family, allowing them to sense one another’s emotions and follow them. Attack Gabriel, and he can instantly bring down an entire family of vampires on your head.

 

Smackdown:

My name is Gabriel.  I don’t need to win tests of skill to assure myself that I am strong and powerful.  I know what I am.  I know what I can do.  There is only one reason that I’ve agreed to participate in the Supernatural Smackdown: It will make my life easier.  When I devastate the competition and take the title of World Champion Supernatural, all other beings will know it’s useless to challenge me.  They will know that hurting one I love is a death sentence.

I was born more than four hundred years ago.  I have only the vaguest memories of my mother and none of my father.  I do remember the orphanage I lived in until my new family found me.  The night the vampires came was terrifying. I was only four or five, but I still understood. I saw them feeding on the woman who cared for me. I knew what they were. I thought they would kill me too…right up until Sam caught me. He was a vampire, but he soon became one of the most important figures in my life, half father to me, half brother, my best friend. He taught me that vampires were not what everyone thought: they weren’t evil demons. They were just people.

I soon learned to love my new family.  They were easy to love. When I was old enough, although I felt a twinge at giving up the sun, I gladly joined them in a life of night.  The communion between us nourished me in a way the sun never could–I felt the emotions of my brothers and sisters as if they were my own. I felt their love, their happiness. And then, years later, I felt their agony as they were attacked and murdered by ignorant peasants.  Those monsters burned my brothers and sisters while they slept.  Only two escaped other than me. Sam, my brother. And Ernst, the eldest of us, our leader, our father.

From that moment on, all I cared about was keeping my family safe.  If I needed to kill to do that, I would.  And so would Ernst, and Sam, and all the new vampires we’ve added to our family since the massacre. If one of us is in danger, the others feel his fear in the communion and track it to him. We all fight as one. We destroy the danger together. I don’t find pleasure in killing, and do not drain my prey, but I have no regrets about anything I do for the ones I love.

Now that includes Shay.  I never thought I’d fall in love with a human, not after what humans had done to my family.  But Shay made me see that not all humans are monsters.  She smashed my old prejudices and wiped my vision clean.  She is the bravest woman—the bravest person, the bravest being—I have ever known.  While she was terminally ill, with almost no experience of a world beyond her sick room and occasionally her school, she did what many vampires with thousands of battles won would not have done.  She risked her own life–her short, short life–to rescue me from her stepfather, Dr. Martin Kuffner.  Martin was experimenting on me as if I were a lab rat. Shay knew it was wrong, and she put a stop to it. Martin will never stop coming after us, but my Shay was willing to face that danger in order to save me.

I brought Shay to my family where I believed she would be safe. But my family did not understand Shay the way I did.  They refused to accept her, clinging to their old beliefs about humans.  Ernst forced me to make a choice—the family or Shay.  I chose Shay. So now my family is my enemy. How can I fight them when our communion is my strongest weapon?  That weapon will be turned against me now–they will feel my emotions and track me down, they will find me wherever I try to hide Shay, they will know I don’t want to kill them and so they will attack because I am weak.

Or so they think.

I have found a new weapon: Love. I don’t want to battle my family, but if they try to kill Shay, I will fight, and I will win.  It is the strength of my love that makes me impossible to defeat.  I don’t fear death, because my life would not be worth living without Shay.  That conviction is stronger than any weapon, any spell, any supernatural communion. I fight in this competition to prove–to my family, and to the world–that it is futile to attack me.  I have devoted my life to protecting the woman who saved me and reawakened me to the joys of living. No one will defeat me.



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Author Bios:

Name: Melinda Metz

Book Series: CRAVE* & SACRIFICE*, plus ECHOES, ROSWELLHIGH, and WRIGHT & WONG*.  (I also had the privilege of playing in the Buffyverse for a few books*.)

Job:  World Creator

Height: 5’6”

Weight: Whatever it is, it’s all muscle!

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

From (Location): Concord, NC

Significant Other: I walk alone.  (A black and white feisty dog runs wildly ahead of me at the end of her leash.)

Signature Move: Whirling takedown.  (Wait, that might be the dog.)

Kill Highlights: Alien hunters, psycho leprechauns, evil scientists.  (Hey, the characters couldn’t have killed them without me).

Enemies: See my kill highlights.  I pretty much always triumph.

Favorite Pastime: Hanging at the dog park, going to movies, reading, doing battle prep at the gym

Other Facts:  In high school, I was in a synchronized swimming show called Twilight of the Gods.  Do not attempt to take me on underwater.

*  As part of a Dynamic Duo with the lovely and fearsome Laura J. Burns

 

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Name: Laura J. Burns

Book Series: CRAVE & SACRIFICE*, THE WRIGHT & WONG MYSTERIES*, and many other books under many other names. I challenge you to discover my aliases!

Job:  Goddess of creation, Goddess of destruction, Goddess of plot twists

Height: 5’4”…ish

Weight: A lady never tells, and neither do I.

Hair Color: I’m gonna say dark blond.

Eye Color: Blue

From (Location): New York

Significant Other: Peter, or as I like to call him, “He Who Can Solve Any Story Problem.”

Signature Move: Does eating ice cream count? No? How about cookies?

Kill Highlights: I leave the killing to my characters. It’s less messy that way.

Enemies: Alarm clocks. Migraines. Mosquitoes.

Favorite Pastime:  Ahh, pastimes. I remember those. I think I had some pastimes once, before I had kids.

Other Facts:  In high school, I was not in a synchronized swimming show called Twilight of the Gods.  However, I was a proud member of the Flaming Arrows Marching Band. Once, at Shea Stadium, they announced us at halftime as “The Flaming Marching Band.” True story.

*  As part of a Dynamic Duo with the lovely and fearsome Melinda Metz

You can visit Melinda and Laura around the web here: Website | Melinda – Twitter | Laura – Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Melinda Metz and Laura Burns?

Crave Sacrifice

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This giveaway is provided by Melinda Metz and Laura Burns

Two winners will each receive a copy of Sacrifice by Melinda Metz and Laura Burns

Available on Spetember 20, 2011 from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

About the Book:

Gabriel and Shay are convinced that they can make their relationship work. Knowing that Shay is half-vampire, Gabriel thinks that his coven will embrace her as one of their own, but instead they view her as an abomination, a thing that doesn’t belong in either world. And they want her dead. Now Gabriel must make the ultimate decision – watch his love be killed by his coven or defy the people closest to him, the people he has spent centuries with to save her.

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38 Responses to “Supernatural Smack Down: M. Metz & L. Burns’ Gabriel Makos

  1. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I loved CRAVE and am awaiting SACRIFICE.

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    This is a new author to me. Thanks for the post! Definitely caught my interest!

    GFC ~ erin
    efende1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    I’ve never heard of this series but it sounds really interesting! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  4. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    This is the first I have seen of this series, look interesting! I love the cover of this one!

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  5. SandyG265No Gravatar
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    I read Crave but didn’t know Sacrifice was coming out.

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    Just discovered this series today and will be keeping my eye on it.

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  7. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Loving this series. Thanks again!

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  8. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the info and giveaway. I wasn’t familiar with this series until now. The books sound really interesting. The characters definitely have my attention. Looking forward to reading these.

    mandy(at)fuse(dot)not

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  9. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Not only does the premise of the books sound good, the two authors’ biographies cracked me up. If we were fortunate enough to attend the authors’ booksigning event, would we get a glimpse of either Twilight of the Gods or Flaming (Arrows) Marching Band? Either one – I’m not picky!

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  10. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I liked Melinda Metz’s Roswell High series. Would like to read her new book!

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  11. SusanNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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    Looks like a good series!
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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    I can’t wait for Sacrifice!!

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    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

    Terri M
    moc.liamgnull@6030ymmomamohalko

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    Thanks for the giveaways! Crave is on my to be read pile. I’ll have to put it at the top so I’m ready for Sacrifice! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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    I hadn’t heard of this series before, and I’m glad to learn more about it. Both books sound great.

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  17. Valerie LongNo Gravatar
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    Wow what a great giveaway!! =) Thanks so much for the chance to enter! =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
    moc.liamgnull@4791.lav.tsuj
    https://www.facebook.com/just.val.1974

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    These books sound really good. I haven’t heard of them before so thanks for expanding my reading world.

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  19. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    I voted for Gabriel!!! This book looks great, it’s going on my TBR stack. I love the cover.

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  20. Valerie LongNo Gravatar
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    =) Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to enter!!

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
    moc.liamgnull@4791.lav.tsuj
    https://www.facebook.com/just.val.1974

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    The book sounds really good.

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    I love sweetly sad covers – and stories of half breeds – they always get the raw deal!

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  23. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    This cover looks really good. I have not read book 1 yet.

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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    I just recently read Crave and it was really good. You can’t get the right feel for Gabriel to vote for him with such little info without reading the first book. I voted for Gabriel ;) I’d love a chance to read the next book and see what happens between them two. What they have to sacrifice.

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  25. MollyNo Gravatar
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    WHAT AN AMAZEBALLS GIVEAWAY! Thank-you!

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  26. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    I love the covers on these two, especially Sacrifice. Haven’t read either, but I love Gabriel’s voice, just from this short blurb.

    Smiles!
    Lori

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    Rafflecopter still isn’t working for me. I voted for Shadowman.
    +1 vote
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    +3 follower

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    forgot my email
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

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  29. EllaNo Gravatar
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    I really loved the book, I read Crave and loved it!
    I am looking forward to the release of Sacrifice (:

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    Great giveaway and I am in love with these covers

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  31. LadyVampireNo Gravatar
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    The great thing about blogs are all the wonderful and new authors and books you learn about. These books are now on my wishlist. Thanks so much for the chance to win them.

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    I REALLY want to read these books!

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  33. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Sorry, but right now I’m reading Shadowman and I wuvs him!!

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  34. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I loved Crave and can’t wait to read the new book!

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  35. OngeNo Gravatar
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    I love the covers. I have Crave and would love Sacrifice.

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  36. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Crave was awesome. Gorgeous covers.

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  37. Denise ZNo Gravatar
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    I think Sacrifice sounds awesome and I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

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  38. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    I love the cover!

    Kalliandra2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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