Thursday, October 17, 2013

Reviving Dark and Shameless Stories for Halloween

Who doesn't love a good Halloween haunting story? Like dusty old vamps that come back to life at night, I've neglected my paranormal series and have chosen Sable Hunter's blog hop to kick it off. So help me show it some love.

Two years ago, my husband and I attended the Afterlife party in San Francisco, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. I went as an angel, and my husband a vampire. We had a ball. There were little green faeries, pods of Smurfs, vamps, sexy witches, ghosts and costumes of famous people. Music was rockin.

I used that party (and of course embellished it) to use in a chapter for Mortal Bite, Book 2 in the Golden Vampires of Tuscany series. My hero, Paolo Monteleone, is a real life Golden Vampire. He dresses as himself for this party, and there, meets a beautiful young college professor who studies vampire literature and lore.

Here is a very brief excerpt from Mortal Bite where the hero is readying himself for that great Halloween costume party where his life will change forever:


Paolo Monteleone swirled the black cape around his body as he checked the guest chamber’s full-length mirror. The fabric arrived at his knees and calves well after he stopped spinning, and then draped back away to sway a few inches from the floor. He could see his face in the polished sheen of his shoes.. The tux and red cummerbund, an elegant presentation, belonged to his brother, Marcus, but it fit him perfectly. Marcus’s man had done well. The costume was a fitting outfit for any good vampire gentleman.
It had been a year since he’d returned to Italy, repairing the damage he’d caused his brother and his new wife. A year of learning to be a father to his son, making amends to the other Monteleone family members who at first didn’t trust that he wouldn’t run off again and try to live as the mortal he
wasn’t.
When Marcus and Anne graciously invited him to join them in California wine country, Paolo immediately agreed. The change of scenery was doing him good. Tonight he was going to attend his first party without a member of his family.
The door burst open and Lucius, all four feet of him, raced straight for Paolo. The boy wore his Superman cape and red boots—rain boots, to be exact—with all the pride of the superheroes he loved to emulate.
Paolo bent over and lifted his son, pressed the flesh of this little superhero to his chest and nuzzled just under the boy’s right ear. The fresh smell of his mortality was the most satisfying moment of Paolo’s day. Eventually, Lucius would have to make the choice whether to remain mortal or become golden vampire. But not yet. Not until he was of age.
“And just where are you heading out to? Anne taking you trick-or-treating? It’s not Halloween yet,” he murmured affectionately into the side of the boy’s face.
Lucius drew back and his dark eyes flashed at his father, which always managed to melt Paolo’s heart.
“I’m going with you to the party, father.” His coppery brown eyes and pink cheeks made him look sweet despite the heavy, jagged, and uneven eye makeup he must have applied himself.
“Lucius, you could hurt yourself putting all that kohl around your eyes. You should have asked your aunt for help.”
“Well, Anne and Marcus…” the boy paused and blushed.  “They’re busy all the time.”
“Ahhhhh,” Paolo said. He envied his brother and his long-awaited fated female and their new baby. The fact that Marcus found Anne after three hundred years of searching meant there might still be hope for him. Not a fated female, but someone to love and be loved in return.
A shadow suddenly covered his heart, and gave him a chill. He composed himself and addressed his son.
“Lucius, time enough for parties when you’re older. This one is for grownups only. Not for…”
“Kids,” Lucius finished with resignation. “But I want to go. You will protect me, father.”
Indeed he could. Not an hour went by when Paolo wasn’t fearful of the fact that Lucius, still mortal, could die, and Paolo, vampire, would be left to grieve for all eternity.


Come back to visit tomorrow, and you'll get to read some of the hero/heroine's first ghoulish words to each other. Spoken over a thick glass of port.

Today and tomorrow, we're going to have a giveaway, a $50 Amazon gift card for each day. In order to win, you must leave a comment here. Answer this question: What do you love the most about reading vampires? If you email me at sharonhamilton2001@gmail.com, you will get a special Blood Never Lies necklace as pictured above. One $50 winner will be announced on this blog site at midnight  tonight! But, even if you don't win the Amazon gift card, you can still win one of these blood dog tags just for leaving a comment here today. Enjoy, and thanks for showing up today.

Don't forget to find the schedule of all the other blogs participating in this huge event by clicking on the Halloween Blog Hop button at the upper right of this page. Tell everyone about what you've read and commented here. The Main Event is October 26th at 5 PM on Facebook. Details on the button above.


Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the giveaway. Love the excerpt. What I love reading about vampires is their domineering alpha attitude. Since most are immortal and hard to kill they believe that they can have or do anything they want. Also, there's something sexy about the bite once that find there mate.

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  2. i like reading vamps because theres always something different and exciting, from biting the neck to walking in daylight. I absolutely loved Mortal Bite, i hope we will read more about those addictive Monteleone's

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  3. Vida, got you entered! So you want to use the Blog Hop button and go tell them you read this blog today and send them a link. But you're entered in my giveaway today.

    Julie, so good to see you here. Same rules apply if you want to follow along and win other prizes with the other great bloggers as part of this hop. Go tell them about this blog, and that you commented. Good luck with the drawings!

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  4. It's after midnight, and Vida and Julie, I'm feeling rather generous tonight. You both win a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. They're coming to you tonight!

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  5. absolutely thrilled to bits thanks you very very much Sharon

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