Vampires in Pop Culture–Movies #‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬

vampire doll made by Cyndi.

vampire doll made by Cyndi’s Dollz

Vampires in pop culture

Silver-Screen Vampires
Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires; from the early days of the industry with such classics as Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the Undead Romanian Count right up to the present day and works such as Dracula 2000, Interview with the Vampire and the (tragically underrated) Queen of the Damned, these beings are constantly recurring film stars. The most notable portrayal of him would have to be Christopher Lee:

Dracula and Bram Stoker Today–Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee: Hammer Horror interview 2001

Christopher Lee: Masters of Horror
Short Bio and list of his movies to 1999

The Dracula Myth
From HH : the UNofficial Hammer Films Site

Christopher Lee talks about his stint with Hammer Films and his role as Dracula

I’m not too impartial to Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the Count either. Now, that’s a rendition to swoon over, ladies but never forget…he’s a monster!

And the much maligned but actually quite good rendition of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Towsend, as Lestat de Lioncourt

And of course that giant of Pop Culture, Tom Cruise took his turn as Lestat de Lioncourt, and Brad Pitt took his as Louis… Or the creme de la creme Dracula portrayal by the inimitable Bela Lugosi.

They’ve all put some sort of stamp on the face of the vampire, and probably will continue to do so, for better or for worse! Some will no doubt fall flat on their faces (like USA/SF Channel’s Dracula, Prince of Darkness–for all that they tried, bless their dark hearts. ;))

And then there’s that paragon of teen angst, Twilight.

*cough* Well, I only saw the first one; honestly that was all I could stand. As bad as the novel is, the movie’s worse. *shakes head* High school was never like that for me, and me? been there, done that. Don’t remember it in quite that light, thanks.  But me, I prefer the “real” vampires. The ones that would rip a girl’s throat out without worry about it. This whole, emasculated, “mooning love slave” vampire thing…*shrugs* eh.

Whatever…. It’s done the author(s) well…For the moment. I always wonder what will be the thoughts on our “latest thing” a hundred years down the line. Will Twilight survive the test of time? We shall–or rather our descendants–see.

What’s your favorite portrayal of the vampire?

Thanks for stopping by. You can see the rest of the participants in the hop by clicking the blue button below. Happy Halloween!!

Greek Myth by author Stella McLeod


I’m pleased to welcome paranormal romance author Stella McLeod, who has a topic I’m sure most of you will find interesting. Greek Myth and how it tied into her latest release, ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL and she tells us a little about herself too. So, grab some coffee or your beverage of choice :) and enjoy!

Author: Stella McLeod
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Title: Always Have and Always Will
New Release Date: 1/10/15

Have you ever read about the ancient Greek Gods and wondered where they came from? Well the new paranormal romance released this week, Always Have and Always Will has the answer. This luscious romance set in the Greek Islands unveils the secret to Immortality discovered in Antiquity, reveals a young ancient warrior who has waited for over 2000 years for his lover to return to him and a modern reincarnated woman who cannot remember her past-life or him. Throw in his sinister twin brother, her best friend Menander, some living Gods and the murderer and you have a plot to die for. Continue reading

Celtic Stewards Chronicles returns

Hi everyone. Well, I have a little news for you. At long last, the second volume of my Celtic Stewards Chronicles is available. Yes, the harshad wars continue!
Druid Warrior's Heart (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 2) by Juli D. Revezzo, Celtic, Irish fantasy, Celtic Romance, fantasy
And with a pretty, pretty cover, again by Boulevard Photografica.

For those very, very many of you who enjoyed PASSION’S SACRED DANCE, you might recall Stacy’s helpful ancestor Ruth? This new volume, DRUID WARRIOR’S HEART, is her book. As the series goes backwards in time, DRUID WARRIOR’S HEART takes place in the 1500s on the Macken family’s original homestead in Ireland.
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Come join the fairy tea party

Fairies (also spelled faeries). I’ve always loved them. In fact, when I was a child I wrote a story about a faery wedding taking place in my front yard. So mention the idea of a faery tea party and I am so there! :) It doesn’t hurt that tea parties make me think of Alice in Wonderland, another big love of mine. :) Mad Hatter's Tea Party Some of the faeries in my tea party are out for a little mischief so, watch out. ;) Well, what would you expect when you invite the King of the Dark Faeries to tea? dark faery king by Yes, I did. He’s really a gentleman though, unless you push his buttons right. Shouldn’t be a problem, though. I invited his beloved, a faery godmother candidate, to the party as well. That should remind him politeness is a virtue. Now, what kind of tea would you like, my friends? Green? Chamomile? Some tasty rose hip tea? Oh, that will do nicely. Oh dear. Do be careful with that faery dust, Ianthe. My goodness!

Changeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, faeries, fairies, new adult fantasy novelWhen Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again.

After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong. But why? Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties.

Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her magical assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Uh oh, I hear drums! Let’s hope that doesn’t mean the faeries are getting up to trouble! *sigh* Must go corral them. In the meantime, enjoy a cup of tea and have a great time, and happy midsummer!

If you’d like to check out Changeling’s Crown it’s on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. Don’t miss more of the party at the Midsummer Night’s Dream blog hop.


Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

 Cardinal in the Snow.jpg By AcrylicArtist

Cardinal in the Snow By AcrylicArtist/

Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!


More books and about that vacation

As i said in a previous post or two I went on vacation last week, so didn’t get a whole lot of books like usual. I went to visit family and also got to tour the Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga battlefields in Tennessee. (Y’all saw the “ghost” right? It was the only one I *might* have seen. If there were more there, they were being gentlemen. (See why Caitlin loves her soldier ghost in the Antique Magic series, folks?) Anyway, the battlefield tour was so totally cool! :) I’ve been geeking out over the history of the two since then and reading whatever I can on it (slowpoke though I am about reading). Oh my gosh! It was so neat. Fear of heights, mainly forgotten. For a little while anyway. :) (Yes, I am a geek)

So these are what I got my hands on and am starting to poke through.

shermaninvadesjscalesSherman Invades Georgia by John R. Scales (who, yes, I went to the battlefield with so it is signed to me by the author! :)See that line above about geeking out at Lookout Mountain ;)).


A longtime Special Forces officer with a Ph.D. in systems engineering presents a new perspective on one of the legendary campaigns of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman’s invasion of Georgia. Unlike most Civil War books that either treat individual battles and campaigns in a historical sense and give short shrift to planning, or study campaign planning with snippets from various campaigns to document specific features, General John Scales’s book takes advantage of modern planning techniques to fully examine what went into the Georgia campaign. He has limited the information in his book to that possessed by General Sherman at the time, as documented in his correspondence during the campaign and not in his after-the-fact reports and autobiography. Laid out in chapters that follow the format of an “estimate of the situation,” this book doesn’t simply recount the facts or attempt to provide a definitive history – other books do that – rather it offers a narrative of the campaign that illustrates a logical decision-making process as formulated in modern times. Published in cooperation with the Associations of the United States Army, the book serves two audiences: military professionals can use it for training purposes and Civil War buffs and interested laymen can gain a sense of the uncertainty that real commanders face by not having all the records of both sides at hand.

I also got: Union Soldier of the American Civil War (a Visual Reference) by Denis Hambucken and Chris Benedetto. (Yes, I bought a book about the North on the Southern battlefield’s store. Why, yes. I was blushing and ducking! But it’s for research,I swear!)

(Yes, I do kinda wish I’d gotten the companion Confederate Soldier of the American Civil War too). Are they suggesting story ideas? You bet. I’ve already got a WIP cooking. (*shh* If the muse hears me talking she’ll throw a  hissy fit). We’ll see what happens.