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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Guest Rachel Firasek and Giveaway

According to legends, the Gypsy people found in the Carpathian Mountains had many tales of vampires, or the Strigoii Vii. Reportedly, they lived peacefully for years with the knowledge of the vampire. The Strigoii Vii chose only one to feed on for life-a mate of sorts. I grabbed bits of the lore from several different documents and books to develop my own relationship between vampires and the gypsy people of Romania.

Incorporating these facts, folktales and legends was the hardest part of world building for Piper's Fury, but I'm happy with the results. And, I like the idea of a vampire feeding because he or she wants to, not because they have to, although Slade needs blood on occasion. That's the fun of creating your own world, anything is possible!

For a chance to win a free eBook of Piper's Fury, answer this question: What would you do if a vampire asked you to share his life with him? Eternity is a long time, think long and hard. I look forward to seeing your answers.

To be entered for a chance to win Piper's Fury:
1-Answer the question for Rachel in the comment section below and leave your email address.
2-The contest will remain open until Friday April 8, 2011 at midnight EST.
3-The winner will be announced sometime on Saturday, April 9, 2011.
4-I will contact Rachel with the winners name and email so she can send the book.
5-If no email address is provided, you will not be entered in the drawing.
6-Everyone is eligible to enter since this is an e-Book format.
7-You do not have to be a follower of my blog to enter. It would be nice; but it is not mandatory. If you are a follower, it will not increase you chances of winning.
Thank you all and good luck!


  1. I really enjoyed your world building, Rachel. I like the unique twists you put around the Strigoii Vii and what a cool name for them! The book was great. :-)
    Melissa Stark

  2. I loved your book. You did a fantastic job creating Slade's world!
    Eternity is a long time, I don't think I'd partake. Although, Slade would definitely have me in a quandry!

  3. Ohhh, great question: What would you do if a vampire asked you to share his life with him? Jeepers. If that vampire was Charlie (my hubby), I'd title my head to the side and say, "bite me." No hesitation there, so I guess I'd really have to love and respect the person asking me to spend eternity with him. :)

    I love this book cover--and the story! I'm so happy for you, Rachel!

    Have a great day.


  4. Love vampire stories, and this one sounds delish!
    If a vampire asked me that? Hmm..well, if I really dug him, and he was all yummy (all brooding, deep, and dark), I'd be all for it. I'm anemic a lot anyway, so...bring it on!

    heddoncollector @ gmail.com

  5. Thanks, Melissa, you're so great!

    Yeah, Susan, Piper's going to have to deal with some of those eternity questions in the next book. Should be interesting!

    Lynn, what a cute answer!!! I know you love the hubs like I love mine. Eternity doesn't seem long enough...

    Varmit, maybe you're halfway there. lol. Thanks for playing, and yeah, I like 'em dark too!

  6. Oh, I've heard so much about this book, but I still didn't know the mythology behind it - very cool!

    Hmm, yes, forever is a very long time, and I'll be honest, I can't quite conceive of what that really means. So I'd say yes, only if I could change my mind later (i.e. that the vampires *can* die, just not easily, as in most of the stories).

    Thanks for the contest! contact (at) jamigold (dot) com