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Velvet Cataclysm Contest, Tuesday Prize
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Tuesday’s prize is winner’s choice of either Release of Wicked Burn by Beth Kery, a Beth Kery T-shirt and various items of Romantic Times swag. 🙂

Velvet Cataclysm
Series: Princes of the Underground 1
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: May 18, 2010

In his battle to resist, he found the impossible. His soul.

Christina Astor’s telepathic ability is an asset in her job as a psychiatric social worker. What’s driving her crazy, though, is her elusive, gorgeous landlord. She senses that Saint Sevliss wants her with an all-consuming hunger that’s somehow…different. Just how different becomes all too clear when his dangerous world collides with hers.

For centuries, Saint’s kind have been called vampire and werewolf. Even soulless. But their true nature remains a mystery. Bound by a magical mandate to control his bloodthirsty clone, Teslar, at all costs, Saint will do anything to keep Christina away. She infuses his gray universe with life and color, but his world—and his need—would destroy her.

When an attack reveals the true power of Christina’s gift, one thing is certain—Teslar won’t rest in his underground labyrinth until he possesses her, body and soul…

Contest: In doing research for my first ‘vampire’ novel, I of course had to go back and re-read the classic by Bram Stoker. I was surprised to discover that Dracula was a shapeshifter, a bat, a wolf, etc. I didn’t remember the wolf part, which is actually quite prominent. He’s also a sort of “King” of the wolves. When I went farther in my research, I discovered that the vamprie and wearwolf legend are often intertwined, aspects of each bleeding into the other.

As a result, in Velvet Cataclysm, I made Saint and his followers, the Iniskium, wolf-shifters, for as the chief of the Iniskium Fardusk puts it, the wolf is a noble, revered animal. Teslar–Saint’s vile clone–on the other hand, and his followers, the Scourge revenents, shift into a variety of truly nasty creatures.

Just as an aside, the name of Saint’s mansion and grounds is Whitby, which is a nod to the town in Yorkshire, England where Stoker wrote Dracula.

What was the first vampire novel you ever read? The first movie?

42 comments to “Velvet Cataclysm Contest, Tuesday Prize”

  1. Mary G
      · May 11th, 2010 at 7:20 am · Link

    Hi Beth
    Interesting. One of my best friends lives in Whitby, Ontario. No one that interesting lives there. The first & only (for now) vamp book I read was High Stakes by Erin McCarthy probably because I love her writing & it was funny. I am too squeamish to read gore & blood stuff but funny harmless vamps I can handle. Ditto the movie: That would be Twilight. I did appreciaite the “vegetarian” vamps. LOL

  2. elaing8
      · May 11th, 2010 at 7:25 am · Link

    The first Vampire movie I ever saw (if I remember right 🙂 ) Was Buffy the Vampire Slayer (loved Luke Perry at the time)
    As for Vampire books,my first was Twilight.(never read Dracula)

  3. Maria D.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 7:30 am · Link

    The first vampire book that I read was “Guilty Pleasures” by Laurell K. Hamilton, didn’t want to go the traditional route for reading. The first vampire movie that I watched was “Fright Night” with Chris Sarandon – who was so hot! that I overlooked the scarry vampire part

  4. Lea
      · May 11th, 2010 at 7:35 am · Link

    Morning Beth:

    The first ever vampire book I read was Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. Brilliant novel, I wept for Louis, who like your Saint felt such self loathing.

    Louis however never found relief from his torment. IMHO

    I read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” after I’d gobbled up the remainder of Rice’s vampire books. lol

    Thanks for the giveaway! Great post. 😀

  5. Amy M
      · May 11th, 2010 at 8:07 am · Link

    I am pretty new to the vampire stuff. I think that the first one that I read was by Emma Holly, it would have been her Midnight series. Kissing Midnight I think was the first one. I was never sure how I would feel about the vampires, but I really liked it, and now just have to find more that I enjoy!

    Amy M

  6. Cecile
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:01 am · Link

    The first vampire movie I ever watched was Lost Boys… How could one not watch that movie! And who would have ever thought years later… I would totally be lusting after them!!!
    Thanks for the chance Beth!!!!

    Velvet will kick some butt!!! And Saint is hot! Just a fyi, lol!!

  7. Debra
      · May 11th, 2010 at 10:17 am · Link

    Hi Beth –

    I think the first movie I remember watching was Love at First Bite (1979) with George Hamilton. I don’t think that really counts so “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” followed by “Interview With a Vampire”.

    As for the first book I read, I’m not really sure. I guess it would be Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series.

    deb ;0)

  8. Elizabeth Jules Mason
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:20 am · Link

    Wow you stumped me! lol
    I am not sure I remember the first vampire novel I read, but the very first vampire movies/tv shows were from Scooby Doo and the Hardy Boys Mysteries shows in the 1970s!
    My first real vampire movie would probably be “Lost Boys” – loved it!



  9. Leni
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:26 am · Link

    The first vampire themed movie that I remember watching was Love At First Bite. I think Interview With The Vampire was the first book, but I’m not entirely sure.
    I didn’t know that Velvet Cataclysm is going to be a series. Do you know how many books are going to be a part of it?

  10. Larena Wirum
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:39 am · Link

    The first vampire book I really remember reading was Angela Knight’s Master of the Night but the ones that really got me into reading vampire books were Laurell K. Hamilton & J.R. Ward.

    First vampire movie was probably Lost Boys. Thought I have seen Bram Stroker’s Dracula with Anthony Hopkins & Keanu Reeves. And Dracula in that one turned into a wolf at times. :mrgreen:

  11. Jeanette Juan
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:44 am · Link

    That info about Dracula was interesting since there are so many stories about how vampires and werewolves are enemies.

    My first vampire novel was JR Ward’s Dark Lover and my first vampire movie…Underworld.

  12. Anna Shah Hoque
      · May 11th, 2010 at 10:52 am · Link

    My first vampire book was one of the books from the Dark series by Christine Feehan.

    My first vampire movie was Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.

  13. Nancy Gilliland
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:59 am · Link

    I must be the “senior citizen” of the group-I think the first Vampire novel I read was the original Stoker Dracula while in my late teens (read the original Frankenstein by Shelley about the same time), and the first Vampire movie was Dracula (the 1931 version-my cousin and I used to watch the Saturday night “Creature Feature”) with Bela Lugosi. There are many really good ones now, but those were the first for me.

  14. Audra Holtwick
      · May 11th, 2010 at 10:00 am · Link

    I like vampires but they are not my favorite but I love Charliene Harris Sookie Books.

  15. Scorpio M.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 10:18 am · Link

    I’m late to the pnr world. My first vamp book was “Dead Until Dark” and first vamp movie was “Twilight.”

  16. peggy
      · May 11th, 2010 at 10:26 am · Link

    The first vampire movie would be count dracula

  17. Little Lamb Lost
      · May 11th, 2010 at 11:33 am · Link

    The first vampire story I read was Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince. The first vampire movie I saw was Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  18. becky4444
      · May 11th, 2010 at 11:46 am · Link

    my first vampire novel was Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (the book is better than the movie, although having Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in a movie with fangs is always wonderful), but their wasnt any shapeshifting in it. I do love when vampires can shift though, and wolves are such beautiful strong and intelligent creatures!

  19. Amanda
      · May 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm · Link

    I don’t even remember my first vampire novel, I think maybe my first movie that I can really remember is Underworld

  20. Fedora
      · May 11th, 2010 at 12:31 pm · Link

    I think the first vampire thing I saw was a stage version of Dracula when I was in junior high. It creeped me out so badly that I had trouble sleeping at night for a bit after. (And nope, it probably wasn’t all that scary–I’m just the fraidy-cat type!) I think the first vampire book I remember reading was one of Anne Rice’s. Queen of the Damned, maybe?

  21. Christine
      · May 11th, 2010 at 12:44 pm · Link

    The first vampire novel I ever read was bunnicula, the tale of a bunny that sucked juice from fruits and vegetables until there’s nothing left but a white tissue. I believe I was five or six.

    The first vampire novel I remember reading and loving was Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Krause. Its a teenager romance with a vampire way before Twilight but I remember really loving it in middle school. Since then I’ve read all the greats from Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker and, yes, even Stephenie Meyer.

    What can I say, I’m a sucker for a blood sucker?

  22. Tracey D
      · May 11th, 2010 at 1:32 pm · Link

    The first vampire book I read was BLOOD GAMES by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. After that book, I was hooked and read ONLY vampire books for many, many years.

    Stoker’s Dracula is a classic; one which I’ve re-read several times.

    I can’t recall the first vampire movie I’ve seen. I’m sure it starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. One movie I recently re-watched (and it’s been about 20 years since I’ve seen it) was Vampire Circus… and it’s still cheesy, though a fun movie to watch!

  23. jennifer mathis
      · May 11th, 2010 at 1:36 pm · Link

    oh my the first I can’t even remember that but I did just re-read bram storker dracula and then I watched the movie and loved it both

  24. Jody F.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 1:54 pm · Link

    The first vamp book I read was Interview With a Vampire. I read it while sick at home from high school one day. I was very impressed by it and thus my vampy love was started.

    My first vamp movies were the old Hammer Films starring Christopher Lee as Dracula. I watched every Saturday night during Creature Feature with its host Dr. Sanguinary. That was such cheesy goodness!

  25. Jane
      · May 11th, 2010 at 2:04 pm · Link

    The first vampire movie I saw was “Fright Night.” My first vampire book was Heather Graham’s “Kiss of Darkness.”

  26. CrystalGB
      · May 11th, 2010 at 2:19 pm · Link

    The first vampire movie I watched was Lost Boys. The first vampire books were Amanda Ashley’s vampire books.

  27. Estella
      · May 11th, 2010 at 3:15 pm · Link

    I don’t recall the name of the first vampire book iI read and I have never seen a vampire movie.

  28. Tracy
      · May 11th, 2010 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Hi Beth,

    The 1st vampire movie I saw was Dracula with Frank Langela. The 1st vampire book I read was Interview with a Vampire-great question!

  29. Chelsea B.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 4:38 pm · Link

    I did not know that about Dracula! But its not surprisin. I’ve never read the book. I don’t know why, with my love of vampires and all 🙂
    The first vampire book I ever read was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and the first vampire movie I ever watched was….I want to say Interview with a Vampire, but that may not be true. I’ll just go with that! :~)

  30. Cathy M
      · May 11th, 2010 at 5:18 pm · Link

    I think my first movie was Interview With A Vampire, which got me reading Anne Rice’s book. And I’ve been hooked ever since…

  31. Amelia
      · May 11th, 2010 at 5:36 pm · Link

    My first vampire book was Dracula by Bram Stoker. My first movie was “Lost Boys”.

  32. RachieG
      · May 11th, 2010 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I still remember my first vampire movie…”Interview with a Vampire” Tom Cruise AND Brad Pitt, utterly fabulous. Even to this day, I enjoy it.

    I can’t remember my first vampire book, but I do still enjoy them 😀

  33. Pamk
      · May 11th, 2010 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I am probably going to date myself but I am an old paranormal romance reader from way back. I started with For all eternity by Linda Lael miller. She had a 3 book vamp series way back when which I still have and still love. Then I found Maggie shayne and have been pining for that type of book every since. I am in heaven now since I get new and different types of paranorals whenever i want. More good ones than I can buy or read. lol

  34. Lisa F.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 8:17 pm · Link

    First vampire novel I ever read was Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. First movie, I think it was Fright Night or Salem’s Lot.

  35. Gabrielle J.
      · May 11th, 2010 at 9:06 pm · Link

    First vampire novel you ever read? That’s a hard one. Let’s see if I remember right I think the first vampire novel I read was one by Nina Bangs called Master of Ecstasy I think.

    First vampire movie that’s even harder, Um it might’ve been either Interview With the Vampire, Blade, or Forsaken. I can’t remember exactly.

  36. Gigi
      · May 12th, 2010 at 7:56 am · Link

    Sounds great and loved the you tube video

  37. Beth Kery
      · May 12th, 2010 at 8:04 am · Link

    End Tuesday Prize

  38. Lindsey Ekland
      · May 14th, 2010 at 3:08 am · Link

    I do not remember the first vampire movie I saw. I read Margaret Mahy The Changeover which involves an energy sucking creature like a vampire. Read many paranormal books as a teen but the Angela Knight books were probably my first adult vampire novels.

  39. Warwealth
      · June 25th, 2010 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Very very interesting post. I actually have a website that you might be interested in, OP, and maybe other people might have an interest in it aswell? It’s called Warwealth. Here’s the link: wow exploits. It’s pretty much a giant knowledge base of all the greatest World of Warcraft (working) exploits. They’ve got an item and gold duplication method, ways to fly in Azeroth, and apparantly even a glitch that increases your stats by thousands (they say infinity, but I’ve only got like 100000+ on stats max). It’s pretty cool, I’d check it out if you want an unfair advantage. wow exploits.

  40. Ethan Thompson
      · July 9th, 2010 at 5:58 am · Link

    Anthony Hopkins is one of the veteran actors in Hollywood that should be given a lifetime acheivement award.”*`

  41. Megan Thompson
      · July 10th, 2010 at 9:56 pm · Link

    when i hear the name Anthony Hopkins, i always tought of the movie Meet Joe Black.,*,

  42. Chase Peterson
      · December 3rd, 2010 at 11:35 pm · Link

    i like the role of Anthony Hopkins in the movie Silence of The Lambs. this guy is simply amazing .;~

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