Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Perfect Mate for a Vampire By L.K. Below

An author’s job is to find the perfect match for their characters. What, you thought it was something different? Something sappy like providing entertainment for readers? *grins* Well, it is that too, but today I’m going to don my matchmaker hat and talk about one particular character, Terrence.

A vampire.

But let’s start with a question. Since vampires live for hundreds of years, do you think they would grow less picky over time? A little desperate, you might say, to find anyone? Or do you think they would hold out for their perfect match?

Terrence held out. Or at least, I think that’s what he’s doing. He’s certainly fixated on Lori, despite her attempts to rebuff him. Why did he choose her? Well, let’s go back to what a vampire seeks in a mate.

He would want somebody unreligious -- in other words, someone not likely to shove a cross in his face.

He would want somebody who isn’t overly fond of garlic (alas, that crosses me out).

He would want somebody whose dream vacation isn’t “a week at the beach under the hot sun.”

He would want somebody nocturnal. After all, what fun is it to only see someone for an hour or two before bed?

He would want… a prickly goth with commitment issues and clairvoyant abilities? A woman who threatens to stake him every time he annoys her (which is usually)? Well, maybe Lori doesn’t quite fit the bill of “a vampire’s perfect mate.”

Either way, I’m going to be giving away a copy of Stalking Shade to one lucky winner! All you need to do is comment.

Here’s more about what you could win:

Stalking Shade


When the leader of Lori's secret organization goes missing, her life starts to fall apart.

Lori is a member of the Order, a secret organization with an invincible leader, or so she believes--until he disappears. Their mission is all about protecting him, the Spenta Michos, and the Order degenerates into chaos once he's gone.

Lori is determined to find him, with or without the support of the other members. But a madman shadows her every move, and she can barely keep herself out of the growing pile of victims. To make matters worse, she has to deal with a persistent faux-vampire who seems to think she's meant for him.

How can she save the leader of her religion when she can barely protect herself?


“See?” the bartender was telling the taller man. “If you want a night with Lori, it won’t be tonight. Wait and try some other time.”

Wise advice.

“What if I’m interested in more than a night?”

Lori nearly spewed her coffee on a couple walking past. She would need to keep an eye out for this guy. He gave a whole new meaning to persistence, and he hadn’t even approached her yet. She could only hope to scare him off by giving him the cold shoulder once he did.

Luckily, Ritchie came to her rescue. “Then you’re definitely outta luck, my man. I’ve known Lori for four years and she’s never had anything longer than a one night stand. She doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.”

“I like a challenge.”

Lori resisted the urge to bang her head against the counter. She needed to evacuate. Now. DEFCON One.

She smacked her cup on the counter as Scissors muttered to Ritchie, “Does this guy have a death wish?” Presumably he was already en route to intercept her.

Lori fumbled with her change, starting to sort out what she owed. Changing her mind, she left the cash on the counter and shoved the bus pass into her pocket.

“Leaving so soon?” A deep, masculine voice. She recognized it with an inner groan.

Too late.

She turned slowly, thinking to nip this in the bud. He stood an inch or two taller than she did in her heeled boots, which made him at least six-four. His hair was black, cut short, and he had the most brilliant blue eyes she had ever seen. His easy smile proudly displayed a set of fangs. She narrowed her eyes. A faux-vampire.

Freaking wonderful.

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YOU COULD WIN IT! Comment on this post for your chance to win an e-copy of Stalking Shade, the first book in The Order series. What qualities do you think a vampire would look for in a mate?

L.K. Below


Amy S. said...

Sounds good!

Jennifer Mathis said...

he would undoubtedly want some one with healthy blood .

Brenda Demko said...

Someone who smells good to him and who he feels a connection with.Someone that he finds appealing to look at.

Shonna said...

I think every vampire would have a different opinion as to what they were looking for so it is hard to say HMmmmmmmmmmm Let me think

Shonna said...

In the end, I think vampires, like humans, sometimes find their mate and they are nothing like what they thought they wanted. I think this is what makes the game of love interesting. LOL

elaing8 said...

Great post.I like the sound of this book and also love the cover.

Anonymous said...

Vampires would have to look for someone with a sense of humor, seeing how forever and immortal are pretty long term.
But, definitely, a Vamp would require a person with an adventurous side. All that creeping from crypt to coffin and century to century. Never knowing who you'll suck dry next, or what town you'll wake up in?
It'd have to be exasperating!

Pretty Eyes said...

I think a vampire would need to have a particularly strong mate who could bring them down a stake or two when needed. :)

The Brunette Librarian said...

Someone who doesn't like garlic...with a lot of blood and who likes low cut tops :)

Thanks for sharing!

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Arianne Cruz said...

I think a vampire would love to have a human as a mate. Hey, free food right? :)
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mnjcarter said...

High iron content in their blood!! Not sure about other qualities, other than I suppose they would have to be willing to change to a vamp, so they could be mates for as long as they both live.

Eva's Flowers said...

Someone he knows in his 'heart' is his soulmate, who he knows he can spend an eternity with.


June M. said...

I'm thinking the nightowl part would be very important. Also though, someone who doesn't mind changes (you would probably have to move a lot to keep people for noticing you don't age).
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Annie Nicholas said...

contest is closed

L. K. Below said...

Some great answers here. Thanks to everyone for stopping by to read and comment on my post! I appreciate it :)