Cinsearae S. on Valentines Are For Lovers
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VALENTINES ARE FOR LOVERS…NO MATTER WHO OR WHAT THEY ARE!
There are lots of women who probably dream of having a vampire boyfriend...what it would be like to date an immortal; the limitless passion, the potential of becoming just like their lover and being with them for eternity. Or maybe you'd want to date a shapeshifter. How fascinating would it be to watch your lover transform into an animal right before your eyes? And aren't paranormals known to be a bit sexier, more alluring, and have more stamina than the average human? But how about dating someone less... appealing? Someone who has issues with being undead, but on a more 'decayed' level? Someone who's just as bad as a zombie, but you wouldn't have to worry about him or her eating your brains?
These particular creatures are barely a step up from those horrifying, cranium crunchers. These particular creatures are ghouls. They're cadaver munchers, and they don't care what kind of condition their next meal is in, as long as it's already deceased. Could you deal with your significant other finding their midnight snack along a roadside or in a cemetery? Or smelling like the same? Could you also deal with their desiccated appearance? And despite it all, you still have his or her undying love and devotion?
In Diary of a Vampire Stripper, poor Audra has a lot on her hands. Her life is tough enough as it is, forcing herself to work as a stripper to make ends meet. But finding out her lover is a vampire at the worst possible moment, and then being turned by him against her will, not only does she have to deal with the cumbersome task of drinking blood in her own special way; her human boyfriend is turned into a ghoul by her rather jealous husband. On top of that, she finds out her best friend Lucinda whom she works with in the strip-club is a werewolf, the alleged enemy of vampires. But that doesn't stop this dynamic duo in the least. Their friendship--and great sleuthing skills--is what stops both their clans from having a war in the city streets [Dead bodies turning up on either's turf and blaming each other for the mess is more than enough to cause a ton of squabbling…]. Plus, other problems still hover over them all, as a group of radical cops know about their kind and are hell-bent on destroying them.
Although there's not a whole lot of time for romance, Audra's human boyfriend sticks by her side through thick and thin, and when her jealous maker decides to hurt her by hurting him, well, there's some scores that have to be settled. Ghouls are considered beneath all of their kind and are frowned upon; the absolute bottom-of-the-barrel monster (next to zombies), but Audra and Lu refuse to cater to the rules of paranormals. C'mon this is the 21st century after all! Still, having a ghoul for a boyfriend is like taking care of an overgrown, messy, zombie baby... if there ever was such a thing. And least her best friend Lu is there to help her out with yet another newfound problem.
Diary of a Vampire Stripper touches on a lot of subjects, predominantly self-realization, love, friendship, family, trust, and sadly, the crumbling of humanity. I have a pretty dark sense of humor sometimes, (chalk that one up to being a big Vincent Price fan, lol) and it shows up a lot in this novel. I want to give others the chance to laugh, even the darkest of situations, facing adversity with a level head, albeit with a bit snarky, dark humor.
Since Audra and Lucinda are a vampire and a werewolf, respectively, they're the best of friends. Even the younger generations from both their families are cool with hanging out with each other---it's the older generations that distrust the idea of befriending one another--after all, vamps and weres are allegedly sworn enemies. Generation gaps seem to cause quite a bit of strain when it comes to total unity, and it's something both Audra and Lu hope to squash in the long run, amongst other things. Audra and Lucinda's journey is a plethora of misadventures, danger, and socially awkward moments, but surrounded by love, trust, and a sisterly bond.
Audra feels like she has gotten the short end of the stick for a good chunk of her life (and who hasn't felt that way at some time?). She's a good person, but life has made her a bit rough around the edges. She's a bit closed-off to meeting new people, although she 'forces' herself to function in society to avoid being a total recluse. Because of her bumpy life, she's become a better judge of character, although her heart sometimes gets in the way of her more logical thinking at times. She does the things she does to survive in today's heartless, uncaring world. She may not necessarily like it, but this also shows courage on her part, and the determination to not let the world kick her when she's down. The world may throw a lot of crap at her, but she proves to the world and herself that she can turn it around and make it something positive. Plus, with the new friends she's accumulated over the short span of her new vampire life, that's just another ace in her pocket.
Dark Paranormal Romance/Horror author Cinsearae S. is the creator of The ABRAXAS Series, and BOLEYN, Tudor Vampire, a Top Ten Finisher at the Predators & Editors Readers Poll in 2010. Diary of a Vampire Stripper was a top ten finisher at the 2012 P&E Readers Poll. A digital artist, jewelry designer, and still-photographer, she is also Editor/Publisher of award-winning, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine. She received the Author's Site of Excellence Award in 2007 from Predators & Editors, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books and independent authors. Her website also won a Golden Horror Award from Horrorfind.com. Shop owner of Mistress Rae's Decadent Designs on Etsy.com, (Search: MistressRae13) she specializes in Steampunk, Halloween, Victorian and Gothic-inspired, jewelry, accessories, creepy dolls and more. Her store won the 2012 Fright Times Award for "Best Horror Collectible" and has received praises for creativity and great customer service. You can also find her on Youtube/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/LinkdIn @ Cinsearae.
An avid fan of 'old school' horror movies and their villains (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead…) Halloween is her favorite time of the year, and she keeps her house decorated year-round. She has always been drawn to the flipside of life -- the supernatural, odd, bizarre, Gothic and 'darkly beautiful' always being an inspiration to her. She lives with her husband and two rat terriers, aptly named Hades and Chaos.
Author Website: http://BloodTouch.webs.com
Diary of a Vampire Stripper link. https://www.createspace.com/3778782 (Print) and available for Kindle on Amazon.com.