Redemption is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and coming soon to iBooks.
Also, I’m happy to announce that The Keepers is now available as an audiobook. It can be found on Amazon, Audible.com and iTunes. Keepers and Killers will be available in audiobook format later this month. Both are narrated by the talented Laurel Schroeder.
The first vampire fiction I fell in love with was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Why? What about a creature of the night that killed people by sucking the blood out of their veins made me want more? I wish I knew exactly, but I’m going to try and break down some of the things that might be appealing. To make it fair, I’m going to list the cons as well.
1. They don’t age. Immortality is pretty intriguing.
2. They are beautiful, at least in majority of books I’ve read. Young and hot? I think this mystery is starting to unravel.
3. Nocturnal creatures are very appealing to night owls, such as myself.
4. I’ve always had a thing for a guy kissing or nibbling my neck. It’s one of the top erogenous zones. Okay, maybe not to suck out my blood, but it looks so hot in the movies.
5. They’re strong. Superhuman strength is just plain cool!
6. A lot of them can fly. If I could have a super power, my first choice would be flying! Plus, it’s got to beat taking coach.
1. Sleeping in a coffin? No way. I don’t care how cute the vampire is.
2. Always the chance of accidental murder. He might be the nicest vampire in the world but when you’re sucking on a jugular, things can go bad quick.
3. Awkward moment when he won’t eat or drink at a dinner party and your friends think you’re dating a freak.
4. Having to keep a fire extinguisher handy when you go to your friend’s church wedding.
I decided to felt a bat for this giveaway. Here is a mini tutorial on how I made him.
1. As usual, I start with a fluff of wool that I use a felting needle on to start working a shape. In this case, I added a length of pipe cleaner to the end so that I’d be able to hang him.
Finished bat. I added a polymer nose I sculpted. You can find that tutorial here.
What you’ll need:
100% Wool Batting
Barbed Felting Needle
Foam Felting Pad
Needle & Thread
Black Clay Nose (You can find tutorial under Needle Felting. This is optional. You can substitute black wool. )
I never know exactly how I’m going to make something when I start. There is a lot of trial and error. This craft is very forgiving. Too little wool, add more. Too much? Just snip a chunk off with your scissors. Don’t be afraid to play around with it.
Here is my starting point. One chunk of batting and a barbed needle (38 gauge).
A little further along.
I made a flat piece of felted wool that I’m attaching for ears. Will cut off excess wool after it’s secured. Start forming face.
Forming face. Now I need to sew in some black beads before I get any further. I stick a needle in through the back of the head and poke out near the eye socket. I push the needle back in and tie it in the back of the head. I cover the thread in the back with a light layer of wool.
I added some colored fur and eyelids. I glued on a clay nose and poked in the mouth and wrinkles more. I also added a few strands of grew wool to accent the mouth. To make wrinkles, just poke in a line repeatedly.