Donna Augustine

USA Today Bestselling Author

Vampire for Valentines Giveaway Hop

Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop

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.

Pros to Dating a Vampire

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.

Vampire Dating Cons

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.

Life Sized Needle Felted Bat Giveaway

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.

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2. Rough shape of body and head.image

3. Cover in dark wool.image

4. Make ears.image

5. Felt on ears and sew on black beads for eyes. Add black wool for beginning of wings.image

6. Add layer of lighter wool to add depth and texture to his fur.image

7. Build wings in black wool.image

Finished bat. I added a polymer nose I sculpted. You can find that tutorial here.image

Shown hanging from a pen. You could hang him from almost anywhere. I thought he might be cute hanging from a rear view mirror.image

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24 Comments

  1. I love that cute little bat. If I tried to make that it would end up looking like a brown cocoon.

  2. I forgot to put who my favorite vampire is.
    It would have to be Bones or Eric. I love them both

  3. My favorite vampire is Jasper hale from twilight.

  4. Kristina Parmenter

    February 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Bones is my favorite.. there is just something about him 🙂

  5. my favorite vampire is Bunnicula which was a book series from when I was little. He is a bunny that sucks the juice out of veggies. I loved Bunnicula!

  6. I love all vamps;) I love the felted bat!! I do felting also–so much fun!

  7. The original Dracula of course.

  8. That bat is the cutest thing EVER. He’d be a perfect “pet” for Halloween (which I’m nutty about). As for favorite vampire? hmm… toughie, but I’ll have to go with a three-way tie (yeah, cheating, so sue me) – Giovanni Vecchio, Carwyn ap Bryn, or Tenzin. Tenzin probably edges them all out for sheer awesomeness, but Gio… rawr! All three are characters in the Elemental Mysteries/World series by Elizabeth Hunter. Just amazing.

  9. Wow favorite, there are so many faves, but I have to admit that one of the first that always pops in my mind is Eric Northman; I am particularly fond of his role on Dead to the World. I love this little bat critter and truly admire your talent. I am very curious about what this medium feels like. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. Love the bat! My favorite vampire is Bones.

  11. That is absolutely adorable! You are quite talented.
    My favorite vampire is Damon from The Vampire Diaries.
    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

  12. Kaname Kuran from *Vampire Knight*.

  13. Hmmm…. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite… but I know that I LOVE that bat!! Even looking at the “how to” pics it still looks like magic to me!

  14. Zsadist from the BDB series

  15. OMG!! What a cute bat!!! And I love Eric Northman 🙂
    Ashley Applebee
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  16. Eric Northmann and Ethan are the hottest vamp I know!

  17. I love your bat! how creative! 😉
    Favorite vampire? xmmm can I say two?
    1. Gerard Butler from “Dracula 2000” &
    2. Ian Somerhalder (Damon)from “Vampire Diaries”
    I fall for the Dark-haired ones!Can’t help it! 3:)
    Thanks for participating in this great giveaway 🙂

  18. That is one adorable bat, I freaking love it. My favorite vampire is Selene from the Underword series.

  19. I can not play favorites here. They are all fabulous in their own right. Just too many to pick from.
    Thank you for a chance to win the beautiful bat. I have been looking into learning to do needle felted animals.

    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

  20. I love that bat – it is adorable!!

    My first vampire love was Lestat, of course. But my current favorite is Jean Claude from Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series.

    karen.arrowood@sbcglobal.net

  21. Shannon Greathouse

    February 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Eric Northman and Damon.I love the bad boys. The bat is adorable!
    majecscontesttx at gmail dot com

  22. Eric Northman.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. I don’t really have a favorite Vampire, there are just way too many sexy ones to choose from 🙂 But since I am currently watching the True Blood series again, Eric Northman does come to my mind. Love him!!! And I love the little bat, way too cute.

  24. Edward Cullen- from books not movies.

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