Guest blogger: Christina Phillips (with giveaway) on The Lure of the Vampire Hero

Bloodlust DeniedThe Lure of the Vampire Hero

A big thank you to my good friend Michelle for having me back on Magical Musings today. It’s always so much fun hanging out here with everyone 🙂

I’ve been wondering lately where I get my love of all things that go bump in the night from. I write about kick-ass heroines who wield daggers and katanas and go up against the bad guys with the best of them. In real life if a demon from the pit confronted me I would likely die of fright 🙂

But I like my heroines to be strong and while they’re not fearless they do a good job of overcoming their fears as their story progresses. Whereas I’m still trying to overcome my fear of spiders and cockroaches!

So why am I so fascinated by the lure of the vampire hero?

Hammer Horror 1As a tween I was hooked on the old Hammer Horror movies with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. They scared the stuffing out of me, especially since I’d stay up late at night on my own watching them. But did I find them sexy?

I’m pretty sure I didn’t. And yet the dark compulsion to watch these movies consumed me.

I first read Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was about eleven, but it was years later before the repressed sexual undertones of the story really made an impact. Then when I was seventeen I read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.

It was the first King novel I read and it’s safe to say that book terrified me in more ways than I can count. But there was no way I found those vampires sexy. They were just completely horrific and gave me nightmares for years afterwards. However, seeing as I’ve read that book countless times I clearly enjoy terrorizing myself!

Gary OldmanI think it must have been when Gary Oldman played the Count in the 1992 version of Dracula that my fascination with vampires took a new turn. Sure, I wasn’t keen on the huge bottom shaped head but once he’d sucked down some blood he turned amazingly hot 🙂

I loved it all. The prologue where Vlad loses his beloved wife hooked me in, and the reincarnation theme won me over completely. My childhood love of magical fairy tales morphed into an obsession with dark heroes and dangerous love but something didn’t change—I needed a Happily Ever After!

Thank goodness for the rise in paranormal romance where I could get my fix all wrapped up in one lusciously sexy package. And this brings me to my recent release, BLOODLUST DENIED, a dark sexy tale of a vampire who long ago lost the only woman he’s ever loved, along with his honor and conscience. He exists in a twilight world where he takes what he wants and appreciates nothing—until one fateful night when he finds his heroine, Morana.

I have an e-copy of BLOODLUST DENIED to giveaway to one commenter on this post. Just leave a comment or let me know – do you remember the first book or movie that lured you over to the Dark Side?


Tired of the thin-blooded aristocrats in 1815 London, Alexius yearns for better sport. He is drawn to a dark-haired seductress who shows no fear and refuses to obey his commands. Entranced by such novelty, he denies his bloodlust and decides to keep her to warm his bed.

Immortal vampire hunter Morana has never mistaken her prey before, but the dark stranger mesmerizes her, enticing her to forget everything but the dangerous pleasure she finds in his arms.
Neither one can deny the pull of the other, but there is something beyond the lust—a recognition neither can put a name to.

The past and present collide and unless they discover the truth behind the lies, Death will triumph once more.

Inside Scoop: Silk makes much softer shackles than iron, but is just as binding as our lovers engage in light BDSM sport with spanking and mild submission in this risqué Regency story.

Read Chapter One – Over 18s Only

Christina Phillips

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About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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14 Responses to Guest blogger: Christina Phillips (with giveaway) on The Lure of the Vampire Hero

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Christina, thanks for being our guest. I read your excerpt, and all I can say is Wow!!! Great writing, and very hot. 🙂

    I can only remember the last vampire movie I watched, and that was Dark Shadows just last week. I enjoyed it, though it actually wasn’t that dark.

  2. Thanks Edie 🙂 That chapter does smolder a bit!

    I have Dark Shadows on my list to watch. Johnny Depp! I don’t know why I haven’t watched it already!!

  3. Amy says:

    I am still slowly going over to the Dark Side. I am not a Dark Side kind of gal and horror movies and things that go bump in the night scare me. I do read paranormal romance and realize that I prefer shifters and angels and gods to vampires because, well, vampires scare the crap out of me. Aside from Edward Cullen (is he even a vampire?) I only seem to enjoy female vampires that are saved by angels or shifters of some sort (think Cynthia Eden and Katie Reus). My older sister scared me with horror movies so I don’t watch any. Books are different because I can stop reading quickly. If there is some sort of love in a story that conquers all with a happy ever after, I can pretty much read anything. Congrats on your new release!
    Amy`s last blog was …Character Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway with Adrienne Giordano

    • Hi Amy,

      I’ve always loved the weird and strange, and love reading about shifters, angels and gods but I don’t mind vampires too 🙂 There’s just something very bad about all that necking!! Thanks for the congrats!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Welcome to Magical Musings!

    I’m definitely a dark side type of person – both reading and writing 🙂
    Love the first chapter and the cover is dynamite! Wishing you lots of luck!

    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vampire in Denial is….FREE!!!

  5. Liz Kreger says:

    I’m totally with you, Christina. I love anything paranormal. In fact, I rarely read anything else. Always loved the individual takes that various authors have on the vampire stories. There are no hard and fast rules as far as I’m concerned. The author should be free to interpret the legends and she sees fit.

  6. Margay says:

    It was the movie Dracula with Frank Langella. Oh, my gosh, none sexier than that guy in that role!

  7. bn100 says:

    think it was JR Ward’s BDB series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Kristine Radgman says:

    Most likely Alexandra Ivy started me back to reading dark books. But that was years ago. Wow I totally love your book cover of Bloodlust Denied.

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