Monday, December 5, 2016

Guest Post: Vampires by Tara Tyler

The second book in Tara Tyler's Beast World series is out this month! To help celebrate Cradle Rock, Tara's taking over my blog to talk about one of my absolute favorite kinds of beasts. Enjoy!


No, not vampires again. But wait! It’s not just about the blood-sucking or twinkling. It’s about the character.

VampiresThenAndNow2.jpgVampires have been around for centuries, in literature and beyond! Historically they’re portrayed as demons, given their powers and longevity from the devil. They have evolved over the years and different authors choose which pieces of the folklore to use, making them blend in for our urban fantasy delights. This graphic is a good example of Vampires then and now. And I particularly like what Heather has done in her vampire comic! She’s so talented!

Over the years all these vampire movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire anymore. - Johnny Depp

In my MG/YA Beast World series, there are 12 identified intelligent species, 13 if you count humans. My bat people are a new generation of vampire. Though they are similar as nocturnal chiropteran shape-shifters, they convert blood to energy, usually from animals and not other sentient beings. But there have been rumors… Let’s just say, you don’t want to wander into their territory until after sunup. And the only ill-will in their hearts is inherited from their human ancestors. They also share many of the same characteristics as traditional vampires: pale, goth, and dramatic. Other than that, they’re the same as most kids, dealing with high school and parents and relationships...

Vincent is the first vampire we meet in Beast World and he is charming to a fault. In his village, there’s an ancient vampire grandmother to whom everyone sends their kids when they turn ten for a prediction of their future. They call her the Prophetess. The tradition is similar to Halloween for us. But the kids, being kids, take what she says to heart and interpret what she says in their own way. So the predictions usually come true. Vincent was told he would meet an ogress who would change his life. When he met Ona, he thought she was his true love and caused quite a scene. But everything worked out… and his life was definitely changed.

Since vampires have super sensitive skin, they stay out of the sun, and therefore are not in Cradle Rock which takes place in the sunny western mountains. But don’t worry, Vince returns with his charismatic flair in Book Three, Windy Holler, and enjoys meeting many other vampires in the mountains across the big sea.

Gabe's opinion of Vincent, His fangs give me the ibbidy jibbidies.

Who's your favorite vampire?


CRADLE ROCK, Beast World Book Two
by Tara Tyler

Gabe the goblin just saved his town Broken Branch Falls from splitting apart. He also revealed that humans--horrible creatures of myth and legend--may actually be part of their history! But seriously? Nah!

Now Ona, Gabe’s girlfriend, is headed thousands of miles away to Camp Cradle Rock for Spring Break seeking evidence of humans. Gabe knows better than to tell a stubborn ogress she’s crazy, so he’s letting her go and spending the break at the beach like a normal teenage beast. And he’s determined to have a good time without her, whether he likes it or not.

But when Gabe hears Ona went missing, he and his friends set out for the wilds of the west to find her, no matter what dangerous creatures get in his way. Not even humans.

Check out the Book Trailer!

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently she has two series, Pop Travel (techno-thriller detective capers) and Broken Branch Falls (fantasy adventures). To squeeze in writing, she economizes her time aka the Lazy Housewife. Make every day an adventure!

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I'll also be giving away signed copies of Broken Branch Falls and Cradle Rock, some Beast World swag, and a $20 GC!

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  1. It's true vampires don't look like vampires any more. My favorite vampire is Bones from Jeaniene Frost's books. Great post, Tara! And yay for having Vince back in the next BW book! :)

  2. Vincent certainly did annoy Gabe at first.
    Depp is right - they no longer look like vampires.

  3. My favorite vampires are those from the Whedonverse. Dark, brooding, sarcastic, and no glittering in sight.

    Congrats on the new release, Tara. Looking forward to reading it!

  4. Congratulations on the new release book Tara! I love me some Vampires!

  5. This sounds like a fun adventure!

    Hi, Heather;)

  6. There's always new ways to write about vampires if you're a good enough author, and Tara is. Congrats!

  7. Hehehehe I also have a charming vampire character called Vince in my Urban Fantasy series.

    All the best, Tara!

  8. thanks for the great comments you guys !
    and Misha I bet you're a vampire is a lot more mature debonair & frightening than mine !

    thanks again Heather for having me here I love your vampire comic!

    1. No problem, Tara! More than happy to help spread the word about your work whenever I can. And thanks for your kind words! One day, I'll finally be able to premiere that comic. Well...hopefully, anyway. XD

  9. I love vampires and never tire of them. My favorite are the Buffy vampires - love Angel, Spike, Darla, Dru, and all the rest. :)

  10. Some days it's hard to count humans as an intelligent species. Heh! Vampires are cool! I love the vampires from Buffy. And one of my new favorite vampires is Bert from Christine Rains' Totem series. :)

  11. Cherie's comment cracked me up! I admit I usually lean toward the old-fashioned scary vamps, but I've really enjoyed some comedy vamp stories too (like Buffy and Hotel Transylvania). Huge congrats to Tara for her new release and for the 3rd book she's working on! :)

  12. The kinder, gentler vampires intrigue me. While our imagined beasts become nicer, the real ones become more horrifying. I'm, of course, influenced by the world news. Loved your post, Tara. Thanks for hosting her, Heather. Here's to Cradle Rock!

  13. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts on my blog! We may enjoy different genres but your support of fellow writers is inspiring :)

  14. This sounds intriguing! I love stories of vampires and especially of relationships among them.

  15. Vampires never get literally. Not just in literature, they never get old;) Happy holidays!