Friday, October 28, 2011

Bewitching Trick or Treat Blog Hop : Is Dracula Really Irish?


Bram Stoker

There are those who argue how Bram Stoker came up with his infamous tale of Dracula. Many believe since he never traveled to Eastern Europe, he would not know about vampire lore there.

Bram Stoker could not read Irish, but his it is possible his Sligo-born mother and Kerry maids told him about the legend of the vampire-king and the strong tradition of blood-drinking Irish Cheiftains and nobles. Dracula was also written during Ireland’s great “Celtic Revival”. It is believed Bram Stoker actually took the name Dracula from Dreach-Fhoula, which is pronounced droc’ola. It means tainted blood or bad blood. The Du’n Dreach-Fhoula or the Castle of the Blood Visage is supposedly a fortress guarding the pass in the Magillycuddy reeks in Kerry where the blood-drinking fairies live.

My tale, The Love’s Eternal Embrace takes place in Ireland, weaving the tale around the Dearg-due, another blood-drinking fiend in the form a fair lady.

For the Bewitching Trick or Treat Blog Hop, I’m giving away a Smashwords’ gift certificate for an e-book copy of Love’s Eternal Embrace.  What do you need to do? 
1. Tell me why you like vampires.

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 Enjoy a short excerpt of Love's Eternal Embrace:

Her lips curved and her eyes glowed red. He blinked and her eyes were blue once more. It must have been a trick of the light, the unnatural light surrounding her and her only.


“You braved the forest at night. I’m impressed,” she said as she came to her feet in one fluid move.

He decided he wouldn’t reveal it was his drunken boast that led him here to slay a fiend. Surely, the villagers did not mean this lovely creature. “Do I have something to fear, fair maiden?”


She seemed to consider his question with the utmost care. “Not at the moment, I suppose.”

He glanced around, wondering where Loucetios had run off. In truth, this fair maiden’s sudden appearance made him question his safety. A beautiful woman could not live alone in the forest and if she did, there were others.


It would be best to leave the woods at once and live to tell the tale than to linger and mayhap fall prey to this fair maiden’s men. Perhaps they lay in wait as they spoke, buying their time before leaping from the shadows. He opened his mouth to tell her of his regrets for leaving her, but closed it again when in a blink of an eye she stood close enough to touch, the glow surrounding her blazing brighter. Her dress was of fine velvet befitting royalty, not of a peasant in need of robbing to survive. Her fine boned features were both delicate and strong. She possessed a straight petite nose, high cheekbones, and lips made for kissing. In truth, she was the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on and one he would feel honored to court. He frowned at where his thoughts had taken him, but somehow this woman befuddled his judgment. Aye, she was a comely lass, whose brazen stares spoke of desire, or so he believed.


As a Knight Templar, he took an oath to follow the religious rules, the Rule of Benedict. He wore the white vestment, the symbol of purity and the life of celibacy, but he was no longer required to follow the Order’s rules.


Her direct look set his blood coursing through his veins, hot with lust. Wed her or ravish her seemed to be one and the same as his thoughts pictured her in his bed and beneath him.


As if she could read his mind, her full red lips curved. “You look like a strong and able man.” Her gaze traveled the length of him in appreciation. It was too bold a gaze for a woman who was untried. 

Liam was pleased rather than not. Someone should know what they were doing in the marriage bed. The church may condemn such pleasures of the body, believing bedding a woman should be left for child bearing, but he didn’t believe it for a moment that the maker of man would not want his creations to enjoy each other. Why bestow the magic of touch if they were not meant to reap the rewards. Nay, his God gave man a special gift. The sin was only in the act of abusing it.


His gaze traveled over her, admiring her curves, the smooth porcelain color of her skin. This woman was meant for pleasure, giving and taking. He must convince her to be his.


“I am most curious, Sir Knight, how would you please me?” she asked him.


“How…” His brows furrowed. “You can read my mind.” He didn’t ask, but stated the obvious.


“Among other talents, I assure you.” Her hand touched his and he shivered. Her touch was like ice, but it also increased his desire to have her.


“You are cold, milady.” He drew off his mantle and draped it around her. Her eyes widened in surprise at the gesture.


“You are too kind, Sir Knight.”


“Liam, please. My friends call me Liam.”


Her smile curved wider, revealing straight white teeth. On his journeys many women over the age of ten and nine had begun to lose their teeth, but not this woman who lived among the trees. His gaze focused on two of her teeth that appeared pointier than the others. The villagers claimed a female fiend lived in the forest, but surely this woman with thick dark hair could not be such a creature. He didn’t fear her, but longed to hold her. As her gaze slid over him, appreciation gleamed in her eyes. The wind still blew about them in a fury. A storm threatened the night, not ghosts or fiends. “And what may I call you, fair maiden?”


“I was once called Glamis Drui.”


“Lady Glamis Drui.” He raised her hand to his lips. Her flesh was still cool, but she didn’t shiver. The wind seemed not to bother her in the least. “Do you have shelter, milady? We must wait out the storm.” His gaze swept over her comely figure with appreciation.


She stepped closer as if to inhale his essence. “Will you break your vows of celibacy and warm me this night then?”


She knew he was untried, but he failed to wonder how and question her further. He wanted nothing more than to be with her. “Aye, I am yours.”

Thank you for coming by. 

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28 comments:

Eva's Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

I love reading vampire stories because usually the character has been living a long life without finding his soulmate, then along comes the heroine and it's who he was waiting for...they have very strong characters and they love just as strongly!

Eva
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Kirsten Arnold said... Best Blogger Tips

Interesting post!

Vampires have always been a favorite because they're always so Alpha and sexy. I think it's that danger mixed with hot bods thing. :o)

Thanks for the chance to "knock on your blog" for a treat this Halloween.

--Kirsten
kanavyhist[at]aol[dot]com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Eva,

Thanks for coming by. I love vampire tales, too. I hope you'll love Love's Eternal Embrace. This is a about a female vampire and a knight.

The Dearg-due has met her match. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Kirsten,

The Knight has a 'hot bod' so you won't be disappointed.

Thanks so much for coming by.

Vanessa N. said... Best Blogger Tips

I love vampires because they're mysterious, sexy, and strong. Thanks for the chance.

mythic021@gmail.com

Na said... Best Blogger Tips

I love vampires because they are not so different from humans, except they have enhanced senses. Even those without a heart can still be capable of love and emotions. They are complex which makes them fascinating to me.

Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen,

That's interesting about Bram Stoker. I had never heard about that before. It would make more sense since he was Irish.

Why do I like vampires? There dangerous and seductive. They draw you in like a moth to a flame. Yep, you know you'll probably get burned or bitten in this case, but you just can't help it.

Your story sounds good. I've never read a tale with a woman as the vampire seductress. Sounds interesting.

cnickol at verizon dot net

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, so obviously I finally found it, this. Oh- and I tweeted by the button (and yours) and they both were short enough to go through.

Great post. Your book is right up my 'other' heritage alley being part Irish myself. :)

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh- and I like Vamps because they are just so unexplainably cool!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Vanessa N.,

Vampires are mysterious, sexy, and strong-- Yep, they are. lol

Thanks for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Na,

Vampires that are able to love are far more interesting since it should be against their nature. Could be the pull, huh?

Thanks so much for joining the party!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cathy,

Thanks so much for coming by. I'm glad you liked the post. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Calisa,

Thanks you so much for tweeting and coming by.

I'm half Irish. :) I can't get enough of the Irish lore. :)

Lucy Felthouse said... Best Blogger Tips

I love vampires because they're dangerous, immortal and bad.

And, if we're talking Damon Salvatore, Eric Northman, etc, then very sexy, too!

lucy at lucyfelthouse dot co dot uk

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Lucy,

A girl after my own heart. I can't get enough of Damon Salvatore and Eric Northman. :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing. :)

mnjcarter said... Best Blogger Tips

They've got hot bods, don't age,exceptional senses, and boy would I like to feel the bite!!

Thanks for the chance!!

mnjcarter@charter.net

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

MNJCarter,

Thanks for coming by. Happy Halloween!

Kathryn Merkel said... Best Blogger Tips

I never really thought about the reasons I like vamps. I guess it's mostly because they have seen so much misery, watching the people they love die, that I want them to find their HEA. BTW: I never believe it's actually a HEA if they one they love refuses the gift of immortality.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

Julianne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love reading a good vampire story because they are such tortured creatures and in need of some strong loving. I also like a bad boy dressed in leather with fangs. Vampires are so hot.
luvfuzzzeeefaces@yahoo.com

geschumann said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sure it has to do with that dangerous element. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathryn,

I agree, the love bite should be mutual for it to be HEA. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Julianne,

A Vampire would need a strong companion for their love to last. Thanks so much for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Gloria,

There is something about a tortured soul.

Thanks for coming by.

Teresa Ryan said... Best Blogger Tips

I have always loved vampires since I watched Dark Shadows. I also love Dracula. I found this tidbit just the other day:Prince Charles is claiming that he’s related to Dracula.

“The genealogy shows that I am descended from Vlad the Impaler,” Charles said.

Vlad the Impaler was also known as Dracula, which means son of the dragon (dracul) in the Romanian dialect of the time. Vlad’s father was a member of the Order of the Dragon.

Vlad, 15th-Century Romanian warlord, also inspired the 1897 novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

The heir to the British throne was making the connection during an interview that will air as part of an upcoming TV show to promote the preservation of forests in Romania’s Transylvania region. “So I have a bit of a stake in the country,” the prince said.

Charles, who owns a home in the region, has said Transylvania’s pristine landscapes and rural farming traditions make it a national treasure.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Teresa,

Thanks for the tidbit! Interesting. :)

shadow_kohler said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Halloween! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I like reading about vampires because there dangerous and some are cold. Its nice to see them struggle and work towards there happy ending. :)
shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Shadow,

Thanks for coming by and joining us!

Happy Halloween!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

And the winner of the Bewitching Trick or Treat is...Kirsten! Congratulations!

Thank you everyone for joining us for the Halloween event!!