Monday, January 14, 2013

Vampire VS. Werewolf Hop

CONTEST IS NOT CLOSED. THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING. THE WINNERS ARE... STACEY (WINS A PDF COPY OF MOON SHIFTER) AND TRACEY D (WINS AN AMAZON KINDLE COPY TWILIGHT'S ETERNAL EMBRACE)! CONGRATULATIONS. I'LL BE EMAILING YOU BOTH SHORTLY WITH YOUR PRIZES!!

Welcome to the Vampire VS. Werewolf Hop! Don't you just love those creatures of the night? I know I do. 

Vampires and Werewolves, both have a large fan base and many legends. I have a difficult time deciding which preternatural being I like more. I enjoy reading and writing about both of them. Their legends and myths intrigue me. Many countries have their own versions of blood drinking fiends and werewolf tales of horror. Though each legend may be similar, each country has their own interesting spin on the folklore.

In the movies and novels of today, vampires and werewolves have a lethal hatred of each other and are forever trying to eliminate one another. However, this was not always the case. The two beings were intertwined in quite a few of the legends. There is a belief that when a werewolf dies, he or she will return as a vampire. In France there is a werewolf known as the loublin. This werewolf is found in cemeteries. They dig up corpses and eat them. In Montenegro, there is a belief that all vampires can shift to a wolf form. In Greece, they believed that if anyone ate a sheep that had been killed by a wolf, they would become a vampire. Hollywood may depict werewolves and vampires hating each other, but as you can see, the legends state many ties that draw them together.

Also the earlier movies betrayed werewolves of not being able to control their actions and they were tied to the full moon. An Irish legend about the werewolves states the Ossory people can change into wolves whenever they wanted. When an Ossorian became a wolf he would leave his body at home and it would appear as if he were dead. Before the shift, he would leave strict orders with a trusted friend not to move the body. If someone moved the body and the wolf couldn’t find it, he would remain a wolf for the rest of his life.

There aren't many vampire-type myths in Irish folklore compared to other countries, but keep in mind the word vampire didn’t appear as a word to describe blood-drinking entities until the 18th century. The Irish bloodsuckers were known as: Dreach-Shoula or Droch-Fhoula, which is pronounced “droc-‘ola”. It means ‘tainted blood’. Sean O’Suilleabhain spoke of a site called Dun Dreach-Fhoula (Castle of the Blood Visage). Supposedly, this was a fortress guarding a lonely pass in Magillycuddy Reeks in Kerry where blood-drinking shape shifting fairies lived. Some believe these myths were actually the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and not Vlad Dracul. 
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***CONTEST: I’m giving one lucky reader the choice of a vampire tale or a shifter tale. If you should win, you have the choice of a PDF copy of Moon Shifter (werewolf) or a Kindle copy of Twilight’s Eternal Embrace (vampires).

MY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite werewolf or vampire legend? If you do, please share it with us. Also, please state which one of the books you would prefer to win and don’t forget to leave your email. Good Luck!!
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In 2013, look for my new tale SOUL TAKER starring both vampires and werewolves.

Here’s a blurb:

No soul is safe…

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance, he’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf and a Necromancer, are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.

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Participating Blogs:

1. Full Moon Bites (INT)  17. Carin@ My Reading Obsession  33. Paranormal Romance Fans for Life  
2. Kallysten (INT)  18. Proserpine @ Proserpine Craving Books (INT)  34. Karen Michelle Nutt  
3. JoAnne Kenrick (INT)  19. SMARTMOUTHTEXAN (US)  35. Lisa Carlisle  
4. Book Lover's Hideaway (Int)  20. Bloodthirsty Muses - Author H.A. Fowler  36. Lena Loneson - Paranormal erotic romance (INT)  
5. The Wiccan Haus (INT)  21. Ashlynne Laynne Paranormal Romance and Beyone  37. Felicity Heaton, PNR author (INT)  
6. Dominique Eastwick (INT)  22. Not Now...Mommy's Reading (INT)  38. Sedona Venez (INT)  
7. Lia Davis (INT)  23. Book- Marks The Spot (US/CAN)  39. Tempting Reads  
8. Books Amour (INT)  24. SnifferWalk(Int)  40. Carmel @ Rabid Reads  
9. Nya Rayne  25. Mae Clair  41. Hennessee Andrews  
10. Crazy Four Books (INT)  26. Milly Taiden  42. I Smell Sheep  
11. maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales  27. Corina @ Pink Fluffy Hearts  43. Dani Harper, PNR author, (INTL)  
12. Vanessa North - Paranormal Romance  28. Author Ambrielle Kirk (INT)  44. AwesomeSauce Books  
13. Booked & Loaded (US/CAN)  29. Diane Thorne - Erotic Paranormal Romance (INT)  45. Mary Abshire-Paranormal Rom/UF  
14. Lily Graison, author, (INT)  30. Victoria Danann  46. Dianna Hardy  
15. Kaitlin Bevis  31. Elizabeth Morgan (INT)  47. Lorraine Pearl  
16. C A Nicks, author (INT)  32. Karyn Gerrard (INT)  48. Sharing Links and Wisdom (INT)  

56 comments:

booklover0226 said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the legend that vamps can't cross over running water.

If chosen, I would like Twilight' Eternal Embrace.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Tracy,

That's an interesting legend. I know there's more, but the Chiang-shi (Chinese vampire) cannot cross water.


Thanks, for stopping by.

Crystal Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love Vampires. I don't really have any legends. Thanks for this Hop!!!
I would love Twilight's Eternal Embrace.
Thank you.
crystalnewman51@gmail.com

J.S. Wayne said... Best Blogger Tips

My love of vampires is well-known, but since I see no one's speaking up for the hairy set...

The interesting thing about shifters of all stripes is that every culture has at least one such legend. While their weaknesses vary, their biggest strength remains fairly universal: Animal-level ferocity (thanks to Jim Butcher's Fool Moon for the phrasing) combined with human intelligence and cunning. I like werewolves because they reflect our own inner beast, the darker side of us which drives us to eat, drink, and indulge ourselves with no thought for "civilized" behavior.
I'd like a copy of Moon Shifter, but I have to say I love ALL the covers! (Twilight's Eternal Embrace looks sexy...!)

Donna Michaels said... Best Blogger Tips

Great post, Karen.

I like the legend where the one bitten by a werewolf has the ability to reverse their curse if they kill their maker before their first moon. As a matter of fact, I have a novel written around this legend. I should dust it off and get it out there. lol

You've given me a tough choice, but I think I'll have to go with Twilight's Eternal Embrace should I be the lucky winner.

Thanks again for a great post.

~Donna
donna_michaels @msn .com

BLHmistress said... Best Blogger Tips

As much as I love vampires you would think I would know some legends, I guess my favorite and only one I know of is the original and that has to to with Vlad the Impaler. Oh wait I forgot about the female I can't think of her name though that would drink the blood of virgins to keep her young looking.

I would love Twilight's Eternal Embrace.

BLHmistress said... Best Blogger Tips

I forgot my email.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

e.sadlersfan said... Best Blogger Tips

I like how they can't enter a house without a invite. I like I would love Twilight' Eternal Embrace. e(dot)sadlersfan(at)yahoo(dot)com.

vera mallard said... Best Blogger Tips

i like the legend that werewoflf can not live with the pack. In many books they do. If i won I would the shifter book.
vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

vera mallard said... Best Blogger Tips

hoops, I meant the legend that werewolf can not live with out the pack. fingers got ahead of my brain

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Crystal NewmanI love the legends, too. I just love reading about any of them. Good luck with the contest. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@J.S. WayneThanks for speaking up for the werewolves. I think they were feeling a little left out. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Donna MichaelsThat's an interesting way around the curse. Good luck with the contest.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@BLHmistressAre you thinking of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed? She drank and bathed in the blood of virgins.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@e.sadlersfanThere should always be something to stop them. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@vera mallardThanks so much for coming by and sharing your favorite werewolf legend.

Mydurango618 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Vampire books the best!

angelheart618@gmail.com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mydurango618Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't have a favorite legend. I'd be happy with either book. Thanks for the giveaway.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Phaedra Seabolt said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the legends about werewolves having multiple forms that they can shift in (i.e. various stages of being a wolf).

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stacey said... Best Blogger Tips

not no of eny legend about enything but ghost and bigfoot.wish I did here os some.


I Would like the shifter one.

Toni Porter said... Best Blogger Tips

I've studied vampire folklore pretty extensively, and I have to say one of my favorites is that vampires cannot resist counting seeds or untying knots. (I knew there was reason I keep sesame seeds on hand!) Also, that it is not garlic itself that repels vampires, but garlic flowers.

If I won, I'd choose Twilight's Eternal Embrace.

CBarton said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the wolves!! That werewolves are hideous and gross looking (Underworld). Wolves in nature are beautiful. I don't know if that is a legend but,,,,, Thank you for the giveaway. If I won, I would like Moon Shifter.

cmucha319@yahoo.com

Carriefort29 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love them all!!

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kimberly holgate said... Best Blogger Tips

the native americans stories of the skin walkers they wear an animal pelt to transform into that animal
moon shifter looks good
kaholgate at ymail dot com

strawberryrose said... Best Blogger Tips

I have always had a love for animals. The myths of Werewolves fit right in. I remember reading a case set in 1852 spain where Manuel Blanco Romasanta was arrested for murder. He said he murdered 13 people but it was not his falt for doing it upder the curse of the Werewolf. He became the first serial killer of Spain. It was a very interesting read. He said he could not demonstrate it because the course only ran for 13 years and that ended for him last week. I would love to read any of your books. Thank You for the giveaway.

Judy Peterson
strawberryrose@earthlink.net

Josette Schaber said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoy learning about new legend's in general. They all intrigue me.

Moon Shifter.

Thanks,
evanlea at gmail dot com

Ashley Applebee said... Best Blogger Tips

I always found the vampire legends that if you throw a bunch of seeds at a vamp they have to stop what they are doing and count every SINGLE one, and that if you give them a bunch of knotted strings they have to sit and work on it until they untie EVERY knot in EVERY string.
I don't know any really about shifters, but I'm learning some cool ones on this hop stop!
I would like Twilight’s Eternal Embrace if I win.
Thanks for the great giveaway!!
Ashley A
ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@bn100Hi, thanks so much for coming by. Good luck!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Phaedra SeaboltI find the werewolves being about to shift into various stages intriguing, too.

Thanks for coming by. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@staceyPerhaps you learn about some interesting legends on this hop. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Toni PorterI didn't know about the garlic flower repelling the vampire. Thanks for the info. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@CBartonThe werewolves might be hideous in Underworld, but I still loved the movies. Thanks so much for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carriefort29Me too, girl. Love them all!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@kimberly holgateI like the skin walker legend, too. Interesting. The Irish lore is interesting, too. There's a legend where the person leaves his human body at home when he roams as the wolf.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@strawberryroseJudy, I hadn't heard about the serial killer in Spain. Wow!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Josette SchaberMe too!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ashley ApplebeeI hope you enjoy the shifter tales, too. :) Thanks for coming by.

Ellen Thompson said... Best Blogger Tips

I like werewolves but I don't know any legends. I would prefer Moon Shifter if I win.
Thanks for the giveaway!

thompsonem3 at aol dot com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ellen ThompsonHopefully, you'll learn a about a few legends on the tour. Enjoy!

VampedChik said... Best Blogger Tips

i honestly love both. Every story is different in how their portrayed so I may hate vampires(or weres) in one series and then turn around and love them for something in the next. I'd take either book honestly. So you can surprise me if I win. :) Thanks!
-Amber
goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@VampedChikSurprises can be nice. :)

Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't have any legends. I love werewolves the best and would love to have a copy of Moon Shifter.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Becca Wilson said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't really have a legend to share. I just much rather read about Vampires than werewolves. I would choose Twilight's Eternal Embrace.
Thanks!
wilsonre09@students.ecu.edu

Terri Kleinberg said... Best Blogger Tips

I like vampires, not the recent vamps who have had their fangs removed and sparkle in the sun. I like the old vamps who were deliciously creepy, waiting for the unsuspecting in the shadows of the night. I would chose Twilight's Eternal Embrace.

terrikleinberg@yahoo.com

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't really have a fave tale, but i prefer werewolves. However, I'd like both books, but especially Twilight’s Eternal Embrace.

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips
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Poisoned Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, the Ossory people's legend really struck me. I had a dream once where I was floating in the clouds, and through them I caught a glimpse of mountains and waterfalls. But I was searching for my body. A voice in the back of my head scoffed at me in disbelief: "You lost your body? How could you lose your body?!" I didn't have the answer, and I started to float down into this beautiful waterfall cove. Soon after I woke to the darkness of my closed eyes. Gives me the shivers just thinking about the likeness.

Anyway, I'd love to read MOON SHIFTER. :)

ckpoisonedrose AT gmail DOT com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Poisoned RoseHmmm... any Irish blood in you? What a dream... or experience. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@EmilyIt's a tough decision for me to make, too.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Terri KleinbergMy vampires don't sparkle. lol There's few vamps that are not so nice in Twilight's Eternal Embrace, but overall it is a romance. :) Thanks so much for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becca WilsonAnother for team vampire!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becca WilsonAnother for team vampire!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becca WilsonAnother for team vampire!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@SherryTeam werewolf picks up another fan!!

Poisoned Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karen Michelle Nutt Haha, not that i'm aware...