Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Lucifer Code Charles Brokaw Book Trailer

The new thriller by the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Atlantis Code! Dr. Thomas Lourds is kidnapped by ruthless people who want him to translate coded writings that they hope will lead them to a lost scroll authored by John of Patmos, the same John who wrote the Book of Revelations in the Bible. Before he knows it, Thomas Lourds is in over his head, dodging spies, crooks, and bullets. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/b7OwhA Learn more about this author: http://www.charlesbrokaw.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Seduction Wears Sapphires Renee Bernard Book Trailer

Ashe Blackwell is a classic rake hell, and a leading member of the Jaded. Challenged to reform, Ashe recklessly bets his entire future. But when the wager comes with a chaperon, Ashe faces his potential downfall. Caroline Townsend is independent, well educated and incorruptible. A dangerous seduction begins to unravel their lives. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/dkGkjU Learn more about this author: http://www.reneebernardauthor.com/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vampires: Fact or fiction?

It’s hard to ignore the global phenomenon of vampires. There’s no denying it…vampires are “in”. While Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a devoted following from 1996 to 2003, it was more of a cult following – nothing like the mainstream stars of the vampire world today, such as True BloodVampire Diaries and Twilight

However, what the average Twilight-devotee may not realise, is that there are people who really believe they are vampires. I’m not talking about people who dress-up like vampires; nor am I referring to individuals who think they’re nightwalkers and can only be killed by a stake to the heart. Rather, what I’ll call ‘real-life vampires’ are people who genuinely believe they need to feed on other people’s energy to survive. These types of people have been studied to a certain degree by both the medical and psychological professions, although not in much detail. 

Guest blogger PD Martin investigates the truth behind
the legend of the Vampire.
So how did I stumble upon real-life vampires? It started as a concept for a crime fiction novel – imagine a victim drained of blood and a local cult of real-life vampires. Are they the killers? However, when I started the research I discovered my fictitious concept wasn’t so fictitious. Turns out LA has a thriving vampire scene – check outwww.ladead.com or for the clubbing scene try www.barsinister.net

My research turned up two types of real-life vampires – sanguine vampires who feed on blood, and psi-vampires who drain people’s spiritual energy. There are a few explanations to explain claims of real-life vampirism. First off is the blood disorder porphyria, which is treated with haemoglobin, hence the connection to drinking blood. Not only do sufferers need blood, they are also sensitive to light, which gels perfectly with the vampire mythology. Problem is, if you drink blood it goes through the digestive tract and doesn’t enter the bloodstream. In other words, drinking blood wouldn’t alleviate porphyria symptoms. However many of the websites and forums I found suggested that real-life vampires are physiologically different, and have the ability to extract haemoglobin from the blood, even through the digestive process. 

Then, there’s the psychological side of things and two major theories have emerged. The first is sexual sadism (vampire) coupled with sadomasochism (donor). By definition, sexual sadists derive pleasure from their partner’s or victim’s physical or psychological pain. Vampires are inflicting pain as they bite. 

Likewise, the donors could be seen as sadomasochists – people who need to feel pain to become sexually aroused. 

The second psychological explanation for real-life vampirism is Renfield’s syndrome, named after Dracula’s insect-eating assistant Renfield. This psychological disorder is hypothesised to start with a key childhood event that leads the sufferer to find blood exciting. Blood and this sense of excitement is later linked to sexual arousal during adolescence, and into adulthood. However, you’re not going to find Renfield’s syndrome in any version of DSM – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

Of course, one simpler psychological explanation is that real-life vampires are suffering from delusions of grandeur. After all, mythological vampires are strong, powerful, perceived as sexy and almost invincible – pretty appealing, huh?

No matter how you explain real-life vampirism, the fact is these people really do exist. Are they suffering from Renfield’s syndrome or poryphoria? Or perhaps they’re simply sexual sadists or delusional. Or is there some other, yet undiscovered explanation for individuals who experience a thirst for blood and other people’s energy? 

At the end of the day it’s hard to know what the story really is with people who claim to be real-life vampires. Interestingly, my research did not reveal young Goth males obsessed with the vamp culture. Rather, I found older vampires (although mostly male) who had nothing to do with the Goth scene. And it was unanimous on the forums I visited – they hate Twilight wannabes! 

PD Martin – Phillipa Deanne Martin – is a Melbourne-based author with a background in psychology. She has written five novels featuring Aussie FBI profiler Sophie Anderson — Body CountThe Murderers’ ClubFan MailThe Killing Hands and Kiss of Death. Her latest novel, Kiss of Death, was released in August 2010 and is set in the world of LA’s real-life vampires. View trailer at www.youtube.com/pdmartinauthor. She’s also just released an ebook titled Coming Home, which can be downloaded for free from her website.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes Book Trailer

Coretta Scott King Award winner and bestselling author Nikki Grimes presents the story of Mister, a teenage girl who honestly and poignantly tells her story of temptation and redemption through free verse. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/cOMCuo Learn more about this author: http://www.nikkigrimes.com

HellFire: Book 2 ~ DemonSlayers Kate Douglas Book Trailer

When Ginny Jones arrives in Sedona, Arizona, she has no idea shes at ground zero for the latest demonic invasion. In a world threatened by demonkind, Ginny turns to the only one who can save ita gorgeous man of myth and legend, armed with a sentient crystal sword. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/aBd3Hc Learn more about this author: http://www.katedouglas.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wicked Surrender Jade Lee Book Trailer

Scher Martin longs for respectability, but thats impossible for an actress. She nearly surrenders to Brandon Cates, Viscount Blackstone, but then a miracle happens. Brandons cousin proposes. But Brandon refuses to give her up. Hell do anything to keep her: seductive kisses, intriguing kisses. Hell even bare the darkest secret of his soul. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/dxPSIE Learn more about this author: http://www.jadeleeauthor.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

Juliet by Anne Fortier Book Trailer

When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a perilous journey into the history of her ancestors. Julie encounters descendants from Shakespeares unforgettable blood feud, and soon realizes that the old curse is still at work, and that she is the next target. The only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo but where is he? Learn more about this Book and Author: http://www.JulietBook.com Fiction

Black Swan Rising Lee Carroll Book Trailer

BLACK SWAN RISING is the first in a new urban fantasy trilogy in which the last in a long line of women sworn to protect the world from evil must fight the rising forces of darkness on the streets of New York City. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/9PTpiU Learn more about this author: http://bit.ly/9tkoLK

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe Anita Higman Irene Brand Book Trailer

The legendary romance of mistletoe unites two couples in love. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/97SSn1 Learn more about these authors: http://www.anitahigman.com and http://www.irenebrand.com

The House of Dead Maids Clare B Dunkle Book Trailer

Set in windswept Yorkshire, this ghost story is a chilling prequel to WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Tabby has come to Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy, a savage little creature. Soon, she learns that the house holds far worse. Terrifying ghosts haunt the old mansion, hiding a deadly secret. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/9djal0 Learn more about this author: http://www.claredunkle.com/ YA

Grace in Africa Trilogy Kay Marshall Strom Book Trailer

West Africa, 1787: Grace Winslow, daughter of a white slave trader and his royal African wife, is caught up in a slave rebellion. Which side will she choose? Despite slave ships and chains, Grace will not be enslaved. Her search for her husband takes her through London to the U.S. Learn more about this trilogy: http://www.GraceInAfrica.com Learn more about this Author: http://www.kaystrom.com

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Formerly Hot Life Stephanie Dolgoff Book Trailer

Stephanie Dolgoffs twenties are behind her but shes not in hot flash territory either. In her new book, My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young she imparts wacky and wise observations about this little discussed flux time, demonstrating that becoming a Formerly is poignant and hilarious. Learn more about this book: http://FormerlyHot.com Learn more about this author:http://stephaniedolgoff.com

The Action Bible Illustrated by Sergio Cariello Book Trailer

Heres the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up to date artwork style making it the perfect Bible for todays visually focused culture. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/9QSNNw Learn more about this author: http://www.theactionbible.com Juvenile Nonfiction/Religion/Bible Stories/General

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Childrens Books from Francis Chan Book Trailer

A contemporary parable about a big red tractor and a long lost instruction book teaches children that God has a purpose they can fulfill through His Spirit. A little boy learns the importance of honesty and of living whole heartedly for God. Learn more about the Big Red Tractor: http://bit.ly/cK5K4j Learn more about Halfway Herbert: http://bit.ly/b9MPpw Learn more about the author: http://bit.ly/bpndcf Juvenile Fiction/Religious/Christian/Early Readers

Thats Where God Is by Dan and Ali Morrow Book Trailer

When a little boy wonders where God is, his grandfather sends him on an adventure of discovery. While exploring his everyday world, the boy uncovers Gods presence everywhere. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/a4zssl Learn more about this author: http://www.danandalimorrow.com Juvenile Fiction/Religious/Christian/Early Readers

A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada Book Trailer

In this eloquent account of her current struggles with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, Gods purposes, and what it means to live with joy. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/boKB8R Learn more about this author: http://www.joniandfriends.org/ Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Monday, August 9, 2010

Demon from the Dark Kresley Cole Book Trailer

From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protecteven from himself.Learn more about this book, click on the link http://books.simonandschuster.com/Demon-from-the-Dark/Kresley-Cole/9781439123126 or visit simonandshuster.com . To learn more about the author, visit http://kresleycole.com/ Paranormal romance

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dark Peril Christine Feehan Book Trailer

Deep in the Amazon where legends and nightmares still roam a war is coming between the jaguar men, the vampires and the Carpathians. Dominic is ready to fight to the death until he finds a woman he would die for and live for. Dark Peril by Christine Feehan. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/98Q1dG Learn more about this author: http://www.christinefeehan.com Paranormal Romance

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The DeValera Deception Book Trailer

In the summer of 1929, Winston Churchill recruits law professor Bourke Cockran and Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary to foil a German-backed IRA gun running plot in the US that threatens to plunge the world into war. Learn more about this book and these authors: http://www.winstonchurchillthrillers.com/ Historical Thriller

Hunting for Hemingway Diane Gilbert Madsen Book Trailer

When Hemingways lost works, stolen in 1922 from his first wife Hadley Richardson, are recovered, theyre worth millions. The womanizing academic who found them is murdered, and Chicago Insurance Investigator DD McGil, aided by her antiquarian book dealer friend Tom Joyce, must recover them, if genuine, or prove they are fakes. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/ds77tS Learn more about this author: http://dianegilbertmadsen.com/ Mystery Thriller

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hibernation Station Michelle Meadows Book Trailer

Everybody to the station! Time for winter hibernation! Picture book features all kinds of critters from big burly bears and clamoring chipmunks to grumpy groundhogs and fidgety frogs. This train is filled to capacity and ready to go. The final destination: SLEEP! Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/b1EFKt Learn more about this author: http://www.michellemeadows.com/

A Simple Amish Christmas Vannetta Chapman Book Trailer

Annie Weaver always planned to return home. Twenty years old and a nurse at Mercy Hospital, her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end. For Annie has several important choices to make, and the most important one will be made Christmas morning. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/9ByaB8