Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bad to the Bone contest

Dear World: I'm happy to announce that the second book in Jeri Smith-Ready's wicked fun vampire series is out.

Jeri is an incredibly talented author. She blew me away with Requiem, years ago. That awe carried into her Crow series, and now she's reinventing the vampire. To be honest, I cannot stand vampires. I went through a vamp-goth phase in college and I played White Wolf's Vampire until I suspect I may have given myself brain damage. But no LARPing. I never went there. At any rate, when my friend Jeri told me she had sold a vampire series, I was really glad we were in emails, not in person, because I was sure she would see my lack of delight. Wonderful, the world needs more vampires with brooding glances and insatiable libidos. I could only hope she wouldn't name him Lucien duNoir or anything. (Apologies to any author who has actually named a vampire hero Lucien duNoir. I didn't know you had, I swear. Do not mail me deceased rodents.) At any rate, I was genuinely thrilled with her success, even if vamps are not my cuppa.

However, of course I read book one, my vamp loathing notwithstanding, because I looooooooooove Jeri's writing. If anyone could make vamps palatable to me again, it would be her. But she did so much more than that. She turned all the tropes inside out, calling on some of the oldest legends and making them new again. She rendered me breathless with the astonishing freshness of her work. So hello, my name is Ann Aguirre and I still hate vampires, but... Jeri Smith-Ready transcends everything that has come before. Her books are freakin' amazing.

If you want a copy of BAD TO THE BONE, all you have to do is tell me what you'd do with eternal life. (Note: Jeri's vampires work differently, so I'm not talking about her vampire mythos when I pose this particular question). Now get commenting!

31 comments:

Chris said...

First of all, I'd work on getting long, long term financial stability. Then, I'm not even sure! Eternity is so, well, long. ;) Maybe start by catching up on my TBR shelves.

Uncommon Jen said...

What to do with eternal life ... I think I would probably travel a lot. Moving around and constantly meeting new people might take the edge off of the fact that everyone you know is going to die while you carry on. And I would try to learn everything I could about everything, otherwise I'd get bored pretty fast.

I'm not really sure I'd want to live forever, to tell you the truth. Great question.

Ann Aguirre said...

Good news, potential winners! Jeri will be sending you a signed, personalized copy that you can hug to your chest in glee. How exciting is that?

sundcarrie said...

I have thought about this before and I don't really want to live forever. If I had no choice in the matter I think I would try to live a series of normal lives and then move before people started to notice. I would figure out how not to have to work too much.

Ann Aguirre said...

I would totally hate being a vampire. The idea of drinking blood is an OMG, hurk. I can't even drink Clamato.

But if I had eternal life, I would definitely travel the world.

Lou said...

Travel around the world, and go to the moon if possible.:P

Then I would probably assume a new identity every 500 years or so, get rich, (not sure how yet) and make sure I had dual nationality towards the USA, so I could download ebooks without stupid geographical rights.

autumneffect said...

Ahh, eternal life. I suspect it would get boring after a while...but then again, the world is constantly changing so there's a very real possibility that you'd never run out of things to do.

If I had eternal life, I think I'd devote a lot of time to the exploration of black holes and other mysteries of the universe. Another big project would involve gathering people's stories. I think it would be fascinating to travel the world through the centuries, listening to people's life stories and discerning how attitudes change from generation to generation. It would be a study of the concept of time and perception.

Ann Aguirre said...

You guys make a good point...

As we're going forward, do you think there would be vampires in space? Has anyone done that? I mean, we're getting to the point that space travel and colonization is the next logical step.

But would a vampire leave earth? Out there, there would be less population to feed from. I am starting to think that would be a really interesting story, though. Thoughts?

autumneffect said...

Vampires in space...that's definitely an interesting concept. I think there was a book (and later a movie) created some time ago about this. How to solve the problem of a smaller population to feed from though...that would be the real challenge. If we're talking tradition, "suck your blood" vampires...then I'm not sure. But what if the vamps could drain life force mentally/psychically/spiritually rather than physically?

bridget3420 said...

Eternal life... Wouldn't that be nice. I would visit all my friends and family and ask if they would like for me to transform them. Then I would terrorize all the people who were cruel to me in this life. And I know I would do a lot of reading. That's one of the reasons I would like to live forever. What if some really awesome books come out after I kick the bucket? I'll be pissed. lol.

Arlene said...

Part of me wants to say: Travel. see the world at least twice over, especially those place I'm kind of scared to go to as a living person (the Middle East, parts of Africa). I wouldn't worry so much about money; I am afraid my morals might loosen up a bit if I knew I wasn't going to die anytime soon.

The other part of me says: who wants to live forever if love must die? I'm really attached to my family.

Stephen said...

I would take a few years/decades to build up financially. All the while I would build my social network and make many powerful friends. When I reach the heights of my power and popularity, I would attempt world domination, but as a consolation prize, I would not be dissatisfied with being the eternal #1 lover of a long string of Hollywood's leading ladies.

Casey said...

Yeah, but think about it . . . all us vampire types would travel, see the world, make friends, build contacts . . . and then all those people would die and we'd be alone and have to start all over again. Doesn't sound like a plan for long-term happiness to me! That being said, I'll pass on immortality, thank you very much. This life is enough for me!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I love the idea of the book but I HATE the cover! I don't like scary dogs at all and that dog is ZOMG scary!

I would still love to win.

If I were immortal I would NOT have a scary dog! I'd build financial stability...in blood banking! :) I would live a life of luxury with nothing to lose. And I would own my own island with a castle w/ spider webs. I <3 castles.

Sara said...

If I had eternal life, I would try to read as many books as I can. I would also want to travel a lot, because I wouldn't want to be stuck in one place too long... But that would mean I'd begin my eternity by making as much money as possibly to fund the millions of books and lots of travelling.

Jeffe Kennedy said...

I like the idea of living different lives, assuming different identities. You could wander the world and its cultures, "trying on" various lives. Then, once space travel becomes viable, you could do the same with other worlds. C'mon, we're assuming there's FTL travel but no good way to grow blood? I don't think so!

MarnieColette said...

I would first make sure my family and the generations have financial stability. Then I would travel the world doing things that once made me afraid and I would get all the degrees I could. Knowledge is great.

Jackie Ballway said...

Probably get really bored. There are only so many places to visit, so many people to..."see" before you run out of options.

Pissenlit said...

Ann, I totally agree with you. Drinking blood? Ew. Clamato? Also ew.

Financial stability sounds really good. Attempting to put a dent into my TBR list sounds good as well however, it probably wouldn't work out that way seeing as how there'd be new books coming out all the time! I'd give it a good try, though. I might also try picking up Latin like I always meant to.

Nancy said...

With enternal life, I might have a shot at winning a Publisher's Clearning House megabillions.

I agree, Ann: Jeri is a fantastic writer, and I love her books!

Light,
Nancy Haddock

Carmen R said...

I can't say eternal life would effect what I'm doing too much. I mean if the fact that I'm going to die sometime between now and the next 70 yrs ( that's putting me at 100) hasn't made me doing something more interesting with my life I don't see how living for ever will help. I can see it now, "What the dishes need to be done?" "oh I have eternal life I'll get to it one day" lol

Sharon said...

Sorry to be such a copy-cat, but yeah, with eternal life I'm going to travel the world, too!

Wildwitch said...

Eternal life...I would keep track of books and authors in the present and watch how they change over the years. I would do the same with music of course. Imagine the changes in 500 years? That would be worth it!

Lori T said...

Hi Ann~

With my eternal life...I would love to travel all over and experience things that I have not yet done with my life...like become financially stable and to enjoy things without worrying about money!

I love Jeri, too! I think that she is an amzing writer.

marynoel said...

I think I'd spent most of the time either a) studying, or b) traveling. I want to set foot on every continent and see every country -- just start at the top and make my way around. I acknowledge the drawback, however, of having to see everything at night. Little details and day-to-day interactions would be lost, but I think it'd be a fair trade. I could always work as a bartender, bouncer, or security guard to pay my way.

When I was at college, my greatest frustration was that I didn't have enough time (or money) to study all the things I wanted to know - languages, psychology, computer technology, etc etc etc. I'm sure I could find enough online or night classes to keep me busy.

And when all else fails ---- I'd write! :)

Blodeuedd said...

First of all I would think of something that would earn me money and really earn a lifetime or two. Then I would have something to live on as I spent the rest of eternity reading (and getting more money now and then).

And of course have time to travel the world and really see everything :)

danetteb said...

I would probably move to Europe. I couldn't live forever without living where many myths began.

Hugs, Danette

LadyVampire2u said...

Actually I wouldn't want eternal life. For one thing, it would be sad to go on and on while those close to me passed on. And the liquid diet would kill me. I like food too much. Giving up chocolate? Thats crazy!
But if I wasn't given a choice and ended up immortal, I guess I would use my long life to do all those things we dream about and never do. Learn to play piano, become a black belt in karate, write a book, learn how to do some amazing things like administering CPR or building my own solar panels. And in the course of all this enlightenment and learning, I would hope I could benefit those around me in some way too.

CrystalGB said...

I would start a business that would support me for the long haul. I would travel and do charity work.

donnas said...

I would take the time to read all the books I have on my wishlist and to travel to all the places I still wish to go. And also to take all the classes and learn all the things I dont have time for.

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Mariee said...

Travel around the world and find a hot vampire guy to keep me company.