Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spotlight - Lure Of The Vampire by Bertena Varney


Vampires and Recreation
Hi I noticed that your page is centered on every day items and children. I was really shocked but also honored to be asked to stop by your blog and guest host. As a single mother, a former homeschool teacher, and a public school teacher I find your website a perfect place to discuss two sections in my book that many people over look- Vampires and Children and Vampires and Recreation.

Lure of the Vampire is a nonfiction pop culture reference book that supplies the readers with links, lists, and essays dealing with the vampire in all parts of everyone’s life. While researching for the book I decided that even children are exposed to vampires via pop culture.

So, I thought back to when I was a child and remembered eating Count Chocula, watched Count von Count and read Bunnicula. Yes, vampires are for kids too. 

So, what products do I discuss in my book that I would suggest to parents to share with their children?

Well in the literature section I suggest easy reader books such as Bunnicula, Dick and Jane and Vampires, and Baby Vampire Gulp! Each of these books shares life lessons that children will identify with such as divorce, friendship and school.

The shows that I would recommend are Sesame Street, Scooby Doo, Count Duckula and The Little Vampire.  Some are educational in nature while others are just for fun. 

But, even though these are recommended I highly suggest that parents read these books and view these shows with their children. Each child I different in what is appropriate for them at each stage of childhood, so please use this as quality time with your children.

In Lure of the Vampire there are lists and websites that you and your children can visit and learn more about each of these books, shows, and games. There is also essays and a huge bibliography for the mom that loves her grown up “vampire” as well.

So what is your favorite memory of the vampire from your childhood? If you didn’t meet the vampire until later in life when was the first time that you met him?

Do you and your children share this love for the vampire? If so please tell us about it.

Thanks for having me here today and I look forward to your comments below.

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites and Very Personal Essays 
By Bertena Varney, M.A.
Paperback: 176 pages
Also available as an ebook
Publisher: Search for the Lure
Published: June 22, 2011
ISBN-10: 0615501567
ISBN-13: 978-0615501567

Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference book that begins with history and mythology and ends with modern living vampires. The author has provided "fun" lists like the Powers of Dracula, Real Live Vampire Murders, Television Shows and African Americans who have Played Vampires. There are also websites in each section that show the most popular vampire books and even children's shows and books. But, there is a personal twist when it comes to Lure of the Vampire. The author has provided personal essays from national and international vampire authors as well as her own. They range from a personal look at vampires in mythology to the romantic lust filled vampire. There are also interviews with various groups and individuals involved in the vampire community. Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Refence Book of Lists, Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It is concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

Lure of the Vampire contains essays from authors: Denise Verrico - David MacDowell Blue - Charles E. Butler - C.J. Ellisson – BittenTwice – Elizabeth Loraine

Interviews with: Vampiric Council of New England, Vlad the Gothic Vampire Magician , Audrey Koogler, Vampire Priestess , and Hugo Pecos, creator of The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency 

Lure of the Vampire is great for any writer who would like to find fun facts to give their vampires in their story. For example, what powers have vampires in mythology possessed or the first literary vampires? There’s a section for that.  

What if you are a vampire fan who is looking for new YA or adult authors-  there is a section with titles, authors and their websites. 

What about vampire games? There’s a section for that too.

Sections include: Mythology, History, Literature, Movies, Television, Recreation, Children’s Vampires, On the Web, Education, and Real Life Vampires. There are lists, websites, essays, and interviews included in throughout the book. 

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It's concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

You can buy Lure of the Vampire at Amazon.com in print here- http://amzn.to/nwifDw.

Ebooks will be coming to Kindle, Nook and Smashwords soon.