Guest Post by Katie Salidas: Vampires & Werewolves

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Guest Posts | 12 comments

Hello my lovelies!

Today I have something extra special for all of you. A guest post by a wonderful author who I’ve gotten to know in my internet travels, Katie Salidas. She is releasing the third book in her Urban Fantasy series Immortalis today, and she’s doing a release day bonanza chock full of fun and giveaways. I read and reviewed the first book in the series Immortalis Carpe Noctem. If you’d like to visit the other stops on her big day, check out the release day blitz hub. Those of you who visit here regularly know I have a bit of a were-fetish, so today Katie is going to talk about the werewolves in the world of Immortalis. Take it away Katie!


Vampires & Werewolves: Mortal enemies or kissing cousins? Mythology holds the secrets.

For me, Mythology is a wonderful treasure-trove of ideas. Just look at all of the magnificent tales that have come out of them! Medusa, the Cyclops, the Hydra.

The vampires in my Immortalis series are based in Greek Mythology. They were born of an unlikely union between the Keres and a wounded human soldier. Daughters of Nyx, goddess of the night, the Keres are described as winged female death spirits with an insatiable lust for human blood.  Neither good, nor evil, they were there to send the already dying on their way to Hades. What a perfect creature to be the mother of our first vampire, right? So, vampires are part demigod, and part human with a lust for blood that is matched by nothing else.

Vampires may be my first love, but werewolves come in a very close second. So, naturally, when it came time to add them into the Immortalis series, I had to go back to my Greek Mythology roots to make sure they had their own rich history.

Greek Mythology already had some pretty awesome monsters, and surprisingly enough, werewolves were already accounted for too. It didn’t take me long to spot their legend.

In ancient Arcadia, there lived a king, Lycaon. Lycaon had many sons but only one daughter. He kept her safe and locked away so that no man could have her. But that did not protect her from Zeus. What Zeus wanted, he got. So he bedded and impregnated Lycaon’s daughter. This enraged the king. He sacrificed the child, a son, and fed the flesh to the god. When Zeus figured out the treachery, he punished Lycaon by turning him into a wolf, the first of many werewolves.

That is just the shortened version of the story, but you see how wonderful Mythology can be. Even back in the ancient world they already had the monsters we love today, and many, many more.

So both creatures are a product of the gods meddling with humanity. They already have a lot in common to begin with. It’s a shame most books portray them as enemies. I like to think that since the supernatural community is so small, they’d probably do best by getting along.

So, with that said, in Pandora’s Box, I tie these two legends, these two creatures, together, revealing their rich history to each other, and showing you why it’s so important they work together.

Thanks for reading, and if you want to check out my work, you can find me at

http://www.katiesalidas.com

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Book 1)

Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition… that’s the hard part.

Bleeding to death after brutal mugging, twenty-five year old Alyssa is rescued by the most unlikely hero: the handsome and aloof vampire, Lysander.

His gift of immortal blood initiates Alyssa into a frightening, eternally dark world filled with: bloodlust, religious fanaticism, and thousand-year old vendettas.

With Lysander as her guide, Alyssa will have to learn what it takes to survive in the immortal world. She’ll have to find the strength to accept her new reality and carpe noctem; or give in, and submit to final death.

 Hunters & Prey (Book 2)

Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She’s still learning to cope when a surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the friend she’s missed more than anything.

Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.

Pandora’s Box (Book 3)

After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.

Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?

When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.

Apparently powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?

And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being?

Werewolves…

To purchase the Immortalis books (In print and ebook):

Amazon USA

http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Amazon DE (Germany)

http://www.amazon.co.de/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Barnes & Noble

http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=katie+salidas&page=index&prod=univ&choice=allproducts&query=katie+salidas&flag=False&pos=-1&box=katie+salida&ugrp=2

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for hosting this tour. The post looks fantastic :). Great job.

    BK

    • My pleasure. I had fun following the other hops around. Nice job!

  2. Sending you a big HUG and my thanks for being a tour host today! I loved the topic you gave me to talk about.

    Katie

    • Thank you for coming by and writing such a great post for me! 🙂

  3. Great post. Thanks for taking the time and sharing today.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    • Hi Donna! Welcome.

    • Donnas, thank you as well for following along with all of the post in this tour! The support you have shown has really made my day.

      Hugs!

  4. What fun this blitz tour has been. I am finding all these new blogs to follow and reading wonderful posts about this lovely author and her books. Thank you for participating. I have signed up to follow you site and look forward to reading more of what you have to share.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Welcome Denise! Glad you stopped by. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for following along and making the rounds to all of the post in this blog tour! The support you have shown has really made my day.

      Hugs!

  5. thanks for taking your time and sharing your book with us! it sounds great! i cant wait to read it! thank you!
    shadow_kohler(at)att(dot)net

  6. My thanks to both of you, Coral for allowing it and Katie for doing it. A most informative post.

    But Coral I must say that your greeting sent shivers down my spine. “My Lovelies” heading a post dealing with werewolves and Vampires. Yeeks.

    Yes, I know where it comes from that makes it worse. 🙂

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