Alright. Trying to decide which vampire to feature for my second installment of “My Favorite Vampires” was REALLY hard. It was like trying to pick which chocolate to eat next out of a Rogers Chocolates box. You want to just stuff them all in your mouth at once. But since that’s not very ladylike (and you could choke), you have to choose which one to savor first.

So after some serious thought, I decided that I wouldn’t mind taking a few nibbles out of Henry Fitzroy. *wink*

Name: Henry Fitzroy

Where you can find him: Blood Ties (TV show)

Henry Fitzroy is a 470 year old vampire, and the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. That’s right, our boy is a prince. And isn’t that a face you would love to have on your money?

Henry Fitzroy
One of the things that I love about Henry is that even for someone creeping up on 500, he hasn’t gotten jaded with time.

He sees the beauty in the world around him and is an a very talented artist.

Henry Fitzroy

He’s not afraid to let people in and know him.

Henry Fitzroy

He’s such a smooth talker.

Henry Fitzroy

And he’s so sweet. Even in full on vamp mode you kind of just want to tap him on the nose and say, *boop*.

Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties

This is a vampire with zero angst. He’s just an all around wholesome and nice guy. But don’t get me wrong, he’s not a wimp. If you’re in trouble you DEFINITELY want Henry in your corner. But he’s one of my favorite vampires because he CARES.

… And also because he’s SMOKIN’ hot.

So for your viewing pleasure, I’m going to leave you with some Henry eye candy to help you get through your day.

Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
Rawr!

Have you watched Blood Ties? What did you think of Henry? Comment down below or on the Facebook post and let me know.

Who will be next on the list? Check back soon to find out!

To kick off my series of posts, entitled oh so cleverly as “My Favorite Vampires”, I have decided to start with the Queen of Mean: Pam.

Name: Pamela Swynford De Beaufort

Where you can find her: True Blood (TV Show)

 Pam - True Blood 
Why Pam?

Let’s be honest here people. Pam is my spirit animal. I’m a pretty friendly person, but Pam is the person I would probably be if I didnt care about being liked, or keeping friends, or holding down a job…

How can you not love her? 

First of all, the woman’s look is ALWAYS on point.

 Pam - True Blood 
Seriously. I mean sure, I could totally look this good all the time if I was immortal and had all the time in the world… or maybe not.

 Pam - True Blood 
I know that red leather dress just landed on the Christmas lists of at least half of the people reading this post. If anyone rocks this at their holiday staff party please send me pics!

 Pam - True Blood 
She can even rock a pink tracksuit.

Pam is never one to shy away from her feelings.

 Pam - True Blood 

She is a successful and professional business woman.

 Pam - True Blood 

She’s a caring friend.

 Pam - True Blood 

And has an endearing, yet seldom seen, vulnerability.

Pam - True Blood 

She is also one of the most fiercely loyal characters I have ever seen in a show.

 

She’s pretty much just all around awesome. 
The show True Blood has ended, but if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, do it, do it now! You won’t regret it. It’s based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

And for those of you that watched it and loved it, I hope this was a fun look back on one of the show’s best characters.

Do you have a favorite character from True Blood? Comment below and tell me who you love!

I am a novel writer down to my bones. There is something about the length of them that just speaks to me when I’m writing.  You can just fit in so much. So much detail, huge elaborate plots, twists and turns for days! And then you see something like this…

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.
– Ernest Hemingway 

And in 6 words of flash fiction you have a gut wrenching, heart breaking story. 

Stories don’t have to be long to be rich and detailed. Some of the world’s greatest works have come in shorter formats. Like The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, or The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Now THERE is a story about a woman’s steady decent into madness that I have read over and over again.

With this in mind, I have started working on some shorter stories with characters that populate the world in and around Silverlake City. Some stories will be urban fantasy and others are paranormal romance. I’m

Hoping to get a few published and rolled out here while my novel is being finalized. This will be a fun way for me to be able to invite you into Vanessa’s world over the coming months. No, Vanessa Kensley will not be seen in any of these works. She has her own story to tell.

Be sure to check back at the blog over the next few weeks for updates on when the stories will be available. 

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When I was in my earlier teens my mom gave me this amazing book. It had everything in it. Vampires, werewolves, werecats, demons, spirits, murder, crooked cops, psychics, psychos, and there was even a mention of mountain trolls.

It was dark, gritty, sexy, and action packed. From the first page I was nose deep in this bad boy. You had to pry it from my hands, I just refused to put it down. I had never read anything like it before.

It wasn’t until years later that I even learned the name of the genre that I this booked belonged too, though I had dug up some similar titles along the way. I think that this was partly due to the fact that most of the time I actually read romance novels. Heart pounding, bodice ripping, macho male romance novels. I read them without shame. Out in public I flashed their provocative covers around for the world to see. Sure sometimes people liked to tease me about it, but I was fully confident in my choice of reading materials.

I always thought that I would write romance novels. It just seemed like most natural genre for me. But whenever I put pen to paper there always just seemed to be more morning-stars than making out.

Later, as I tried to put a name to the style of writing I was continuously drawn to, I learned that the genre I was writing was urban fantasy. I also learned that Laurell K Hamilton is considered one of the founding mothers of the genre.

I am so grateful to my mom, because Ms.Hamilton’s “Blue Moon” opened a door to a world that I absolutely love. Where everything and anything can and does happen. It takes the very best of every genre and smashes them together in ways that always keep you guessing. And I can only hope that one day someone picks up one of my books and is able to have that same magnificent experience.

I absolutely love villian origin stories. I’m ashamed to say it but I still havn’t gone to see Wicked yet. At this point I’m going to have to find a copy of the broadway show online or something, because the chances of my ever getting to see it live grows markedly more slim every day. Thankfully there’s a new bad girls’ club origin story in town. Maleficent.

I was so excited when I first saw the previews for this movie. There may or may not have been some high pitched screaming and a happy dance involed when Angelina Jolie’s razor sharp cheekbones flashed across the screen. Seriously, you could cut yourself on those things. The votes were in and it was unanimous, Maleficent was going to be the girl’s night out movie of the week. We weren’t disappointed.

Why do I love the origin stories of all the classic Big Bads? Because it turns them into PEOPLE. Complex, messy, really people. When you’re creating a villian it’s so easy to say, “This is the bad guy becuse he’s a bad guy and so likes to make bad things happen.” But when you do that you end up with flat empty charicatures of people. The villians that I’ve always loved the most are the ones where you can’t help but feel a little disgusted about the fact that part of you kind of understands where they are coming from. When they hit close to home and make you really think about your values and ideals and you wonder if you had to go through some of the horrors that they did would you be able to say without a doubt that there is no chance you wouldn’t have taken a similar path.

That’s why I loved this movie so much, it had me rooting for the “villian” the whole time. Heartbreaking, vindicating and utterly satisfying, just the way I like my bad guys. Complex.