Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guest Post with Faierytastic author Michelle McCleod and review of Love Potions!!

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First off I'd like to thank Michelle for stopping by and allowing me the great experience of reading her book.  It was excellent!!  She has a tasty Halloween Post to share with us today so without further ado here is her succulent tale!

About the Time I Stole from a Vampire (and Lived to Tell the Tale)

The first inkling that I was a little umm...obsessed with vampires was when I read the 1000 page Vampire Encyclopedia...and liked it. If that wasn't a clue, for sure, by the time I was stealing rocks from a vampire, there was no more hiding from the truth.

Hi. My name is Michelle and the only bad thing about the Vampire Encyclopedia? Was that it ended.

So rocks. Vampire. What gives?

Most of us are familiar with the idea of Dracula. Those of us with cable and a rainy Saturday on our hands have probably watched some Dracula movies. The thing is, Dracula is based on a psychopath named Vlad Tepes. He was no more vampire than I am werewolf (I wish!). However, there really were vampires in Europe. Actual documented bloodsuckers, and, for whatever reason, the truth in the legends never permeated modern fiction like Bram Stoker’s Dracula has.

Ever hear of Countess Elizabeth Bathory? The Countess is one of few known vampires in Europe, and I visited the castle where she drained over 600 girls dry. Her exploits bring new meaning to the phrase ‘bloodbath’ as, not only was she rumored to drink blood, but also bathed in it to preserve her youth. Once she was caught and prosecuted, Bathory was walled into the castle tower a la Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.

Not too many people get out to her castle. It's pretty isolated in Slovakia, a country that doesn't top all that many bucket lists (although it should). Lucky for me, my husband is Slovak, and, when we went ‘back home’ for a visit, I insisted he take me to see the castle.
Now, take a moment to picture what might happen to such an infamous castle here in the US. Think Salem, Mass. Ghost tours. Shops with made-in-China tchotchkes. Restaurants. Palm readers. A real supernatural smorgasbord.

It seems logical to think you would see something similar in Slovakia, but no. There's a museum with irregular hours and that's it. There's no entrance fee. No restaurants. No guardrails along the cliff. Nothing to stop a tourist from lighting a fire and doing a voodoo ritual.

Or, you know, filching a rock from the walls of a vampire’s castle.

About the Author: Michelle McCleod lives in the Midwest with her husband, toddler and dogs. She writes in the spare moments between toddler tantrums and often fantasizes about dressing the dogs up like unicorns. Her latest release, a novella titled Love Potions, is about an incompetent witch and the elf cursed to break her heart. Readers can contact her at mccleodwriters@gmail.com and find her online at http://michellemccleod.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter under the handle @MichelleMcCleod.

Pretty Cool.  Vampire Lore is always fascinating! Now to the book!  I really enjoyed this short hot read!  Take a look.

An incompetent witch, a cursed elf, and the wizard who wants to kill them.

Witch-in-training, Marion, is about to flunk her Potions class because of a serious case of 'love block'. If her love potions keep exploding like stink bombs, she won’t graduate to the magical defense classes she really wants to take. A problem because her ex-boyfriend is out of prison and wants to pick up where they left off...with his hands around her throat.

When Marion learns she’ll never make a love potion if she doesn’t fall in love, she takes a risk on Aidan, a handsome, charming elf with a heartbreaking secret.

My Review

Even though the big cities have accepted and embraced witchcraft as a suitable degree program, her hometown had not.  But that was ok with Marion.  She had practiced long and hard at being invisible, and most times slid right on by without being noticed.  The wall was her friend and blending into the background had become a second nature.  That and staying away from men.  Her potions class was her biggest problem right now.  She just couldn’t get the love potion right.  Love bombs are what she seemed to create.  Who was it that said art imitated life?  Maybe her potions were trying to warn her that she was doomed.  It seemed like no matter how hard she tried it just kept blowing up.  Her teacher explained that the reason it wasn’t working was because she had no experience in the field of love.  So she needed to experience love in order to pass this class?  Where was she, the sweat pants and oversized t-shirt queen, going to find love?
Aiden was cursed.  No literally he was cursed.  He said the wrong thing to the Queen and she threw him out of Fairy with a curse.  His lucky day.  So now he was stuck at this bar, because the Queen had stated that he must meet her at this bar, looking for the not-so-perfect woman to break the curse.  Right.  He was in beautiful silicon and Louie Vatton heaven.  Good luck with that one.  He went to dance off some of his frustration and stress.  That’s when he noticed her.  Oversized shirt and too long skirt, dancing like something was trying to jerk out of her body. Interesting.  Maybe this was his lucky night?
I am an absolute sucker for short hot stories and this little sizzle was my cup of tea.  Two people with a lot of secrets, one extremely determined roommate, and one psycho x turn this short tease into a delightful adventure.  Not to mention the Barbie fairy or the giant.  The main characters are all lovable and this story leaves you with warm fuzzies rolling over your skin.  Even the local Siren is completely enchanting and true to her nature!  The author had a fresh outlook on bringing several mythologies together and blending them together delightfully!  I truly enjoyed this little story and look forward to more from this author!!!


Sebella Blue said...

Loved the guest post!! Weird history is so fun, and I would kill for a chance to visit the Bathory Castle. She was one whacked out chickie. All those wasted virgins....
I'm excited about Love Potions as well, it sounds like a great read.

Michelle McCleod said...

Oh thank you Blue Shedevil!

If you ever go to Slovakia, drop me a line, I'll fill you in on where-to and how-to.


Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Love the post! I've always been a werewolf girl myself, but the history of vampires make me happy.

Great job!

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