Today I’d like to welcome Live Rancourt! She’s one of many fantastic authors I’ve met online through my publishers and on Twitter. She’s got a great new book out! It sounds awesome!
Take it away Liv!
How teenagers are like VAMPIRES…
Now, since it’s summertime, I want to talk about vampires. What? Summer doesn’t automatically remind you of our undead kin? Weird. I don’t know if it’s the start of True Blood or knowing that our long sunny days mean they have to look for fast food options at night, but warm weather makes me want to reconnect with Ann Rice, Anita Blake, Buffy, and all their friends. And to give things an interesting twist, this summer I’m sharing my living space with a couple of beings who have come to resemble a pair of vamps.
The other day, someone I know complained that her teens would sleep all day if she let them, which started me thinking, and it didn’t take much consideration for me to find startling parallels between my children and the spawn of Dracula…
- They keep the same hours.
Now that school’s out, my teenagers would like nothing better than to play computer games all night, then sleep in. Till two or three in the afternoon. So they have plenty of energy for another night of roaming virtual back roads and alleys, looking for victims.
- They listen to music from another time and place.
You figure your average vampire established their musical tastes when they were young, which could mean they prefer anything from Renaissance polyphony to Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. My kids listen to dubstep, a form of electronic music that sounds like it came from another galaxy, let alone another time. Neither group remembers the ‘80s the way I do.
- They’re undeniably cool.
Most teenagers walk around feeling like the biggest dweebs on the planet. And most older people would trade places with them in a second. Their music, their clothing, and their (perceived) stress-free existence make for an enticing combination, almost as tempting as the eternal youth and assorted superpowers that come along with being a vampire.
Which would you choose?
- They think they’ll live forever.
Teenagers thing they’re indestructible. Vampires pretty much are. Which leads straight into my next point…
- They both make me nervous.
I don’t think I could ever really relax around a vampire. The whole “threat to life and limb” factor that travels with them would prevent us from being more than casual friends. Oddly, I worry more about my teenagers. Growing up is never easy, and the challenges they face – stress and broken hearts and drugs and the internet and finding their place in the world – are enough to give any mother grey hair.
Hmm…maybe hanging with a vampire wouldn’t be that bad.
So have I missed anything? If you can think of any other parallels, please leave them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you! Also, if you’ve got a minute, hop on over to the main page of the Summer Book Crush. A whole bunch of authors are offering books for $0.99, including my novella, A Vampire’s Deadly Delight. You’ll find books from all different genres, and all of them are the same low price. Jump HERE to check it out.
And thanks again, Heather. It’s so nice to be here. 🙂
Kristen has a deadly secret—when she smells a vampire, she turns into Jai, a beauti-licious babe who makes vamps permanently dead. To a vamp, Jai is like ambrosia. They can’t resist her. She uses this attraction, plus her super strength and her trusty blade, Mr. Sticky, to end their undead lives. The thrill of wearing miniskirts without worrying about cellulite stifles any qualms Kristen might have about killing the undead. Being Jai is the most fun she has ever had—until they come up against the one vampire Jai can’t kill. If he and Jai have a history, as he claims, Jai can’t remember it…or him.
But when her work catches the attention of some old enemies—who won’t hesitate to destroy Kristen if it also means the end of Jai—this vampire may be their only hope. Can Kristen and Jai learn to tell the difference between good and evil in time to defeat Jai’s ancient nemesis? Or will being Jai’s hostess cost Kristen more than just her beauty sleep?
Liv Rancourt writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. She likes to create stories that have happy endings, and finds it is a good way to balance her other job in the neonatal intensive care unit. Liv can be found on-line at her website & blog (www.livrancourt.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt).