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YA Week continues with Dueling Vampires!

                                    HarperTeen, July 28th!                                        Flux, May 1, 2009!

About BITE ME! and its heroine AJ Ashe:
AJ Ashe isn't a typical seventeen-year-old vampire (as if there is such a thing as `typical!') Her ex-boyfriend is now her stepbrother. Her two BFFs are in a huge fight and AJ's caught in the middle. She's totally framed for cheating on a Lit test. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. Like that's fair. What ever happened to the good old days when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her fetish for necks?

About VAMPED and its heroine Gina Covello:
Gina Covello is a teen fashionista who goes from chic to eek the night of her senior prom when she's bitten by the class chess champ turned vampire hottie.  She not only has to claw her way out of the grave, totally messing with her manicure, but find her place in the new world order when vampire vixen Mellisande starts turning her classmates to the darkside to form her own undead army.  If anyone's going to gather minions for her own nefarious purposes, it's going to be Gina, darnit!

Should AJ and Gina ever meet, I think it might be a toss-up whether they'd become BFFs or destroy the world in a monumental battle for dominance.  Author Melissa Francis and I (their chroniclers) asked them a series of questions to determine who might come out on top, but it's just too close to call.  Cage match, anyone?

And now for Dueling Vamps!

1. How do you do the whole blood thing. Are you a sucker or do you get your daily hemoglobin from a can?

AJ Ashe: It's like this, I can totally seize you, bite you, and make you mine, but why would I when I can get my blood from can? Hemoshakes are God's gift to civilized vampires.

Gina: While I totally agree that blood is never fashion-forward, there’s just no substitute for the neck-nibbling.  There’s something amazingly hot about the fluttering pulse, the rush of the blood flooding your system, the tingly sensation of…what do you mean drool?  I’m not drooling.  As if.

2. Sunlight? Yes or no.

AJ: Sensitivity to sunlight is sooooo last century. And since we're part human (you know, vampire meets human. Hanky panky. 9 months later it's a bouncing baby vampire/human)  so we actually have a reflection, a heartbeat, and require food and air. You don't have to stab us with a wooden stake to kill us, but if you stop our heart from beating we're dust. Most of us inherit some awesome vampire super skillz. Like I can hear through walls and have pretty decent night vision. I'd make a great spy.

Gina: You mean you have tanning options?!  I want a redo!  Sunlight burns me to a crispy critter.  And no reflection to speak of – no way to do my hair and make-up.  Talk about horror!  I hear you about the skills, though.  Super strength and vamp-o-vision rock.

3. How do you keep being a vampire a secret? Don't your fangs give you away?

AJ: The good news is, my fangs are retractable. They only come down when I want them to. Or when I'm angry. Or scared. Or in another state of emotional upheaval. Okay, so I don't have the best control over my fangs yet, but I'm working on it.

Gina: Whew, I was starting to feel I’d really gotten the short end of the stake.  Yup, retractable all the way.  Fangs are fabulous. 

4. So, what about minions.  You’ve got to have minions, right?

Gina: I’m starting my own entourage, bebe!  Okay, first I have to wrest them away from the vampire vixen who’s got designs on my new boyfriend and leadership of the vampire council, but once I’ve lured them over to my side we’ll rule the school.  Heck, the town.  Miracle make-overs for everyone!

AJ: If by minions you mean siblings, I have 2 younger twin sisters and 3 step brothers (one of whom was my boyfriend until our parents said "I do" this afternoon. Talk about messed up!) And I kinda have a vampire stalker that I may have accidentally created in one of those moments of 'emotional upheaval' that I talked about above. But no minions. Not really. Though I really want a minion. I'm gonna have to work on that.

5. Any words of wisdom for the aspiring vamp-to-be?

AJ: Well, since I've spent the majority of my 17 years trying to be more human than vampire, I'd say, if you've got it, vamp it.
Trying to keep my vampire side buried just caused me more stress. Especially once I had to actually fight a super-strong baddie and couldn't hang because my super skillz were super weak. I learned my lesson though. (I also recommend getting a hot vampire trainer to help develop your skillz. But that's a story for the next book LOVE SUCKS!)

Gina: I went the all powerful boy-toy route rather than a vampire trainer, because I'm all about delegating.  Actual action is hell on my manicure, though I'm not afraid to kick butt and take names when the situation requres.  Advice for the undead?  Fake it 'til you make it.  The whole lack of heartbeat and breath tends to freak out the plebs, so when in mixed company it might be a good idea to at least pretend at a pulse so as to avoid stakes and beheadings.  Because, really, true death is so last week.

Can't get enough?  Melissa is
launching a new website for her book: http://www.haveyoubeenbitten.com !  Check it along with her author site: http://www.melissafrancis.net.  For more Gina, my author site is: www.luciennediver.com and you can sign up for my newsletter here.


Tune in tomorrow for Zombies Strike Back!

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 25th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting AJ steal some of your blog time, Lucienne!!

May. 25th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Love it! These are two vampires I would love to hand out with.
May. 25th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
He he... I definitely think BFFs more than world domination. Great Q &A!

May. 26th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was leaning toward the BFF theory myself (*grin*).
May. 28th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
team vampire

May. 29th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)

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