Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Author Post-The Allure of Vampires in Romance Literature by Paisley Smith

Guest Author post: The Allure of Vampires in Romance Literature -by Paisley Smith

Why are we so fascinated by vampires in literature, especially in romance? Nineteenth century vampires represented sexual desires that were considered taboo in polite Victorian society. Both Dracula and Carmilla spoke to hidden lusts, with the penetration of the fangs mimicking sexual penetration.

Nineteenth century literature depicted vampires and their bloodlust as wicked. But modern literature portrays vampire eroticism as supernatural and the vampire becomes attractive rather than fearsome. They are the literary bad boys and bad girls, only ratcheted up a notch.

Girls Who Bite, edited by Delilah Devlin for Cleis Press, offers fresh takes vampire lore with an erotic lesbian spin.

For bad girls looking for love…fangs are more than an accessory.

These are no Twilight tales—the stories in Girls Who Bite are varied, unexpected, and soul-scorching. Bestselling romance writer Delilah Devlin and her contributors investigate vampire myths from around the world, and add fresh girl-on-girl blood to the pantheon of the paranormal.

Take a walk on the wild side with some of the hottest erotic romance authors out there. In La Caída, a Mexican “salt-eater” saves a fallen angel and redeems her own soul. In Bloody Wicked, a powerful witch’s spell to lure a lover turns her into a vampire’s love slave. Through a Pet Door, a shapeshifting vampire meets the dominatrix of her dreams. South African Impundulu sweeps you back into a vampire’s primeval beginnings. With a list of contributors that include Adele Dubois, Christine d’Abo, Paisley Smith, Myla Jackson, Shayla Kersten and Vivi Anna, Devlin delivers a dark and sexy read you can sink your teeth into!

Inside Girls Who Bite:

Bloody Wicked
A witch becomes a slave to the vampire lover she conjures

Al Dente
A jaded vampire in Rome savors a renewal of love

Dark Angel
After a fateful night in a Berlin cabaret, a woman undergoes a blood rite

Pet Door
A shifter passes through the pet door of a dominatrix she seduces

Dark Guard
A detective partners with a sultry vampire to stop a serial killer

La Caída
A nagual rescues a fallen angel in the Sonoran desert

The Crystal Altar
An ancient crystalline cavern becomes the setting for a most unusual birthday party

An Egyptian goddess exploring the remnants of her ancient world finds her immortal beloved

Bound Lust
A human dominatrix frees a vampire submissive from loneliness

The Gift of Lillith
An immortal surrenders her legacy to give continued life to her lover

Long lost vampire lovers rekindle their dark passion in London

Red Horizon
Sailing the seas, a modern day vampirate is seduced by her human captain

A vampire journeys to South Africa seeking her lover and creator

Night at the Wax Museum
A museum security guard falls for a vampire trapped in wax museum exhibit

She Knows I Am Watching
A New World Vampire in Oxford feeds her victim’s dark and secret fantasies

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More lesbian vampires from Delilah Devlin and Paisley Smith are coming soon in Bitten in the Big Easy, the first in the Femme Noir paranormal series!

About Paisley Smith:

Paisley Smith is a full time freelance writer and can usually be found in front of her computer either writing, chatting, promoting or plotting. It’s a glamorous life…working in one’s pajamas.

She attended college in the Deep South where she obtained a slew of totally useless degrees and developed an unrelenting sense of humor.
Her books can be found at Ellora’s Cave , Loose Id, and Cleis Press!
Paisley’s site:


LVLM(Leah) said...

Hello Paisley- Congrats on your new releases! I'm looking forward to reading them. :D

There isn't really that much lesbian/ f/f vampire stories, so I'm sure they're going to be fun and different.

Paisley Smith said...

Thanks for letting us hijack your blog today! I am so impressed in all the stories in GWB. Delilah Devlin did a fantastic job choosing from oodles of lesbian vampire tales and these are the cream of the crop. I enjoyed writing the vampire aspect so much that when DD mentioned doing a duo, I jumped on it. I can't wait for the release of BITBE. It's not like any of my other books.

Delilah Devlin said...

Thanks for letting us blather on about our books! DD

Adele Dubois said...

Best of luck to you and Delilah on your upcoming project. It's been great working with you both on GIRLS WHO BITE.

Best--Adele Dubois

Cathy in AK said...

I'll admit I'm not much of a vampire fiction reader, but damn! This might make me a convert : )

M.A. said...

Paisley and Delilah, it's fabulous to hear about these new releases, they're perfect for seasonal reading. "Bitten in the Big Easy" is on my TBR file, and I'm confident I'll enjoy your larger anthology sometime soon. I love well-crafted short fiction. : )

P.S. -- *light, so very subtle mental nudge via conspiratorial whisper*

Paisley ... Civil War/Antebellum vampires ...

M.A. said...

Hi again.

Paisley, I did pick up "Bitten in the Big Easy" and read it. I've opted out on rating or reviewing it because, unfortunately, I found the overall content too dark for my comfort zone. I simply could not maintain sufficient objectivity to rate the work on its own merit.

I do believe there is a market for BitBE and I have faith that market will respond positively to your work. I wish you best luck with it. : )