October 10, 2013

Top Ten with Author Heather Long

Hi everyone! Today our top ten is with Author Heather Long. She has info on her latest released book, an excerpt and her top ten Favorite Vampire Movies.

Funnily enough, my latest release: Bad Witch Rising has vampires in it and I had great fun mixing it up with the vampire mythology.
Some evils will not stay buried...

An ancient evil is hunting her best friend...

Evil exists. It lives. It breathes. It hunts. And it has a body count.

A dangerous secret haunts her dearest ally…

War changes people. Life changes them. Sometimes, they become something else entirely.

An internal investigation threatens her lover…

Life is about the choices made, the decisions reached, and the actions taken. What Jack did to protect her could cost them everything.

Betrayal lurks around every corner…

When one of their own turns on them, this earth witch will dig deep to become the rock holding them together—and the hammer to split the darkness. For Chance Monroe, this will be a long summer…

“You have great, big, hairy, brass balls.” Sydney dropped the phone onto the folding table next to the beanbags.

“And I hoped I’d miss all the girly bonding while I washed up.” Jaime’s dry voice dissolved the tension.

“You’re just jealous.” There was my Sydney, lips twisted into an impudent grin. Relief flowed and so did the wine. Three glasses later, we sprawled in the beanbags. Sydney’s head tucked against my thigh and her feet stretched across Jaime’s lap, sound asleep.

The contact seemed to soothe her and when Jaime sent a soft zing of power arcing across the connection we’d shared all day, we began working in tandem, softening the hard edge of grief until Sydney’s eyes had closed

“Jaime, when did you have to deal with vampires?” I’d let the conversation wander for a while. Sydney had needed the relief, but I hadn’t forgotten.

He sighed. “Vampires like war zones. They scavenge the injured, the weak, like culling the herd. People don’t tend to look too hard at the dead or the missing during a war, so the vampires have free rein.”

The wine tasted bitter, an acrid aftertaste lingering on my tongue. It made sense, in a cold, cruel, logical fashion.

“So what’s myth and what’s true?” Because honestly, while I’m pretty damn sure vampires don’t sparkle, I didn’t think all vampires were sexy beasts or ravening monsters.

“Vampires are compelling. They have the ability to mesmerize, so even the ugliest bastard will appear gorgeous.”

I had a brief flash of the second Mummy movie and the Anaksunamun chick kissing the rotting corpse before he regenerated into Arnold Vosloo. Ugh. 

“So is it more Anne Rice or L.J. Smith?”

He grimaced. I’d made him read the books during a phase. He’d liked the Anne Rice books, but swore he’d deny it if I ever said it out loud. “A little of both, I would imagine. The older ones don’t have to make eye contact, though. They can paint pictures your mind just accepts as reality. It’s probably why they are old.”

“Wooden stake through the heart...?”

“...will slow it down. If it’s an older one, the vampire can remove the stake and heal. The younger ones will need to have it removed. If it stays in long enough, the newly turned vampires and really young will perish.”

“Holy symbols?”

“Only if they share the faith.”


“Brutally effective. The best way to kill a vampire is to dismember it and burn the parts—every part, or it will regenerate.” 

Gruesome. Dread wrapped cold fingers around my spine. “I take it they are stronger? Faster? Better than before?”

“Those are not six-million-dollar-fangs.” The weak joke helped. Jaime stared moodily at the flickering shadows on the wall; jaw tight, his gaze brooding.

“Did they attack you?”

“No, but sometimes I wish they had.”

Top 10 Favorite Vampire Movies
I’m not a fan of horror movies, never have been and while Halloween seems the time to trot out your favorite hockey mask slasher or Freddy Krueger type villain. That said, I do love vampire movies so here are a few of my favorites—all films I’ve seen many, many times.

The Lost Boys
To this day, this movie is why I still adore Kiefer Sutherland and I get chills when I hear Cry Little Sister.

Interview with a Vampire
I was really iffy when I heard Tom Cruise had been cast as Lestat, yet even as a fan of the books I did enjoy the film and he surprised me. It’s also the first time I thought Brad Pitt was good looking. Kirsten Dunst, however, was the best as Claudia.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Yes, it was over the top and lush, and beautiful. I enjoyed all the actors in their various parts, but I will never forget this movie if for no other reason than they put out a “novelization” of the film and called it “Novelization of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Wait for a minute—the irony will hit you.

I loved the first film. It was different (at the time) and it had the right cross of comic book style mingled with big movie action.

Probably my number one favorite. The opening scene in the rain with Selene and her fighting prowess is just bad ass.

Vampire Hunter D
Yes it’s anime. Yes, it’s just that cool.

The Hunger
I watched this years ago, but it left an impression. I dunno if it was because it used “Egyptian” mythology or that Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie were in it. Probably both.

Hotel Transylvania
I giggled all the way through this. ‘nuff said.

John Carpenter’s Vampires
I adore James Woods and as violent as this film was, I adored him in it!

Tied: Once Bitten/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
While neither movie is a runaway hit, they both had their moments and Buffy was so bad we ended up getting a far better television show with Joss Whedon. As for Once Bitten, it remains one of my favorite Jim Carrey roles. 

About Heather Long
National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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