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Brigit Zahara – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have erotic paranormal romance author, Brigit Zahara here guest blogging along with a giveaway of her newly released e-novella, The Turning! Giveaway details will be after Brigit’s guest blog and an excerpt of The Turning. Let’s give her a warm welcome.


How Would You Feel if You Woke Up As A Vampire?

By Brigit Zahara

Vampires are big business these days. Seems darn near everyone wants to read about them and more than a few people want to become one.

Back in the old days when the myth of the undead first arose (pun intended;) these creatures of the night were considered to be ugly, abhorrent monsters that were to be avoided at all costs. But today’s abiding immortals have quite the fan base.

Why? Wouldn’t you think the Pros would far outweigh the Cons in the question of whether or not to take the eternal plunge?

From what I can see, the pros are pretty obvious:

  • Immortality

  • Superior power/strength and speed

  • Superior senses

  • Freedom to do and be what you want

And depending on which type of vampire you like/vampire books you’ve read, the list may also include:

  • Heightened beauty and sexual appeal

  • Powers of control and coercion i.e. hypnotism, mind reading, etc.

  • Flying

  • Shapeshifting

I’m sure there are more characteristics to be found but just looking at what I have so far, it sounds like a no-brainer right? But what about the cons?

  • No sunlight

  • VERY restricted diet

  • Losing scores of mortal friends and lovers

  • Being the quintessential outsider

True, it’s a short list but it packs a punch. Just having to eat – or rather drink – only one thing for the rest of all eternity is a big turnoff for me. And no sun? Ever? Yeah, that wouldn’t float my boat either. Those two may not be deal breakers for you, but no matter how you look at it, deciding to become a vampire is not an easy decision.

That’s when you get to make the decision.

In THE TURNING—my contemporary vampire ménage that flashes back to Rome and the time of gladiators, none of the three mortals who become vampires were actually given a choice.

So that’s the question on the table:

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?

Excerpt of The Turning

Once outside, Atticus collapsed against the wall, grimacing as his long, white eyeteeth lengthened into twin razor-sharp daggers with each passing second. Intense emotion always brought out the animal in him. Clamping a hand over his mouth and willing himself to calm down, Atticus squeezed his eyes shut.

God he loved her.

He had from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.

At the tender age of eighteen, Atticus had seen fifteen-year-old Galeria for the very first time as he stood in the center of the dusty arena, addressing the emperor in the standard salutation before his premiere match was to begin. She was perched high above the stadium on a throne situated to the emperor’s left but even from that distance, Atticus could discern the regal carriage, the sheer elegance and stunning beauty of her delicate form. Where Atticus was hulking and muscular, she was petite and pristinely pale. Only months before his massive body and physical prowess had attracted the attention of the emperor during one fortuitous meeting along a road where Atticus was toiling as a farmhand. Right there and then he was specially “selected” to train in Rome’s premiere gladiator school, until he was ready to showcase his strength and speed, testing his keen instincts of survival in matches against other similarly endowed males for the delight of an audience.

An audience that included Galeria.

At the end of each victorious contest, Atticus would approach the raised section of the stadium where the privileged sat. He would bow, his gaze trained on the ground. It was considered a show of disrespect to make eye contact with any member of the royal family post-match so he never looked at the emperor.

Or his daughter.

But Atticus felt her—felt her gentleness, her feminine power, her seductive beauty.

For many years, Atticus fought valiantly, always winning, albeit frequently saved from various near-fatal injuries in a number of different ways. However none quite so fatefully as the last time.

It was during one of the Tour of Champions’ stops in a strange country filled with ancient legends and superstitions that, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, bordered the Black Sea. It was there that a mysterious healer performed some strange kind of bloodletting on Atticus to treat his life-threatening wounds sustained in a match. It appeared a miracle cure had been administered but in reality, Atticus had unwittingly turned into a strigoi—a creature of the night who survived solely on the blood of warm-blooded beings.

From then on, he had to endure many changes.

 Giveaway Details:

Brigit will be popping by today to reply to comments and questions!

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?”

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)


  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)


  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)


  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing and let me know in your comment. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)


  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through April 8th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 9th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )




















March 30, 2010 - Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , ,


  1. […] 30th – Brigit Zahara, erotic paranormal romance author, will be coming by to guest blog along with a giveaway to celebrate the release of The […]

    Pingback by Welcome To My Book Addiction « Sidhe Vicious Reviews | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. No matter how hectic or bad my life is now I would NOT want to wake up as a vampire. I love sunlight and the thought of going without the sun is just not possible to me. I would love to be beautiful but the price is too high for me.

    I have just gotten into reading vampire books and love them but just don’t want to be one. Now a shifter, that sounds
    appealing to me..LOL

    Comment by Brenda B. Hill | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • How about a vampire shapeshifter? That’s what I write about in my next menage ENCHANTED PALETTE…

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. I am an old subscriber (not age. LOL)

    Follow via twitter (@misskallie2000) and tweeted 3-30-10
    Latest: sidhevicious Brigit Zahara – Guest Blog & Giveaway Retweeted by you less than 20 seconds ago

    This is awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    Comment by Brenda B. Hill | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. oh I would be pretty mad but then I’d have to go do some dangerous things just cause I can’t die right

    Comment by jennifer mathis | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Like what? Rob a bank? Or maybe skydive without the shoot? 🙂

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 5, 2010 | Reply

      • sky dive with the parachute (I still don’t want to mess up my pretty face you know) hitchhike to south america repel into the mouth of a volcano you know the usual I’m to scary to do stuff

        Comment by jennifer mathis | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. True enough – the lack of sunlight would be maddening but I think once I got over the initial shock I would have to go for a test flight. LOL

    Comment by Brigit | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. Wouldn’t be a problem for me: I sunburn way too easily, I’m a picky eater, and blood is probably better than some of the other stuff I don’t like to eat, and would love to have all the special powers/senses. The first thing I’d do is turn my 2 kids into vampires too so they can live for all eternity with me! LOL

    Comment by Pam | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • You bet. Eternity alone is the worst plight of the undead.

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  7. I would not like to be turned into a vampire without my consent. I like the daylight to much.

    Comment by Julie Swaney | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Me too. But then again, like that old song, “I like the nightlife.” 🙂

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  8. I am an old follower by email

    Comment by Julie Swaney | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. Well, I would be confused. Like, is this for real but no point in festering. Just learn out to live like a vampire. How interesting.

    Comment by Doreen R | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. I already subscribe by email…..1

    Comment by Doreen R | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. I already subscribe by email…..2

    Comment by Doreen R | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  12. As much as I love vampires and even fantasize about the vampire life from time to time, I would not want any changes made to my life without my consent. I should be given a choice.

    I am definitely and old subscriber!

    Sounds like a very interesting story.

    Comment by Patricia A | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  13. I would be excited and anxious, one excited because now i have time to emerse myself in all the wordly cultures and lanuages without worring about time frames, and two anxious if i have to drink human blood and where to find it and to be sure about keeping my secret so people with closed minds dont try to kill me in my sleep

    Comment by Robin Harris | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • No worries Robin. You could smell them coming a mile away!

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  14. humm with out my concent honestly i wouldnt mind id be a little mad that i woke up and found out i wasnt “there” for the process othe rthen that idd suck it up and move on

    im an old follower

    i am a fan of ur son f ace book

    Comment by Beverly G | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  15. I guess I would freak out, have a melt down, then take a deep breath and get on with life. The sun is not so much a factor as I have some “black Irish” heritage and the burn and peel has never been high on my priority list.

    Comment by Sarah Ulfers | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi everybody!

    First off, thanks very much to Judi for inviting me to be a guest blogger on Sidhe Vicious Reviews! I’ll be here all week so I look forward to reading many more posts!

    And thanks to those of you who have already stopped by to post a comment and answer the question. There have been some real interesting replies – people have very definite answers to how they would feel if they woke up a vampire! Guess you wouldn’t need your morning coffee anymore. Unless of course, you drank too much the night before 😉

    Comment by Brigit Zahara | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  17. […] Vicious is giving away an ebook copy of Brigit Zahara’s new steamy paranormal romance, The Turning. Contest closes 11:59 pm, April […]

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  18. Thank you for this giveaway!

    +2 I’m an old subscriber to your blog
    +1 I follow you on Twitter (Stella_ExLibris)
    +1 +1 I follow you on Goodreads (Stella (Ex Libris))
    +1 I follow you on Book Blogs (Stella (Ex Libris))

    I also wanted to befriend you on Facebook, but couldn’t find the badge or link on your blog 😦

    +1 If I woke up one morning as a vampire turned without my consent I would be pissed as hell! I can’t live without the sun and I would hate to not be able to eat any normal food, I love eating! I guess there would be revenge.. 🙂

    Comment by Stella (Ex LIbris) | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  19. Love the excerpt Brigit,
    Atticus’s memories drew me right in.
    +1 I’m a new follower by e-mail
    +1 I follow you on Twitter, Rainboyeyes41
    +1 I’m a Myspace friend, Birdsooong, Mindy

    I think I’d a bit upset with being turned without my consent but when the shock wears off, I could see the advantages too. I work 3rd shift to begin with so sleep wouldn’t be a problem, I could do housefun at night & just do noisy cleaning right before I fall asleep. The food issue would be a drawback though, maybe I could de-sensitise myself to food as time goes on. The friends part could be an issue too.

    Comment by Mina Gerhart | April 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeah it’s kinda a 50/50 thing…some good, some bad. Guess it all depends on your priorities. Like I said, food and sun are big priorities for me so that in itself would make being a vampire a bit of a bummer!

      Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  20. Congratulations to Robin Harris – the winner of THE TURNING guest blog giveaway! Enjoy Robin 🙂

    And Many Thanks to Judi at Sidhe Vicious Reviews who has been our gracious host for the past week. As well, thanks to all who have stopped by with their thoughts on what they would do if they woke up as a vampire. It’s been a whole lot of fun. Here’s to a spring and summer full of great reading!

    Have a great weekend 🙂


    Comment by Brigit Zahara | April 9, 2010 | Reply

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