I was born and raised in Alaska, and have been an avid vampire fiction reader since around age nine. I always wondered why vampire stories were set in Europe or New Orleans or Las Vegas. Why would these creatures limit themselves to places where the sun was out ten or twelve hours a day?
This thought was most persistent in the winter, when I woke in the dark, went to school/work in the dark, and came home in the dark. And yet, other than the movie 30 Days of Night and a recent, rather strange vampire-themed cruise (which came up in the summer, mind you), I haven’t seen this idea explored.
So I wrote Don’t Bite the Messenger. Set in Anchorage, Alaska, where I sometimes race through the streets at two a.m. (for research purposes, officer!), Messenger takes place a few years in the future. Vampires, who are known in this world, have been invited into the state with open arms. Why? Because the economy still sucks and vampires, for all their unsavory characteristics, can use their heightened senses to scout out natural resources. Gold. Oil. Gemstones. All the things that make an economy go boom in a good way. When the money’s flowing, the powers that be are more than willing to look the other way when the odd dry corpse pops up.
But, because with great ability comes irritating inconvenience, the undeath process alters vampires’ energy fields. They fry ambient waves and, in time, short out grounded electricity. So no phones, no computers, no instant messaging. Vampires use couriers – brave, quick, expendable humans – to deliver correspondence to each other. And this, dear VBC readers, is the world into which I dropped our resourceful heroine, courier Sydney Kildare.
Regan was kind enough to offer up two digital giveaway copies of Don’t Bite the Messenger – one for U.S. readers, and one for international readers — to VBC. To enter, leave a comment telling us where you think vampires would thrive (or talking about the awesomeness of vampires on Alaska), and let us know if you’re entering for the U.S. or international copy.
CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES
1. To enter, you leave a comment on this blog answering the question above and indicate if you are entering for the U.S. or international giveaway.
2. You do not need to follow Vampire Book Club to be entered, but we sure do like it.
3. This contest is open internationally.
4. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
5. The winners will be selected using Random.org. Then each will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim her prize. If we do not hear from the winner(s) within that time, a new winner will be selected.
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for prizes lost or damage in transit.
9. Big thank you to Regan Summers for providing the prizes.