Regan Summers Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampires in Alaska


Don't Bite the Messenger by Regan SummersI 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.

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.
6. Entrants must be at least 18 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. Please review our privacy policy, if you have any questions as to how Vampire Book Club uses your information. (Short version: we’ll only use it to contact you for this contest.)
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.

76 Responses to “Regan Summers Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampires in Alaska”

  1. cindyg says:

    I think they might thrive in my neck of the woods. I’m in Wisconsin. I do however like premise of the series. Alaska sounds very intrigueing.
    I’m in the U.S.

  2. cindy vinzant says:

    maybe speand half the time in alaska and then the other half in canada
    usa giveaway

  3. Stephanie Walters-Rowe says:

    I think it would be logical for a Vampire to want to live in Alaska, if they are impervious to the cold, because of the length of the day. In my mind Vampires originated in the Old World and traveled here during the Conquest and Colonization phase. New Orleans is an old city, and is a mix of ethnicities and cultural diversity. Vampires wouldn’t stick out in a crowd that practices voodoo and the occult. I would imagine Las Vegas would be a draw simply due to its nickname, Sin City. That lends itself to drunken revelry and naughtiness. It would be easy for a Vampire to feed there.

    I am participating from the USA

  4. Allison says:

    I agree for the months that Alaska is dark for so long but maybe not so much during the opposite months and it would have to be a bigger city, living for that long I’d think you’d need something to keep your mind busy or you’d go mad!

    Thank you for the giveaway–yay an ebook giveaway too!

    I am participating from the US.

  5. ML says:

    I think Alaska makes perfect sense for a vampire. Anywhere it can be mostly dark for large periods of time would be a vampire haven.

  6. Cate says:

    I think New york where they could pick a person to feed from tourists or bar hoppers. And being a big city have a lotof grounds to play with. I’m in the USA.

  7. Ashley Applebee says:

    The book sounds really cool 🙂 I’ve never really thought about vampires thriving in Alaska, but it makes sense! I think vampires would thrive anywhere there is a large population, a large tourist attraction, places like that because people would be less likely to notice people disappearing.
    Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂 I’m participating from the USA.

  8. Keira says:

    Such an original idea! Summers is absolutely correct–I’ve never heard of vampires in Alaska! This courier concept has me very intrigued…Definitely peaked my interest…

    I’d like to enter for the US giveaway. Thank you!

  9. blackroze37@yahoo.com says:

    alaska would be the perfect place since half a year it stays dark

  10. Las Vegas would be a great hang out, what with the transient populations and casinos without natural lighting.

  11. Athena says:

    I’ve always thought of Sweden or Russia. Those countries seem to be dark. Plus, Russia has so much land it would be easy to get lost in it. I’m in the US

  12. Christiana says:

    Vampires in Alaska would work, if they didn’t mind the sun for 1/2 the year or they flew to Antarctica.

  13. Sariah says:

    I like the idea of vampires in Alaska. I also think maybe Russia or Greenland. Thanks for the chance. The book sounds amazing. Adding it to my list. I am in the U.S.

  14. Miss Mel says:

    After watching 30 Days of Night I think Alaska is a great place for vampires who can’t go out during the daylight to thrive. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

    U.S. resident

  15. Carrie says:

    Alaska U.S giveaway please

  16. Megan says:

    I think that vampires would thrive living in a place that has longer days, so probably in Alaska. U.S giveaway. Thank you for this great opportunity!

  17. Proserpine says:

    Hi! I am International! I read a lot about wolves or werewolves in Alaska and I think it make more sense, but I am pretty sure that Vampire will rocks in Alaska! And it make sense in a way because of the sun light! Thanks for this giveaway!

  18. Laurie says:

    I think the vamp books have been set in big cities so there is less notice of people dissappearing. I’m so intrigued by this, can’t wait to read it. Alaska is beautiful too!! Thanks for the giveaway. US giveway

  19. Mark Smith says:

    Sounds like a great idea, Vamps go where the food is

    International Entry from the UK

  20. Katherine Wigginton says:

    I think that vampires would thrive best in places where its more common for people to disappear, big cities like Vegas or New Orleans. US giveaway =)

  21. Berinvonn_D says:

    Being from Alaska, I think this would be an interesting read!
    Things aren’t as active as they are in New York’s Gotham or California.

  22. Macha Ruadan says:

    I think vampires would most definitly thrive in Ak.

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