Tami Dane Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampire Lessons


Hello everyone! I’m Tami Dane, author of Blood of Eden, Blood of Innocence and Blood of Dawn. Thank you for letting me drop by and talk about my upcoming release, Blood of Innocence. Blood of Innocence is the second book in the Sloan Skye series. Since the story revolves around Sloan, who is a fairly unique individual with an extremely high IQ but some interesting quirks, I thought it would be fun to put the spotlight on her, and see what she’s learned since starting her internship with the FBI in June.

And so, without further ado, I’d like to introduce Sloan Skye, summer intern with the PBAU.

Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane (Sloan Skye #2)Five things I didn’t know about vampires a month ago
By Sloan Skye, Profiler, Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit, FBI

I’ll admit, when I found out I would be working with the FBI’s red-headed stepchild unit, profiling paranormal serial killers, I thought it was a joke. Who wouldn’t, right? Vampire serial killers? For real? Were we living in eighteen century Europe? Were we about to launch into a second “Vampire Controversy?”

It didn’t take long for me to learn the PBAU was no joke. There really were vampire serial killers. And if I was going to profile the blood-thirsty murderers, I was going to have to learn to think like one. Take the obvious danger out, and that’s still a dodgy prospect. Being the daughter of a paranoid schizophrenic and a delusional biology professor, my grasp on reality could be considered a little suspect at times. But I was willing to throw caution to the wind. I’d been dreaming of working for the FBI since I was old enough to know what the acronym meant. And I’d never been the kind to do anything halfway.

A few things I learned my first month on the job:

1. To borrow an old saying (but give it a fangy twist): If it looks like a (vampire) duck and quacks like a (vampire) duck, then it probably is a (vampire) duck.

2. There are nearly two hundred types of vampires or vampire-like legendary creatures. Tales of vampiric creatures–demonic entities or spirits that consume the flesh or blood of the living–have appeared in nearly every culture around the world. Persia is believed to be the oldest civilization to have tales of blood drinking entities. Thus, our range of suspects is w…i…d…e. All I can say about that is…thank God for my father’s research. Maybe his book, Comparative Analysis of Vampiric Species, made him the laughingstock of academia, but it’s been a lifesaver for me…and a potential victim or two…or more.

3. A large number of vampiric species are able to shape shift, taking the form of animals, birds or insects. I’m telling you right now, if I ever have a child, she will never have a pet. Period. You just never know if Fluffy is actually a blood sucker in disguise, just waiting for his chance to chomp. As a matter of fact, I think my pet hamster was one. She wasn’t named Carmilla for nothing.

4. Garlic, holy water, and a Holy cross won’t do squat against most vampires. How I wish they did.

5. You don’t ever want to cross an organized hedonistic serial killer, especially if she is a mullo. Not only is a mullo dangerous, but also malicious and vengeful. She’ll make the Real Housewives of New Jersey look like Girl Scouts.

Please, head my warning. Vampires are real. Very real. And they are everywhere. They are walking their dogs in your neighborhood, shopping at Walmart, their children are playing little league with your kids. They are (blood sucking) soccer moms and secretaries and, yes, lawyers, too. In fact, chances are you’ve talked to at least one vampire today.

Wonder if that gorgeous guy you just met on the subway is thinking about taking a little nibble on your neck? Are you willing to take the chance? Maybe you’d better reconsider.

I’d rather not be called to your town to do my next profile…

Looks like Sloan is going to have a busy (but deadly) summer. I doubt she was expecting to be profiling the undead when she applied for that internship. And I know she wasn’t expecting to be facing her deepest fears. She didn’t even have to do that the summer she worked for the sanitation department, emptying porta potties.

Wonder what kind of fangy villain Sloan will be profiling next? Pick up your copy of Blood of Innocence today. Did you miss out on Sloan’s first case? If you did, now’s your chance to win a copy of the first book in the Sloan Skye series, Blood of Eden. Answer the question to enter. The winner will be selected by random drawing. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Question: What was your strangest, worst, or most interesting job?

Leave your answer in the comments for a chance to win a copy of Blood of Eden, book 1 of the Sloan series. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only, ends June 13.


33 Responses to “Tami Dane Guest Post & Giveaway: Vampire Lessons”

  1. Kerry says:

    My strangest and worse job was working in a commercial greenhouse – did it for a year – needless to say I am not fond of gardening in extreme weather 🙂 Although working at Dominos Pizza when I was in college was not much better – I hate pizza to this day and its been 20 years.

  2. Sarah says:

    Worst job: Working for the Census Bureau in the summer heat. Walking door to door in some neighborhoods just because of the sheer number of people who did not mail in their forms/had their forms lost in the process somewhere/used the wrong address. Working at odd hours of the day, getting lost, having people’s dogs chase me, having to deal with people who really didn’t want to be dealt with, getting yelled at because someone felt like they were being harassed (and not even by me). Paperwork out the wazoo!

  3. Victoria Sloboda says:

    The strangest job I had was hand sanding cars during bodywork. It was awful. I wore down my fingernails, the skin on my hands split and I took in way too much paint dust.

  4. CdnMrs says:

    My worst job was working in a convenience store in university. I’ve never been a smoker so trying to sell the million different types and sizes of cigarettes to customers was impossible. Customers would actually come behind the counter and grab their smokes because I was taking so long trying to find them. Since I sucked at that I got relegated to taking the expired milk out of the refrigerators. Nothing like the stink of expired milk. 🙂

  5. Allison Hickman says:

    The worst job I had was working for a married couple that ran a company. Whenever they were fighting, and that was a LOT of the time, the whole office got the backlash. You never knew what was going to happen when you walked in the door. Took me a long time to recover from that nightmare.

  6. Maya says:

    Worst Job: Babysitter to the worst children ever. They threw things at me, punched me, bit me. The worst yet, when I told the mother about the kids behavior she told me it was my fault. I was 14 years old!

  7. trixie says:

    most interesting was a nurse on a lifeflight helicopter unit. never knew what a call would bring

    worst was in a summer high school internship in an office where the creepo boss greeted his “girls” with hugs, gropes and attempted tongue kisses every day…blech I was ouuta there FAST

  8. RachaelM says:

    The worst job I had was as a telemarketing sales person. I hated the commute everyday but the worst thing was calling people. I was the worst telemarketer ever. If someone said no, I hung up. I did not argue or try very hard to make a sale. I never got that bonus sales check, just my basic hourly wage. I quit after two weeks.

  9. Rebe says:

    My worst job was working at a fast food restaurant in a water park. Ugh. Nothing’s worse than serving hamburgers and french fries in 98 degree heat to people in bathing suits. On the plus side, it does make you feel better about yourself in a bathing suit…

  10. Na S. says:

    I have heard of job horror or strange stories but haven’t experience any myself. It was pretty normal…that’s probably one of the reasons I enjoy paranormal. Though I can think of what an interesting jobb might be: working in a funeral house preparing the dead.

  11. Julie says:

    My strangest job was when I worked at a summer camp that everyone swore was haunted. I didn’t see anything all that strange, but I was creeped out most of the summer.

  12. Kat says:

    Most interesting job ever: doing surveys for a rock concert promoter in the 80’s. Oh my that was a trip! I met some of the coolest, most unusual(and some of the most awful) people on the arena concourse. Free show tickets, advance entry & backstage passes…oh yeah a 19 yr old’s dream come true. Met a lot of my idols that way. Such stories….

  13. Molly Frenzel says:

    I think my stangest and most interesting job was my first job ever at Spencer’s Gifts. I always loved the weird mix of items they had for sale. After working there for awhile I obtained a stalker that would call the store to try and talk to me, which was soooo creepy.

  14. Natasha says:

    I don’t have a strangest or worst job story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I didn’t like telemarketing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Ames says:

    Worst job: An internship at a computer/internet solutions company. I wanted to quit the first week. I learned nothing and I didn’t like my boss (he seriously needs to take some business classes).

    Blood of Innocence is on my TBR list 🙂

  17. Andrea I says:

    Strangest and Worst – My father owned a funeral home. Once when my mother was out of town, I had to do the makeup on a deceased woman.

  18. Laura says:

    My strangest job was when I worked in a clinic to loose weight, giving mud and wax wraps and waxing, it was surreal having to get mud and wax of full figure ladies and their “girls”.

  19. cindy vinzant says:

    My wrost job was saleing candles that glow in the mall.You met some of the nices people and the most unusual
    I cant wait to read your book thank you for the giveaway

  20. Alicia says:

    I worked at a Hospital Lab for years. I was a phlebotomist! Lots of old people would call me a vampire. Maybe thats why I love PRN so much, I fit right in!!

  21. Denise Z says:

    My strangest job was was when I was in the fifth grade LOL I helped out an elderly bedridden woman cleaning house. Not anything heavy, but I think it was more so that there would be someone in the house while the regular caregiver was out. As you can imagine, a the things a young imagination sees in corners or under beds LOL Thank you for sharing today. Blood of Innocence looks awesome, I would love to read it, and appreciate the great giveaway opportunity 🙂

  22. Caila says:


    First of all, thanks for the chance to win one of your great books 🙂

    My most interesting job was at Doogan’s Pet Emporium. I was in charge of the health, comfort and well being of everything from fish, to lizards, to chinchulas, to ferrets, to mice..etc 🙂

  23. Liz Semkiu says:

    I’m a doctor so I have strange, interesting worse moments throught out the day! The excerpt from your book is interesting. Thanks for the give away!

  24. Susan H. says:

    My strangest job was working for a florist for a few weeks- I was just out of high school. The job wasn’t bad, but the mgr. was a psycho….

  25. Paula says:

    Worst job ever was working at Burger King in high school. Ugh. “Have it your way” became a nightmare. LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  26. ForeverReading1 says:

    My strangest job was working at a psychiatric hospital doing light filing and answering phones for two months. I had to ride the bus to work and it would let me off at the front gate and I had to walk a 1/2 mile to get to the office. The walk would have been great because the landscaping was beautiful, but I had to pass by the teen, adult, and the violent (looked like a big cage, bars were everywhere) patient buildings on the way while blocking out insults, strange looks, and actions. I was only sixteen and wanted to quit, but my mother would not let me. It was the longest two months of my life.

  27. Rachel at theJeepDiva says:

    I don’t really have a interesting work history. Worst job was at a grocery store and it wasn’t because of the work it was the boss. I called one morning because I was going to be late as I lost my keys. When I showed up he had called my parents and said that I had told the meat guy that my father had stolen my keys and refused to let me come to work which is not what I said. Then he fired me because he says I lied. I got in trouble with my parents also because of the crap he said.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  28. Elizabeth H. says:

    My most interesting job was working as a cashier in a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. You would not believe what I’ve seen. You know the saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Well, It’s not true.

    Be careful what you do there because someone is ALWAYS watching 🙂

  29. bn100 says:

    I haven’t had any interesting or strange jobs.

  30. Jane Thompson says:

    I worked in a bakery in a grocery store and it was really creepy walking around the store with only 3 people there.

  31. Karen Kearns-Williams says:

    I am the Neighborhood Coordinator for our Alert Neighbors group. It is amazing the things your neighbors do and the issues they expect you to resolve. I am always on the lookout for paranormal activity and I have even got my husband keeping an eye out too!
    Thanks for the giveaways and Birthday Blessings to You!

  32. Stacy McAllister says:

    I think my current job as a blogger is far more interesting. It helps me connect to a wide range of people and I do the most comfortable manner. Although there are the usual advantages and disadvantages. It always helps that you have a passion for what you do.

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    DR. okodu okoduspelltemple@yahoo.com I wanted to inform you of something. Okay, I currently live with my ex-boyfriend’s mom because her husband and my ex moved to South Carolina. Well, you performed the love retrieval spell for me. I work 2rd shift and when I came home this morning, my ex’s truck was in the driveway. I just got up and we chatted for a few minutes and he told me that he was moving back home. I just wanted to share this good news with you. Thanks. Your friend Kim

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