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02 October 2009 @ 01:44 pm
Hunting Memories Contest  
Hey, guess what? It's October! Yeah, I know, we went over that yesterday with all the lovely e-book deals of the month, but a new month means not only new e-book bargains, but new book releases about which I can get freakishly excited about. Because I need more things to get excited about, right?

At any rate, October signals the release of Barb Hendee's Hunting Memories, the second in her Blood Memories series, and to celebrate, we're giving away both books.



One of the neatest things about these books is the way the vampires are handled, which is different from anything I've seen done with them before. One of the notable things is that each vampire has one "gift" to help them with hunting, an exaggerated characteristic brought over from their human lives. Eleisha, the heroine, has the power of helplessness, which is a lot stronger than it sounds like: it draws people to her, and they want to protect and help her, regardless of the cost to themselves. Julian has the power to cause debilitating fear while Philip lures people in with his intense sexual mojo.

So in order to win both of these books, what I want is for you to tell me what sort of vampire gift you think you'd bring over from your human life and how you could use it for hunting. If you get really stumped, you can tell me what gift you'd want to have.

Edit: This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
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Jeanie: vf: vampirebhadrasvapna on October 2nd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
The power of boredom. I could put anyone to sleep by just talking to them.
Sara: vampiregoldfishsara on October 2nd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I would want to carry over my occasional unnoticeability. There have been times when people are looking for me and look directly at me while asking "where's Sara?" - they don't see me until I move. I would love to have that be controllable, so I could turn it on and off at will. My victims would never know what hit them...
faith_adelinefaith_adeline on October 2nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have the power of manipulation, which would let me be able to get anyone to do anything I say (: haha

bright_lilimbright_lilim on October 2nd, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
X-Men vampires? Cool!

I'd have the power to look trustworthy so that I can lure the victim to a dark alley...
Princess Artemis: Auronhighwindpav on October 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, hummmm...tough one.

Blah, helplessness and overlookability are both taken, grar.

Howabout single-minded intensity? As a vampire, I would stalk my prey to the exclusion of all else, and at the end of the hunt, my target could easily mistake that as interest in them beyond a meal and I could lure them in for the kill.
Calico Reactioncalico_reaction on October 2nd, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm a control freak, so if that were to translate to a power of sorts, I'd say I'd be able to control prey to do whatever I wanted. Not mind control per se, but I'm not sure how else you'd translate it. A compulsion, maybe?

Does that count as an entry? :)
Betsybetsybookwyrm on October 2nd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hm. There are two possibilities for me:

- I'd remember even more tons of random facts than I do now, and my brain would be a combined encyclopedia and dictionary. Not entirely sure how that would help me hunt, unless it's by offering to help people with assignments and winning over groups of geeks.

- People would always feel inclined to trust me. Hunting benefits are obvious for this one.
Betsybetsybookwyrm on October 2nd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Wait, I see someone else has taken the trusting one already. I'll go with encyclopedia-vamp, then.
talyssa on October 3rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
uhhhh
well...I have a disregard for how other people think of me that comes off to a lot of people as extremely high self confidence. So lets go with "fuckloads of charism" -- I think thats a useful one
jtucktattoojtucktattoo on October 3rd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Charm.

I can be one charming bastard and I am not afraid to use it.

bl0226bl0226 on October 3rd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
The gift I would like to have is better vision. I swear I've been wearing glasses since I was a fetus. If I'm a vampire, I'll have extraordinary vision....
taviles06 on October 3rd, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hunting Memories
My talent is that when I get angry even if I don't say anything, you can tell ..if u walk into a room the whole mood changes. As a vampire I'm sure I can use this to my advantage (how I don't know lol but I'm sure I could figure it out)
(Anonymous) on October 3rd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
My gift
As a retired teacher, my kids at school always told me they thought I smelled good. I would like to bring the gift of pheromones that would attract people to me after changing to a vamp. The scents would be specific to each particular person.(Such as freshly baked cookies or chocolate or maybe a scent remembered from childhood.)
rkcharronrkcharron on October 4th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Hi :)
As a writer, I have keen observation.
I'd like to think that would carry over.
Thanks for the fun giveaway contest.
I love Barb Hendee's writing.
All the best,
twitter: @RKCharron
xoxo
Reckless Endangerment to Youth: destroylotuseyes on October 4th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
The power of youthful deception. My petite stature, youthful face and immatureyoung personality has led many a person to mistake me for the helpless child in any scenario. Protective instincts turn on, common sense tends to turn off and that's all she wrote.

(ps: why haven't I friended this group before now?)
janicujanicu on October 4th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Maybe something like .. blending into the background really well and pouncing on unsuspecting victims, muahhaha.
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Contest
Great question. I would want to intensify my gift of sarcasm. I'm not exactly sure how helpful it would be though :)


I posted this in the Contests & Giveaways section on my blog

http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com

AllThingsUrbanFantasy(at) gmail (dot) com
Mardelmardelwanda on October 4th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
A psychic talent would be good, as long as you could control the incoming "vibes". Too much wouldn't be good.
ex_naomi_ja on October 4th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
My ability to sling biting sarcasm at people. Failing that, I think I'd want power over animals.
barbhendee on October 4th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh . . . this is cool!

Let me know who wins.
Laura Formantherowan on October 4th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
My Talent would be laughter, Im a bubbly outgoing person and as a vamp I would always be able to make people smile, laugh and feel good.- great for Hunting as the person i was going for would be happy to help =)
debbiemumforddebbiemumford on October 4th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I'd carry forward the gift of an open, friendly personality. It'd be kind of freaky to use that as a hunting tool, but I can see it disarming my victim's defenses...how could such a nice, sweet woman be a threat? (bwaaahahaa)

*waves to Barb*
Wiredwizard: Heroes come in many forms (super) (me)wiredwizard on October 4th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Speed or compulsion. Either one would make a good hunting tool.
exquisitedeath: Taintedexquisitedeath on October 4th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
My severe anxiety! MUAHAHAHAHA! I could force mere mortals into having horrendous anxiety attacks, and then feed on them while they're struggling to breathe and are weak in the knees.
ritamaloneritamalone on October 5th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
the ability to meld into the environment, no one pays any attention when i'm around...
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Vampire Gifts
I'd have to go with the ability to talk and interact with animals. They could lure people - who want to help get them back to their rightful homes - in to abandoned buildings for me. Plus, it would just be really cool to be able to understand what my cat is thinking when he's glaring at me. :)

Theresa S
thelastdacian: me photothelastdacian on October 6th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
I would like to keep my gift of story-telling with the knack for imagination and creativity. That I might be able to weave all sorts of new "personas" for myself over time as needed when I lived longer than most humans as well as being able to make up excuses on the fly if needed whenever a mortal might come upon me. Or, to keep other vampires guessing.