Friday, August 22, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Saving the Hero by Sabrina Sumsion

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Top Six Tips to Survive a Vampire Attack 

Kassy here. Mike recommended that I write a list of tips to survive a vampire attack. He probably thinks it will be cathartic for me to write down what I’ve learned or something. I’m not sold on the idea, but Uncle Mark kept a journal, so who am I to judge?

1. Bring the right weapon -Sure, the popular mythology says to carry a stake because vampires can only be killed by jamming wood in their hearts. The vampires want you to think that because they have a constant adrenalin rushing making them stronger than you or I. Don’t engage in hand-to-hand combat if at all possible. Get your concealed carry permit. You can claim self defense if you shoot them –and you’re telling the truth.

2. Avoiding an attack is the best way to survive an attack -Do not walk down alleys alone at night. I mean, really. Who does that? It’s not safe. You’ve seen a million movies where the victim gets whacked in some dark place because they decided to go alone. If at all possible, have someone with you and travel during the day.

3. Keep your loved ones close -If your loved one starts acting funny, watch them closely. Do they ask for a rare steak when they usually like medium? Do they sniff the air as you and others walk past? Any wild looks in their eye? This is especially important if they were bitten or exposed to someone else’s blood or saliva in any way. Keep an eye on your loved ones. If we’d known what to look for, maybe my life would have been different. I could have been an ignorant bystander like most people.

4. Using restraint is the best policy –Do you own handcuffs and chains? If not, go buy some. You never know when someone you know will go off the deep end as the parasite gains more control.

5. Run loud –Always run away if possible. Yeah, if it’s a vampire he or she will be faster than you, but if you’re screaming your head off, there’s a chance that your attacker will decide to find an easier and quieter prey. I’d give it a 50/50 chance with this tactic. Really, the hunger of the leech will dictate whether they give chase or not.

6. Stay away from the teeth –If there’s anything you can do that will help keep the vampire’s teeth off you, do it. Once you’re bit, it’s over for you. You turn into a blood-sucker and wait for a Guard to find you and take you out, end things yourself, or chain yourself for 30 days and let the parasite kill you. None of those are great options.

Well, there are six things. I hope whoever reads this isn’t looking for bright and cheery news. This is the world you live in whether you know it or not.

Kassandra McDougal

I’m a ninja disguised as a homeschooling mom, former literary publicist, craft-aholic and all around reading diva. Really, I kick down doors –no, wait, that was my husband when I locked us out of the house . . . Well, I engage in combat on a regular basis –online when I play MMORPGs with my children . . . OK, maybe I’m not a real ninja but my husband says I stole his heart. Does that count?

No? Shoot. Well, I love reading and I love writing. I think imagination is the biggest advantage a child can get in life and I try to allow my children many opportunities to expand theirs every day.

I love teaching authors how to avoid publishing traps and scams as well as how to market themselves and their works. There is nothing better in life than giving someone information that helps them become successful.

I also take a few hours each week and create jewelry, make lotions or paint something. I have little creation stations scattered through the house. My daughter gets into it a lot and scatters things which drives my husband crazy but remember how I mentioned that he says I stole his heart? Yeah. I’m not giving it back. He’s stuck with me forever. Bwah ha ha ha!

Find Susan and her books

Saving the Hero
Saving the Hero #1
 Two and a half weeks. That’s all the time he has left.

When loner vampire hunter Kassy is interrupted by nosy veteran, Mike, he ends up bitten, and infected with the vampire parasite. The warrior becomes her prey as she fights to find him before powerful vamps. A couple kidnappings later, she’s hiding in a cabin with him chained to the floor, and an eight-year-old girl in her care.

Death? Inevitable. When the parasite takes control, he’ll do or say anything to get non-infected blood—including seducing her. But, as they spend time together, she finds her resolve weakening. A kiss won’t fix him, but it might mend a deep hole in her heart.

Kassy is too practical to believe in miracles, but if he survives eighteen days without ingesting human blood, there is a chance he could be the hero she's been looking for.

Odds are, he’s a dead man.

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