Guest Author: Chloe Neill

I am such an idiot.  I have the lovely Chloe Neill scheduled to be here today and I totally forgot to get her post up earlier this morning.  I am so sorry Chloe!

Chloe is getting ready to release her first young adult novel, Firespell, which comes out January 5, 2010.

A new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework.

Lily’s parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie’s creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.

They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It’s too bad Lily doesn’t have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she’s discovered yet…



As you may have seen, I’ve put together a wish list for the discerning vampire in your life. But equally as important for the supernatural among us are those things you definitely want to avoid. Here are a few items that should most definitely NOT be slipped in your beloved vampire’s stocking.

  1. Tanning Beds: You might prefer a fanged one with a golden glow, but most vampires don’t get along to well with sunlight–natural or otherwise. So skip the tanning bed.
  2. Mirrors: Vampires may be vain, but why torture them with mirrors they can’t use? Be sensitive to their soullessness and skip the reflective gifts, including disco balls and clever iPod apps.
  3. Garlic: You can grow it, decorate with it, cook with it, pickle it, chop it, mince it or press it. What you should definitely NOT do is offer up a handful to the vampire in your life.
  4. Pointy bits of wood: Leave the sharpened pencils, toothpicks, shivs, fancy wooden candlesticks and skewers off your list. You don’t want to learn that a horrible tripping accident has deprived you of a favorite fanged one. And although you might appreciate the irony–don’t gift a vampire with stakes.
  5. Crosses: To you, they may be meaningful religious symbols. To a vampire, they may be symbols of destruction. So skip the cross. Instead, how about a nice ankh?
  6. Holy water: Equally problematic, at least in terms of the classic myth, is holy water. Avoid the accidental douse and keep the holy water out of the stocking.
  7. Bloody Mary Mix: Nobody likes a smarty-pants human. :)
  8. Fake Fangs: You might think you’re doing your fanged SO a favor by being fitted for some fancy fake fangs. But lisping all over your bestest vampire may not impress them real much. So skip the plastic canines.

Alright, that’s it for me today. Thanks for reading, and good luck with your vampire holiday shopping!

Contest Time!  Chloe is offering up a signed copy of Firespell, a Firespell bookmark, a Firespell magnet, and some other goodies.  In order to get your hands on one of these puppies, all you have to do is answer this simple question: What do you think shouldn’t be on a vampire’s wishlist? International entries are welcome, but shipping may be delayed a little!

As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat:

  • +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
  • +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
  • +1 Join the Literary Escapism Facebook page and/or follow LE on Twitter
  • +2 subscribe to Literary Escapism – either via a reader or email (see the RSS button at the bottom of the sidebar)
  • +10 purchase any of Chloe’s Chicagoland novels – Some Girls Bite, Friday Night Bites or preorder Twice Bitten – through LE’s Amazon store sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries, but it has to be through the LE Amazon Link.

The contest will stay open until December 29th, at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer and the List Randomizer.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. Vampires shouldn’t have any type of silver accessories on their wish list.

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  2. What do you think shouldn’t be on a vampire’s wishlist?
    Suntan lotion

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  3. I think that blood red nail polish should not be on a vampire’s wish list since it is overdone to being a stereotype and vampires must have better taste.

    +1 Facebook.

    Thanks! Looking forward to the books.


  4. Hey Chloe! So, what else would a vamp NOT want… I’m drawing a blank…oh wait, a Santa hat because that would just be silly, pink mittens, a parakeet (do I need to mention Drusilla in Buffy), a flashlight (cause they can see in the dark). I think that’s my anti-gift list!

    Chloe- I can’t wait to read Firespell:)

    I follow Chloe and LE, plus I tweeted about this post!

  5. Hmmmm… perhaps candles…? At the very least, no lighters.

    Depending on the vampire, no Edward Cullen posters. ;) I could see Spike eating you for that one. Angel, however, might be a little more forgiving.

    And… no Jacob Black posters for Edward. No one likes to be reminded of their arch-nemesis at the holidays.

    +1 for Twitter:
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    Definitely can’t wait for this book. Looks REALLY good.

  6. Hi Chloe, love your books, can’t wait for more, so please keep on writing.

    As to what shouldn’t be on the Christmas list for the vampire in your life, Instead of silver, why not white gold, jewelry,

    I am also an email subscriber.


  7. A tropical spa vacation shouldn’t be on a vampire’s wishlist. See: tanning beds.

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  8. Haha, loved the anti-holiday wishlist! Hmm, well a lot of people get new pets this time of the year… but I really don’t think a pet wolf would make a loyal companion for a vampire. So scratch that off the wishlist!

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    Awesome giveaway! I so can’t wait to read Firespell :D

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  9. I think vampires should really avoid candles or matches. If they cook a meal for their lovely human companions, maybe order something, and stay away from BBQ’s. I watched a friend of mine light his BBQ this summer, not paying attention, and the whole thing exploded. Luckily he only lost his eyebrows and a few strands of hair. Hate to think what it might have done to a vampire (lol).

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  10. Thanks ladies for doing this one, may get this particular book by New Years yet!!!
    A Vampire should never put A Nautilus machine or BowFlex on their wish list, they do not need to “beef up” as already stronger than us humans and it would be even more unfair advantage to muscle up…..

    +1 I follow LE on Twitter and am Facebook Fan already
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    Jackie B Central Texas

  11. What shouldn’t be on a vampire’s wishlist…to become doctor! The reason is clear XD

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  12. What shouldn’t be on a vampire’s wishlist?
    Glitter. I don’t like my vampires to sparkle. And no sunless tanner. If the vamps could suddenly tan, how would we tell them apart from the humans?

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    Sara M

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