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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Channeling Morpheus Box Set by Jordan Castillo Price

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The Novel Approach welcomes Jordan Castillo Price today to talk a bit about the Channeling Morpheus series. If you haven’t met Michael and Wild Bill yet, all I have to say is, trust me, you have to meet Michael and Wild Bill. ::nom::

Enjoy a little taste of vampires the JCP way, then be sure to enter the giveaway she’s offering just for you. Details are below.

Good luck!

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Hi, Lisa! I was so thrilled to hear you were a fan of the Channeling Morpheus series back in the early days of M/M. This series always felt like a well-kept secret to me, so I’m putting together some box sets, audio and some new material in hopes of introducing the series to the many newer M/M readers out there.

I’ve been enamored with vampires ever since I was a little kid. Seriously, my love for vampires goes all the way back to The Count from Sesame Street and Count Chocula cereal. Universal Monsters were a big deal in the 70’s, and most Sunday afternoons you could catch an old Dracula, Wolfman or Mummy film on TV. Then as a teenager I read Interview with the Vampire, and I was hooked for life.

What components of the vampire lore are important, though, and what can be discarded? In other words, what makes a vampire a vampire?

Early vampires in literature and silent film were stinky, gross, animated corpses. Yet even after the vampire was romanticized, he still shared certain characteristics with the undead creature at his roots.

I’ve picked and chosen which typical vamp rules are in effect for Channeling Morpheus, and which merely unfounded rumor. One of the key vampire advantages I’ve opted to leave intact was the hypnotic vampire gaze.

In the series’ first scene, vampire hunter Michael finally meets a vampire he’s been stalking online, and in person, the vamp is a whole lot scarier than Michael bargained for.

The black-haired guy stared at me, looked into my eyes. He was handsome, of course, with startling golden-green eyes and cheekbones to die for. His hair was more done up than my just-below-the-chin-length bob, long in front and spiked in back. Vamps are always slick, always handsome. And he didn’t seem too concerned about what was tacky, or what was obvious, or what was awkward. I felt a queasy flutter as he did his thing—just looking and looking and looking—like my spine was reacting to him, sending weird signals to random spots in my nervous system.

Holy crap, after all this time I find him…and me with absolutely nothing interesting to say. I wet my suddenly-dry lips and forced my shoulders to relax, my spine to sag. A half smile that I’d practiced for hours found its way onto my face, a mask of sultry indifference.

His eyes found mine again. I hadn’t realized they’d ever looked away. But then I figured out why—he’d been watching me wet my lips. “I’m Michael,” I said. And I made a mental note to practice small talk. Something. Anything. The library probably had a great wealth of information about that, just like everything else you could find there, if you were patient enough to sift through a billion other words.

“Gray,” he said. “A pleasure.”

His mouth molded the word pleasure like it was something dirty.

Of course, every blessing can be seen as a curse if you try hard enough. Wild Bill claims to hate the ability to charm people. How can you tell how someone really feels about you, the real you inside, when the fact of your vampirism will override all their true feelings?

“Whatever you said still wouldn’t count as an actual agreement. I’d always vamp you, just by looking at you. I’d never know if you were into me for real.”

As much as he gives lip service to the unfairness of it all, though, Bill is happy to create his own kind of currency and use his hypnotic vampire gaze in lieu of money.

I turned around and looked for Bill. He was way across the lot in the gas station. I watched him through the plate glass window. He pointed at the cigarettes, and then the candy bars, and the clerk stacked them on the counter. Bill pointed at something else, and the attendant shook his head. Bill leaned in close. He looked pretty motivated. The guy behind the counter gave an “oh well” kind of shrug, unlocked a cabinet and handed him a small bottle from it. Bill walked out without paying.

It’s interesting to think about what could be achieved with the application of a little vampire charm. Once in a while I have one of those days when someone at the grocery checkout looks me in the eye, then swoops in front of me with a big, full cart of stuff. And it would feel good to quell those minor annoyances with a mere “don’t mess with me” look. But as for more serious stuff? I dunno, I guess working the eyeball mojo would take some getting used to for me. I’m more of a “don’t sweat the small stuff” person at heart!

What about you? If you could vamp someone’s head, would you do it? In what circumstances?

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

To qualify in the drawing, comments must be time/date stamped by Midnight Pacific time on Sunday, March 29, 2015. One winner will be selected at random on Monday, the 30th, and notified by email for prize delivery.

Good luck!

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CMFSM-box-400Title: Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary Ebook Box Set
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Length: 72,000 words
ISBN: 978-1-935540- 74-8
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords | Scribd

Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary Blurb: Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him.

Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

Ebook box set contains the following novelettes: Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted, Rebirth.

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Teaser: I slid my tongue over his and caught it on his fang, and the taste of my blood mixed with the taste of Bill’s mouth. He made a small sound that could have been pleasure or pain.

He flicked his half-smoked cigarette out the window with stunning accuracy. His fingertips brushed my face, gentle touches I could hardly feel. I slipped my arms around him and pulled him closer. I was tough. He didn’t have to worry about breaking me.

He pressed his body against mine, and he kissed me. He threaded his fingers through my wet hair and explored my coppery mouth. My tongue bled.

We both gasped for air when he finally broke the kiss.

“Just a little taste,” he said. “That’s what I keep telling myself. I can stop any time.” He pressed his forehead into mine and breathed carefully. “Any time.”

“Drink,” I said. “I can spare it. She didn’t take much.”

He smiled, I think. He was hard to read in the near-dark, and so close. “I’m not talking about blood.”

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Jordan Castillo PriceAuthor Bio: Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

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24 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: The Channeling Morpheus Box Set by Jordan Castillo Price

  1. suze294 says:

    Who would I vamp? Probably the kids and get them to pick up their own shoes, socks, coats, books and other c..p from around the house!!!!!

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  2. susana says:

    I do not know if I would do it. But it sounds tempting, doesn’t it? To vamp your way in a crowded place or to get out of an embarrasing situation… So tempting…
    I haven’t read this series, but I’ve read Psy-cop and loved it. Thank you for the post and giveaway :)

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  3. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I’ve always had a thing for Vampires and when I saw “Angel” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then “Spike” I was hooked. There something about M/M vampire books that I really enjoy to.

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  4. jenf27 says:

    I think I might vamp my way through small situations – not sure – seems like it could easily get out of control. But, I agree with Wild Bill that using it, especially in an important relationship, introduces a lot of doubt regarding the other person’s true feelings/motivations.

    Thanks for the great post and contest!

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  5. Hmmm… I don’t sweat the small stuff either. :) Hmmm… maybe I’d try to get out of paying some bills… or get someone to pay them for me. lol Only after finding out if they could afford it. lol I wouldn’t be an evil vampire. ;) I’ve read your Psy-cops books and LOVED them. Can’t wait for more. I wouldn’t mind winning this one. :) Email – binojo2 @ Yahoo.com

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  6. I majored in English Literature at a UC and when I graduated I was SO burned out on reading (we had to read about a thousand pages/week) that I could read nothing for 3 long years but magazines. The first book I read after that 3 year shut out was Interview With the Vampire and it set me on fire reading again. I love Vampire stories! But, my favorite vampire story of all time is Let The Right One In–it is spectacularly scary and atmospheric, very different kind of vampire story. I also love The Historian–an outstanding tale that covers a lot of ancient ground in Europe. Channeling Morpheus sounds very cool!

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  7. Carey says:

    I LOVE THIS SERIES! And would love a copy of my own, I nook borrowed them from a friend and instantly regretted not buying them for myself!

    To be able to vamp someone? I think it would be a hard skill to pass up. But how do you not abuse it? :) I think it could get out of control

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  8. Serena S. says:

    I haven’t read this series either but thanks for the chance! I’d love to e abl to do that, specially when I come across a***holes, it would come in handy.

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  9. Susan says:

    I absolutely would use the ability to vamp someone! I tend to come across as too intellectual for most guys, so I’d vamp them till they see the real me.

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  10. Lisa says:

    Oh I’d love to be able to vamp my German Shepherd when she doesn’t behave at times…LOL. :) This is a series I’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I read Payback and it was fantastic. The rest of the books are on my wishlist. I would love a chance to win this. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    I’m not sure who I would vamp. I’m pretty introvert so I usually stick to myself so I don’t really have a lot of people to select from, lol. I don’t think I’ll have it in me to do it to someone on the streets.

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  12. kindlekrazek says:

    I’m not sure I would ever vamp anyone. Maybe I’d do it to get an airline to upgrade me to first class. :) I’d love to win this box set since I’m sure I’d enjoy it as much as I have the PsyCop books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    -K

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  13. REE says:

    I have not read this series and it sound enthralling!

    I think I can honestly say that I could hoped to have had that ability only in one instance. It was in a parking lot and I know I was parked close to the line but only because the car next to me on the right was parked on the line. This huge muscle bound man on the left got so mad that he slammed his car door into mine and the proceeded to yell at me for 10 minutes even though his wife was asking him to knock it off and his baby started crying!

    What would I have don’t know. I thought about him losing his voice but he probably would have proceed to keep slamming his door into mine. I totally am a non-violet person but I think I would have liked to key his car. Oh well! I just felt badly for his family though because they have to live with that!

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  14. Ashley E says:

    I don’t know. I could definitely see having some fun on occasion, but ultimately, I’d have a hard time trusting myself… and other people. What’s real, you know?

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  15. Hi, everyone! And thanks for stopping by to enter Jordan Castillo Price’s Channeling Morpheus e-book box set giveaway. The contest has ended and the winning reader was

    REE

    Congratulations, REE! I’m sure JCP has been in touch, so enjoy Michael and Wild Bill. Not that I doubt you will. <3 :)

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