Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Welcome To The Darkness by L.M. Justus Blog Tour

Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus 
Series: Darkness Trilogy, #1
Publication date: August 5th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth.

Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.

Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.

Today I have the pleasure of hosting L.M. Justus on my blog and I asked her to share her top five favorite vampires of all time! Let's see what she has to say.

Assuming I can’t pick vampires from my own book ;) … these are my top 5 favorite vampires:

1. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries books and TV series)
I like the character from the books by L. J. Smith, but I love him in the TV show. Let’s face it, Ian Somerhalder is damn hot, and I think his portrayal of Damon is bang on. Damon is a complex character who has done some truly horrible things, yet he has a vulnerable side and he’s capable of deep emotion. He’s a bad boy you can’t help feeling for.

2. Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview With The Vampire)
It doesn’t hurt that this character was played by Mr. Extremely Hot Brad Pitt, but I really liked Louis in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles’ books as well. While the main character of the series, the vampire Lestat, is rather arrogant and relishes being a vampire, Louis struggles to maintain his humanity. He’s afraid of becoming a true monster, but he can’t deny his vampiric nature entirely.

3. Eric Northman (True Blood TV show and Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris)
Okay, this is the third hot guy in a row, but I swear that’s not my only criterion. I fell in love with this character in the books long before I ever saw him portrayed by Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd. Eric is supposedly over a thousand years old, and has the confidence and cockiness to go with his power and experience. When he suffers a bout of amnesia, we get to see his innocent side and that made him more fascinating than ever.

4. Allison Sekemoto (Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa)
Loved, loved the first two books in this series, The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure. Allison is the main character and chooses to become a vampire – a creature she’s spent her whole life despising – rather than die. She’s a fighter who never gives up and does her best to help as many people as she can.  Allison also struggles to retain her humanity as much as possible despite the odds stacked against her.

5. Alisa Perne/Sita (Thirst series by Christopher Pike)
Alisa (also referred to as Sita in the series) is an extremely intriguing character who is apparently over five thousand years old. At times, she’s so practical she seems incapable of feeling anything, yet she can be fiercely loyal and willing to sacrifice everything to save someone she cares about. I never knew what to expect from Alisa; the author did a terrific job depicting a character who came up with crazy ideas only a 5000-year-old vampire could.

So who is your favorite vampire? Are you TeamDamon or TeamStefan? Do you love Edward? Or are you more of a tortured soul like Louis kind of person? Share your thoughts below.


Lisa Justus' path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger.  Her YA paranormal fantasy novel Welcome to the Darkness is the first book in the Darkness Trilogy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her fourth novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Welcome to the Darkness and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for hosting me! I always love to talk about vampires. :)

    1. Me too! I'm so excited to have you here. Reed and Nathaniel are now on my list :)

  3. Damon!! Ugh I love Ian so hard!! <3 Thanks for being on the tour, Meredith! :)

    1. You and me both! I swear he plays the role of most vampires I read LOL.