10 May 2012

Blog Tour :Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War #1) by Thomas Winship (Guest Post + Giveaway)



Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War #1) by Thomas Winship.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : October 31st 2011 by Createspace.
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?




Guest Post : You Say Tomato by Thomas Winship.


Hello everyone. I’m so excited to be today’s guest blogger at Kindle and Me! I’m Thomas Winship, author of Væmpires: Revolution and Væmpires: White Christmas. Both books are part of a new, ongoing vampire series that explores the question: what if vampires evolved?

When I published Væmpires: Revolution, I wanted to make a big splash in the literary world. One of the most difficult challenges an unknown author faces is finding a way to stand out from the crowd. An easy way to do so, of course, is to do something outrageous, remarkable, or otherwise noteworthy, so I tried to figure out something, anything, which might go viral.

Unfortunately, all the things that immediately came to mind—texting nude photos to random strangers, trying to coax an adorable child into biting my finger, or even sparking a revolution somewhere—seemed, at best, inadvisable, but were more apt to be career-ending (not to mention potentially illegal).

With a quick fix unlikely, it appeared my best bet was to explain what sets Væmpires apart from the rest of the vampire genre and let the chips fall where they may from there.

It shouldn’t be hard. My væmpires stories are unlike any other vampire books on the market. Yes, they are typically characterized as urban fantasy/dystopian, but they are even more than that. You see, in creating væmpires, I took ingredients from fantasy, sci-fi, horror, action, and romance, and tossed all of ‘em in a bowl. Then I threw in some comic book elements, added a healthy dose of zombies (healthy zombies … haha!), sprinkled in more action and drama, and baked the whole mess until blackened.

After it cooled, I salted for taste and served.

But seriously, væmpires is not your typical vampire fare. For one thing, it’s spelled differently (as if that isn’t obvious, lol). Heck, it even sounds different, as væmpires is pronounced “vempires.”

Væmpires are one of two races of vampires in my novels. Væmpires themselves decided upon the term “væmpire,” because the extra “e” represented the something extra that made them different from vampires.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, why don’t we take a step back and I’ll give you a quick overview of the story?

Væmpires takes place several thousand years in the future, following a nuclear winter that resulted from WWIII. When the world recovered, humans survived, but they were joined by a new race of beings that crawled out of the radioactive miasma—vampires. Humans and vampires fought for dominance, but the creation of synthetic human blood (synth-blood) ushered in a golden age of peace that lasted for five hundred years.
The peace inevitably fell apart, beginning with the emergence of væmpires. The creatures—warm-blooded with a hunger for cold vampire blood—were first believed to be unfortunate victims of some horrible new mutagen or, perhaps, lingering atomic contamination. Eventually, the truth became clear: væmpires were former vampires. And each væmpire was a bigger, stronger, faster version of its former self—with a second thumb on each hand and an altered physical appearance, to boot.

It didn’t take long for væmpires to decide that they weren’t just different from vampires, but that they were, in fact, superior to them. Arguing that the “e” represented evolution, væmpire radicals called for their ascension as world leaders.
That is where the Væmpires books begin. Here are short descriptions:

Væmpires: Revolution
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires have launched coordinated attacks across the globe.

The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.

What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?

Væmpires: White Christmas is set six months prior to the events described above, but was designed to be read after Væmpires: Revolution.

Væmpires: White Christmas

It’s almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America’s Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel’s family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie’s relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn’t know what he should or shouldn’t do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises—guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations—but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.

Okay, so, as I said earlier, my world has two types of vampires. Since I already explained væmpires, let’s take a look at vampires.
My vampires have some similarities to “traditional” vampires, in that they are undead creatures with enhanced abilities and senses, they need human blood to survive, and exposure to the sun kills them. However, my vampires are different from traditional vampires in their origins (as explained above), the fact that they are born (not created), and that they age (although they don’t die).

The consumption of synth-blood eliminates the need for human blood and allows vampires to withstand sunlight, but slightly diminishes their abilities and senses. This isn’t an issue when dealing with humans, but becomes significant when facing the might of væmpires.

In fact, you could say that the dynamic between væmpires and vampires parallels the traditional dynamic between vampires and humans. After all, if the literary world is going to insist on humanizing vampires, then I believe vampires should discover what it means to be human.

In other words, to be prey.

My main characters are teens, but Væmpires isn’t a YA world. The obstacles these teens face are decidedly adult and decidedly deadly. They are thrust into a war they didn’t choose, with the fate of the world lying in the balance. They will rise to the occasion, but here’s a secret: I loathe happy endings; so they may not all survive.

Then again … you never know. As Yoda said, “Always in motion is the future.”

I’d like to thank all of you for stopping in and offer a very special “thank you” to Anjana for hosting my Dark Mind Book Tour and for inviting me to be a guest blogger at Kindle and Me. I hope you enjoyed my guest blog. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Please comment here, but also feel free to stop by my website and reach out. Additionally, I’d love to hear from you if you check out Vaempires.



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homas Winship was born in Middletown, NY and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training. Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December. He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show. He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for a 2012 release.

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14 comments:

  1. I definitely still love vampires and enjoy reading new vampire books!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that, Kate! Good luck with the contest.

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  2. Thank you such for hosting my Book Tour today, Anjana! I will stop by throughout the day to respond to any questions/comments that arise!

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  3. How can anyone ever get sick of vampires? There are so many different depictions of them.
    This series sounds awesome! I hope I win cuz if I don't I'm gonna have to go spend some money to buy them.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. I agree with you, Lisa. There's always a new take on vampires to enjoy.

    Good luck with the contest!

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  5. I still love Vampires. I was into vampire stories before the fad with Twilight and all that, so it wasn't tainted or blown out of proportion to me. I still enjoy good fang fiction!

    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  6. You're right, Sallie. There was life for vampires before Twilight ... Just as there will be after. Thanks for checking in!

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  7. Vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures and I'm not sick of them. I'm interested to see what sort of world they live in and their special traits.

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  8. I still love vampires even if nowadays it is pretty impossible to find a good, good novel about them. They all seem to take inspiration by Twilight or The vampire diaries! By the way I'm still searching for amazing books about vampires so, thank you for the opportunity to read this :)

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  9. Thank you, Sara and Na ... I hope you try - and enjoy - vaempires!

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  10. Still love them and love discovering new vampire series!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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