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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Guest Post: Katie Salidas

Girl (Vampire) Power!  
In a lot of love stories you see the same thing, the alpha male has to protect and win over the female lead of the story. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I wanted to turn things around a little. It’s fun to shake up the system and see things from another angle.
In Karma & Melodies (one of the stories in the Vampire Bites anthology), I give the girl the role of the vampire. Ultimately, it is Kendra who will decide her and Marcus’s fate.
The concept of that really spoke to my somewhat feminist side. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no militant feminist. I just like to see women in positions to use their strength. Its empowering seeing a woman with brains, strength, and skills in a leading role. And that’s exactly why I wanted to explore this with Kendra. She has the capability to be all of these things. But, it is something Kendra has to learn she has within. It’s part of her character arc. Even though she is a vampire, she is still vulnerable. Her master, Hector, is a force to be reckoned with. Throughout her last ten years as a vampire, Hector has consistently broken her down and made her feel weak and powerless. When we start the story, she is just that, but through her reunion with Marcus, she begins to see just how strong she can be. And to be able to freely love Marcus, she will have to face Hector and destroy him.
So, in essence, Kendra must take up the mantle, albeit reluctantly, of the Alpha Female, and learn how to use her own strength and smarts to get what she wants, and to keep her man safe.
But don’t you worry, you die hard romance lovers, I didn’t want the leading male to be a wuss. Though human, and powerless against a vampire, Marcus has his own strength (and a hot body too). 
So, while this is a romance between a vampire and a human, it is also so much more. It’s an entertaining and I hope, empowering tale of strength, and love. 
And that’s only one of the three stories in the Vampire Bites anthology. =) 
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About the Author
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

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jackie b central texas said...

I am glad you are somewhat of a feminist Katie, nice to see a Vampira as the lead character instead of a male vamp like most stories...

Anonymous said...

Great guest post!