Guest Post + Giveaway: Winter Is Almost Upon Us! By C. J. Ellison
Depending on where you live, you’re hit with either a mild winter or a bone-chilling one. For a moment, think about where it might be the hardest place in the U.S. to live during the winter.
Do you think it might be in a city or small town that is near a body of water that gets a “lake effect” dumping of snow each year?
Or perhaps the Midwest where the temperatures drop for long periods of time and road maintenance might be poor?
How about super-low temps, snow that never melts, no roads to drive on, and some of the harshest living conditions known to man?
Brrr… I’m talking about living above the Arctic Circle, baby. That’s right, ALASKA. We all think snow and darkness when we think of that far away state, but we usually think of trees and forests, too, right?
Think again. Some areas are called tundra and resemble more of a desert landscape in the winter. The permafrost is so deep most trees can’t survive the winters. There are lots of trees in some areas, but far enough north the evergreens are sparse and spindly at best. The picture below is from the area around the Alaskan Pipeline, although I’m not sure exactly how far north it is.
There is simplistic beauty in the wild and harsh environment, but the weather will kill you if you aren’t prepared. The only way I think I’d be brave enough to face living above the Arctic Circle during the winter would be if I were an undead. That’s right, you heard me. Only if I were a vampire and possible immune to some of the worst effects of the cold would I even consider it.
Hey, I like my civilization and my alcohol close at hand, thank you very much. But if I was in such a place, I imagine the partial sunsets lasting for hours in February would look gorgeous, as this picture can attest –
That sparkle above the horizon is as high as the sun will go. It will hover there for hours and then dip back down below the line of sight for the rest of the day.
If I was snug in a cabin with either of the two hotties from Vampire Vacation, Rafe or Jon, I might not mind the darkness like we’d see in January (which is when book two, The Hunt, is set). The below image is of high noon in northern Alaska during January. The sunset colors last for about four hours – doesn’t look like it would be enough to toast a vampire, does it? I’m betting not.
And let’s not forget, the gorgeous Aurora Borealis. I don’t think such beauty would ever be old hat for me, even if I saw it for twenty winters!
So, no matter where you are this winter, be thankful for all you have. There is beauty all around you, despite how cold it gets. If you really want to warm up after the bitter bite of old man winter, just pick up one of my steamy books set in Alaska.
There isn’t enough sex in them to qualify as pure erotica, but the sex scenes are certainly hot enough to rile you up no matter where you happen to be! And oh my, there is an actual story amidst all the naughty bits, too! Bonus! :-D
Thanks for having me on your blog today, Lissette! I’d like to giveaway to a commenter one set of ebooks from my bestselling series, The V. V. Inn. May you all enjoy some warmth this month, wherever you are.
To enter the giveaway, just comment on this post. Don’t forget to leave your name and email address so that we may contact you should you win. GL to all those entering!
Synopsis for Vampire Vacation:
Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers only.
Synopsis for The Hunt:
Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t?
Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.
The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she’ll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic–it holds death.
Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members.
Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.
About The Author:
C.J. Ellisson, author of contemporary fantasy and erotica, lives near DC with her husband, two children aged 11 and 8, two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a young cat she’s newly allergic to. After spending most of her working life dealing with real estate – either as a sales manager in wholesale mortgage banking, a corporate trainer, a Realtor, or as a property manager – she’s now writing full-time and happy for the first time in years. Writing has become her passion and to find people want to read her stories feels like a dream come true.
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