Come for a Drink. Stay for a Bite.
My editor just sent over copy of an ad for my novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, and I loved the tag line: Come for a drink. Stay for a bite. When I was thinking of titles for my book, I found out that all the good ones are taken. Anything with bite, vein, blood, and vampire are gone, baby, gone.
My favorite vampire titles? I think Charlaine Harris does a good job with her Dead series: Dead Until Dark
, Definitely Dead
, Living Dead in Dallas
, and Dead as a Doornail
. Her heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, is clairvoyant, but considered just weird in the small Southern town where she works as a waitress.
Harris's books are a two-fer: ya get a cool vampire story and great Southern flavor.
Speaking of Southern flavor, I had my first book event, a visit to Dallas with the members of the Dirty Book Club. Yes, the name of their club is a joke. They were funny, smart women who treated me to a Southern meal complete with grits, hominy, and tomato pie. The most popular dish of the evening was something called Heaven on a Cracker. The ingredients were: cream cheese, Miracle Whip, bacon, scallions, and crushed Ritz crackers. Serve with Fritos and your guests will swoon like a schoolmarm in a bodice-ripper.
We washed it down with sangria
, which was the perfect drink for a discussion about vampire books.