Thursday, October 29, 2009

How to Catch and Keep a Vampire

Amazon Product Description. Who needs a book on dating a vampire? Well, Bella Swan and Sookie Stackhouse to name just two. They are fortunate to have vampire boyfriends. But what the heroines of Twilight and True Blood don't have and could use is some advice on getting along with them. Everything they and every other red-blooded American girl (and guy) wants to know about finding a dreamy blood-drinker and keeping him is within How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving The Bad and the Beautiful. And who better to introduce mortal readers to the world of dating a 21st century vampire than a few mouth-watering immortals? The cast includes: Ethan, with his aquamarine eyes and supernaturally seductive piano playing. Mordred, classically cruel, dark, and handsome, with a thing for black leather gloves. His entrancingly cute carrot-topped friend Adam, as sweet as Mordred is scary. Gunnar, with his rich, golden hair, and dastardly but delightful knack for getting his way. The experienced and fascinating Colin, with his exquisite latte-colored skin and exotic beauty. The eccentric but gorgeous Aidan, purveyor of ancient magic. And enigmatic Conner, with his deep, dark eyes and protective soul. These undead charmers will win the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, and author Diana Laurence will be their expert guide.

By Renee A.J. I enjoyed the ‘tongue and check’ humor and romantic vignettes throughout the How to Catch and Keep A Vampire A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful by Diana Laurence. This book is written in the first person, from the point of view of author. Laurence shares her expertise on romances with vampires and does a great job of explaining and outlining the various theories that underpin vampire-human romances. As an avid reader of paranormal romances and adventures, I was amazed because she was eeriely accurate about why I like these stories so much.

By interspersing personal advice with short tales of romance, Laurence creates a smart and appealing read. The Case Studies are each mini-romances and can stand as seductive stories in their own right. For example, Case Study 101 describes Laurence’s first real vampire – “Looking at him, I found myself realizing I had never seen a perfect man before, not even in a magazine ad or in a movie, because no one looked like him. He had a face that conveyed both the clean freshness of youth and the intriguing charm of experience.” As a mature reader of romance, I loved the sense from Laurence that the attraction for vampires and from vampires is not simply physical attraction, but rather honors the experience and personality of those who have lived and loved a bit in this life.

In addition, to being a book of “how to” find and keep a vampire lover, Laurence gives the reader lots of upbeat, practical tips regarding life and romance. For example, when dealing with others seeking to discourage you from pursuing a happy relationship with a vampire she notes “As in much of life, you’ll find it easier to deal with this by changing yourself, your attitude, and your approach, rather than putting energy into trying to change the minds of your critics.” Also, in her breezy, refreshing style Laurence muses that one should make sure not to focus too much on the vampire in your relationship. She suggests that if the human is spending too much time in the vampire's lair, you many need to draw back a bit and reconnect with what it is about yourself that is interesting and cool. Great advice!

How to Catch and Keep A Vampire A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful is a quick read - fun, sweet, and spicy.

Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc. (August 28, 2009), 160 pages
Review Copy Provided Courtsey of the Publisher.


  1. Hehe, fun book, and people do seem to love vamps these days

  2. Renee, what a lovely, intelligent review of my book! Thanks so much. It's always so fun for me to hear how readers connected with my point of view on the subject of dating immortals. Vampire Conner said to pass on his approval of your "insightful review." ;-)

  3. Diana,
    Thank you for the compliment and thank you for writing the book. I'm a bit starstruck because you, the author, read my review. So cool! I'm looking forward to reading your next book.

  4. Sounds like a fun book. I agree that that is great advice for all of us, not only those dating vampires.

  5.'re sweet! And readers like you are why I wrote it...the pleasure is all mine. There will indeed be a sequel! And I have 11 other titles in paperback too BTW ( Sorry for that little commercial. :-)

  6. Mary D

    Ohh - this books sounds totally YUMMY!!! Great review, and Diana - I am adding this to my want list for certain :)

  7. This sounds really fun. I can think of one friend in particular who would enjoy this, too. Thanks for the review!

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