Vampire Books for Blood: Buy a Book, Feed a Vampire #VampBooks4Blood

Buy a book, feed a starving vampire. No, wait…is that right? Spread the word!
http://www.wtfbooks.net/Vampire_Books_for_Blood.html

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“A Third Choice” (A Matriarch Short Story)

A Matriarch short story by Kevin A. Ranson

JanissStakeOnlyYes, it hurts. Believe me, I know. Keeping as still as possible is the best thing you can do right now.

Ironic, isn’t it? A piece of wood sticking out of your chest isn’t killing you, but it’s causing so much pain you probably wish it would.

I’ll also apologize for all the motion. We’ve taken precautions, but being inside a moving vehicle makes it more difficult.

Of course, the best idea is I could remove that stake…but there would be conditions.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been staked before or even how long you’ve been a vampire, but from the way you were being treated by your sire, we guessed it wasn’t voluntary. Those kinds of relationships rarely end well, so we interceded. You watched us destroy your maker, but we both know what stays in our heads. Yes, I still have a little of mine,too.

Besides that, the other thing you’ll have to worry about is yourself.

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Realistic Edible Fake Blood: My Tweaked Recipe

FakeBloodFakeOwYou can buy fake blood, but it usually isn’t edible. For a character cosplay I’ve been working on for conventions, I wanted a sophisticated, dapper, vampire-about-town…walking about with a wine glass filled with his preferred drink of choice. To look good up close, you need something dark red but not fake looking, thick and sticky like it’s just starting to clot, and believably cloudy. And hey, shouldn’t it be delicious?

Starting with three recipes I pulled from online, none of them gave me exactly the effect I was looking for. The chocolate-flavored ones seem to yield the best consistency (and taste), where one drop will hang on to the end of your finger forever, shiny and full of life.

Realistic Edible Fake Blood, Dark

  • Yield: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1-1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 20 drops red gel food coloring
  • 1 drop blue gel food coloring

Instructions:

  1. In a glass mixing bowl, add the 1/2 cup light corn syrup.
  2. Add the 20 gel drops of red and 1 of blue (do NOT use too much blue). Mix until blended; looking good already!
  3. A little at a time, add in equal amounts of cocoa powder and corn starch. These provide consistency, cloudiness, and flavor. Allow time to mix these in; the longer you stir, the better it looks up close. Watch for clumps and crush them in!
  4. Pour into a sealed container and store in fridge until needed.

Notes: I tried using regular pancake syrup as a base and chocolate syrup instead of powder, but the cloudiness doesn’t look as good. The color is only slightly off in artificial lighting but great in sunlight; that may be due to the brand of food coloring I’m using. I’ll try a few different ones in the future to see if it makes a difference.

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Official Title: The Matriarch: Changeling (Plus a Cover Reveal Event Announcement)

As the third book enters the final phase before publication, the official title has been revealed:

The Matriarch: Changeling

A Facebook event will be take place on Friday, February 13th, 2015 along with a contest to win one of three signed softcover copies of the new book upon publication.

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Join us there for a bit of fun, a few excerpts and trivia about the series!
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Janiss Has a Holiday Message for Cedarcrest Sanctum

CedarcrestHeader2015smallFor the very first time, the executive administrator of Cedarcrest Sanctum, Janiss Connelly, takes the reigns of the annual holiday address from Timothy Harker to wish a happy holidays to all – and why she’ll never turn anyone into a vampire.

Let’s just say this isn’t your usual Christmas message; read it HERE.

And Happy New Year!
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“The Decapitator” from The Matriarch: Guardians is complete! #VWSG

This is what happens when you give a couple of Texans a description for a new kind of vampire hunter weapon: they build one, and the case it comes in.

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The modular fauchard, aka “the decapitator.” Designed for ghouls to subdue and/or destroy neophyte vampires. Not recommended against elder immortals with a true understanding of their power. This weapon is featured in The Matriarch: Guardians.

Special thanks to Dragon’s Fire Forge who hand-forged the blades, created the connecting polearm and stake tips (mmm…steak tips). Box, “Osage Orange” stakes, and leatherwork by Tobin’s Turnings. These folks really outdid themselves, didn’t they? Here’s the original text this was taken from along with a hasty sketch I cobbled together:
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