Oct 19 2012 12:00pm

Day #1: Vampires 101

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We'd like to thank all the authors and publishers that contributed to our 13 Days of Halloween countdown, including:

Penguin/Berkley Emily McKay Mindee Arnett
Signet Eclipse Roger Ma Cassie Alexander
Karen Chance Christine Feehan Dame Darcy
St. Martin's Press Charlaine Harris Paula Brackston
Faith Hunter Mike Carey A.C. Arthur
Ilona Andrews JR Ward Ann Aguirre
Kalayna Price Christina Dodd Chole Neill
Sourcebooks Lynn Viehl Kat Richardson
Avon Jessica Anderson Rachel Caine
Tor Books Amanda Bonilla Rob Thurman
Roc Books Bec McMaster MJ Scott
Ace Book Elisabeth Naughton Jim Butcher
Darynda Jones Karina Cooper Devon Monk
Sherrilyn Kenyon Jocelynn Drake Laurell K. Hamilton
Suzanne Johnson Marissa Meyer Patricia Brigss
Christina Henry Nancy Collins Anton Stout
Benedict Jacka Jill Archer Sandy Williams

It's Day 1 of Heroes and Heartbreakers's 13 Days of Halloween extravaganza, and our first sweepstakes is to die for—a vampire prize pack featuring books from authors Christine FeehanFaith Hunter, Roger Ma, and Emily McKay; plus an anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner!

To enter for a chance to win this awesome prize pack, just make sure you're logged in as a registered member of the site and then tell us in the comments: What is your favorite Halloween treat?*

Death's Rival by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

The Vampire Combat Manual by Roger Ma

In the inevitable event of a vampire attack, the average citizen will be forced to engage in vicious hand-to-hand combat. To avoid serious injury, disfigurement, or death by exsanguination, you need to know the proper combat strategies and techniques to ward off a stronger, faster, more agile undead opponent looking to drain the life from your body. Are you prepared? With detailed illustrations and firsthand accounts from vampire combat veterans—as well as interviews with actual members of the undead—this manual provides you with the information you need to survive with your life and blood supply intact.

The Farm by Emily McKay

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries.

But there are some things that never change.

His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man—and beast. Even his friends and family weren’t safe from Mitro’s bloodlust. Neither was Mitro’s lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts.

But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun—one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.

An Apple for the Creature edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, “Playing Possum,” Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of “exceptional,” in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's “Magic Tests.”

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers “VSI,” in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's “The Bad Hour,” Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!


To enter for a chance to win this awesome prize pack, just make sure you're logged in as a registered member of the site and then tell us in the comments what your favorite Halloween treat is!*

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Rebe WhiteheadSchwarz
1. RebeLovesBooks
My favorite Halloween treat is definitely the miniature Snickers bars. Yummmmm.....
Tina Myers
2. teena3940
I love the small butterfingers. My Grandson gives them to me if he get's any in his bag.
Hope Pinkerton
3. Librarianhawk
candy pumpkins. I eat them until I can't stand to look at them anymore.
Connie Fischer
My favorite treat is Heath bars. I like the little ones which make a perfect little treat without feeling like I'm going overboard. Dang! Now I'm hungry for one. Trick of Treat! Does anyone have any Heath bars? :-)
5. DonamureeHolmes
Have to stay with the classic CANDY CORNS!!
Connie Fischer
Oops! Make that Trick OR Treat! I got so excited thinking about eating one that I didn't both to proofread!
Connie Fischer
OK. this is not good. One last time. Make that BOTHER.

Sheesh *hiding my blushing face*
Michelle Gorman
8. BookLoverChelle
I'll admit it, I love candy corn. And this is the best time of the year for them!
Larisa LaBrant
9. MsGodiva1
Brownies and caramel apples are my fav Halloween treat. Not many kids where I live, so treats are what I make.
Add a book and I'm blissed out.
10. rissatoo
Candy corn. 'Snack' or 'Fun' size candy bars (esp. Snickers). Rice crispy treats w/ halloween M&Ms.

Yes, ALL of these are my favorite treats!! :)
Heather Waters
11. HeatherWaters
Paranormal romance + chocolate is the winning combo for me at Halloween. Then it's on to Christmas reads...
12. JudyK
My fav halloween treat is candy corn. As a kid i loved the wax lips! Anyone remember those??
13. caseroo7
I know a lot of people dont like them, but i love candy corn! And i also really like the candy corn m&m's!!
14. Audiej28
candy corn-- but the new pumpkin spice kisses are awesome
15. Grace Sandvigen
I'm an old fashioned girl and love the old school candies I only see in my kids' Halloween bags: Mary Janes!
16. Lisa84
I LOVE the pumpkin shaped Reese's.
17. pigdog
Russel Stover Dark Chocolate Marshmellow pumpkins. they r the bomb :)
19. Heather Gerling
Hershey Hugs. "I anit no trick im ALLL treat" yes feel free to use that H&H
Jennifer Walter
21. jlc341
The minature Mr. Goodbar candy bars are my favorite!
Lori Meehan
22. LoriMeehan
Fun size dark chocolate and candy corn.
Lorimeehan 1@
Laura Gadbois
23. gadsgirl
My favorite treat is the day after Halloween when all the candy become 50% off, that way I can stock my candy stash for a few months!!
Roni Valle
24. roniv
I adore the Reeses Peanut Butter Pumpkins! I also have a friend that makes incredible popcorn balls only for Halloween. We flock to her house to help make our share.
25. larainey
Reeses Peanut Buuter Pumpkins and just about everything else in fun size!
Allison Hickman
27. AllisonHickman
Affy Tapples, which only people from the Chicago area will probably know, but which are commonly known as caramel apples (with peanuts)! I could eat one every day & the best part is you can pretend it's good for you!
Ann Sheiring
28. Annwitch
My new favorite Halloween treats are Cadbury Scream Eggs. I found them at my favorite big box and now I don't have to wait for Easter for an egg. These are even better though they have green goo center, gross and yummy!
Maycee Majors
30. Keeyansmom04
Mmmm caramel apples, fun size chocolate... Pumpkin lattes.. Wait that's not really Halloween, more like fall.. Anyway! ;0) Almost any candy EXCEPT candy corn.. YUCK! I know it's sacrilege I just can't eat it!
31. acapple
My favorite treats are heath bars. 5 layers of delciousness that is rare to find.
donna kenney
32. donna ann
use to big on candy corn but now days much happier with chocolate :) like the snickers & milky way mini's (can enjoy more that way) :)
33. Maris
Chocolate always wins for me :) Thanks for a great giveaway.
Jordan R
34. jrojrojro
Hmmm. I love the midnight milkyway minis. In fact, I may have to get some of those soon...
Victoria Sloboda
35. jovial_1
Ihaven't seen them in years but my favorite Halloween treat was Kraft Fudies. They were like carmels but fudge. Since I can't get them anymore it's Milky Way :).
Kelly Mayberry
37. Keslynn
I know it's not strictly Halloween but it is the month of October... Pumpkin Pie Blizzards from Dairy Queen. I look forward to those all year. I hope that doesn't make me pathetic. ;-)
Catherine White
38. catriona51
My favorite Halloween treats are candy corn and popcorn balls. I used to love getting these treats when I went trick or treating when I was little.
Jennifer Hutson
39. Jenn3128
My favorite are the pumpkin seeds! I buy pumpkins all month long and sacrifice one a week just to get those seeds.
Penni DePaul
41. penniloafers9
My favorite is the candy corns--they must be Brach's and the original package (not the ones with the different flavors)
Shana Bashaw
42. SBashaw
My favorite Halloween treat is a sexy man in a vampire or werewolf costume!
45. barbed1951
My favorite Halloween treat is Abba Zaba candy - taffy with peanut butter filling, yum!
46. Kareni
It's a tie between mini-KitKat and mini-Twix bars.
47. VRValicento
My favorite treat (candy) is snickers or reeese's peanut butter cups. My favorite treat (non-food) is seeing the kids all dressed up each year.
Jennifer L. Gorfine
Mine's definitely candy corn. For some reason, it just doesn't taste good during the rest of the year. =P
Janie McGaugh
51. jmcgaugh
Dark chocolate peanut M&M's are my favorite Halloween treat.
Stephanie Grant
52. sgrant4
My favorite Halloween treat is candy corn rice krispi treats :o)
54. Charlayne
Oh man, Smartees. I used to raid my kids sacks for them and take them all! Now I just have my honey buy me a bag, just for me.
Susie Branum
55. Susie85
Anything with chocolate and caramel!! Mmmm yummy!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!
Cheryl U.
56. matkeltri
My favorite treat is those little individual bags of Haribo gummy bears!
Jasmine Ray
57. JassyBaby
Chocolate, chocolate and fudge brownies! Pair it with hot cocoa and a book and it's definitely a treat~
Thank you for this incredible giveaway opportunity!
58. Thailia
My favorite halloween candy has always been Pixie Stickx.
Stacy Scudder
59. chameleon68
When I was younger, my favorite was Hershey's with Almonds. Now that I have kids of my own, my favorite seems to be anything they don't eat.
Riley Moreland
61. ramore
Brach's Pumpkins and Indian Candy Corn. Creamy. Sugary. Mmmm!
Maria Smith
63. TexasBookLover
I steal all my daughters the Reese Pieces because they are my favorite Halloween Treat. It's cool though cause she doesn't really care for them. It's funny this is only time of year I really want them!
Cynthia Weers
65. weerscs
Ummm! Caramel apples on a stick. One bite takes you past sweet to tart, a journey of discovery for one's taste buds.
Louise McCloud
66. patches1
My favorite Halloween treat is Candy Apples, it's not Halloween unless I make a batch of homemade candy apples, I love to share them with friends, friends children and I love to eat them myself.
melissa tomas
67. mtomas
My favorite treat is Reeses Peanut Butter Pumpkins.
Linda Craig
69. davlin54
Candy Corn. Hard to lose weight and enjoy my favorite candy.
71. Goldenmane
I'm not picky. I'll take anything with chocolate.
Britney Cain
72. britc
Chocolate is key but I ilove little kitkat bars
73. Karen H in NC
Anything chocolate but I especially like the chocolate candy corn!
Jaye Snachez
75. wuanjaye
It's pumpkin cremes for me - wait all year for those .
Tanya Contois
77. tanyac
M+M's preferably the peanut butter or pretzel kind and black licorice!
Chris Bails
78. Chrisbails
I love Nerds & Sixlets. Those are my two favs. I also love a good popcorn ball. CandyKorns are good too. And pumpkin bars with cream chesse frosting-I make them every year for my co-workers. It is a receipe passed from my grandma. They are delicious.
Stacy Tessier
79. theimaginetree
My favorite Halloween treat is Twizzlers! I love anything fruity.
Eva Millien
80. evampire
I love candy corn and vanilla flavored tootsie rolls.
Poppy Arakelian
81. tezzkatt7
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for a candy type thing and a pumpkin latte for a grown-up type thing :)
Linda Pierce
82. antydragn2
anything made from good chocolate. do NOT try to palm palmer off on me! LOL
Ashley Morris
83. LadyScandal
Any combo of chocolate, nougat, and caramel, with the perfect trifecta being a Milky Way.
Karen Farb
84. Katafer
This is an easy one! Caramel apple lollipops - and they are only around during Halloween, so yes, I have 2 bags in my 'fridge. And only 60 calories each!
elaine fisher
85. elfette
aw ... you're gonna MAKE me choose just one ... bummer ... there's SO many to choose just one ... I LOVE candy in general. it comfort food ... don't you know.
ramona glass
86. monag3
I love all the chocolates but my fave is popcorn balls because you don't really get them before or after halloween. Like candy corn they are just for the occasion and almost all sugar.
Suzann Schmid
87. Suzann9112
I'd have to go with the mixed bag minis including Mr Goodbars and Hershey almond bars and Krunch.
Becky Hantsbarger
90. BeckyIA
I'm gonna have to say the new, limited edition Caramel Apple Milky Way bars. Deadly!
Sherrye Nichols
94. san301
My favorite Halloween treat has always been Hershey's milk chocolate bars..
Penni Ellington
95. pellington
Does a double feature of Queen of the Damned and Interview with a Vampire count as my favorite Halloween treats? 'Cause you've got Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Stuart Townsend all back to back. Yum.
Any Halloween candy is a treat to me and a good scarey book
Heather Martin
100. CrystalMirror
It used to be Reese's peanut butter cups. My whole family is like that. Our one dog could unwrap them himself and my daughter named our other dog Reese. But 3 years ago I devolped a peanut allergy.
karen prentice
101. tngal
Do yall remember 'Bit o Honey'? I love these in the fall, and am currently searching for some now. I always used to get them on Halloween when I was trick or treating. I've been consoling myself with candy corn, but it's not the same!
Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to win these books.
Joann Lord
102. Falcon345
please enter me into the sweepstakes-love Kit Kats, Baby Ruths & Nestle Crunch
104. Karalee
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and oh yeah, more chocolate!!
Alexandrea Ward
106. bookaholic86
I used to be addicted to candy corn and mini candy for Halloween. But now I can't get enough of caramel apples. Yum!
Lisa Cox
110. vetteklisa
My favorite Halloween treat is anything with chocolate in it.
Michelle Levan
My favorite Halloween treat is after I get the kids home and in bed (which is difficult after the candy!) and can sit and read a spooky romance. Of course a snickers is always good too!
112. trakay63
Its a tie between Twix bars, and home-made caramel corn!
Cerese Sanborn
114. flowerpower
I love Sour Patch Kids, alas I never really got them on Halloween. I also love all kinds of Hershey's Chocolate.
115. LMS430
Hard to choose just one! I love Baby Ruth's...Butterfingers were my favorite as a kid though. Hmm, Snickers are good, too...And 3 Musketeers.
Karin Anderson
117. AquarianDancer
Heath bars, Take 5 or Dove chocolate. Do you see the trend? Chocolate! :-D
Jessica Whitfield
118. firebreathingmoo
I love the mini rice crispie treats! Classic chocolate treats are awesome, but the treats are my favorite!
rachel sternberg
119. rae70
what i buy at the store during the fall season, affy tapples (a brand of taffy apples) and for an actual trick or treat in my candy bag-- it would be snickers!
Debbie ...
120. orchid7
Twix is definitely my favorite!
Nice giveaway- thanks for the chance to win!
121. sarah Kozlowski
My favorite treat is Reese's peanut butter cups, and Almond Joys.
let's see...snickers, reese's, anything dark chocolate!!
Cathy M. Runke
127. ccr0816
oh i just love the mini 3 muskateers and reeces pieces. yum.
also love seeing the wee ones in their costumes.
128. kochouran
Twix is my favorite candy. I also love Muddy Buddies/puppy chow.
corey clancy
132. thsangeleyesr4u
My favorite has to be anything chocolate. If I had to choose, Twix. I also love caramel apples but they don't pass those out.
Kayla Beck
136. kaylabeck
I love the Reese's Pumpkins, and I buy enough to have them stockpiled until Easter! (I don't really like the Reese's Trees.)
kathy green
137. kathyg
my favoite is brains in a jar ...i love making halloween treats for my grandkids
Anne Muller
139. amuller38
Anything chocolate without nuts. I've kind of been craving tootsie rolls.
140. TheresaL
My favorite treat on Halloween is New York Mints. I can't resist them!
141. Miller
My favorite treats are Butterfingers - any size, and peppermint patties.
142. Miss Cathy
See's Candy Pumpkin Spice truffles - to die for!
Andrea Cannon
143. scmom79
My favorite halloween treat is mini 3 musketeer bars. Love them!!
Julie Hennes
146. fallonsfreeway
My favorite halloween treat is the mini Babe Ruth candy bars. I stick them in the freezer and munch on them once they're frozen!
Kimberley Coover
147. KimberleyC
Favorite Halloween treat - has to be mini tootsie rolls LOOOVE 'EM
148. Suelue
My LOVE is chocolate with nuts.
Axyl Oblivion
149. PsychoticHatter
My favorite Halloween treat is the Halloween-based movies like When Good Ghouls Go Bad by R.L. Stine featuring Christopher Lloyd. Candy treat is Reese's peanut buttercups.
Kathleen Smith
154. lightlovebeing
My favorite Halloween treat is peanut butter cups - I usually at the sugar free variety
155. fire_dragon31
My favorite Halloween treat is the pumpkin shaped Reese Peanut Butter Cups! they are so yummy and individually wrapped :D
Kristina Parmenter
156. paragurl1
My favorite treat is the Pumpkin shaped Resses cups...they are just so creamy :)
Melissa Keith
157. MelK
My favorite treat is BLOOD! LOTS OF BLOOD!

Mel aka Draculissa
Crystal Flannery
160. crystalmbf
definitely Reeses peanut butter pumpkins! I can't wait for them to come out on any of the holidays!
Heather Creely
162. heatwave16
For pure sugar - has to be candy corn!!! On the chocolate side, I love Reese's cups.
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