Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Guest Post by Martin Lastrapes, author of The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl PLUS Giveaway

The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl by Martin Lastrapes
(The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy #1)
Publication date: March 18th 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Adam and Jesus (the vampire and the hunter) have an innate antagonism, which is only heightened once they discover they’re competing for the affections of the same girl. Olivia (the girl) is an aspiring author struggling to write a vampire novel. What none of them yet know is there’s a menacing force looming that will change the course of their lives forever. With the first installment of The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy, Martin Lastrapes has created a vampire tale that is scary, funny, thrilling, and satisfying to the very last drop.

Top 10 List

  1. Jitterbug Perfume | Tom Robbins
Tom Robbins was the first author I truly fell in love with and this is probably my very favorite book that he’s written.

  1. Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
The first time I read Fight Club and experienced Chuck Palahniuk’s masterful blend of terror, violence, and humor, I got a glimpse as to what was possible with my own stories.

  1. The Things They Carried | Tim O’Brien
“How to Tell a True War Story,” the standout chapter in this book, is perhaps the best example of how to use prose to manipulate the emotions of your reader.

  1. The Los Angeles Diaries | James Brown
This memoir, which is the best and most powerful I’ve ever read, levels the reader with raw and disarming honesty told with clean, simple prose.

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay | Michael Chabon
Chabon is a masterful writer and storyteller and this novel, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001, represents him at the height of his powers.

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Ken Kesey
Reading this novel taught me so much about storytelling, specifically how effective it can be to manipulate the reader’s perception with a charming unreliable narrator.

  1. The Shining | Stephen King
This is the first novel that made me feel true and genuine terror.

  1. The Well of Lost Plots | Jasper Fforde
This is the third book in the Thursday Next series, but it was my first introduction to Jasper Fforde whose humor and outrageous originality inspires a great deal of the writing I did in The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Witch.

  1. The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
The fluid poetry of the prose in this amazing book would be enough to inspire me, so it’s a bonus that the story and characters are absolutely engrossing.

  1. About a Boy  | Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby tells the most delightful stories whose deceptively simple exteriors belie   the complex themes of the human condition.


He grew up in the Inland Empire, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Composition from Cal State San Bernardino, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, wonders if he’ll ever be famous enough to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” thinks good stand-up comedy is rare and under appreciated, is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it’s too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from “M*A*S*H,” wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.

He is also the host of THE MARTIN LASTRAPES SHOW PODCAST HOUR. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on the official website New episodes every week.