I’m excited to have debut author, Piper Maitland, on the blog today! Her first book, Acquainted with the Night (My Review), was just published at the end of November so be sure to pick-up a copy if you’re not lucky enough to win one (scroll down)!
Piper Maitland lives on a Tennessee farm with her family. She is the author of the vampire thriller, Acquainted With the Night (Berkley/November 2011). She is currently working on the sequel, A Requiem for Daylight. Piper has also written novels under the name Michael Lee West.
Black Friday is over, but there’s still time to shop for your favorite immortal. I’ve compiled a helpful guide for those “most-wanted” items:
On overcast days, vampires like to venture outside, but they still need protective eye gear to prevent corneal abrasions, double vision, and (in extreme cases) blindness.
- Sun block
A vampire can never have too much sun block. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch, PFC 100 makes a great stocking stuffer.
- Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush
Phillips Sonicare (model no. HX6511/50) Easy Clean toothbrush is available in white. This sure-fire plaque remover will maintain those pearly whites.
- Private Property Yard Sign
Most vamps sleep in the daytime, and they appreciate solitude. A Do Not Trespass sign will be a welcome addition to their front yard.
Pre-load the iPod with music. Suggestions: Cradle of Filth, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson.
- Talking Bela Lugosi Doll
One of the hottest items at Toys-R-Us, this doll says ten phrases, such as:
“Renfield, bring me a bat.”
“I am Drakk-qula!”
“Miss Lucy is smokin’ hot.”
“’Children of the Night. What sweet music they make!’”
- Bat Cookie Cutter
That’s not all!
If you own a hot glue gun and enjoy hand-made crafts, I’ve got more gift-ideas.
- Mason Jars filled with Type O Blood
To make this item, simply perform a DIY phlebotomy, using an 18-gauge hypodermic needle and a large disposable syringe. Strain blood into Mason jars. Seal and affix a raffia-tied bow to the jar. (Type O blood is pleasing to most vampires.)
- Needlepoint bat pillow
Use a hot glue gun to affix black sequins to the bat.
- Garlic pod wreath
Using straight pins, affix garlic pods to a 15-inch round Styrofoam base. Tie with a black ribbon. When hung on a front door, this popular item allows a vampire to repel undesirable vampires.
- Individual Fang Biscuits
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Open a can of Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits. Using a rolling pin, flatten each biscuit. Use a lip-shaped cookie cutter and cut out shapes in the flattened dough. Place lips on a non-stick pan and bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Decorate each biscuit with candy fangs. Place each biscuit in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a black ribbon.
- Christmas “Poppers”
Candy-filled “Poppers” are a British tradition on Christmas Day. They are easily made by saving cardboard rolls from toilet paper. Fill each roll with faux garlic, tiny toy bats, and candy fangs. Affix a “popper stick” in each roll and allow the end to extend. Wrap each roll with colorful paper and tie at each end. To enjoy your popper, simply instruct your undead friend to break the roll in half, and the package will make an audible pop.
Penguin USA has offered to host a giveaway and has one copy of Acquainted with the Night up for grabs! US mailing addresses only. Please read my Giveaway Policy before entering.
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada
Those list just made me smile. 😉
Those are just too good! I love the toothbrush :). Thanks for the fun.
Hah! Fun list! I’m going to start my fang busciuts today. (not entering)
What a fun list! I especially liked the Christmas Poppers.
Love the lists. That is pretty much what I would have figured for must haves. Also love the crafts list. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. This book looks great.
🙂 great list! so cute.
Thanks for dropping by my FF by the way, followed you back!x
This was a fun post; I enjoyed reading it.
I can’t wait to read Acquainted With The Night.
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@Jennifer@The Book Nympho – There’s some cute ones in there for sure!
@Victoria – Piper did a great job with these lists!
@Carolyn Crane – Let me know how they turn out!
@Patsy – Who wouldn’t!?
@Chrisbails – The crafts were a great addition on Piper’s part!
@Lalaine ( Ficbookreviews ) – Thanks for returning the follow! 🙂
@booklover0226 – Good Luck!
I love the idea of the Christmas poppers – now all I need is directions on where to find the filling LOL Thank you for the fun.
LOL! Great list!
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
All vamps also need a Kindle and a good supply of books.
Great post! LOVE the Bella Lugosi Doll! LOL
Fantastic post I love your lists .
Fun post! I would love to read this story… it sounds so intriguing!
Ooh! The Garlic Pod Wreath sounds nice:)