Holiday Foreplay with Piper Maitland

Posted December 3, 2011 by Carmel in / 15 Comments

Holiday Foreplay @ Rabid Reads

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 Author Bio

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.

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Top 7 Items on a Vampire’s Holiday Wish List

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:

  1. Sunglasses
    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.
  2. Sun block
    A vampire can never have too much sun block. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch, PFC 100 makes a great stocking stuffer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. iPod
    Pre-load the iPod with music. Suggestions: Cradle of Filth, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson.
  6. 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!’”
  7. 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.

Top 5 Crafts to Make for Vampires

  1. 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.)
  2. Needlepoint bat pillow
    Use a hot glue gun to affix black sequins to the bat.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

CLOSED: Winners

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The pages of history are written in the blood of the undead…
A woman’s quest for the truth…
A medieval icon that holds the clues…
An ancient book with the power to shake Christianity—and humanity itself…

Caroline Clifford’s bland life as a London tour guide flips upside down when her beloved uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archeological site. While traveling to recover his remains, she meets a man who corresponded with her uncle. Jude Barrett is a biochemist on a mission—to eradicate the world of vampires…

At first, Caro is dismissive of Jude’s beliefs, but she can’t ignore the signs around her—the human bites on her uncle, the strange men following her, the anguished cries after sundown. Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead her and Jude to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited from her parents to an age-old text on immortality—and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy them all…

Acquainted with evil…

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15 responses to “Holiday Foreplay with Piper Maitland

  1. @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!

  2. 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.