Monday, October 1, 2012

Shape-Shifters vs. Vampires: Who is more Eco-Friendly? Guest blog and Giveaway with J.T. Geissinger

I was first inspired to write because of my love for Edward Cullen of Twilight fame. He was tortured, he was beautiful, he had values. Strange for a vampire, right? Well—considering most literary vampires up to that time were hideous monsters who just wanted to suck you dry and leave you for dead—yes. 

But I felt vampires were overplayed and shape-shifters underserved, so my first novel, Shadow’s Edge, was all about creatures who could turn to smoke and feline predator, and not at all about those blood-sucking vamps. They still held a fascination for me, (loving you, Edward!) but I turned my back on them and haven’t looked back.

OK, that’s not entirely true. The debate still rages within me: who is better – shape-shifters or vampires?

There’s a million ways to decide, but since we’re here on the Creatively Green Write at Home Mom Blog, the challenge is this: Who is more Eco-Friendly?

Challenge #1: Consumption

Everyone knows vampires are huge consumers of an abundant natural resource: blood. But unless they completely drain their victims, the body can replenish itself and the victim will recover. (Caveat: third time’s a charm.) Shape-shifters, on the other hand, eat. And what they eat, they kill. No recovering from that.

Win goes to: Vampires.

Challenge #2: Alternative Energy Sources

The most powerful energy source in our solar system—the sun—is deadly to a vampire. Shape-shifters, however, thrive in sunlight, moonlight, fluorescent light…let’s just say they’re more flexible.  And therefore better prepared to survive climate change.

Win goes to: Shape-shifters.

Challenge #3: Overpopulation

Logic dictates that an immortal creature (vampire) who can only be killed in a few, specific ways, will—after a period of time, say…a thousand years—reach a population density of about…everyone. If you can never die and you have a ravenous thirst for blood that infects your victims and turns them into blood-sucking leeches, at some point, the entire population of the planet will be blood-suckers. It just makes sense, right? On the other hand, if you are a shape-shifter who has a wee problem with procreation, (like the Ikati in my Night Prowler novels do) your numbers will naturally stay small. Hence, your existence will never affect the natural order, and your kind will live in harmony with all the other creatures.

Win goes to: Shape-shifters.

Granted, this is a very un-scientific experiment, but I’m going to call Shape-shifters for the win! I’m sure there’s a million different ways we can compare them, but what do you think? Shape-shifters, or vampires? Who is better, and why??

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Edge of Oblivion
Night Prowler Novels, Book Two
J.T. Geissinger

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN: 1612184197
ASIN: B007SX0246

Number of pages: 384
Word Count: 98,000

Book Description:

Morgan Montgomery is waiting to die. Branded a traitor by her tribe, the Ikati shape-shifter has no hope for mercy—until Jenna, the Ikati’s newly crowned queen and Morgan’s former ally, offers one last chance for redemption. Morgan must infiltrate the Rome headquarters of the Expurgari, the Ikati’s ancient enemy, to destroy them once and for all. The beautiful renegade has just a fortnight to complete her mission or forfeit her life. Because she does not travel alone…

Xander Luna is a trained assassin and the Ikati’s most feared enforcer, famed for his swift brutality and stony heart. Fiercely loyal, he is prepared to hate the traitor under his watch—until they come face to face. For Morgan Montgomery arouses something unexpected inside of him, something that threatens everything he believes in and the fate of the tribe itself: a love as powerful and passionate as it is forbidden.

Sensual, thrilling, and action-packed, Edge of Oblivion will enthrall readers with nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding passion.

About the Author:

A life-long lover of reading and a self-professed “book addict,” J.T. Geissinger didn’t realize her dream of writing a novel until a milestone birthday forced her to take stock of her goals in life. Always believing the right time to commit to putting pen to paper would magically announce itself, it took waking up one cold January morning with a shiny new zero as the second number in her age to kick start her determination.

More than a year and two unsold novels later, it was time to take stock again.

But her determination matched her initial procrastination, and she kept on writing and learning and trying to improve, trusting that if it was meant to be, it would be.

Then, during a trip to Italy in honor of their 10th wedding anniversary and the honeymoon she and her husband never took, she received an email that would change her life. It was from a literary agent, and it contained the three words every aspiring author longs to hear: “I loved it.”

The manuscript was sold to Montlake Romance who published it six months later. Hitting the Amazon bestseller lists in both the US and the UK within weeks of publication, Shadow’s Edge was book one of the Night Prowler Novels. Book two, Edge of Oblivion published October 2nd, and book three will follow in the spring of 2013. Three additional installations in the Night Prowler series are planned for the future.

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Wenona said...

love this, though I think vampires would be the ultimate because they don;t really consumer a lot of resources other than people and people are totally renewable LOL

Roxanne Rhoads said...

My vampires would be more eco. They don't constantly reproduce, numbers stay small and they are very into conservation because they are going to live forever and they want to have a place to live. Plus they are total packrats.

J.T. Geissinger said...

Thanks for hosting me, Wenona! I think you might have some agreement with the vampire fans, but I had to go with shifters!

BreanaM. said...

Shape-shifters are more eco-friendly. Even though vampires don’t, you know, eat people, they still overpopulate, and they can’t stand sunlight. I mean, I’d be worried if there was a sudden increase in the vampire population—that just reeks of trouble.

Andrea M. said...

Vampires can’t be the most eco-friendly. They feed off the blood of random people, and it only takes three occurrences of being exposed to their toxins to be turned into a vampire/immortal. In addition to the argument that overpopulation has a detrimental effect, I just wonder what effects their excretions/toxins have on the environment …. Hands-down, shape-shifters win.

Anonymous said...

Shape-shifters are in my opinion more Eco-friendly. They need the resources for living and thus aim to maintain and nurture the earth.

Allison Medina said...

Would love to have a copy ^_^