30 Days of Vampires: A Book Surprise

December 7, 2011 | 30 Days of Vampires | 29 comments

Alexis Morgan has always been an avid reader, and she loves spending her days with hunky heroes and gutsy heroines. By the end of this year, she will have published twenty-five books, novellas, and short stories, including contemporary romances, American West Historicals, and Paranormal Romances. Next year will see the debut of her first venture into
fantasy romance with a series from NAL titled River of the Damned. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.


Sometimes a new book sale comes as a complete surprise, which is always fun. Way back in the first week of March of this year, I had told my agent in an e-mail that I was meeting Janice Kay Johnson later that morning for lunch. Janice writes fabulous stories for Harlequin Super Romance, and she’s the person who originally encouraged me to trying writing my own books. Without her help, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

We were planning to brainstorm some new ideas for Janice over pizza and soft drinks. Just A Vampire for Christmasafter we’d placed our orders, Michelle Grajkowski, my agent called me to say that we might want to linger over lunch, maybe even order dessert, since we’d need to brainstorm a new story idea for me, too.

That’s how Michelle broke the news that I’d been invited to contribute a novella-length story to an anthology for HQN entitled A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS. My agent gave me the basic details and then let me get back to pizza and plotting.

Vampires aren’t something I usually associate with the holidays. That didn’t prevent me from immediately seeing an image in my head of a handsome vampire needing help to get into the Christmas spirit. As soon as I “saw” him, I even had the perfect title for the story: All I Want for Christmas.

In the opening scene, Eagan McHale is standing across the street from a diner. He’s a vampire undercover copy, all alone in the darkness and the cold. The heroine, who owns the cozy little restaurant, loves everything about Christmas: twinkling lights, brightly wrapped packages, and mistletoe. With no family of her own, Della has surrounded herself with friends, making her diner the center of their holiday celebrations. From the minute vampire ornamentshe sees Eagan standing across the street, she realizes that perfect gift for him would be her heart.

I loved creating this stand-alone story about finding love and acceptance in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I hope you will all enjoy reading Eagan and Della’s happily-ever-after.

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  1. SandyG265

    I’d like to see a vampire version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

  2. WildAboutBones

    I adore Alexis’ vampire stories and just the other day put A Vampire for Christmas on my to read list. Congrats Alexis on the new fantasy romance series. I’ll be on the lookout for it. Hhmmm Christmas stories recast with vampires … wow the options would be endless with It’s a Wonderful Life and Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Clause but I think those are too obvious. So I think I’d like to see what could be done with The Little Drummer Boy or Frosty the Snowman. But I think my favorite, although it is not a strictly Christmas movie – it covers all the holidays, would be Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby where White Christmas was sung for the first time on screen

  3. Alexis Morgan

    Great choices on the movies! One of my own favorites is WE’RE NO ANGELS with Humprhey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov. Yeah, I can see them with fangs!


  4. Andie

    I’m more of an action fan myself. So, I would love to see the remake of Die Hard with vampires running around!!!

  5. Alexis Morgan

    Action film . . . hmmmm . . . How about Tombstone? Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday with fangs? And Sam Elliott–oh, yeah. Works for me.

  6. Andie

    Oh yeah, I’d go for that!
    How about LOTR, with vampires in lieu of Elves, and Paladins in the role of Men (they already have the whole sword thing going).

  7. Viki S.

    My favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard so I think that would be one cool movie re-cast with vampires.
    Thank you.

  8. tammy ramey

    I love the cover of the book, it’s gorgeous and it sounds wonderful. i can’t wait to read it and see what happens.

    i think that for me It’s A Wonderful Life would be a great one.
    If an angel shows a vampire what the world would be like if he never existed and he got to choose to keep what he has. that would be something i would pay money to see. :)


  9. Alexis Morgan

    Viki–I’ve always had my suspicions about Bruce Willis–that wicked gleam in his eye must mean he has great potential as a vampire!

    Tammy–what a great take on that movie!


  10. Joanne Reynolds

    I think Scrooge with a vampire theme would be awesome to watch!

  11. Alexis Morgan

    If the vamp’s blood had healing qualities (like Eric Northman’s), maybe Tiny Tim would have extra special holiday!


  12. Lisa Richards

    Vampire version of Charlie Brown Christmas

  13. Michelle K

    A Christmas Story! That would be really funny, especially getting stuck on the flagpole with fangs

  14. Alexis Morgan

    Lisa–Schroeder would make a great angsty vampire as he plays his baby grand. Pig Pen, though, boggles the mind as a vampire.

    Considering Darren McGavin had plenty of experience with vampires in The Night Stalker, he should be able to pull it off. And the image of the flagpole scene with fangs involved is cute!


  15. Stephanie

    Thanks for the interview!story sounds great!

  16. Danny

    I am a huge fan of Alexis’ books

  17. Michelle Louise Pratley

    I would love to see The Santa Clause movie with Tim Allen. I think it would be soo funny just to see a vamp playing Santa XD

  18. nightsmusic

    Jo Beverly has a cute little story I love that was published years ago called The Christmas Wedding Gambit. The Hn is overweight and not as ‘pretty’ as her sister, but she’s the lesser of two evils as a choice for the H. What an awesome twist to have her as a vampire at the end!

  19. sue brandes

    Christmas Vacation would be funny with vampires.

  20. wanda flanagan

    A christmas carol recast with vamps would be awesome

  21. MJB

    I love some of the ideas that other commenters are coming up with. I think Die Hard vampire-style would be really fun!

  22. Alaina

    ohh thats a toughie.. im gonna say.. home alone with vamps would be awesome (i dont watch a lot of holiday movies)

  23. Yadira A.

    I would love to see the movie White Christmas recast with vampires… that would be fun!

    Happy Holidays!!!


  24. Lianne

    I’ve like to see a version of “Love Actually” with some vampires in it!

  25. Kimberley Coover

    I have to agree with Tombstone. My husband loved that movie and watched it so much he can say ALL the lines… It would certainly add a new deminson for me! Happy Holidays everyone!

  26. Cathy P

    Hi Alexis! A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS sounds like a must read.

    All of my favorite Christmas movies have already been mentioned, so all I can do is repeat one. Home Alone would be great with the villains cast as vampires.


  27. June M.

    I can’t really think of any new ideas to remake. I do like the idea of remaking A Charlie Brown Christmas with vamps.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  28. LadyVampire

    It might be very interesting to see the vampire version of A Christmas Carol.

  29. Barb P

    I haven’t had a chance to read A Vampire for Christmas yet, but I have that on my TBR list. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!