October Releases

Monday, October 31, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Katie Salidas

Hello everyone! I am so happy to have author Katie Salidas with me today. Since it is Halloween, Salidas has written an amazing post on what makes a monster a monster. She has also been nice enough to give away one of her amazing books and it is up to you to choose which one you want. So please give a huge welcome to Katie!

What is a Monster?
A guest post by Katie Salidas

October is a month for monsters. That pretty much goes without saying. But what exactly is a monster?

                Well, if you want to get all technical, a monster is a creature (often fictional ) that is hideous and produces a fear reaction by its appearance or actions.

                But, nowhere in that definition does it say the monster is bad. In fact, some of the best known monsters are good. Think of Beauty and the Beast, the Incredible Hulk, Shrek, the list goes on.  Just because a creature is physically different, doesn’t mean they are bad.  For me, Hollywood monsters never really had the scare factor to them that real bad guys could. Frankenstein’s monster was really no monster. It was his creator Dr. Frankenstein that was the real monster. Neither of which hold a candle to the psycho killers like Michael Meyers (Halloween), or Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th). Yes. Those are fictional characters too but they are based on demented people. And there are a lot of those kinds of people out there in the real world. There was a joke made a long time ago about Halloween costumes. One person said they were dressed as a psycho killer “they look just like everyone else.” That’s the point I’m making here. Monsters are easy to spot, it’s the truly demented that are hard to pick out,  but I digress.

                Okay, so monsters are unnatural or grotesque. Why then do we love them so much? Because, for the most part, they are fictional creatures. They are safe to play with because they are not real. When all is said and done, we can shut the book or turn off the TV and the monster goes away.  Real monsters: psycho killers, demented people, etc… don’t go away so easy.

We like being scared of something. We like the adrenaline rush. The heart pounding, “what will happen next feeling.”  If we didn’t horror wouldn’t be such a popular genre in books and film. So, we take those fictional creatures, ones that don’t exist in the real world, and place them in situations to get our hearts pumping.
                Dracula enters a sleeping woman’s bedroom, ready to bite her neck and steal her essence. Ah but there is the heroic Van Helsing to thrust a stake through his heart and save the day.  The scary werewolf that hunts under the light of the full moon can be taken down by a silver bullet. The mummy, Zombies, Big Foot, Swamp thing, all of these monsters have a weakness that can be exploited and at the end of the story, all is well.

                That’s why we like our monsters so much. They are creatures we can fear and defeat in a small space of time, knowing full well they weren’t real to begin with. 

Check out my review of book one of the Immortalis series

About the Author
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write. 

 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

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One lucky winner will have the choice to choose one ebook from Salidas' amazing vampire series, Immortalis
Click here for info: Immortalis Carpe Noctem | Hunters & PreyPandora's Box 

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*Contest ends November 7th
*Contest open Internationally


  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I'm amaranthinedominion @ gmail

  2. Yet again Diana has another awesome giveaway, and another Arthur to add to the read list LOL! *thumbs up hon*

  3. What a great post! Love it. I'd prefer monsters to psycho killers any day ;)
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  4. I want to enter! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alexia Purdy

  5. Oh this was so much fun Diana! Thank you very much Katie for sharing your thoughts on monsters. I do have a tendency to automatically think of monsters around Halloween as scary and evil but so true that they aren't all evil. :-) We all love the weakness thing too...that way if I'm walking down an ally and a crazy vampire attacks I know I need to break a piece of random wood to make a point and strike for the heart. :-P

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well. :-) Can my GFC follow be counted for my Google Reader follower?...if not that's fine.

    +1 for your twitter
    +1 for Katie's twitter
    +1 for spreading the word on Twitter:!/PaperBDDreamer/status/131444803018833920

  6. You're right about monsters not being all bad. I think my favorite stories are of demons, usually trying to break out of the whole "evil" schtick. Great interview.

    I'm a follower of you both and I'm happy to spread the word! :)


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  7. yay!

    +1 Katie twitter

  8. Enjoyed your blog, I think people like Monsters cause everyone dreams of being different whether its flying or being strong we all dream of being different. Look forward to reading your books.

  9. Great post and great book covers!

    +1 for Katie's Twitter
    +1 for Diana's Twitter

  10. I do love me my monsters! Michael Meyers ROCKS! I just spent Halloween watching all of the Halloween movies lol! He's my favorite. He's supernatural and scary all at once. He NEVER dies! Great post Katie. Please don't enter me in this drawing I own all of her books :). Just supporting my friend and fellow author.

    Rock on!


  11. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Diana for having me here on her blog and hosting this giveaway. And thank you as well to everyone entering the giveaway! I'm humbled to see such support for these books!

  12. Thank you all for the amazing comments. Siobhan said it best, demons are my favorite, because evil is synonymous with demon. I love finding books that break out of that. Thank you so much Katie for visiting my blog. I hope to have you here again. I had a blast. You all have been so awesome.

  13. wow.. it was an amazing post..
    Extra entries:
    GFC Follower = blackwolf
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    Spread the word :!/PandoraSWolf/status/132149268940206080

  14. Looks like a great series! Great post!!

    GFC: Maegan Morin
    Twitter (both): zaira_faith

    megnate at telus dot net

  15. The Immortalis series looks interesting!
    Thanks for this giveaway~ ^^
    +1 GFC name: chingz

  16. I've spread the post hon.!/SacredmOOn1/status/132616364421681152


Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D