google-site-verification: google935433b691795853.html KRISTY BERRIDGE: 2011-11-20

Saturday, 26 November 2011

A Vampire Fanatic!

This is another post, not dissimilar to my mid week post 'A Werewolf Leads'. It's in relation to the current giveaway I have happening on the blog - the 'November Follower Frenzy'. Basically I'm celebrating the recent release of my book The Hunted, the first in a series of five with the second to be released early 2012. I wanted to give everyone a chance to weigh in on my favourite supernatural entities and give you just a little bit of insight into my long held love of the inherently creepy.
So, without further ado, I'm going to run with the same traits I worked with my werewolves, and see if I can't think of a vampire to match each one. Here we go;

30 Days of Night
1. Hybrid Vampires - The best one I can think of is Blade. Besides being totally awesome, he's a serious bad ass. And, not only can he rock leather, he can kick ass in the daylight.

2. Freaking Scary Vampires - Vampires in general can be pretty damn scary, but I've never been able to forget the vamps from the movie 30 Days of Night. Although there's nothing that especially differentiates them from the standard characteristics, those suckers (pardon the pun), don't give up pillaging for thirty straight days! I think by day two, after wetting my pants on several occasions, I might have just walked outside and said 'I freaking give up.'.


3. Female Vampires - Well, there are a lot of them. But I have to say that I'm a fan of Alice from the Twilight Saga, mostly because she never complains about being a vampire like the rest of them do. Plus seeing the future wouldn't be so bad. At least you'd see the stake coming.
There's also Anita, from the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell.K.Hamilton. She may not be a traditional vampire, but she makes sexy and bad ass seem like a hobby I want to commit to.
Eric Northman
I also can't discount Claudia from Interview with a Vampire. How genius to make a child into a blood drinking fiend! No one suspects the innocent *rubs hands together* she could kill everyone and you'd still buy her candy.

4. Super Hot Vampires - Where to begin? There are so many I'd let sink their fangs into me that I'll try and keep this brief and ... clean. Eric Northman from True Blood, Asher from Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Mircea from the Cassie Palmer novels, Acheron from the Dark Hunter novels, Lestat from Queen of The Damned, Black Hat (AKA Karl Urban) in Priest and ... Yeah, clearly I like a lot of different men ... ehh ... vampires.

Stefan & Damon
5. Woe Is Me Vampires - The Cullen clan from the Twilight Saga and Stefan from Vampire Diaries. Boo hoo. You're a vampire, you're supposed to drink blood - get it into you and not the vegetarian variety.

6. Boring Vampires - The Master Vampire in Salem's lot. I haven't read the book, I was truly worried it would be as boring as the film. But I'm calling this lackluster vamp out because he spent the first two hours of the movie locked in his box and the last one hour just hissing at people.

7. Vampires You Wish You Could Assassinate - Bill from True Blood - Bad hair, pasty skin and serious Sookie issues. Put a stake in my hand and I'll show that joker the meaning of true death.

So that's my vampire list, but truly, I could have added a lot more to each category, especially under Super Hot Vampires, but I suspect I don't get out enough. Anyway, this will be my last post in relation to the November Follower Frenzy, as the next post on Wednesday will be to undoubtedly announce the winners! So let me know what you all think, I'll be sitting here, just waiting ...
Have a good one,

Kristy :)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Follow Friday #8

Happy Friday everyone!
Yes, it’s that time of week again where bloggers unite to participate in the Follow Friday venture. The idea behind #FF is to promote traffic to your own blog, make new friends with other like-minded bloggers and discuss new and interesting topics each week.
Participating is simple. First you need to follow my blog because I’m totally awesome, then you can follow me on Twitter @kristyberridge (actually you don’t have to do this, it’s wishful thinking), but do follow my blog or assassins will get you …
Then you must follow our illustrious hosts Rachel of and Alison of If you want more details on how to enter your own blog in the follow and hop, all directions are on their webpages
Now, once you’ve followed, check out my answer to this week’s questions and don’t forget to leave a comment so I can do the right thing and follow you back!

This week's Question: It's Thanksgiving day in the US, so we want to know what you are thankful for - blogging related of course. Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

Answer: You know, it surprises me how many wonderful people there are out there that support my writing and of course, my blog. To start with I have to thank Holjo at She was the very first blogger willing to support my book The Hunted, including buying her own copies to review and put in a giveaway!
Plus I have too many Twitter supporters to even mention, so I'll stick with my faves - @bookbrats, @alexia_smit, @livin_thru_arts, @DPhilipose, @Denise_Carter, @JuliaIndigo, @jeffreadwrite, @JudeCMahoney, @kellym2372, @mdot417, @Millsyswife, @WriteTheFantasy and @YABookAddict
In terms of books I'm thankful for - that's easy - all of them! I adore to read, it's probably one of the main reasons I started writing in the first place.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A werewolf leads ...

Remus Lupin
In keeping with my November Follower Frenzy Giveaway, I'm going to do a post about my favourite werewolves in books and in film. This brilliant idea came to me last night when I realised that my 'Hunted Series' is full of werewolves, or as I like to call them Vanators!
Anyway, my fictional beasts are pretty bloodthirsty and are often shape-shifting into the human beings they've most recently fed from. They aren't at all interested whether or not they have an eight pack or pretty blue eyes - they're all about the blood and sex.
So in good humour, I thought I'd think about one werewolf that matches every personality trait I can think of. Well, at least until I get bored and give up. Anyway, here we go;

Michael Corvin
1. Hybrid Werewolves - Remus Lupin from 'Harry Potter'. You gotta love a wizard who also moonlights as a werewolf. There's also Michael Corvin in 'Underworld', a vampire cross werewolf blend. He also comes under the category of 'super hot werewolf', but I'm trying to streamline here.

2. Freaking Scary Werewolves - Any of the damn wolves in the movie 'An American Werewolf in Paris' generally make me cringe at the screen, talk about no remorse ... bloody good entertainment (pardon the pun)

3. Female Werewolves - I adore the Riley Jenson novels by Kerry Arthur. There are nine in the series all together, and though I suspect most of my draw to the series is the rudie bits and trash talk, the violence is pretty damn awesome too. Go the kick-ass promiscuous girl with an aversion to silver!

Van Helsing
4. Super-hot Werewolves - Okay, since I'm Aussie, I'm sticking with my home turf, though I doubt many of you would disagree. Simple answer; Hugh Jackman in 'Van Helsing'. Okay, so he might only be a bad ass werewolf for a microsecond in the film, but it was enough to make me want to pet him for life. Also, I'm not going to discount Alcide from True Blood.
Deep voice - check. Super hot freaking gorgeous body - check, check. Would I let him bite me - um, hell yes.

5. Woe is Me Werewolves - Jacob Black from 'Twilight'. Sorry to the Team Jacob fans, but God damn, books or movie, it really doesn't matter. Someone needs to dart that wolf and hose him down - plenty more Bella's in the ocean! Have you ever seen someone with a glistening eight pack looking so unhappy? Please, somebody give the boy some chocolate!

Alcide Herveaux
6. Boring Werewolves - That has to be Lawrence Talbot in the remake of 'The Wolf Man'. Never have I been less entertained, sitting in front of the telly, slapping my knees and praying for decent bloodshed. Yes, I may be slightly disturbed, but lordy lordy lets put those claws and teeth to good use. I'm even okay with it a little slap and tickle as long as the damn wolf does something!

7. Werewolves You Wish You Could Assassinate - Easy answer here is Richard from Laurell.K.Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series of books. Now, I love these books to death, again filled with plenty of action and plenty of ... trysts. But boy what a whining werewolf he is! I personally have a shotgun loaded to blow a hole in the middle of the next book if he pulls another 'emo' stunt again.

Anyway, I'm curious to know what werewolves you love or hate, or just which ones you want to roll around in the grass with. I'm sure there are million others out there that I haven't thought of, but leave a comment - I'm almost positive I'll have an opinion.
Have a good one,

Kristy :)