Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Isaiyan Morrison Talks Different Vampires in Deamhan

Today I am happy to have Isaiyan Morrison stopping by for a guest post. Vampires can be a little overdone lately, so it's always great to get a fresh take on them. Isaiyan is here to tell us more about the Deamhan, and to giveaway several awesome prize packs: 

1st Place Prize Pack
$50 Amazon Gift Card
1 Large Deamhan Shirt
1 box vampire incense (100 grams)
Deamhan Sticker
1 copy of Deamhan (paperback or ebook, winner's choice)
2nd place Prize pack
$20 Amazon Gift Card
1 Large Deamhan Shirt
1 box vampire incense 40 grams
Deamhan Sticker

3rd Place Prize Pack
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Deamhan Sticker

Check out the Rafflecopter code below to win, and be sure to follow Isaiyan on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and read more about her books on her blog. And now I will turn the blog over to Isaiyan!

Thank you for having me on your blog today! I'm excited to explain to you what Deamhan and how they differ from sanguine vampires.

Most readers are familiar with sanguine vampires (bloodsucking vampires.) You read about them all the time. When you think "vampire" you imagine a creature of the night with sharp canines. They avoid the sunlight (depending on what book or movie you watch.) Well, I grew up thinking that this was the only type of vampire and like many writers, I wanted to write about them. However, I didn't want to write about the same thing.

Realizing that there are tons of books out there with the same type of vampire character, I wanted to do something different. I started to research and after a few months I found some surprising things.

I didn't know that other different types of vampires existed. I learned about vampires that feed off of psychic energy. For example, Lamias (also spelled Lahmians) are related to the Queen Lamia (or the child of Poseidon, depending on where you read the tale) who was turned into a demon and now devours children. Lugat originates from Albania. They feed on their victims energy (or blood, each source is different,) just enough so that they don't kill them. Some vampires can shapesshift, they don't have pointy teeth, and they can roam during the day time. I found these type of vampires interesting and I decided that I wanted to write about that.

After gathering as much information as I could, I had to chose what type of psychic vampire I thought fit into my story. I couldn't also ignore their weaknesses and because there were so many, I had to pick and choose which ones easily fit into the world I created.

After the dust settled, I focused on eight different types and I narrowed that down further to four:

Ramanga - Live off the psychic energy in human blood. They have retractable and sharp canine teeth.

Lamia - Feed by draining the psychic energy from their victim’s mouths, sucking them into dry husks.

Metusba - Feed from the psychic aura of their victims around them. They don’t have to kill their victims to live.

Lugat - Feed on the psychic imprints of their victims and like the Metusba, they don’t need to kill their victims to live. Often, the Lugat Deamhan prefer to move freely in the human world and enjoy human company.

Deamhan are mean and ruthless. They don't cry about their existence. They kill to survive, if they have to, and majority of the time they like it. Survival is their main goal and an important aspect of their nature.

Researching and writing the novel took about 10 years (I did drag my feet for a few of those years) but I'm proud to say that I've finally accomplished what I wanted to do from the beginning. I've written a creative novel, different from any other vampire novel, with the focus on psychic vampires. I gave them the spotlight and now it's time for them to shine.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Her soft golden skin, her warm smile…these are the only images Veronica Austin has left of her mother who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago on the streets of Minneapolis while researching the Ramanga, the Lamia, the Metusba, and the Lugat. Known only as the Deamhan, they are a different breed from the modern bloodsucking vampire.

A stranger to this world,  Veronica’s search for the truth about her mother’s unexplained disappearance takes her into their sinister and precarious world. She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it’s her own father, president of a ruthful organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.
Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/JvXvINwJpH0



  1. Thanks for sharing the great book. Thanks for sharing it and the great giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for having me on your blog!