Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Comic-Con Swag Pack Theme Two: The Vamp Pack


Today's Pack is all about the paranormal. Mostly vamps, but the werewolves and zombies aren't being slighted, either. Coming to you in the official bag from Penguin ACE/ROC. And what's inside?

A variety of posters including True Blood AND Vampire Academy*; postcards covering all the aspects of paranormal and beyond; fake fangs; temporary tattoos, including fang holes, blood, and True Blood "statements"; teen terror stickers from Darren Shan; autographed copy of "Timeless Shadows" by J.A. Ferguson; bookmarks, including one signed by J.F. Lewis; Monster High school banner; the "get" small bag of the con, the Vlad Tod bag (orange on black); buttons; sample chapters from a variety of upcoming paranormals; and an ARC of "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer! Book comes out in October -- you get it NOW.

So tell me -- why are you the right person to tackle the paranormal elements over all the other Hook Me Up! paranormal investigators out there?

Remember, I know who the Hook Me Up! subscribers are, so you can comment away, but it'll only do you good (and the HMU! gang knows why it'll do them good) if you're a subscriber. It's not too late, of course. Send an email to gini@ginikoch.com with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line you can find out how to enter and win!


*ETA: Okay, I said "Vampire Diaries" originally, but you know, see one Vampire title, seen 'em all, and it's actually the "Vampire Academy" poster. It's wicked cool, so I know y'all won't mind, but just in case, truth in advertising and all that, it's Academy, not Diary. Now, back to the Swag Begging.

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Blogger Barbara said...

I am the first poster and on the ball today...you need that to conquor those vampires...so give me the prize...lol

August 3, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Dovichi said...

I deserve the Vamp Pack because "first is worst" and "second is best"

Heaven help the person who interjects before I can hit "publish comment"

August 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Tabitha Michelle said...

Ohhh I would love to win this one!
To be quite honest, I have been trying to get my hands on Nightshade FOREVER! I've heard sooo many great things about it. Also, I am obsessed with The Vampire Diaries! And, today is my birthday! So I'm hoping for the birthday luck I was talking to you about on Twitter! :D

August 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

It's my Un-birthday which goes more along the lines of the Un-dead!! I vant to have the vamp pack or I'll suck you're blood *in my best Dracula imitation*

August 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

I am OBSESSED enough with vampires that I took it as a college course! I am definitely the best, only and mostest coolest choice for this swag bag.
I know why it is a bite on the neck. I know why a vampire cannot see his reflection. I know why he must be invited in. All the way back from Bram to earlier origins.
And I am willing to BEG!!!

August 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Pleeeeeaaaaasssseeeeeee! Pretty please, please, please with bloody cherries on top to suck the life from!!!!!!!!!

August 3, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Becky Boyer said...

I would love to win this swag pack because it would be awsome to win the ARC of "Nightshade." I like the fact that there are so many ways to write about/view vampires. This pack should go to me because: I've got a bottle of Tru Blood on my desk right now, I like reading about vampires and I've liked vampires ever since the Count on Sesame Street. :)

August 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous SylviaSybil said...

I've been fascinated with vampires since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and I love watching how the mythos has spread and grown. From a creature that was essentially a bloodsucking zombie, to a sex god villain to a horror figure and now in recent days to sex god hero. And I love it when I read a recent vampire book with a callback to some of the earlier myths, such as a dhampyr being the only one who can identify a vampire. I feel like I'm in on an inside joke.

August 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Zombies?! If there's zombies in there, you should pick me! Clobbering zombies is my specialty.

August 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Lucky's Luna said...

I should win this awesome pack because I love everything paranormal! I even am signed up for a ghost hunting meet up and have been on ghost hunting tour. I love everything paranormal, got a big soft spot for vampires! I love True Blood, got two giant True Blood posters in my wall so I can admire Sookie and Bill every night before I sleep! I also deserve it because I would proudly wear those temporary tattoos of fang holes and fake fangs all the time for fun, not just for Halloween! I love paranormal so much, Dark Horse is easily my favorite Comic brand. Finally give it to me because I'm a poor unemployed college graduate that is too broke to buy awesome stuff!

August 3, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

@Amber -- that was a pathetic attempt at begging.

I should get the swag because I'm a direct descendant of the stable boy that worked in Count Dracula's stables and Mary Reilly.


August 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

@ Lisa
I guess you couldn't see me on my knees with giant puss in boots eyes, eh?
Well, since Vlad the Impaler is my great, great, great, great, really great uncle on my mother's side and is credited for my family's ability to mesmerize, I still out qualify you. Sorry bout that.
Kiss, kiss. Hiss, hiss.
The count rocks! Von, two, wah ha ha.
I love Halloween and the paranormal side of life so much that I had my son on Oct 31st and my daughter on a full moon.
I too can double tap.

August 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

@Amber -- mesmerize shmesmerize you ain't got skillz enough for the swag pack!

I do.

That was my father's side. I didn't tell you about my mother's side's heritage. My mother was a succubus. (snort -- get it suck? vampires? Man I kill me).

That should definitely earn me the vamp pack swag!!!

August 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Patti (Book Addict) said...

Hi Gini, I live in the vampire and ghost capitol of America (New Orleans) - I'm definitely in the right place to tackle your vampire/ghosts/paranormal bag! Plus fighting the kids for the temp tattoos and stickers will be great for my cardio!

August 3, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Sharli said...

I should win because I'm a huge paranormal fan and what better way to learn all the tricks for vamp slaughtering than reading paranormal from the best?
Oh and have you heard of a huy named Van Helsing?? Yeah, he got all his skills from me ;)

August 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

@Lisa Schmesmerize? See? It's already working on you. And, really, the only one I need to mesmerize is Gini. Hence the Puss-n-Boots eyes. Succubus are awesome. I'll give you that. Thankfully, I have my husband to help as he is a ghost hunter AND a witch. Since I am also psychic, I feel it only fair to warn you all now, it's already in the swag bag.

August 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous HistorySleuth said...

Why am I the right person to tackle the paranormal elements over all the other Hook Me Up! paranormal investigators out there?

Because I'm a historian and really do investigate haunted houses. In fact, I am doing an article on Spiritualism, and interviewed three home owners who all had a story to tell. My job now is to research the houses further and find out who it could be!

August 3, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Pen said...

Oooohhh...the Vamp Pack! I deserve to win because I have been hopelessly obsessed with sexy vampires since The Lost Boys (mmmmmmmm) and I'm not ashamed to admit it! :-)

August 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

I'll just say that since I'm the only Real Paranormal investigator then it stands to reason I should have the Vamp Pack. Happy investigating.
Carol L.

August 4, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger WickedLilPixie said...

What no blood included Gini? LOL

August 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Because I'm a member of http://www.fetidus.org/
If you like zombies....

August 4, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Because I am a Vampire!!! really, I am! ask any of my friends... they never see me in day light, I guarantee you that =P

August 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Becky - me too seriously about all those things! one two three ha, ha, ha
Gini - I asked Grasshopper what does he think happens when the moon is full and he said to me "You turn into a vampire."

August 4, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Lucky's Luna said...

@ Amber-That's really cool you had your son on Halloween and daughter on the full moon. If I had kids I would love to give them Comic Con related character names, like Castiel from Supernatural, it sounds so cool!

@Pen-Are you excited about the new Lost Boys movie? Lost Boys:The Thirst. The trailer looks pretty good.

August 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger jaymzangel said...

I need to win this because I LOVE vampires & everything paranormal, have since I was in elementary school. plus I need it to console me in my sorrow. my friend had hottie Steve Gonsalves from Ghost Hunters IN HER HOUSE! and didn't bother to tell me about it till he was gone, the cow! *SOB*

August 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Is it bad if the main reason I want this pack is for the ARC of Nightshade? AND the JF Lewis bookmark? *grin*

August 4, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger WickedLilPixie said...

Why am I right to tackle this? Because Vampires are what got me into this whole mess of reviewing. I was innocent before the vampires came. Damn them for starting an addiction.

August 4, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

True Blood and Vampire Diaries posters ? Awesome. Such great prize packs. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L.

August 4, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Did I mention Nocturnal is my middle name? Yep, Amber Nocturnal Scott. For Vlad and my being born on the autumn equinox. It's hard not to flaunt the edge I have in this swag off. :}

@Lucky's Luna: Thank you! Perhaps online I will give them Comicon names to protect their real, uber cool ones. Hmmmm.

August 4, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

me likey vampires....especially hot cute ones! But honestly...I'd prefer the aliens any day - ha!

August 4, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
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August 4, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger mbreakfield said...

Oh, I love me some vampires and I've never been to a convention. Please pick me.

August 5, 2010 at 3:18 AM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

@Amber -- Oh yeah? My middle name is Succulent!! Lisa Succulent Dovichi -- for my mom being a succubus and for Dracula thinking my Stable Boy ancestor tasted good. I think I have nocturnal beat!

Just saying.

August 5, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

You don't want Succulent as a middle name! That makes you zombie bait!
You should have a strong name that inspires fear!
Like: Sullivan Zombie Basher McPig!
or Sullivan Chainsaw McPig

Well, you get the idea

August 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

@Sully -- yeah but what does that have to do with sucking and/or vampires??? This is a vamp pack silly pig not a zombie pack which I would say hands down you should win. :P

August 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Quote: Mostly vamps, but the werewolves and zombies aren't being slighted, either.

See!!! That means there's zombies in there too! And you just made yourself zombie bait!
And I hope Gini reads your comment and gives me extra points for it.

August 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude I want the Vampire Academy and True Blood posters like woah!Seriously. I will be the best assistant you ever had. Plus I will be the personal Trainer. And postcard mailer. And I will mop the floors.
See perfect reasons to pick me even if it is luck of the draw.....

August 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

@LilyofDarkness: Hey, no fair! I live too far away to make promises like that and make Gini believe I'll actually keep them.

August 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger cissikat said...

Hmm, why am I the right person?! Because I live in the Center of the Universe and yet am totally ignored in the whole scheme of things! Sadly, the paranormal tends to pass me by even though I go looking for zombies (saw a few at the store) and werewolves (only the real wolves in the forest here) but I keep perservering! Maybe, if I win....my luck will change?!

August 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

@Lisa: Don't make me break out my necromancy grimoire. Just sayin...:}

August 7, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

@Amber: Oh, yes! Do that and summon some zombies so we can see who's the best zombie basher!

August 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Lucky's Luna said...

@Sullivan if I see zombies when I take the dog out in the morning, I know who to blame :P

August 8, 2010 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

@Lucky's Luna: Amber obviously as she summoned them ;-)

August 8, 2010 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Today, my five year old son proved I deserve this swag. He drew vampire fangs on Cinderella and gave her "blood hair". That's my boy!

August 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

@Amber: Ok, I have to admit, you deserve an extra point that.

August 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

I need this swag pack since I have given birth to a Banshee hellion vampire that is trying to suck the life out of me...and she was born 9 years ago in July on Friday the 13th. I feel the book will be a necessary manual for the teenage years when I am tempted to stake her instead of unleashing her on the unsuspecting populace!

My son resembles a zombie who is constantly looking for brains to eat, since he is only 6 and seems to have none of his own. My only defense against his attempts at eating my brains are to distract him with words like penis, farts and poop!

Please help...oh crap...they are coming....dear God.....oh Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

August 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Ah, the zombie and vampire ate Kelly so no need to include her in the giveaway anymore.

August 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

Shhhhh.....I am hiding in the closet! Still alive if you get this transmission! Still want this swag pack, but may need to send in National Guard members to deliver it!

August 10, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Shoot! Ehm... shoot the zombies I mean, I didn't mean 'Shoot, she's still alive'. Honestly *whistles innocently*

August 11, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

I think I smell bacon....

August 11, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Bacon!? *faints*

August 12, 2010 at 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

ummm...that would be "fry" pig...not "faints"...cause pork is good zombie distraction food...

(evil laughing heard faintly as the closet door closes)

August 12, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Ha! Just try and fry me, as that will mean you have to get out of that closet and I won't be helping you when those monsters attack!

August 13, 2010 at 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

@Kelly: ROFL!!!
@McPig: Run, Sully, run!!!

August 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Lucky's Luna said...

Wow I never thought I would read about bacon on a vampire post, seems like the total opposite of sexy vampires!

August 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Luna, well I'm sure if vampires can't eat bacon that they would still like the smell of it anyway. :)

August 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

The next human talking about bacon is going to smell what human flesh smells like when being grilled! Even zombies aren't as rude as you guys/girls.

@Amber: at least someone is concerned about me. Thanks.

August 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Lucky's Luna said...

@Becky, that might be true, maybe make some Bacon cologne to lure the vampires, "A Bite of Bacon"

August 13, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

*lights up the bbq to roast some human flesh*

August 14, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

Yes Sully, run! Run fast and far...I did make it out of the closet - I was locked in there for days...and now I am hungry! Not for brains - my zombie son didn't get me and not for blood as my vampire daughter is more interested in biting the boy 2 streets over - oh no....I am hungry for BACON!!!!! Or pork sausage, or pork chops or pulled pork with bbque sause....or hot pork hotdogs....or spiral cut HAM with maple glaze!!!

Run pig...RUN!!!!!

August 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

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