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Monday, October 22, 2012

Just Vamps Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations Julie K.

Check your inbox for your copy of

Just Vamps!

A big thanks out to everyone that participated!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just Vamps Blog Hop

Welcome vampire lovers! Throughout history vampire lore has survived the test of time and into the twenty-first century. In ancient times, vampires were sought out, hunted and killed. Now whether or not the victims were indeed vampires we'll never know, but it's interesting to delve into the history that surrounds this mythological creature of the night.

The advent of the cinema has more than kept the lore alive, it has defined it. Today, vampires in books and movies vary in strengths and weaknesses. They are in fact a very versatile creatures. 

The cinema has also turned what once was feared and hated into desirable, sexy, and sensual creatures. With each new book and movie released we see an ancient being re-written and redefined, thus our love affair with them continues on.

Thirteen of us can attest to the power and allure of vampires. We each will have a different story to tell and I can guarantee they will be rich with sex, sensuality and a character we will fall in love with.

So take a ride with us as we celebrate this iconic figure with our words in Just Vamps. This anthology releases today, October 17th by Evernight Publishing, just in time to give us a healthy dose of vampire love for Halloween.


 Visit Evernight Publishing by clicking here!  

One lucky winner will receive a free copy of Just Vamps!

This is an easy blog hop. Simply:

1. Like the Just Vamps Fan Page here.


2. Leave me a comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

3. Visit the other authors in this hop using the Linky List at the end of this post.


I will chose a winner by random drawing at the
end of this hop!



 Once Upon a Fantasy by Hennessee Andrews

Blurb:  Miles Ashbury believes her fantasy man is a figment of her wild imagination. What she doesn't realize it that he is not only real, but her fantasies call him from across the pond to her doorstep. Meet Demetrius Madaras, ancient vampire coming to claim the heart that seeks him.












Monday, October 15, 2012

Just Vamps Anthology

Good morning! It's Monday.....again. Sigh. The good news is Just Vamps will be released in two days from Evernight Publishing! Yah! 

This is the first anthology I've been a part of and I honestly can't wait to read what the other twelve authors have written. Yes, there's 13 of us, my lucky number!


As you can see, there is a great line up of authors! 
  
Official Blurb: Blood, sex, and love. You shouldn't always run away from things that go bump in the night...

Evernight presents thirteen erotic vampire tales to sink your teeth into. Follow the moon's glow through the shadows and let these delicious immortal alphas show you just how satisfying eternal life can be.

My story is called, Once Upon a Fantasy. 

Blurb:  Miles Ashbury believes her fantasy man is a figment of her wild imagination. What she doesn't realize it that he is not only real, but her fantasies call him from across the pond to her doorstep. Meet Demetrius Madaras, ancient vampire coming to claim the heart that seeks him.


Want to read blurbs from other authors? Check out the Just Vamps Fan Page! http://www.facebook.com/JustVampsAnthology

 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Evernight Birthday Blog Hop Winners for Hennessee Andrews

Good morning! Wow, the blog hop ended last night and I hope everyone had a great time, I know I did.

By random drawing:

Congratulations Shadow Kohler!
You won the 1st prize!
You get the vampire slaying necklace and a copy of Just Vamps when it releases Oct. 17th!





Congratulations Marie!
You won a copy of any ebook I have published, including Just Vamps that will be out soon!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by and participated in this hop. I love getting to know you and enjoy reading your comments!

Good luck to all in Evernight's Birthday Blog Hop Grand prize drawing!    

Monday, October 8, 2012

Evernight Publishing Birthday Blog Hop




Welcome to the Evernight Publishing birthday blog hop!

Evernight Publishing opened its doors two years ago. In those two years we’ve signed over one hundred and sixty authors and published over three hundred books. From paranormal to contemporary, we’ve had more best sellers than we can count and made thousands of people smile, sigh and gasp. So, as a thank you to all our readers and everyone who has supported us, we’re holding this blog hop and we have a whole lot of prizes to offer you.

Here's how it works... the more blogs you hop to (shown below) the more chance you have of winning prizes. Each author on the hop is offering a prize and Evernight is offering the following grand prizes, a Kindle, a $100 Amazon gift certificate, two Evernight swag bags (which includes a tote, a tee, vouchers, a mug and other coolness) and a personalized Facebook banner. To be in with a chance of winning the author prize simply follow the blog you're visiting and leave a comment which includes your email address. Each entry on each blog is then counted towards the grand prize draw. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning a grand prize! You also get extra points for liking the Evernight Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/evernightpublishing. Just make sure you let us know in the comments that you've done so.

Good luck and happy hopping!

Welcome to my blog! I'm Hennessee Andrews for those just getting to know me. I write for Evernight Publishing and Siren Publishing. Previous to Evernight, I have three books published with Siren. You can read the excerpts from my books by clicking the tab above. I enjoy writing erotic romance. LOL, its actually my favorite genre to write. I have other books in the works and oodles of ideas daily. I'm surrounded by a fabulous group of writers and publishers, so be sure to check out what they have to offer. 

On to the good stuff! I love to show my appreciation to readers in a unique way with unique finds. I adore Etsy and love to help out fellow artisans trying to make their way with one of a kind creations. To celebrate the release this month of JUST VAMPS that I am a part of, I'm giving away the most fabulous necklace via Etsy! 




Isn't this the cutest thing you've ever seen???? This pendant comes with stakes to kill a vampire, mallet, cross, bottle of holy water, and an actual mini book written by creator's husband on how to kill a vampire! The chest hangs from a bat above and measures 7/8" tall, 1 3/8" wide. It is hung from a gold plated chain. Such talent and imagination right here! 
This piece was created by Sandrandan Jewelry. You can see her work by clicking here.

My first prize winner will receive the awesome necklace and a copy of Just Vamps that comes out Oct. 17th!
My second place winner will receive a book of their choice from anything I have written in any format (except print). 


All you have to do is leave me a comment! You can tell me why you love vampires, why you love Halloween or even tell me how fabulous this contest is. It's up to you what you write, but remember, all comments here and at the other authors blogs participating get put in to win the grand prize from Evernight Publishing! The more authors you visit the better because that's how they will choose their winner. 

What are you waiting for? Get hopping!


 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Just because I'm a geek

Since I adore history and Norse mythology I wanted to share fascinating facts about ancient history that still survives today. I love ancient history and early religions and crack up because so many beliefs and stories from ancient times have been borrowed and re-written into other religions, namely Christianity. And who was it that hated Pagans and all they stood for? You guessed it. So for me to see how much survived to this day and time is really cool. I've said it before....I'm a geek.

It should come as no surprise to some that so much of our lives today are still filled with traditions and names that came from these myths, or i.e. ancient religions. For instance, our days of the week are named after mythological figures. So some of your are thinking, "Yeah, right." No, really. Some of you already knew that, so bravo geeks.

The Norse Gods


Monday in Norse beliefs is devoted to a moon goddess. The name comes from monandaeg, "the moons day".  The second day of the month was sacred.

Tuesday to the Norse is named for Tyr, Tyr's Day. The Romans named Tuesday after their war god Mars.

Wednesday is devoted to Odin, also known as Wodan and Woden, therefore Woden's Day. The Romans on the other hand named the day for their god Mercury.

Thursday is Thor's Day, devoted to the Norse god. The Romans named it after Jupiter.

Friday is Frigg's Day or Freya's Day, devoted to the Norse goddess. The Romans devoted it to the goddess Venus.

Saturday is Saturn's Day, named after the Roman god also known as Chronos. This god was apparently the one and the same in Norse. Either way, it stuck.

Sunday is named for the Roman holiday Sun's Day. It is also called Dominica in Latin, referring to the Day of God.

What I find most interesting is that Sunday had been held as a day for God or a god in ancient times and still is. Whether it be one religion or another, most observed it as such. 

Roman gods


The Romans have gods and goddess that upon further inspection are very similar in personality and status as Norse gods and goddess's. For me they are almost one and the same, yet transformed over time to fit a cultures beliefs and ideals. Call me crazy, I don't care.

Do you want to know more? Let's discuss the months of the year. Anyone know how they got their names? I'll tell you.

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings.

February is named for the Roman festival Februa. It was a purification festival and was held on the fifteen of the month.

March is named after Mars, the Roman god of War.

April is named after the Latin term Aprilis, meaning a time of fertility. April is the month we begin to see plants spring up.

May is named after Maia, the goddess of growth and increase. Makes sense, doesn't it?

June is a little more iffy. Two beliefs surface. One is that June is named after Jupiter's wife, the Queen of Heaven or Queen of mighty ones. It also believed that maybe June was named after Junius Brutus.

July was named after none other than Julius Caesar.

August is named after Octavius Augustus Caesar.

September is wierd in that it is derived from septem, a Latin word meaning seven.

October is similar to September in that its name is derived from the Latin root octo, meaning eight.

November is from the Latin novem, meaning ninth.

December is from the Latin decem, meaning ten.

The last four months are numerical named and go back to the early Roman calendar where that was the number where they fell on the calendar.

Anyway, my point is this, long lost beliefs that are considered myth today are still a part of our lives. Even through the Dark Ages and the rise of Christianity these names stayed the same.

Next time you want to say, "Thank goodness its Friday!" keep in your head, "Thank goodness its Frigg's Day!" 



Monday, October 1, 2012

Wicked and Naughty Nuns




We have all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  That is sound advice.  Consider nuns for instance.  We expect gentle, god loving beings doing good deeds.  Somewhat like Mother Teresa right?  Not always!





     If you're somewhat like me, when you think of nuns you picture the pious keepers of the faith such as those pictured above. Upon research I have found that nuns are not all created the same, nor do they have the same values. Read on and meet the naughty line up of nuns that fell into temptation in one form or another.

            A 26-year old nun and a 43-year old priest were caught doing the naughty in a parked vehicle at the Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi.  Apparently they needed to pleasure the flesh!

Police claimed they noticed the vehicle, “shaking in a funny way.”  Er, duh!  What did they think was going on inside the car?  Twister?

The unlikely duo received six months hard labor and jail time but it was suspended by the judge because they had both shown remorse for their actions.  The priest said he was tempted by Satan. Well, hell if that works we should all try that lame excuse if we’re ever arrested.

“Judge, I apologize for getting drunk and pissing on a patrol car. I also apologize for not paying my last twenty parking tickets, and.....I was tempted by Satan.”  Case dismissed!



Well, we can all agree that living the life of a eunuch would be difficult at best.  So should we forgive this priest and nun?  Of course we should, they would tell us to do so.  And besides, sex is great! Just ask them.

It would seem that nuns have other weaknesses besides sex.  Take for instance two nuns from Musaka, Uganda, Sister Nanteza and Sister Rita.  These two were busted growing oodles of pot at the Bwanda Covenant on a banana plantation.  If that wasn’t enough Sister Nanteza attacked the police for entering the covenant without permission.  Uh, sorry Sister, smacking a police officer is probably as bad of an offense in Uganda as the US.  

Maybe she was mad she got caught.  Hell, who isn’t sorry when they get caught!  By the way, they claimed the plants were for the pigs and other livestock and not for sale.  Okay, whatever you say, sister!
 

Apparently nuns in Chennai, India like to handle the green gold as well.  St. Anne Sister Anastasia was arrested for trying to smuggle pot into a prison in Madurai.  Her intention was to give the pot to a prisoner infected with AIDS.  Well, there is another saying now that comes to mind.  Ah, yes.  “No good deed goes unpunished!”


Not all misconduct by nuns were on foreign soil, huh, not even close!  Here in the good ol’ United States a nun was charged with embezzling close to one million dollars!  “Holy shit!”  You say and I concur!   






“Thou shalt not steal.”  To the left is our smiling nun Sister Marie Thornton.  Ah, isn’t she sweet?  The sister netted around $850,000 from the Iona College.  Another source claims the amount was $1.2 million.  What the hell ever, either amount is still a lot of money and oh, yeah, wrong to steal.  

Sister Marie Thornton claimed the money as expenses.  Wow, that is some expensive expenses!  What the hell?  Was there no one noticing expenditures, like, I don’t know an accountant?  

In the defense of the college, Sister Marie Thornton embezzled the money over 10 years.  So that basically equals $85,000 per year.  So we still want to know, “What the f*ck?”   Why would a sister need $85,000 a year in expenses?  Did she fly to Guam a hundred times and feed the poor?  Buy a thousand new habits?  Nope, a coach at the college stated that she had a gambling problem.  Well, Id guess so!

In the end she faced four years in prison and was fired from her job, but nothing so far had mentioned restitution.  Hello, again!  If Joe Blow embezzled $850,000 you’d better believe his ass would be paying restitution.  By the way, she has pleaded not guilty. 

I'm just shaking our head over this one.  So far we have read of a priest and nun having sex, totally understandable.  Nuns growing pot and smuggling pot, okay, it is against the law but they didn’t inhale.  Our Sister Marie Thornton is badass number one so far, but let’s see what else we can uncover.

Here we go, a saucy nun.  Really, this one likes the sauce!  So much in fact she was arrested for DWI in Wantagh, NY with a blood alcohol content of 0.18.  Her adventure contained side-swiping vehicles and driving through lawns!  Funny.  I laughed too.  She even hit a tree.  The bad part was children had to get the hell out of her way.  Ah, Sister Lauren Hanley you are a naughty and reckless nun aren’t you?




Apparently her drinking started around 3:00pm at her place of employment.  Where would that be you ask?  At St. Frances de Chantal where she works as a spiritual director of course.  Ideally, being a spiritual director could be stressful.  The exhausting task of trying to lift peoples spirits and spread good will must be excruciating work especially in this day and time.  But damn lady, running through a group of kids?

Later she was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and faced only a maximum of one year in prison. 




Did you do a double take with the embezzling nun and our drunk nun and believe they were one and the same person?  I did too, but no they are not.


The list gets naughtier! An eighty-year old former nun was brought up on charges of sexual abuse dating back to the 1960’s.  Sister Norma Giannini pleaded no contest to the charges of felony counts of indecent behavior with a child. 

It should have read children as there were numerous instances, some 200 instances!  Seems the sister was a horny hussy in the sixties.  Well, so was half the nation at the time.  But teenage boys? Below is the horny sister Norma Giannini then and in 2008.
















The sister was sentenced to serve one year and ten years probation for her indiscretions.








Sometimes a nuns believe they doing good only to find out otherwise.  Take Sister Margaret Anthony in 2009.




It seems the good sister tried to protect a homeless man wielding an ice pick from police.  One officer said, “She was loud. She was belligerent. She was defiant.” 

Really?  Does that about cover it?

The protective sister was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.  

I think she is a badass nun, because who else would put their selves in from of an apparent upset homeless person with an ice pick?  I bet she knows karate or some kind of other kick ass self defense.  Go Sister!

Well, so far we have had a badass mix of sins by women of the cloth. You may wonder if there's more. Of course!

Many have heard of nuns cracking students with a ruler when they misbehave, but have you heard of a nun that smacks kids with hairbrushes?  

Sister Alphonso aka Marie Docherty is that nun.  She worked at the Nazareth House children’s home in Aberdeen from 1965 to 1980.  During her time her abuses racked up and by 2000, hundreds of former residents had plenty of stories to tell.

One girl was hit by the sister and knocked into a radiator while another was force fed sweets and had a pair of shitty underwear thrown at her.  Okay, so that is rather mild shit.  The abuse varied greatly.  One girl was shoved off a swing which smashed four of her front teeth.  Yet another was force fed tapioca pudding, steak and kidney pie.  Yeah, yuk!  But hang on the yuk factor increases!  One woman reported that the sweet sister made her eat her own vomit!


To end my tale of naughty nuns all I can say is, "Don't judge a book by its cover!" As we can see, no one is immune from sin....No one.