Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Day Unto Night by TammyJo Eckhart

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Day Unto Night by TammyJo Eckhart. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author regarding vampires! There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Day Unto Night
Author: TammyJo Eckhart
Publisher: Liminal Books
Publication Date: October 19th 2021
Print Length: 358 pages
Genre: Paranormal Horror
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A Sumerian child named Ningai survives the murder of her entire family and cries out to her people’s gods, who answer her prayer in an unexpected way. Now, as the first of the Akhkharu, the living dead, Ningai embarks on a journey across the millennia to rebuild what she lost. The best of her offspring must maintain some shred of goodness to prove worthy to their Child-Mother while fighting the deadly impulses of their kind. Join their journeys across time in a series of interconnected stories from the earliest cities to a brutal future where humans are mere pawns in the hands of near gods. Like all of us, Ningai and the best of her children will stop at nothing to protect her family. Can they succeed before they lose what’s left of their humanity, or will all of humanity become enslaved to the Akhkharu forever?

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EXCERPT:
Jack sat up on the roof of what had once been the Library of Congress, looking out toward the ocean, which he could not see, even with his improved eyesight. A century ago, he may have been dismo, thinking about the waves, his board, and the feeling of it all, but now he couldn’t even clearly remember what “dismo” meant. Only a deep, tiny twinge flickered through his heart when he reached up to caress his buzzed blond hair that resembled his master’s own haircut. He’d changed his hairstyle within a few decades of his transformation into wardum, not because Cornelius had commanded it, as he doubted the Akhkharu even noticed his hair, but because he’d caught the looks and comments other vampires and their servants had been giving him as he’d circulated within the dark venues of the Night Kingdom.

No, there wasn’t much left of surfer dude Jack anymore.

He’d been replaced with someone more focused on the almighty texts that they protected and censored below. Jack glanced down and saw the flicker of light, so he stood, then bounded down the roof and the side of the building to meet his contact below.

No, Jack wasn’t just some vampire’s obedient slave, at least not in these moments.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, is the published author of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, horror, and historical fiction. Her non-fiction works covering subjects ranging from history to alternative sexuality to relationship advice and the challenges of trauma recovery. She holds a PhD in Ancient History with doctoral minors in Gender & Sexuality and Folklore. Her blog, The Chocolate Cult, has been the go-to guide for chocolate lovers since 2009. She loves visiting conventions as well as organizations to read, sell books, or share her experiences and insights on various topics in the form of lectures or workshops.

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GUEST POST:
The Logic of Becoming a Vampire
By TammyJo Eckhart ©2021


I started watching horror television and movies and reading horror fiction at a young age. Vampires drew my attention. I never felt connected to the victims. That didn’t mean I also felt connected to the vampire; sometimes I just wanted to be the hunter. It entirely depends on who created them, whether writer, director, or actor: what mythos they were using or had constructed, and how they told their story.

In most cases, I would not want to become a vampire simply because they are often tied to deals with the devil, the loss of one’s soul, or some incarnation of evil. I don’t see myself as that sort of person. Most vampires that make a mark in popular culture are male and reinforce patriarchy; even the female ones are often submissive to a master masculine vampire. No, thanks, that’s pretty much the regular mortal world, so why would I want that for eternity?

If the vampire isn’t that thoroughly negative, she’s usually incapable of honest emotions or is overcome by bloodlust. In the past few decades, it’s become increasingly common for vampires to go from fiends to angst-ridden eternal adolescents, sometimes caring so much that they can hardly function anymore or are just one slip away from becoming that horrific monster again. I don’t want any more therapy, not even with centuries of extra time. I like to be in control of myself and of others.

That last point is one reason why I’m open to becoming a vampire. I know that I’m good at being in charge and that I can be trusted as the dominant entity in a relationship. I’m not afraid to gather information, weigh all possible outcomes, make the call, and enforce my decision. If I had power that went beyond just my personality, imagine what I could accomplish.

Being willing to be in charge and having the power to be in charge aren’t the only reasons I’d want to be a vampire. I’m a historian. I would love to have the sheer time and potential to build up the resources, economic and material, to dive into history, to experience it and then analyze it as no other historian could. There is a chance that seeing the repeated cycles of human societies might be sad and enraging, but I think one could also celebrate the slow steady progress that was being made.

Is there a vampire type out there that could satisfy what I’m looking for and make it worth my becoming one of them? I created it in the Allamudi family of vampires in Day Unto Night. The viewpoint Allamudi, Cornelius, is on a journey to become the type of creature I’d want to be if I were a vampire, and he does get there.

The reasons I’m attracted to undead life as an Allamudi are multifold. They’re chosen because they’re smart and value knowledge. I’d like to think I’m smart, and I certainly value knowledge. They must be willing to collect, evaluate, use, and reassess information as a historian. Allamudi are also valued for their interests and skills. Other vampires and mortals give them information and objects all the time; they even acquire the means to store them, and all of that is important. All of the mental manipulations that a vampire can do are available to Allamudi, but they don’t necessarily need to use them when they’re seen as holders of the past.

But they need not be limited to the past. They can be scientists, generals, queens, or any role that requires the accumulation of information and the use of it. They can also acquire knowledge of all types: practical, speculative, sensual, or metaphysical. If it requires any thinking, there is an Allamudi out there who loves to study and use it. All of that is appealing to me because it allows me to have a wide range of interests, just as I do in my mortal life.

Allamudi can also have personal and deeply passionate relationships. Sure, they can be based purely on what they can gain, just as with any type of vampire, or human being, for that matter. There’s no reason why the connection can’t be deeper. That creates a complex character that I know I could be comfortable with being for eternity.
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GIVEAWAY:
TammyJo Eckhart will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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65 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. Hi, Siehan, thanks for joining me on my third day on this book blog tour. I hope you get a chance to read the book. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer, I just don't want to spoil anything for you so I might have to be a bit vague on details.

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    1. Hello, Sherry, I'm glad you're joining us today. I hope you do get the opportunity to read the book. It was one of my writing challenges I give myself and I'm blessed that Liminal Press took a risk on publishing it.

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  3. The cover photo is scary! thank you for this giveaway and best of luck with the book....

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    1. Hi, Michele, nice to meet you. Thank you for joining us today. You made me so happy by saying the cover is scary. Adult don't take Ningai seriously enough, so I wanted her to look scary on that cover.

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  4. Hello, everyone! Thank you, Heather, for being a stop on day 3 of my book blog tour this week!

    I'm the author of this book and I'll be around looking forward to chatting with you all and answering any questions you might have.

    I'm signed in this way so I can get notifications of your comments, but the title relates to another love of mine and my own blogspot page: The Chocolate Cult.

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    1. You're welcome <3 and thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, too, Heather.

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  5. Sounds like a really exciting book. Congratulations on it's release.

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    1. Thank you, Peg. This is my fifth novel, my 13th published book... I wonder if there is dark connection to the fact that it is my first vampire novel to be released?

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  6. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  7. Nice to meet you, Thomas! Jack and Cornelius are an interesting pair in the book. That chapter reveals some secrets of importance to us lowly mortals.

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  8. I enjoyed reading your guest post and am looking forward to discovering your particular vampire lore through reading your book. Is this story strictly a stand alone or do you have a sequel or series in mind?

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    1. Thank you for this question, Bea!

      Right now, the book is stand alone though epic.

      If it sales well enough and Liminal wanted to put out more books, I have one started that narrows the viewpoint down to just one of the couples in the book -- Sara and Daedalus. There story would be firmly within the "Night" when the world is completely controlled by Akhkharu, vampires.

      However, next year begins I have a science fiction series beginning with Liminal Press and I have four books contracted for that at this point.

      I would return to The character in Day Unto Night if there was enough interest to make it worth my writing time.

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    2. That's awesome! Sci-fi is my favorite genre for books, TV and movies ever since I was a kid. I will be keeping a look out for your new releases

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    3. Thanks, Bea. If you follow on my social media now, I'll certainly keep folks informed. The book is due at my publisher at the end of this month.

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  9. this sounds like a wonderful book

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    1. I hope you'll give it a read, WG, and let us all know what you think if you do.

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  10. Looks like an exciting horror book.

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    1. I hope so, Calvin. It is cross-genre, I don't play well in one single genre, but certainly horror is one of those genres I was working with for this book.

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  11. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'm glad you are finding it interesting, Ann. If you read it, I hope you let me and others know what you think about it. If you have any questions, please do ask.

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    1. Hi, Zelda! Your name is close to my mother's name, just one letter different! If you read the book, I hope you'll consider writing a review for it on Amazon or Goodreads.

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  13. David HollingsworthNovember 3, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Sounds like a really creepy book!

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    1. Hi, David. I wouldn't say it was really creepy. It has sexy part, touching part, funny parts, action parts, it is a multi-genre epic story.

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  14. I love this - Paranormal Horror!
    And what an extraordinary cover.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Hi, Barbara, thanks for joining us this evening. I hope you get a chance to read it. If you have any questions, I'm happy to chat more.

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  15. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for joining, Diane. I hope you get a chance to look into the book more or even request it at your local library. A lot of folks don't think of that, but it can really help not only authors, but a lot folks discover a book when a public library gets requests for it. I think both Cornelius and Jack would approve of that idea I just had.

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  16. This book seems so good and so scary. Awesome scary cover.

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    1. Hi, Paige, thanks for dropping by. I hope it is too scary for you.

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  17. I am beyond excited to read this one!

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    1. Oh, wow, Amy, I hope it does not disappoint. If it doesn't, please do consider writing a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. Or at least me know please.

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  18. sounds like a fun one

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    1. I had fun writing it, Daniel, even if it was challenging at times and required some research for different periods. Thanks for joining the blog tour.

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  19. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks, clc408. Knowing that others think it is interesting makes my day. I need with our furnace breaking down yesterday... so cold and I'm not a vampire.

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  20. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I hope you'll check out the book further; two chapters look deeper at Cornelius and Jack's relationship in two different periods, one in the early 1970s and one in our dark future.

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  21. The book sounds interesting. Stay warm. :)

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    1. Thanks, Deb. We've figure out a system to keep warm and to keep our pipes warm, which is most important. I keep reminding myself that our ancestors didn't have fancy central heating... they didn't have water pipes to worry about freezing and bursting either.

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  22. David HollingsworthNovember 5, 2021 at 2:29 AM

    How did you come up with the story?

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    1. That's a long story, David, and I point you to my social media where I've shared the other stops on this week's book blog tour. A couple of them have asked that question, one of them asked me to write about it in depth. I don't want to share links here on this blog to other blogs because that seems rude to me.

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  23. Sounds like a book full of intrigue and mystery!

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    1. Actually, Dana, I don't think there is a lot of mystery or intrigue in the book. It can take the humans who become wardum a while to figure out what is going on, perhaps you the reader, might take a while to figure out what is going on, but there is no purposely mystery or intrigue I've created.

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    1. When you've had a chance to read it, Amy, I hope you will write a review for it, too. I would greatly appreciate it! Thank for joining the blog tour this week!

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  25. Sounds like an exciting book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, susan1215, thanks for dropping in. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  26. Love the mix of history, mystical and horror. Creepy cover

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    1. Hey there, Reecan0811! Don't forget the science fiction element! It goes hundreds of years into our future, too, but I'm telling you exactly how far.

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  27. About how many books do you write in a year?

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    1. That is a good question and a complicated answer. It depends on what I'm contracted for, where I was in my life at the time, and where I'm focusing my energy.

      I'm almost always working on a novel, but when I had a literary agent for several years, I put that to the sign and focused on short stories again (8 of my 13 published books are short story collections).

      My goal is to have one novel out every year and I'm hoping that is currently what is happening with Liminal Press after "True You 101" came out last year with them. (You can find that under TJ Eckhart, there is a reason for the variation on my name which makes sense when you read that book, which is YA urban fantasy).

      I start a science fiction meets "reverse harem" series with them next year. That first book is due at the end of this month. I'm in my final beta editor rounds before I send it to the publisher's editor.

      Does that answer your question?

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  28. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  29. I’m really gonna like this book I can tell!

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    1. I hope you do and thanks for joining my blog tour this week.

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    1. Thanks for dropping into the blog tour, LiLleaf8853! I hope you get to read the book soon.

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  31. Thank you for this wonderful stop on my book blog tour last week. So many great comments and questions from everyone here!

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