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Nicole Peeler here. I’m the author of TEMPEST RISING, a book that will introduce you to a whole slew of mythological creatures above and beyond your standard werewolf/vampire/zombie triad. Indeed, I’ve been getting a lot of attention for writing about selkies, which are seal-human shapeshifters. Overall, there’s been lots of positive interest, but every once and a while a skeptic comes along, who asks, “What the hell do selkies DO, anyway? And how can they be hotter than vampires?”

So to fire up the debate, and get all you landlubbers thinking, I’ve outlined the Top Five Reasons that Selkies are Hotter than Vampires:

1. Emo is so ’96 – Join the swim team! Marilyn Manson or Michael Phelps . . . You decide.

2. Never pay market price for seafood again! We catch ’em, you grill ’em.

3. Salt water is easier to get out of sheets than blood! Who pays the laundry bills? Let’s be practical, people.

4. Not everyone is into double penetration! Two big fangs. Such little veins. Owwie Zowwie.

5. Seals give good clap! There’s nothing like a round of applause for a job well done.

Any other reasons you can think of why selkies are hotter than vampires?

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  1. Becky LeJeune

    October 20, 2009
    at 8:48 am

    Selkie lore is new to me, but the little nugget I latched onto is that male selkies are said to be very handsome and if a woman wants to meet one, all she has to do is go to the beach and cry into the sea. So if you’re down and blue and happen to be crying at the beach, you might get a hottie for all of your efforts! Sounds good to me.

  2. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 20, 2009
    at 9:12 am

    Becky: Exactly! Who doesn’t want a rent-a-hunk, and for the price of just a few tears? On a cultural studies note, I think that the male selkie legends were a good way to explain how one got knocked up while one’s husband was away fishing. “OMG, he was magic! He made me do it!” All while the lady in question assiduously avoids glancing sidelong at the local blacksmith, Sven of the Enormous Anvil.

  3. Natalie Allan

    October 20, 2009
    at 9:55 am

    Nicky! Just when I thought we were friends! As much as I’d like a good round of clap to top off a fantastic weekend, I couldn’t stand the sheets smeeling of…fishy seal. Sure he might be a hunk and all, but I don’t think I could deal with all the slippery when wet kinda stuff, and the sand in his orrifices would be such a turn off!

    Now, gimme a six foot blood sucker and round of Owwie Zowwie to top off a few days of double pentration and I would totally die happy. And never mind the blood on the sheets, some cold water and some Vanish Stain Remover does the trick…not that I know, really, of course, this all just hypethetical, right? Right?

    Right! I’ll shut up now… *winks*

  4. Hollie

    October 20, 2009
    at 1:41 pm

    Selkie’s are often Irish and what more can you want? body, looks and that sexy accent perfect.
    You’ve got me hooked already

  5. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 20, 2009
    at 3:20 pm

    Natalie: I’m telling your mother on you!!!! ;-) A FEW DAYS? Dear lord, woman. I’m speechless.

    Hollie: I didn’t even think of the accents!! Nice call! Although if it’s a Faroese selkie, I don’t know whether that’s quite as “come hither” an accent as the Irish brogue . . .

  6. Jackie (Literary Escapism)

    October 20, 2009
    at 3:23 pm

    Is there anything hotter than a hunk with an Irish accent? Nope.

  7. Wendy

    October 20, 2009
    at 3:25 pm

    OMG! No.1 is HILARIOUS! I could definitely try a selkie, looking forward to your book! ;)

  8. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 21, 2009
    at 6:42 am

    Jackie: A dripping wet hung with an Irish accent and a swimmer’s body? ;-)

    Wendy: Thanks, lady! You the best. And Emo IS ’96 . . . I was making fun of it in high school. Then again, I was also wearing purple sweat pants and and a Grateful Dead t-shirt (known as The Uniform) so, I guess I really shouldn’t have been pointing any fingers.

  9. Jaye Wells

    Jaye Wells

    October 21, 2009
    at 7:56 am

    Careful, Dr. Peeler. You might find yourself in a cage match. Sabina Kane versus Jane True. The weapons? Words at dusk. Just sayin’.

  10. Heather C

    October 21, 2009
    at 2:42 pm

    Seals can bask in the sun after a nice cool swim. No sparkling or turning into dust. Gotta love the sun tanning.

  11. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 21, 2009
    at 3:54 pm

    Jaye, OMG are you kidding me? Sabina would kick Jane’s ass. But Jane would go down swearing like a pirate. ;-)

    Good point, Heather. My seals don’t sparkle . . . they glisten.

  12. tana

    October 21, 2009
    at 5:07 pm

    In regards to actual legends…vamps can’t knock you up while a selkie can. So if you want a child with your non-human companion – the selkie wins hand down.

  13. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 21, 2009
    at 7:57 pm

    Tana: Awesome. Very good point. If selkies can’t win with fisticuffs they can win with fecundity. I like it.

  14. Michele Bardsley

    October 23, 2009
    at 1:17 am

    Sure, the undead have their issues. For instance, they cannot enjoy free seafood. But I can! So when are you making dinner? I promise not to bring my coffin. And also, the only steak you should bring is one cooked medium rare. It’s all about compromise.

  15. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 23, 2009
    at 8:15 am

    Michele, my love. I’m thinking of Dallas in Winter . . . sounds romantic, no? I hear the siren song of Rock Band with QUEEN calling from Dakota’s.

    If you never thought you’d hear the mermaids singing, like Odysseus, wait till you hear me sing “I’m Going Slightly Mad.”

    I know how much you and Dakota love my singing. And I love my steak blue, so we’ll have to arm wrestle on that one.

  16. Dyanne Davis

    October 26, 2009
    at 1:11 am

    LOL. I’ve never read your books but will be sure to now. I write a vampire series under F. D. Davis and wandered here to read why Selkies are hotter than vamps. I love reasons # 3-4-5 You cracked me up, Now I have to read the books. I don’t think my vamps will mind. Continued success.

    Dyanne Davis
    F.D. Davis
    http://www.dyannedavis.com
    http://www.adamomega.com

  17. Missy S

    October 26, 2009
    at 9:36 am

    I was thinking the whole ‘not drinking your blood’, you can take them out in sunlight, and they look like sad little puppies in seal form. So you have hot, sexy, ‘show off to everyone’, Irish accent… what’s NOT to love!!

  18. Gail Carriger

    Gail Carriger

    October 26, 2009
    at 10:14 am

    Two little words: fresh sushi.

  19. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    October 26, 2009
    at 3:02 pm

    Dyanne: Thank you! And I’ll work harder on reasons 1 & 2 for next time. ;-) Seriously, thank you very much for the well wishes and, if it makes you feel better, these reasons MAY be a little tongue in cheek. I don’t think your vamps have too much to sweat about. Just don’t tell ANYONE I said that.

    Missy: EXACTLY. Plus he’s got a party trick! He can don his skin and start juggling with his nose. And speaking of juggling with his nose . . . . MEOW.

    Gail: You bring the ginger and wasabi, I’ll bring the selkie.

    And did anyone notice I wrote “hung” instead of “hunk” in one of the comments from the middle? Bonjour Freud! Welcome to Orbit Books!

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