Interview With the Vampire

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice is hands down my favorite vampire novel. It was part of my inspiration for Vermilion tears. 

The first time I stumbled upon Interview was during college. I was the poor kid without a TV in her room so I would find myself in the dorm lounge watching various shows and movies. As I was clicking through the channels I stopped on the movie Interview with the Vampire, only I didn’t know it at the time. I think it was the part where they had just turned Claudia and I was mesmerized. 

I was so embarrassed someone would walk into the lounge and make fun of me for watching some sleazy vampire movie. And then someone did walk in and I thought: screw it! I love this and I’m not changing the channel. 

To my luck it was a girl I got along with and she sat down to watch it with me, after a while she says, “Wait a minute, I think this is Interview with the Vampire!”

I was so happy because I think it was on Showtime or HBO because there were no commercials or any indicator what I was watching. I was relieved because I remember a few years before when this movie was being marked in the theater, so I didn’t seem so lame after all. Although it’s hard for any movie to be lame when you have Brad Pitt, Tom Crews, and Antonio Banderas all in one movie 😉 

A few years later I watched the whole movie with my husband and he loved it too, so much he bought the book and we both read it. And then we ran out and bought The Vampire Lestat, and then Queen of the Damned. 

I’m always shocked when people say they don’t like this book. On goodreads it only has a 3.9 rating! 3.9! How is that even possible??? I’ll tell you how: some people hate Luis for the same reason I love him, that’s why. 

I love Luis because he was a completely new and different vampire than the one I grew up with. I had only been exposed to Vlad the Impaler, and images of a Halloween Dracula. The folklore of Vampires that were kissed by the devil and damned to wander the earth looking for victims to suck the life dry from humans. You know evil bad guys.

But Luis story was so different. It was a vampire that felt, thought about his actions deeply, and worried about his own damnation and the choice he made. It was a story about a broken person looking for his place in life. Was it among the living or the dead, where did he belong? 

This book is and will always be one of my all-time favorites. For anyone who doesn’t like it, I’m sorry you missed out, but you did. I recommend this book to those who like vampires, but not Twilight vampires. Writing this post seriously makes me want to read it again and I think I will….



Soundtrack to My Life Book Tag

Was going to do a Book Review, but this seemed more fun today. And I need a little fun in my day since I accidentally rear-ended someone today 😦 oops…


Opening Credits: Favorite Childhood book

A favorite childhood book of mine is Aesop’s Fables. I know, I’m a little strange, but I really liked those Fables as a kid.

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump

I’m going to have to second the blogger I got this from. Interview with the Vampire, was also my book to get me out of a reading slump. After that, I really started reading again. I guess I just didn’t have time in college to read.

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving

In college, I read a short story that I swore was on our syllabus, but I seemed to be the only one to turn a paper in for it.  It was Patriotism by Yukio Mishima. I’m sure my dyslexia had something to do with (wrong pg number and date) and instead of laughing at me for getting the assignment completely wrong the professor graded it and handed it back to me! I fell in love with that short story and if you read it, it would suggest even further why it was awkward I turned it in, but oh well got an awesome read out of it!

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books

Anne Rice, hands down. Although there may be some of her books I skip out on purposely, I have probably read the most books by her. I love her writing and plots. 

Fight: Book with the best action sequences

I think Game of Thrones has some pretty good battles. I especially liked the battle with Tyrion where he got his battle scare across his face. 

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish

I worry I’m becoming too picky lately because my DNF seems to be growing. So far on my list is: Sharp Objects, Percy Jackson, American Gods, I’m sure there are some others form a while back, but I can’t remember them. 

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read

Interview with the Vampire, Redeeming Love, Ender’s Game, The Giver. These are books I always recommend. 

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out

You know what, this one is kind of hard for me. I don’t really read these kinds of books too often. I guess I cried a little when I read My Fiance’s Brother #2

Roadtrip: You favorite series (more than 3 books)

Game of Thrones, Harry Potter

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago

It might have been more than 5 years ago, but Time Traveler’s Wife.

Getting Back Together: What book can you not stop rereading

So far the book I have probably read the most is Harry Potter

Wedding: A book that is really special to you

I just really love the Giver. If you look back in my archives, you will see why.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read

Probably A Dance With Dragons, although don’t tell anyone, but I skipped a few chapters…

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently

I’m sure there is one, but I don’t know off the top of my head. Maybe Time Traveler’s Wife

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue

I really don’t know. Worst maybe my own book Vermilion Tears…I felt like I could have left it out, but several people convinced me to leave it in. 

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Anyone reading this who wants to play along!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


Hearten Christmas

Hearten Christmas is by my good friend Sarah Stein she is published by Siren Publishing. Her books are the first erotica I had ever read. Although, I’m still getting used to reading erotica I really enjoyed her story. 

Hearten Christmas is an F/F/M erotica novel (how about that for my first go at erotica!). Stacey lost her parents a few years back during the holidays and is trying to figure out her life while managing the emotions she keeps bottled up. When she meets her college roommate, Colene, and her good friend Dorian, Stacey’s life takes a change for the best. They help her reconnect with her feeling and help her explore her sexual side (something she also seemed to keep bottled up.)

There are many steamy and explicit scenes.

My favorite part of this book is the relationship between Stacy and Colene. I feel that their relationship is deep and well developed. It was definitely a fun fast read. Recommended for those who like erotica and polyamorous relationships. 


HEarthen Christmas

Self-Published Review- Smoke and Mirrors by Jessie Franklin

I want to mix up my reviews between popular books, self-published books, and lesser known authors. This week I’ve decided on my author friend, who is self-published, Jessie Franklin’s Smoke and Mirrors.

Smoke and Mirrors is a cozy mystery set in small town Oklahoma. Lynnie is a character who moves away from her small town only to return in order to help her grandfather.

When Lynnie gets back to town she finds things have changed and her small town seems almost foreign to her. People from high school have changed, and it takes her some time to get used to the changes. While she is trying to solve a mystery from her past she is sidetracked by a love interest and a romance she wasn’t expecting buds.

I recommend this book for people who like cozy mysteries, mixed with romance, and small town situations.

FIVE-STARSsmoke and mirrors

The Giver

I chose The Giver for my first ever review on my blog because it is my all time favorite book. This book had only been out two years when I decided to read it in middle school. I was the same age as Jonas when I read it so it was very relatable to me. 

Reading the giver was mind blowing to me at the time, because it was the first time I had read a book that was not set in everyday life as I knew it. Jonas came from a very different world from me with very different rules. It sucked me in from the Ceremony of Twelve and I was hooked. 

I loved the journey Lois Lowery took me on learning about this what seems at first to be a utopian society and quickly turns dystopian.  

I loved this book so much that dystopian novels were and still are my all time favorite genre of book. I recently re-read it as an adult and still love it just as much as I did the first time I read it.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, unless you are afraid to open your mind or just don’t like MG books to begin with. 


Hurrican Harvey- Recovery

So I was planning on writing something else today… okay two days ago, but I’ve been so busy helping my in-laws I thought I’d write about that instead.

So if you haven’t heard about Hurrican Harvey causing a wreck for southeast Texas and Lousiana then you must have been under a rock or just avoid the news like a plague.

I was just unlucky enough to live in a part of Houston who took the brunt end of the storm, but there is a silver lining.

Silver lining was, we stayed safe and dry in my home purchased only last year, making that buy feel even better, now that we know in extreme flooding it won’t get flooded out.

Did you know that in my area the Humble/Kingwood area took on more water than ever recorded before? It was pretty crazy! The previous record from the San Jacinto river was 67ft, but we broke it by going all the way to 70ft, which made a load of difference.

My in laws live on one side of the bridge going over the San Jacinto and I live about 7 minutes away on the other side. My husband had helped them bring a bunch of stuff to their second floor, “just in case”.

Once the flood waters got a little higher my in laws decided it was time to leave….


But the further down the road the deeper the rain so… they had to take a boat.


And from there they had to take a humvee


My husband couldn’t take that little bridge 7 minutes away to get them it was what was causing the flooding so instead, he had to take the highway which took 25 minutes. By the time he got his parents safe and sound to our house the place the humvee dropped them off was four feet under water.

And by the next day the highway my husband took to get his parents was also flooded.


And the high school my husband works at also flooded.


A few days later, once the waters finally receded, we had to take a ridiculous way to get to their house to assess the damage. The bridge was still closed as well as most of the highway. So our trip took an entire hour to get there, but we got there.21231018_10209678334815841_8210745534698902053_n21230800_10209678335375855_5298027592515907998_n21199488_10209678335415856_3311915063582868498_o21273160_10209678336175875_3115254133718123571_o

We found out they had taken on 5 feet of water. We took as many pictures and videos as we could for insurance, and luckily they did have flood insurance!! Once that was done we tossed out the furniture and other items lost in the flood and then salvaged some items that were made of glass (like the plates, or knick nacks, it’s the small things that hold a lot of value). The smell of the place was horrendous. A silver lining was that they opened the bridge between our houses when we left so it only took 7 minutes to get back home.  But the highway was still closed.


The next day I stayed behind while my father in law, husband, and brother in law started ripping apart the home before mold could settle in.

And then volunteers from several different churches started showing up and helped greatly! We did have to seek them out, but once asked they came. And more demo was done.

And that’s about where we are at now. We aren’t exactly sure how to get all the silt/plaster off the ground, but I’m sure we will find a way.

My husband’s school decided it will take an entire year to rebuild and they will have to share with another high school in our district. It’s going to be a long year!

All About Me

Hi, all! I’m Author Tia Lee author of Vermilion Tears and hopefully more to come. I’ve started this blog post to get my ideas out and share my love of reading. I’d like to expose those who love my writing and books to other great authors out there, established and non-established. I am a self-pub author myself so in addition to writing reviews of other books, I’ll be occasionally writing about writing. 

I began my journey a year ago, but my idea for Vermilion Tears came from a dream I had about six years ago when I was pregnant with my son. For those of you who have read Vermilion Tears, you will understand it came after I had finished reading the Twilight series and was in the midst of finishing one of my favorites of the genre Dracula. 

With the help and encouragement of authors Jessie Franklin and Sarah Stein, my personal friends, I found the inspiration to write and finish my book. While I know there are still some pesky typos in there like most first edition books, I feel proud that Vermilion Tears is my first published book, and they can only get better from here. 

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