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Up Close and Personal with Harris Gray, authors of Vampire Vic

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Join Harris Gray, authors of the horror book, Vampire Vic, as they tour the blogosphere May 6 – July 26, 2013 on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! This tour is part of a huge Kindle Fire HD Giveaway. If interested in signing up for a review, interview, guest post, or book spotlight, please let us know by contacting Tracee at tgleichner (at) gmail.com or leave a comment below along with your contact information.



Would you give up donuts…for blood?

Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can’t stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn’t bite, and a man who gets no respect.

Victor’s slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor’s boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another…and very soon, he’s no longer visiting the blood bank.

Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow’s peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.

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The thing about me is that I …..

…am we, not me. Harris Gray is a writing duo, Allan and Jason. We’ve been writing together for years. Vampire Vic is first out of the gate, with many more jostling for position in the queue. Jason owns Crowfoot Valley Coffee and the Crowbar in Castle Rock, Colorado. Allan treats his corporate job as a writing stipend. Together we take Jason’s real-world exploits and tone them down, into believable fiction.

When I first get up in the morning, I …..

Allan: …smile and hurry to work, if it’s caffeine day. To regain that old mental boost and soothe my gut, I had to restrict my caffeine intake to every other day. It’s made a huge difference.

Jason: As a coffeeshop owner and sensible human being, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You try everything else first, lactose, new deodorant, sleep schedule, circle of friends, before you give up caffeine.

Allan: I have to admit, my non-caffeine days are pretty lame. I’m a different person. Really, we’re a writing trio.

The most important thing in my life is …..

…not dying. On that we agree. By not dying, we are able to spend time with our families, and write, and make money to spend on IPAs, golf, gin, and the writermobile RV that will take us and our wives on a writing tour of America.

I love to travel to …..

Allan: …the wilderness, on caffeine-free days, and then on the other days to populated regions where there are coffeeshops.

Jason: Rivers, lakes and streams, where fish live.

Allan: One of our upcoming books is a collection of Jason’s stories centered on growing up fishing with his dad. Washington state, Alaska, Colorado. Jason doesn’t have to travel, because he lives near fish.

In my spare time, I …..

Allan: …like to hang out with Tony Horton, on my television. Victor Thetherson in the story loves Tony too – as his transformation begins, you’re not sure whether it’s the vampirism or P90X. That’s one of my dreams, for Vic to become an honorary Team Beachbody coach.

Jason: I like to listen to Allan talk about Tony Horton. Really, can’t get enough of that, glad he brought Tony up here. Wondered what took him so long.

One thing we learned about life was …..

…you always get through the tough times. Whether it’s a grievous error at work or a fight with your spouse or a seemingly intractable plot issue with your novel. Once you’ve been through those situations enough times, many many times each, you realize it always gets better.

Jason: And so you cry less. Harder maybe, but for fewer days.

Allan: Which lessens the dehydration, which is a big concern at these higher altitudes.

The sole mission we are on this earth is to …..

…grow, and help our families and friends grow. Laugh, and…you know…try to make you laugh.

One little known fact about us that might surprise you is …..

…we have friends. Writer friends, who have really meant the difference in getting published. Jen Halligan our publicist, DeAnna Knippling, Cindi Madsen, Peter Freedman – and especially Anne Eliot, who ignored our every excuse and kept encouraging, sometimes with a sharp tone, and introduced us to all the aforementioned people, until the train was moving too fast for us to hit the brakes. And then we realized we didn’t want to stop.

Jason: I wanted to do a Denzel Washington and take that sucker off the tracks before we crashed into a densely populated urban area, but Allan said no.

My favorite time of day is …..

Allan: …11:11. The only perfectly symmetrical moment.

Jason: When I flip the switch and Crowfoot Coffee becomes the Crowbar. There’s the magical transition period when caffeine high mixes with alcohol mellow. Maximum creativity. I get angry when customers walk in the shop.

We love to write about …

…flawed characters who we can laugh at, and root for, even while we’re cringing. Vic Thetherson’s life is not what he expected, and he’s waiting for a change. When he becomes a vampire – it’s like dreaming of winning the lottery, and expecting the change in your circumstances to change you, to finally free the real you for everyone to see. Things don’t go that way in life, or for Vic. That’s when things get interesting, when you’re suddenly in way over your head, and now you better make that change, or else.

The most difficult aspect about writing is …..

…saying no to a suggestion from my partner.

My most favorite aspect about writing is …..

…receiving a plot twist or character enhancement from my partner, and seeing all the possibilities come to life. As a writing team, we get to experience the excitement from both the writer’s and reader’s perspective.

When we became a published author for the first time, we …..

…realized the marketing work had only just begun. We originally thought of a website as a necessary evil. Now we have harrisgray.com, the venue we were subconsciously looking for, a home for all the content that we were just emailing back and forth to each other.

Jason: We just had to clean up some of the profanity.

Allan: And add back the smut. Jason gets uncomfortable when I include smut in our personal correspondence.

The inspiration behind our book comes from …..

…a blatant attempt to take advantage of the vampire craze.

Allan: The thousand year vampire cycle we’re in.

Jason: We were kidding about writing a vampire novel, really, and then the next thing you know, we had a vampire we liked.

Allan: Vic’s fat, middle-aged and balding.

Jason: Don’t forget, he’s also an accountant.

Allan: Why does that hurt even more than the balding part?

Jason: Vic’s non-confrontational to a fault, and squeamish at the sight of blood. So he gets it from his buddy at the blood bank, and drinks it diluted in bloody Bloody Mary’s. Because he won’t bite, he gets walked on, by his staff in the office and his ex-wife and daughter at home.

Allan: You really can’t blame them.

Jason: And then one day he bites someone….

Allan: And we get to see a fat, balding, aging accounting vampire doing his thing.

Jason: We got that far on our third pint, and knew we had to write this book.

The most asked question about my book is …..

Where are the sexy vampires?



Harris Gray finish their third pint and mull over their next writing project, simultaneously deciding on a vampire book. Because the women in their lives eat up every vampire story on the shelves. And for the gratuitous T&A. But hunky, smoldering vampires are beyond their grasp; and dammit, T&A should mean something. Deciding to write what they know, Harris Gray return to their wheelhouse: An aging, uncomfortable man, not so happy with his lot in life. A man bitten by a vampire, unsure what to do with his new…skillset. Vampire Vic – VV – is born. Perfect.

The latest book is Vampire Vic.



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Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn’t set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries.

This promotion will run from May 6 – July 26. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on July 27, 2013.

Each blogger who participates in the Vampire Vic virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win.

Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

If you would like to participate, email Tracee at tgleichner(at)gmail.com.  What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!


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Vampire Vic Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, May 6 – Book featured at Margay Leah Justice

Thursday, May 9 – Book featured at Review From Here

Monday, May 13 – Interviewed at Digital Journal

Wednesday, May 15 – Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, May 17 – 1st Chapter Reveal at Book Him Danno

Tuesday, May 21 – 1st Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, May 23 – Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, May 27 – Up Close and Personal at Between the Covers

Wednesday, May 29 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Friday, May 31 – Book featured at Plug Your Book

Wednesday, June 5 – First Chapter review at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Friday, June 7 – Book Featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, June 10 – 1st Chapter Reveal at Literary Winner

Wednesday, June 12 – Guest blogging at The Paperback Pursuer

Friday, June 14 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, June 19 – Book Featured at Miki’s Hope

Friday, June 21 – Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

Tuesday, June 25 – Book Featured at Moonlight, Lace, and Mayhem

Thursday, June 27 – Guest blogging at You Gotta Read

Monday, July 1 – Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, July 3 – Interviewed at The Top Shelf

Thursday, July 4 – Guest blogging at A Little Bit of R & R

Monday, July 8 – Interviewed at Janna Shay

Tuesday, July 9 – Guest blogging at Review From Here

Thursday, July 11 – Book featured at 

Friday, July 12 – Book reviewed at The Top Shelf

Monday, July 15 – 1st Chapter Reveal at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, July 16 – Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, July 17 – Book reviewed at Inside BJ’s Head

Thursday, July 18 – Book featured at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Monday, July 22 – Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, July 23 – Book reviewed at Gina’s Library

Wednesday, July 24 – Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, July 26 – Book reviewed at 


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