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My friend Jodie Pierce (you’ll remember she’s been my guest and she’s the queen of vampires) asked me if I would help publicise a new initiative in aid of St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. I was very happy to be able to help and I hope you can find a way to contribute to this great cause.

“In Vein” is a vampire charity anthology book where 100% of the proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! With over 18 Authors, you’re bound to find a few vampire stories you’ll love. From devious vampires, to vampire moms, a child vampire, teenage vampires, King and Queen vampires, a vampires’ slave girl, a vampire mob, a Red necked vampire, driving vampires, an Eastern European angel of pain, a vampire poem, a dug up coffin, a Dental Hygienist, a sad vampire tale and a vampire that helps a young cancer boy. Like I said, something for everyone! Did I mention it’s all for charity? The kids, people, the kids!

The participating Authors are:

Tara Fox Hall

Mark Knight

Ann Snizek

Mark Mackey

Zoey Sweete

Autumn Starr

Geoffrey Porter

Frank Franklin

Jay Wilburn

Errick Nunnally

Samuel Southwell

Lourna Dounaeva

Mathias Jaanson

TP Keating

T.G. Reaper

Laurie Treacy

Charie D. La Marr

Jodie Pierce

And if you want to buy it, here is the link!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FCL334M/

Thank you for reading, don’t forget to like, click and if you’d like to participate in a giveaway of a set of ebookmarks, you just need to make a comment one of you will be randomly chosen and will be the winner. The winner will need to give me the e-mail address and fabulous Jodie Pierce will contact you directly with your prize. Good luck and get clicking and commenting!

 

Today, Friday, I bring you something a bit special. Yes, I have a guest author, but he’s coming to talk to us about his new release. I’m sure you remember Simon Okill and his novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe. I’m sure you do. Who wouldn’t? Here, he’s been kind enough to come and visit us again with his new novel, Luna Sanguis. And that’s quite a different offering. Have a look and show it some love!

Luna Sanguis

LUNA SANGUIS BLURB:

Paris 1925. A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenceless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.
Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.
But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

Author Simon Okill

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MY BIO:

I live with my wife, Shirlee Anne in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. We both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to our love of books, my wife and I dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. We were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series. We struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. Then after an accident at work, I was forced into early retirement due to disability. I used my newfound skills as a writer to help with my depression. We decided to use our TV series episodes as templates for film scripts and novels. My writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in my scripts and my debut novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by Christopher Matthews Publishing after so many British publishers turned it down.

Bigfoot Episode 2 – it’s a secret!

Luna Aeturnus is the sequel to Luna Sanguis and will be ready for release September. All will be explained.

SS-steppenwolf is a supernatural retelling of WWII involving the Occult Warfare department run by Himmler. Think Indiana Jones searching for a werewolf.

Scripts:

‘Flip Side’ is one of my most exciting screenplays to date with its unusual slant on a supernatural gangster story that encompasses music and dynamic dance sequences to portray the action. The script has been optioned by Tasha Bertram of Brodie Films and Stuart St Paul has come on board to direct and co produce this fascinating piece of work.

Nightmare Circus is a supernatural revenge mystery script set in the Australian outback.

‘Dark House’ is set in Massachusetts, US, where a lonely female artist must overcome her agoraphobia to escape from three kidnappers holed up in a house haunted by a witch finder’s hanging tree.

‘Circus of Blood’ is a horror script set in Rome AD79 where two citizens go on a dangerous quest to kill a brutal serial killer. Their adventures end in Pompeii.

‘Hunter’s Moon’ is a contemporary supernatural western script set on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

The Last Warlord is set during WWII and tells of Major Stewart of MI6 who must find the Nazi’s secret Atlantis base in Antarctica or the entire world will be doomed

SYNOPSIS:

Luna Sanguis is set in Paris and the French countryside June 1925.

Delicate Rose is a young woman nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her 19th birthday approaches. She was born on June 6th, 1906 at precisely 6am during the zenith of the Eternal Moon. And in 4 days time the Eternal Moon shall shine once more to bring forth Eternal, a vampire so powerful, nothing can stop her. But, she is held captive by the brutal hybrid vampire, Lucien. He is a Suckling due to his heightened addiction to an Eternal’s blood and only by taking all her blood after the eternal making will he be set free.

All his young life Lucien has enjoyed inflicting pain on his Delicate Rose. It’s his way of showing his twisted love for her. He really can’t help himself for on the night he read his vampire’s bible – Dracula, Lucien became possessed by the devious demon, The Count, hiding amongst the book’s pages. And The Count needs to become Eternal so he may cause chaos and destruction.

With just 36 hours to go, Delicate Rose escapes her garret prison in Paris. Now the blood hunt is on. Count Lucien and his two other Suckling Vampires track down her unmistakeable scent, but each time she escapes with the help of a stranger who will become her true love.

The Count leaves a trail of corpses as his rage boils over. Where is his Delicate Rose? Having slaughtered all her friends at a chateau, his former home of all places, Lucien is left confused. He can no longer sense her fear. She has vanished.

Eternal wakes up in a tiny prison-style room with no name, no memory at all. Something stirs in her subconscious. Something otherworldly yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday, just 24 hours away. Can she survive long enough for the final transformation? Her only hope is Edouard, her designated true love and psychiatrist treating her. But the more memories that surface the stronger Eternal becomes and yet she must depend on her true love for her very existence for out there somewhere, He is relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

Excerpts:

The Evil Count Lucien and Eternal:

Lucien approached with his sword, smiling as she backed away in fear. Her eyes widened as he slashed his forearm with the blade and offered his blood to her.

“Come on … this is what you’ve been waiting for.”

The effect of his blood was immediate. Even Lucien jumped with shock as she pounced and sucked on the wound with wild abandon. She sighed and moaned as she drank her first human blood. Lucien’s eyes rolled up in their sockets as he felt the tingle of an orgasm. The dark music he had grown to love was so sweet, so mesmerising, he felt at home. He had finally allowed her to fulfil her birthright and it was wonderful. It was better than sex.

Eternal’s True-Love:

Edouard was transfixed by her large lustrous eyes of burnt umber. It was a colour that radiated an allure both enticing and at the same time something dark and foreboding. He gasped, as the feeble light cascading from the window caused her eyes to change colour to pitch-black, like a cat as it sensed the kill.

Edouard shuddered as she spoke to him with her mind – “we are eternal, my true love.” His mind went numb with shock at hearing that word from his dreams. He began to tremble with excitement.

“I am for you,” he whispered, barely able to breathe.

The Vampire Sucklings:

Over the next few weeks Claudette had become insatiable for blood and sex, the two usually going together like strawberries and cream. Jacques couldn’t risk any more exsanguinations at the rampant hands of Claudette or he’d end up at the morgue. He showed her how to entice the wandering adventurers who clambered for action at the city’s roughest areas and spike their drinks with the voodoo white stolen from a Bokor who had the misfortune to cross Jacques’ path. When they had enough, both booked passage to Marseilles. The only luggage was Jacques’ duffle bag containing his voodoo white – Forbidden Kiss.

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Hi all: Today it’s Friday and that means, guest author. I’m very pleased to introduce Nicole D. Fergusson who’s come to tell us a bit about her Young Adult novel Gothic. She’s kindly agreed to leave us not only the description and the great cover, but also a fragment of the novel that will leave you wanting more. And here she is:

Description:

Dahlia is starting a new life. New university, new home, new friends. This time, she’s not going to be surrounded by werewolf packs and vampires. She has fought against a life filled with supernaturals since she was eight years old. Does it matter when she’s more attracted to the vampire in her class than the normal university boyfriend she picks up? Or when her werewolf kin start gradually start to go missing? Of course not. A normal life is what she wants. What she’s always wanted. A normal life. This is exactly what she’s been waiting for.
Isn’t it?

And now an excerpt from the novel:

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“That’s… strange,” Elliott paused.

“What?” But then Dahlia caught on. Though she didn’t have a werewolf’s sense of smell, she did have a human’s sense of hearing. And a low growl was coming from somewhere in front of them.

“Hello?” she started, inching forward. Elliott grabbed her arm and pulled her behind him. “Whaa?” Dahlia began.

The aggressive sound had doubled. Dahlia realised, with shock, that Elliott was not growling so much as hissing, or snarling. She was glad for Elliott’s walking her back to her dorm. Usually there were people milling around the university colleges but, right then, there was a distinct lack of anyone.

Elliott had dropped to a fighting crouch, like he expected violence.

Dahlia watched keenly for whatever it was from her vantage point behind Elliott, glancing over her shoulder a couple of times just in case attackers came from behind. There was someone targeting werewolves, and she had grown up with a whole bunch of them.

Her heart dropped to her stomach when she saw a honey-blonde wolf pull out of the bushes and start stalking towards them. She would have recognised him anywhere, but that didn’t incline her to feel kindly disposed towards him. She did not appreciate the panic he’d just put her through.

“Luca! What the hell are you doing?” This in a harsh whisper, before Dahlia looked behind her again, this time to make sure there were no hapless students about to walk up and find themselves face to face with a werewolf. Luca was much larger than any domestic dog she could think of, and he wasn’t on a lead, which meant that Dahlia would be in trouble either way if another student happened upon them. “You know better than this!”

Elliott didn’t relax his position, didn’t allow Dahlia to push past him in her attempts to chastise the ’wolf, which didn’t defuse the situation at all. It just made Luca growl louder.

Looking between the two men, Dahlia’s jaw dropped as she realised what this was about.

“Oh, for fuck’s sake! Really?”

Dahlia righteously slapped Elliott’s arm down and strode past him. Standing directly in between Elliott and Luca, Dahlia stared them both down, daring either of them to make another territorial move.

Elliott looked from her to the ’wolf, until eventually his gaze settled on her. Luca eventually stopped growling, relaxing the ridges on his nose, but not at all looking contrite. Dahlia just stared at them both in disgust.

“You,” she informed Luca, her tone offering no room for refusal. “Find somewhere private to change and get to my room.” She bared her teeth. He wouldn’t instinctively accede to her words, but the snarl would make an impression.

Luca stared back at her for a while, trying to assert dominance, but Dahlia was too incensed to play into werewolf games. After a moment, he emitted a wuffle sound, turning tail and disappearing back into the bushes.

Dahlia didn’t give Elliott time to make something of any of this. She just grabbed his sleeve, dragging him to her dorm, and thus guaranteeing that Luca would not be dallying about his change before rushing to her room.

There was silence for a minute, then Elliott said, “So, why don’t you ever give me the, ‘Bad boy! Go to my room’ spiel?’”

She almost stopped when he said that, but instead settled for dragging him towards the dorm, nearly overbalancing him in the process. “Are you really going to try that on me now, Elliot, considering that display of testosterone fuelled idiocy? I’ve a mind to send you both to the naughty corner.”

Elliot sobered a little at that, and instead said quietly, “I’d heard you had werewolves in your family…” as they strode through the hall.

“Oh?” Dahlia asked. “Then what was that back there?”

Elliott frowned. “I thought you were in danger.”

“I’m not in danger from my own foster brother,” Dahlia snarled.

Elliott smiled grimly. “He didn’t exactly come with a sign proclaiming that.” He stopped at her doorway and. For a second, Dahlia thought he was doing it as just another thing to piss her off, before she realised that he needed an invitation.

That recognition took some of the wind out of her sails. Both Annabelle and Meredith had impressed it upon her not to ever utter the words, “Come in,” when a hand gesture or assumption would do, unless it was daylight. Hand gestures and assumptions weren’t strong enough invitations to let a vampire into a new residence.

But this was Elliott and, even though she was pissed at him, Dahlia intellectually knew that he would never do anything to harm her. He hadn’t when she’d been at his private residence, and that was almost like inviting a vampire to drink from you.

“Elliott, would you please come in?” she said, and at the same time heard the sound of Luca thundering through the double doors that marked the entrance to her building.

“Dahlia! No!”

Luca reappeared, and in human form no less, just in time to watch Elliott take the step over the threshold to Dahlia’s room. He threw himself into the room with a growl, and grabbed Elliott by the throat. Elliott was taken off guard by the sudden attack, but his reflexes worked faster than Luca moved and, before the ‘wolf could take advantage of his hold on Elliott, he was propelled into the opposite wall by the vampire’s shove, jolting the couple of wall hangings she had nearby.

“I am not a danger to Dahlia,” Elliott informed him in quiet, well retained, words that virtually mimicked Dahlia’s assurances of Luca just before.

“Luca, Elliott, don’t,” Dahlia echoed, which was when Elliott stepped back from Luca, having made his point.

Luca stayed by the wall for a second longer, catching his breath and glaring at Elliott. His gaze turned to Dahlia.

“How could you invite him into your room? You know the rules!”

“You don’t know Elliott,” Dahlia informed him flatly. “If you did, you’d know he was about as likely to hurt me as Annabelle.”

The two foster siblings stared each other down for a long time. Elliott stood to the side but, after a time, stepped back and settled himself on her bed content to wait them out. Luca saw this and scoffed.

“He looks fairly comfortable in here.”

“And that might be a problem, if you hadn’t just seen me invite him in.” Dahlia crossed her arms, shaking her head. “Seriously, Luca. I’m not sixteen anymore. You and the pack have no control over who I do or don’t invite into my room.”

Luca’s teeth were gritted. He wasn’t letting this go. “Someone is killing werewolves.”

“And I’m not a werewolf,” Dahlia said blithely, completely ignoring the fact that she herself had been worried about confusion due to her connections to the pack just a few minutes before.

Elliott, in a moment of self-preservation, chose not to bring that either.

“And I thought I would come here and surprise you, since I didn’t get to see you last night.” Luca’s teeth were still gritted, but now he looked sad as well. That sadness deprived Dahlia of the ability to offer some sort of snark regarding how much of a surprise it had been to come back and see a wolf around her building. He continued, as though almost reading her thoughts. “It surprised me when I could smell a vampire coming my way. I can do more damage as a ’wolf than as a man.”

Elliott nodded his head in an acknowledgement.

Luca saw it, even if Dahlia didn’t. Looking at Elliott now, Luca asked grudgingly, “So, who is he?”

Dahlia sighed. Older brother types were supposed to be annoying, weren’t they? Hadn’t she heard as much from at least a dozen girls during high school? At least she got along with hers the majority of the time. “This is Elliott. He’s a friend. One of mine—and Annabelle’s—friends,” she said, making it clear how Dahlia had gotten to know him. Luca knew his Auntie Annabelle didn’t suffer fools and had never been a cruel woman, for all that she was a vampire.

Luca flicked another glance in Elliott’s direction. “Okay then.”

Dahlia turned to Elliott. “Elliott, this is Luca. His father was basically a father to me after mine… ran off.” There was still that lump in her throat whenever she mentioned him. She went on quickly. “Luca pretty much adopted me as a little sister.”

Elliott inclined his head. “And you’ve been looking out for her ever since. Very commendable.”

Luca narrowed his eyes at Elliott, trying to judge if there had been anything facetious in the compliment. Elliott just looked back at him. Eventually Luca offered him a stiff nod. “Thanks,” he murmured.

Dahlia heaved a relieved sigh. Her relief was short lived, however.

“As entertaining as this unexpected gathering is…” was all Dahlia had time to say, before her phone went off.

Both boys jumped. Elliot hissed, Luca snarled, as both immediately went to their fighting stances.

“Oh Jesus. Right, nobody move. I don’t want either of you to kill my phone!”

Both boys copped a look of, ‘Can I take my attention off you for two minutes without coming back to a fight?’ to which they each had the good grace to look somewhat ashamed. She wasn’t sure whether that was because of their boorish behaviour or the realization that they nearly ended up going in to a boxing match with something that could only be considered a lethal weapon in the hands of Russell Crowe.

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http://www.amazon.com/Gothic-ebook/dp/B009UVPUU0/

To contact Nicole: In Twitter: https://twitter.com/faerywhimsy

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Thanks Nicole for sharing your work with us and thanks all for reading!

Hi all:

I’ve come looking for some help. I don’t know if that’s the case with other writers, but I seem to accumulate beginnings of stories that sometimes get parked because I’m too busy, or because another story comes up in my head, or because I get stuck, or life gets in the way…And every so often I revisit this orphaned stories and sometimes I think…nothing doing, but sometimes I wonder if it might be worth investing more time or carrying on writing and seeing if it gets anywhere…

I’ve decided to try and rescue the beginning of some of these stories and bring them to your attention. I’d be really grateful for your feedback, positive or negative. If positive I’ll put them in the pile of ‘future work’. If negative, I’ll put them out of their misery.

In no particular order…I’ll start with this one….

Xenon

Xenon. Billie always tried to guess things about her patients by their names, even before reading the referral letter, or the notes, but somebody called Xenon…It said something about his parents for sure, but…

It was a referral letter in his case. Very vague. She wondered if it would be one of these cases where somebody who should have been referred to a counsellor, or told to get a life, had been referred to a psychiatrist. No specific symptoms, asking for help…Drugs maybe?

He was a young man, 27 nearly 28, quite attractive, the tall, dark and handsome type, dressed in a casual but expensive manner. He shook her hand and sat in front of her, at the other side of the desk. He appeared quite relaxed.

“Dr Curtis…”

“Mr Taylor…”

“Call me Xenon. Or Xen. Everybody does.”

“Thanks.” She must have looked intrigued or puzzled because he felt obliged to explain.

“My parents wanted to call me X but they weren’t allowed to. The guy at the registry thought Xenon was a real name.”

“Everybody always asks you the same, I imagine.”

“Not always. Some people pretend they know the name or they’ve heard it before. In a human being, not a gas.”

Billie smiled. At that point she wasn’t really sure that it was going anywhere.

“Sorry but Dr Asley’s letter isn’t very specific. Why do you think you need to see a psychiatrist?”

“Oh…I have problems…I don’t mean I’m mad, or depressed, or anything like that. It’s just…I’m different…”

OK. One of those. Nobody understands me, I’m trying to find myself…Bo-ring.

“I don’t mean all that crap… ‘I don’t fit in’. ‘Nobody understands me’. No, I mean…I don’t….I’m not a human being. I’m different.”

Billie knew her face was not showing anything. She was a professional and had heard a lot of things. But now what? Humour him, or send him on his way? Was he genuinely mad? How had he not come to the attention of mental health services before if he was really mad? Had something happened recently?

“I’ve lived with it all this time but it’s getting too much.”

OK, the next question was self-evident, but that didn’t mean it shouldn’t be asked.

“If you’re not a human being, what exactly are you?”

Xenon smiled and as he did opened him mouth wide. His canines had become fangs and his eyes had changed, showing elongated pupils, like a cat’s.

“Oh, I see. You’re a vampire.”

“Yes.”

How unoriginal! Billie sighed. It was a reasonable trick, but she had things to do. Better things to do.

“Have you come on behalf of my friend Cynthia? She’s been talking about secret societies and vampires since we were kids. I’m not that interested.”

“I’m not joking. It isn’t a trick!” He said, holding her by the wrists and leaving marks there. That was much more than she was prepared to take from somebody who wasn’t even a patient yet.

“What do you think you’re doing? I don’t care if you’re Count Dracula in person, but don’t touch me! Do you understand?”

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to…Look again…” He showed her how his teeth transformed into fangs, step by step. OK, no tricks she could see. He then smiled.

“I can do other things too.”

Suddenly the things on her desk moved without his touching them, including the computer and all the papers, lifting up and floating as if not subject to laws of gravity and then twirling around. He then just gave a short nod and all went back to its previous position.

“Telekinesis…”

“Amongst other things. Your friend has been right all along.”

Maybe he should be telling Cynthia rather than her. The guy was definitely different, but from that to needing a psychiatrist, and her in particular…

“Well…What do you expect from me?”

“Help. It’s difficult to live between humans and pretend to be like them when to us they are only…”

“For feeding. Cows?”

Xenon nodded and then a smile toyed in his face.

“You know? You seem very calm and cool about all this. You aren’t thinking about telling anybody, are you? You’re bound by clients’ confidentiality.”

“I’m not sure it applies to non-humans.”

Xenon looked at her with incredulity and menace in his eyes.

“If you try…I’ll hunt you down and…kill you.”

“That’s what I call the beginning of a good therapeutic relationship. Why did you choose me?”

“I sensed something about your name.”

Billie couldn’t help trying to get some amusement out of the situation.

“Shouldn’t you be in your coffin or something? It’s day time.”

“Oh, there’re a lot of things people believe about us that are pure crap and lurid imagination. For some reason we appear to be a never ending source of desire, fear and inspiration to humans.”

The uncanny, as Freud put it. He was right about human’s fancy with vampires and other monsters, although vampires more than others.

“But you suck blood.”

“Sure…”

“That’s a relief. At least they got something right. I’m not sure I could have coped with such disappointment and let down.”

Xenon laughed.

“I like your sense of humour. Very…dark.”

“It helps in my profession.”

They looked at each other. Surprisingly Xenon gave up first and looked down.

“I’ll bring you our book of rules and laws…It might help you understand my issues.”

“Do you have a code of conduct, rules, regulations…?”

“We’re a very ancient…people…Yes, we have some laws…”

“Good…Isn’t all this supposed to be a secret? Aren’t you breaking the rules here?”

“Billie…Yes, of course. But then…I’m trying to avoid breaking more serious rules. There are rules and there are rules…and as you know rules are made to be bent…if not broken. I hope you don’t mind if I call you Billie.”

“I’m not that bothered.”

“Could we meet in the evenings? Yes, we can walk around and all that, but we’re creatures of the night, that’s true enough. We function better at night.”

“I only have use of my office during standard working hours.”

He might be prepared to break or bend the rules, but Billie didn’t want to set a precedent. It was quite clear this was a guy who didn’t take no for an answer if he could help it. He needed boundaries…and many other things, although she didn’t have any idea of what those might be.

“Could I come to your place? Or we could meet somewhere else. I have a nice apartment.”

No way.

“I don’t do home visits…If you insist…If you give me your mobile number I’ll let you know of a convenient evening, if you don’t have any…”

We normally meet on Thursdays, after midnight. I don’t imagine you’d want to meet that late. Otherwise most of my business is conducted at night.”

“Give me your number.”

Xenon gave her a card. Black, red letters, very stylish.

“Very you…I’ll call you.”

He looked at her fixedly.

“I will call you. Honest. Can’t you read my mind? Or is that also part of the folklore?”

“We’re quite good with some people. Some better than others. Particularly if the person isn’t very complicated.”

She guessed that was as close to a compliment as she could expect to get from him. He then gave her a thick envelope. It was full of money.

“What is this for?”

“I want to pay you in advance. Just tell me when you think we’ve run out of money and I’ll keep topping up. It isn’t a problem.”

“But, how many sessions do you think you need?”

“No idea…Anyway, pleasure meeting you. See you next week.”

“Listen, this money…”

“Oh, don’t worry. You’ll earn it. Don’t be concerned about that. I don’t give anything for nothing.”

He shook her hand and left swiftly.

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 The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1)
• Title: The Nightlife New York (Book #1 in The Nightlife Series)
Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: August 18, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Adult Romance

Synopsis ::
Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.
Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron’s life she shares the benefits of her blood (after getting him shot accidentally). He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.
Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, Aaron is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).
And then she puts him to work-a male escort in the sex trade-same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It’s do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. The real kicker-amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he’s falling in love.
Can he maintain and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle’s wrath.
The Nightlife: Las Vegas (The Nightlife, #2) 
 Title: The Nightlife Las Vegas (Book #2 in The Nightlife Series) • Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: November 17, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Adult Romance Erotica Thriller

Synopsis ::
 
Vampires, Aaron Pilan and his master Michelle, live by one rule — no bloodslaves. EVER. Aaron breaks that rule when he meets Anastasia. All Anastasia wants is to be loved and cherished, but the predatory men she’s attracted to bring her only pain and abuse. Escaping one train-wreck relationship for another, she finds happiness with Aaron and Michelle as a bloodslave, a ‘pet’. When Aaron uses his telepathy to win thousands at the gambling tables, he attracts the deadly attention of the Colombian Cartel and Aaron and Michelle are ‘disappeared’. Addicted to the bite of her vampire lovers, Ana is desperate to find them. But, Las Vegas isn’t ready for vampires mixing heroin, sex and vengeance. Ana is trapped in the spiraling chaos.
Find out what happens in the second novel of the Nightlife Series.
★★★★★ “Go grab a copy before this much fun is declared illegal.”
★★★★★ “Mr. Luedke once again showcasing his considerable talent for crafting erotic, action-packed, supernatural thrillers that leave the reader saying “Wow!”
★★★★★ “A no-holds-barred, easy-to-read romp that mixes fantasy, suspense, horror and erotica, and does it well.”
Blood Slave (The Nightlife, #3)
• Title: Blood Slave (Book #3 in the series, but considered a stand alone novel)
Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: December 23, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Erotic, Adult Romance
Synopsis :: 
 
Her mother named her Esperanza de Salvador – Hope for Salvation. But when a girl works as an escort for Colombian cartel in the ghettos of Spanish Harlem, there wasn’t much hope, or salvation.
Hope’s telepathic ability keeps her a step ahead of ruin, but her unusual gift attracts the attention of a psychotic vampire bitch. Trapped in a Manhattan penthouse with the psycho, she thought she was dead meat.
Her survival lies in the hands of Vampire Master Enrique. He seems to respect her, perhaps even care. As a measure of protection, he makes her his personal Bloodslave. Helplessly addicted to his bite, Enrique rules her every moment. As always, Hope must adapt to survive.
Swept into the decadent nightlife of Manhattan’s elite, she falls in love with Enrique and prays someday he may grow to love her, too. But is it simply a relationship of convenience? Is she nothing more than a concubine desperate to satisfy his nightly demands for blood and sex?
And forever in the background is the fear that one day the cartel boss she abandoned will hunt her down to collect on old debts.
Link to all the posts in the tour with dates. Check it out!
1. Coffee, Books & Lipgloss – Review 2. Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Review
3. The Boyfriend Bookmark – Review 4. The Book Diaries – Review
5. Crystal’s Random Thoughts – Promo 6. Manhattan Reader – Review
7. Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews – Review 8. Romance is in the Air – Promo
9. Kindred Dreamheart – Promo 10. The Fantastical World of Wonders – Promo
11. K is for Kechell – Review 12. A Bookish Escape – Review
13. Ethereal Book Reviews – Review 14. For the Love of Writing… – Promo
15. Inner Goddess – Review 16. Forest of Drago – Review
17. Tome Tender – Promo 18. A.R. Von DreamZ of Dragons – Promo
19. Debra Wattes – Promo 20. Layla Moon – Review
21. C.M.Brown – Review 22. BlookGirl – Review
23. Laura’s Review Bookshelf – Review 24. Kirstin Pulioff – Review
25. OlgaNM – Promo 26. Share My Destiny – Review
27. Galericulate – Review 28. Pamela Foreman, Published Author – Review
29. Read-Love-Blog – Promo 30. A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review
31. Rachel Tsoumbakos – Review 32. Tugce’nin Kitapli?Ÿi – Review
33. Teen Blurb – Review 34. Fifty Shades of Tribute – Review
35. Writers on the Wharf – Review 36. My Super Book Blog – Review
37. Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After – Review 38. Drunken Space Penguin – Review
39. TwoGirlsReading – Review 40. Pezz Rambles – Promo
41. Orchard book club – Review 42. Sparkly Knickers – Review
43. Mandy – Review 44. Hardcover Therapy – Review
45. Erzabet’s Enchantments – Review 46. Booksessed Bec – Review
47. Italian Brat’s Obsessions – Promo
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Wow! I hope you’re enjoyed the post and follow the tour!
And Friday, Dan O’Brien telling us the dos and don’ts of getting your work into a magazine…And remember, on Friday 1st March my YA novella  ‘Twin Evils?‘ (also in Spanish: ‘Gemela Maldad’) is FREE! For one day only. Don’t miss your chance.

Reminiscent of fairy tales but also touching subjects such as sibling rivalry gone awry, ‘Twin Evils?’ tells the story of a pair of Twins, Ruth and Max, who are extreme opposites, in looks and behaviour. Their friend Hilda tries to remain neutral but it’s no easy task. A tragedy completely transforms their lives, but was it fate or “something” else? It is also available in Spanish version ‘Gemela Maldad’.

Here are international links:

‘Twin Evils?’

http://viewbook.at/B00BDRA9DM

‘Gemela Maldad’

http://viewbook.at/B00BDRLLX4

Enjoy your reading and please, spread the word!

Many thanks:

Olga

Today in my Christmas selection, on Christmas Eve, I want to revisit the interviews with two extremely talented writers who both share a love for the genre of vampires, and are fans of each other’s writing, Deborah Palumbo and Jodie Pierce.

And now, without further ado I leave you with Deborah!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   

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First of all, I want to say I’m really glad to be here!

I’m a self-pubbed fiction author now but I began as a young gal who from age 7 through 18 wrote poems for God, but I always wanted to write novels; it was something innate. That dream however, didn’t happen until I was unfortunately stricken with a debilitating illness; as a result, I have 9 novels published on Amazon and many more are sitting in my file waiting to be dusted off!

I spin yarns in several genres, available as ebooks and paperback: Paranormal…laced with mystery and romance, historical, and mystery/crime…you know who dunnit with frustrated detectives who are hot on the trail of some killer. The one element they all have in common is they are all mystery based.

I also co wrote a screenplay with actor/writer Jordan Rhodes. I loved the experience immensely, but writing novels is still much preferred.

Okay so now that we’ve gotten my humble bio out of the way, we’re ready for the meat and potatoes.

So, here we are about to discuss my vampire series The Undeparted and in particular book 3 The Banished One. Yeah, I’ve already finished book 3 which means you have to promise me you’ll rush to Amazon and buy all 3 books and get caught up on the paranormal mystery/romance series and the characters, Quentin, the father of all vampires who is in an emotional transition, the beautiful and once mortal Cassandra, Quentin’s sidekick since the 1200’s the sexy and mean spirited Christian, and the vicious and evil Lucius.

If you’re a prime member, my books are free to you, otherwise, the Kindle books are only $2.99, paperback are $7.95. I’ve gotten terrific reviews, so I hope you’ll check out the series.

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The Banished One, a serial killer vampire also named Lucius, is still wreaking havoc on the sleepy town in Tower City, and since he’s supernatural he can’t be captured by normal police procedure.

A frustrated Lieutenant Welby refuses to believe that the elusive Lucius, the one responsible for those dead bodies in his town, is a vampire; that defies logic. There’s got to be another explanation for those fang marks in the victims’ throats.

Welby remains a staunch disbeliever in vampires until the coroner, Doc McMahon, causes him to change his mind!

Doc shows Welby his ancestral journal from the 1700’s regarding Quentin Castle, the father of all vampires.

Welby ( and the reader) is whisked back in time as he reads those yellowed pages filled with encounters of beautiful women being lured to their mortal doom and transformed into vampires by the handsome and charming Quentin. But what causes Welby to finally be convinced, is a series of preternatural events and the coroner’s scientific evidence!

Welby then follows the old town rumors about vampires right to Quentin and his gothic castle to enlist Quentin’s supernatural aid in capturing Lucius.

But will Quentin, the only one who can stop Lucius’ vampire tirades, help the Lieutenant or make him one of The Undeparted?

Will Quentin battle Lucius and send Lucius to the bowels of hell for eternity, finally ensuring that Cassandra is safe from her old beau? Will the old coal mining town be safe at last?

EXCERPT FROM THE BANISHED ONE:

Suddenly a chemical shot through Lucius while he was watching that sexy female, similar to a feeling when he was mortal and checking out a hot babe. But this desire in his vampire state was more intense, almost electrified and mingled with this lustful craving for blood. He had to drink from her neck; taste her life’s essence, and he had to get laid. There was no fighting it, no self-control. He was accustomed to indulging every desire, no matter if they were spontaneous eruptions from some surging chemical, or a well-planned rendezvous. I

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did and falls in love with the series! Thanks Olga and everyone for letting me chew your ear off for a few minutes!

Deborah Palumbo

MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE, ebook and paperback, AND on: AMAZON; http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=deborah+palumbo&x=6&y=19 FOLLOW ME AT THESE HAUNTS: MY WEBSITE: http://www.deborahpalumbo.com MY BLOG: http://deborahpalumbotheundeparted.blogspot.com/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/deborahpalumbo2 GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6441876.Deborah_Palumbo NINGS BOOK BLOGS: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/deborahpalumbo SHELFARI: http://www.shelfari.com/deborahpalumbo

If you like my books please remember to hit the “like” button, review them and recommend them!

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And Jodie Pierce talks very candidly about her writing and life in general in this interview:

Tell me a bit about yourself: I am 37 and live with my hubby in Cleveland, Ohio. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but didn’t start writing about then until I read an Anne Rice book one day. I was an exchange student in Brasil so you will find some of that in my stories. I enjoy research so many places, foods, clothes, etc are true in my stories. I currently have eight books published.

What type of genre do you write? Paranormal.

What genre to you personally read? Paranormal.

Tell me about your latest? The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.

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Where is your book available?  www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?  My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved it.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?  I can’t remember the exact book but it was an Anne Rice book. Christine Feehan lead me into my erotic side too.

What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? I already had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the book came to me in a dream.

What has been your best moment as a writer?  The day I got that email that said they wanted to publish my first story.

Who is your author idol?  Anne Rice!

Do you see yourself in any of your characters? No but I write other people around me into my characters.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? There’s always more to do. More to write…LOL!

What does your workspace look like? I work, sitting on my recliner with my computer on my lap. My table next to my chair is loaded with papers, notes and Luna bar wrappers.

What do you do when you’re not writing? I enjoy watching tv with hubby, getting coffee or a bite to eat out, spend time with my parents.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Persistence but most writers/artists aren’t sane.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer? I just always knew since middle school. I loved to write even then.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give up.

Who would be your favorite character in your current release?

My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive, impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her reign in the vampire race.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the ‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name plot’ it amuses me.

Does travel play in the writing of your books? Well, not exactly travel in as far as my personal travelling to locations but I research all of my locations. I like to do research so I look up everything from places, food, clothes, etc. It helps me learn about new places and makes the reading more interesting in my opinion.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that. Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL!  J

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it up much anymore.

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

My hubby and I seem to be foodies. We watch all the cooking and food shows. We love to try new things, places, food, etc. On the cooking shows, they spoke about using bone marrow. I already have a hard time with eating food off a bone so it grossed me out. I said I’d ‘never’ eat it. Well, we went to a critically acclaimed chef’s restaurant, Lolita by Michael Simon and it was on the menu. He ordered it and I was still skeptical but he talked me into trying it. I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually pretty good. I wouldn’t eat it every day and it is an acquired taste but it was good.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“I often paint self-portraits for it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida Kahlo

It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life comes from.

After this book, what is next? I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.

Website:     thevampirequeen1@weebly.com

Blog:   www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

2nd Blog:   www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14  and www.facebook.com/authors.authority which I co manage with my favorite author friend, Deborah Palumbo (check her out on my 2nd blog as the first interview).

www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/Sink_Your_Fangs_In www.goodreads.com/user/show/5216941-jodie-pierce http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jodie-pierce/25/357/b22 Twitter: @vampiregds

http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/thevampirequeen https://www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14

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First of all MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all. Second, on Friday we will revisit the interview with author Vanessa Wester, as part of our Christmas special. And before I leave…

Just remind you of my book, The Man Who Never Was

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWRT22

And don’t forget my new series of novellas, Escaping Psychiatry about a psychiatrist and writer and her adventures.

‘Cannon Fodder’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 1)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWO8Z6

‘Teamwork’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 2)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWSQJA

And ‘Memory’ (Escaping Psychiatry Part 3)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWVRCS

Como les prometí la semana pasada, esta semana tenemos DOS autoras invitada. Hoy, Jodie Pierce nos ofrece una entrevista sincera y fascinante que nos da información privilegiada sobre sus métodos de escritura y su personalidad creativa.

Y el viernes, tendremos de invitada a Vanesa Wester. Y les puedo garantizar que tampoco tendrá desperdicio.

Y ahora les dejo con Jodie que también nos habla de vampiros….

Entrevista con Jodie Pierce

 

Tengo el gran honor de tener como autora invitada a Jodie Pierce. Si os gusta el género paranormal, no os perdáis ‘The Vampire Queen’ (La reina de los vampiros). Y ahora, os dejo con Jodie que nos hablará de su obra y de muchas otras cosas fascinantes.

 

Dime algo sobre ti: Tengo 37 años y vivo con mi marido en Cleveland, Ohio. Siempre me han fascinado los vampiros, desde que era niña pero no empecé a escribir sobre ellos hasta que un día leí el libro de Anne Rice. Yo era una estudiante de intercambio en Brasil y leeréis algo sobre ello en mis historias. Me gusta informarme sobre lugares, comida, ropa, etc para darle más realidad a mis historias. He publicado ocho libros hasta ahora.

 

¿Qué género de libros escribes? Paranormal.

 

¿Qué tipo de libros lees? Paranormal.

 

Dinos algo sobre tu última novela. The Vampire Queen una vez más está al mando de sus sujetos aunque esta vez es una escuela para los niños ‘diferentes’ de Escocia. Una escuela llena de vampiros, brujas, brujos, elfos y hadas, que es odiada y temida por todos los estudiantes. Un nuevo grupo de brujas y brujos aparecen a las puertas de la escuela y causan todo tipo de problemas. Vampiros y brujas se llevan a matar y muy pocos creen que la escuela pueda sobrevivir. La Reina se reúne con un antiguo amante pero ¿a qué precio? Un nuevo amante y uno de sus previos amantes se unen para intentar destronar a la Reina. ¿Lo conseguirán? ¿Seguirá la Reina con su terrorífico dominio sobre la escuela? ¿Funcionarán los encantos  y hechizos y cambiarán la historia? Todo será rebelado al final.

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¿Dónde se puede comprar tu libro? www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com

 

¿Qué te hizo apasionarte por los libros y el arte de una buena historia? A mis padres siempre les ha gustado la lectura. Mi madre era bibliotecaria y mi padre leía al menos un libro al día así que yo empecé a leer en mi etapa formativa y me encantó.

 

¿Hay algún libro en particular que haya afectado o cambiado tu vida de manera radical? No recuerdo exactamente qué libro pero fue una de las novelas de Anne Rice. Christine Feehan me introdujo al aspecto erótico.

 

¿Cuál fue la semilla de tu inspiración para tu último libro? Ya había escrito los libros 1 & 2 y decidí que quería completar una trilogía. Decidí atar algunos de los cabos que habían quedado sueltos en los primeros dos libros y la idea para el tercero me llegó en un sueño.

 

¿Cuál ha sido tu mejor momento como escritora? El día en que recibí el primer correo electrónico diciéndome que querían publicar mi primera historia.

 

¿Quién es tu ídolo como autor? ¡Anne Rice!

 

¿Te reconoces a ti misma en alguno de tus personajes? No, pero introduzco a gente a mi alrededor en mis personajes.

 

¿Crees que tu sueño se ha convertido en realidad o queda todavía mucho por hacer? Siempre queda mucho por hacer. ¡Más que escribir!

 

¿Dónde escribes? Yo escribo sentada en mi silla reclinable con mi ordenador en la falda. La mesa junto a mi silla está cubierta de papeles, notas y envoltorios de Luna bar (chocolate).

 

¿Qué haces cuando no estás escribiendo? Disfruto viendo la televisión con mi marido, yendo a tomar un café o comiendo fuera, visitando a mis padres.

 

¿Cuáles son los atributos más importantes para mantenerse cuerdo como escritor? Ser persistente, pero la mayoría de escritores y artistas no están cuerdos.

 

¿Hubo un instante cuando te diste cuenta de que serías escritora? Siempre lo supe desde el instituto. Me encantaba escribir ya entonces.

 

¿Qué consejo le daría a los que aspiran a ser escritores? Sigue intentándolo. Sigue tus sueños. Sólo fracasas si abandonas.

 

¿Cuál es tu personaje favorito en tu última novela? Mi personaje favorito es la protagonista, La Reina Vampira.  Al principio es una mujer joven y asustada que tiene que descubrir de nuevo todo lo que sabía sobre si misma. Después de conseguir eso, se convierte en una mujer atrevida, seductora, impulsiva, a veces arrogante y petulante pero sin compasión y determinada a resumir su reinado sobre la raza de vampiros.

 

¿Son importantes los nombres de los personajes en tu novela? ¿Cómo y por qué? Escojo los nombres de un libro gigante de nombres de bebés que tengo o en el Internet a través de páginas con nombres de bebés. Normalmente pienso en una letra para el nombre y entonces busco por ejemplo, todas las ‘t’s y selecciono un nombre empezando con esa letra que reúna las principales características de ese personaje. Lo hace más divertido para mí y aunque nadie sepa mi ‘diabólico plan de nombres’ me divierte.

 

¿El viajar juega algún papel en la escritura de tus libros? Bueno, no exactamente si nos referimos a viajar personalmente a los escenarios pero estudio todos los escenarios y sitios que aparecen en mis libros. También me gusta estudiar detalles sobre los lugares, comida, ropas, costumbres, etc. Me ayuda a aprender cosas nuevas y hace la lectura más interesante en mi opinión.

 

¿Qué te produce más satisfacción al escribir? Me gusta la posibilidad que me ofrece de expresar mi creatividad. Mucho de lo que escribo viene de mis sueños. Sueño un concepto central y luego tengo otros sueños sobre varias escenas que ocurren en el libro. A menudo me despierto a las 4 de la mañana y tengo que escribir. También estoy acostada en la cama antes de quedarme dormida pensando y se me ocurren muy buenas ideas así que siempre tengo lápiz y papel junto a la cama. A veces mi marido me da una gran idea para una historia y yo la desarrollo. Eso es lo que pasó con la historia en la que estoy trabajando ahora. A veces me quedo estancada en el medio pero luego la compuerta se abre y ¡cuidado, apartense!

 

¿Qué piensan tu pareja y tu familia sobre tu carrera de escritora?

Bueno, esto es algo delicado e intentaré no ofender a nadie, pero tengo que ser sincera. Mi marido es my mayor apoyo. Como he dicho, me da ideas, lee mis libros, los compra (me anima a comprar libros de otros autores que necesito para alimentar el cerebro hambriento de los lectores), etc. Me dice todo el tiempo que está muy orgulloso de mí y me recuerda cuando estoy baja de moral como de lejos he llegado en mi camino para convertirme en escritora. Por el contrario, mis padres (a los que estoy muy unida) no parecen darle ninguna importancia. No han leído nunca ninguna de mis historias (y leen mucho, a veces 4 libros por semana). Mi madre dice que es porque son sobre vampiros y a ella no le gusta ese género. Mi padre me dice que está orgulloso de mí pero no deja de quejarse porque no me he hecho millonaria con mis libros. Es frustrante. Los quiero pero no me apoyan. Me siento perdida con ellos y no saco a relucir el tema mucho estos días.

 

Dinos cuál es tu restaurante favorito.

A mi marido y a mí nos interesa mucho la comida y la cocina. Vemos todos los programas de cocinar y de alimentos. Nos encanta probar nuevas cosas, sitios, comidas, etc. En uno de los programas de cocina hablaran sobre usar médula ósea. A mí ya me costaba comer carne directamente del hueso así que esto me dio mucho asco. Dije que ‘nunca’ lo probaría. Pues fuimos a comer a un restaurante aclamado por la crítica, Lolita de Michael Simon y estaba en el menú. Mi marido lo pidió y yo seguía siendo bastante escéptica pero me convenció para que lo probara. Tengo que reconocer que no era tan malo como había pensado, y de hecho estaba bueno. No lo comería cada día y es algo a lo que hay que acostumbrarse pero estaba bueno.

 

¿Quién es tu autor/a favorito?

Mi autor favorito es también la mujer que me inspiró a escribir sobre vampiros. Yo estaba escribiendo novelas románticas, aburrida a muerte con ellas y sin inspiración. A mí me han fascinado los vampiros desde que era pequeña pero no fue hasta que leí uno de los libros de Anne Rice que decidí que debería escribir sobre esos vampiros a los que quería tanto hacía tanto tiempo. Con respecto a mis libro eróticos, Christine Feehan fue mi inspiración adicional después de leer la serie Sleeping Beauty  (La Bella Durmiente) de Anne Rice. Los libros de Ms. Feehan son fantásticos y guiaron mi imaginación a lugares de los que nunca creí podría escribir.

 

¿Tienes una expresión favorita? ¿Cuál es? “A menudo pinto auto-retratos porque yo soy la que me conozco mejor.”-Frida Kahlo. Me recuerda que tengo que mirar hacia mi interior porque de ahí es donde viene todo en mi vida.

 

¿Y después de este libro? Ya tengo otra historia en la que estoy trabajando. De momento se llama ‘The Forsaken One’ (‘El abandonado’)

 

Si quieren saber más sobre mi o ponerse en contacto conmigo:

Website:     thevampirequeen1@weebly.com

Blog:   www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

2nd Blog:   www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14  y www.facebook.com/authors.authority que comparto con mi favorita  amiga/autora, Deborah Palumbo (Lean al primera entrevista en mi Segundo blog para saber más sobre ella).

www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/Sink_Your_Fangs_In
www.goodreads.com/user/show/5216941-jodie-pierce

 

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Y antes de dejarles, un par de cosas. La semana que viene también tendremos a dos autoras invitadas. Les prometo que será de lo más especial.

Y por supuesto, no les puedo dejar sin recordarles que mi libro ‘El hombre que nunca existió’ está a la venta en versión electrónica.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWEGC8

Y como novedad, les daré el enlace para mi página de autora en Goodreads. Si todavía no son miembros de Goodreads y les gusta leer, ¿ a qué están esperando? Es una página de web maravillosa para descubrir libros de géneros diversos, lectores con intereses similares, conocer a sus autores favoritos, participar en eventos y hacer amigos. ¡Anímense!

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

 

 


As promised last week, this week we have TWO guest authors talking about themselves, life as writers, and their books. The first one is Jodie Pierce who has been kind enough to accept my invitation and offers us an illuminating and open account of her life experience and how this formed her as a writer. As I mentioned last week, there is continuity as she also has been writing about vampires.

And now, over to you, Jodie:

 

Tell me a bit about yourself: I am 37 and live with my hubby in Cleveland, Ohio. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but didn’t start writing about then until I read an Anne Rice book one day. I was an exchange student in Brasil so you will find some of that in my stories. I enjoy research so many places, foods, clothes, etc are true in my stories. I currently have eight books published.

 

What type of genre do you write? Paranormal.

 

What genre to you personally read? Paranormal.

 

Tell me about your latest? The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.

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Where is your book available?  www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com

 

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?  My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved it.

 

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?  I can’t remember the exact book but it was an Anne Rice book. Christine Feehan lead me into my erotic side too.

 

What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? I already had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the book came to me in a dream.

 

What has been your best moment as a writer?  The day I got that email that said they wanted to publish my first story.

 

Who is your author idol?  Anne Rice!

 

Do you see yourself in any of your characters? No but I write other people around me into my characters.

 

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? There’s always more to do. More to write…LOL!

 

What does your workspace look like? I work, sitting on my recliner with my computer on my lap. My table next to my chair is loaded with papers, notes and Luna bar wrappers.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing? I enjoy watching tv with hubby, getting coffee or a bite to eat out, spend time with my parents.

 

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Persistence but most writers/artists aren’t sane.

 

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer? I just always knew since middle school. I loved to write even then.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give up.

 

Who would be your favorite character in your current release?

My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive, impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her reign in the vampire race.

 

 

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the ‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name plot’ it amuses me.

 

Does travel play in the writing of your books? Well, not exactly travel in as far as my personal travelling to locations but I research all of my locations. I like to do research so I look up everything from places, food, clothes, etc. It helps me learn about new places and makes the reading more interesting in my opinion.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that. Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL!  J

 

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it up much anymore.

 

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

My hubby and I seem to be foodies. We watch all the cooking and food shows. We love to try new things, places, food, etc. On the cooking shows, they spoke about using bone marrow. I already have a hard time with eating food off a bone so it grossed me out. I said I’d ‘never’ eat it. Well, we went to a critically acclaimed chef’s restaurant, Lolita by Michael Simon and it was on the menu. He ordered it and I was still skeptical but he talked me into trying it. I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually pretty good. I wouldn’t eat it every day and it is an acquired taste but it was good.

 

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.

 

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“I often paint self-portraits for it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida Kahlo

It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life comes from.

 

After this book, what is next? I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.

Website:     thevampirequeen1@weebly.com

Blog:   www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

2nd Blog:   www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14  and www.facebook.com/authors.authority which I co manage with my favorite author friend, Deborah Palumbo (check her out on my 2nd blog as the first interview).

www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/Sink_Your_Fangs_In
www.goodreads.com/user/show/5216941-jodie-pierce
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jodie-pierce/25/357/b22
Twitter: @vampiregds

http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/thevampirequeen
https://www.facebook.com/jodie.pierce.14

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And of course, a couple of other things: Friday, the 7th December we have as guest author, Vanessa Wester. Again this is a cracking account of how he became a writer that all of you should enjoy.

Next week I have a couple more interesting guests. But more about that on Friday.

Just remind you of my book, The Man Who Never Was

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWRT22

 

And I have an author page in Goodreads. If anybody is not yet in Goodreads, don’t waste a minute. It’s a wonderful site were you can share your love for all kinds of books, set yourself writing challenges, get to meet some of your favourite authors and be invited to great events. Don’t miss it!

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi all: I’m very pleased to introduce my friend and extremely talented writer Deborah Palumbo as a guest in my blog. I’m exhilarated for this opportunity and she was kind enough to have me featured in her own blog. If you are keen on being introduced to new writers, her blog is the place and I’d advise you to follow it. I do!

And now, without further ado I leave you with Deborah!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:    me no flower

First of all, I want to say I’m really glad to be here!

I’m a self-pubbed fiction author now but I began as a young gal who from age 7 through 18 wrote poems for God, but I always wanted to write novels; it was something innate. That dream however, didn’t happen until I was unfortunately stricken with a debilitating illness; as a result, I have 9 novels published on Amazon and many more are sitting in my file waiting to be dusted off!

I spin yarns in several genres, available as ebooks and paperback: Paranormal…laced with mystery and romance, historical, and mystery/crime…you know who dunnit with frustrated detectives who are hot on the trail of some killer. The one element they all have in common is they are all mystery based.

I also co wrote a screenplay with actor/writer Jordan Rhodes. I loved the experience immensely, but writing novels is still much preferred.

Okay so now that we’ve gotten my humble bio out of the way, we’re ready for the meat and potatoes.

So, here we are about to discuss my vampire series The Undeparted and in particular book 3 The Banished One. Yeah, I’ve already finished book 3 which means you have to promise me you’ll rush to Amazon and buy all 3 books and get caught up on the paranormal mystery/romance series and the characters, Quentin, the father of all vampires who is in an emotional transition, the beautiful and once mortal Cassandra, Quentin’s sidekick since the 1200’s the sexy and mean spirited Christian, and the vicious and evil Lucius.

If you’re a prime member, my books are free to you, otherwise, the Kindle books are only $2.99, paperback are $7.95. I’ve gotten terrific reviews, so I hope you’ll check out the series.

SYNOPSIS OF THE BANISHED ONE       h

For those 18+

The Banished One, a serial killer vampire also named Lucius, is still wreaking havoc on the sleepy town in Tower City, and since he’s supernatural he can’t be captured by normal police procedure.

A frustrated Lieutenant Welby refuses to believe that the elusive Lucius, the one responsible for those dead bodies in his town, is a vampire; that defies logic. There’s got to be another explanation for those fang marks in the victims’ throats.

Welby remains a staunch disbeliever in vampires until the coroner, Doc McMahon, causes him to change his mind!

Doc shows Welby his ancestral journal from the 1700’s regarding Quentin Castle, the father of all vampires.

Welby ( and the reader) is whisked back in time as he reads those yellowed pages filled with encounters of beautiful women being lured to their mortal doom and transformed into vampires by the handsome and charming Quentin. But what causes Welby to finally be convinced, is a series of preternatural events and the coroner’s scientific evidence!

Welby then follows the old town rumors about vampires right to Quentin and his gothic castle to enlist Quentin’s supernatural aid in capturing Lucius.

But will Quentin, the only one who can stop Lucius’ vampire tirades, help the Lieutenant or make him one of The Undeparted?

Will Quentin battle Lucius and send Lucius to the bowels of hell for eternity, finally ensuring that Cassandra is safe from her old beau? Will the old coal mining town be safe at last?

EXCERPT FROM THE BANISHED ONE:

Suddenly a chemical shot through Lucius while he was watching that sexy female, similar to a feeling when he was mortal and checking out a hot babe. But this desire in his vampire state was more intense, almost electrified and mingled with this lustful craving for blood. He had to drink from her neck; taste her life’s essence, and he had to get laid. There was no fighting it, no self-control. He was accustomed to indulging every desire, no matter if they were spontaneous eruptions from some surging chemical, or a well-planned rendezvous. I

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did and falls in love with the series! Thanks Olga and everyone for letting me chew your ear off for a few minutes!

Deborah Palumbo

MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE, ebook and paperback, AND on:
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Deborah Palumbo
Author of THE UNDEPARTED n writer of Paranormal and Mystery Novels
www.deborahpalumbo.com
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Amazon.com: deborah palumbo: Kindle Store

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And now, one announcement. Next week I’ll have not one guest author in my blog, but TWO. First things first, on Tuesday the 4th we’ll have Jodie Foster telling us about herself and her writing, in particular The Vampire Queen. I can already tell you it’s a fascinating interview. For the moment I’ll keep the second author under wraps…

And of course I couldn’t leave you without reminding you of my book:

The Man Who Never Was

the Man who never was (cover)http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWRT22

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