Fall T.V. Schedule – Giving New Shows A Go

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It’s that time of year again! A few things I love about Fall besides pumpkin everything, changes in leaf colors, and cool weather is the Fall T.V. Schedule. I watch a lot of T.V. Actually, I watch more than I should. With the arrival of a few new shows this upcoming season, I find my viewing schedule booked once again. Since I do watch tons of television, I thought I’d post three different blog posts about the new shows I’ll be paying close attention to, returning shows that I will continue to watch and show that I won’t admit to watching, and a farewell to cancelled shows that I liked. So let’s start, shall we? New shows that I’ll be paying close attention to   Gotham Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22nd   When I first saw the preview for this show in August, I wanted to kick my television across the screen. “Why FOX? Why?” Haven’t you learned from CW’s mistakes when it came to comic adapted television shows? Their track record in that department is questionable, depending on who you talk to and how big of a fan they are. Why would you even consider going that route? I missed the season premiere because, quite frankly, I wasn’t interested. How can a show that takes place in a city relative to Batman NOT have Batman as the main character? Would I be able to sit through a whole season with a young and cocky Gordon as the protagonist? I just didn’t see it. Luckily, a few friends pushed me to give the show a go. “If you can sit through Vampire Diaries, at least give your brain a treat and watch Gotham,” one friend said to me. So one night, after I had my fill of video games, I went to the Hulu app and watched the show. I was extremely impressed. Not only did the show take my doubts about it, crumple it up into a tiny ball of nothingness, and throw it out the window, the first episode showed that this show can exists where Batman is not the main character. We do get to see young versions of characters we recognize in the Batman universe (Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Bruce.) So far, so good. Forever Premieres: Sept. 22nd I didn’t hear much about this show besides a few commercials here and there. I recognized the main character as the actor who played Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four movies (anything comic book related automatically peaks my interest.) The night I finally decided to watch Gotham on my Hulu account, I also decided to watch Forever which already had two episodes ready to view. The show is about Dr. Henry Morgan, a medical examiner in New York City who has a big secret. He’s immortal. He spends his existence close to death, trying to figure a way and not how to beat it but to achieve it. Every time he dies, he awakes in a body of water like a lake or in this case, the New York harbor. I like the premise and the first two episodes were pretty interesting. Apparently there is also another person out there just like Dr. Morgan and knows about Dr. Morgan’s affliction. He’s over 2,000 years old. I’ll keep watching as long as this character doesn’t start to sparkle. The Flash Premieres: Oct. 7th *Sigh* Here we go with those comic adapted shows again. I like Arrow. I’m starting to like Gotham. I might like Constantine. But the Flash? I mean, I like him as a character but I never thought that he was a good and or great enough character who could carry a comic book or a television show like Batman or Superman or The Hulk. So again, I found myself confused and begging the CW gods to retract their mistake and to let the show dissipate into thin air. But the comic side of me can’t ignore the pull to watch the first episode. So like an addict I am going to watch it. A few months ago the first episode was leaked online. Fans gobbled it up and it spread like wildfire. A friend (who shall remain nameless) sent me a copy of the show to watch. I still have it but I refuse to watch it. In fact, I deleted it. I should have NEVER downloaded it. Shame on me. Not to go out on a tangent, but if fans really want to support the show, downloading illegal copies of the first episode isn’t the way to go. As an author, I wouldn’t want my book to be online for everyone to download unless I wanted it to be. I understand the need to gain followers, fans, and supportive others. With that being said, I told my friend that if he really liked the show, he should watch the first episode again when it premiers on television. Constantine Premieres: Oct 24th By now you should have an idea about how I feel regarding comic adapted shows. Constantine is no different. I’ve heard and seen little about this show. I’ve never read the comic books. I just remember watching the movie starring Keanu Reeves (which was enjoyable for what it was.) Again, that comic side of me is just itching to watch. I feel like a little girl jumping up and down at the sight of a present that I can’t open until my birthday. Or waiting Christmas morning for everyone in my family to get up before I could open up my gift, wrapped in green decorated wrapping paper, forming the outline of a bicycle. I know what the gift is but the idea of discovering it is what I’m really after. Z Nation Premieres: Friday, Sep. 12th Zombie fans, forgive me for saying that I am extremely pessimistic about this show. I’m not a huge fan of zombies. I tried to get into the Walking Dead but I couldn’t do it. Apparently it’s a decent show because it has a huge following but it’s not for me. However, I’m willing to give a zombie show another shot. I have yet to watch an episode and so far I’m 3, going on 4, episodes behind. So these are the new shows I’m looking forward to this Fall. What shows are you looking forward to?

WMP Author Takeover Event

Join myself and fellow authors for the WMP Author Takeover Event happening on July 27th on Facebook! We’re giving away some cool prizes. Authors in attendance include: (Times are EDT) 9 a.m,.-9:30 a.m.: Theresa Oliver9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.: Steven Wolfe10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Elaine White10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Elaine White11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Elizabeth Loraine11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Aedan Byrnes12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Isaiyan Morrison12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Stephanie Greenhalgh1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Breanna Troesser1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Stephanie Parke2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Author KC Harper2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Author KC Harper3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Brian McKinley3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Kyra Dune4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Elise VanCise 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Carmilla Voiez Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/773776462661929/779295558776686/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity Giveaway Link – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4962729e1/ Good luck!

Join Me!

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Join me on Wednesday, May 14th at 9 p.m Eastern where I and several authors of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2013 will be guests on Viktor Auerlius “Whispers in the Dark” on Blog Talk Radio. You can purchase a copy on AMAZON.   All proceeds go to American Cancer Society Other authors making an appearance include: Hydra Morningstar Lindsey Beth Goddard Elyse Draper Joseph DeRepentigny Jennifer L. Miller

Kei. Family Matters

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the first novella in the Deamhan universe. Kei. Family Matters, takes place shortly after the first novel, Deamhan.  After being dethroned as head Deamhan in Minneapolis, Kei travels south, looking for the only person he feels would help him in his plan to retake the city. He’s vulgar, unconcerned, and downright uncontrollable because in the end, he believes that he’s the only one can secure his future. **Kei. Family Matters is free for subscribers starting December 2nd, 2013. The coupon code will be in December’s newsletter** Kellie Dennis from Book Cover By Design did an amazing job on the cover! I really admire her work and if you haven’t, I suggest checking out her site. Kei. Family Matters Deamhan Tales #1 Cover: Kellie Dennis. Book Cover By Design Pages: 41 Release Date: December 2nd, 2013 Price: 0.99 Format: E-book (Exclusive Print)     For decades, I singularly helped strengthen the Deamhan in Minneapolis, and made sure that all the vampires feared us. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, Lugat – I looked out for everyone. No one before me had the guts to stand up to the humans and vampires like I did. If it weren’t for me, Deamhan would’ve left that city in fear a long time ago. Everything was fine until my sibling, Selene, arrived. She released my sire, Lucius, from Limbo, and all hell broke loose. They massacred my supporters and dethroned me. Now, with his minions rallying behind Lucius like he’s their messiah, Selene and he chase me to the ends of the earth. They erroneously believe that by capturing me, they will exact justice from me for my crimes. Little do they know that nothing can keep me away from Minneapolis, the city I built from the ground up. I’m going nowhere. The city belongs to me, Kei; and only I can redeem it. EXCERPT   Moving in breakneck speed, I grabbed the knife and phone from her grasp and threw them to the ground. I did all of this before she had the chance to blink. Her mouth widened enough to catch flies, showing a side of fear in humans that I loved seeing. “See what I did there Bobbi?” Shell-shocked, she didn’t reply. “I know you saw it. Tell me you saw it.” I wanted to hear her say it but she didn’t speak a word. “I can make you into what I am. I can make you immortal. You’ll be fast, strong, and unafraid of anyone and anything.” “What?” She spoke in a high squealed voice. “I can make you immortal. It’s easy really.” I paused. “Well, actually it isn’t. Some humans don’t survive the transformation.” I scanned her. “But you look suitable I guess. So, you want me to?” She screamed and lashed out at me. She drove her fingernails into my skin, creating long scratch marks that healed immediately. Angered, I grabbed her by her arm and easily tossed her across the kitchen. Her back smacked against the fridge and she fell to the floor. “I guess I can’t make you.” I walked over to her. “Stupid move, Bobbi. If someone offered immortality to me, I’d take it in a heartbeat.” I knelt beside her and she lazily raised her head. “Well, actually I did and I don’t have a heartbeat.” I slipped my hand underneath her chin and raised her head. “I’ll give you a second chance, that’s it. Bobbi, do you want to be immortal?” I’ve sired plenty humans in my time; too many to count, and not once did I regret doing so. Each human served me in different ways. Nashoba was my getaway card. Bobbi would be my…well, maybe she could be my extra pair of eyes while I remained town, if she awoke from her transformation in time. The more humans a Deamhan sired, the more support they had, even if Deamhan weren’t known to be reliable. Broken bonds didn’t matter. I waited for her to throw herself at the offer but instead she opened her mouth and she screamed again. And again. And again. She wailed, trying to move her body away from mine. Tears poured down her face. She moved my hand away from her face and she raised herself up by using the fridge as support. “Please, don’t hurt me.” I stood up slowly. “I didn’t say anything about hurting you. I asked you if you want to be immortal. Are you not listening?” She tried to run by me, but I blocked her way. She moved to the left and I followed her. “I have money. It’s in my room. Just please don’t kill me.” “I don’t want your money.” I exhaled loudly and grinded my teeth. “Please, just go. I won’t tell anyone, I swear.” This turned into a cat and mouse chase and frankly, I was bored with repeating myself. I reached out, grabbed her by her scraggly hair, and pulled back, yanking with such force that I heard her neck snap. I let go and her body fell to the floor like a limp noodle. Standing over her, I took the time to admire my handy work until I realized that I had just killed a potential meal. “Damn it Bobbi,” I snarled as I kicked her corpse. “Look what you made me do.”

The End of My Blog Tour

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My Deamhan Blog Tour has sadly come to an end. I’d like to thank all bloggers, hosts, and anyone else who participated. Thank you so much! It was fun and I can’t wait to do it again. Good to luck to those who entered the giveaway! Once the winners are chosen, I’ll make an announcement via my Facebook Page, Deamhan Facebook Page, Twitter, and my Google+ Page. If you missed the giveaway, don’t worry. You can sign up for my newsletter to have the chance at winning more exclusive goodies. My newsletter is a once a month thing so no, I won’t spam your email. There’s one going on this month so if you’ve already signed up, check your email. It was sent out on the 1st. I’ve received a few responses and the winner will be chosen October 18th! Also, be sure to check out my post for Something Wicked. You can enter to win Monique Snyman’s paranormal novel, Charming Incantations: Enticed. The giveaway ends October 31st. Again, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the blog tour, especially Bewitching Books. And to those on Twitter, you guys were relentless in spreading the word! Over 2,500 entries! Amazing!   I can’t wait to do it again! You guys rock!

September Updates – Blog Tour, Novel Issues, Deamhan Tales

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I haven’t posted a blog in a few weeks. I’ve been extremely busy, dealing with my novel, fixing issues with my novel, and preparing for the blog tour. #1. The blog tour started this week. If interested I’ve posted the dates on my website. Just click on the “Deamhan Blog Tour” tab above or you can click here. Don’t miss your chance to enter the raffle and win some amazing prizes, including a $50 Amazon Gift card. Free swag is always a plus! #2. A few readers have been so kind to let me know about the issues in my novel, Deamhan. I honestly don’t know what happened and neither does the publisher. At the moment, we’re working hard on getting those issues fixed. I have to admit. I was depressed for a few days after learning that my baby had simple errors, and I mean simple. Errors I’ve never made in my life (waist instead of waste.) I wanted to bury myself in a hole in the middle of nowhere. I know for a fact (and I looked back at the manuscript before it was edited) that the spelling errors weren’t there. But other authors reassured me that this happens all the time and unfortunately I was just one of many that experienced this. Still, it’s unfortunate and just thinking about it upsets me. Thank you all for understanding this dilemma. #3. I’d like to welcome new followers and fans! I’ve received some helpful feedback on how I can improve my presence over the web. As a new author, it’s hard to acquire fans. Humans stick to what and who they know. Thank you all for making me feel welcomed! Both of my Facebook pages have received tons of likes in the past few days and weeks as well, which is exciting! If you haven’t liked them, check the column on the right and please like! You can also sub to my newsletter. I’m going to start giving away some neat prizes for subscribers only! #4. Somehow I’ve managed to finish the free short story of the Deamhan Tales promised to my newsletter subscribers. Kei. Family Matters is 14,000 words. I haven’t decided on the cover and I haven’t handed the manuscript to the editor, but I’m really excited about these tale. I think you will be too. This will be free. Yes, you heard me! Free! Subscribers will get first dibs. For those not subscribed, don’t worry. I’ve planned to release to the public a month after its initial release.  

Deamhan Release Day Event!

Please join me this August 21st 2013, 3pm-7pm CDT  for the release event for Deamhan! Join the Facebook Event! Deamhan have survived by remaining hidden in the shadows. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, and Lugat have been overshadowed by what humans know as the modern vampire. But what if vampires aren’t the real threat? One woman’s search for her mother who disappeared without a trace on the streets of Minneapolis takes her into the precarious world of Deamhan, psychic vampires who rule the underground nightlife in the city’s most darkest corners. She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it s her own father, president of a ruthless organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust. http://deamhan.com    It’s a vampire themed event filled with great prizes and games! Three lucky winners will either win a $30, $20, or $10 Amazon gift card! This is just one of the free gifts I’ll be giving away at the event! So what are you waiting for? Enter below and I’ll see you this coming Wednesday on Facebook! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deamhan Available for Preorder!!!!

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I’m happy to announce that you can now preorder my novel, Deamhan from Amazon! This is awesome news! Very excited! Also, check out the trailer for the book now live on youtube! I have some more exciting news. The first episode in Sphere, The Carriers, is now available for free on Amazon and the second book, The Bond, is now available for purchase! So far I’ve received some great feedback and advice from writers and readers about the first episode which is still free on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.  With my novel Deamhan being released next week, I haven’t pushed this serial as much as I’d like. I’m not writing this for profit. It’s more like an experiment to see where it goes. Plus I love the covers! If you have purchased or downloaded the serial for free, please leave a review. Thank you! Sphere The Bond Episode Two   As a new Carrier in training, Tayla has a lot to learn. Still unable to accept that her mother who walked out on her and her father years ago was a Carrier herself, her new friends, Darrien, Sina, and Iris, began to reveal how important her mother was in the Carrier world. However, their explanations only create more questions about her mother and why she secretly passed her gift onto Tayla at such a young age. Still trying to get used to the fact that her gift is the strongest gift that any Carrier could possess, Tayla finds herself the center of an up and coming war between Light and Dark Carriers. She meets Cody, Darrien’s older brother and enemy who tells her that not only will her gift bring destruction if she chooses a side, but by not choosing a side she can be like him – a Rogue Carrier with no allegiance. Learning now that her power can tip the scales in the up and coming war Tayla is forced to choose. Will she fight for the Light Carriers or will she fight for the Dark Carriers? spherenovel.com

A Serial Novel You Say???

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As a writer, you have ideas coming to you at all times. I can only speak for myself when I say that if I ignore these ideas, they continue to fester inside my brain until I write them down. Now, not all ideas are great ideas. I’ve started several books, only to reach the middle and think “wow, this isn’t going anywhere” or “wow, this sucks” or “wow, this is boring.” At that point I either stuff the manuscript in my slush box (yes, I have one.) If I remember, I might pull it out and try again or take it apart and add it to other novels I’m working on. However, there’s always one idea that I try hard to ignore and place on the back burner and it ends up coming to bite me in the ass later. I consider myself a dark fiction author. That is, I like writing about the darker things in life; vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, mass murderers – I think you get the idea. But this new idea isn’t dark fiction. Honestly, I don’t know what to call it. What I do know is that I love writing it and I won’t stop until it’s done. This little experimentation is called “Sphere.” It’s a serial novel, meaning that it’ll be  50-70 pages each or about 15,000-20,000 words.  The first “season” has six episodes and it will be self published, e-book format only. Besides this being my first time writing “episodes” this is also my first time writing something other than a dark fiction novel. I’ve only seen a few authors with published serial novels, episodes ect.  I’m not expecting this to fly off the digital shelves, as they say. If it does, well then I’ll be thrilled. If not, I’m fine with that. So with that being said, here’s a rough draft of the cover art created by Javier Alvarez of Javier Designs and edited by Charlotte Emma Gledson (who is amazing!) I personally love it so maybe it isn’t a rough draft after all. I’m a sucker for drawn artwork! Short Synopsis (subject to change) Just finishing graduating high school, Tayla Wyatt looks forward to heading off to the same college her best friend Sara was accepted to. This is her only way to get away from her family’s troubles and the fact that her mother walked out on her and her father over a decade ago. The day of her 17th birthday they meet Darrien, a shy eighteen year old boy who reveals to Tayla that she’s descended  from a long line of Carriers, humans endowed with special abilities or “gifts” and that her gift she has yet to harness is the strongest gift of them all. Tayla doesn’t believe him. After all, no human in the world has special powers, or do they? Things suddenly take a downward spiral turn as Tayla finds herself immersed in their world. Still questioning why her mother left her, she must also come to grips with the fact that her gift may not be a blessing but a curse.

The Week my Writing Schedule Went to Sh*t

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I had my writing schedule planned for this week. I knew what I’d work on and revise. By Friday (today) I expected to be about 15,000 words in on the third novel in the Deamhan series (untitled at the moment,) and about halfway through the second episode in the Sphere series . . . I’m so far away from my goal. At first I felt depressed then I decided that no writing goal is perfect.  I went to the gym, worked out with my personal (and cute) trainer, and released some tension. This is how I felt all this week, writing  the third book in the Deamhan series (which is technically the fourth book if you count Maris. The Brotherhood Files)   This is how I felt revising the second episode in the Sphere series But this is how I feel today after returning from the gym. I’ve been on a nonstop roll. I forced myself to take a thirty minute break, playing some COD: Black Ops 2 Zombies on my Xbox, to give my mind some time to relax. So I guess this week hasn’t been that bad after all. Along with this, I have another reason to celebrate! The website for my upcoming novel from Rainstorm Press titled “Deamhan” went live a few days ago! If you haven’t already, you can go to the website by clicking the “deamhan” tab above or you can click here. Every week I’ll reveal two character profiles on the site, leading up to the official release of the novel! So please, stop by and check it out! NOTE: By the way, these writertopia images are fantastic! You can find them here along with other writing tools!