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!

What is Deamhan?

With the announcement of the release date for my novel Deamhan right around the corner, I’ve been polishing up the novel’s website! At first, I didn’t know what route I wanted to take, but I did know that I wanted to give potential readers and fans an idea of what the novel is about and how important certain characters are to the story. Oh, and the Deamhan universe is a little complicated. Q. So what does Deamhan mean? A. Deamhan means “demon” in Irish. Pretty straight forward, right? But wait, it get’s a little more interesting. Q. What is the novel about?  A. Here’s just a sample of the synopsis. Her soft golden skin, her warm smile…these are the only images Veronica Austin has left of her mother who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago on the streets of Minneapolis while researching the Ramanga, the Lamia, the Metusba, and the Lugat. Known only as the Deamhan, they are a different breed from the modern bloodsucking vampire.    A stranger to this world,  Veronica’s search for the truth about her mother’s unexplained disappearance takes her into their sinister and precarious world. 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 ruthful organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust. Q. Wait? What in the hell is Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba and Lugat? I thought this was a vampire novel? A. Oh, it is. However, this novel is different.Let me explain.About a decade ago, before the days of sparkling, sissy vampires, I wanted to write a vampire novel. My idea of a vampire is an immortal creature who feeds on blood and burns during daylight. When I began to brainstorm, I realized that there are many other vampires in folk lore who haven’t seen daylight. There are psychic vamps, vampires who can shapeshift ect. Some vampires live off blood, some vampires live off psychic energy. Some vampires have sharp canines, some have a row of sharp teeth, and some don’t have sharp teeth at all. I was shocked after my research and I began to think. What if I wrote about these other types of vampires? It was difficult at first. I didn’t know what I would call them, how’d they act, what they’d do. So again I returned back to my research and I pinpointed creatures from different cultures. I compared them, figured them out, and in the end I had to decided if I wanted to include them or not. Some made the cut, some didn’t. Believe me, there were so many to choose from. Got it? Good. Q. Can you explain the type of Deamhan and how they differ? A. Sure! I’ll give you a quick explanation. Ramanga –  One of the most violent of all Deamhan. Feed by draining the blood from their human victims. They have retractable and sharp canine teeth.teeth.Lamia –  Feed by draining on the life force from their victim’s mouths, sucking them into dry husks. Lamia prefer the hunt rather than the kill. They favor eating small children. Metusba –  known to be the less violent of the Deamhan. They use their hands to feed from the psychic aura of their victims around them. They don’t necessarily have to kill their victims. Lugat – feed on the psychic imprints of their victims and like the Metusba, they don’t need to kill their victims to live. Often, the Lugat Deamhan prefer to move freely in the human world and enjoy human company.Did I mention that there are four more clans? They don’t make an appearance until the second book so there’s no need to mention them right now.Detailed information will be listed on the Deamhan website and you can read it there, once it goes active. Q. This isn’t a romance novel? A. I don’t write romance. Never have. Sure, sexual tensions occur but this book is purely based on a human woman retracing her mother’s steps and finding out about the Deamhan first hand. Expect murder, killings, and death. Q. So when will the novel be released? Official release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. When I get that information from my publisher, I’m going to blast it all over the net!

Yahoo’s Most Terrifying Films

Sipping on my morning coffee, I came across an article on Yahoo that almost made me choke. View Listing HereDo you agree with this list?  I personally didn’t find The Blair Witch Project that scary. Candyman didn’t scare me. In fact, I found it entertaining. Contagion wasn’t scary at all and My Bloody Valentine . . . . really Yahoo? I do agree that Deliverance was pretty scary in a backwater hick sort of way. The Serpent and the Rainbow fits the list. In my opinion, they should’ve included The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fright Night (original,) Howling II, and Psycho just to name a few or gave them honorable mentions.Here are my top ten scariest movies (in no particular order)1. Psycho2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre3. Howling II4. Fright Night (original)5.  A Nightmare on Elm Street6.  Exorcist7. The Changeling8. Hellraiser9. Friday the 13th10. PoltergeistHonorable MentionsSawSalem’s LotThe Mist (original)The ShiningThe Thing (original)Ju- OnHalloween

Update

I never knew writing a novella could be so hard. That realization slapped me in the face. I finished my very first novella, Sphere, and right now it’s in the hands of an editor. I’ve already contracted my boyfriend’s brother for the cover design, which is coming along nicely. I’m shooting for a mid June 2013 release. I was actually hoping to release the novella in late June but I’ll be in Orlando for a video game tournament which I’ll probably participate in myself. With that being said, I’m going to start releasing a few pages here and there of the novel on my blog as well as my Facebook page in anticipation for the release of the novella.  As for Deamhan, my publisher Rainstorm Press has been very helpful in making sure my questions are answered when it comes to the editing and the release date. I have yet to receive any edits, but we’re only in the first round and it’s only been a week. Patience is a virtue.

MARLEY – A Must See Documentary

Recently I’ve been on a Netflix binge. I caught up with shows like Teen Wolf, Being Human and I’ve tried watching other shows like Breaking Bad (I still can’t get through the first two episodes) and Walking Dead (I’ve decided that I’m just not going to like that show.) Searching Netflix on my Xbox, I came across a documentary which caught my eye.  I’m a huge Bob Marley fan. Along with The Doors, Bob Marley and the Wailers are, have been, and will be among my favorite bands of all time. Before watching, I thought I already knew enough about Bob Marley that this documentary couldn’t tell me. Boy, was I wrong. First, I had no idea that his father was white. I know this shouldn’t mean anything but for me, it means everything. It’s part of his identity and I could somehow relate to the how he was treated because of his race growing up. My father is Nigerian and my mother is from Missouri. Her ancestors are a mixture of black, white, and Native American but when I look in the mirror, I see black. My father used to tell me that some Nigerians from his area looked down on what they called “half breeds.” This didn’t make sense to me. For one, I considered myself black. However, because my mother wasn’t Nigerian, I was a half breed.Now, I don’t know if that attitude is the same today. I personally think that’s changed. But it was something that always stuck with me. So when the documentary talked about his white side (they even created his melanoma to his “white side” which I found really odd,) I immediately remembered the things my father told me. Besides his history, the documentary also covered    his wife and his children, and his multiple girlfriends- some who also had children. I did find it a little disturbing that his wife dealt with his girlfriends and their children by accepting them. I don’t know if I could ever do that. However, she said that their goal was getting the music out into the world and I felt like if she did confront his cheating, it would’ve jeopardized the band and the music. They did explain the Rastafarian movement, why he grew dreadlocks, and smoked marijuana. I knew that the word “Jah” was mentioned in some of his songs (Could you be Loved for example) but again, I didn’t really understand the purpose. After watching this documentary, I finally understood. I found myself singing along to some of the songs played in the documentary (one of my favorite “High Tide Low Tide” wasn’t played but I found myself humming the tune anyway) The ending was really touching. It showed people from all walks of life; from India to Japan to Jamaica to America singing Bob Marley songs, wearing clothing with Marley’s image, and Bob Marley graffiti. This was one of the best documentaries I’ve seen by far on Bob Marley. It left me thinking about his music, his message, and the life that some live. I highly recommend it for Bob Marley fans around the world and for anyone who wants to understand the man that is Bob Marley.

Updates, Updates, Updates

I have a few updates I’d like to share. Instead of creating a post for each update, I decided to cram them all together in one long post. First and foremost I updated my personal website, isaiyanmorrison.com with links to this blog, my Facebook Page, Twitter, and Goodreads page. I’ve also added a few gifs pertaining to sites for my book: deamhan.com, oldfarmersroad.com, and spherenovel. com.As of right now these sites are under construction. I’ll update their launch site as soon as its available. I’m trying to get deamhan.com up and running in the next month.  Second is my progress in Sensual Appetite, the second book in my Deamhan series. I’ve finished the second rounds of edits in my book and I’m going back in for a third. In the next month I’ll be on the search for beta readers, so if you’re interested just let me know! My third update is about an idea I’ve had sitting in my head for about two years now. It’s about a character in the Deamhan universe that’s been sitting in the back of my brain, yelling for the spotlight. At first, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach it. I had several ideas: cameos, maybe a prologue or an epilogue devoted just for her in my novel Deamhan. However, that meant that she would have to have some kind of important role and I had a hard time trying to find out how to fit the character into the novel. There’s too much going on in Deamhan and the second book, Sensual Appetite to include her. I’ve tried several times and failed. (There seems to be this thing with me, including characters only to take them out later.) Then it came to me. Why not just write a novella? I mean, I had plenty of her written down (that I had to take out from both novels) to have a good start. Why not just devote a novella to her? That way, when I finally decide to include her, possibly in the 3rd novel, there would be enough of her out there already for the reader to know. This also falls into my idea of creating a stand off series titled “The Brotherhood Files” which  will be mostly about the background and history of the major characters in the Deamhan universe. The working title is “Maris – The Brotherhood Files.” So far, I’m having a blast writing the outline for the novel and I’m excited to see where this character is taking me. I get to finally include my second favorite character of my Deamhan series! I haven’t decided to self publish the novel or go the traditional route. I’m leaning toward self publishing and releasing a little here and there for free or at .99 cents. However, that’s something that I’m not going to worry about, not now. I’m just enjoying this character too much! Now, back to writing. 🙂

Short Story Update

Today I’m proud to announce that you can preorder your copy of Genesis Anthology Chapter 2 from  Black Fiction Society. If you don’t remember (or don’t know) my short story The Man in the Striped Suit was accepted for publication in this anthology. If you’d like to preorder your copy or if you have questions about Black Fiction Society, I’ve included a link below (and above.) All order ship March 1st. http://blacksciencefictionsociety.com/

To Write You Have To Read

To write, you have to read. I strongly believe this strongly. I also believe that in this day and age, it’s hard to find a really good book. I’ve bought so many books just last year and I would say 95% of them I couldn’t finish. The book was either horribly written, didn’t catch my interest, or had to many errors in the writing itself to keep me focused on the plot. To write, you have to read.