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.  

Anthology – Through The Eyes of A Storm

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The release date for Deamhan is just a week and a half away! August is going to be a craaaaaaazy time for me. There’s so much stuff I want to announce to you all now that I can’t. To stay up to date, make sure you like my facebook page (check the column on the right) and follow me on twitter(check the column on the left.) Giveaways are incoming! Also, there are only three more character reveals left for Deamhan. This week Kei, one of the important antagonists in the novel, is taking front stage so make sure you head over to deamhan.com to find out all about him. Besides the release of my novel Deamhan on August 12th, I’m also happy to announce that my short story, The Sisyphus Syndrome, will also be published in Rainstorm Press’ anthology called Through the Eyes of a Storm. Although I don’t write short stories that often anymore,  I consider The Sisyphus Syndrome one of the best pieces I’ve written period. I’m so happy that I was able to find a home for it. Check out the cool cover of the anthology!   On the Rainy Highway Tommy B. Smith Helping Hands Diane Lefer The Last Son of Olympus Monique Snyman The Man from Ino Robert DiBella A Storm in my Soul Tammy Maas Storm Driven Progress Sakina Murdock The 99th Piece Nate D. Burleigh Play Crack the Sky Ronald DeStefano Rainy Rachel Susan Dorsey First Rain Tom Knoblauch After The Rain Jane Isaac Be Careful What You Wish For Amy Durrant The Sisyphus Syndrome Isaiyan Morrison  I’m thrilled to be included in this anthology among other great writers. The book is scheduled to be released on August 21st 2013 so mark your calendars.

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!