Dark Curse Available for Preorder!

I’m happy to announce that you can now preorder the second novel in the Deamhan Chronicles, Dark Curse, from Amazon! Also, check out the Dark Curse trailer on Youtube Blurb: The Deamhan world is in disarray. Freed from Limbo, Lucius, the once feared and Ancient Lugat, goes on a killing spree to wipe out any remaining traitors in the city of Minneapolis.Meanwhile The Brotherhood’s return along with the growing population of vampires riles up the remaining Deamhan who choose to stay behind rather than abandon the city. The body count continues to pile up forcing both humans and Deamhan to pick a side. Either allow Lucius to free the Pure Ones, the first living Deamhan from Limbo, or take him out and cripple their already fragile presence in the city.

Yoruba Mythology – Aje

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I’ve always been interested in mythology. There’s something about the interaction between polytheistic gods and humanity that made the topic interesting. Actually, I love reading and learning about ancient and modern religion. Currently I’m reading the Bible and I find it fascinating. I’m part Nigerian (thanks to my father) and American (thanks to my mother) so their histories also fascinate me as well. I’ve never been to Nigeria so any information I know about the country is from my father, who was born in Lagos Nigeria in 1947 under British Rule. As a writer of vampire fiction, my goal is to represent as many races and different cultures as possible. There’s a Native American (Choctaw) character in my novella, Kei. Family Matters. I was curious if there were any references to vampire or vampire-like creatures in Yoruba mythology. Before writing my novel, Deamhan, I brushed up on psychic vampires in vampire lore from around the world. I’m a huge fan of sanguine (blood) vampires, but I also felt like psychic vampires don’t have the spotlight they deserve. So, I asked my father and he mentioned the word “Aje.” First, a brief history. According to Yoruba mythology, the very first two Orishas were Olurun, the father, and his two children, Oduduwa and Obatala; brother and sister. Brother and sister had a few children (incest much)and their male child, Ogun, violated the mother. Her body exploded, creating more Orishas, one of them being Aje. Aje is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. However, Aje also means energy. It’s a type of spiritual power that both men and women have, however, women are controllers of it. This type of energy can be good or bad, depending on how the owner uses it. The Aje from Christian/western mythology is primarily a female witch who sleeps with her legs up (sometimes.) She sucks blood. She releases her spirit and at midnight she flies to meet others like her under an oak tree. It’s inherited but Aje can change others by giving them tainted food. She’s called a witch, a vampire, and an evil spirit. So, do I personally think that Aje means witch or references witch? No. First, I had to look at the history behind the name and what it meant before it was “tainted” by western thought. I’m still trying to understand this lore because, well…I find it interesting. I want to know how this can fit into my writing and I believe that it’ll benefit me as an author to brush up on not only Western mythology but other mythologies as well. What I do know is that Nigerian religion (polytheistic) has influenced many religions in the Western world like Santeria, practiced in Cuba, and Candomble in Brazil. Both are rooted in Yoruba mythology. I’m not knowledgeable in the subject (yet) but I hope to be one day. How can I not be? Just look at this beautiful photography by James C. Lewis. It’s beautiful. This is what inspires me to know and to write more about mythology.      (Photos by James C. Lewis. Noire300Studios.) http://www.noire3000studios.com/album/yorubaafricanorishas?p=1#10 There are some fantastic articles about the subject. http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/showthread.php/35428-ARTICLE-AJE-The-Energy-The-Persona http://www.nairaland.com/781645/yoruba-mythology http://www.africapublic.com/african-myth-the-yoruba-creation-story-nigeria/

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!

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

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.

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.

Showing versus Telling

Showing vs Telling In high school I read a lot of Stephen King novels. The one that comes to mind is The Stand. The version I read was the complete and uncut version, over 1000 pages. I found myself skipping through some of the reading, wondering what it had to do with the storyline. Even though I questioned, I continued reading because I loved the description. Stephen King wrote enough description to make me understand but not too much to hold my hand like a baby through the novel. Showing versus telling has always been a huge topic for writers (a pain in the ass for me.) From High School to College, English teachers have told me that you need to show more in your pieces of fiction than tell more. I worked on it and now, after all that time, I’ve seen a huge change in my writing. Throughout the ten years I’ve been working on my novel Deamhan, several beta readers told me that it’s too descriptive. I’ve also been told I need more description. I’ve always taken their advice, adding stuff here and taking stuff out there until the novel slowly developed into something I didn’t recognize. I started to feel that my novel wasn’t my own. I had a younger adult, 23 years of age, read my novel. He told me I had too much description, not enough action. I started to pay closer attention  and it suddenly came to me . Younger readers want more action while older readers want more description. So what to do?  My novel is marketed toward 18-30 year olds (hard market, I know) so should I pay attention to the beta readers in that age bracket? I personally love a mixture of both. Some novels I just want action and some novels I want more description. So how can you tell if you’re writing needs more or less description?   I decided last year after a publishing company wanted me to revise then later rejected my novel that I like my novel as is. I’m not saying that when it gets accepted, I won’t change it. Oh no. I will. But right now, I like my novel as is. There comes a point when you have to just take a deep breath and believe that your novel is right for publication.   Some say you can never edit your novel enough. I disagree. You can edit your novel enough, perhaps too much. When you as the writer start don’t understand what’s happening in your novel or you question your edits after the millionth edit, you’ve gone too far.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2013

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in The Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror Annual Anthology in 2013. Authors participating in this creative anthology include Hydra M. Star, Lindsey Beth Goddard, and Erich Johnson  just to name a few. It’s an honor to be part of something this big! More details to come! http://lgohanthology.wix.com/lgoh