Along with the new shows cluttering my schedule and taking away time well spent on school work, writing, and video games there are a few shows that I will always stay true to. There are also a few shows that I just can’t admit to anyone else that I watch. For years my two cats, Shu-Shu and Dushka, were the only living creatures in this world who knew of my “Why in the heck would you watch that?” list. Now, I share that list with you. Consider yourself extremely lucky. Shows I love dearly Supernatural Premieres: Oct. 7th I honestly STILL don’t remember what season the show is in. What I do remember was how bad ass the season finale was! I’m curious on what’s going to happen with Dean and how Sam is going to react to his transformation. Every time I think that the show can’t go on another season, it surprises me. Sons of Anarchy Premieres: Sept 9th I’m a sad kitty knowing that this is the finale season of SOA. As I mentioned in my previous Fall TV Schedule post, I started watching the show when it was in its third season. I still think it’s one of the best shows on T.V. (along with Game of Thrones.) Jax is one hell of a character. Arrow Premieres: Oct. 8th This show had its ups and downs for me. I wasn’t a fan of the second season. In fact I absolutely hated it. At least it’s no Smallville. That show gave me migraines. Last time I posted about Arrow, I was curious if the developers were going to include Speedy and they did! I just hope that Arrow doesn’t go down the same annoying path as Smallville did. So far I don’t think it will. It took eleven seasons for Clark to fly. At least in Arrow, Oliver is already doing what he does best. Grimm Premieres: Oct 24th What can I say about this show? It’s very “Buffy” like in terms of characterization and plots and I was and still am a huge Buffy fan. Last season left us with Nick losing his Grimm abilities. We were also introduced to another female Grimm (besides Nick’s mother) who goes by the name Trouble. The Originals Premieres: Oct. 6th Yes, this is a vampire show which caters to the teenage demographic. I can attest to that. What keeps me watching is the fact that this show is entirely different from Vampire Diaries. There is a little love triangle underneath all the whoopla but the main focus seems to be on who gets to control the city of New Orleans. Will it be the vampires, werewolves, or humans? Not only is there violence (and heart ripping) but the show also deals with characters and their interaction with the modern world. Personally, I’m a fan of Elijah and I don’t like the fact that Rebekah is no longer on the show. Regardless, The Originals is a lot better than The Vampire Diaries. Maybe it’s CW’s way of apologizing to the viewers who had to sit through countless seasons of dopplegangers and the Salvatore Brothers’ ever growing and annoying affection for lame Elena. American Horror Story: Freak Show Premieres: FX is starting to become my favorite station on cable. Not only do they have Sons of Anarchy and The Strain, they also show American Horror Story (and recently every episode of the Simpsons that were created.) I still think the first season of American Horror Story was the best. I didn’t like the second season (Asylum) but I loved the third season (Coven.) Just by watching the previews for this upcoming season, I already know that I’m going to enjoy it immensely. The Strain Ahh, there’s something about a picture involving a worm slithering through the white part of an eye which catches my interest. Actually, the picture makes me itch and squirm. I want to rub the crap out of my eye until it bleeds…and I like it. I like it a lot! The Strain is different from the regular ol’ vampire tales you’ve probably seen on television. These vampires remind me more of zombies. Once these icky looking white worms invade the bodies of their victims, their transformation is almost instant. They go after the ones they love. They can die from either being beheaded or burned by artificial light or sunlight. A long, thick looking thingamagig shoots from their mouth, latching itself onto the necks of others and in turn, transforming them into these creatures as well. Spooky. Of course there is a Master (who looks reeeeaaallly creepy) and there is a hunter (a Jewish man who survived the Holocaust.) My only problem with the show is how long it’s taking for certain plots to come to fruition. I keep wanting more. Maybe that’s a good sign. Vikings Premieres: Sometime next year Okay, so this show doesn’t start up again this fall season. It’s starting sometime next year. Last season was brutal, unforgiving, and interesting. The Vikings are raiding what we now know as the country of Britain. Along with their raids, they’re fighting among themselves to establish hierarchy. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this show, especially if you’re a fan of anything history, like I am. Plus the into theme in the show’s intro is beautiful and relaxing on the ears. Game of Thrones Premieres: Sometime next year I have no words to describe how EPIC this show is. If you haven’t heard by now, you must not be paying attention to epic shows! I’ve never read the books. Someday I’ll get around to it. But for now I’ll take comfort in knowing that I can watch my favorite characters on television participating in this game for power, wealth, and the throne. Shows I have a hard time keeping up with and/or watching Boardwalk Empire Premieres: Sept 7th I almost want to cry. I’ve stayed true to Boardwalk Empire. I use to love the show. My desire to watch the show died when Jimmy, my favorite character, was killed off. I guess I should be thankful that it’s currently in its final season. I don’t think it could go on for much longer. Sleepy Hallow Premieres: Sept. 22nd The first season started out okay but to me everything went down hill. How long will they fight these four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? I keep looking beyond what’s happening, wondering if this plot can resolve itself or if the plot was never meant to resolve. I love Ichabod but that’s really about it. I just…I just can’t. The Blacklist Premieres: Sept. 22nd I really want to continue to like show. It’s got to the point that I’m forcing myself to watch it and that is the wrong thing I should do. Spader is a fantastic actor and I love his work. However, I feel myself falling out of love with this show. Maybe it’s not for me anymore. Law and Order: SVU Premieres: Sept 24th I’m trying to think of something snarky to describe how I feel about Law and Order in general. I don’t know how many times they can go the child abuse route. It gets tiresome. I guess the show will never run out of ideas as long as humans are out there in the world, doing something stupid and irrational. I miss Stabler. Bones Premieres: Sept. 25th Bones was a hit and miss for me. I watched the show religiously during the first three seasons. Fourth season I missed a show here and there and by the fifth season…well, did I watch the fifth season? Oh, I heard they killed off Sweets. Shame. Shows I don’t won’t admit to watching Vampire Diaries Premieres: Oct 1st Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. Bitten Premieres: Sometime next year?? Sharknado anyone? Just kidding. I watched the first episode of Bitten on Netflix. I found myself skimming through some of the episodes while others had my full attention. This show is based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 NY Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong. I’ve never read the books nor have I heard of them but this show has peaked my interest. The first season was decent and I will continue watching. I still want to watch Sharknado. Dominion Premieres: Sometime next year?? Like Bitten, Dominion is another Syfy television show. Angels came down to heaven and instead of being the sweet little figures we associate with everything good, they basically create hell on earth. With humans being decimated, they’ve created refuge in enclosed towns to fight off the angel’s threat. One human is the chosen one who will bring something good to mankind. I haven’t figured out what that “good” actually is. Pretty much you have the chosen one theme being played again like a broken record. In this case the creators decided to incorporate angels and different types of angels into the fray. I haven’t seen what I would consider to be a “demon” yet. Teen Wolf Premieres: Sometimes next year ??? Allison is dead replaced by a Kistune. The twins are no longer on the show. Isaac left the show to go to The Originals. Another cast member left the show and is now playing Speedy on Arrow. Kate somehow survived a werewolf’s claws ripping into her neck so now she’s a werewolf (I didn’t even know if she is one.) There’s a fox on the show. There’s no explanation as to how Kate was able to control these huge, big walking Goliath looking warriors that seemed to have no weaknesses until *gasp* the last episode of the season. I don’t know where this show is headed. I NEVER knew where the show was headed. Questions aren’t answered. Things are left in the wind. What the hell Teen Wolf?!? So there you have it. These are the shows I love and shows that…well, I don’t want to admit that I do or have watched. So what shows do you find yourself addicted to? What shows will you refuse to admit that you have watched until your last dying breath?
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
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/
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!
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
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
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.
Great news! I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming novel Deamhan. Cover was done by John Cosentino of Kazi Graphics. He does such amazing work! Release date is August 12th 2013 so mark your calendars! Purchase links coming soon! Also, remember to visit the book’s website to read up on characters in the novel. Blurb 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.
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.
I’m thrilled to be part of Mel Chesley’s Blog Hop! This being my first time taking part in a Blog Hop, I honestly don’t know what to expect. Well, let me get started about who I am. My pseudonym is Isaiyan Morrison. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I currently reside in Texas with my two cats, three pit bull dogs (who I love so much,) and two guinea pigs. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and I constantly dreamed about becoming successful at it one day. At 20 I joined the military and moved to San Diego. I placed writing on the back burner and served four years. Later I moved to Hollywood and lived there for about three years before I moved back to Minnesota. At that time I decided to ignore my fears and pursue my dream of becoming an author. I went to school and continued to write. Unfortunately, I was sidetracked by video games (another passion of mine.) From 2010 until 2011 I was sponsored to play in video game tournaments. I traveled all over America, Canada, and the Caribbean. It was during this time that a few publishers started to become interested in my novel Deamhan and I took my boyfriend’s advice. Stop playing and start taking your writing dream seriously. So here I am. Deamhan is scheduled to be released late 2013 by Rainstorm Press and I’m currently in talks with the company to have the second book in the series titled Sensual Appetite published as well. I’m currently working on a novella series titled Sphere as well as the third Deamhan book, Maris. The Brotherhood Files. So there you have it. Just a little about me. If you’d like to follow me, I’ve included several ways you can do that. 1. Follow my blog by submitting your email to the link on your left! 2. Follow me on twitter by also clicking on my twitter profile on your left! 3. Follow me on Google+ by also clicking on the Google+ image on your left! 4. If you’d rather do the whole Networked Blogs thing, you can click on the Networked Blogs image on your right! If you’re interested in my novel Deamhan you can visit the website as well. Every week I’m releasing two to three character profiles along. You can also read the short synopsis and follow that blog as well. Or you can just click on the sites below! Facebook Page Twitter Google+ Goodreads Thanks for stopping by!