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/

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 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

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.

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.

Blog Hop!

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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!

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!