The Rising Author Tag

I’ve been tagged my my friend and author extraordinaire Rami Ungar to participate in the Rising Author Tag. The rules are simple:

Okay, on to the tag rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions they came up with.
  • Nominate four people to do the tag (no tagging the person who tagged you originally).
  • Come up with 10 new questions for the people you nominated.

1.Tell us about what you’re working on or recently released.

I’m working on Tales  of the Executioners, Volume 2– the second half of the Executioner stories. Volume One was released in October, and I’d hoped to have Volume Two out by now, but it’s not happening. I’ve had too many real life setbacks. Hopefully, it will be out in time for Christmas. As to what it is, it’s fourteen stories about the Executioners, the vampire elite. At least three of the previously released stories will be expanded and there will be three that are exclusive to the collection.

2.Where in the process of writing are you?

I’m editing and expanding the stories. The first five are done, and I’m on story number six (Cyprus). I’m adding a second half to it that details what happened in Italy and shows him and Sadihra’s hook up that goes on to play such an important role in the main series of books.

3. What is the most difficult part of writing the story at this point?

Since this is an event I’ve mentioned a hundred times but never shown before, it’s hard to make it live up to the hype. It’s easier to say that something tragic, or horrific, or romantic happened and leave it up to the readers’ imaginations, but then to have to try to come up with something that can live up to what they’ve been imagining…I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself.

4.What about your main character do you like the most?

There’s not really an overarching main character in this half of the Executioner Tales. So, I guess I’ll answer this using Cyprus (since it’s the story I am working on.) The thing I like most about Cyprus is that he really is loyal, though you might not think that if you’ve read the series. The trouble is he’s only loyal to a super small circle of about four vampires.

5.What is your writing process/routine, if you have one?

I wish I had one. Between doing things for other authors, family, pets, and real life stuff, I write when I can steal a few minutes, which is often not even every day. After Christmas is over, though, I am going to severely limit my helping others and get Micah’s book started – three months late!

6.Do you pants your way through a story, or do you plot it out?

Panster all the way – though I’ve plotted before when I had to. Like for the Brothers of Darkness novel, since it was a prequel, I had to make sure everything happened when it was supposed to. 

7.What are your characters’ musical interests?

I think Cyprus would be kind of a new wave, romantic, gothic kind of guy – synths, broken hearts…Maybe a fan of 69 Eyes. 

8. What’s next for you in terms of writing?

Micah and Loren’s road trip novel which should have been started in September. 

9. If you could pick a narrator for your story’s audio book, who would you pick?

I think since it’s a collection, with each story about a different person, it would be fun to have each story narrated by a different narrator. 

10. Share an excerpt or snippet, if you’re comfortable.

He bribed the head of the guards with a month’s pay. The vampire stared at the cash, counted it, stared at it some more, then finally stuffed it in his pocket. “Right. You’ll need to pack a bag. This might take a few days.”

Cyprus nearly skipped back to his room where he stuffed things in a bag. The assignment seemed straightforward enough; the Gilda was having trouble with a coven who’d barricaded themselves underground in an ancient catacomb.

Cyprus had been in the office during the conversation. Hethin had kindly suggested that if it was so easy, the Gilda should send their own Boia. The Italian’s reply was that they only had six, and all were busy with other assignments. “We’d have a larger force, but the Sodalitas’ laws limit how many Boia we can have. They say it is their duty to handle such things. Respectfully, I now say, handle it.”

Hethin had hung up angry and called Wolfe, who’d already volunteered to go. “I knew it would come to this. I’ll take another Scharfrichter and six guards. If their reports are accurate, that should be enough.”

And now for my tags! I tag Caitlin Coppola, Tricia Drammeh, Gabriella Messina, and DM Yates. Here are your ten questions:

  • 1.What’s the last book/story you worked on?
  • 2.Do you self edit?
  • 3.What’s your favorite story/book you’ve ever written?
  • 4.What was the first story you remember writing and how old were you?
  • 5.Do you get a lot of writing done around the holidays?
  • 6.What book or story (written by someone else) do you wish you’d written?
  • 7.If your last book/story was made into a movie, who would star in it?
  • 8.Do you have a WIP? If so what is it?
  • 9.Do you like to bounce ideas off of someone out loud, or do you do it all in your head?
  • 10.Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written?

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I-Con in Des Moines

I know, I should have done this last week, but better late than never, right?

As you might know, I did my first comic con in Des Moines. To be fair to others, many people have suggested over the years that I should do tables at comic cons, and I’ve shied away because I have novels, not a comic, but then at the expo last July I got invited to have a vendor table, so I thought why not. I’m glad I did, I enjoyed it a lot and sold all but one book. I could have sold more had I taken more.

So here’s the day told in pictures!

My set up.

We got there two hours early and it took twenty minutes to set up, so after that we kind of just chilled – literally, we chilled because it was the coldest i-con ever and we were near the door. Hubby had to go to the store to buy me a jacket to wear. While he was gone we watched other vendors setting up.

Though I ran the table, I did get to wander around just a little bit:

I mentioned hubby was there, but the bro came with me, as well, as I put him in charge of getting photos of cosplayers. He did a great job.

Baby was even there!

Dead Pool getting a massage

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but alas all good things must end and we had to pack up.

While I’m probably not going to do Demi-con because it is too expensive vs what I can sell, I am looking into Quad-Con and will hopefully get to do this one again next year. If you’re in the area, be sure to come down for a lot of fun!

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Interview Fun!

I owe you guys a post about comic con – and it’s coming – but in the meantime I’m on the amazing Tricia Drammeh’s blog today talking about Tales of the Executioners! Check it out for great questions like:

Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

VC Andrews writing style – her ability to make what should be happy sinister. For instance flowers in the Attic- she takes these brightly colored paper flowers that should be bright, cheerful, beautiful, even symbolic of childhood, and makes them something heavy and depressing, because their very brightness against the backdrop of the life the children are in creates that contrast that twists those flowers symbolism. It’s brilliant. I’ve tried to do that myself in several places, but I don’t think I’m as successful.

 
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What’s Shaking on Patreon?

It’s been a bit since I’ve shared what’s going on over on the Patreon site, so thought I’d take a second and do that now.

Tho start with, we had The Lost Chapters – scenes that were written to mimic deleted scenes on a DVD as a tease for Legacy of Ghosts. Yeah, that was a minute ago, but I thought they were worth a re-share:

The Alternate Universe with Katelina and Verchiel was wrapped up …

But then a bunch of you wanted to see them confront Jorick, so now we’re working on a multi-part AU AU ending. Ha ha!

And of course I’ve posted the Tales of the Executioners as I expanded them:

And speaking of the collection, 1$ or more patrons get a 50% discount (which is basically 2$ off) the ebook of Takes of the Executioners, Volume One. And will likely get the same for Volume Two:

This month I’ll post anything I add to Volume Two, I’ll continue (and probably end) the AU AU, then start another requested AU in which Katelina took Samael up on immortality, and I might finally get to start on Micah. Ugh. He’s upset because he’s two months behind… He’ll just have to get over it, though. 😉

What are you looking forward to the most?

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(the day after)Release Day: Tales of the Executioners, Volume One

It’s official! Tales of the Executioners – clocking in at more than 350 pages in paperback – is out today (yesterday)! Just in time for Halloween (It was. It was published. but this post did not publish. Urgh!) , fourteen tales of the Executioners that follow the elite vampires, in chronological order, from the start of The Guild to the seventies when the last of the human guard dogs were being “gotten rid of”.  Read special expanded versions of Verchiel’s origin, Ark’s dilemma, and Byrn’s Christmas assignment. Enjoy collection exclusive stories, including Kateesha: Call of Blood and Reymen: On Pain of Punishment, and the special bonus story Clara: Pretty Pet. 

The stories continue in Tales of the Executioners, Volume 2, coming to you in late November.

Get Volume One today!

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Brothers of Darkness Collector Cover is Retiring!

BoD RETIRE

Do you still need/want the hand drawn Brothers of Darkness cover for your Amaranthine collection? If so, you have until December to get it, and then it’s gone.

You can get a copy direct from Amazon (for $11.00 plus S&H if you don’t have prime) or you can contact me to get a signed copy (Message me on FB or send me an email), though the signed copy costs more (because I have to pay double postage – once to ship to me and again to ship to you, making it $15.00 total)*.

*prices for US only. No idea what International is.

So get your collector copy today, before it’s gone!

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The “new” collector cover will look like:

Cover Reveal: Tales of the Executioners Collection Volume One

I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been editing my fingers off, working on the Tales of the Executioners Volume One.

COLLECTION COVER VOLUME 1 - HIGH RES

Executioner is the name given to the vampires’ elite enforcers; those who uphold The Laws and administer punishment. In Volume One meet some of those enforcers, learn their origin stories, feel their heartbreaks, their joys, travel with them on assignments, and see how The Guild came to be – but always, always, be wary of their leader, Malick. Contains expanded versions of some stories, available exclusively in the collection, as well as the exclusive stories Reymen: On Pain of Punishment, Kateesha: Call of Blood, and Clara: Pretty Pet. Also includes the Executioner Timeline to help keep everything straight.

Includes:

  • Jamie: Blood of Betrayal
  • Beldren: What we Deserve
  • Verchiel: Never-Ending Question (expanded edition)
  • Byrn: At Cristmas (expanded edition)
  • Clara: Pretty Pet (Bonus Story)
  • Daniel: Black Luck
  • Reymen: On Pain of Punishment (collection exclusive)
  • Kateesha: call of Blood (collection exclusive)
  • Jorick: The Price of Freedom
  • Krill: Dreadful Note of Preparation
  • Dismas: Prayers of the Damned
  • Mary: Chasing a Killer
  • Griselda: Pack of Wolves
  • Ark: Echo from the Past (expanded edition)
  • Migina: Just a Human

 

Where are the rest of the stories? Look for Volume 2 in late November.

Are you excited for the collections? Which Executioner do you want to read about the most?

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The Vampire Challenge

The vampire challenge has begun in The Shadow League! At them end of the month, participant(s) with the most points will get a surprise pack!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShadowLeagueUF/permalink/540090983080864/

The first challenge is up already, and it’s an easy one!

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Check out the original post and leave your entries there! Challenge 2 will post at midnight tonight!

Goddess of Night Collector Cover is Retiring

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Do you still need/want the hand drawn Goddess of Night cover for your Amaranthine collection? If so, you have until November to get it, and then it’s gone.

You can get a copy direct from Amazon (for $11.50 plus S&H if you don’t have prime) or you can contact me to get a signed copy (Message me on FB or send me an email), though the signed copy costs more (because I have to pay double postage – once to ship to me and again to ship to you, making it $15.50 total)*.

*prices for US only. No idea what International is.

So get your collector copy today, before it’s gone!

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