Interview!

The awesome Barbara G. Tarn has been kind enough to interview me on her blog! Check it out; she asked some great questions, like:

What is it about vampires that draws you to them? 

The variety. The stories can be gothic, contemporary, historic, futuristic. It can be scary, funny, romantic. Anything you feel like doing. As to why the vampires themselves are appealing, it’s the immortality, isn’t it? If I could live forever, I’m pretty sure I’d jump at the chance. So much time to get to do all the things you want to do.

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Weekend Excerpt!

This week we have an excerpt from Remains to be Seen, available as a standalone short story from Danielle de Valera.

Undercover narcotics agents Michael O’Neill and buddy Baby Johnson, still suffering PTSD from the Vietnam War, decide to quit their jobs in the Australian Bureau of Narcotics and move to the far north coast of New South Wales. Johnson hopes to renew his relationship with Star, whom he met when tracking down the notorious heroin dealer, God, while O’Neill thinks settling down with long-time girlfriend Azure might be the solution to his problems. But that remains to be seen.

EXCERPT:

Baby’s in jail again. He went back and got the doorman after I fell asleep. He chose to go into Brunswick Heads lock-up, for word on the street has it that’s the best place to work your fines off. He took in his portable record player, a swatch of vinyl records and a dozen Robert E Howard novels.

“You and those bloody Conan novels,” I told him.

“You can laugh, y’ bastard,” he said. “I’d give anything to wake up one day in one of those Robert E Howard kingdoms. ‘Stead of hanging around this shithouse planet.”

We drive to Brunswick Heads to visit him in the afternoon, Azure and I, though we’re still separated. At the last moment David and Doreen aka Crystal arrive. Rather than leaving them there to wreck the place—they’re already well into the port and on the way to one of their innumerable arguments—we cram them in with us, flagons of port and all, and drive into Brunswick Heads.

We find Baby doing the police station’s laundry at the laundromat down the road, drinking a can of Fosters and eating a pie as he aimlessly watches the dryers whirling around.

“Where’re the cops?” asks Crystal Doreen, who has warrants out for her all over south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“Aw, they’re off duty, the place’s all locked up. The sergeant’s taken ‘is wife down t’ Ballina t’ do ‘er shopping.”

“How are you going to get back in?” I ask him.

Baby looks sheepish. “Well, I can’t. Not until they open the place at four.”

“You mean you’re locked out?! They’ve gone away and locked you out?”

“Get fucked, O’Neill.”

“Want a snort of the port?” Crystal asks him. “It’s in the car. Two flagons.”

When Baby has got the laundry out of the dryers, we go back to the police station and lie on the front lawn in the sun, drinking port out of empty Coca-Cola bottles. It’s a beautiful day. Little clouds are scudding across the sky, seagulls wheel overhead, and dimly in the distance you can hear the sound of the breakers smashing against the rock walls at the river’s entrance.

I stare up into the sky and watch the seagulls, while Crystal keeps on refilling the Coke bottles and the levels of the flagons in the car go down.

Up the path to the police station comes a little old lady carrying a straw basket and looking confused at finding the place locked up. Baby lurches off the lawn and lumbers across to her in his board shorts, tank top and thongs.

“Can I help ya, ma’am?”

“Oh, officer,” she begins; she’s mistaken him for an off-duty cop. I don’t bother to listen to the rest, she’s probably lost her cat or something, poor bitch, it’ll only ruin my day.

Baby takes down all the details with a pencil and pad he’s miraculously whipped out of his back pocket. He asks her to come back at four.

“So’s the sergeant can see ya, ma’am.”

“Thank you, officer,” she smiles at him bravely. “You’re very kind.”

“Think nothin’ of it, ma’am. That’s what we’re here for.”

David and Crystal are fighting again, and the grog is running out. They say they’ll go round to the Brunswick Pub and get some more, but I know they won’t come back. They’ll end up going nine rounds in Casuarina Park and throwing one another off the bridge to Main Beach. I don’t care. It’s good just lying here, listening to the drone of everyone’s voices and watching Azure laugh. She laughs a lot, when she isn’t crying.

I think a great deal about Azure and me that day. I wonder if it might’ve worked if we’d had more money, but there’s a catch-22 in that. As long as Az is poor, she can’t reacquire a habit. If she gets a job (and she’s applied for one at the Top Pub back in town), she’ll have the money to start again, and I won’t be there to keep her on the rails.

The heat comes up out of the ground and soaks pleasantly through my body. I gaze up into the sky. My head is in Azure’s lap and I’m not thinking straight—or maybe I’m thinking too straight. It’ll be my birthday in five more days. In five days’ time I’ll be thirty-seven. Half my life’s gone, probably more; four combat wounds ’ve got to do something, and I don’t mean something good.

What if we’d had a kid, Azure and I? She’d wanted one but I told her I was scared of the Agent Orange. Christ knows I saw enough of it, so that part’s true. But the real truth of the matter is I don’t want a kid. I lose my head completely every time the subject comes up.

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Nightly Bites Vol 3

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit the rest of the year. Here to help with that is the third volume of the Nightly Bites anthologies!

A varied collection of vampire stories from flash to novella-length, from the past to the future. Sometimes they mingle with other supernatural creatures, sometimes they’re the only non-human of the story.

THE STORIES

“Blood on the Ice” by David H. Hendrickson

“Nun Survived” by Rebecca M. Senese

“Job Interview”, “Dracula Makes House Calls” and “Don’t Move” by Trent Walters

“Jamie: Blood of Betrayal” by Joleene Naylor

“The Vampire vs. The High Court” by Laura Ware

“Blood” by Kate Pavelle

“A More Ancient Killer” by Bonnie Elizabeth

“One Who Cannot Be Destroyed” by Barbara G.Tarn

“Young Monster Hunters in Love” by Stefon Mears

“Rebels of Seduction” by Meyari McFarland

Looks like a pretty good collection, and the awesome part is that it’s available in ebook AND paperback. So why not add some vampire fiction to your horror library today? Check it out here where you can choose your retailer!

Cover Wars! Round 2!

It’s time for round 2 of Cover Wars! This time I’ve entered Legacy of Ghosts. If you have a minute, please stop by and give it – or another favorite – a vote. No need to sign in, or verify anything, just scroll through the covers and below them is a poll where you vote by checking the box next to the title of your favorite. It’s so fast and easy that a monkey can do it! 🙂

Stop in today and check it out!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 6

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts tomorrow (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last five posts, be sure to check them out.

And now for the last round up!

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Find her on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Hudson/e/B01BQWF1L8

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Come meet these great authors and more starting tomorrow, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 5

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts soon (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last four posts, be sure to check them out.

And now on with the show!

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Check out her website at: https://akibbie.wordpress.com/

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Check out his website at: http://randyroeder.com/

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Check out her website at: https://ckoepp.com/

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Find her on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Griffith-Chalupsky/e/B018AUAT3E

Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 4

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts in one week (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last three posts, be sure to check them out.

And on to the authors of the day!

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Check out her blog at: http://sandwichmomonwry.blogspot.com/

Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 3

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts soon (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last two post, be sure to check them out and meet some awesome authors!

And now for today’s peeps!

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Check out her website at: https://www.erincasey.org/

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Check out his website at: http://www.dennismaulsby.com/

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Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 2

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts in one week (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out.

And now, on to today’s victims…erm, I mean fellow authors 😉

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Check out her website at: https://www.aliciadill.com/

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Check out her Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/authorkristineplum

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Check out her website at: http://xhcollins.com

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Check out her website at: http://www.cassandradenhartog.com/

Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 1

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts in one week (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating!

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You can check out his website at: https://mlwilliamsbooks.com/

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You can check out her website at: https://www.kcbateman.com/

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Fond links to her work ad more here: https://linktr.ee/skyemalone

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Check out her website at: https://marypotterkenyon.wordpress.com/

Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds .

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