CHARACTER NAME: Mab Winthrop
First of all, I really don’t like my last name, so let’s pretend it doesn’t exist from this point forward. Now, let’s get to the real information such as I’m a vampire and a highly skilled burglar. My partner and I used to run one of the most infamous crime gangs on the continent until the Great Cataclysm hit, the idiot got sucked into the ground, and the mortals declared war on my entire species. So, I’ve been more of an assassin and spy for one of the nobles since heists are a little too dangerous now. I still swipe things that my targets won’t have any use for after I kill them, so I get my kicks that way. Now that Clyde, he’s the idiot and partner, is back, I’m hoping to return to my roots. I mean, he’s stronger and more powerful than ever with more of an interest in fighting than stealing, but I’m sure I can smack some sense into him.
You might think I don’t because I’m a thief and a vampire, but I do. Basically, you don’t betray your friends and family. Top predator or not, mortals still outnumber us, so we have to depend on each other to survive. You prove to be a traitor and I’ll make sure you don’t get a chance to stab anyone else in the back. I kind of have a soft spot for kids too, but most vampires do. I mean, you need the little ones to grow into adults in order for there to be future meals. Not sure if that’s morality or agriculture.
I would and have done that on several occasions. Not only for those I like, but those I’m okay with too. Not a big fan of killing on command though, but it’s the only way I can make a living these days.
I’d prefer not to, but I won’t say it’s never an option. Being a vampire, I can regenerate a lot of injuries, so the chance of dying isn’t as high as it is with mortals. Still, I guess I would take a beheading for certain people if I knew they would go on to do great things. You know, the idea isn’t really sitting well with me, so I think it would be a spur of moment decision that I’d regret with my final breath.
I come from Windemere, which is a world of magic and many races. We have elves, dwarves, halflings, calicos, and a long menu . . . list . . . No, I’ll stick with menu of entrees for my kind. As a whole, most of the races get along with a few forced onto the outskirts of society like the chaos elves and ogres. Vampires don’t get along well with the rest of the world, but that might be changing with the Dawn Fangs turning up. W . . . They can live among mortals and don’t have to kill when they feed, so maybe the hunting and hatred will chance.
Considering I’m a couple centuries old, my only blood relation is my younger brother. Titus is a vampire too and he’s in charge of the Vengeance Hounds. They acted as the mercenary side of the gang while Clyde and I did our thief stuff. My baby brother is a decent swordsman and is huge, so he tends to simply overpower whatever he’s fighting. The rest of my family would be the gang because we look out for each other. I know I can depend on them when I’m in trouble and I return the favour whenever I’m called upon. Not many of us are left since this war started though. There’s my brother, his two friends, Decker who is more of a partial member, and someone who I refuse to say by name. I guess every family has that black sheep you want to beat with their own femurs. She knows what she did.
Definitely my ability to sneak around and breaking into things. I know that’s rather general, but I’ve always had a natural talent for getting into places that I shouldn’t be. That’s basically how I got turned. The gang depends on me to be the best burglar in the world, so I’ve made sure my stealth skills are honed to perfection. In my opinion, this is a better way to be instead of using brute force. If you can’t be seen or caught then you can get away with anything.
Thanks for keeping this a secret, but I have to admit that my greatest weakness might be pretty well known. It’s not that I have a temper since I can remain calm in the face of a lot of frustration. The problem is that once I blow, I have a lot of trouble coming back down. I tend to hold grudges, especially towards those I feel have betrayed me. Titus and Decker tell me that I need to learn forgiveness since eternity is too long a time to be holding onto hate and anger. Not that they know what they’re talking about since some things can’t be undone with a simple apology.
I’m a dedicated friend and a highly talented thief who is always willing to share her blood with a hungry ally. Sure, you don’t want to make me an enemy because I’ll either rob you blind or gut you depending on what you did. I’m rather easy-going though, so there’s nothing to worry about for the most part.
That entirely depends on who you ask. Most of the gang sees me as they should, which is the second-in-command and a dependable presence. There are a few that mistake my honesty and carefree attitude with rudeness, but I don’t deal with nobles enough to care about that. I will admit that there are some who would call me a stubborn, impatient, angry female dog, but they earned my wrath. I have no illusions about having enemies. Is it illusion or allusion? I always get those mixed up.
To claim every shiny object in Windemere? I’m going to do my best, but there are new ones being found every day. Thank the gods I have eternity. Although, I might need to change my hiding habits. I misplaced a few of my stashes, which is why the others keep calling me a vampiric squirrel. If you’re talking about winning this war with the Duragians then we’ll definitely come out on top. Clyde is back and stronger than ever. The two of us together never fail.
That’s a tough one. As odd as it sounds, I’d have to say it was making my hydra-skin jacket, which is my prized possession. It works a little like armour, but I’m very proud of how I got the pieces. Hydras are pretty nasty even for vampires because they can spew acidic gas and spit poison. They might not kill my kind, but it takes a long time to heal melted skin and purge those toxins. I spent weeks sneaking into lairs and snatching scales when the hydras were distracted by other prey. That still wasn’t as hard as learning how to make clothing without using magic. Wasn’t easy since the seamstress I was talking to kept asking for Placid blood. Those things are practically extinct, so I ended up mixing saltwater with elf blood by the end of our deal. She never figured it out even after she got really sick, which she totally deserved. Anyway, all of that hard work helped me get this one-of-a-kind jacket that I refuse to part with.
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Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. Truthfully, his tales of adventure are much more interesting than his real life, so skip the bio and dive into the action.
Title: War of Nytefall: Loyalty
Author: Charles E. Yallowitz
Genre: Action Adventure Fantasy, Vampires
Main character description (short): Clyde was a vampiric thief, but the Great Cataclysm and fifty years of being buried alive has changed him. He has returned with more strength, speed, and ferocity than has ever been seen among the vampires. While fuelled by arrogance and confidence, he is aware that Windemere is not the same world he previously thrived in. Even worse, Clyde must contend with a savage bloodlust that even his old friends might be unable to help him keep under control.
In the wake of the Great Cataclysm, a new predator will emerge from within Windemere’s shadow.
For fifty years, Clyde has been trapped beneath the earth while the vampire kingdom has been gradually losing its war against the Sun God’s followers. Only Mab believes that her partner survived his holy execution and is determined to bring him back to the city of Nyte. Retrieving the vampiric thief is only the beginning as he comes out of the ground stronger, faster, and possessing abilities that their kind have never witnessed throughout their ancient history. Thrown into the war, Clyde must be careful to hide his true nature while fighting alongside his old friends. Too bad he is having so much fun being free that keeping his secret might be the furthest thing from his mind.
Will anyone be ready for the inevitable rise of the Dawn Fangs?
Brief Excerpt 250 words:
“Let me give you a hand,” Mab says while taking him by the wrist. She immediately jumps back and lets her friend fall to the ground, her eyes wide with fear. “You have a pulse! What is going on here, Clyde? You can’t be human again after what I saw you do, but vampires don’t have heartbeats.”
“This is new to me too, so let’s keep it between us,” Clyde requests as he puts his fingers against his neck. He is about to gesture a spell to cover the unexpected change, but he finds that the trick appears with the merest thought. “Okay, I have it masked and we’ll get it checked out once we can visit Gregorio. I did say that things felt really weird down there, right? Well, I’m saying it now if that counts. Anyway, we don’t want to keep Xavier waiting. He might not be expecting me, but he’ll want to know where you are. I’d rather meet him on friendly terms than running into his men. What’s say we grab a bite and head out?”
Cocking her head to the side, Mab casually reaches out with growing claws and calmly tears open up her friend’s chest in one movement. “Yeah, it’s beating. Looks tasty, which is kind of gross to think about. I mean, I’ve seen vampire hearts before and they’re usually dull red with black veins. This reminds me of the time mine was nearly torn out by that troll and you had to hold it in while fighting since I was dismembered too.”
“Do you mind, Mab?” Clyde asks, smacking her hands away.
Why should readers buy this book (50 words max)?
War of Nytefall: Loyalty is an exciting adventure full of action, magic, and colourful characters. It is designed for pure escapism to help people leave reality and relax. It’s also a story where all of the characters are vampires, who act both monstrous and oddly human.
Author Blog- www.legendsofwindemere.com
Character Name – Jesslynn Cotterill
Which book/world do you live in? The Amaranthine Universe (You can find me not only in my own short story, but as a side character in Shades of Gray and Brothers of Darkness)
Tell us about yourself: What is there to tell? I’m married to Oren and now that his mother has finally passed away manage our plantation in Virginia. I’m a mother of two children, Alexander and Tristan. My story takes place before the War Between the States in Virginia.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
I may not be beautiful, but I’m clever. I believe that brains will triumph over beauty always.
Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
My husband Oren is important, of course. I mentioned my children. Though I have birthed many, only Alexander has grown out of babyhood, and now Tristan, not even a year old, is showing signs of the same malady that took the others. It is because of this that I should mention our neighbour, Jorick. An odd man, he is rarely home, and when he is he never walks in sunlight, only under dark skies. Neither does he seem to age or sicken. It is a secret I desperately need to discover if I want to save my sick child.
What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?
Heroism is the strength to do what must be done for the good of all, even if you, yourself, are afraid of it. Just as I am afraid of what secret Jorick carries, yet I know we need it if Tristan is to survive.
What do you think of your ‘creator’?
I assume you mean my author? I have a rather low opinion of her, I’m afraid, as she’s happily stuck me in a dark world with very little chance for light.
Give us your favourite piece of advice:
Beauty fades, leaving only your wit and resourcefulness. Cultivate those over the appearance of the flesh.
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Shades of Gray:
Name? Wolfgang Feuerleiben – At least that is the name I am currently using.
Which book/world do you live in? So Many Nights, So Many Sins – part of the Nightly Bites II anthology
Tell us about yourself: I am a vampire, a ‘companion-in-darkness’ as some of my more idiotic acquaintances call us. I am a monster, a killer, a blood-drinker. I have lived for centuries – how many I am not quite sure. After a while the nights all seem much the same, history repeats itself and ennui becomes a constant companion. A human woman told me I am depressed, bored, cynical. All those things are true, but wouldn’t you be after so long?
How do you see your world? My world is long, dark and full of blood and death. Mortals die, often. Vampires die – often at my hand. I am not an avenging angel, far from it but I don’t like loose ends, or inconvenient questions. We call mortals ‘thrill-seekers’ – at least those who aren’t directly dinner. There is a class of mortal who thinks it’s ‘cool’ to hang out with the undesirables, the undead, the damned. They don’t really know what we are, or what it means to be a vampire. I’ve put enough of the poor creatures out of their misery to have lost count. Being a vampire means a constant hunger, a need for blood, and a life at the fringes. A life alone, most of the time. Vampires generally don’t like other vampires – predators tend to be solitary; except our friends the wolves, but they are largely gone. One gets to look on the human world as an outsider – it’s interesting at first, like looking at ants, but it soon becomes tiresome, then ridiculous. There is so much lost potential, and that’s the same with most vampires. Throw off the shackles of mortality and one can achieve anything given enough time. Most vampires try desperately to adhere to their long-gone human morals, rules and ideas. And every single one fails.
What part do you play in this tale? I am the bringer of death, the harbinger of doom, but you might say I get the girl.
Do you consider yourself a good person/creature? You jest? I am not sure I was ever a ‘good’ person, even as a mortal. I may have thought that was the case, long ago but I doubt it now. I have killed hundreds, waded through rivers of blood. I have murdered for food, protection, out of boredom. I have stolen, corrupted, lied, committed adultery, I have lain with man and woman. There are six hundred plus sins in the Bible and I have committed several hundred of them. The rest are either down-right silly or impossible. So formulate the answer am I a good person…
Do you follow any religion? God abandoned me long ago, and I him. I am not saying he doesn’t exist – but if he does he’d not who he says he is.
What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)? Well that was a change of direction in the questions. Favourite colour – orange; favourite food – the blood of vampires; favourite music – the sound of fire.
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Five characters interviews from vampires in this book.
Some great interviews with the Vampires from Nightly Bites II
To celebrate the release of Nightly Bites Volume 2, I present you 5 characters interviews!
Character Name: I am the Aswang, and nobody ever gave me a proper name. Heck, even the dog has a name! But not me.
Which book/world/story do you live in?
The short story “The Aswang Who Ate Stardust” is about me. Well, kind of. It’s also about the people I’m not allowed to eat anymore.
Tell us about yourself:
I was born long before the white men came to the Philippines, and I used to eat little humans still in their mother’s womb. That’s what all Aswang do – but we are solitary creatures, and we can shift our shape. Which is why nobody ever gave me a proper name, I think. Anyway, I had made a human friend long ago. He was the only one who could see me for who I…
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Coming 23rd March 2018 – Now on Preorder
More short stories about vampires mingling in the pages of this anthology. Vampire Apocalypse vs. Last Vampire Survivor. Vampires with hemophobia or Asperger Syndrome. Vampires in the past and in the future, walking through the centuries because they can. Undead but immortal unless you manage to kill them. Merciless killers or merciful death givers – and even a little, shapeshifting vampire who doesn’t feed on blood.
The Blood is on the Wall by Felicia Fredlund
Bloody Aversion by Rebecca M. Senese
Chuck the Cross by Ezekiel James Boston
Jesslyn by Joleene Naylor
In the Shade of the Slowboat Man by Dean Wesley Smith
Legacy of the Hunted by Russ Crossley
The Raven by Barbara G.Tarn
She-devil of the Spanish Main by David Miller
So Many Nights, So Many Sins by A.L. Butcher
The Aswang Who Ate Stardust by Kate Pavelle
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Katherine de Gand, but everybody calls me Kaylyn
Which book/world do you live in?
Tell us about yourself:
I was born in born in AD1130 and I had just married Baldwin de Gant (brother of Gilbert de Gand, Earl of Lincolnshire) when he went on pilgrimage and died at the siege of Damascus, (1148) and was reborn as child-of-darkness. I was 20 when I was turned (2/11/1150) since he came back with his maker who also made me. I’ve been a daughter-of-darkness since. I was 150 when I meet a handsome warrior of the Kingdom of Mewar, Rajveer, who became my brother-in-darkness…
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
As an Anglo-Norman lady I was used to relying on the men of the house, be it my father or my husband. I’ll admit it took me centuries to become independent and then I was taken prisoner and lost my independence again. So I guess my weakness is still my lack of independence. My strength might be the power to mesmerize mortals into giving me their blood willingly. I never abuse that power and I’ve never killed anyone who didn’t want to die. But I did bring merciful death to old or sick people who had enough of their lives.
Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
One is my maker, Bran the Raven. He took care of me after Baldwin got himself killed by his own stupidity. I consider him a father and never tire of his presence. Two, my brother-in-darkness, Rajveer. Let’s just say I don’t really see him like a brother. Three, his fledgling, Shashank, who has taken care of me during the imprisonment years… as you can see I’m still pretty much dependent on men in my non-life.
What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?
Considering how many men I’ve seen destroy themselves in the name of heroism, I’m against those forms of warring heroism, but I admire people who have the strength to live through the centuries and change accordingly. Like Bran says, it takes stamina to live for centuries, and I think that’s a form of heroism that I aspire to.
What do you think of your ‘creator’?
I’m happy she’s writing down our stories.
Give us your favourite piece of advice:
Go with the flow. Be fluid and you can live forever. As long as you don’t crave being the centre of everybody’s attention. Being discreet is the best way to survive the passing of time.
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Welcome to Lana Campbell
#vampires #redemption #paranormalromance
*Please tell us about your publications. I’ve published three books so far in my Forever and a Night vampire series. These are not your typical vampire romances. For instance in my first book Forever and a Night my heroine is 42 with three grown girls who become my heroines in subsequent books. In book one devout Christian Mia Peebles falls for billionaire vampire Nathan Davenport.
Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years, she released him, and Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him.Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.
In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered. The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body play havoc with his thinking.
Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because, during the enchanting episodes, Nathan blocked her memories of those sensual encounters. How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean to him?
Book two Dark Experiments is about Tiffany Peebles and OB/GYN vampire Dr Christian LaMond. On the cusp of their romance, an angel of death begins poisoning Christian’s pregnant vampire patients. Tiffany is also poisoned.
Christian is the exception to Tiffany’s rule that all males are louses. For years Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help but wonder what it might be like to have a brief fling with him. The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears when Christian offers her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic. She knows if he gives her the green light, she’s going to have a romp with her sexy vampire. When the night finally arrives and she and Christian have sex, the experience is so overwhelmingly powerful, Tiffany backpedals and tries to turn down the heat between them. She’s human. He’s a vampire. She can’t afford to fall in love with him.
Christian has other ideas. During their sexual encounter, he discovers Tiffany is his life mate and he vows to change her thinking. His intentions are put on hold when he gets caught up in an angel of death’s vicious plan to chemically terminate V clinic patients’ pregnancies. Tiffany herself falls victim to a lethal dose of arsenic and Christian can only save her by turning her into a vampire. She’s furious when she wakes from her turning and discovers what Christian has done. She wants nothing to do with him ever again, but when she’s kidnapped by this angel of death and used as a guinea pig for deadly experiments she only has Christian to turn to save her life.
In book three Deadly Secrets, Chelsie Peebles discovers she’s dying of an incurable brain tumor. No form of treatment will save her but one. She must turn into a vampire.
When Dr Chelsie Peebles, an OB/GYN for vampires discovers she’s dying from a stage four glioblastoma she learns there is only one sure cure that can save her life. She must turn into a vampire. Chelsie is the member of a big extended family of vampires. In fact, she is the only human left in her entire clan. Headaches have been plaguing her for months and when she’s diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, Chelsie chooses to keep the horrific news from her family to spare them hurt until she can figure out viable treatments or a cure.
Researching her options for survival lead her to the inevitable conclusion she is going to die no matter what treatments she chooses unless she turns into a vampire. Chelsie’s desperate. She blackmails the partners of her vampire OB/GYN clinic into aiding her in this life altering transformation.
Asa Bradley, one of her partners thinks Chelsie’s crazy for wanting to turn because the reasons she gives are flakey. He has no idea she’s dying. He is however bewitched by the little human doctor and wants to know what has her so hellbent on wanting to become a vampire. So one night when he’s invited to a bar where Chelsie moonlights as a country/western singer, he goes and is stunned to discover she has the voice of an angel and the body of a seductress since all he’s ever seen her wear is a lab coat. Asa is smitten with the surprising Dr. Peebles.
Trouble is Chelsie has an ex named Chad who she sings with in the band and he thinks Chelsie belongs to him. Chad’s dangerously possessive and threatens to hurt Chelsie if Asa doesn’t leave her alone. Asa isn’t going to be thwarted by a puny human. He romances Chelsie and gains her trust and affection which inevitably leads him to discover Chelsie’s deadly secret.
Can Asa keep Chelsie safe from her maniacal ex and get her this transformation she needs before cancer or her villainess ex claims her life?
What first prompted you to publish your work? Back when Twilight was becoming popular my teenage girls at the time were so into the series. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about so I read the books. I enjoyed them, loved the vampire aspect, but I wanted to read vampire stories with older protagonists and more human like vampires. So I set about creating a story with a 42-year-old female protagonist and an older vampire hero who lived longer than most humans but was mortal. In my stories, vampires can eat and they can have children because they are a sub-species of humans, evolved from humans due to a blood disease.
What have you found the most challenging part of the process? Getting published. All three of my books were published with a small press publisher.
Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’? Definitely a pantser. I know the general plot and story of the book I’m writing, but as I write it I let the story evolve on its own. I can’t say why but it works for me.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? My first book was published by a vanity press. I wish I’d known no author should have to pay to have their book published. If your work is good enough you will find someone to publish your book and they won’t charge and you’ll make money.
What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? I’ve tried this and I see no benefit in it. It didn’t help me achieve more book sales nor did it garner me any reviews. I don’t think I’d do it again.
What are your views on authors commenting on reviews? An author commenting on reviews should only thank the reviewer I think. The worse thing one could do is argue the review with the reviewer. To me, it’s demeaning to the author.
How do you deal with bad reviews? I get bummed for a bit, then I let it go and concentrate on the good reviews. I realize not everyone is going to love my work, but others will. I think this goes for every book ever written. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion. But if I could add one thing to say to readers, please leave reviews on the books you read. This is so important to the author and so appreciated.
Sort these into the order of importance:
Good plot– This is second. A good plot should be fast moving and should keep the reader engaged.
Great characters– I think this is first. If your characters pop off the pages, you’ll snag your reader into your story.
Awesome world-building– This would be last. It’s certainly important, but if an author goes overboard with description it can slow the plot.
Technically perfect– People hate reading books with grammatical difficulties, but most are forgiving so I’d have to put this at number three. Still it’s important to edit, edit, edit and don’t rely solely on an editor to clean up your work. Do it yourself and do it well.
How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at? All I can say is thank God for Google. I research constantly as I go along. I’d have to say the wildest subject I researched which is in book one, Forever and a Night would be the grave of Marie LaVue. My protagonists were touring the cemetery and ran across her grave. I brought into the scene some of the wild information about her intriguing life.
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? As far as writing, to write every day and to do so with passion. A person either has a passion for writing or they don’t. If you do you’ll write every spare moment you have.
If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why? I would like to be one of my vampires. In my books, they age very slowly and live for six or seven hundred years. They have psychic and telekinetic abilities as well as strength and speed ten times that of a human. Who wouldn’t want those abilities?
Which authors have influenced you the most? Nora Roberts, Christine Feehan
What is your writing space like? It must be neat. I clean my space before I begin. No noise. I can’t write if the TV is on or if there’s music or any annoying noise going on.
Tell us about your latest piece? I just finished a vampire romance called Alabama Rain. In this story, Alabama Rain is a born vampire whose father is a villainous drug dealer. He’s a much more powerful vampire than Alabama. He forces Alabama to steal drugs for him from his rival drug lord which of course places Alabama in danger. Early into the story, she has a run in with Nate Davenport when she’s trying to do a drug theft for her father. When Nate discovers she deals drugs, he’s determined to catch her in the act and bring her to justice. He just doesn’t plan on falling in love with her in the process.
What’s your next writing adventure? I’m writing book six in my series right now. It’s about Alabama Rain’s brother Ganja Elisha Holden. He used to be a thief of drugs for his father Ken Holden an evil and powerful vampire who is also a drug lord. In the book previous, Alabama Rain, he has been planted in his father’s rival drug cartel, Manny Cordova’s, in order to report back to his father about when drug deals are going down in the Cordova cartel. When Cordova discovers Ganja has been an intricate part in the theft of his drugs, he puts a hit out on him. Ganja flees to the midwest to a small Arkansas town called Eureka Springs. There he makes a life for himself as a small business owner of a jewellery and antiques store. One day all of that is threatened when the daughter of Manny Cordova appears in his store. Lydia Cordova has always bewitched Gan. She presents a clear danger to Gan but he can’t help but want her even though she could lead her father who wants him dead straight to him.
Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline?It definitely is the age of e-books. More and more people are loving reading their favorite stories on their devices. I’m one of them. But there are still lots of people who would much rather hold a real book in their hands, but not as many as there used to be. Sadly bookshops are in decline. Some major retailers have closed their doors. I think this is bad news for authors because we make more money on physical book sales than we do off e-books.
With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling? Yes, thanks to Amazon more and more indie authors publish every day. I definitely think this is the future of storytelling.
Are indie/self-published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this? I don’t think so. If a reader likes the sound of your book, I think they’d buy it no matter the publisher. On the other hand, some self-published books are terribly written with horrible grammatical errors. I’ve read my fair share. This could detour some readers from buying a book without a publishing house behind it.
Is there a message in your books? Yes, there is. I have a Christian message in each of my books, a message of redemption from a higher power. It by no means overwhelms the book, it’s just there as a facet of my character’s character. I’ve gotten mixed reviews on it, but most people are amazed that I can successfully weave a redemption message into a vampire story. It certainly hasn’t hurt my sales, rather the opposite.
How important is writing to you? I live it, breathe it, sleep it. I love to write and would no matter if I sold books or not. Unfortunately, it is more of a hobby than a career. I truly hope to change that some day.
I’m the author of the Forever and a Night vampire romance series. The first book in my series is Forever and a Night. My second book Dark Experiments just came out 5/21/16. BTP has just recently bought my third book Deadly Secrets. I love writing paranormal romance and I’m an avid reader of it too. I live in Avoca AR with my husband, oldest daughter and a cat named Felix
Name: Louisa Swann
What attracts you to the genre in which you write?
I tend to write in three genres: mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. I’m drawn to these genres as I’m drawn to the same things in real life: I love a good mystery, am fascinated by science and inventions, and am enthralled by magic and magical creatures.
What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?
“Go where your obsessions take you.” (Neil Gaiman)
I still have difficulty with this one. Writing about my obsessions in whatever form means stepping outside my comfort zone, but my best stories come from doing just that.
If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?
Neil Gaiman. Not only do I love his writing, he’s had some really interesting “adventures” (i.e. visiting refugee camps). Would love to pick his brain!
Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?
Dr. Seuss J. Not only did I devour Dr. Seuss books as a child, I channelled that writing style when I wrote my first poems and stories!
Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?
I think ebooks will coexist side by side with print and audio for the immediate future. Personally, if I really like a book, I end up with all three versions. As our dependence on non-renewable resources decreases, however, I believe ebooks and audio will become more prevalent, though I think print books will always be around.
Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?
Stephen King’s Duma Key. I love the visuals King evokes in this book as well as the way the main character transitions after his accident.
Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival. Might as well have a book that’s practical as well as being interesting to read!
One of Patrick F. McManus’s books, probably The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw. Love this author’s sense of humor regarding everything outdoors and being on a desert island would probably need a touch of humor or three!
Author bio and book synopsis
Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):
I grew up in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada mountains, surrounded by deer and beaver, muskrat and bear, all of which provided ample fodder for my equally wild imagination. As an adult, I spin those childhood experiences into tales that span multiple genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and my newest love—steampunk. My short stories have appeared in Mercedes Lackey’s Elementary Magic and Valdemar anthologies; Esther Friesner’s Chicks and Balances; and several Fiction River anthologies, including the newest Reader’s Choice. I have a new steampunk/weird west novel series, Abby Crumb, debuting this summer.
Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)
A little background: I am not a vampire fan. Vampires give me nightmares. But another word of writing advice from David Morrel (and Stephen King) has to do with writing about what scares you. So I tried to figure out how I could write about vampires. As often happens to me, my mind went to humor and the ridiculous: What if a bicycle cop was stalked by a vampire dwarf with a fetish for muscular calves? “The Girl With the Candy Cane Legs,” an urban fantasy, is the result!
Three months ago, the gates to the Otherside failed, flooding the normal world with creatures both supernatural, demonic, and just plain weird.
Diane Swift, a bicycle cop with thighs of iron, calves of steel, and the ability to see the strange monsters infiltrating her world, keeps the beaches and her city safe from scumbags. Then someone steals her patrol bike along with a bag of fossilized fairies.
And Diane ends up patrolling the beach with a partner straight out of a lunatic’s nightmare.
Fast and furious, wet and wild, “The Girl with the Candy Cane Legs” delivers a rollicking adventure where almost anything goes.
The book also appears in Heroic Tales – Bundle
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