Status Update: Book 6 – Midnight Deliverer

The Exciting Conclusion is Coming Soon!

Who loves HOT Scottish Vampires??? My readers obviously do! I'm getting a slew of emails and comments on my website, asking me when Midnight Deliverer, Book 6 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, is coming out. Well, I don't have a release date just yet, but I can give you a little progress report by answering some FAQs and I'll start with the new blurb I've written

bbb06_coming-soonBlurb for Midnight Deliverer (Book 6)

Broderick MacDougal refused to do what was foretold – sacrifice his beloved Blossom for the sake of redemption. But after burying himself for six years in a crypt, Broderick is awakened with a promise the manipulative Malloren Rune has found a way to save his soul mate. How can he believe her when the prophetess' sole purpose has been to see the prophecy fulfilled at any cost? But he can no longer resist the painful calling of Davina’s soul and rushes to get to her before the Illuminati does.

Davina Ferris was certain she inherited the crazy gene…until the HOT Scottish vampire in her dreams waltzes into her art gallery to claim her. But her mother’s obsession with Davina being the soul mate of the shipping company billionaire turns out to be the least of her worries. Every paranormal creature known to man is descending upon Los Angeles – bent on killing her!

After five-hundred years, Broderick and Davina are finally reunited, but the chance to seize their happily-ever-after is short-lived. Unexpected allies are called to defend the couple. Not just for the salvation of vampire souls, but the fate of the world, as the Vampire Prince finally claims his throne and unleashes the fury of Hell!

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Yep! I'm throwing everything…and possibly even the kitchen sink…at our hero and heroine, but I promise it will all be worth it! This will be the best HEA evah!

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Vampire Didn’t Exist until 1732…According to Etymology

A Vampire in London – 1582

London Night - Vampire LurkingAh…a creepy setting…a vampire lying in wait. This may be great stuff for a paranormal tale…but something's not right.

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A fog crept in from the Thames, gliding through the streets like a phantom, shrouding the darkened alleyways between the tanneries, breweries and slaughterhouses…a perfect place to hide. Tucked into the shadows, a cloaked figure stood, listening. Staggering footsteps clicked against the cobblestones and feminine laughter fluttered against the high walls of the surrounding industry buildings.

The dark figure stepped from the shadows, seized her by the shoulders and whirled her into the doorway. Her eyes as wide as saucers, she gasped as he opened his mouth, revealing his fangs. “Wha-what are you?” she shrieked.

“I’m a…” He paused. “Well, I’m a…” He scratched his head.

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Go ahead…I know you want to finish the sentence. He’s a vampire, right? Actually, as you read above, it’s 1582 and the word vampire didn't exist. That’s right! Vampire from French or Vampir from German didn't make it into the written language until 1734; or 1732, in an account of Hungarian vampires, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. Dictionary.com says 1725-35 for the German Vampir, so it depends on your sources.

Vampire-like creatures have existed for centuries in a multitude of cultures, but they more resembled demons and spirits or walking, bloated corpses. Not the hot, sexy, intelligent and alluring creatures of the night that fascinate modern culture today. And they definitely didn't sparkle. Imagine my dismay when I started writing my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles—which starts in 1486, and the back story even earlier—and learned I couldn't use the word vampire! Well…I had to come up with something!

Midnight Conquest - Book 1 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesThe number one question I get about my vampires is, “Why did you call them Vamsyrians?” Obviously, the above was my motivation. I chose to create a word that could easily morph into vampire through the years…and that’s exactly what some of my readers have done by mispronouncing it by adding a “P” where none exists—vamp-seer-ee-an. It’s already on its way to morphing!

If you'd like to explore this dark world of Vamsyrians I've created, CLICK HERE to check out the boxed set! Or CLICK HERE to start with Book 1, Midnight Conquest. And if you aren't a member of my VIP Club to get vampire freebies, CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW! It's FREE!

Enjoy!!

Arial 😉

Tips on Getting Published

Improving your grammar skills will help you get publishedCAN One Increase Their Chances of Getting Published?

Absolutely!! I'm putting on my editor's hat today to share some tips on how to increase your chances of getting published. One of the first is to study your craft…and I can tell you there are MANY writers who don't do this. This alone can help you stand out above the rest and get you published.

I'm appalled at the crap that comes flooding through submissions. And I STILL–OMG STILL–get authors asking, “Do we have to send in a polished manuscript, even to an agent?” Seriously????? Why would you want to send anything less? If these authors think getting their manuscript cleaned up for submissions is time-consuming, then they are definitely not ready for the editing process. And then, after so many rejections, they become self-published. It breaks the heart!! Writing should be taken seriously as a career, which means LEARNING YOUR CRAFT! Never stop studying and always strive to improve.

Here's an excellent resource for some FREE grammar assistance: Writer's Digest – Grammatically Correct by Anne Stillman. This link is to a free download excerpt of the book and worth the view. Lots of great advice in this snippet.

Another way to improve your writing and your chances of getting published is Continue reading

Fantasy Fiction Author Finds a New Home

Welcome to My New Fantasy Home!

Ahhh! A warm fire crackles beside me. The cushy chair craddles me as I sit before the hearth and absorb the warmth from the flames. I put my book down upon the table to my right and smile at the faeries flitting around the room, decorating my new home with sparkling dust. My spirit guide and friend, MaeDawn the unicorn, curls before the fire. Raja the dragon swoops by my window and I enjoy the overcast sky. A perfect day for writing. Broderick MacDougal saunters into the room and sits in the adjacent chair, his roguish smile setting my insides to fluttering. Would you like to join us?

I welcome you to my new home. I haven't moved physically…just in cyberspace and in genres. In realizing my clarified role as a fantasy fiction author instead of a romance novelist, I thought it fitting to surround myself with the images and atmosphere of the genre…the things I love. Unicorns. Mystical places. Dragons. Vampires. Werewolves. *sigh* I believe I've finally found my home. Yes. It feels right now.

I struggled with being a romance novelist, as I was told my romance stories were more about the layers and the details I'd woven into the plot versus the romance. The final resolution of my stories was NOT the relationship, but the journey the chacters traveled with each other. No matter what story I penned or planned, romance was not the center of the story even though there were strong romantic elements and I tried to hard to fit into that mold. I felt lost. Homeless, if you will.

As such, I could not live up to the expectations of my audience, which influences my sales and by which I gain more readers. Though the romance community never shunned me, I did feel out of place, like walking into a Regency ball, unsure of how to behave under the social scrutiny. I don't blame them at all. It wasn't their fault I went to the wrong party. In directing my attention to the fantasy fiction community, however, I was welcomed with open arms. It was as if I'd walked into the Prancing Pony. A mug of ale was shoved into my hand, I pulled a chair up to a table surrounded by hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves. We laughed and spun tales and I felt the freedom to be myself. How refreshing! Pass the brew!

Now that I've accepted the idea and settled into my new home, I look back on my old place, surprised I thought I belonged there. I write fantasy fiction with strong romantic elements. It's as simple as that. I welcome you to my new home and invite you to sit awhile and explore. You'll find, as I did, it's not that much different. Just a little more magical.

Anne Rice Made Me Do It!

Anne Rice - Inspiring me for 30+ years

I just started using Pinterest and was pinning pictures of women who inspire me…one of which is Anne Rice…and it just made me want to post about how she inspired me to start writing.

I was an avid reader as a kid, but nothing moved me as much as her Vampire Chronicles and tales of Lestat De Lioncourt. Whew! The poetry of her prose. The vivid descriptions of the dark settings her stories took place. The emotional torture her characters experienced. The twist she gave an old legend. I felt her stories were so real, she MUST have interviewed a vampire. She MUST have the inside scoop. What a delightful journey she led me through! I enjoyed The Vampire Lestat so much, I'd read it four times.

Now, I'm dating myself here because I read Interview with the Vampire in the 80s a few years after it came out and I was in high school. As such, I was NOT enthralled with her books because of the Twilight craze. My love affair with these creatures of the night started over 30 years ago, so this is not a bandwagon I've jumped on. The world is just now catching up to me. 😉

I devoured vampire novels like vampires devoured their victims. I'd read every book of vampire fiction I could get my hands on and, at the time, I didn't think anything could compare to the genius of Bram Stoker, who was the father (or known as such, at least) of these gothic and tragic beings with his novel Dracula. (Incidentally, if you haven't read it and you're a vampire fan…you should or you're not officially an avid reader of vampire fiction. It is truly and surprisingly enthralling and unique…even compared to modern fiction.) Though I was writing, my stories were about dragons and unicorns and knights in shining armor.


Sting wrote a song called Moon Over Bourbon Street and my sisters and I were intrigued. Being huge Sting and Police fans, we read all the fine print on all their albums, scouring the inserts for bits of information about their personal insight into their music–and so we learned this song was inspired by Anne Rice's novel Interview with the Vampire. We HAD to get the book just because Sting read it! All three of us–my two younger sisters and myself–became obsessed with Mrs. Rice's stories and began penning poetry. One day I will compile these poems and publish them. They're haunting, beautiful and tragic…just like vampires.

I carried this obsession into my twenties–still reading anything related to vampires, both fiction and non-fiction–and eventually wrote my first novel, then known as Bonded By Blood. Through the years, more stories evolved and now I've developed a six-book series from the first story and use the original title as the name of the series.

And thus is the reason for my dedication page in my debut novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST:

A Thank You to Sting
For “Moon Over Bourbon Street”
He fed me the intro
To Anne Rice’s treat
She’s planted the seed
To all that I’ve written
If it wasn’t for her
I’d have never been bitten

I had the wonderful privilege of corresponding with Mrs. Rice, letting her know I dedicated my first book to her and how she has been my inspiration. I could have sworn that I blogged about it, but I can't seem to find that entry. Oh well. I guess that's for another post. Thanks for reading!

That's my two pence…

Update on MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE – Book 2 of BBB Vampire Chronicles

I've had a few of my readers begging me for Book 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, so I thought I would post an update on where I am with it.

I'm so sorry! I should have listened toAmanda Hocking and NOT put a release date on future projects until the book was near completion. I stated at the end of Book 1 that Book 2 would be done in October 2011. My day job (editing) picked up and I just have not had the time to write.

I did put a lot of effort into the novel in December and was about three-quarters of the way done with the first draft…and then the holidays hit and then Star Wars: The Old Republic came out and I also got sick (see previous spew about that). Read more…

Qualities of a Good Critique Partner

I've heard a lot of comments by many in the publishing industry that the occupation of a writer is a lonely one. You sit at the computer (typewriter or yellow legal pad, for you nostalgic types), alone with your thoughts and the voices you hear, crafting your tales. Though that part of the process may be a solitary experience, there's a bigger picture. I've been writing for many years and along the journey, there are many people a writer needs to further their career along: beta readers, critique partners, editors, publishers, cheering section, readers and more. The journey to getting published is rarely done without others and they all have their place and importance. Since I recently found my critique partner, that's the one I'll focus on today. (Click on the links above if you're interested in learning more about the other people that contribute to a writer's journey.) Continue reading

Eliminating Writer’s Block

In honor of National Margarita Day, I'm celebrating being liberated from writer's block!!!

Writer's block…first there is the debate on whether or not it exists. Debate ended: It does. If it didn't, it wouldn't be the dreaded disease that plagues every writer on the planet. Those who have experienced it knows it prevents your creativity from flowing and brings your writing to a grinding halt. It's not being lazy, it's just misunderstanding what it really is. As writers, we all experience it at one time or another and we all know it's the downside of being an author…or is it? Believe it or not, I believe I have found the cure for Writer's Block! Continue reading

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER!!

Eighteen years later, with blood, sweat and tears, I finally have a contract for my first novel – MIDNIGHT CONQUEST! Hurray! Let's celebrate!!!

It was a long hard road, make no mistake, but don't let that discourage you writers out there who are trying to get their first novel published. Every author goes through it. They pour their heart and soul into their first novel and expect it to be loved by all. When it isn't, it's a struggle to keep positive about your work and not take it personally. I hung on to encouraging stories of famous authors who had been rejected numerous times before their first novel was accepted. For Example: While I was stationed in Germany, Tom Clancy came to our base (Rhein-Main AB)  for a visit while doing research and shared with us that “The Hunt For Red October” was rejected 33 times before it was offered a contract (This web site states 12 times, but I'm more inclined to believe what I heard Clancy say). All of us authors go through the rejections before our first novel is published. Continue reading

Novel Updates for MIDNIGHT CONQUEST (ETERNAL CONQUEST)

Whew! Been busy and haven't had time to do much of anything but working. So much for writing, huh? As promised, here's an update to what's going on with my book – MIDNIGHT CONQUEST. Continue reading