Friday, November 28, 2014

My $0.99 Cent Cyber-Weekend Special Is Going On Right Now!


****GOING ON NOW AND LASTING UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY****
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Whether you have a Kindle, a Nook, a smartphone, or even just a laptop or desktop, there will be a format available for you.

"The Bridge" Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series

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Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.
When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do...

"THE SHIP" Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series

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Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She's also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.
In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.
As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie's uncle who fell to the creature. They've also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.
A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.
Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

More Insights In Writing From a 1st Person Perspective...


For just about all writers, the choice of voice or perspective to use is always a challenge.  Although many write in the third person voice, there are two options.  Do you do 'limited' where we only know what's going through one characters mind, or do you use the 'omniscient' version where the readers get to know what's going through everyone's mind at the same time, even if the characters are not sharing all their thoughts with each other.

I did the 'limited' third person point of view in my first two novels.  However I kept changing who's head we were inside with each chapter, giving a nice build up and differing points of view.  So in the new novel I'm working on  "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" I wanted to try 1st person perspective, but still do multiple points of view.  So, with my wife's advice, I chose the same method Bram Stoker used to write "Dracula".  He did 1st person from many different points of view by using letters, journal entries, diaries, etc. and it worked.

In my case, I went for blog and e-journal entries to tell my story, as well as some newspaper clippings to help supply background information for the reader.  Now, I know I've said all this before, but I wanted to repeat it for the benefit of anyone who had missed those earlier entries.  What I did not count on was dealing with Present Tense vs. Past Tense in the First Person.


I realized I might have a problem after I started the 2nd draft of the novel and started noticing that some entries were in the past tense, while others were in the present.  Sometimes I kept going back and forth within the same chapter.  So then I had to decide between which one to use.  After careful consideration, I decided past tense made the most sense, since when one is doing a blog entry about an event they are reflecting back on what happened.  It is not happening there and then as they write.

This of course gave me a much larger task of rewriting the 2nd draft. 


However, I have prevailed and am just about done with the 2nd draft.  But now I am growing concerned about another issue.  "Telling" vs. "Showing".  Am I just having my characters 'tell' a story or am I managing to bring my readers into my characters memories so they can 'see' it as it happened?   I'll be going over the entire novel again and after some corrections, send it out to some beta-readers to get their opinions on the piece.  

I never imagined how intricate this particular novel was going to become.  It's been a lot of work, but I'm rather enjoying the challenge.  If I do pull it off correctly, I think my readers will be very pleased and clamoring for more of Nathaniel and company.  But only time will tell.  

Anyway, that's all I have for now.  If anyone has had more experience with these issues I'd love to hear about them.  Please leave comments down below so not only me, but others can learn from your experiences.

Until next time, keep writing.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"?

My thoughts on …


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Did you know that the phrase “Happy Holidays” was started by Christians?  Yes, that’s right folks, it was.  In fact it dates back to the 1600’s in England.  People were acknowledging the fact that there were more than one holiday.  Like the fact that after Christmas, there was the celebration of the New Year.  Plus there was the season of Advent, another very Christian custom, that this year begins on November 30th and ends December 24th.  So right there we have more than one Christian holiday in December.  And do you know what?  Nobody has ever wished me a “Happy Advent”.  How annoying is that?

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Furthermore, let us remember that Christ was born a Jew.  How many of us really believe he never celebrated Chanukah with his family?  The tradition of Chanukah started over a hundred and fifty years before he was born, so I'm pretty sure he celebrated it more than once.

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I’d also like to point out that it was Jesus who taught us to love our neighbors, be tolerant, kind and to not judge others or take offense should someone do something we feel is mean.

So in the spirit of his teachings, I find the phrase “Happy Holidays” just as sweet and respectful of my Catholic upbringing as the words “Merry Christmas”.  To me, someone is simply trying to be respectful of whatever religion I happen to follow, without giving me the third degree about my faith and beliefs.
With this in mind I wish to conclude this entry by saying...

 “Happy Thanksgiving”

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“Happy Advent”,

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“Happy Chanukah”

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 “Have a wonderful Eid al-Adha” (for my Muslim friends)

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 “Happy Yule”

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"Happy Kwanzaa"

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"Merry Christmas"

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“Happy New Year”

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,,Or to put it simply “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” whatever they are, including any I might have missed in this list.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Update On The Status Of My Upcoming Novels...



 In case you hadn't heard, I started attending the California State University at Monterey Bay in August and the workload had been fairly manageable, until recently.  Things are heating up and I have less and less time to work on my novels, including "The Vampyre Blogs".  I had planned on getting the latest draft finished, edited, beta-read, etc. so I could have it out in time for Christmas.  

Unfortunately, that is not going to happen.  I've said before I will not release a book until it's had all those things done to it.  Currently, I'm still trying to finish the 2nd draft and I'm still not entirely happy with the piece.  Plus I haven't even started on a cover for the book.  I have one that I made with the computer.



However, I'm not totally sold on this version really.  I'd prefer to try and do a soft pastel piece and then super-impose this image on top of the scene I create with the pastel.

Furthermore, with the holidays getting closer and closer, there's not way I could expect any of my beta-readers to go over the book and give me their feedback on the eve of major cooking and shopping.

So I'm putting things off until next year.  Mind you, I'm still going to be posting more mini-stories of my vampyre Nathaniel and his friends over at The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition.  If you haven't checked them out yet here's the link:


At this point I want to let you all know you won't be without anything new from me this holiday season.  I'll be putting together a short story that I'll release through Smashwords just in time for Christmas.  Smashwords carries e-books for Nook, Kindle, Sony, Apple, or even PDF for those who don't have an e-reader so you can enjoy it on your regular computer, laptop, or even your phone.  This will be a holiday tale that will involve a crossover of sorts.  My vampyre Nathaniel will be interacting with several characters from "The Bridge".  Who will appear, I won't say at this time.  Just be assured you'll be seeing some familiar faces within the pages of that story.

Finally, I want to also let you all know that you won't have to wait until October or December of next year for my next novel.  As soon as I get a break from university, I'll be getting back to work on "The Door", which will star Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra.  The story will take up where both "The Bridge" and "The Ship" ended and will answer a number of questions that have been hanging over both novels, including the secret of Brandon and his white-haired nemesis.

Where will I go with my Para-Earth Series after that?  Well here's a list for the next 2-3 years and what they will involve:

Mid-2015 "The Door"

Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra face a new threat which is connected directly to Cassandra's family dating back over three hundred and fifty years.


October/December 2015 "The Vampyre Blogs - Homecoming"

  In 1862 Nathaniel Steward was only sixteen years old.  He left home to fight in the Union Army, knowing the experience might change him.  He had no idea how much it would.  Now, 150 years later, he's finally coming back to what he thinks is an empty manor.  What he doesn't know is someone has been waiting, and some 'thing' is following him, a being that does no belong in this world.

  

Mid-2016 "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 1"

Cassandra's ghostly protector Brandon has always been an enigma to many.  Now, we get to hear his story which will lead directly up to the events that took place in my third book, "The Door".


December 2016, "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties"

Nathaniel is back and he's not alone.  A mystery involving a member of his family has arisen, but so has an old enemy.  New dangers arise that threaten not only those he loves, but his entire hometown.  Like any soldier he will fight to protect his place of birth, but it may cost him his very existence.


Mid-2017 - "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 2"

Brandon's story continues as he and his uncle continue to struggle with the family curse that everyone believed was over.  The threat has been thwarted but not ended and time is running out.  Soon the door will be reopened and nothing will be able to stop what will come out of it if they don't seal it for good first.


December 2017, "Harlequin House"

When Alex was only twelve he entered inside the most haunted place on the planet with a team of paranormal investigators.  Most of the team died before his very eyes and he barely got out with his sanity intact.  Now, twenty years later, he's going back.  Will he be as fortunate this time? 


So there you have it folks.  That's my plans for the next couple of years.  Most of this will depend on how much time I have to write in between my studies of course, but I'm going to do my best to keep to this schedule.  I hope you like what you've seen here and look forward to the books as they come out.  

That's all for now.  Thanks for reading and take care of yourselves.  And as always, keep writing.