Archive for April, 2014

Balls Deep and crying like a baby...

Since some asshat authors who have been attacking some friends of mine for leaving less than glowing 5-star book reviews on their work, here’s this helpful list on How to Deal with Bad Reviews on Your Book:

  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Read the review.
  3. Exhale.
  4. If there is valid criticism, take heed of it. Think about it and perhaps use it to better your style of writing.
  5. If the review is a rant by an apparent lunatic (or loonie, for short), spam for another book, or an attack by a detractor, identify it as such and confine said review to where it belongs: Oblivion. Forget it exists. Insanity breeds insanity, and being a writer, you don’t need more madness than what you’ve already got between your ears.
  6. If point #4 is in effect: In certain instances, when a review is touching or right on the mark with you as…

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You’re dying… or already dead.

A beautifully expressed piece about recapturing lost dreams.

Dragon Brow

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the feature stories from our fantasy anthology, Dragons and Dreams, starring… me, and a cast of WPaD writers!

Sleeping Under Runways

Chapter 1

Let’s face it…the guy was old; old and basically a wreck.  He was still 6’6”, but he had ballooned up to 280 pounds…most of it belly.  He walked with a cane, had hearing aids in both ears, thick lenses on both eyes, totally white hair, a VERY weak bladder, and, like a lot of old people, he farted a lot.  He was arthritic; he was diabetic.  And the old short term memory was pretty much shot.  BUT…he had a superpower; a superpower that very few people knew about.

Used to be, a lot of people had superpowers…but they had all pretty much died off (mostly from old age) by now.  But Dave was still around and he still had his superpower…ridiculous as it was.  You see, Dave could control dragons…with his eyebrows, and big, bushy things they were, too.  Now this, of course could only be used if…

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Love Storm Born

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the short stories featured in our romance anthology, Passion’s Prisms.

Sleeping Under Runways

The wind-whipped branches swooshed along the roof, gathering the snow into piles and dumping it to the ground, where it landed with soft plops in the deep snow and loud whumps on the wind-swept sidewalk.  Elsewhere, where the roof had been swept clean, the branches clackety-clacked along the roof tiles.  Inside the house was complete darkness and silence, except in the living room, where a fire in the fireplace crackled and popped.

In front of the fireplace a large pile of blankets had apparently been casually tossed.  But, if one were a fly on the wall, one might notice that one side of the pile slowly shifted, as a small, white hand, looking to all the world like a fat, white spider, crept timidly out, pausing to check the temperature of the room.  Having accomplished its mission, the hand slowly slipped back under the blankets, and for the next few…

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One of the wonderful short stories featured in our fantasy anthology, Dragons and Dreams.

Vampire Maman

A short story:

When You Grow Old

“Who will take care of you when you get old?” I asked my brother’s caretaker Josh.

My brother Bob is 90 years old. A former screenwriter and movie producer, he lives in a modern glass and polished wood mansion on the Central Coast of California.

I’d been at Bob’s for six months.

“Your grandmother would have been 101 this year,” Bob told me. I was going to turn 101 this year, at the end of October. What Bob doesn’t know is that I am his sister Valentina. He doesn’t know I’m a vampire either. He thinks I’m a great niece who is the spitting image of his older sister who passed away in 1935.

I walked the beach in the evenings with Bob. He leaned my arm and told me about the cycles of the tide and the migration of the whales.

Arriving…

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A good read for authors:

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Last week I gave FIVE editor tips to help you guys know if you needed revision. One of the most CONFUSING mistakes (in my POV) is the notion of “Starting with too much action.” I know all of us have heard the “Start in the action” “You have to HOOK” and so we devise car chases, bombs, funerals, etc. in hopes that we will engage a reader.

Before we start, I will add a caveat. Genre might affect the first pages of your novel. In a thriller, mystery, mystery-thriller or suspense, it is common to begin with a body or a terrible act.

In The DaVinci Code, we begin with a horrible murder in an art museum.

BUT, this scene is often NOT a scene with the protagonist. When it comes to the protagonist, we need to begin in what is called 

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Why teens are like cats.

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Vampire Maman

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I read an entertaining article this about trying to measure the intelligence of cats (check slate.com) and yes, of course the cats did not cooperate or give a rats ass about doing their best. Cats don’t care. Dogs care. Fish care. Cats don’t care. They’re obviously unconcerned about standardized testing, status or pleasing anyone.

One of my cats didn’t answer to her name for the first five years of her life. We didn’t even try to figure out why it took her so long.

The same sorts of concepts apply when trying to understand teenagers. Only they say they’re cooperative when they’re not and they do care. When they care they either are full of heart breaking angst or they act like they don’t care by giving monosyllabic answers or a shrug.

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Teens and cats could both sleep 20 hours a day. They’re both fun to have around when they’re…

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Dead girls of fashion

Posted: April 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Vampire Maman

Yesterday I picked up a copy of Bazaar, the fashion magazine. It was on a table in a public place. It wasn’t mine. I would have been better off if I’d picked up a copy of “S&M Fun.”

The pages were filled with images that reminded me of death. Unhealthy thin girls, painted up, looking without expression at the camera. They were all underweight to the point of being uncomfortable to look at. Not just thin but skeletal thin.

Their faces showed no expression. Their eyes were dead. Expensive clothing hung off of loose and unflattering. In one image a young woman wore a lace bra filled with obvious artificial breasts, her own had been starved off of her body.

I’d seen bodies in crypts that looked more alive than these phantom like creatures that were supposed to represent beauty. They were a vision of horror. Zombies without the scabs…

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An insightful post on teens and parents from the Vampire Maman

Vampire Maman

Quote from my teenage daughter: You can’t get mad anyone at one of these things (the concert). You’re in a room with 500 or more people, you all like the same things and obviously have the same interests or you wouldn’t be there. You’re surrounded by 500 potential friends. You can’t be in a bad mood knowing that.

I usually write tales of modern Vampire life and parenting articles. This post is about parenting and music and being yourself and feeling good about yourself. It is about courage and talent and inspiration. And it is about fun. It is about being inspired. It is about sharing with your teens.

Never give in, (hey, hey)
Never back down, (hey, hey)

Never give in, (hey, hey)
Never back down, (hey, hey)
When your life feels lost,
(Fight against all odds!)
Never give in,
(Never back down!)
~ Black Veil Brides

Part One:…

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Each month I discount a different ebook to 99 cents. 
April’s feature is The Feeder
It’s violent, bloody and intense, with an unpredictable twist regarding the main character’s identity.
The Feeder gives brutality a new meaning…

Grief and vengeance transform a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable?

Grief and vengeance transform a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable?

A killer stalks the streets of Los Angeles. Victims of the butcher known as ‘The Feeder’ are mutilated while still alive, with severed body parts inserted in their mouths.

When Camille places a drunken birthday phone call to her twin, Sammie becomes worried about her safety and flies to Los Angeles to bring her home. After finding the aspiring actress-turned-prostitute slaughtered in a hotel room, grief-stricken Sammie steps into the role of copycat killer. Suspecting that the killer is Camille’s abusive boyfriend, Sammie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge, copying the modus operandi of a brutal serial killer known as The Feeder. Walking the streets disguised as Camille, Sammie resolves to lure the real Feeder out of hiding. Sammie seeks out drug dealers, pimps, rapists – all men who caused harm to Camille. The men are found disemboweled, force-fed their own genitalia and carved up like human Picassos. The bloodbath will not end until Camille’s murder has been avenged.

Warning:
If you are offended by obscene language, graphic violence and scenes of mutilation, then this is NOT the book for you! Read at your own discretion.

The Feeder is available in ebook and paperback from most online retailers.
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Kobo
Smashwords

A sequel for this novel is currently in progress. Look for Fed Up later this year!