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Updates: Writing, new site, etc……

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

It’s been a while so I figured it was time to post some new updates. Lets make sure to get to the fun part first, my writing. So, in case you didn’t know, my new series Journeys was picked up by Linkville Press. I’m not sure of the release date yet. I’m still waiting on the editor to get done with the first round of edits. Tells me this might be a longer process than usual for me, but it’s in their hands now.

Back to the original series, the Dragon Hunters. The next book will be Blood Monarch. Gotta tell you, this one might get a bit steamier than all the last ones. This book is Vlad’s book, or Dracula if you will. And my Vlad is very sexual. The guy oozes sex. His mate is just fun to torture him with. I’m over 30k into it, but there’s more than Vlad to this. This book will wrap up Anaya and Galen’s story while also giving some of their history, and the mystery that is Vacker Devial, who has been mentioned but not yet seen in any of the books. Time for the father of the vampire race to pay his dues.

After that, there’s the Dragon’s Secrets, where we return to Andreas and Kazarian to discover that the eldest dragon has a lot of secrets and is a bit more of a badass than even I thought at first. There’s a rough road ahead for the couple that already had the roughest road. This one isn’t the fun kind of torture. Andreas has a lot to make up for and is a lot more like his father than I realized originally.

Then there is the new series entitled the Coven. The main characters are Talis, Terryn, Cian, and Dion. The first three are the witches of the coven. Cian is Terryn’s husband. Talis is considered the leader and strongest of the three and is Terryn’s older brother. Dion is Talis’ new yet not new love interest. The first book in this series shows Dion’s return into Talis’ life, and he comes with some baggage. A truly dangerous stalker with possession issues and powers of her own. I’ve decided each book in this series will focus on these main four characters and their relationships, struggles, and battles. I’ve got about six chapters written on this and I love it. This series may be mainly novellas instead of full length novels, or I could release it as a serial on Amazon. Not sure, but I’ll know soon enough.

And of course I’m sure you’re wondering about the new site part. Well, fact is, I can’t really host blog tours here per their policy, and that irks the hell out of me. So I’ll have a second site which may become my primary site. Not sure yet, depends on how I feel about running everything on the new site. There’ll be more on that later.

That wraps up all the updates I have for you, I think. There’ll be more to come shortly so stay posted.

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Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

June 6, 2014 Leave a comment

sound advice for us self published authors

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Rise of the Machines Human Authors in a Digital World, social media authors, Kristen Lamb, WANA, Rise of the Machines

When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost thirteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you. Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish.

Mistake #1 Publishing Before We Are Ready

The problem with the ease of self-publishing is that it is, well, too easy. When we are new, frankly, most of us are too dumb to know what we don’t know. Just because we made As in English, does not automatically qualify us to write a work spanning 60,000-100,000 words. I cannot count how many writers I’ve met who refuse to read fiction, refuse to read craft books, and who only go to pitch agents…

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In Apple Blossom Time by Robert Wack

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Synopsis: In Apple Blossom Time is a story about love, regrets, destiny and redemption, based on the true life and research of Dr. Willem Jacob van Stockum. Dr. van Stockum, a brilliant University of Maryland mathematics professor, becomes frustrated with American indifference about the war in Europe before Pearl Harbor, and abandons his promising academic career to become a bomber pilot in the British Royal Air Force. While flying a mission in support of the D-Day invasion of Europe, his plane is shot down behind the lines over Normandy and he is rescued by stranded American paratroopers. While they fight for survival in the French countryside, they meet up with ruthless French Resistance fighters and two strangers who are not what they appear to be. Willem’s pioneering academic work on time travel and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity pose intriguing “what if?” questions compelling him to face the implications of his work and the consequences of choices in a universe of infinite possibilities.

Review:
Recently, I’ve had trouble trying to find the right words to say regarding my reviews but I’m going to try my best. With this particular one, I had a love/not-so-much-love relationship with this particular one. Mostly because of my attention span, but that’s not relevant and this one’s going to be extremely short. If you’re into accurately researched historical fiction, I would suggest this to you: well-written, detailed and authentic. Personally, I do take time to learn about the events of WWII and I like authors who can bring out my desire to learn more about them. Since this was centered around theories of time travel, I’d like to see a series based on multiple possibilities from this author, with different results.

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Hate Crime

July 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Ok, watch the link above before you read the rest of this blog. This is an issue that’s a bit near and dear to my heart so I elected to speak on it. Hate crimes against the LGBT community happen a lot more often than you think but this video shows one right after the pride parade in New York. If you pay attention, a man who is beyond old enough to know better starts this altercation with the youths who have just left the parade. He yells at them obscenely and a fellow passenger decides to record this. Eventually, these two men realize she’s recording and assault this young woman in an effort to get her phone from her. They don’t want this recorded evidence. This same man has the audacity to put his hand around the throat of one young lesbian woman. The louder of the two men threatens them repeatedly.

There are so many crimes that can be charged in this. Assault or attempted assault, the threats, causing a public disturbance. Whatever, it’s a hate crime, clear and simple. These men choose to yell and scream at them, telling them they’re not normal. They place their hands on people first. No one provoked them. And the fact that they tried to get the camera phone from the person recording to break it shows that deep down, they know they’re in the wrong. They know they started it and they don’t want to get caught. Eventually they will get caught and we can only hope they are prosecuted.

This issue hits so close to home because I am a part of that community. If you’ve read my writing or seen some of my favored reviews you can probably tell this. This is something many of us face. There is generally never any call for this. Rarely does a gay man hit on a straight man to provoke this type of reaction. Believe it or not, we can generally spot our own kind well and avoid hitting on a straight one at all costs. There are always exceptions to the rule but this was clearly not a case of these men being hit on. It was not a case of anything but them exploding to spout off their own hate for something they do not understand. That disturbs me. Because if not for this passenger with her camera and her quickness in pulling the brake to summon authorities, this could have gone much worse.

The people involved have filed police reports and the purpose of the video is to call attention to this and to get others to speak out. This is an emotional situation and I’m thankful at least that no one was actually hurt this time. But you can see how this could have gone so much further if those two men’s fear of being caught hadn’t kicked in. This is hatred and fear in pure form, and it’s a sickening thing to see. Regardless of if you agree with the sexuality of another, it is never your place to cast judgment. If you disagree because of your religion, great. Your religion should tell you that your god makes the final judgment. No religion tells you that you are judge, jury, and executioner. If you feel it’s not natural, hey, it’s just not natural to you. That doesn’t mean it’s not natural to others. Regardless, respect is the important thing. We are all human trying to make it through this thing called life. It’s high time we move past fear of what we don’t understand and learn to simply coexist with one another.

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The Lost Dragon by Drako (Review and Dream Cast)

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Knew about this, but sharing because i can

Forest of Dragons

So, this is the debut book released by my brother a year ago. The Lost Dragon is the first in a series that I have a feeling will expand across time and last as long as the author wishes for it to be.

We begin our story in ancient Greece, where Andreas, a soldier in the Spartan army and his lover Kazarian are battling alongside each other and overcoming the odds until the Athenians arrive and overwhelm them. Kazarian is killed in the melee and the identity of Andreas’ father is revealed when his birthmark is revealed. Contrary to his assumption, Zeus isn’t the father but another god is. The protector of man, the creator of the paranormal, Jarel the Black Dragon God.

Fast forward to the present and Andreas has completed part of his hunt of rogue vampires, vampire creations of Jarel that chose to turn their backs on…

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The Lost Dragon by Drako

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I think I saw this on Amazon but can’t hurt to share it here

The Book, Body, and all things Beneficial Revue

The Lost Dragon by Drako

Andreas Damone, son of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, is more than 11,000 years old. At the beginning of the novel, his mission was to hunt rogue vampires in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. He has been alone for most of those years, having lost his soul mate prior to beginning his service for the Black Dragon God when he was serving as a Spartan soldier. His lover was a fellow soldier who died in Andreas’ arms during the war.

Jarel approaches Andreas with a special mission: he asks his son to protect Odele, one of Apollo’s healers. Jarel suspects that Kalos, leader of the massive horde of rogue vampires, will try to capture Odele and use her blood in a ceremony to raise Cronus. Cronus’ rising would ultimately lead to the rising of the Titans and a war above all wars as Cronus…

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Get to know the author – Drako

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Always worth refreshing the memory of everyone. I did this interview last year and just found it again

Geoff Wakeling

OK, I may be on holiday but I’ve tried to be ultra organised and get a few posts sorted. Last Tuesday I interview Michael Brookes, a video game developer on the UK who has a passion for writing horror novels. This week I took some time out to talk to Dragon Hunter series author, Drako.

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Tell us about yourself? Do you write for a living? If not, what’s your day job?

Writing is my second job. For my day job, I work in call centres. Gives me exposure to a lot of people and gives me a lot of time to develop characters.

Favourite food, place, colour and writing zone, please.

Favourite food is steak. Seriously, this is my first request for birthday presents/dinners. Favourite place is wherever I call home (I move a lot). Favourite colours are blue and black. And I don’t really have a writing…

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