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Why I'm glad Nevermore Was Not Traditionally Published & Return of Blog Tour

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2chikinsSo, I’ve been conducting this blog tour for some time now.  Today I’m nearly at twenty separate posts, trying to convince you that the read you must complete this summer is Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  I think I must not be very good at this – I’ve averaged about one sale per post…but I slog on – it’s what writers do.

On an unrelated note – while my beloved San Diego Chargers did not win their first preseason game, the “starters” were nearly unstoppable.  I am pleased.  In honor of that today’s featured image is NOT a cute cat, but my favorite football lol – a shot taken from a game between the JETS (note this – it’s important) and the Chargers a few years back.

I discovered something very cool on Friday.  I found the lost, hand-written manuscript to a novel that was well on its way to completion.  “The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Crazy Case of Foreman James”.  I wrote this in small bursts just before going to sleep each night.  I was well into the book when we finally sold our old historic home in Hertford, NC and moved to the new house in the county.  During that move…the notebook disappeared.  Lost.  Gone.  No sign of it, and I had (at that point) only typed out about 1,000 words of it.  NOT a good feeling, I can tell you.  On the other hand, FINDING that after all this time has been a very cool thing, and I’ve been busily typing it into the computer so that I can move on, finish the story, and get it out to the world.

While I’m working on that, though, you should all pop over to “What Reader’s Want” – where you’ll find today’s blog post on why I’m glad Nevermore did not come out from a traditional publisher…and you should get yourself a copy of the book.  It’s discounted from $4.99 to $2.99 for the length of the tour.  You can get the print editions at a bargain price at the Crossroad Press Store … the audiobook is amazing, thanks to narrator Gigi Shane…  Go have a visit with Edgar.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s post, and a link to the rest!

“I am here to talk about my new novel, Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe. One of the questions I’ve been asked over and over again is – what type of book is it? What genre? Where would it be shelved? Let me tell you, this is a question I’ve come to hate – and I believe it’s probably among the most hated questions asked of most authors, because the simple fact is – it’s a novel. It has romance. It has dark fantasy. It has magic, and history, and even alternate history. It’s got action and adventure, and could probably be shelved without anyone batting an eye in the horror section, the urban fantasy section, and the paranormal romance section of a major bookstore.

The simple truth is, if my book got stuck on any of those shelves, I think a lot of people who would love it would never see it…” =>Read the entire post at the What Readers Want blog!

 

THE TOUR SO FAR:

How personal and North Carolina history affect the novel – read at the FLYING HIGH blog!

Read about mining history for your fiction at Christine’s Words!

Read about the cover art by Lisa Snellings at Workaday Reads

Read the review of the book, and the guest post on keeping your series new

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE! AT AMAZON.COM or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Katmandu – Dedicated to Samuel Taylor Coleridge & Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Katmandu

by David Niall Wilson

(with a nod to Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

 

In Katmandu did Bob the Man

A Detroit Rockin’dream decree:

Where Jim the Lizard King once sang

As acid left its sizzling tang

On the tongues of a human sea.

So twice five thousand screaming fans
With flow’rd tie dye girdled round:

And there were acid trails and colored aura’s  bright,
Where swayed a score of  incense-bearing priests ;
And here were sounds as primal as the light,
Enfolding all in ethereal dreams.

But oh ! that deep and rhythmic passion pounded
Echoed deep beneath the f-holes graceful curves !
A savage sound! as holy and enchanted
As e’er from Marshall Stacks and strings incanted

By rocker screaming to his demon lover!

And from the stage with dry ice smoke clouds seething,

As if his soul leaked from his fingers, bleeding,

A haze of purple momently was forced :

Amid whose scintillating bursts

And scales that vaulted like rebounding hail

Or tasty hemp beneath the thresher’s flail :

And ‘mid these dancing rockers, once and ever

Music undulated, formed a sacred river.

Five melodies meandering with a mazy motion

Deep Purple backbeats rolled and ran,

Through deep, harmonic caverns measureless to man,

And sank in tumult to a mindless ocean :

Amid the tumult all could hear him from afar,

Jimi prophesying on guitar !

The shadow of a generation hovered,

Floating on the sound and rode the waves ;

As veils were lifted, and their minds discovered

The Song Remains the Same beyond the grave;

It was a miracle of rare device,

A pleasure dome beyond all human price !

Elvis in a pompadour

In a concert once I saw,

He was a vision burning bright,

And on that empty stage he played,

Ensconced within a holy pearly light.

Could I remember clearly

What the chemicals portrayed,

To such a high it would return me

That with music loud and strong,

I would play that holy sound

In Katmandu, with Bob the Man

That Purple Haze, That bluesy sound,

And all who heard would see them there,

And dream of Godspell, and of Hair,

Weave a circle  round them thrice,

And close your eyes, then bow your heads,

For they, on dreams and acid fed,

And climbed the stairs to Paradise.

More about History – My fictional settings – Nevermore Blog Tour

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boopI must have been on a history kick.  Today’s post, while not like yesterdays, which dealt with using history and research to find and flesh out ideas for your fiction, is also about history.  Personal history.  In this post – which is hosted by FLY HIGH – one of the fine blogs on my Nevermore blog tour, I talk about the settings I’ve created – San Valencez, Old Mill, Random Illinois, and where they came from.  I promise I’ll be back to posting about some other things soon, but I’m committed to getting a few of you to actually read Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  Anyone who thinks that 30 books and more than 25 years of gathering fans makes it easier to find readers isn’t paying attention.  I have a lot of friends, even more acquaintances, get a lot of positive comments and good mentions by others – but I am my own publisher on this book.  I know how many copies have, and have not sold, and I know that despite the huge push I’ve been giving this in every venue I can find, most people are saying, oh, that looks cool – and walking away…  I want more of you to read my book.  After all, I wrote it for you…

Here is a short bit of today’s post:

“Anyone familiar with my work (and I say this with a smile, because I’m aware that’s not as large a group as it ought to be) knows that I love history.  I also have opinions about it, which I’ve written about before.  I doubt very sincerely that very much of what we know of the events of our past is accurate.  We have history books.  We have journalistic accounts.  We have diaries and biographies and even stories passed through families from generation to generation, but all of them are colored by society, prejudice, and simple error.  None of that is what matters. What matters is that we keep that past alive – that we don’t let our history escape us.

I live in a state with one of the longer domestic histories, North Carolina.  When British governors ruled the day, Quakers inhabited this area; plantations grew where forests and fields had stood.  In other words, Americans put down roots.  Thankfully, those roots are deep here.  There are homes dating back to the 1600s.  There are families who have lived here – literally –for centuries.  A lot of the history has been preserved, and there is more out there to be unearthed.  We regularly haunt estate auctions, thrift stores, anywhere something might turn up that has a secret…” =>Read the entire post over at the FLYING HIGH blog!

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read about mining history for your fiction at Christine’s Words!

Read about the cover art by Lisa Snellings at Workaday Reads

Read the review of the book, and the guest post on keeping your series new

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Making History – Nevermore Blog Tour his Christine's Words

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bbongI have a recurring theme in posts on my blog, that of history – whether an accurate version ever existed – how to mine it for fiction, how to research it – how to preserve it.  Today’s post on the Nevermore blog tour is over at Christine’s Words- where I wrote about history, in general, how it led to the creation of this particular novel – interesting stuff, to me, anyway.  I hope you will pop on over there and check it out.  While you’re there, you could comment, you know?  You could also sign up for the gift card and free book giveaway…  Here’s an excerpt from the post, and a link to the whole shebang:

“When you set out to write a story or a book that is set in the past, you have your work cut out for you.  On the one hand, you need to do your research.  How much research is enough varies wildly, dependent on the setting, and how the events and time period play into the story.  I generally do far more research than is necessary, immersing myself in the characters, or the events of the time period, and then use what I’ve learned sparingly to keep things authentic. It’s as important not to bore your readers with details as it is not to lose them by using some event, or technology inappropriate to your setting.

But that’s the easy part.  You can find a thousand articles on how to write historical fiction.  There are wonderful blogs and tutorials on research, organizing your background material.  I could write about those things, but I’d only be adding to a wealth of good information that’s already out there…” =>Read the Entire Post at Christine’s Words!

 

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read about the cover art by Lisa Snellings at Workaday Reads

Read the review of the book, and the guest post on keeping your series new

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Nevermore – The Lisa Snellings Cover art – The Tour Plows On!

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petbowlOne of the best parts of being a publisher AND an author is the amount of control you have when it comes to your own work.  I have suffered some pretty bad covers in my day – like the hardcover cover for Deep Blue – a novel about a young, long-haired blues guitarist (electric guitar) portrayed by an artists rendition of what appears to be Neil Diamond playing a lavender acoustic.  They couldn’t even make the guitar on the cover of “Deep Blue” – well – blue.  There have been others.

Then there were the times that made me happy.  My first novel, This is My Blood – I loved that cover so much that I own the original art – done by Lisanne Lake -hanging on my wall next to a print of one of her other “aces” for her Tarot set…a very cool guitar.

Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe – got the treatment from artist Lisa Snellings, and it’s stunning.  She wrote about the sculpture she created here – The Tree of Lasting Sorrow – but that was only a part of what she did for my cover.  Since I’m on this blog tour, and since I noticed that today’s host often talked, or had guests talkin, about cover art – that’w what I wrote about.  Here’s a snippet from the post, and a link to the entire thinn.

“While I was writing the novel Nevermore – Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe – I was already thinking ahead. I know a lot of artists, but there are a few who can nearly always connect with me on levels where others fail. One such artist is Lisa Snellings, whose kinetic sculpture of a haunted Ferris Wheel brought all the stories of an anthology titled Strange Attraction to life, including my own novella, Deep Blue – which later became a novel by that same title.

Lisa’s art tends to be dark – sometimes bleak – but generally with a hint of hope, or at least melancholy humor. I own a piece of hers, a statue titled Resonant Kiss that I love. My daughter owns a selection of her “poppets” – which are magical and at times feel so much more important and magical than humans… When I thought about The Great Dismal Swamp, and the image of a woman trapped in a tree, my mind honed in on Lisa almost immediately… => Read the entire post at Workaday Reads.

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read the review of the book, and the guest post on keeping your series new

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

The Tour Rolls on: 5 Star Review & Keeping a Series New

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stoopy bookA lot of people who read my blog are writers. This is a two-edged sword, of course.  I love the camaraderie and the sharing of ideas, but at the same time if a cruise-ship full of readers wanted to virtually dock here and start buying books – that would rock.   Anyway, today’s post was – a little bit – for the authors in the crowd.  It’s featured over at The Realm of Fantasy and Fiction.  The subject of this post is keeping a series new and fresh – not falling into the routine, formulaic morass that can suck you down and take something magical away from your characters…  There is also a very positive, five star review of Nevermore on their site…which is greatly appreciated.

Here’s a snippet from today’s guest post:

“Early in my career I wrote a lot of licensed fiction. I wrote a Star Trek Novel –Star Trek Voyager #12: Chrysalis, and I wrote a number of novels for a company called White Wolf in their “World of Darkness,” which grew from their game Vampire, the Masquerade. I wrote a trilogy about a vampire named Montrovant and his quest to find the Holy Grail, which he believed would allow him to walk in sunlight. I wrote a “Wraith” novel, and another for their game “Exalted” – I even wrote the Dark Ages clan novel – Lasombra, and ¼ of the clan novel Malkavian. For me it was a way of getting novels out there with my name on them, and to hone my writing abilities for my own projects.

A lot happened in the middle of my life, and I’m not going into that here, but I had a very slow period that nearly derailed me completely. When the dust cleared, I found that no one remembered who I was –at least, readers didn’t. People still read and loved my trilogy, and commented on the Star Trek book (lover or hate on that one, it seems) – but no one seemed really interested in what was coming next. I bumped through several agents, wrote a few things, even did a bunch of ghost-writing that was interesting and paid the bills…”  ==>READ THE REST at The Realm of Fantasy & Fiction.

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour for August 2nd – An Interview at One More Chapter

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parallelToday started with a good, and a bad thing. My son graduated boot camp for the US Navy, and I was able to watch the entire ceremony streaming live…that was very good.  I updated WordPress, and one of my plugins killed this site (bad) But it could be worse.  I might NOT be a web guru, and it might still be down.

Anyway- the tour!  I have tried very hard across the interviews involved in this tour to talk about different things.  It helps that none of the interviewers was too generic, and that all of them asked something different.  In today’s interview I talk a lot about The DeChance Chronicles, and what’s in progress and coming up next for me, as well as Nevermore – which you should go and buy.  Seriously.

Here’s a snippet from the interview:

What inspired you to write this book/series?

Since I already talked about the book, I’ll talk now about The DeChance Chronicles. Early in my career I wrote a number of novels for a gaming company called White Wolf.  I wrote about vampires in the Dark Ages, Wraiths, and a number of other magical creatures, but I always felt too constrained.  Though my books were very popular I knew that the rules the edits I had to make to get them published, all of it hampered what was important.  The story.

I wanted to write something like that – a world where there were two realities – the mundane, mortal world we all take for granted, and another one just beneath the surface.  Magic, demons, voodoo, everything you can dream about and more exists in the world of Donovan DeChance.  His origin story is told in book III of the series,My Soul to Keep & Others – as well as some novellas that provide background useful in reading the series (and also background for Nevermore)…” ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT ONE MORE CHAPTER…

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

The Blog Tour Enters August – Writers Need to Read

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yikezToday’s blog tour post is an interesting one.  One of the things that fascinates me about other writers is – what they read.  What irritates me the most is hearing an author say that they don’t.  If you don’t know what has been written, your very cool idea has likely been done, sometimes with the same title.  If you don’t know who and what is popular, you can’t learn from it, and if you don’t read the classic stuff – the works that have stood the test of time – how can you aspire to join them?  Just me, of course, but I’m not alone. Famous writers from Mark Twain to Stephen King have tried to pound it into people’s heads that reading is important.

In today’s post, over at author Janna Shay’s blog, I talk about this from a slightly different angle, and explain how it helped solidify the novel Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  Edgar, of course, is a writer.  He traveled light, but he carried two books.  A novella titled Carmen, and a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Here’s a teaser, and a link to the post.  Remember, the novel is currently discounted, for the length of the tour, to $2.99 in digital.  This price won’t last.

“One thing that is true about writers, and has probably always been true, is that they begin as readers.  Some fall off over time and get caught up in their own work, but most – I think – carry a love of reading with them from a very young age to their graves…  That is one of the things I worked in to my newest novel, Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  I wanted my characterization of Poe to be fresh – to carry some weight and to have that ring of truth that helps bring stories to life.

In Nevermore, when Poe arrives at The Lake Drummond Hotel, he has only a couple of bags, and his companion – an old crow named Grimm.  He is traveling light, making his way back to his home – and to his dying bride Virginia.  He is not a happy man, and he does not live a happy life – and yet – there is a spark in him, and in Grimm, that will not be extinguished…”  ==> Read the entire post at Janna Shay’s blog!

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour – Nevermore – Everyone Loves a Mystery

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catfishWhen I thought about what would work best for another post about Nevermore, I thought maybe I should write about why I wrote the book, and a little bit about myself for those of you reading here for the first time.  I’ve written a lot about Nevermore, A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe in the short time it’s been available, but when I thought about why I wrote it – I realized there was at least one reason I had not yet touched on.

I can’t resist a mystery.  I was led to this story by things I discovered researching an earlier novel, and one of the things that I discovered I realized had been bothering me for a very long time.  One of my favorite poems is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.  It’s dark, tragic, a tale of loss and pain – and at it’s core, there is a mystery.  Who is Lenore?  Research on the subject turned up a number of remote possibilities, but nothing even close to a definitive answer.

Why the raven? What does the bird symbolize?  We know that Ravens are psychopomps – that they help to usher the souls of the living into the next world.  We’ve seen The Crow – and those dark birds are magic.  Whose spirit did Poe write about?  His wife was on her deathbed.  His parents were dead.  Even the girl for whom he wrote his first love poem died.  There is no sign, however, of a Lenore and Edgar was a talented poet.  He didn’t need to make up a name to play for the rhyme.

I decided to play one of my favorite games as an author.  “What if it happened this way?”

I intended this story to be a short flashback in the next volume of The DeChance Chronicles.  My main protagonist, Donovan DeChance (who also has a raven – Asmodeus) met Poe long ago near The Great Dismal Swamp, and he hinted about that in Kali’s Tale, book IV of The DeChance Chronicles.  I expected to do a short rundown of that meeting and move on to the story I had plotted in my head, but Edgar and Lenore had other ideas.

So I wrote a story of The Great Dismal Swamp. I added a poet with a dying wife, an artist named Lenore who was compelled to release the images of spirits she saw trapped in the trees and water, stones and walls around her, a crow named Grimm, and – a surprise even to me – a revised fairy tale from The Brothers Grimm – who actually wrote a story titled “The Raven” long, long ago.

I wrote Nevermore because I wanted to be a part of something old, and wonderful.  I wanted my own dream of what might have happened in that place, so long ago, to join with the stories of and about Edgar Allan Poe.  I wanted to write more about The Great Dismal Swamp, which is near my home and a place I dearly love.  I wanted, in short, to tell a story, and I hope you’re going to read it – and love it.

I’ve been writing for what seems like forever.  My first novel was published in 1987- it was the Star Trek Voyager novel Chrysalis – but that was not the first I sold.  My first truly original book was a novel titled This is My Blood– which is sort of a cult classic.  In that novel, I played that game for the first time – What if it happened this way? – and I did that by writing excerpts from the Book of the Gospel According to Judas Iscariot, and by suggesting that when Christ was in the desert, he was tempted with one last thing – a woman – Mary Magdalene, a fallen angel raised by Lucifer. Instead of tempting him, she fell in love and wanted to return to Heaven.

In that novel I also wrote about Lilith, vampires, and a lot of other things.  It is still probably my most popular novel.  What if is definitely still my favorite game.  Here is a short excerpt from Nevermore.

 

“The room had a small chest of drawers along the side wall, and he carefully unpacked and stored his clothing.  Next he pulled out the book he was reading, a novella titled Carmen, by Prosper Mérimée, and his worn copy of Children’s and Household Tales – or – Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  He set these aside almost without thought and drew forth a thick sheaf of papers bound in a ribbon, his pens, and a small bottle of ink.  He glanced at the window.  Through the curtains he saw that there was a light.  He placed the ink, pens, and paper on the table that rested against the wall beneath the window and pulled the curtain aside curiously.

To the right, along the back of the building and on toward the tavern, only the moonlight shone down to illuminate the trees lining the near side of the Intercoastal Waterway.  To the left, however, at the very corner of the building, flickering lamplight danced outside the window of the room adjacent to his.

What had the tavern keeper said?  Miss MacReady?  And the boy, Tom? “She’s up all hours…”

It seemed that it was true.  Edgar smiled.  He was no stranger to late nights.  He sometimes believed he would be unable to write at all if it were not for the long hours between dusk and dawn, when the world quieted, after a fashion, the light flickered, the paper took on a yellow lamp-light hue, and his imagination wandered.  He thought of his desk, and his home – and that brought him to thoughts of his wife, Virginia, and her failing health.

He turned abruptly back to the chair and opened a side-pocket on his bag.  He pulled free a large, silver-plated flask and carried it to the table.  The wind was picking up outside, blowing in from the south.  Trees swayed, and the roaring throaty breath of the storm teased along the walls and through the slats of the roof.  It was a proper night for writing, and only the words – and the whiskey – could draw him up and out of the cloud of despair that was his constant traveling companion.

Virginia was always on his mind.  Theirs had been a troubled relationship from the beginning, their familial ties, and the girl’s age, but he’d seen something in her – some fragile beauty – that completed him.  Now – having filled the hole in his heart, she withered, and he felt the pain like a fist squeezing the light from his world.

If only she’d listen to him.  If only the things he knew – the things he could do – could ease her pain.  There were curatives – elixirs – potions and charms.  He knew he could restore her health, but she would not allow it.  Not at what she considered to be the cost of her soul.  Not if it meant becoming part and parcel to the powers that swam through the darker recesses of his mind.  It was likely that she had trouble deciding if he were evil, or simply mad.

He knew that, despite her wishes, he could save her, but if he did, she would hate him.  She would not be happy, and making her happy was all that he craved.  Instead, she died, and he drank, and he wrote and he prayed that when all the smoke and dust had cleared that something of worth would remain.

A dark shape dropped through the light from the MacReady woman’s lantern.  Edgar walked to the window, glanced out, and actually smiled.  He unfastened the sash and lifted the window a crack.  The scents of blooming flowers and impending storm wafted in.  He lifted the window a bit farther, and with a hop, a large crow landed on the windowsill, then dropped into the room with a thud.  It sat glaring at him for a moment, and then, as if satisfied in some way, began to busily and noisily preen its feathers.

“Good evening, Grimm.” Edgar said with a slight, mock bow.  “And it is good to see you too.  Perhaps I shall groom my mustache while you are busy, as a show of camaraderie?”

The bird glanced up at him, and then continued working over its tail feathers in complete indifference.

Edgar closed the window and took a seat at the table.  He arranged his papers carefully, gathering those he’d written the night before on top of a larger stack of blank sheets.  He always began by re-reading what he’d just finished.  It served as a quick pre-edit, and it dropped him back into the story with a fresh ‘reader’s’ perspective of the work.

“Perhaps,” he said conversationally, “I shall write a story about a bird – a great black one who is too often inattentive.  Grave things might happen to such a creature, don’t you think?”

The crow didn’t even bother to glance up at this.  Edgar chuckled, and turned to the pages before him.  He had meant to write a story of romance and intrigue, but as he read, he saw that – once again – the melancholy that served as his muse had taken over and driven dark spikes between the pages.  It was clear that one lover must die at the hand of the other, and that the mystery would depend on the circumstances.  The young man in the story was quite mad – as was so often the case – mad and absolutely brilliant.  Misunderstood.  Lonely.”

 

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Let There be Magic! – The Blog Tour Continues

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tikibooksIn today’s blog tour post, I talk about Magic, the various kinds wielded by characters I’ve written, what I think about things like Ritual Magic, The Tarot, I Ching, and other similar subjects, and how I use all of that in my writing.  There’s a little bit of memoir, and a little bit more about Nevermore – because I want you all to read it.  Here’s a little snippet to lure you over to the main post:

“One of the repeating themes in my novels, stories, and ongoing series works is the existence, and use, of magic.  I believe strongly that there are a lot of things in the world that cannot yet be explained.  Today’s magic is probably tomorrow’s science – at least that’s how it’s played out in the past – so I like to handle things occult and mystical with care and as much insight as possible.

As a younger man, I intended to become a minister.  I spent my last couple of years in High School, and my first couple in the United States Navy, certain that I would be spreading the word of the Lord throughout at least the Tri-State Area.  I like to say – I got better.  Over time, I believe that most free-thinking men and women who spend any extended period involved in organized religion come to realize that, while love thy neighbor is a great standard to live by, it’s not any more likely that the big Kahuna of the Israelis is up there watching us with fire and punishment in his eye than it is that Zeus, or Odin are doing the same.  We should not, in other words, need to live our lives in accordance with words written by largely unknown authors and in reference to a world that has passed mostly into the dust of time, to guide our actions or beliefs.

Anyway – when I shifted gears from my roots in organized religion, I turned to more esoteric sources.  I studied the Kabbalah.  I studied the use of Tarot cards, and the I Ching…” ==> Read the Full post – LET THERE BE MAGIC – at the Buy the Book Tours Blog

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

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