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Blog Tour Three – First Review and "Where Did Nevermore Come From?"

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ratgoggehToday is the third day of my Nevermore blog tour.  Not every day, but most of the days of this tour, there will be a stop at a different blog – some are reviewers, some are authors, others just like books.  At each stop you can enter to win free copies of the book.  At each stop you have the opportunity to read Chapter One of the novel.  Then, the unique part – each stop has either an interview with me (all different) an interview of one of my characters, or a guest post.  Today, the stop is at Nancy Jardine’s Blog – the “Welcome Wednesday” post of the week.  Since it’s a guest post, and I was given no direction, I started off with the beginning…  Authors don’t really like the question “Where do you get your ideas?” very much.  I have a lot of answers for it, but it’s mostly irritating, because it’s not a question that you can simply answer.  What I did in this guest post is to reverse engineer the question – where did I get the idea?

As is so often the case, it’s a dual answer – history, and one of my other stories combined.  I’m not going to spoil the post by going on about it too much here..  If you would like to know more about how the novel was conceived, how I came up with the character Lenore, and to read a very nice review of my book, head on over to NANCY JARDINE’S BLOG and check it out!

From the review (I love this):   “The language flows beautifully, harking back to olden times. It is a dark tale which left me a bit staggered at the end- but I don’t do spoilers- read this really good tale for yourself!”

ALSO today, I was interviewed for Blog Talk Radio for the tour:

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THE TOUR SO FAR!

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 Day #2 – Interview in Which I Speak of the Amontillado & More

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So, it’s day two of the big blog tour has arrived, and I have been interviewed by Hywela-Lin for her blog.  This was a fun interview, not necessarily the same old questions, and I went out of my way not to provide the same old answers, as well.  One of the tricks of this blog tour thing is – in my opinion – mixing it up.  If you have nothing new to say, and twelve blogs interview you, asking the same old questions and getting the same old answers in slightly different hats, well, I think you can see how boring that would be.  I am not famous.  Instead, I strive for interesting.  I believe (probably foolishly, but there you go) that if I make a real effort, I can show people who I am, and why I write what I write, and why it would be worth their time to check it out.  One thing you learn in life is that even those who are already mildly interested in you have their reasons.  Sadly, for me, only a small portion of those interested enough in me to know who I am are also interested enough to read my books.

I wish I had a small truckload of copies of Nevermore … I would ride to the next two fan conventions I could reach and just hand out copies.  I wonder how many I’d have to hand out before a sufficient number actually read them, and then talked about them, and it became a “thing?”   We’ll never know, sadly – books are expensive.  I DID lower the eBook price on Nevermore – a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe to only $2.99 for the duration of this blog tour.  $2.99 is still in the impulse buy range, right?  I want to give you that impulse, so, without further ado…

Here is a very short bit from the interview with me over at Hywela Lin’s blog… and a link to the rest.  Below that are links to yesterdays posts, where I conducted interviews with my own characters, Donovan DeChance, and Edgar Allan Poe…

HL: Tell us a little more about yourself , with three things not many people know about you.
DNW:  I’ve been writing seriously since the mid 1980s.  I published my own magazine in the late 1980s, early 1990s calledThe Tome.  I served for twenty years in the United States Navy, where a good number of my stories and novels were written.  I have 31 books out now, including novels, licensed novels, short story collections and one book titled “American Pies” that is about – well – baking pies.  It’s also something of a memoir.  Three things:

1)      I occasionally tear up during emotional movie and television scenes, and even when reading books, if the story is that good.

2)      I’m a member of a motorcycle “club” – Tiburon MC – formed in Rota Spain and could write horror stories about the initiation.

3)      I have visited a Bodega in southern Spain and tasted Amontillado – I don’t care what Poe says, it is one of the nastiest varietals of sherry available.

 

READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT HYWELA LYn’s Blog – along with an excerpt from Nevermore.  Enter to win copies of the book – or just buy it already!

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!

Day One of the Big Blog Tour – Two Character Interviews

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First, let me start by posting a link to the main site for the blog tour.  At this site you’ll find a schedule of all the blog stops, all the ways you can enter to win copies of the Hardcover, trade paperback, audio and eBook editions of Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe. The book is discounted for the length of the tour from $4.99 to $2.99 – nearly half off!  You can find tour info here: The Buy The Bool Blog Tour for Nevermore!

The First two stops on the blog tour required me to do something I have never attempted before.  They are “character interviews,” where I sit down in a virtual room and chat with the characters from my own worlds and novels …quite the change from other types of guest posts I’ve written in the past.  Sort of half fiction, half real – and as it turns out, not a bad exercise in getting into the head of your own character.  As it turns out, I actually had questions, and probably have a lot more – I limited myself this time out to things that relate one way or another to Nevermore

At LAURIE’S THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS – there is an interview posted today with the protagonist of my series, The DeChance Chronicles… It’s an interesting way, I think, of showing how the series ties in with Nevermore, and hopefully convincing readers of Nevermore that they might want the entire story…and vice versa.  Assuming Donovan has fans, I want them to know it is important for them to read Nevermore.

DNW:  Today, I am interviewing Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, sometimes private investigator – and some say – hero.    The book Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe would never have happened if not for Donovan’s chance visit with Poe so long ago, so I thought it would be appropriate to see what he has to say on the subject.  I’ve spent a lot of hours chronicling your adventures, Donovan, but I must say – despite all of that, I still have a lot of questions.

 DONOVAN:  It would be my pleasure to answer, as best I can.  You might find it interesting to note that, despite what most consider a very long and colorful life, this marks the first time I’ve been interviewed.  As you know, there’s a certain air of secrecy to my work.
DNW:  That would be something of an understatement.  Anyway, as I said, I have a lot of questions, but for the sake of this interview, let’s concentrate on your meeting with Edgar Allan Poe, and your adventures in The Great Dismal Swamp.  Your home is in California, but you seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time in my neck of the woods.
DONOVAN:  It’s true, the Carolinas have drawn me back time and again, but I believe you’ll find, as we continue to document some of my more important – adventures – that it only seems as if I’ve spent a lot of time in the Dismal Swamp.  Time is relative, after all, and I’ve enjoyed more of it than most.
Sometimes I think that I should put a tighter rein on my tongue.  It was only the passing comment about having met Poe in your book Kali’s Tale that led to any knowledge of the events in this new book – Nevermore.  Not all old tales should be told. Privacy has come to mean more to me as the years pass, and now that the tale of Edgar and Lenore has been made public, I fear too many rabbits are springing from too many baskets… ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – leave comments – interact – BUY THE BOOK.
Also live today, at the virtual home and blog of author M. J. Schiller, there is a second interview.  This was even more challenging, because it’s an interview with the protagonist of Nevermore, where I not only have to portray Edgar with some historical accuracy, but as the Edgar from my novel (and possibly upcoming novels) as well.  Another interesting talk…
It is my distinct privilege today to interview one of my personal idols, a man formative to my writing.  I have been asked to present certain questions, and I have – to the best of my ability – done so.  Without further ado, I present poet, author, and adventurer Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Poe could you tell me a little bit about what it is that you do?  What do you think your particular strengths, or weaknesses might be?
The short answer is that I am a storyteller.  I have been called an author, and a poet, a tragic romantic, and a wordy melodramatic hack, but in the end, it all comes down to the stories, doesn’t it?  They come to me – often in dreams – and once they have lodged firmly in my mind, there is nothing I can do to rid myself of them but to put quill to paper and give them a proper voice.
As for strengths and weaknesses, I have a tendency toward melancholy.  I love far too deeply and though I have traveled and searched, trying my hand at a number of solutions, I have never been able to shake off the cloud of depression that seems to find me its proper home. This translates to my writing in the form of very detailed descriptions in which I try to capture every sensation in every scene.  I’m told this can be tedious, but for me it is a therapeutic process.  The more I managed to get onto the page, the less remains with me.
Those that I love? They die.  If I have strength, it is in daring to go on, writing, and living.  I believe if it were not for my constant companion, Grimm, who readers will meet in your novel, I’d want to be gone from this plane of existence altogether.  Pardon me for such gravity, but I have not lived an easy life… ==>READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR at the Blog of Author M. J. Schiller!
You can get Nevermore now at the Crossroad Press Store  / Amazon.com / or Barnes & Noble

 

In Case You Wondered Why I Was So Quiet

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In my continuing quest to try every means possible to find and reach new readers, I will be starting an extensive Blog Tour on July 22.  It will run on through September 2nd, and you can see the schedule below.  I have been busy answering questions, writing guest posts, and writing interviews with my own characters.  I now have invested almost as many words in this promotion as I have in the book (well, that’s a slight exaggeration, but only slight).

During the course of the tour, the price of the eBook editions of Nevermore will be dropped from $4.99 to $2.99 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.  You will have chances along the way to win copies of the print editions, the unabridged audiobook (narrated by Gigi Shane) – and the eBooks.  You will learn about why I wrote this book, how it was researched, what influences me – now, then, tomorrow – music I listen to, books I read – more, in other words, than anyone should have to know JUST TO BUY THIS BOOK.  If you have already read and enjoyed this, PLEASE take the time to drop by Amazon & / or Barnes & Noble and leave me a review.  I’ll be saying more about this as the day approaches.  I’ll be interacting with any comments at all of the below sites on the appropriate dates (and beyond).

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for your chance to win a copy of Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe and a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

July 22, 2013
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews {Character Interview with Giveaway}
M.J. Schiller, Author {Character Interview with Giveaway (Paperback)}

July 23, 2013
Hywela Lyn – Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’ {Author Interview with Giveaway}

July 24, 2013
Nancy’s Novels – Welcome to she said, he said {Guest Post / Review with Giveaway}

July 25, 2013
Melissa Keir- Sexy Between the Covers {Guest Post with Giveaway}
HBS Author’s Spotlight {Author Interview}

July 26, 2013
Authors’ Cafe {Guest Post with BTB Giveaway}

July 27, 2013
Open Book Society {Guest Post with Giveaway (Paperback)}

July 29, 2013
Jenna’s Journal {Guest Post with Giveaway}

July 30, 2013
Slave’s Erotic Reviews {Guest Post / Review}

August 1, 2013
Janna Shay’s Fair Play {Guest Post with Giveaway}

August 2, 2013
Just One More Chapter {Author Interview with Giveaway (Paperback)}

August 5, 2013
The Realm of Fantasy and Fiction {Guest Post / Review with BTB Giveaway}

August 6, 2013
Workaday Reads {Guest Post with Giveaway (Paperback)}

August 7, 2013
Christine’s Words {Guest Post with Giveaway}

August 8, 2013
FLY HIGH {Guest Post}

August 12, 2013
What Readers Want {Guest Post with BTB Giveaway}

August 14, 2013
Fierce Dolan – Words Without Limits {Guest Post with Giveaway}

August 17, 2013
Brooke Blogs {Guest Post / Review with Giveaway}

August 19, 2013
Paranormal Realms {Author Interview with BTB Giveaway}

August 22, 2013
Paranormal Book Club {Guest Post with Giveaway (Paperback)}

August 26, 2013
Rinn Reads {Guest Post with Giveaway}

August 27, 2013
Overflowing Bookshelves {Character Interview / Review}

August 30, 2013
Paranormal Dimensions {Guest Post with BTB Giveaway}

August 31, 2013
Deal Sharing Aunt {Author Interview with Giveaway (Paperback)}

September 2, 2013
A Chick Who Reads {Guest Post / Review with Giveaway}
Sun Mountain Reviews {Guest Post with Giveaway}

The O.C.L.T. – The Parting & The Temple of Camazotz

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PartingEcoverwebSince the days I was involved with licensed fiction for White Wolf, writing in their World of Darkness for the Vampire the Masquerade line, Wraith, and later for Vampire the Dark Ages, I’ve had a soft-spot in my heart for series fiction.  I have also had a bone to pick with most of it, and when I set out to create my own series – there are three now – I was determined to make an attempt to fix what I saw as problems in most shared world and series work – particularly the kind that shares authors.  First off, the problem with a formula is … it’s a formula.  While that formula may work wonderfully for a time, and even become a comfortable fit for a large group of readers, what my own reading has taught me is that – as an author – it grows increasingly difficult to be original, compelling, and in any way relevant if you allow the formula to take over too much.

The second problem I have found is rigidity.  When you write licensed novels, you find that a lot of what you love in your work is cut out because it doesn’t fit the narrow mold envisioned by the license holder.  For instance – my vampire, Montrovant, hero of my trilogy The Grails Covenant – had some abilities that stretched beyond his “clan”.  Now, their books clearly stated that – with effort – this was possible, but when I turned in the books they acted as if they’d never written that, and wanted me to just make him a good little vampire who only used a particular set of powers – ever – and even went as far as to tell me that NO vampire would ever act differently than another… what?  Their vampires are fully formed entities – if they were not, it would be like trying to write a zombie novel where the only characters were mindless ghouls eating people and nothing changed.  Bleah.

So – I’ll cover The DeChance Chronicles, and how I try to keep them fresh in later posts.  This weeks books in the Year of DNW promotional push – are my two current entries into the O.C.L.T. series – the novel THE PARTING and the Novella “The Temple of Camazotz”.

When we set out to create the O.C.L.T. (originally three of us, but it ended up being myself and author Aaron Rosenberg) we wanted something different.  The first notion was that it could be a home for books other authors had written as Fringe, X-Files, Buffy, Angel, whatever licensed novels that were rejected for whatever reason.  Change them around, add in a consult from one of our agents, or any loose tie-in you like, and you’re in.  What it grew into was something much better.  We created a series of agents that are constants. These are the core agents, and mostly – if there are novels that feature them – we will be writing them.  The beauty is – any weirdness, any occult, alien, or other-than-natural event can trigger an appearance or a connection to O.C.L.T. – and any author’s own character can benefit from the joint marketing by writing us in.  Crossroad Press is doing an original series by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham, for instance, The Order of the Air.  In both of the first two books, Geoffrey Bullfinch (who may, or may not be the one who wrote the mythology book) is mentioned and on the periphery.  Their series takes place in the past, but many of the O.C.L.T. characters have been around for a very long time.  I have also tied in The DeChance Chronicles – directly connecting Donovan to Bullfinch and Rebecca York, agents of the O.C.L.T. – and thus tying them in (as well) with my new novel NEVERMORE, and my fictional Old Mill, NC.  It’s one big magical world, and that opens up the fictional possibilities.  There are few rules. That helps as well. I’m going to end this with links to the Books of the O.C.L.T. (I may write about mine separately later in the week) and with a list of the O.C.L.T. agents as they appear in our series “Bible.”  I hope you’ll give it a try.  I’m betting if you do – you’ll like it.

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Brought to Light – Novella #1 – Aaron Rosenberg – AMAZON AUDIBLE

The Temple of Camazotz – Novella #1 – David Niall Wilson – AMAZONAUDIBLE

The Parting – A Novel of the O.C.L.T. – David Niall Wilson – AMAZONAUDIBLE – PRINT (See Amazon listing)

Incursion – A Novel of the O.C.L.T. – Aaron Rosenberg – AMAZONAUDIBLE -PRINT (See Amazon listing)

No Laughing Matter – A Tie-in Novel to the O.C.L.T. – By Kurt Criscione – AMAZON – (Audio coming soon)

 

Geoffrey Bullfinch: named for Chaucer and Bullfinch of the mythology book. Stands just under six feet tall, nondescript, often carries a pipe.  He has gray eyes, gray hair, but is difficult to pin down on his age.  Dresses either like an academic, or, on a mission, like a 1960s African Explorer in Khakis.  Expert in folklore, mythology, ancient cultures and religions as they relate to supernatural entities and events. Also has some power, but it comes from written spells, sigils, and amulets, and is drawn from a vast library and a lot of research. He is slender, of Anglican ancestry, but with an accent that hints of Wales, or Ireland. Besides his work with OCLT he is an author and lecturer on cryptozoology and the occult. He has served as a consultant to most of the intelligence agencies of Europe, has contacts with CIA, MI6, etc. While appearing bookish, dressing impeccably, and speaking softly, he is surprisingly adept in martial arts and has an encyclopedic and practical knowledge of most weapons.

Isabella Ferrara: an Italian monster hunter, Isabella works for the Vatican but has been seconded to OCLT. Tall, curvy, and olive-skinned, with clear green eyes and dark blonde hair, she is a striking woman if not a beautiful one. Isabella is also deadly as all hell—she is versed in pretty much every weapon and martial arts, and also an expert in monster lore. She is a talented tracker and hunter as well. Isabella is deeply religious, but highly adaptable—she has no problem working with people of other faiths, or seeing things that wouldn’t normally be encompassed by Judeo-Christian beliefs, but she very much believes in the Holy Trinity and the Mother Church.

Reed Christopher Hayes: The team leader and strategist. American. He goes by R.C. or Reed, or Chris to some old friends. His nickname in Military Intelligence was “Crease.” R.C. looks much like Denzel Washington–average height, black, reasonably good-looking but not stunning, close-cropped hair turning salt-and-pepper, the same stubble on his cheeks and chin if he’s not careful, a serious, intelligent face. He isn’t young anymore—he had a promising career as a field agent for Military Intelligence but then got stuck in a lot of dead-end assignments and desk jobs and the like after the thing with the troll before he finally got fed up (hah!) and transferred stateside to the FBI, who were thrilled to have an agent of his experience. He’s still fit, though—he doesn’t look like much in a suit, necessarily, but he’s in good shape and still solid in a fight. R.C. is happily married, and he and his wife Nancy have two kids.

Gunter Krieg: Tall, mid-forties, born and raised in Berlin, with crazy gray hair that sometimes sits down and sometimes waves around his head like a cloud, Gunter is a professor at Evergreen State University (and yes, there are dozens of Evergreen States around the country, and no, he will not bother to tell you which one is his home). He has had offers at all the major schools, but none of them would give him the freedom to pursue his crazier theories and without that he’d go mad. Evergreen State has only a small science department, but they hired him because he paid for a wing to be built for research and because he wins them big grants—they have no idea what he’s doing, beyond checking regularly to be sure he’s not experimenting on people, and they don’t really care. Gunter’s mind is somewhat like a calculator on steroids. He’s respected, feared, and ridiculed by the world of Physics. He is a theoretical physicist who likes to move from theory to physical testing sooner than is wise, but he is (at heart) good. He would never harm anyone purposely, and he believes that science and those who understand it owe their gifts to a higher purpose—he will fight tirelessly to stop science from being used for evil but he does not know how to interact with most people beyond seeing them as mathematical constructs and treating them as such. He is, of course, brilliant.

Elizabeth Lapsey: Elizabeth is a  short, overweight Cuban-American woman in her forties with high-functioning Asperger’s, who always provides more information than is necessary and also is incapable of not finishing a sentence she starts. She has a gift for languages in particular, but in general loves to find patterns. She loves to talk to people, and indeed tends to be almost Golden Retriever-ish in her ability to talk to anyone. The babbler of the group, and also a born researcher, the problem isn’t inducing her to talk, it’s getting her to stop. A born and bred New Yorker, she is not now and has never been a fan of nicknames—she answers only to “Elizabeth” or more formal modes of address, and in fact the one surefire way to get her to stop talking to you is to call her “Liz” or “Beth” or some other diminutive.

Wendell Macklemore: “Mack” is a computer and electronics wizard. Graduated from college at age 12. Went to MIT and dropped out because he was bored and had things he wanted to “work out”. Has worked for the defense department, and been released from several projects because of an inability to work within boundaries. Responsible for numerous breakthroughs in technology. His hacking is beyond brilliant, and his quarters are, basically, a mainframe with a bed and kitchenette. He is jacked into every electronics system in the world, largely because he is security consultant to some of the most powerful governments and industry giants in the world. He runs the OCLT computers and databanks, and is quartered in Arizona, not that far from Area 51 (which he is also jacked into). Tall, athletic, with dark wavy hair and a handsome smile, he absolutely does NOT look the part of the geek. He is always up for action and has an impressive array of self-designed gadgets that, at times, border on magical abilities. He lives in a trailer outside a place called Brisbee, Arizona (I’ve been there). He lives in the desert, surrounded by strange antennas and signs claiming “mind-control free zone,” and “alien monitoring station” – his cover is as an alien-seeking wackobird who writes for the tabloids. There is an entrance in the trailer to an underground cooled bunker filled with his actual surveillance and network equipment.

Malana Tai: Malana is from Tuvalu (also known as the Ellice Islands), a Polynesian island nation midway between Hawaii and Australia. Though only twenty-five, she has an old soul and has proven herself capable of remaining calm and even upbeat in tense and dangerous situations and when facing creatures outside the normal human scope. Thought not particularly pretty, Malana exudes a certain friendly, healthy appeal, and can win people over with a single bright smile. She is energetic, rarely still, and friendly, and though happy to talk she is also an excellent listener. That is in part due to her special “gifts.” Malana is a telepath and an empath, most of it subconscious—she constantly picks up thoughts and emotions from those around her, and automatically adjusts her own behavior to suit, making her something of a social chameleon. She can look below the surface if she focuses, but too much contact can make her dizzy, nauseous, and even unclear on the boundary between herself and her target. Malana’s home is one of the smaller Pacific Islands, which made growing up a bit difficult—because of the small setting she knew everyone’s innermost thoughts and desires, and had a hard time separating herself from the mix. Big cities offer anonymity and a comforting white noise, psychically as well as audibly, so as soon as she was old enough (and had aced the interviews and exams and got offered a scholarship to a good school), Malana lost herself in the big city and never wanted to look back. She loves traveling and loves meeting new people, but prefers big cities and crowds to smaller, more intimate settings.

Hideyoshi Tidijin: small, slight, delicate Japanese man of indeterminate early to late middle-age (he’s actually fifty but could pass for thirty easily). Dresses impeccably, usually in hand-tailored brown or gray suits unless he’s in the field. Wears gloves most of the time, and often a face mask. Tidijin–who insists upon being addressed as “Professor,” “Professor Tidijin,” or “Tidijin-sama” — is an archaeologist specializing in early human history and pre-history (and in nonhuman history, though that isn’t on his public CV). Nicknamed “Tidy-bowl” by successive years of students, Tidijin is an excellent archaeologist and a renowned professor, considered one of the leading experts in his fields. Which is ironic, given his pathological fear of dirt, dust, and contamination. He is meticulous and precise and has an incredibly delicate touch, ideal for unearthing and reassembling ancient artifacts–but he has a hard time operating in the everyday world, especially in crowded places. Tidijin is a practitioner of Tai Chi (“It clears the mind and focuses the body”) and has a surgeon’s touch with a scalpel, but he is so strongly against contact that he would only engage in physical combat as an absolute last resort.

Rebecca York: Indeterminate age, very attractive and dark, appears late thirties to early forties, but over time will be found to be much, much older – Rebecca, daughter of Ivan of York from Ivanhoe, was thought to be a Jewish Sorceress, and Rebecca may possibly be the source of the character in the first place. She has a working knowledge of most of the schools of magic, but is particularly adept at the Kabala and the type of ritual magic practiced by Crowley and the Golden Dawn crowd. She has served in Israel with the Mossad, but has been an advisor to leaders in many places. She has powers, but they are seldom shown overtly. Height: 5’11” Slender, long dark hair in a braid. Soft spoken, but with eyes that grab and hold those she speaks with. Rebecca lives in a secluded home in the mountains of North Carolina. She drives a Jeep, and has an adventurous streak that often gets her in trouble.

 

Deep Blue – Free April 4th & 5th at Amazon

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Deep Blue - Final 2I will write about this book at length, eventually.  It taught me a lot about writing.  It was one of the last books I wrote “without a net” – meaning I wrote it all the way through with only a vague idea where it was going in the end… I wrote all of my earliest novels that way, and I still do that occasionally, though I am now a proponent of the outline, because for one thing – it relieves stress.  Not knowing how a book will end when you are already starting the final chapter is a harrowing experience.

Anyway, the quick history. I wrote a novelette a long while back for a book titled “Strange Attractions” – based on the kinetic art of the lovely and talented Lisa Snellings – who also created the amazing cover art for my novel NEVERMORE – just released. Lisa created this amazing Ferris Wheel … in the cars on that ride, a variety of strange characters took a ride, and each author chose one of those characters to write their story from – to use in any way they saw fit as inspiration. I chose a Harlequin, hanging by a noose from one of the cars. I made it my desktop wallpaper. I stared at it – and then I went on a trip to Washington D.C. – and everything changed.

Like I said, I’ll get into this at length in a later post. The books inspiration came from a wide variety of sensory input over a very short period of time – or at least, the novelette that became the book was born in that fashion – it’s now chapter one. I saw the movie PI. I visited the Holocaust Museum. I got stuck in a subway station, listening to a man play absolutely BEAUTIFUL blues on a saxophone, but never saw the man himself…and I had that image – that upside down harlequin staring at me from the computer screen.

Brandt and the band are among my favorite characters ever, and they may return in a book titled The Bone Witch before too long … I wrote another novel, Ancient Eyes, that takes place very near the final setting of Deep Blue, and I have tinkered with writing this third book to tie those two together…but for now…my book is free. My gift for two days. I hope you’ll download it – I hope you’ll read it – I hope you’ll review it and share it with friends.

I love to tell stories…I just need some folks to read along…

Another thing – you can get the book for free, and then, owning it, get the unabridged Audiobook through the Amazon / Audible whispersync program pretty cheaply.  It’s narrated by the amazing Mr. Chris Patton…he brought the band to life.

-DNW

A Taste of Blood & Roses – Vampires & Lycanthropes

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A Taste of Blood and RosesThis is the first post in the series I announced yesterday.  I intend to go through my entire Amazon.com catalog of titles, probably in alphabetic order, though possibly not.  Since my first published novel, This is My Blood, was based on the story “A Candle in the Sun,” which is included in this collection, and since these stories very literally span the decades of my career – up through about 2010 or 2011 – it seemed like a good place to start.  Below is the author’s introduction to the work.  Also included at the end of the revised Kindle Edition is an excerpt from the vampire novel DARKNESS FALLING which will be discussed later in the year.  Each of these titles will be updated, formatted to the newer Crossroad Press template and edited (as I can) on Goodreads as well.  For those that have print editions there will be giveaways.  The first five people to comment on this post will receive complimentary eBook copies of the book from Amazon (Make sure you register the comment with the e-mail address you use at Amazon).

The Goodreads page for this book is HERE!

Author’s Introduction to A Taste of Blood & Roses

I’ve been writing since the mid 1980s, and during all those years, vampires have remained close to my heart.  There were periods when it seemed as if you couldn’t have an anthology unless the theme was erotic vampire stories.  There were other times when all you heard was, “no vampires.”  I can say that I survived both – even selling vampire stories to two editors who said they didn’t think they’d ever buy another one.  Both of those are contained in this collection.

I’m not going to bore you with a dissertation on vampires as characters, or why I think the undead remain undead in fiction as well.  I will give you a short introduction to each story, and then leave you to the words.  As Mary says in the first story … I have walked this road, and my words should suffice.

A Candle in the Sun (originally titled The Fifth Gospel) was written on a US Navy ship.  Someone – I don’t remember who – said, “What if Jesus was a vampire.”  I said that wouldn’t work, but what if someone near him was?  The rest, pretty much, is history. I turned it in to my writer’s group and Richard Rowand, then editor of STARSHORE magazine, asked to buy the story immediately.  My first pro sale that wasn’t porn to a men’s magazine.  This story has been reprinted several times.  One of those times was by Karl Edward Wagner in Year’s Best Horror XIX – he was the first of the editors who said they thought they were done with vampires.  He was also – over the years – a good friend.  He is missed.

Flash Fiction is a brand new, unpublished story as of the publication of this collection.  It was inspired by something that vampire author Karen E. Taylor wrote in her online journal.  It’s a humorous story – humor is something I like even more than vampires.  You’ll have to let me know how they mix.

Bloodstained Glass was written for a now defunct magazine. I honestly don’t even remember the name of it.  It’s a little old fashioned.  I like the imagery of it, so I’ve included it here as a change of pace.  In this story, I pay homage to the beautiful cover painting that Lissane Lake did for my first novel, This is My Blood.  Those familiar with the art for that cover will probably spot it.

Miracles in the Night is a hold-over from my days writing for White Wolf Publishing.  It wasn’t written for the company, but for a fanzine called “Norfolk by Night” that was published locally.  I wrote it as a favor, and yet, it stuck with me.  The robed homeless man actually lived in Norfolk at the time.

Smiling Eyes and Haunted Face is one of the aforementioned erotic vampire stories.  It first appeared in the anthology “Love Bites,” edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.  I wrote this one a long time ago – I hope it holds up.

To Dream of Scheherazade is the second of the stories sold to an editor who said no vampires.  It was first published in the Terminal Frights Anthology by editor / publisher Ken Abner.  Ken also bought the novel that I adapted from A Candle in the Sun – “This is My Blood,” which had already had a checkered past.  You can find that novel for your eReader through Crossroad Press.

The Subtle Ties That Bind was published in “Love in Vein II,” edited by Poppy Z. Brite. I actually submitted it to the first volume, and it was accepted, but there wasn’t space.  When the second book was announced, I sent it back in and reminded her she liked it, and it’s been one of my best-earning stories ever.  I still get royalty payments.  The version here in this collection is the original – shorter than the version that was published.  I found the file and thought it was a good way to make this collection complete.  If you are squeamish, this story might not be for you.  It’s pretty explicit.

A Taste of Blood and Roses – which inspired the title of the collection – is not a vampire story.  I am not going to tell you what kind of story it is, or where it was originally published, because one of the problems I had with that original publication was that the title of the book and the theme of the book spoiled about half of the stories.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.

The Death-Sweet Scent of Lilies was published in a book of stories involving Vlad Tepes.  This is my homage to Dracula – my thoughts on just how that historic figure might have turned into a man who dined in the center of hundreds of human beings staked out in the sun, and how he might have become the lord of darkness we all know him as.

Against His Bitter Judgment was written as much for myself as anyone else.  It’s a sequel to A Candle in the Sun, and the novel This is My Blood, a look in on Judas Iscariot after centuries of…well, you’ll know when you read the first story.  It was published on line at the old Chiaroscuro web site.  I think it adds something to the story.  Maybe someday I’ll add more.

The final story in this book, The Sound of Drums, is also not a vampire story.  There are ghouls – or – sort of ghouls.  There’s a cargo cult.  There’s US Navy stuff from my days serving my country.  This story was written for my buddy Brian Cartwright when he first started Cargo Cult Press…it was printed as a book and given only to the people who bought lifetime subscriptions.  It’s a very, very rare book worth a lot of money…but the words still need to get read, and so I present it here.  Some of you will recognize names in the story … Brian and I both appreciate you guys…Cargo Cult Press put out some of the most gorgeous books ever.  I own a complete set from the Cartwright years…and as payment, will receive one of every book ever published under that line.  Best deal I ever made.

And now…let there be vampires.

 –David Niall Wilson

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Using Facebook and Social Media as an Author – 10 Tips / Rules from my Experience

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Ten tips for using Facebook as an author:

1) Have a personal profile AND an author’s page. This allows you all the perks of both, but gives you a good way to split your personal from professional “imprint” . . . and in case you achieve the fame you crave, you can have more than 500 likes on your author’s page, but not on a personal profile.

2) Do not make a new page for your new book. If you have a series with an actual following, it’s worthwhile to break those fans off with a page of their own, but in general, use your author’s page to build a solid list of readers, and don’t break it into pieces. Most of those who join the new page will just be people from the old page, and it serves no real purpose.

3) If you decided to send a notice to a successful author and they take you up on “liking” your page, or friending you, do not follow up with “Hey! Thanks for that! Here’s the link to my brand new book you might want to buy. As a corrolary, do not post that same link directly onto said successful autors (or anyone’s for that matter) timeline without their permission.

4) Be aware that online “Events” – again – probably only reach the same people as your author’s page, and probably annoy at least half of the people you invite. Just post the information on your author’s page. Concentrate on building the base for that page.

5) Only “sponsor” a post when you REALLY want it to be more visibile. Ther is no solid evidence (none) that promoted posts actually sell anything, but they DO spread the word wider and longer if there is something you are trying to emphasize…as with any Facebook promotion, take anything they say with a grain of salt. FB is a horrible marketing tool.

6) Post regularly and not just links to buy your newest book. Do not post every time you get a new review from a friend on Good Reads or Amazon, people are not stupid. Give them the information on what your book is about, and the information on where to find it. If you have a promotion or contest, post that, and politely request your friends share it.

7) Remember the first rule of Internet Marketing. (My rule) You’ll gather more flies with lolcats than with persistence. You will get more shares, likes, and comments with something entertaining or amusing that you’ve used to draw attention to your work than you will to a review on someone’s blog, or an entire blog tour of places no one was going to go anyway. In fact, my opinion on blog tours is that if you can’t tour on already very popular blogs, they are a waste of time, other than to up your numbers on certain search engines.

8) If you have a blog, and you post regularly there, I recommend Networked Blogs on Facebook. You can post a short note and a link for each post automatically to your various pages and / or personal profile and you you can avoid doubling content while reminding folks about your blog.

9) BE ENGAGING – and this rule applies to Facebook, Twitter, PARTICULARLY Pinterest and other Social Media sites. Nothing irritates me more or faster than a feed full of nothing but links, or a Pinterest page that has one board – My books – or maybe two … My Books and My friend’s Books. Social Media (as everyone knows by now) is supposed to be a converation. If you use it like a virtual mirror and keep TELLING it who the fairest one of all is, you’ll be scratching your head and wondering why no one pays attention. Be yourself – unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

10) Do not try to fashion yourself after success. Because Anne Rice or Joe Hill or any other person can create a spectacular following on a social media site does not mean that if you a: copy what they do or b: listen to them because they proclaim themselves a guru (NOTE: I am not a guru, all of this is just observations and my own experience) or c: desperately cling to them hoping they will mention you and draw you along in their wake – that it will work. You, and your work, have to stand alone. If you don’t stand out as a memorable, engaging person, or your work does not prove to actually reach the heights you claim it does…no amount of manipulation of social media will make it so. Spend more time writing – less time trying to figure out how to sell it. Engage when you can, be interesting, funny, and real, and trust your talent. USE your talent. Don’t try to be someone else – unless (of course, you can be Batman, or The Fist of Goodness, in which case refer to rule 9)

-DNW

Nevermore – Book V of the DeChance Chronicles Underway

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I’ve started (finally) working on the next Donovan DeChance book.  This story will follow directly on the tail of the events in Kali’s Tale – still a stand-alone story, and still something you could read without having read the others, though I realize that as time goes on…it’s less and less true that the full experience is there.  It’s just not possible to rehash everything properly without detracting from the new story.

Those of you who have been reading along will remember we left Donovan and Amethyst in a bed and breakfast near Old Mill, North Carolina, as well as O.C.L.T. Team member Geoffrey Bullfinch.  You’ll also remember that Donovan had decided not to return immediately to California, but to take a break, of sorts.

The whole crew is there, Cleo the oversized Egyptian Mau, Asmodeus the ancient Egyptian crow, and our heroes.  In Kali’s Tale, Donovan referenced a place that once existed on the borderline of Virginia and North Carolina – the Halfway House – which was a bar / hotel that existed in both states at once.

People went there to get away with things that they could not on the other side of the border, marriages at a younger age were possible in NC, and the dueling laws were different.  A lot of rough characters frequented the place, but a lot of famous “others” were known to stay as well.  Among them?

Edgar Allen Poe.

One legend has Poe penning the first draft of THE RAVEN there, and so, I’m riffing on that…and Donovan is going to “tell a story” which will lead to questions – and a quest – taking them into ancient byways, through time and the Great Dismal Swamp, to what I hope will be a satisfying “could-have-been” piece with a twist of history.

If you want to catch up…

The DeChance Chronicles consist of Heart of a Dragon, Vintage Soul, My Soul to Keep (Which is the Donovan origin story) and Kali’s Tale.  All are available in a multitude of digital formats (including digital audio for all but Kali’s Tale, and that’s on the way).  Heart of a Dragon will be available as a trade paperback later this year.

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Rats scurrying from a Drowning Ship – RUN AWAY

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I’m going to make this very quick, because I’m a day or so behind paying my authors – that’s what publishers do, by the way.  They don’t charge their authors for “services” – they show faith in the work, and they share in the profit and success…

I now know of at least two, and possibly three “services” signing on with or being created by literary agents and/or agencies.  These “services” volunteer to scan, convert, get covers, for, publish, etc. eBooks from author’s old backlist titles.  For a price.  Usually a BIG price.  Let’s be clear, while they probably do what they can for their high-profile clients, they are doing no favors, marketing, or actual selling for most.  Just taking money.

I have even been told that some are being pressured.  They are being told that they can’t go do their own editions of books that agents haven’t thought about, represented, or cared about for YEARS – because originally that title was repped by the agent.

Let me tell you something – that agent better have a clause in their very old contract that says – eRights.  Just like with a publisher, agents sign on to represent certain rights of certain properties.  My old agent did some film negotiation, and did print books.  Nowhere in our agreement did it say he had rights that didn’t even exist when the book was sold / published / first represented, and – my agent not being a crook – he never tried to claim that it did.

An agent’s job is to sell your books.  To represent them to viable markets and find you the best deal.  The agent suggesting you PAY to be self-published and then give them a percentage? What’s that about? I can give them references of at least three agents who know they’d have a better deal through Crossroad Press – and we would charge NOTHING for exactly the same services…so what is in it for the agents?  You can bet they get a cut for everyone they opt in.  Don’t let them strongarm you either.  Even if they DO have the representation for your eRights, you don’t have to sign the deal they want you to – if they got your book a deal at Random House, it’s still up to you to say yes – or no.  THEY WORK FOR YOU…if it ever feels differently than that, you should find a different agent.

If you pay thousands of dollars to have your old titles made into eBooks, you are being screwed.  You are being screwed by frightened people whose existence is threatened by new paradigms in publishing.  They can’t save themselves with this, but they can tie up and ruin successes that you might have.  I’m not even going to pitch Crossroad Press here, I’m just going to say – don’t let them steal your rights. Publishers have been trying – but the AGENTS?  They are supposed to be YOUR representative – it’s your well-being and success they are supposed to care about.  If they have so little faith in your work that they feel they need to grab a couple of thousand dollars up front and run – they aren’t representing you at all any more, just themselves.

I’m not going to start naming names – but the agencies and “services” are not obscure – they are involving big agencies and big names, and I will say one thing.

The first two or three top-shelf authors who either break off and fly solo, or go with a newer, more cutting edge publisher like Crossroad Press? The whole thing is going to tumble.  These people have had TWENTY YEARS to figure out what to do about the Internet…how long will it take them to figure out that they blew it?

Irritated beyond belief – sad for those already taken in – not happy in NC.

-DNW

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