Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Tour

I've been asked to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour by my good friend Loren Rhoads. You can read about her character, from her new book, As Above, So Below
As I think I've mentioned more than once, that book is awesome and you should read it. 

So I guess that leads me to my character. He is the main character of my new book that will be coming late in the fall. 

1. What is the name of your character? 

 Asia Heyes. Asia isn't his real name, it's Greg. Trace gave him the name when they first met, and Asia doesn't know why, but it's who he is because Trace said it was.

2Is he/she fictional or a historic person?  

Fictional, but he's somebody we all either knew or were once.

3. When and where is the story set? 

It starts in LA in 1983, the year of glitter lip gloss and neon. The book begins in the Refugee Club, where Asia's band struggles to be seen, heard and noticed. They barely make it between paychecks trying to pay rent.  

4. What should we know about him/her? 

Asia is afraid. He has nearly crippling stage fright, yet he plays bass in The Black Light because Trace is there. Asia has known he is in love with Trace, and has been since they were kids, but he's afraid. To him, wanting to be in love with someone like Trace is like standing on the edge of a cliff. If Asia ever stepped off he knew the fall would kill him.

5. What messes up his/her life?
 Asia can't imagine his life apart from Trace.  Trace's ambition drags Asia along for the ride. Trace begins a relationship with Albrecht Christian, a wealthy, older man who is in the position to give Trace all he dreams of. Christian is threatening to Asia in ways that Trace's usual groupies are not. The devotion Christian has for Trace is serious, real, and it seems to be reciprocated. This shatters Asia, He feels as though something's been taken from him. Trace is in love with somebody else, so what could matter now?

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

 Asia doesn't know who he is at the beginning of the book. He only knows himself in relation to Trace, so he has no goals of his own. Slowly, as they separate, and Asia has to recalculate himself and what he wants. 

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The novel is called The Black Light. 

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

It should be out late this fall.

LINK AND BIO OTHER AUTHORS I'm tagging for next week! 
KACEY VANDERKARR is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. In addition to her novels, Antithesis and Reflection Pond, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III and will appear in Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.

Holly Hook is the author of several young adult novels, including the Destroyer Series, about teens with special powers related to natural disasters. She also has a short story included in the forthcoming Out Of The Green: Tales from Fairyland.

Nancy Tucker is a lifelong writer, and a retired professor of English. She write both poetry and prose in the form of short stories, and most recently a novel about growing up in the Vietnam era.She also has a story in  Out Of The Green: Tales from Fairyland.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tired of Waiting

Do you sometimes feel like you've spent your whole life waiting? I do. I feel, in the situation I've been in with the care of my father that I've been waiting. Today I waited for the Doctor to read Dad's ex-rays to tell me if his hip or pelvis was broken. Last night, in lieu of sleeping, I waited for my alarm to go off so I could get up and go over to help get Dad ready for his appointment. Today I'm waiting to see if this latest bout of re-arranging my work schedule will be the thing that pushes them over the edge to knock me down to part time. I wait for quiet time to write.....Wait....wait.

 Before I continue this rant, there were no broken bones, luckily. But back to my point. Oh, yeah. I'm not going to wait anymore.

I haven't updated this blog in a while because, while it's been a really productive year for my friends, (Reflection Pond, by Kacey Vanderkarr, available from amazon and, As Above, So Below, Loren Rhoads and Brian Thomas, Black Bed Sheets Books, available from amazon and, for me, not so much.
I have decided that's going to change. So here's my plan, and it's secret, so don't spread it around. I'm going to finish "The Night Was Not," before Christmas. (novel). I'm going to put out "The Black Light" this fall (novel), and I'm going to finish two short stories, and finalize the story I wrote for "Out of the Green," the fairy anthology from Urban Fey Press, and then help it to print.
That's it. I'm not waiting anymore.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Where to find me. (In which I plug the anthology I'm in)

So have you all been wondering what I've been doing with my time lately? Well, here's one thing. Below is the blurb and the lovely cover of Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge. In it you'll find my story, "Getting Fixed" along with many other fantastic stories about the fairer (and fanged) sex, For 2.99 it's a bargain. Check it out on amazon. 
Though people have been exploring the legend of the vampire for hundreds of years, the female vampire has been largely overlooked...until now.

Neophyte Press proudly presents Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge, a collection of short stories focused on fanged girls of the night with a taste for human blood and a penchant for power, seduction and terror.

Find your favorite turtleneck and sink your teeth into this monster of a collection. You're in store for some long, dark nights filled with beautiful, hungry creatures. But don't cry when you find yourself with two perfectly round puncture wounds on your neck...

‘Cause you've been warned.
Go to "Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge" page
by Ty Schwamberger, Adam Lewis

Here's a small bite of my story:
                                                                             Getting Fixed

 The bite turned out to be profitable for Casey. Made her lucky. Of course it had taken her a while to accept this. A vampire bite wasn’t your average injury. Not something you came out of happy to be alive. You get bit, you turn, somebody stakes you before you spill blood. That’s how the world worked.
She thought. Turned out, it wasn’t that simple. The taint, passed through the spit of her attacker had given her some vampiric qualities: increased strength, sensitivity to sunlight. It also woke the thirst, but Casey found ways to deal with that. 

Want more? Click on the link above. It'll be fun, I promise.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cover reveal for Reflection Pond, coming soon from Kacey Vanderkarr

Reflection Pond

By Kacey Vanderkarr

Release date: April 1, 2014

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

About Kacey:

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is the president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard, and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons. Kacey’s debut novel, Antithesis, is available from Inkspell Publishing.
Catch up with Kacey (if you can) here:
Author Facebook Page

So get ready, you're going to want to read this, believe me. I think I've mentioned that I've read it already, and I can't wait to read it again.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

So, about that book......

Later, in a few days, I'm going to tell you about all the success my friends are having. This year is going to be exciting. Everybody I  know has a book coming out. And you should read them all. I've read most of them, and I'm telling you that you don't want miss them. 
But that's the next post. This post is going to be about what's happening in my world. So, fair warning, you might want to turn back now. 
Here's what happened with Nano. My dad broke his arm. Well, we didn't know it was broken then, because the Doctor missed it on the ex-rays. Anyway, Nano, nope. 
I gave up. I admit it. But I didn't give up on the book.  I couldn't.  I didn't bang out 50,000 words in those thirty days, but I kept trying to move forward. I have always felt like I write so slowly I could do it with my own blood and not injure myself. That's gotten more and more frustrating, but as I look at the manuscript, I have made progress. 
So, here's what I'm saying. This is the year all my friends have books. Next year's mine. So I'm going to keep you updated on my progress, as well as everybody else's, because, well, I want to.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Night Was Not-nano edition

My first frantic post of Nano. I said I wouldn't do it again. Never. Not this year when I'm so busy, not while my Dad's health is so bad. I don't need the preassure of watching the word count spiral away from me. But I am doing it, despite all that. My goal is less about the word count and more about reaching the end this time. I want to see these characters through to their happy--or not --ending.
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I do my best blogging in October!

It's been a while, hasn't it? I know. I'm inconstant as the sea.... Or something.  Thing is, the end of summer is always hard. Bradbury talks about it in my favorite fall book, Something Wicked This Way Comes. He talks about how hard it is for boys to give up the freedom of summer for school. I'm a long way off from that kind of September, but now I think of the end of summer in a different way. 
At the end of this summer I turned 50. No big deal, right?  I mean 50 isn't so much different than 49. On September twentieth it was only a day older. 
But that that was the day that I realized for the first time ever that I had now lived more than I will live. My future is shorter than my past.
The end of summer. The start of fall. Yeah, that means something different to me now. I don't have a book out, I don't have nearly enough books finished, I'm still working my day job.... If I sat down and thought about where I thought I'd be and compared it to where I am, it would be....
No, I think that's a bad plan.
Except. I do remember a conversation in college with one of my best friends about how our lives were about to be separate and how we didn't want that to happen. We dreamed of all of us living in a big house someday, where there'd be room for writing and painting and cooking, and kids and cats and books, and swords.....
It was a fantasy, because we were kids.
Except. That's right where I live now. In a big house with three of my best friends and all that other stuff. So if I have that, maybe I still have time for a book and that other stuff.