Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Poor neglected blog!

Yeah, I know, I neglect this poor blog entirely too much. To my defense, though, I've been crazy writing three different books, one being book 3 in the Hunters series. Not to mention my kids are home for summer vacation and my house turns into a circus this time of year!

So, the reason I'm here today - The Darkest War, the second book in Tenna's story, will be released....September 10, 2014!!! Rebel Ink Press will be releasing this one as well.
WOOOOHOOOOOO! I haven't received the cover yet, but I promise to do a reveal when it's in my grubby little hands!

In other news, I'm currently working on a paranormal romance, which may or may not turn into a short series, as well as a Supernatural Thriller. I haven't decided if that will be a stand alone or not. I don't tend to start writing with a series in mind. Sometimes there's just too much story to tell in just one book.

So, anyway, not a whole lot of super cool news on this front. I'll post any news I have on The Darkest War when I know anything.

See y'all on the flip side!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

They don't sparkle, but they sure do have a libido...

I love vampires, I love everything about them. I love the movies where the vampires are terrifying, ugly, sparkly, brooding, it doesn't matter. I just LOVE them. (Yes, that includes Twilight. I thought I told y'all I'm an unapologetic Twihard!) While working on my newest book I got to thinking about them. Well, I got to thinking about the folk lore surrounding them through the years.

Here's my take on them:
Vampires do not sparkle in the sun; they will fry, burn, become toast, a pile of ashes. The older vamps can survive short periods of sun, but the only sparkling you will see is from the flames shooting from their burning bodies.

Vampires don't sparkle in my world. They burn and turn into ash. Poor Claudia...even though she was a bit psychotic at times.

They might be brooding, but that only depends on their personalities before they were turned. If they were wangsty before, they will be wangsty after.

Louis was the epitome of brooding and wangst. Damn, his eyes were amazing in this movie!

They can be born, but most of the population was turned by a true born, or a stronger and talented member of the race.

Vampires have an insatiable sexual appetite. Their libido is strong; they need sex almost as much as blood and food to survive. They're rarely truly satisfied, therefore they end up with multiple partners, and some are bisexual.

Even Nosferatu went for a little feelsky when he fed!

And speaking of blood and sustenance, they do eat. While blood is necessary, they have to eat food as well, but only untainted by chemicals. Because of the way their bodies digest they can't tolerate the poisons from processed foods and pesticides in their system. It would be no different than a human trying to survive on cardboard.

They each have talents, some strong and cool, others useless. It is not uncommon for a vampire to be telepathic, empathic, as well as able to manipulate the human mind into seeing or feeling a certain way, and doing what the vampire wants.

~I just searched the web for pictures of vampires doing cool things but other weird crap popped up, like screen shots of video games and such. *sigh* If you're a vamp fiend like me you're fully aware of them flying, mind reading, enchanting humans, etc.~
This is the consolation since I couldn't find any pics. I freaking LOVE Interview With A Vampire!

The speed. Oh, and the strength. Vampires are blessed with crazy ass strength and speed, but not quite the goofy fast forward warp speed you see on True Blood or Twilight. When a vampire moves at full speed you're lucky if you catch a glimpse of their clothing.

Have I missed something you were wondering about? How about your favorite type of vampire? Do you like them tortured and romantic or scary and deadly? Do they sparkle in your fantasies or burst into flames in the sun?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5 Characters in Supernatural/Post Apocalyptic Movies and TV shows you love (or love to hate)

It's no secret that I am an EXTREME Walking Dead fan. Hell, as I write this I'm sipping out of my Walking Dead Darryl and Crossbow coffee mug, while surrounded by my TWD toys, posters, and calendar. Oh, there's even a Darryl mask hanging on my wall. The show is off until October, but that doesn't mean we can't ponder on why we love these characters, and who we love the most.

Here's my list of characters from Supernatual/Preternatual/Post-Apocolyptic movies and shows:

5. All four girls from The Craft!
In the beginning of the movie you can't help but sympathize with these girls. They are the outcasts of their private school, shunned by pretty much every kid there. BUT, as the story unfolds you begin to feel...different. Bonnie becomes a stuck up, narcissistic bitch, Rochelle becomes petty and vengeful, and Nancy...that bitch is just crazy! The only redeemable character in the end is Sarah, and the actress's acting is only subpar compared to the other three. However, you can't help but cheer for the girls, up until the point where they knock poor Chris (Skeet Ulrich) from the window simply for denying Crazy Ass Nancy!
Like I said, crazier than a bat in a shit house!

4. Dean Winchester - Supernatual
It took me a while before I finally caught any of these shows and it's usually reruns. However, I wish I'd caught it from the beginning. I really think both brothers are fine and awesome, but there's just something about Dean. He's witty, sarcastic, strong, brave, intelligent, and has the most kissable lips! Plus, have you seen the video of him doing the Harlem Shake yet?
Momma loves a man who isn't too serious about himself!

3. Eric Draven - The Crow
We've all seen it, and more than likely, if you're a fan you watched this in your teens. You love it or hate it. Even if you love it you have to admit it is as cheesy as the music Eric Draven writes! With names like Fun Boy and Tin Tin you really can't expect a Shakespeare play.
Regardless of whether you hated it you HAVE to admit it has THE BEST soundtrack ever!!!!

2. The entire cast of Zombieland!!!
This movie is technically a comedy, but being as there's zombies in it, I think it qualifies for this blog! All four of them - Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock - have all redeemable qualities and all four add to the movie without being distracting. And you have to admit Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone are pretty damn easy on the eyes. Also, if you've watched this movie as many times as I have and memorized the rules you have a much better chance of survival when the Zombie Apocalypse comes!

1. Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Ah, Daryl Dixon. You can NOT help but cheer for this man!
He's kick ass, loyal, and so freaking gentle! You can't tell me you didn't sigh when he fed "Lil AssKicker"!
The man hasn't bathed in two years yet women every where want to rip his clothes off. It doesn't hurt that the actor, Norman Reedus, is extremely approachable and sweet. And who can forget this...
Forgive the quality, but it's the only clip of this scene I could find
You know every woman watching wished they were the one to comfort him! Even if he did smell like road kill wrapped in ass!

So there's my list of faves! Of course there are so many more I could list, but this is my top five! Do you have a list? Did any of them make this list?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Creepy Dolls, Animal Skulls, and Eevie Jeevies....

I have no idea if Eevie Jeevies is a real phrase, but I'm using it, dammit! Not too long ago I pushed a desk into a back corner of the basement, and set up my laptop with an ergonomic keyboard. My wrists were giving me fits, as were my neck and back. Cool. So I have my own little writing cave. Well, this corner has morphed slowly yet surely. First, I made sure to have candles, mainly for the scent and ambiance. My muse decided she liked that so I'm now up to eight candles of varying sizes and smells. Little by little more things, odd things made their way into my cave. Like this...
That seems mild, right? I mean, who doesn't love Daryl, and of course I framed the cover of my first published book. The wolf painting below was something my baby sister painted for me years ago.

So I bet you're wondering why I said creepy dolls, skulls, and eevie jeevies. Well, here's what's been added over the past few months....

On the left is a doll my mom gave me to watch over me while I write. She's over fifty years old and has never looked any better than this. At least I put some clothes on her. On the right is a disembodied doll head I found at a flea market and an animal skull my son found for me. He found it in a creek called Skullbone Creek, oddly enough.

As things made their way over to my writing cave I became more creative, and more uneasy. There's been more than one occasion when I've been home alone, yet I've felt someone standing behind me. Even the dogs would circle around to stand behind me and stare off into space. Quite creepy, hence the feeling of eevie jeevies!

Here's the full picture of where I write...
The space itself doesn't really lend to stuff of horror movies, but I'm wondering if something didn't come along with the doll head or skull.

Do you have a writing cave or specific area just for penning your bestsellers? I would love to see a pic!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A book, some pink rollers, and a dryer bonnet

For those of you who don't know, I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to anything and everything from the 1940s and 1950s. On a shopping trip with my mom yesterday I found and purchased a hair bonnet dryer from the fifties. As I write this, my hair is rolled up in pink sponge rollers and wrapped with the bonnet.
She Who Hunts came out on March 3, 2014. I have since writing the second book to the series (probably going to be a trilogy) and am in the process of editing and revising. In the meantime, I'm also working on a paranormal romance. Ever since starting on this romance I've had so many questions about what is normal, what is okay, and what is acceptable in romance. For instance, is it okay for the heroine to say f*ck?

Like any normal modern woman I posted many of these questions on Facebook. (Don't judge!) I received such a slew of various answers. One person hates the use of the F bomb, while another said she expects it in most of her paranormal books. When I asked about using all caps to symbolize a man bellowing a statement I was met with yet even more varying answers. One said it was lazy writing, while another said there are no such things as rules and "Strunk was an idiot."

This got me thinking - at this point in time, especially when it comes to things like urban fantasy and paranormal romance where we make up our own worlds and make up rules to go with them, are there rules to the writing anymore? I'm not asking if we still have to use proper punctuation or sentence structure, more is there such a thing as writing etiquette, and what should and shouldn't be used when story telling.

I've scoured sites and blogs looking for the answer, but I find myself reaching the same conclusion as when I searched for the meaning of life.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Finally! Excerpt from She Who Hunts!

I finally received the go ahead from my editor to release an excerpt from my upcoming release, She Who Hunts. Here you go! Hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear from you.

I tried to paste a pic of the cover here, but apparently Blogger had other ideas.

Tenna whirled to find Jason inches from her, his chest heaving up and down with angry breaths. “What’s wrong with you?” She asked, straining her neck to look up into his face. He seemed fine at the restaurant.

“What’s wrong with me?! Are you serious?!” His voice was a deep growl and by the trembling in his arms and hands he looked on the verge of shifting.

“If you’re going to morph could you at least back up?” She kept her head high and her chin jutted out, but her voice was shaky. She was a little scared. Just because she knew what he was didn’t mean she wanted to be shredded to pieces by his canines.

He took a step back. “Do you have any idea what you’re doing?”

She crossed her arms over her chest. “Yeah, I’m trying to find out who killed that girl. I’m trying to find the bad guys, just like you.”

He shook his head from side to side, the motion slow almost like it was painful. “No, you’re putting a giant bull’s eye right between your eyes.”

Her mouth popped open with a gasp. It took her a couple of heartbeats to understand what he had said. A bull’s eye. She was advertising what she was doing. Even if Curtis was nothing more than a cop, no connection to Hunters, there was bound to be someone on the force who’d been possessed. Someone would notice the research he was doing. He was an honest cop; he’d tell any of his friends on the force whom he’d talked to tonight.

The fact she was a demon Hunter was bad enough. She was Tennalucci, she was the Huntress. As a child she was told by a soothsayer she was to fulfill a prophecy, she would be a major arm in the war against those who rise from Hell. Of course, as a child it scared the shit out of her. She would lie awake at night jumping at every sound positive they were coming for her. Then as an adolescent she thought it was a load of bull. After all, if she was destined to be a great Hunter what the hell was she doing in foster care?

Jason was right. Tenna had just advertised to all interested parties not only was she here, but that she was actively Hunting. Whether she believed in destiny or not wasn’t the question. The question was did all the Legions believe it? Would they now be gunning for her?


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Have I Invited Demons Into My House?

While writing She Who Hunts I had an idea in my head, one of those 'what if' moments. I remember watching the news and after a murder had happened the news anchor interviewed a neighbor of the suspect. "He was such a nice guy," the neighbor said. It always seems that after someone commits some heinous crime there is someone in their lives who declare this person was such a wonderful person, the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. But, how the hell did the person just snap and become a serial killer? My first thought-maybe they became possessed.

Now, as I'm working on the second book, I've become almost obsessed with the idea of demon possessions, and evil walking among us. I have to admit there are times when it feels like someone is in the room with me, and not just the characters who are busily chatting it up in my head. Sometimes, when the house is really quiet, and I'm really into a scene, it seriously feels like there's someone standing behind me. I whip around, ready to yell at whatever kid snuck in and was now reading over my shoulder to find an empty room.

Have I possibly brought the demons from She Who Hunts into my own life? Or has the story just become so alive to me that I keep waiting for those things which go bump in the night to tap me on the shoulder? How about you? Ever get so creeped out by something you wrote or read that you checked under your bed before climbing in?