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{Guest} Jonathan Gould

It is my pleasure to introduce today’s guest blogger, fellow Australian and author Jonathan Gould.

Why I’d make a terrible vampire

When Rebeka asked me to do a post for her blog, obviously the first thing that came to mind was vampires. Everyone loves vampires. They’re so sexy and suave and sophisticated. And they have this rather pleasant side benefit of eternal life. Seems like most people definitely have some sort of ulterior desire to be one.

I guess that’s where I differ from most people. I really don’t have much of a desire to be a vampire. And no, it’s not because I don’t want to be sexy and suave and sophisticated. Hell, who doesn’t? And I’m as up for eternal life as anyone. It’s just that I’ve come to realise over time that it’s something I’d actually be really bad at. I can think of a bunch of reasons for why I’d make an absolutely appalling vampire.

First of all, I reckon I’d have real problems with creeping up behind people and viciously attacking them before they’ve had a chance to escape. I’m far too much the polite type for that. I’m more likely to approach my victims directly, and say something like, “excuse me, could I possibly please bite you on the neck and then suck all of the blood out of your body, if you don’t mind.” I don’t suppose I’d have much of a success rate with that sort of angle. And even if I did manage to find a suitably willing victim, I’d probably spend so much time apologising for the inconvenience of sucking the life force out of their bodies and leaving them as an empty husk to actually get a decent feed out of them.

And this leads on to the second reason I’d be so bad at being a vampire. I’m totally squeamish. I absolutely can’t stand the sight of blood. Not a great quality for a vampire. For a start, I’d probably have to get someone else to do my biting for me. I don’t think I could handle it. They’d probably have to get the blood into a glass with a nice thick straw so I could suck it up. But first they’d definitely have to put some food colouring into it, so it doesn’t look like blood. And also fortify it with sugar to get rid of the taste. Yuch.

If this isn’t enough, there’s a third reason why the vampiric life is not for me. Vampires are always described as “creatures of the night”. As for me, well I’m more of a “creature of the day”. I do tend to get a bit on the dosy side once the sun sets. Here I’d be, creeping into the room, swooshing my cape, preparing to make a lunge for the jugular, then having to stop for a couple of yawns. Definitely not a good look for a vampire. And rather than going out to look for new victims, I’d be more likely to sink into a comfy chair for a bit of a nap. Then, once the sun begins to rise and I’m ready for a fun day – coffin time. Wouldn’t suit me at all.

So there you have it. Three reasons why I’d be a lousy vampire. So I guess I’m stuck being an uncool, unsexy, mortal type. I guess I can live with that.

About Jonathan Gould

Jonathan Gould lives and writes in Melbourne Australia and is a connoisseur of all things daggy (for those not in the know, daggy is Australian slang and basically means the opposite of cool).

He has written and published a number of ebooks which are quite terrifyingly unscary, although readers have commented on how frighteningly accurate his satire can be.

You can join him in his strange daggy world at:

Twitter @jonno_go

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Jonathan’s Blog

I’ve Got An Idea

Sometimes the idea for a story or book will hit you like lightning, completely out of the blue. At other times it takes a lot of hard work and focus to pull the idea together. In any case, once you have that idea it is a long road to publishing the finished product.

With the digital revolution transforming the way in which books are delivered, a new breed of authors has entered the equation. They are called ‘indies’; writers who go it alone, without the demands, restraint or support of a publishing house.

Many writers, after slaving away for years at their craft, with no success in gaining a publishing contract, opt for the self-publishing route. Finally achieving what they knew all along, their work is good and readers love it. Others use it as a platform to launch their career. While some who choose self-publishing, see it as an ‘easy’ route. Considering self-publishing the easy route is foolish, naïve at best.

Self-published authors are finding it difficult to gain broad acceptance of their work. Many critics and reviewers wrongly believe “if an author isn’t good enough for a publishing house then they simply aren’t good enough.” This is snobbish elitism. However, while many authors pay careful attention to all things necessary, there are some who don’t and this fuels criticism of indie authors in general.

Like most things, self-publishing has its pros and cons. On the upside; as the author you retain full control of image and content, keep full rights to distribution and keep all royalties. The down side is, you are totally and completely responsible for the very same things.

Editing, cover design, where to publish, how to publish, promotion and marketing all need to be considered, planned and executed. A great ‘idea’ when presented as a book full of typos or grammatical errors will not endear you to readers. Does the cover look like the finger-painting of a two-year old? Will it be available as an ebook, paperback or both? How do you get your work into the hands of readers? Then there is the dreaded and evil promotion of your work. Let’s face it, there is no point in doing all the hard work and preparation of your masterpiece if no one ever reads or buys it.

I am not an expert so I’m not going to lecture you on how to do everything the ‘right’ way. What I will tell you is, enter the world of self-publishing with your eyes wide open. Don’t expect it to be easy, and do expect it to be a lot of hard work. Use your well-developed research skills to seek out the experts, learn from their success and their mistakes.

{Guest} D C Sargent

How to Create a Scene – DC Sargent Style

Today we welcome back DC Sargent author of the Entangled series of books to talk about writing and specifically how to create a scene. Take it away DC….

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Novelist Ditches Publisher

Friend and fellow author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc brought this to my attention, and I thought it was worth sharing with you all.

First appeared http://www.guardian.co.uk/ 15th September, 2011.

Novelist Polly Courtney has dropped her publisher HarperCollins for giving her books “condescending and fluffy” covers aimed at the chick lit market.

Courtney self-published Golden Handcuffs, a fictional exposé of life in the City, in 2006 after quitting her job as an investment banker, following it up in 2008 with Poles Apart, about an ambitious Polish graduate who moves to London. Their success helped land her a three-book deal with HarperCollins imprint Avon, but at the launch of the third book, It’s A Man’s World, she announced that she would not be working with the publisher again.

Instead, she is planning to return to the world of self-publishing.

“My writing has been shoehorned into a place that’s not right for it,” she said this morning. “It is commercial fiction, it is not literary, but the real issue I have is that it has been completely defined as women’s fiction … Yes it is page turning, no it’s not War and Peace. But it shouldn’t be portrayed as chick lit.”

Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/15/novelist-ditches-publisher-book-launch

Discovery of Death: Blood of My World Series

Discovery of Death (Blood of my World Series, Novella One) by A.P. Fuchs

When Zach goes missing for three months, Rose is heartbroken. Zach awakens in the dark of a coffin, his memory erased. A strange group of people who identify themselves as his family reveal he has become a vampire. Rose has also learned of her secret heritage: she comes from a long line of vampire slayers. It is only when her path accidentally crosses with Zach’s does love surface again.

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{Guest} Darren Frey

Darren Frey, author of The Blood Reapers

There is something I find exciting, dark, and wonderful about vampires. Ever since I was a child I have had these fascinations with the undead. With my new book, The Blood Reapers being released two weeks ago, it has already sold several copies. I chose New York City as the setting because I found it to be a perfect place for the events of my book to unfold. The main character Julian Frost, who lost his parents and sister finds himself frequenting a coffee shop where he meets Violet, a young and beautiful woman. She reveals herself to Julian to be a vampire and things quickly take off from there.

As vampires, New York was a perfect place because of the atmosphere and not to mention the homeless population. The people of the back alleyways serve as food for the immortals and will not be missed by anyone.

The vampires in The Blood Reapers come from all walks of life. Julian is from France, while his mentor Xavier is from England. The vampires embark on a journey that will take them all over Europe and parts of North America as well. Julian vows to avenge his parents’ tragic death. He must use his new found abilities to seek out the revenge he so longs for.

The Blood Reapers is a classic tale of love, revenge, and loyalty. It has all the elements one would expect from a vampire story and then some. I wanted to do something different than simply have sparkling high school students who ang out at Hot Topic, I wanted to capture the pure essence of what a vampire really is. The market might be over-saturated with vampire fiction, but I can pretty well guarantee you that you will never read a book quite like The Blood Reapers.

I would like to thank Rebeka Harrington for giving me the opportunity to do this guest blog and I wish her the best success with her new book. You can find me online at http://www.darrenfrey.net and on Facebook. It was a pleasure to be here.

Shining In Crimson: Empire of Blood Book 1

Shining In Crimson: Empire of Blood Book 1 by Robert S Wilson

Set in a post apocalyptic religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire’s weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.

Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.

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{Guest} Andrew Boylan

Hello Fangers and Fiends, today I am thrilled to welcome vamp afficionado and author Andrew (Andy) M Boylan to my humble piece of cyberspace.

Andy’s knowledge of vampires in books, movies and well…every medium out there is staggering. He is a walking encyclopaedia of all things vampire.  I was determined this extremely talented and well-read man should hide his light under a bushel no longer, neither should he greedily hoard all that knowledge.  For your reading pleasure, please allow me to present…Andy M Boylan. (cue the spotlight and applause)

There’s Little New Under the Sun

I was approached by Bek to write a guest blog and I was honoured, to say the least, but did ask if she had a general subject that she wanted me to write about. She suggested the changing face of the vampire through the centuries. To caveat, we are talking about the vampire in media and not the traditional/folkloric vampire and I am looking specifically at the European/US standard vampire.

However, as I pondered the assignment I started to think that it was all well and good but, in honesty, there is little new under the sun (including vampires going out in sunny weather, as being destroyed by the sun only appeared in the genre over a century after Polidori). The genre does evolve, aspects become mainstream and also become fashionable but these are often tropes that have been explored deliberately or accidentally before.

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The Game by Lee Pletzers

The Game by Lee Pletzers

The Game by Lee Pletzers

Phillip McKenzie has invented the most anticipated online game ever, with literately millions of gamers waiting on the game servers to allow connection. His daughter, Lisa, uses virtual reality to escape life with Phillip’s ex-wife, a recovering junkie. Naturally Phillip sends his daughter free access to the game and a visor that is needed to play it.

However something dark is lurking in the game, a living virus, and when Lisa’s brother Timmy is pulled into the game she has to play in order to save him.

While Lisa and a group of gamers battle to save Timmy, Phillip tries to come to terms with the unexpected computer glitch, it’s not looking good.

Lisa’s team soon discover that not all online gamers want to play the good guy, and the living virus has it’s own allies.

Can the McKenzies with a little help from friends stop the virus from escaping to the real world?

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Isolation: A Cursed Soul Book

Isolation: A Cursed Soul by Kate Bowyer

 Isolation: A Cursed Soul Book (Book 1 of The Lost Angel Trilogy) by Kate Bowyer

When Christian’s grandmother begs a demon to take away her suffering and let her die, she unknowingly puts the life of her grandson in danger.

Soon after her death, terrible accidents start to happen around Christian and the unexplained bumps in the night now happen in the full glare of the day with real consequences. These paranormal activities send his father to the local tavern every night and his mother to the mental ward.

Things outside of home are just as bad, for at school he’s known as the freak with all the kids and teachers afraid of him. Christian’s only companions are his Guardian Angel and a demon, but they’re after just one thing………his soul.

As he gets older his only thought is to escape these two powerful beings and to lead a normal life, but he can’t do it alone. Then at one of his lowest points, Ariel walks into his life and gives him hope for the future.

The demon, not willing to give up the boys soul, plays out his final act leading Christian into a no win situation with someone he should have been able to trust the most.

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