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Devil Bat Diary

Devil Bat Diary by Peter H Brothers

Inspired by the famous 1940 Bela Lugosi film, “Devil Bat Diary” tells the “true” story of what “really happened” to the unhappy citizens of Heathville, Illinois, during that terrible prewar summer as recorded in the long-suppressed journals of Chicago City Register’s principal newspaper correspondent, “Johnny” Layton.
The Devil Bats were furiously furry fiends created by a scientific genius who believes himself wrongfully relegated to concocting perfumes and colognes which he despises for wages not worth mentioning here.  So, as a means to an embittered end, he manufactures an evil ointment with a scent that so infuriates his giant bats to such an extent they feel compelled to tear the throats out of their unsuspecting victims.
“Devil Bat Diary” is a an embellishment of the characters, plot and storyline taken from the public domain film that tells the full inside story of what took place in ways not possible to show to Production Code audiences back then.

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Cover Models

Digitally based e-publishing has revolutioned the way in which readers and authors connect. However one thing cannot be escaped in this fast changing environment – you still need a cover image.

“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover,” if  only that were true.

There are many challenges faced by indie authors and pehaps second only to editing, is the need for a great cover image. With so much hard work and energy put into creating characters and crafting the story, it can be a major brainache with all that done to start thinking of cover art.

Ideally any author would love to have a team of graphic artists, models and photographers at their disposal. However this sort of attention is reserved for the ‘elite’ best-selling authors.  So what does a poor struggling indie author do?

I’m sorry to say, I have no idea.  But now I get to the fun part of why I’m writing today.

As you may or may not know, I own and manage a small boutique entertainment agency. Becuase of this I often find myself surrounded with beautiful people. (And I don’t just mean good-looking.)

Back in January I organised a photo shoot for a couple of girls who do a particularly saucy show. We did mainly studio shots, then dashed up the road to a great venue for some location shots.

Melbourne's Sexalicious Vixens, Miley & Simone - the new faces of characters written by Rebeka Harrington

While reviewing the shoot photos for what we would use in promotional materials I was stunned to realise that in costume for the location shoot, these girls were the epitome of my two main characters in my WIP. Excitedly I look through the remaining location shots. Again and again I saw my two main characters.

I could hardly contain my excitement at the potential these girls offered as models.

When I told them I wanted to use them as models for my next book cover, I couldn’t tell who was more excited; me or them.

With a great photographer, hair and makeup artist on board, and now with hand-picked models; all is set to create the cover for my next book.

Now for the tricky bit…

I have to find some time away from work to get the damn book finished and ready for publication.

Time Flies

Remember when you were a kid and counting down to Christmas or your birthday, time seemed to drag on and on, if not stop altogether. Your parents would try to console you and say “as you get older time passes faster”. What nonsense?! We didn’t believe them. But then, you got older (and wiser I hope) and all of a sudden days, weeks and years are flashing by.  This is a truth we all face as the years pass by. And so it is with the passing of time that I reflect on my own recent history.

Twelve months ago I returned to writing. Rediscovering how much I enjoy the creative outlet.  Six months later after receiving much cajoling, support and encouragement I released my debut title “Vampires Revealed.” Slowly but surely it is acquiring readers and fans.

Four years ago I set out to establish a boutique style entertainment agency. Starting with only a few entertainers and nothing more than my own skills and desire.  It has been a long journey, but it too has slowly grow into something wonderful.

So here I sit, looking back on my accomplishments (and failures), wondering how on Earth I am going to find the time to keep up with everything.

I have an incomplete draft of my second book and a business expansion plan sitting on the back burner. There just isn’t enough hours in the day for me to get everything done. Is it any wonder high profile celebrities and the fabulously wealthy have an entourage of personal assistants. Sometimes there is just too much for one person to cope with.

“Time management and delegation” I hear you say. Yes these things are very important.

While I sit in my home office pondering how to prioritise the seemingly endless list of things to be done remember…Don’t bite off more than you can chew and always take time out just for you.

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