Sunday, September 22, 2019
****"The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" the 1st YA Book In The Para-Earth Series Is Coming October 1st****
Technically a re-release, but "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" is returning to online bookstores everywhere with a whole new look. As mentioned in previous posts, many told me that the book was more suited to Young Adult audiences since both 17 y. o. Lisa and Marisa do the majority of the storytelling. Furthermore, we didn't want to lose all the reviews the book had already garnered previously.
So we gave the book an overhaul with a brand new cover and synopsis. You've seen the cover above, now for the synopsis...
Ever since her father was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, Marisa has had nightmares about the disease taking the form of a vampire, slowly killing him. She can no longer stand movies or books involving even ‘good guy’ vampires, much less any of the old horror movies she used to watch with him. She even stopped hanging out with her best friend Lisa who got into Goth clothing and make-up, even though Lisa has been trying to be there for her this whole time.
But all that is about to change with the arrival of young and handsome Nathan, a family friend Lisa grew up calling Uncle. Not only does his arrival set both girl’s hearts beating, but it gives them a chance to renew the friendship both have sorely missed.
However, there’s more to Nathan than Marisa realizes. Lisa knows he is a vampyre-like being. He may also be the one thing both the girls and the town needs most. For a true horror from the Para-Earth here Nathan was altered has entered this reality. And he is the only one who can stop it.
A ripping 4 and 5-star vampire story just in time for the creepy holiday season. It's partner "The Vampyre Blogs - One Day At a Time" will also become part of our YA line of books.
Now some might be wondering if this means none of these characters will be appearing in future books that are not YA. The answer is of course they'll be showing up. Nathan is already scheduled to make an appearance in the "The Door" which is sequel to "The Bridge" and "The Ship". He will be accompanied by Lisa and Marisa in "The Door" and possibly in the big cross-over "Harlequin House" which will pit all these characters against some consider the most haunted house on the planet.
But never fear, Nathan and the young ladies have other adventures looming of their own such as "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties" which will pit them all against a ruthless developer who knows Nathan's secret and how to deal with him. Family bonds, betrayal, faithful friends, and extended family will be tested as Nathan and company fight to not only save his family homestead, but Marisa's father, as well as their town, their state. and possibly the world.
Also, audiobook versions of Nathan and company's adventures are under way as you read these words.
In short, we got a lot happening on this and other fronts so please help spread the word, and also stay tuned as new stories are coming your way on this blog.
We thank you all for your patience and support. Links to all the new online stores will be posted soon as these books will now be available not only through Amazon but Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and other online outlets.
So until next time, take care and happy reading everyone!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Okay, I’m taking over the blog today since the authors have been down for the last couple of weeks fighting with a nasty case of bronchitis/pneumonia.
Mind you, they’ve also been trying to get the anthology finished and ready for release. We’re all hoping for it to go out before Halloween, but with all that’s been going on it might not be until early November. We’ll see how things work out.
In the meantime, let’s talk about that anthology.
What’s it all about?
Untold tales… not just about me but Lisa, Marisa, Otto and even some familiar faces from the first two books in the Para-Earth Series (“The Bridge” and “The Ship”) which we’re a part of. A few of you may be asking, why does the Para-Earth Series seem to have smaller series within it? It’s more a case of different sets of characters being focused on within the series. As you will see in the anthology, the authors are starting to mix us all together in anticipation of a much bigger cross-over that is currently in the works.
Mind you this is not just a one-shot deal kind of cross-over like you get with a lot of comic books. Oh no, this is the beginning of something bigger and permanent. It all starts with “The Door”...
Or rather towards the end of that upcoming novel (which admittedly has been in the works for several years) which the writers hope to have close to (if not actually finished) before the end of next year. Part of the problem with that book was the fact that me and my friends’ story got in the way and had to be put out first. Then, life got in the way which further complicated getting “The Door” heading in the right direction. But things are improving on that front and progress is being made as I type this entry.
I will be making not one but two guest appearances in it as well as some ‘friends’ you’ll be meeting in “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time”. So you see, all these delays do serve a purpose as Allan and Helen continue to introduce you all to more Para-Earths and those who inhabit them. Some of those being we meet will be scary, some will be friendly, others well... you’ll have to wait and see. But rest assured, all of us will do our best to keep you glued to your seats while trying to get your hearts racing with each new installment.
As for the anthology’s release... Allan and Helen are waiting to hear back from the last few beta-readers, but so far the response has been very enthusiastic with a lot of big thumbs up. So stay tuned. In the meantime, please accept everyone’s heart-felt wish for you all to have a very...
Monday, August 17, 2015
I've been having a tough time getting a completed 1st draft of "The Door" finished by the end of this summer as I originally planned. The story is coming along very nicely, however I had planned on releasing it in late September/early October, which is becoming less and less likely.
Furthermore, I had already planned on releasing "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" in December to catch the holiday crowds.
So I would like to know how you would feel about a "Double-Release" in December?
I have been hearing from a number of people who have been clamoring for one or both books, and I'm perfectly at ease with the idea of releasing both at or around the same time.
Furthermore, I want to let you all know that I've already got at least one other book lined up for the middle of next year, so you won't have to wait long for another installment.
Please leave your thoughts on this idea in the comment section below. Your opinions are important to me, so please take advantage of this opportunity to express your feelings and wishes.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Another note from the author: For today's installment of the blog, I thought I'd give you all a sneak peak into my current work-in-progress (WIP). "The Door" is the third installment of my Para-Earth Series which has involved Alex Hill, Veronica Ross, Cassandra Elliott, Jason Cloudfoot, and Julie Cloudfoot.
For those who've been reading the blog you may recognize the names of Jason, Julie and Veronica from the novelette I posted on this blog around Christmas of last year. The story took place in 1999 and also starred Nathan. I had done that story to link the two sets of characters so I could do further crossovers with them down the road. Originally I had not planned on having Nathan show up in "The Door" but time and an evolving story changed all that.
The epilogue of "The Door" will help lead directly into "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home", while also allowing you all to see Nathan in action among those who have had a history with him, but do NOT know his secret. This will also allow me to introduce you all to other characters who will be starring in their own stories down the road. For now, please enjoy Nathan's first guest appearance in "The Door"...
The recently repaired cottage that had belonged to Julie’s late uncle, stood silent and empty. While nearby, the wide stream that had been the site of the nightmare battle, swiftly rushed past the crumbled remains of the bridge still attached to each bank. Overlooking this quiet scene, the Graham Manor stood like a ghostly sentinel.
From the woods near the cottage a white wolf emerged. The beast silently made its way to the water’s edge and took a drink. Then it gazed up at the manor on the other side of the wide stream. Most of the structure’s dark secrets had been revealed, but not all of them. There were still more to be uncovered, it knew. But that was for another to deal with.
The animal had come here for another reason and lay down to wait.
Overhead, the glaring sun was slowly eclipsed by gathering clouds which eventually cast a dark veil across the landscape. Still the wolf did not move.
Suddenly, the animal’s ears perked up as the sound of a train’s whistle echoed in the distance. Had anyone familiar with the area been standing there with the animal, they would have been puzzled by the sound. The nearest rail line in use was on the other side of town and could not be heard from here.
Just then, the whistle cried out again. This time it sounded closer.
Immediately the great wolf stood up and padded away from the stream and past the cottage. Soon the animal reached the road and quickly crossed after making sure no one would see it. Once it reached the far side of the asphalt, the beast slipped into the meadow, disappearing among the tall blades of grass and weeds. Only the occasional ripples with the swath of green told of the wolf’s passing.
Where the meadow ended the animal emerged and moved into the trees that bordered the grassland. The wolf carefully made its way through the tall pines and suddenly found itself in an open space in the middle of the forest. For a moment the animal stood still. It could see the other edge of the forest began again some fifty yards away. But looking left and right, the wolf could see a swathe of dirt and grass, which almost completely obscured an old set of railroad tracks.
Trains carrying lumber, coal and other goods had passed through this way for decades, until the advent of highways and trucking. Then the line was abandoned leaving the steel rails and ties to rot and rust in the dirt.
The wolf could tell from the dull luster of the rails that nothing had passed over them for a number of years. But that was about to change.
Moving to one side the great wolf sat down on his haunches and waited. Once more the sound of the whistle shattered the quiet of the forest, and soon a plume of smoke could be seen above the trees in the distance. In another few moments an old steam locomotive from another time appeared from around the bend. Behind the great iron engine followed a series of railway cars whose like had not been seen since in decades.
They were painted like circus cars, only their colors were muted and almost gray. Words were splayed across each one, but the animal did not bother to look at them. He knew what they said and who would be on board.
The huge engine began to slow as it drew near where the wolf stood, stopping only a few feet beyond where the animal awaited. A great hiss of steam burst forth from beneath the engine and became quiet.
For a moment, time seemed to freeze. Then a lone figure emerged from the nearest car. He had short blonde hair and a youthful face. Looking up into the sky he smiled and turned to the wolf. “Did you do that? Or is it just good timing?” he asked, stepping down from the car.
The wolf made no sound as it approached him.
Slowly, the man’s face fell as the animal reached him. Kneeling down so they could be face to face he whispered, “I’m so sorry. If I had known I would’ve come sooner. Why didn’t he call for me?”
The white beast looked at him and then back to the woods it had come through.
“I think he wants you to follow him,” said a woman’s voice from inside the train.
Turning the young man found his bags had already been unloaded from the rail car.
“Go with him and see what’s happened. We’ll remain here as long as you need us to,” the unseen woman’s voice continued. “Whatever has happened, I have a feeling it’s not over.”
Nodding the man grabbed his bags and followed the wolf back through the woods the animal had come through.
So there you have it my friends. Nathan's arrival. If you wish I may share one or two more scenes from the book, but only if you ask for it. As always, I ask you leave your thoughts and wishes in the comments below.
Friday, January 2, 2015
From the author: I hope everyone enjoyed the first, of what I hope will be many holiday tales shared around Christmastime. It was supposed to be just a quickie short-story that I would put out on Smashwords as a free download for all, but obviously it grew as I continued to write. Also, time was getting away from me due to my workload at my college.
So I wound up releasing the story in pieces here on my blog and over the course of days it continued to grow and grow. In the end I wound up with not a short-story as planned but a novelette (a story between 7,000 and 20,000 words in length). Not quite long enough to be a novella, but much larger than short-story. Also due to the time-crunch what I posted here was basically a first draft, which would explain any editing errors some of you might have noticed as you read.
However, I'm still not quite done with the story. I'm going to release it as a small novelette this coming Christmas. It will basically be the same story that you read, but there will be an epilogue added to the end as well as original pen and ink illustrations created by me. For those who don't know, I'm also an artist and have done the covers for my other novels that have already been published. I'm aiming for pen and ink in the hopes that it will be easier to upload into e-book form as well as in print. Yes, I intend to make a small paperback version for those who'd like to hold the book in their hands if at all possible. I may also try using charcoal (which would simply be black and white, along with shades of grey). Ideally, I'd use my favorite medium soft pastel, but I wouldn't be able to guarantee the quality of the colors in the printed form or on the computer. However, I will be looking into it. If anyone else out there has had some experience in color artwork in an e-book or in print, please tell us about it in the comment section below.
Now as I've told you all before, Nathan's first novel-length story will be coming out around either October or December of this year (2015). Of course, I will have a number of new blog and e-journal entries for him and the other characters to post here. I'll also be releasing another novel before then titled "The Door", which will be the third in my Para-Earth Series. It will star several of the characters you already met in my holiday novelette, (Sergeant Veronica Ross, a grown-up Julie, and Police Chief Roy Petersen). Alas Jason will not appear having joined his ancestors, but not before he passed the mantle of shaman on his niece. If you'd like to read how this all happened, you can check out "The Bridge" and its sequel "The Ship":
NOTE: Both e-books are just $1.49 each for the next two weeks. After that, the price will got back up to $2.99 a piece. You can also sample the first 30 pages of each story for free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Just click on the title and start reading. I'm providing the links right here:
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With all that said, I hope to see more and more of you here as I supply you with more short tales of Nathaniel and his friends. I plan to introduce more characters here as the year goes on, so keep reading and spread the word about this site. Happy New Year to you all, as I step aside and let Nathaniel take the stage...
Nathaniel's Private E-Journal, January 1st, 2005
I'm standing on a deck overlooking the great wide Pacific Ocean. Another year has passed but I am not alone. I am surrounded by members of my extended family located in Aptos, California. Although that's not where I am at this moment. We're standing near the famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk having just watched a fabulous fireworks display out on the water.
The Cloudfoots have been part of my life since 1999 when I first met Jason, the patriarch of these wonderful people. As their name implies, they are of Native American descent, specifically they are Seneca one of the five original tribes that formed the Iroquois Confederacy.
Together, Jason and I, along with Otto located his missing niece Julie who had run away from home just two days before Christmas. The moment Jason and I locked eyes, I knew there was something different about him and I was right. He was a shaman, one who knew about the Para-Earths, as Otto has named those alternate realities of this world. Jason also knew right away I'd been to one and had come back changed, but he also knew I was still a good man and our friendship formed.
He's here with me tonight enjoying the love and joy of his children and grandchildren. Jason lost his wife two years ago, for which I was very sorry. She had been a wonderful woman, warm and caring. I'd spent that New Year's Eve with him, to make sure he did not face it alone. Not that I had much reason to worry. Julie and her parents were there as well. It was the first time I'd seen her in 1999 and my how she'd grown. From the pudgy little girl I'd help locate, she was now slightly taller than me and still growing. She also had filled out in more ways than one, especially in the muscle department. I feel sorry for any boy who pissed her off. Not that she seems very interested in them. A part of me suspects her yearnings lie elsewhere. I just hope I never have to compete with her for a date.
Not that such a thing is likely. I've kept to myself more since Veronica and I parted company three years ago. I've found myself thinking about her a lot tonight. Probably it's because of all the police officers watching over tonight's festivities. There was one female officer in particular standing near her patrol car that caught my eye. She looked nothing like Veronica, but the way the officer stood there reminded me so much of my red-headed love.
God she was amazing. It's not often you find someone so passionate and dedicated, not only to you but to her work. But I digress...
A new year stands before us all. I have no idea what surprises this one will have in store for me or those I call 'family'. But I know I will not face this new year alone which is a great comfort. I have people like Jason, Otto, Brian, their families and so many others who's lives touch mine. I think that's been the greatest gift of all. Even though I have outlived so many people who I've loved, I am never truly alone. And because I remember, none of them are ever forgotten.
My existence is a strange one, but at least I find it serves so many others.
Jason is proposing another toast to all so I better wrap this up. A promising new year awaits and I for one am looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.
Friday, November 7, 2014
For those of you who don't already know, I started attending the California State University at Monterey Bay in August and the workload had been fairly manageable, until recently. Things are heating up and I have less and less time to work on "The Vampyre Blogs". I had planned on getting the latest draft finished, edited, beta-read, etc. so I could have it out in time for this Christmas.
Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. I'm afraid I'm one of those authors will not release a book until it's had all those things done to it. Currently, I'm still trying to finish the 2nd draft and I'm still not entirely happy with the piece. Plus I haven't even started on a cover for the book. I do have this, which I made on my computer.
However, I'm not totally sold on this version really. I'd prefer to try and do a soft pastel piece like I did with my other two novels. But instead of doing the entire cover in soft pastel, I'd like to create more of a background and then super-impose the image I have on top of the background. In short, I'd like a nice blend of the two and that's going to take time.
All this is bad enough, but there is also the issue of the holidays getting closer and closer. I'd still need to get the novel to my beta-readers, but they're going to be busy with family stuff like cooking, visiting, and shopping. I don't feel right asking them to take time out of their schedules to read the book and give me their feedback. That wouldn't be right.
So I'm going to continue to finish the 2nd draft and getting it edited and whatnot over the holidays. Then I'll be sending beta-versions out in January and doing another draft after that. I hope to have it all done my March, but I won't be releasing it then. Instead the book will come out in late October to coincide with Halloween. Why wait until then? Because the story begins in early fall and ends just around Halloween, thus making it a a more seasonal novel.
Now for anyone worried they have to wait for more Nathaniel and company until then, never fear because I'm still going to be posting more mini-stories here. Plus, I'm working on a special 'free' short story for this Christmas that will involve Nathaniel and several characters from my other novels in the Para-Earth Series. Anyone who's read "The Bridge" or "The Ship" will be pleased to see some old friends as well as our favorite Civil War vampyre.
I'll be releasing the short story through Smashwords which carries e-book formats for all the new e-readers and laptops people will be getting as gifts. You'll find Mobi (for Kindle), Nook, Apple, Sony, Phones, and even plain good old PDF for those who just have a computer/laptop. And in the spirit of the season, the story will be "FREE". So stay tuned. I'll be announcing more as the day draws near.
Finally, I want to also let you all know that Nathan will not be a one-book wonder. I intend to keep him going for some time. When you've got someone who's over a 150 years old, you got a lot of room for many tales. I'm even considering making an anthology filled with short stories from different eras he's lived though. But that's a little ways down the road. For now, I'll leave you with the following list of novels I'm working on and their intended release dates for the next 2-3 years:
October/December 2015 "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home"
In 1862 Nathaniel Steward was only sixteen years old. He left home to fight in the Union Army, knowing the experience might change him. He had no idea how much it would. Now, 150 years later, he's finally coming back to what he thinks is an empty manor. What he doesn't know is someone has been waiting, and some 'thing' is following him, a being that does no belong in this world.
Coming Mid-2016 "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 1"
Cassandra's ghostly protector Brandon has always been an enigma to many. Now, we get to hear his story which will lead directly up to the events that took place in my third book, "The Door".
Coming December, 2016, "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties"
Nathaniel is back and he's not alone. A mystery involving a member of his family has arisen, but so has an old enemy. New dangers arise that threaten not only those he loves, but his entire hometown. Like any soldier he will fight to protect his place of birth, but it may cost him his very existence.
Coming Mid-2017 - "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 2"
Brandon's story continues as he and his uncle continue to struggle with the family curse that everyone believed was over. The threat has been thwarted but not ended and time is running out. Soon the door will be reopened and nothing will be able to stop what will come out of it if they don't seal it for good first.
Coming in December 2017, "Harlequin House"
When Alex Hill was only twelve years old he went inside the most haunted place on the planet as part of a team of paranormal investigators from the university his older cousin Rick was attending.
Within those walls he watched most of the team die one by one, and barely got out with his sanity intact. He swore nothing would ever make him go back.
Tonight he will enter the place the very place that has haunted his dreams for the last twenty years, to save his father. Will he be as fortunate this time?
OTHER BOOKS IN THE PARA-EARTH SERIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW FOR ALL E-READERS AND IN TRADE PAPERBACK:
Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting metal all this changes. Upon learning his girlfriend Police Sergeant Veronica Ross was nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But when he learns both the driver and passenger had been dead for almost twelve hours when they nearly ran her down, he knows what he must do...
*NOTE: You can sample the book for free at:
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What starts as a simple surfing lesson, turns into a struggle for survival for billionaire heiress Cassandra Elliott and her new love interest the Seneca shamaness Julie Cloudfoot.
Cassandra is knocked off her board by an unseen assailant who leaves a terrifying gash in her wetsuit, along with a small red mark on her leg. Soon terrifying visions of a ghost ship begin haunting the heiress' dreams. She also begins to find herself strangely drawn to the sea whenever a strange fogbank appears in the distance.
Something hiding within the miasma, but what does it want from her, and what connection does the entity have with the legendary "Lost Colony of Roanoke" and the tribe of Tuscarora Indians who Julie is distantly related to...
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