Sunday, November 6, 2016
Amazon: October 25, 2016
Second book I've read by this indie author. Allan has now partnered with his wife, Helen.
Characters are fun. If you like vampires, you'll like this story. A little Twilight, a little Bram Stoker, a little Stephen King. You can see Allan's influences in his works. Nathan is a fascinating take on the immortal vampire. His family and friends are as dysfunctional as any modern group. He negotiates the modern world with great agility.
The monsters appear, the battles arise. A fun read and a nod to Helen for the scientific additions.
By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2016
This is the 1st book I have read by these authors and I was hooked!
Such a different approach to the "birth" (of the vampyre),,, and the para earths are fascinating! I look forward to the next installments!
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
I interrupt this story line with a request for help from you the readers.
The second draft of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" is over halfway done. I'll be sending it to my proofreader/editor for a good vetting by the end of the month (provided all goes well).
In the meantime, I'm facing a dilemma regarding the book's cover. I've completed the artwork seen here:
As you can tell I did not incorporate the title into the image this time, because I just couldn't make it work with the scene I'd pictured. I had tried spelling it out in the tree branches but it looked more confusing and hard to read. So I experimented with a letter-box version seen here:
From there I tried black lettering over the image, which I think is a bit hard to read...
Finally I went with white lettering over the image...
For myself, I've preferred the red letter-box version since the red helps bring out the colors of the artwork itself.
But I want to hear from you before I make a final decision. Please leave your responses in the comment section below and I will announce the results during the finale of the current short story.
Thanks for all your patience and support. The novel WILL be out this October just in time for you to add it to your spooky Halloween reads.
Monday, September 28, 2015
I want to apologize for the lack of updates lately. I'm attending university and have a major exam coming up this Thursday and am studying like crazy. Let me tell you, Pre-Calculus and I just do not see eye-to-eye very easily. Luckily, my wife, the graduate with the B. S. in Mathematics, is helping tutor me, so hopefully I'll do all right.
But rest assured, once the exam is over on Thursday, I'll be working on continuing the current story about the "Theater" which has several poignant memories for our favorite vampyre, Nathan
Also I wanted to let you all know that "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" is on schedule to be released this December, as planned. The book will be available in paperback, and the following e-book formats: Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, etc. I decided against going exclusively with Kindle for this book, after a number of readers asked if it would be available for Apple and Nook.
Currently the 2nd draft is fully under way, and I'll be sending it out to beta-readers soon, so stay tuned.
That's all for now. I thank you for your patience and continued support. I'm really looking forward to unleashing Nathan and company on you all come December, where all the characters who've been leaving entries on this blog will come together in one epic story.
Note: Image above is NOT necessarily the finalized cover.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Hello everyone, I've given Nathaniel and company a break this week because of the holiday. They'll be back shortly with more blog entries. But in the meantime I thought you would all like to know how things are progressing on the actual novel.
I'm sure you'll all be happy to know that I completed the 2nd draft yesterday, which gave me something extra to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Writing in the first person has been quite the adventure for me. Most authors stick inside one character's head and they act as the narrator for the entire story. But I prefer sharing various character's points of view, so I normally used limited third person, where I give each character a chapter where we see inside only their heads for that chapter.
Doing blog, journal, and diary entries to tell the story, has allowed me to do something similar with this novel. However, I've had to create unique 'voices' for each character as well. I didn't want a blog entry by one of my teenage characters to sound the same as one of my middle-aged male characters.
I've also had a bit of a challenge dealing with past tense vs. present tense. After all, if you're writing about something that happened to you in your blog/journal you use past tense. So I've had a little bit of a challenge making the events sound just as exciting as if I were using the present tense like I have in my other novels. Plus I'm trying to make sure I 'show' people what happened and not just have the character 'tell' you what happened. I like to give enough details that my readers can picture the scene and all the action inside their heads like it was a movie. So I'm going to be paying close attention to what my beta-readers say when they get to look at the book.
Now, that I've completed the 2nd draft, the book is getting looked over and the first edits will be under way. I won't be doing much new writing for a few weeks because I'm attending university and it's getting towards the end of the semester. This means the professors are loading us up with last minute assignments, as well as getting us prepped for final exams.
I will be putting out a short story involving Nathaniel and several characters from my previous novels, creating my first cross-over story. Being a short story it won't take me long to put it together. It will be a holiday piece which I plan on releasing on Christmas Day. So stay tuned for more detials on that.
In the meantime, Nathaniel, Lisa, and Marisa, as well as a few others will be posting here again very shortly. So you won't be without anything new to read here.
With that said, thanks for all your support and feedback. I'm glad so many of you are enjoying my vampyre's experiences along with those who are a large part of his extended life. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I'm looking forward to this weekend to start decorating as well as study and do homework.
Until next time be happy and healthy.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
*HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone! I decided to give you all an early treat by sharing a snippet from "The Vampyre Blogs" novel itself. Unlike the other entries you've seen here on this blog, this entry actually shows up in the book. I was careful to choose this particular entry since all three characters are well known to you by now. Plus it doesn't give too much away, while hopefully leaving you with some questions to think about until the novel's release at Christmas. So without further ado, here are Marisa, Lisa and Nathaniel. I hope you enjoy*
MARISA’S MUSINGS - October 7th, 2012
It’s been such a strange day, especially this evening. I still don’t know what think at the moment.
Waking up and finding Dad was still at home sitting in front of the TV just like in my dreams, gave me a start. Especially when I saw he looked a little greyish, but then Mom opened the curtains and I saw he was just tired. I literally blew a sigh of relief, but it still set me on edge for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, most of my classes were on the quiet and boring side today, which meant I kept worrying about my dad.
Thank God Lisa was in all of them with me. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her around trying to distract me. But I still couldn’t get that damn dream out of my head. It had felt so real. Then, just as we arrived at The Crypt, I started wondering if it had actually been some kind of warning. The idea it might be really put me on edge.
Unfortunately, that’s when Dianne showed up and started in with me, as usual. Normally I can ignore her comments, but tonight, I just couldn’t. God I feel so bad about what happened. Poor Lisa got caught up in things and could’ve wound up getting hurt if Nathaniel hadn’t stepped in when he did.
I still feel bad about blowing up at him the way I did at the time. But that’s not the only thing that’s bothering me about him. After tonight, I can’t look at him the same way I used to.
Finding out he was once married and that his wife pass away in his arms, really hit me hard. I guess that’s why I kissed him the way I did. I just wanted to wipe away the pain I knew he was experiencing at that moment, along with my own. I didn’t tongue him or anything, but for a second I nearly did. Something about him that made me feel so alive that I didn’t want it to stop. But I remembered Lisa was with us and I know she has a crush on him. So I backed off. But a part of me wanted to go right back to kissing him. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted someone so bad in all my life.
And truth be told, I still want him. But I’m also a little leery of him, because of because of what happened next.
I excused myself and started to fix my make-up. After all that crying I’d done earlier, I knew I must look like hell.
Nathaniel was kind enough to walk away and give me my space, while Lisa checked on me quick before she went over to join him at the window. As I heard the two of them talking quietly, I stole a glance over my shoulder. Lisa was hanging onto him in a playful way, and I started to get jealous for a moment.
Quickly, I shook my head and pulled out my compact so I could use the mirror as I fixed my make-up. Surprisingly, I didn’t look too bad and was able to make myself presentable rather quickly.
Then I decided to use the mirror to take another at Lisa and Nathaniel to see what they were up to. And that’s when it happened. I could see Lisa still acting if she were draped all over Nathaniel, only he wasn’t there.
I blinked and stared at the mirror again, but the image had not changed. From the way Lisa was positioned, I knew she had to be hanging onto someone, because there was no way she could keep her balance in that pose. But there was no one there.
Carefully I took another look over my shoulder and saw the two of them just as I had before. Then I looked back at my mirror and saw only Lisa holding on to empty air. I let out a little gasp and dropped everything, including the compact which shattered on impact.
Immediately, Lisa came rushing over to see what was wrong and quickly helped me gather everything. Nathaniel on the other had stayed by the window. He seemed to be in deep thought.
Naturally, I didn’t tell either of them what I saw, or rather what I didn’t see. Instead, after Lisa helped me get all my make-up back in the purse, I told them I felt like going back down to the dance floor. I’d remembered there were huge mirrors on the walls down there and wanted to see what would happen when we got down there.
To my amazement and relief, I saw all three of our reflections in every one of them. At that point I was fully ready to believe my eyes had simply played a trick on me.
But now my mind has gone back to the day in my Aunt Betsy’s office when I first met Nathaniel. She had brought in those beautiful fresh cut flowers. But after he went near them to get his coat and hat, we’d found them black and withered.
Is he what I think he is? I’ve seen enough movies to know all the signs. Yet, I saw his reflection in the mirrors of the club. Plus he has a bunch of mirrors in his home which I’ve seen him use.
No, I think I’ve just been stressing out too much lately. There’s no such thing as vampires. Right?