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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vampires Don't Sparkle

Big announcement - my story From Family Blood is Born has been accepted for the anthology,
Vampires Don't Sparkle Vol 1. It will be released through Sky Warrior Books and has an impressive line up of stories and authors, edited by Carol Hightshoe. Once I have an official release date, I'll post it in my blog.

Quick synopsis of my story:  It is based on the premise that John Adams was turned into a vampire by his cousin, Deborah Adams Metcalf. Odd bit of historical fact here, Deborah's grave has never been found nor is there any record of her death. Set in Boston, MA, they encounter a descendant of the Adam's family line who is a member of a religious cult. Also based on actual fact. I won't ruin the end of the story, but it is an alternate history with a lovely twist.

If you agree that not all vampires sparkle, then you will love this anthology. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blog Hop

 Fellow Writer Kat Heckenbach invited me to be part of a blog hop. Please, check out her blog and see her answers on the following questions.
 1)      What am I working on? 
I'm a writer who has to have several projects going on at once. I'm editing two anthologies, Supernatural Colorado  and Different Dragons 2. Completing Winter Emergence, the sequel to my first book. I'm working on a collaboration with Julie Campbell and I will writing a book for Sky Warrior Books. The working title is Thunks in the Attic. Not to mention several short stories to submit to various anthologies.
 2)       How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I allow my cats to be cats, my wolves to be wolves and any other animal I write to be true to their nature. They aren't people in animal skin. They behaviors, sense of smell, etc. are used instead of how a human would view it. I've even crawled around on the floor to see it from the cat's perspective.
I'm also a regional writer. I add local flavor to my work. Many of my stories and books are based in Colorado, or other places I have been. It makes the stories much more real and the reader can identify with them much easier.
3)       Why do I write what I do?
I grew up reading Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, so it was natural progression. I also read romances and written my first. It was rejected, but the editor liked it well enough she's going to let me know what was wrong with it so I can fix and re-submit.
I envisioned myself as the next Andre Norton. I loved her work and even have a story of hers in an anthology I edited. Talk about a dream come true!
4)       How does your writing process work?
I allow myself to writer the splat. Then I go back to fix it. What's important is to get the basic story down. It doesn't need to be perfect. I also write in odd bits of time. Sometimes it's every day, sometimes it's just whenever.

I always have more story ideas floating around in the back of my head. Several series I'm working on even while I'm trying to complete current projects.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Teeth, Job, Vampire cats

Kind of a quiet writing week. I had a dental emergency and spent several days recovering from it. Two teeth had to be removed and evidently, I had a massive infection as well. The only cure was to remove the cause. The area seems to be healing now, so that's a good sign.

I did spend Tuesday afternoon writing a Halloween tale about my vampire cats. I named it Illusion. When it gets revised and edited, it will be going to an anthology. Oddly enough, it is a sequel to my story, The Failure, which was submitted to Zombified 2.

Most of my time is being spent on finding a job. Not an easy thing to do despite what the media keeps trying to report. I've had a few interviews, but no offers yet. I'll breathe easier when I finally get a position. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Fanfiction Stories

Last week was a fanfiction week. I wrote a new story called Never Forgotten, and post two others on that had been previously published in a fanzine.

Never Forgotten begins at end of both Terra Nova and Primeval New World. Evan and Dylan had just escaped through the anomaly and suddenly find themselves in an ancient world. A patrol from Terra Nova finds them and takes them to the colony. In the future, Angie is determined to find them and bring them home, but why the anomalies stopped is a mystery, and just what is that strange object sitting in the courtyard?

The other two stories were originally published in Diamonds and Dynamite 1 & 2.

Happened Before and Again is a massive crossover featuring the universes of Stargate Atlanis and Stargate SG1, Falling Skies, both Battlestar Galactica 1978 & 2001, plus Caprica. The story is told from the viewpoint of Atlantis and her prime directive to protect the city at all costs. Inhabitants come and go and she watches them trying to decide if she should allow to stay or sent them on.

Recalled  is another crossover featuring Stargate Atlantis, the movie Change of Plans, Charmed, Kindred, and a number of surprises. Colonel John Sheppard is recalled to active duty just as he and his wife Sally are preparing to adopt four children. They leave their home in Ohio and journey to San Francisco where are series of bizarre killings are happening in the Golden Gate Park. They cross paths with three women who are also hunting the killer. John must decide which is more important, stopping the killer or protecting his family.

If interested in reading these tales, they can found at: www.fanficiton. net/~dragonlots