Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Perhaps 'Odd' isn't the right word for this entry, 'Most Unique' would probably be a better phrase to describe what happened this year. Things certainly didn't go as I'd planned, but at least Lisa is speaking to me again. She's given me the cold shoulder more than once over the years when I've broken one of my promises. Heck who am I kidding, she doesn't give you a simple cold shoulder. That girl can give you a look so cold it would make the iceberg that sank the Titanic turn green with envy.
In fact we were visiting a zoo once when she shot me one of those looks. We were standing next to the penguin exhibit, and I swear every bird in the enclosure closed ranks to keep warm like they do during an arctic storm. Heck, I even tried joining them but they kicked me out as if to say, "Forget it, Pal! You brought this on yourself and we're suffering for it, now go take your medicine."
Needless to say I made nice with Lisa as quickly as possible, while preventing a new global ice age in the process.
So what does all this have to do with Valentine's Day? Simple, I promised to spend it with her and... I didn't make it.
In my defense I had a perfectly good reason for being two days late. You see it all started about a week ago...
I was attending a symposium that was taking place in Tromso, Norway, where one of my old Alma Maters is located. I had attended the University of Tromso - Arctic University about seven years ago, thanks to Otto. He had told me about their Master's Program in Molecular Environmental Biology and thought it might help me gain some new insights to the symbiotic life form which shares and prolongs my existence.
He also pointed out that the timing of the classes coincided nicely with the seasonal Polar Nights in Norway, which meant I wouldn't have to compete with the sun very much. This suited me just fine of course, so of course I quickly enrolled.
Looking back I can easily say I enjoyed my time there. Not only were there some wonderful concerts, but also the location of Tromso offered some of the most spectacular views of the Northern Lights.
Anyway, after the third day of the symposium, I was ready to move on. I'd already listened to the speakers I was most interested in hearing from and didn't feel like hanging around the campus. So I made my way into the main city to explore the architecture and other sights Tromso had to offer. I had just made my way down by the water and was enjoying looking up at the Northern Lights when I heard a familiar jovial voice saying, "Ah, here you are. I see you decided to play hooky instead of attending my presentation.”
Turning I saw Otto walking up to me. He was shaking his head and making tsk-tsk noises. I could tell already by his manner that he had something on his mind, and it didn't take a genius to figure out what it was. Cleary he had learned of another possible Para-Earth incursion and he wanted me to come along to help make sure nothing came through that shouldn't and vice-versa.
And looking back at that last sentence I realize now that I just zinged myself but good. In my defense, our latest adventure has left me a little giddy but once you hear what happened you'll understand.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
First I'd like to thank everyone who took advantage of my "Hobbit Birthday" party. Over 30 copies of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" were snatched up. While I would've loved to have seen triple digits, I'm not going to complain. The book got into more readers hands and that is always a good thing in my opinion. Hopefully, this will lead to some more reviews. Sadly, Nathan and company have been stuck in the single digits as far as reviews go on Amazon, with absolutely none on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.
So I'm going to offer everyone who is interested the opportunity to get a free copy of the book (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF, even paperback) in exchange for a fair and honest review. Reviews are important to bringing a book to a wider audience. We all know that whenever we think about purchasing a book or almost anything these days, we check online to see what kind of rating the item has.
Naturally, I'd love to see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I leave that up to the reviewers. I ask for honest and I mean it. If you found the book wasn't to your taste and you don't wish to leave a review, just let me know so I'm not left in limbo wondering what happened. The only thing I ask is that the reading and the review be done within 2 months of you getting the book. If by chance you volunteer and life gets in the way, again just let me know. Life happens to all of us including yours truly, so no worries. Just stay in touch is all I ask.
On another note...
I'm happy to announce that there will be an anthology involving Nathan and friends, which will be released this December. This volume will contain 'select' short stories from this blog. The reason for this is that I've been told by a number of people that they find it hard and boring scrolling through a bunch of old blog entries to find the short stories, even though they really want to read them. And since this blog is over two and a half years old, I know there's a lot of stuff to wade through.
However, the anthology will not just contain stories from here, we are including 4-5 brand new stories just for the collection, which will NOT be reproduced here. They will only be found within the pages of the anthology itself. The total number of tales to appear in this first anthology has yet to be decided so stay tuned for more details.
In other news, book 2 of the Vampyre Blogs is now officially under way.
At this time "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties" release date should be early October 2018 (which is why I'm releasing the anthology in the meantime, so as not to leave you all high and dry without anything new). The story will take place two weeks after the conclusion of the first novel and will open with Nathan's return, along with new trouble brewing.
The presence of Isabella will raise new questions and concerns for all who dwell under his roof, while an unscrupulous developer tries to influence the upcoming town council elections so he can get his hands on 1000+ acres of land Nathan's home stands on. Then there's Marisa's father. Are the cancer treatments he's receiving really helping or will Nathan have to undergo a procedure that could leave him more vulnerable than ever to an attack from an old foe he believed had been vanquished?
Stay tuned to this blog learn more. And for anyone who wishes to be a reviewer, please e-mail me at:
Please include your name, e-mail address, and what book format you want and I'll be in touch with you shortly.
Thank you all for your continued friendship and support. And rest assured the next entry to appear on this blog will be a brand new tale involving your favorite sci-fi vampyre and his friends.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
For those of you not familiar with a Hobbit Birthday Party it goes like this...
My birthday is coming up on March 30th, but instead of asking for presents I'm giving one away to anyone who wants it. The present in this case is a FREE Kindle copy of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home"! The catch... none.
I simply want to get the newest installment of the Para-Earth Series into the hands of as many readers as possible, because word-of-mouth is THE best promotion tool out there.
So stay tuned and start spreading the word. It all begins on March 30th and will last until midnight April 3rd. That's a whole five days to grab a copy and meet the newest vampyre in town. What is he like?
For starts, he does NOT sparkle. He's much more your traditional style of vampyre: drinks blood, sleeps in dirt, shape-shifts (animals, mist, etc.). Best of all but he's a hundred and fifty years of fun with life experience both here and in other versions of Earth. Want to learn more?
You can check out some of the free short stories over at his Blog site:
Or take a sneak peek into the novel itself at:
So start spreading the word and marking your calendar to take advantage of this opportunity. You'll be glad you did...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
FOR NOOK, APPLE, SONY and NON-KINLDE USERS: "THE VAMPYRE BLOGS-COMING HOME" IS "FREE" UNTIL MIDNIGHT JAN 16th
That's right. From now until midnight January 16th, 2017, "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" is FREE!
Written in the 1st person, in the style of Bram Stoker's Classic "Dracula", blog entries, newspapers, personal journals, diaries of key characters tells the story of Nathiel Steward, the last breathing, walking, Union soldier of the Civil War.
Changed after being blown into a Para-Earth by a stray cannonball during a battle, Nathan has wandered this world drinking blood and helping others for the last 150 years. Now, after learning his family mansion and estate are about to fall under the wrecking ball, he's come home to save it. But the lonely homecoming he expects becomes something much more. Someone has been waiting for him and is eager to be reunited with Nathan. But so is another... a being from that Para-Earth where he became a vampyre. It has followed him into this world with one goal... DESTROY Nathan and anyone who gets in its way...
Just click on the link below to get your free copy of this new blend of science fiction and vampirism. And remember to tell your friends so they can take advantage as well.
*NOTE TO KINDLE USERS: you'll get your chance to get the book free as well. I'm not offering it now because Kindle Select rules dictate that in order to make the book "FREE" I have to place it in their program and once it is in it cannot be available in other e-book formats for several months. So sometime next month I'll be taking the book down from the other sites and place it into Kindle for several months. During that time the book will be available for "FREE" for 5 days. Stay tuned so I can keep you updated on when that happens. Thanks for your patience.