Coffin Hop Blog Tour 2014

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UPDATE: 10/24/14 8:15PM  My story for the Coffin Hop is now live, Ghost Liaison.

All right my little demons and ghouls, the time is nearly upon us to make like an imp and hop to the blogs of the Coffin Hop Blog Tour. All bloggers participating in the tour will be giving away goodies, so be sure to get in on the fun! The Coffin Hop runs October 24-31. From the rules:

Many members do multiple giveaways of everything from coffee and candy to Halloween themed swag, ebooks, signed copies, posters, artwork, etc etc etc.

Content of the bloggers participating will all be spine-tingling horror and other creepy goodness, whether in the form of new fiction or articles on appropriate themes. Please do visit the Coffin Hop site to see the list of participating bloggers, which will be posted on October 24. And if you’re thinking of getting in on the fun and want to be one of the bloggers, there’s still time to sign up, but only until the 24th.

For my part, I’ll have a page up shortly with my entry, and for the giveaway, I’m thinking either a Tarot reading (10-card Celtic Cross spread using your choice of decks from the ones I own listed here) or an ecopy of my soon-to-be-published book, Revenants Abroad, in the winner’s choice of format. Or maybe I’ll let the winner choose. If you’d like a little taste of the book ahead of time you can find a couple of character interviews of two of the main characters, Andrej and Neko, and some early material that was deleted from the book, that introduces Andrej and his assistant, Anne-Marie.

I’ll be posting a story for the Coffin Hop here in the next few days.

See you soon!

UPDATE 10-24-14 The story is posted, please check it out!

Revenants Abroad pre-orders open!

Revenants Abroad - Final for Web Display 501x800

I have done it, I have loosed my vampires upon the world! This is both terrifying and exciting. There was a lot of time I thought about just tossing it in a drawer (electronically) and forgetting about it. But then I thought, what the hey, eh? Why not just run it up the proverbial flag pole and see who salutes? Maybe we should meet the team:

Revenants Abroadfinal Andrej

Andrej Vojacek

Anne-Marie Van Vooren

Anne-Marie Van Vooren

Neko Melonakos

Neko Melonakos

This is the core group: just a couple of fun-loving, bourbon-swilling, chain-smoking, blood-drinking vampires and one human woman who have become a de facto family. It’s a little dysfunctional but what family isn’t? Somehow they’re still falling in with the wrong crowd.

The book releases on October 31 (I just had to have that day!), but you can pre-order now on Smashwords in a variety of formats and it should be up soon if not already at B&N, Kobo, Scribd, Oyster, FlipKart, Overdrive…  You can also download 10% of it to take it for a test drive, see if you’d like to read more. Also, the first chapter is up on Wattpad .

I’m working on getting it up at Amazon, but until then you can get the MOBI version from Smashwords.

If you don’t like pre-orders the book is available in just a couple days. I did a short pre-order period, mostly due to the timing of being able to get it through Smashwords vetting system and into their Premium Catalog, which took far less time than anticipated.

So, on to NaNoWriMo on Saturday, and start of the sequel to RA, working title “The Age of Revenants”.

Broken Windows, Broken Dreams

Broken windows

Kind of reminds me of Dorothy’s house after it landed on the Wicked Witch of the West. This is an abandoned office building I pass on the way to work. Traffic happened to stop me right next to it one day.

Edits and Evil Programs

Not much going on, either with pics or the book. I’m still immersed in final edits, and having fits with Word. It seems every time I close and reopen the file it runs words together, removing the spaces between them. I found three crunched together last night and Word didn’t even pick it up as a misspelling. Argh. Now I’m terrified that when I release the book it’s going to have all this funky spacing. I thought maybe it was because I was opening the file on both my home computer using Word 2007, and occasionally on my work computer in Word 2010, but I’ve never seen this before. If anyone else has run into this and knows a fix, please let me know.

Revenants Abroad – Cover Art

Revenants Abroad - Final for Web Display 501x800

The fabulous, amazing cover, created by the incredibly talented and apparently psychic Jason Juta. He nailed it, this is just perfect, exactly what I wanted. I can’t thank Jason enough. It exceeds my wildest expectations and even for me helps give life to the characters. If all goes according to plan (haha) the book should release on or about October 31. So fitting.

I’m going to publish through Smashwords, so it will be available in a variety of formats for pretty much any device you have.