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DANIELLE DEVOR – CONSTRUCTING MARCUS

My friend, Danielle DeVor, has embarked on a book tour to promote her spooky YA novel, Constructing Marcus. Today, she visits the Dracula Chronicle’s blog to talk about the book.

Too Creepy? By Danielle DeVor

Constructing Marcus was my first attempt at a YA Paranormal Romance and since I usually write gritty fantasy/horror, it was an experiment in what I could and could not get away with. In this case, it was the “creep” factor.

Firstly, romances aren’t supposed to be scary. Nor are they supposed to have graphic violence. Gritty language, well, that depends on the characters. But, with this being a YA Romance, I had to be even more careful.

So, how was I to write a story with danger, evil witches, and a spirit created to be the servant of a witch without graphic violence? I took a note from horror films of the 1960’s Old classics like “13 Ghosts” and did the violence off screen so to speak. That and make sure the “monsters” looked like normal human beings.  I did keep some of the creepy- I just couldn’t help myself.

Still though, I seem to have two camps with CM. One group finds the scary parts scary enough to be considered horror. Others, seem to not be bothered at all. So, I guess I’ll never know if it is too creepy. One more thing to add about the interesting job of a writer.

 

Large-Base-Consstructing-Marcus-Working-copy-202x300About the book

Sixteen-year-old ghost hunter, Emma Hoffman thought that moving into an old Victorian was going to be awesome– ghosts galore.

Much to her delight, she discovers that the house is haunted—not by a ghost, but by a construct (a spirit created to be a servant). As she gets to know Marcus, the construct, he asks her to help him avenge his maker and find her killer. Emma’s not too sure this is a good idea, she’s a ghost hunter after all, not a detective, but she agrees to help him anyway. While trying to discover more information about the killer, Emma begins to have feelings for Marcus- feelings she isn’t ready to admit. Then the sorcerer who killed Marcus’s maker shows up at Emma’s house with an insane plan to capture Marcus and absorb his power- Emma isn’t having it. Marcus is hers. When the killer performs a spell that begins to steal Marcus’s life force, Emma risks losing him. It’s a race against time for Emma to figure out how to stop the sorcerer and his spell before Marcus fades away and disappears from her life forever.

 

DanielleDeVorAuthorPhoto-300x225About the author

Danielle DeVor spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. After living briefly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved back to her hometown to write. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. Danielle has been on a writing roll this year! With the release of Tail of the Devil,Constructing Marcus and Sorrow’s Point she already has three books out. You can find Tail of the Devil and Sorrow’s Point at Amazon.

 

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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JOEY AQUILINO

Hi everyone, I’m just letting you know my radio interview on Joey Aquilino’s show from August 8, 2013 is now available to listen to on my YouTube Channel

You won’t get to hear me speak in the first 5 minutes, but the interview was a good one.

Enjoy.

INTERVIEW WITH ANGIE AZUR

One interview last year I neglected to post was the one put to me by Angie Azur. Angie is a wonderful lady from California in the USA who, at the time, was an intern for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She posed some excellent questions.

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned while researching Dracula?

I’ve had to do vast amounts of historical research as my first two books run from the 15th to the 17th centuries and I’m a stickler for fine detail and getting things right. It’s hard to put my finger on any one fact from my research. I find some of the legends and folklore I’ve incorporated into my story, i.e facts that haven’t had proper historical clarification, the most interesting. I just love being able to play with so many important figures from history and manipulating what we know of their lives to suit my premise. As for Dracula himself, his whole life is of interest to me. What a fascinating man he was.
You can find the rest of the interview on her blog - Writing Teazurs

MY INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEY FONTAINNE ON BLOGTALK RADIO

On October 8th, 2013 I was interviewed by Ashley Fontainne on her radio show. The lovely Ashley is an accomplished Independent author and the host of an excellent radio show for writers. Here is what we had to say to each other…

Forgive me if I sound a little quiet at the beginning of the interview. Ashley is in the USA and it was 5am for me when we spoke.

REVIEW FOR THE BLOOD GOSPEL BY JAMES ROLLINS AND REBECCA CANTRELL

James-Rollins-Rebecca-Cantrell An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But the enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

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Audio Version of The Lamb of God

An audio version of The Lamb Of God is now available to listen to on my YouTube channel, produced by my friend, Trond Bråten, and narrated by myself.

Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again – Simon Okill

My good friend, Simon Okill, has a promotion beginning today for his Phantom Bigfoot series. This is for him.

Awkward teen prankster, Duane Dexter, would never have guessed how much his humdrum life would change in the space of 1 year. Since his 18th birthday he inherited more money than he could spend, won the hearts of Big Beaver’s women, is hero-worshiped by every kid in town, and all due to The Elders choosing him to be Guardian of the Forest. The alien Elders love their pets – hybrid creatures known as Bigfoot – and genetically alter Duane to take on this massive task as a werebigfoot.

Life is now perfect. Duane runs free in the forest with his hairy friends, listening to the creatures, understanding nature’s secrets with his altered 6th sense. To his astonishment, he can heal all wounds with a touch. But he can’t resist his prankster side, so he lets off steam by inflicting ludicrous pranks on the local Beaverites as Phantom Bigfoot, leaving curious evidence of Bigfoot in local bathrooms.

Then in the blink of an eye, it all changes for our hero. To his dismay, a teenager with the same prankish ways disappears, rumoured to have been taken by Bigfoot. Can Duane keep the tribe of Bigfoot a secret and protect the forest as the authorities search for the missing teenager? Or will the alien Elders come to regret their choice of Protector and banish Duane from the forest forever without his superpowers?

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The Wizard’s Cauldron Interviews Shane KP O’Neill

Today, I returned to my absolute favourite blog for a second visit, The Wizard’s Cauldron, and was interviewed by the great Wiz himself. Here’s a snippet of what we had to say to each other in our chat, Resurrecting Vlad Dracula.

I read your prequel “Lamb of God” and strongly recommend it. Where can readers find this prequel?
I am exclusive to Amazon UK and Amazon US. You can find all I have written there.

How historically accurate is the detail in this prequel. Are you a fan of history?
I obviously put my own spin on things and use myth and folklore as well as true historical fact. But even those sources most probably have come from eye witnesses to the events back in the day, so there may well be a lot of truth in them too. I do strive though for authenticity in my writing and try to remain as true to history as I can. The real subtlety of my writing is how I blend my story with real historical events and, in some cases, how I have filled holes in many historical texts that have not explained how some events took their course.

My influences in this prequel and, indeed, in the whole series are more from the Kabbalah than the Bible as most seem to think.

You covers are excellent. What is your message to Indie authors about covers?
Your cover is the first thing a potential reader will see. That makes it your strongest selling tool. If people like your cover, they will read your book blurb. My first two book covers followed the 90’s trend and are too detailed. Many people think this has hurt my cause, and I will be changing the covers for those in due course when I produce newer editions of those works.

My last three covers have all been produced by Blue Harvest Creative, in whom I have a lot of trust, and with whom I have a great relationship. The best is still to come on that front.

Head on over to The Wizards Cauldron to read the full interview.

NEW TRAILER FOR THE DRACULA CHRONICLES

The new trailer for The Dracula Chronicles series is available to view now on my YouTube Channel. This trailer covers the first two books in the series, For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Path To Decay. It can also be viewed on my Goodreads Author page. 

NOT JUST A HORROR

For a manThe Dracula Chronicles is a series of historical novels of Gothic horror; political intrigue; religious corruption; war; tragedy; and deep romance. This message today is to focus on the last of those. Mixed in with all the other aspects of the novels listed above, romance plays a big part in this series with all the main characters involved in deep, emotional relationships at some time.

“The beauty of a woman is that no two are the same. They are all different. It follows then that to be successful as a lover, you cannot make love to any two in the same way” – The Path To Decay

“Exercise care with what it is you do when you hold my heart in your hands. For it is my love that makes you special. When it is gone, you will soon know it and you will be special no more.” – The Gates Of Babylon.

“Romance is not the giving of flowers, or any other gift. It is a way of life, a way of being. Romance is every thought, gesture, and deed Romance Ison your part to make another feel special, even if only for a moment. For a moment can last a lifetime in the heart of the recipient, be that the one you love, or a complete stranger.” – The Gates Of Babylon.

“For a man, few things can compare to the act of a woman surrendering herself and giving herself completely to him. It follows then that he should find it soul-destroying when she takes that privilege away.” – Seasons In The Abyss.

“He knew what he had found here, a precious treasure that had remained hidden away for so long. To the right man, she could give more happiness and fulfilment than any amount of gold, or gems. Just by holding her in his arms, he knew this. He had the key to her heart in his hands. All he had to do was unlock her, and he would enjoy the most wondrous chest of delights. He knew it and he knew, too, that nothing would ever compensate him should he lose her.” – Bound By Blood

Galericulate Interview – Talk to the Hat: Shane O’Neill

I feature here on the very excellent blog, GALERICULATE, where I am interviewed by my good buddy and fellow writer, John Dolan. Here is what we had to say to each other.

Today I’ll be abusing (well, maybe not so much) Shane O’Neill, author of strong, adult vampire books with lashings of historical research. I first got to know Shane last year and I’ve finally been worn down by all his begging and agreed to give him an interview. So here it is.

JD  Hi Shane, glad you could make the long trip out to Thailand as part of your launch tour. Feeling jet-lagged?

Dracula Author Shane KP O'NeillSO  Hi John, I’ve been looking forward to this a long time. I’m feeling okay, thanks. My first ever journey in 
the air was from London to Wellington and I was okay then so I should be okay after a beer. I’ve always wanted to come here and couldn’t resist your invitation.

JD  OK, now before we talk about your writing, tell everyone a little about yourself. And don’t mention books yet or I’ll have to kill you.

SO  You will, huh? You forget I have some very powerful friends on the dark side. If I was to divulge too much about myself, then I might have to kill you too. Okay well, I’m Irish originally, but now living in Norway where I followed my heart and the woman I loved. I’m a twice-failed husband and father of seven daughters and one son. I have many interests. I love sport, literature and a deep interest in history, which forms the basis of all I write.

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NEW EDITION OF THE BIRTH OF THE MONSTER AVAILABLE NOW

BOTMnew-bookA second edition of Birth Of The Monster is now available. This is the prequel to Bound By Blood. This edition also brings with it a new cover.

THE ULTIMATE EVIL IS UPON US
Dracula sits astride his horse, surveying the battlefield below. He has defeated another Ottoman army and won back his throne for the third time. Confident in his victory, he is unaware of the events about to unfold and the plans Lucifer has for him.

The prequel that introduces the vampire to The Dracula Chronicles series.

Download the Kindle ebook from Amazon

 

Christoph Fischer Interview with Shane O’Neill

On Tuesday, November 12th I was interviewed by the very talented writer, Christoph Fischer. He is the writer of three great novels based in pre-WW2 Europe, an area of great interest to me. He is also an accomplished and prolific reviewer, and has reviewed a lot of my work. It was a real privilege then for me to be posed this set of questions by him.

Tell us a little about yourself as a writer and a person.

The writer has been in me for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I wrote poems and short stories. It is what I have always wanted to be, though I have taken my time with my project. I wrote the first parts of it all the way back in 1984, about 50k words that will appear in one of the much later books. Then in 1992, I started the project proper. It took me thirteen years to write Reckoning Day and a first draft that is over 350k words long. I immediately followed it with Bound By Blood and The Gates Of Babylon, which I have since broken up into separate books owing to the length of the originals. I try and write in a way that engages the reader on every page. I want my readers to see everything as though they are standing there in the middle of it all. Many people have told me they do indeed feel this when they’re reading my work. Also, I want my reader to feel everything that each of my characters are feeling, and I go to great pains to achieve this.
As a man, I am someone who is devoted to those he loves, though circumstances in my life have often kept me apart from my loved ones. I am dedicated in the things I do, passionate over the things I care about and I try always to consider the feelings of others, whatever the situation.

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS – Available Now

Today sees the release of Book #1 of The Dracula Chronicles, For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Buy it now on Kindle and Paperback

Read an exciting free Chapter here

For Whom The Bell TollsA WAR RAGES AROUND US EVERY DAY. THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE ALL MANKIND. THE ULTIMATE EVIL.

The battle for souls has raged since the truce that followed the First Great War of the Angels. God has struck the ultimate blow and sacrifice to gain the advantage and defeat His fallen angel and estranged son, Lucifer. As Lucifer stands at the foot of the Cross that drains the last ounce of life from Christ and eradicates man’s sins, he realises that his work must begin anew.

In time, he comes to understand that his only chance to win this battle will be to destroy the institution of the Catholic Church to turn man against God, once and for all. He searches for more than a millennium for the candidate to see his plan through to an end and finally discovers the one that can cast that final blow. On a cold night in December 1431 in Sighisoara an old gypsy woman delivers a prophecy to the great Vlad Dracul. She tells him he is about to sire two sons, one an angel and the other a devil.

He returns to his fortress just as his wife bears him a son, whom he names Vlad. In the very same moment across the country on the border between Transylvania and Hungary a gypsy girl gives birth to another son, Andrei. The die is cast. The twin souls are born. The young Vlad Dracula becomes the instrument of the forces of Darkness. To balance this, the baby Andrei is blessed by the angels and bestowed with awesome powers.
This is their story.

Free Download of Katie Jennings – Gypsy of Spirits

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Halloween is almost upon us! Get in the ghostly spirit by downloading Gypsy of Spirits: Prequel to So Fell the Sparrow for FREE on Amazon from October 21-25.

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BOOK PROMOTION – ODIUM by CLAIRE C. RILEY

Today, October 4th 2013 sees the release of Claire C. Riley’s new novel, ODIUM.

ODIUM TRAILER

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