Archive for December, 2010

There are two novellas that I absolutely love. I just finished reading Eaters by Michelle DePaepe. If you like zombies at all, you’ll like this one. It was just awesome. A little birdie told me there are two more novellas in the series.

Also, I’m about 1/3 through Devil’s Eye by Kait Nolan. And I’m really loving it. It’s such a treat to read two very different, but very good, stories in a row. You’ve got to check these two out!


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Goals for ROW80

It’s with excitement and anticipation that I await January 3, the beginning of ROW80. NaNoWriMo was such a drain on my time and energy that I vowed to never do it again. But ROW80 is much more reasonable for those of us who have a life that we can’t take time off from. (I don’t think my boss would approve.)

I have two goals for ROW80. The first goal is to write at least 500 words a day on a new novel. That would put me at 40,000 words at the end of ROW80. But I will probably write more. It’s better to set a goal you know you can achieve and do better than to set a goal you’re not sure about and fail. And if I miss a day, I can write 1,000 words the next day and catch up easily.

The second goal is to have the novel I’ve already written, Haunted Lake, edited and published at the mid point of ROW80, which would be 40 days. That’s reasonable, I think.

I can’t wait to see what everyone is is shooting for!

List of ROW80 Participants

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I’ve been very disappointed in my books sales on Amazon. I thought there would be a sudden rush of sales because of new Kindles. Sales are still trickling. Although, last year, when I first got my Kindle, I downloaded the Stephen King book I wanted and didn’t download anything else until I was finished with it. So I’m still hoping the rush will come.

On the other hand, sales of my new book, Guardian Vampire, are doing well on Barnes and Noble. I’m selling about four times more of that particular book on B & N than on Amazon. And, so far, I’m still averaging a 5 star rating. Yay! I finally got into the 4 digit numbers there. I got into the three digits numbers with Club Blood last summer on Amazon, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed with Guardian Vampire…if not on Amazon, then on B & N. :0)

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My two good friends, Jonathan Eli and Michelle DePaepe have brand new books out just in time for the Christmas rush.

Jonathan’s novel, Memphis Connection, can be found on Amazon and Smashwords

Michelle’s novella, Eaters, can be found on Amazon and will be uploaded to Smashwords and B & N soon.

I enjoyed Memphis Connection and can’t wait to read Eaters. The cover of Eaters already gives me the shivers. :0)

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Jonathan Eli! Jonathan has won a free copy of The Gardener by Michelle DePaepe. He already has a copy of Guardian Vampire, so I guess I’ll just have to figure out something else to give him. LOL

Jonathan, I’ll give you the code for The Gardener on Smashwords.

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I’m a little disappointed in the number of comments on yesterday’s interview. I do know that many of the people who usually comment are extremely busy on their own projects right now, but come on…you can stop in and say hello. Especially for a chance to win a couple of eBooks. :0) Anyway, I’m going to leave the post open for comments through the weekend, so there’s still a chance to win.

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Today I’m interviewing Michelle DePaepe, author of The Gardener. One commenter will be receiving a coupon code from Smashwords for a free copy of The Gardener and also one for my new novella, Guardian Vampire. So without further ado, here we go.

When did you become interested in writing?

It’s funny to me that I grew up as such a bookworm, and I wrote some poetry and songs when I was banging around on a guitar as a teenager, but it didn’t occur to me that I could actually write a novel until sometime during college. When I got hooked on European history, I used to get fabulous grades on essays and loved literature, but never considered switching majors to focus on writing. (Maybe that was a rebellion thing…since my mother was an English teacher.) By the time I graduated, though, I knew that I wanted to write fiction. I wrote my first novel, A Demon Rose, in 1996. But, I consider that one to be a ‘training novel’ that will never see the light of publication. I wrote a lot of short stories after that, thinking that I was trying to run before learning to walk.

What genre interests you the most?

As a female, I have an uncommon penchant for horror–but not the type you see in slasher flicks or some of the low budget teen movies. I really like well written paranormal horror–the kind where you know it’s not a true story, but you’re still afraid to walk across a dark room at night after closing the book. When I was a kid, I lost a lot of sleep, staying up late and reading books by Stephen King, John Saul, Peter Straub, and F. Paul Wilson. They are true ‘kings’ of the genre. But, so much horror is written from the male perspective. I want to read and write more dark stories with female protagonists. I love anything with ghosts, vampires, demons, or ethereal dark creatures, and a woman who uses her brain to solve the conflict.

Who are you favorite authors?

There are so many! I love Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, Poppy Z. Brite, and Margaret Atwood. Some of my favorite male authors include Edward Lee, Bentley Little, William Peter Blatty, and James Reese. I also love older literature from authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Oscar Wilde, and classic horror from writers like Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, and H.P. Lovecraft.

What is The Gardener about?

I consider this novel to be ‘horror lite’. It’s a ghost story that includes a bit of romance. A small town psychic gets in over her head when she tries to contact her client’s dead husband and accidently brings back the ghost of a Victorian murderer instead. Shortly after, her client ends up dead, and the client’s daughter, an art gallery owner from New York City inherits the house where the ghost now resides. She finds herself falling for a sheriff’s deputy and the ghost who tries to worm his way into her heart. But, time is running out for all of them as the psychic desperately tries to find a way to undo her mistake as the bodies begin piling up in town. (I entered this novel in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest a few years ago, and it placed as a finalist in the competition. I’ve rewritten it since then, and I’m thrilled to have it published online as an indie author.)

What are you working on now?

I have a few projects in the works. I’m almost done with Eaters, a short novella. I could tell you that it’s about zombies, but it’s really about finding yourself in a crisis situation where your whole world is turned upside down and danger lurks at every turn. How do you hold it together, and how do you find the strength within yourself to do what’s necessary to survive? If you’ve gotten hooked on the AMC television series, ‘The Walking Dead’, you’ll like this story.

Thank you, Michelle. I hope you sell lots of copies after people get their new eBook readers for Christmas. :0) Everyone be sure to comment so you’ll be entered for two free eBooks!

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Tomorrow I’ll be doing an interview with Michelle DePaepe, author of the paranormal thriller, The Gardener. I really loved this book! And one commenter will be chosen at random to win free eBook copies of both The Gardener and my latest paranormal romance, Guardian Vampire, from smashwords.com. Free stuff is good!

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Guardian Vampire is finally published! You can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords .

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Partially Published

I uploaded Guardian Vampire to Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble during my lunch hour today. The process with Amazon and B & N takes awhile, but you can find my book at Smashwords already at Guardian Vampire Yay!

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