Showing posts from July, 2012

Draculata Nest Cover Poll and Giveaway

SORRY FOLKS. THE POLL GADGET IS NOT WORKING AND WON'T ACCEPT ANY VOTES AFTER THE FIRST ONE. IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX IT, I WILL AND THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE EXTENDED. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE... ... OR FOR THE PATIENCE YOU HAD BEFORE YOU WASTED YOUR TIME TRYING TO VOTE!    Actually, it seems to be working for some folks and not for others. Argh! I've spent half my life trying to fix something on a computer! Anyway, until I get it fixed I'll accept votes as an email to - just follow the guidelines below...    Happy Friday, everyone! At least it’s Friday here in North Carolina, USA.   I know I have a view viewers on the other side of the globe, and I’m unable to do the math or Google the time zones, so if it’s not Friday in your neck of the woods, Happy Friday in spirit!    I’ve got a contest/giveaway to present to you this week, but first let me give y’all an update on what’s going on in my world…    You know how life and life-style changes c

It's Hard to Do Nothing

  Hi, folks. Well, my blog post is a little late this week due to the fact that I’ve been studying for, finally taking, and passing, my ADC exam. Whew! I’m glad it’s out of the way and I can return to my writing. I forced myself not to write for almost two weeks, and I can’t wait to get back!   The final edits on the beta version of The Dragon of Doughton Park should be completed this week and sent out to beta readers. Thanks so much to my editing team! I really couldn’t have done it without you. And the cover art for both Dragon and a re-design of The Draculata Nest should also be ready soon. I’m lucky to have the talented artist, Ray DeLotell, working on that. He’s been sending me cover concepts regularly for the past few weeks, and I’m going to tease y’all with a few of them in the next several blogs. Check this one out, reworking the original theme for the cover of DN…      Now, I was planning to elaborate more on the young women/old wolves theme from last week’s blog

Young Women - Old Wolves, Part I

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, y’all!   I’ve taken a week off from working on The Dragon of Doughton Park while my editing and cover design teams slave away. I’m also taking some time to study for my SAC state certification exam coming up on the 21 st (can’t ignore the day job completely, you know –y’all wish me luck), and while I immerse myself in counseling core functions and competencies I’m monitoring sales of The Draculata Nest .    Yeah, sales of DN continue to trickle in (more of a drip than a trickle, actually) and more folks are adding it to their reading lists on Goodreads, yet my first novel has managed to stay pretty much under the radar so far. But, I was delighted to find a new 4-star review listed on Amazon this week, by TheOneTree “Debi”, from Australia.   You can click on the link to see all her reviews. I found it interesting, and you might, too.    TheOneTree "Debi" Amazon Reviews     The review of DN is the fifth one down.   One thing Debi men

Dragon Update with Excerpt

   Editing of the first draft of The Dragon of Doughton Park continues. So far, the consensus is the sequel is better than The Draculata Nest . So that means either I’m improving as a writer or there was a lot of room for improvement. Hey, probably a little of both, huh? Whatever. I’m pretty sure y’all are going to like Dragon, and I couldn’t resist posting one of the real action scenes in this week’s blog.    First, a little setup. Clifford and his self-appointed bodyguards are returning from a successful battle with the vampires of the Outer Banks Nest. They are crossing the Dare Memorial Bridge (this is the longest bridge in NC, and rises 66 feet over the navigational channel of Pamlico Sound) in a fierce thunderstorm when they are attacked by a group of semi-automatic-wielding pets from a neighboring vampire nest. Oh, by the way, you have to remember… werewolves can’t swim. Another volley of thunk’s and thwick’s rattled the vehicle. The rear windshield imploded,

Special Holiday Blog: Dragon Teaser

     The second Red Wolf novel, The Dragon of Doughton Park, will be ready to send out to beta readers soon, perhaps as soon as next week, which means it might be ready for publication by the end of July. Cover art, copyrighting, and formatting for the paper and electronic versions are proceeding, and along with that must come the teaser, the quick-and-dirty blurb that will describe the book to online purchasers and appear on the back cover to entice brick-and-mortar store browsers.    As a special Fourth of July holiday blog post, I decided to preview the teaser for The Dragon of Doughton Park. And as a bonus, and to take up space, since I’m sure most of y’all could give a hoot, I’ll explain the rationale behind what I’ve written. Here’s the teaser…    Clifford Crane has led a tough life – failed marriages, bankruptcy, drug addiction, and a mind-numbing dead-end job. But he’s made it through, and now he’s a few short years from retirement. He’s looking forward to his golden