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Friday, May 24, 2013

What is Deamhan?

With the announcement of the release date for my novel Deamhan right around the corner, I've been polishing up the novel's website!


At first, I didn't know what route I wanted to take, but I did know that I wanted to give potential readers and fans an idea of what the novel is about and how important certain characters are to the story. Oh, and the Deamhan universe is a little complicated.

Q. So what does Deamhan mean?

A. Deamhan means "demon" in Irish. Pretty straight forward, right? But wait, it get's a little more interesting.


Q. What is the novel about? 

A. Here's just a sample of the synopsis.

Her soft golden skin, her warm smile…these are the only images Veronica Austin has left of her mother who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago on the streets of Minneapolis while researching the Ramanga, the Lamia, the Metusba, and the Lugat. Known only as the Deamhan, they are a different breed from the modern bloodsucking vampire.  
 A stranger to this world,  Veronica's search for the truth about her mother’s unexplained disappearance takes her into their sinister and precarious world. She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it’s her own father, president of a ruthful organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.

Q. Wait? What in the hell is Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba and Lugat? I thought this was a vampire novel?

A. Oh, it is. However, this novel is different.
Let me explain.
About a decade ago, before the days of sparkling, sissy vampires, I wanted to write a vampire novel. My idea of a vampire is an immortal creature who feeds on blood and burns during daylight. When I began to brainstorm, I realized that there are many other vampires in folk lore who haven't seen daylight. There are psychic vamps, vampires who can shapeshift ect. Some vampires live off blood, some vampires live off psychic energy. Some vampires have sharp canines, some have a row of sharp teeth, and some don't have sharp teeth at all.

I was shocked after my research and I began to think. What if I wrote about these other types of vampires? It was difficult at first. I didn't know what I would call them, how'd they act, what they'd do. So again I returned back to my research and I pinpointed creatures from different cultures. I compared them, figured them out, and in the end I had to decided if I wanted to include them or not. Some made the cut, some didn't. Believe me, there were so many to choose from.

Got it? Good.

Q. Can you explain the type of Deamhan and how they differ?

A. Sure! I'll give you a quick explanation.

Ramanga -  One of the most violent of all Deamhan. Feed by draining the blood from their human victims. They have retractable and sharp canine teeth.teeth.
Lamia -  Feed by draining on the life force from their victim's mouths, sucking them into dry husks. Lamia prefer the hunt rather than the kill. They favor eating small children.

Metusba -  known to be the less violent of the Deamhan. They use their hands to feed from the psychic aura of their victims around them. They don't necessarily have to kill their victims.

Lugat - feed on the psychic imprints of their victims and like the Metusba, they don't need to kill their victims to live. Often, the Lugat Deamhan prefer to move freely in the human world and enjoy human company.

Did I mention that there are four more clans? They don't make an appearance until the second book so there's no need to mention them right now.
Detailed information will be listed on the Deamhan website and you can read it there, once it goes active.


Q. This isn't a romance novel?

A. I don't write romance. Never have. Sure, sexual tensions occur but this book is purely based on a human woman retracing her mother's steps and finding out about the Deamhan first hand. Expect murder, killings, and death.

Q. So when will the novel be released?

Official release date hasn't been confirmed yet. When I get that information from my publisher, I'm going to blast it all over the net!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spreading the Good News!

I just received the edits back for Deamhan and I have to say, I'm having a blast going through my novel and reading the editor's comments. I'm ecstatic that Charlotte Gledson, the editor loves it!

From the look of what she wrote in her email, she really enjoyed it!




Her personal webpage is http://www.darkfictionediting.co.uk/ I highly recommend her! She's awesome at what she does.

This is very exciting. It just makes my faith in my work all the stronger!
I hope to get through these edits in about two weeks. If things work out well, I should have a set publication date for my novel from my publisher soon!

Also, I've received eight chapters for The Carriers, my novella. I was so scared to open the emails because this is my first attempt at writing a novella. I've received great feedback from the editor along with important things I've either missed or described too much of. I'm currently writing the second installment and I have to admit, it's killing me. When it comes to writing, I prefer 70,000 - 85,000 word novels. However, that doesn't mean that I'll try writing almost anything. The shortest piece I wrote was about 323 words which was published online a few years ago.

I never thought that writing something this short would prove to be so hard. It's a learning process which I plan to overcome!

I also received a rough draft of the cover for the novella. It's exactly what I've wanted and I can't wait for the finished product!

Damn, I love being a writer!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Yahoo's Most Terrifying Films

Sipping on my morning coffee, I came across an article on Yahoo that almost made me choke.

View Listing Here


Do you agree with this list? 

I personally didn't find The Blair Witch Project that scary. Candyman didn't scare me. In fact, I found it entertaining. Contagion wasn't scary at all and My Bloody Valentine . . . . really Yahoo?

I do agree that Deliverance was pretty scary in a backwater hick sort of way. The Serpent and the Rainbow fits the list.

In my opinion, they should've included The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fright Night (original,) Howling II, and Psycho just to name a few or gave them honorable mentions.

Here are my top ten scariest movies (in no particular order)


1. Psycho
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
3. Howling II
4. Fright Night (original)
5.  A Nightmare on Elm Street
6.  Exorcist
7. The Changeling
8. Hellraiser
9. Friday the 13th
10. Poltergeist

Honorable Mentions

Saw
Salem's Lot
The Mist (original)
The Shining
The Thing (original)
Ju- On
Halloween

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time to Weed out my T.V. Shows




The new trailer for this Season 6 of TruBlood was just released!  This season should be good!




Oh my God. My T.V. schedule is hectic, even during the summer.



Spring
Game of Thrones
Bates Motel
Vikings

Summer
TruBlood
TeenWolf

Fall/ Winter
Sons of Anarchy
Boardwalk Empire
Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Being Human
Arrow
Grimm

Oh I know I'm missing a few shows. Actually, I hope I'm not missing any shows.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Update

I never knew writing a novella could be so hard. That realization slapped me in the face.


I finished my very first novella, Sphere, and right now it's in the hands of an editor. I've already contracted my boyfriend's brother for the cover design, which is coming along nicely. I'm shooting for a mid June 2013 release. I was actually hoping to release the novella in late June but I'll be in Orlando for a video game tournament which I'll probably participate in myself.

With that being said, I'm going to start releasing a few pages here and there of the novel on my blog as well as my Facebook page in anticipation for the release of the novella. 


As for Deamhan, my publisher Rainstorm Press has been very helpful in making sure my questions are answered when it comes to the editing and the release date. I have yet to receive any edits, but we're only in the first round and it's only been a week. Patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MARLEY - A Must See Documentary

Recently I've been on a Netflix binge. I caught up with shows like Teen Wolf, Being Human and I've tried watching other shows like Breaking Bad (I still can't get through the first two episodes) and Walking Dead (I've decided that I'm just not going to like that show.)

Searching Netflix on my Xbox, I came across a documentary which caught my eye. 



I'm a huge Bob Marley fan. Along with The Doors, Bob Marley and the Wailers are, have been, and will be among my favorite bands of all time.

Before watching, I thought I already knew enough about Bob Marley that this documentary couldn't tell me. Boy, was I wrong.

First, I had no idea that his father was white. I know this shouldn't mean anything but for me, it means everything. It's part of his identity and I could somehow relate to the how he was treated because of his race growing up.

My father is Nigerian and my mother is from Missouri. Her ancestors are a mixture of black, white, and Native American but when I look in the mirror, I see black. My father used to tell me that some Nigerians from his area looked down on what they called "half breeds." This didn't make sense to me. For one, I considered myself black. However, because my mother wasn't Nigerian, I was a half breed.
Now, I don't know if that attitude is the same today. I personally think that's changed. But it was something that always stuck with me.



So when the documentary talked about his white side (they even created his melanoma to his "white side" which I found really odd,) I immediately remembered the things my father told me.

Besides his history, the documentary also covered    his wife and his children, and his multiple girlfriends- some who also had children. I did find it a little disturbing that his wife dealt with his girlfriends and their children by accepting them. I don't know if I could ever do that. However, she said that their goal was getting the music out into the world and I felt like if she did confront his cheating, it would've jeopardized the band and the music.

They did explain the Rastafarian movement, why he grew dreadlocks, and smoked marijuana. I knew that the word "Jah" was mentioned in some of his songs (Could you be Loved for example) but again, I didn't really understand the purpose. After watching this documentary, I finally understood.

I found myself singing along to some of the songs played in the documentary (one of my favorite "High Tide Low Tide" wasn't played but I found myself humming the tune anyway)

The ending was really touching. It showed people from all walks of life; from India to Japan to Jamaica to America singing Bob Marley songs, wearing clothing with Marley's image, and Bob Marley graffiti.

This was one of the best documentaries I've seen by far on Bob Marley. It left me thinking about his music, his message, and the life that some live. I highly recommend it for Bob Marley fans around the world and for anyone who wants to understand the man that is Bob Marley.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Get Back to The Theme, Please!

I'm delighted to see that one of my favorite T.V. shows on at the moment is back.
Grimm

Watching last night's episode made me realize one thing. I'm tired of the "Juliette spell" story line. I want that story line to end so badly. I think it's taking away from the main purpose of the show; Grimm taking down big bad baddies.

However, I'm thrilled of the show's return. 

Just to give a brief explanation of the show, Grimm is about a detective, Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he's a Grimm, a person descended from those who try to keep a certain balance between creatures (Wesens) that no other human can see, and humans themselves. He's married to Juliette who comes under a spell, falls into a coma, and his awakened by Nick's boss, Captain Sean Renard. By waking her up, Juliette and Captain Sean Renard start this love affair that's out of their control. 

While I enjoy the show immensely and I can't wait for next week's episode, I hope that they resolve this Juliette spell issue as soon as possible. It's stealing the light away from the show's main theme.