Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Murder in Whitechapel.

A unique take on an old story. Jack the Ripper meets immortal Judas Iscariot. This is the first of 8 novels going back in time from Best Selling Author Aiden James 

About Murder in Whitechapel:

Emmanuel Ortiz holds an ancient and dark secret...
His real name is Judas Iscariot.
Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, Judas' disguise as Emmanuel does little to ease his eternal loneliness. Having recovered nine of his thirty blood coins, his focus is not yet on redemption for his treacherous role in the betrayal of Jesus Christ. 

Distractions come easily for the rich entrepreneur and sometimes sleuth who presently resides in England, 1888. Fascinated by the spate of murders in London's poverty stricken Whitechapel, Emmanuel soon realizes the killings resemble others he is familiar with, and the bloody signature of killing and taunts speaks to the unholy talents of yet another immortal...an enemy from long ago.

This knowledge fuels his determination to track and apprehend the infamous Jack the Ripper at any cost.

With the backdrop of a Victorian Society, rigid and moralistic, along with the plight of those less fortunate, Emmanuel seeks to align himself with Scotland Yard. With the help of his immortal pal, Roderick Cooley, and by pretending to be an American private investigator interested in the horrific prostitute killings, he sets out to stop the senseless bloodshed. But, has he bitten off more than he can chew, by immersing himself in the slums and disease of the Ripper's hunting grounds? 

As the mystery unfolds it becomes the ultimate test...not only of his abilities as an immortal, but also of his very soul.


Monday, July 29, 2013

The Book. Why we can’t be without....                                    

Way back in the 14th century when a man called Johannes Gutenberg created the very first printing press it was squee for authors and readers everywhere, yes there were some lurking in the shadows even back then. 
Now their cherished work of art could be replicated into copies heralding the birth of distribution and marketing. The big bad world of publishing was born, somewhat premature but destined to grow into a robust and survivable industry constantly undergoing a metamorphosis. 

I grew up surrounded by books. My father owned stacks, there were bookstores on every corner and the local library always refreshed it’s shelves. There was nothing quite like undoing the Christmas wrapping paper to reveal a brand new hardback smelling of freshly pressed paper and the promise of a great story. Fast forward a couple of months. Self same book would be unceremoniously dumped under bed, pages well turned and cover dog eared. So what it was too big to fit on the shelf? I still loved the book, often dragging it out for a second read, just in case I’d missed anything. 

With time paperbacks became de rigueur. They fitted in my bag and nicely on the shelves. Cheap and often acquired from friends I couldn’t have enough. The dark side was not being able to wait for the latest best seller to become the not so best seller resulting in a big price slash. Too bad for those, who like me had no patience and paid full whack. But saving a buck was a minor issue compared to the buzz of a best seller hot off the press with premium shelf or window space for the world and I to see, enticing, mesmerising and needed. Just like the pair of ‘meant for me right now’ shoes staring alluringly from a store window two weeks away from the summer sales. I could never say no. 

Fast forward 2013. We’re not quite controlled by robots but books have changed beyond recognition. Now we read from a thin metal slab filled with components allowing us to store thousands of e.books and read like it’s going out of style. Short books, long books, classics, new authors, eriotica, teen stories, unedited books and a zillion how to books are at our disposal. We pay anything from 99 cents to 20 bucks or more for our reads and often enjoy downloading hundred of free promotions. (for later) So what does this all mean? Is it the beginning of a brave new world for the written word with much more to come, or will we regress? I have to be honest and say not even in my wildest dreams can I be sure what we’ll be reading from in twenty years or even if we still do.

Maybe we’ll hanker after the old style, just as there’s recently been an upsurge in sales for record decks to play vinyl we could be doing the same?  Will I be holding my precious books gently in my hands extolling the delights of it’s post millennium published date. Of course I’ll be careful not to pull out the already loose pages of The Diary of Anne Frank given to me by my mother for my 13th Birthday.
She’s no longer here but the book remains. A memory. In spite of nostalgia, I love the changes. The indie writer has never been so respectable, e.readers are no longer eyed with suspicious curiosity and we’re still so in love with reading. If Gutenberg were alive today I wonder what he’d think of the new ways we found to read the word? I suspect he’d be impressed.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A peek into the writing world of author Kay Glass, a busy housewife and mother who still finds time to pen novels. Does she bite? Check it out this upcoming indie author who's made headway with her 'Just one bite' Vampire series and see for yourself.

Introducing Kay Glass...a force to be reckoned with.

When I started writing, it wasn’t anything fancy by any means. I love to read- I always have. I have a friend who loves to read almost as much as I do, and we spend a great deal of time talking about books we’ve read, what we liked about them, what we didn’t, and what we’d like to see happen in a series. The conversation started, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” And from that conversation, Love Bite was born.
Love Bite was supposed to be one book, and it was going to be called Just One Bite. But the more I wrote, the more attached I became to my characters, and then they were too precious to me to end with just one novel. Instead, it became Love Bite, the first novella in the Just One Bite series.
I didn’t have a computer then. In fact, the first half was written long-hand on plain paper I kept in a binder. I have carpal tunnel, and I often worked myself until I could barely move my hands and wrists without crying. I purchased more and more packs of paper, and thicker pens, trying to compensate for the pain by using the bigger pens to take some of the burden of clutching one for hours away. And finally, tax time rolled around and I bought myself a laptop. I spent weeks typing and converting what was on paper into text on Microsoft Word. Then I went back and changed words around, gave more background to my characters, took what was there and made it longer. I worked myself like a dog, and only 2 people knew- my friend who I had the conversation with that started it all, and my husband. I was embarrassed. I loved writing, and always had, but I thought people would mock me, make fun of my ambitions. I was terrified of criticism, because one wrong, hurtful word would bring it all crumbling around my ears, and I’d quit.
It took about 9 months, all told, for Love Bite to be finished. I published it and held my breath. A copy sold, and I cried. Then three copies, then five…. The more sales I racked up, the more inspired I became to tell more of the story. And other stories! I wrote a short story, Table of Blood, and it was well received. And then I published the second in the series, and it sold just as well as the first. And people were interested.

I’m no one fancy, mind you. I’m a housewife. I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest started school this past September. Now I work from home, and I proudly tell people, “I’m an author.” I still type on my laptop in the living room, but now I have a desk. I’m still a housewife and mother. I still stop whatever I’m doing to tend the needs of my family- and I spend way too much time doing laundry. But when the house is quiet, and everyone sleeps around me, I sit at my little desk and I type new worlds, new words. I create the stories that I see in my head, I get too little sleep, and I’ve never been happier.
Don’t say you can’t write because there’s no time. If you want to, you’ll find the time, even if it’s only an hour throughout the week. Don’t say no one will care about your story- write what you love, and others will love it as well. Don’t say, “I’m just a housewife.” You can be more, if it’s what you really want. And someday you may tell people, “I started it all with a simple phone conversation and a ream of paper.”


Friday, September 21, 2012

The Vampire Queen of prose. Meet author Carole Gill.

Does she bite? Yes, her ability to spin a vampire tale is proved in her novels. Carole Gill is not new to the publishing industry and is skilled in her genre of dark horror and vampires. The reader is taken into the world of historical and gothic horror told in an elegant but scary prose. What more can I say except welcome into the vampiric world of  talented author Carole Gill.

I write dark horror, but vampires are my specialty. I have no idea why that is, I just love writing about them. But I do it my way. I focus on what I consider to be crucial to their existence: their feelings.
Yes, they have them. Even my favorite villain, hate-filled, maniacal Eco who appears in all three of my novels (but stars in the last two) has feelings. In his case he is the way he is precisely because he has feelings. He was damned for something his father did.
His father was a fallen angel and Eco is vampiric. Such beings are creatures of the blood in my fiction.
Eco’s nemesis shares the same heritage but whereas Eco is bad, Louis tries (as he says) ‘to do less evil than himself.’
As he says: he has no code to guide him, no promise of heaven awaits, he has too much freedom and no restraint.
Louis is a true immortal as Eco is, for these sons of fallen angels cannot be destroyed. If Van Helsing popped up one dark night, they’d just shrug and say;
“Sorry, you’re wasting your time.”
Of course Eco would say a lot more than that. He’d laugh at Van Helsing; he’d skip around cackling and taunting him.
He’s mad by the way, in case you haven’t guessed. He’s completely deranged.
What drove him mad was his innate intelligence; the power of his reasoning for instance. When he came face to face with Jesus and felt every inch the demon he was he knew which side had the power.
Eco: “Yes, we would terrorize and torture, we would spread evil through willing vessels but in the end we were little more than insects, little more than flies in Heaven’s ointment.”
~ from “The Ointment.”

All vampires are damned, they have no souls. Those I write about fill that void with memories of love as they recall their living lives.
I also make a point of having them mourn for those living lives. They recall their deaths too, of being raised up or created. Those that were raised up passed through hell and how quickly they did affects them either with hell’s taint or not.
Created or turned vampires are brought into the ‘hood. The sister or brother- hood, whatever you wish to call it. It is better for them since they haven’t passed through hell, as they didn’t witness the horror of having demons reaching for them.
Most vampires, those created or raised from the dead, can be destroyed. Let Van Helsing enter the equation and they are gone.
It might be a relief for them. I have vampires who choose to destroy themselves. Yet those descended from fallen angels have no choice; for they endure.
Michelle asked me if I would write about my gothic vampires. I hope I have. I happen to love history and so I set my fiction in the past. In biblical times, during the crusades and so on.
I even have the French Revolutionists using the guillotine to make damn well certain they get any vampiric nobles. (There weren’t many and King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette certainly weren’t. My goodness, they suffered enough I am not going to have them blood suckers.
So that’s it really. I think any undead, whether they are ghosts or vampires or zombies, give us comfort. We enjoy reading (and writing) about them because they give Death a good kick up the backside and what’s wrong with that?
The House on Blackstone Moor is the first in:
The Blackstone Vampires Series

Unholy Testament-The Beginnings
Unholy Testament –Full Circle
will be released shortly.

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Carole Gill Author Page

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let's meet Best Selling Author Aiden James.

Established author Aiden James give us an in depth look into his writing world and success. His unique style has earned him the title of 'Best Seller' and he continues to climb up the ladder as an Indie Author. 

I am honored to be here, and I thank you all for allowing me to share my story as an author.
I began writing stories roughly sixteen years ago, after pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in Nashville. My writing career could've been a brief one, as it started one night when it was my turn to read a bedtime story to my two young sons. Rather than read the 'Mouse birthday book' for the umpteenth time, I began a ramble about a mystical world parallel to our own, a world where sinister creatures sought to take a little boy into their hidden lair…forever.
My first critical reviews from my young audience were mixed. My youngest child, Tyler, was enthralled about the magical place I created, and eagerly awaited more. However, my oldest, Christopher, thought it was the dumbest tale he had ever heard! Luckily, my wife, Fiona, listened nearby. She thought the idea had potential, although she kept that fact a secret until the following spring, 1997. When she suggested I create a fuller blown version of this story, it marked the beginning of my love affair with writing stories.
I wish I could say that the experience has always been a glorious progression, where crafting characters, incredible landscapes with captivating plots, and surprising twists was easy. Far from it. It took nearly three years for me to complete my first novel--based on the bedtime story to my boys who by then were young teenagers—and another two years to decide if I liked it enough to show it to anyone else. Signed to a small independent publisher in 2004, "The Forgotten Eden" in a previous version was released to small critical acclaim in 2006. But the book found only a very limited audience, so the search for that elusive 'bigger' audience continued.
While pursuing a bigger book deal for my paranormal adventure series, The Talisman Chronicles, of which "The Forgotten Eden" and "The Devil's Paradise" are the first two of five installments, an itch to dabble in something a little different hit me. A ghost story, and one dealing with a murdered teenage girl who waited nearly a century to enact her revenge became my next creation. Completed in 2007, "Cades Cove" was my second release on Kindle, in August, 2010. The sequel to this ghost story soon followed in September, entitled "The Raven Mocker". But, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, so allow me to fast-forward to July 2010, when my good friend J.R. Rain talked me into leaving the elusive NY book deal treadmill, and try something new: ebooks. Specifically, ebooks on Kindle, Nook, and eventually other outlets such as Kobo and Apple.
I mentioned the releases for both "Cades Cove" and "The Raven Mocker". But before those books were released on Kindle, there was another—my very first ebook: "Deadly Night". Released in July 2010, it is the first installment of what promises to be a unique and exciting ghost hunting series. Based on a fictional exaggeration of Fiona, and me "Deadly Night" is a mixture of 'now' and where we were 20 years ago as ghost hunters (and in my hard-hitting' days as a Nashville rock n' roller). It’s sequel, “The Ungrateful Dead” was just released at the beginning of September 2012, and could well be my most entertaining venture to date.
"The Vampires' Last Lover" was my first release specifically written for the Kindle and Nook audience. One that pushed the personal envelope for me, the story was written from a female perspective. Like Stephen King, when he wrote "Carrie" so many years ago, my wife provided precious insights into how women view the world around them, and in particular, their true perspectives on males—something I'm sure would surprise most of us guys. Anyway, as the first installment for my "The Dying of the Dark" series, the story brings a fresh perspective to the vampire genre, focused on what it means to be unique and alone, both for the living and the undead, and how self sacrifice for the good of others remains the most noble aspiration for all creatures—above and below our beloved earth.  And this vampire saga has become as much of an action adventure/thriller as any other of my creations, with the arrival of the next two installments (“The Vampires’ Birthright” in August 2011 and “Blood Princesses of the Vampires” in December last year).
Perhaps the most unique story and series I have ever had the pleasure to work on, and has become by far my most popular, is "Plague of Coins". Based on the incredible story-idea of J.R. Rain, this first installment of “The Judas Chronicles” is the story of Judas Iscariot and his quest for forgiveness. Only in this story, Judas is over 2000 years old and lives in modern-day society as William Barrow. Since its release in May, 2011, this has become my series of greatest focus. “Reign of Coins” followed this past May—almost a year to the day of the release of “Plague of Coins”—and the third installment, “Destiny of Coins”, will be released in time for Christmas this year.
So what's next?
In addition to "The Judas Chronicles", all of the other series I have mentioned will have new books by summer of 2014, with five books planned for next year. In the meantime, J.R. Rain and I have a novella action adventure tale that will debut in October, entitled “Temple of the Jaguar”. Along with this release, a brand new series that deals with the true nature of good and evil will start as a serialized project with Curiosity Quills Press. I’m truly excited about this new series, which will be an ongoing saga about an evil plantation owner from the 1860s who suddenly finds himself reborn as an innocent ‘new’ man in 2012. The story is called “The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt”.
After that, who knows? Perhaps it will be time for something dark and creepy… Or, perhaps something light and fun?
The only thing I’m sure of is that I will pour my heart and soul into whatever it is, so that it will be well worth your time to check it out. 
Peace to you all,

Here are the links to Aiden books and sites- check them out!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Where do your loved ones go in the afterlife.

When someone we love passes away we are left wondering if they are safe and happy, it is a normal reaction in all of us. Questions rage on, are they in a safe place, do they have the company of others who will take care of them, can they still see us and will they remember us? The answer is yes to all. They are more alive than ever, restored to full health and are able to pursue any hobbies or passions that they desire. Of course they come back, usually more frequently at first to try to reassure us they are not lost, then less as our time goes by and our grief lessens. So where do they go exactly?
That all depends on their progression in this life. For someone who lead a simple life and didn't care much about the bigger picture their place in the afterlife will be pretty much the same as here, similar surroundings, familiar feelings, until they are ready to progress this is where they will stay, seemingly content in their creation of a spiritual existence. Others who worked on their development when alive will progress higher and will be, just as the simple spirit, amongst like-minded spirits. We all graduate to where we belong so all is in balance and harmony, unlike here where we are all mixed up together. Children always go to a higher level as they are devoid of life's ravages that plague and hold us back.
The spirit world is not so different to here, there are houses and cities and mountains and rivers and millions of inhabitants, but there are some things that are not the same. We are lighter and free to travel anywhere we please, telepathy is used more than speaking as we get used to our new surroundings. We connect to people we love, but if there is someone who we don't wish to see then we don't. We pass into the light very quickly, but our adjustment can take longer depending on our acceptance of our being there. All material desires are gone, no need for work or money and we can pursue any hobbies or passions we desire, sometimes being able to do things we couldn't do in life. In all rest assured your loved ones are happy.