Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PRINCE OF MISERY soundtrack.

Is this my best book soundtrack ever? It's hard to say. I have a gift, you see.

"My Throat Is an Open Grave" - Demon Hunter
"Etude, Op. 25, No. 11 Winter Wind" - Fredric Chopin
"Demon" - London After Midnight
"Danse Macabre, Op. 40" - Camille Saint-Saëns
"Wormwood" - Callisto
"Butterflies and Hurricanes" - Muse
"Haunted" - Evanescence
"Darkest Days" - Stabbing Westward
"Here She Comes" - Slowdive
"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" - Ramones
"I Wanna Be Adored" - The Stone Roses
"In the Night" - Cranes
"Nuages Gris (Gray Clouds), S. 199" - Franz Liszt
"Persephone" - Cocteau Twins
"Under the Milky Way" - The Church
"Sinful Nature" - Bear in Heaven
"Doubt" - Bella Morte
"All Is Full of Love" - Björk
"Stabat Mater In F Minor: Introduction" - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Honorable Mentions:
"Love Interruption" - Jack White
"Love Is A Murder" - The Constellations

Thank you, Karly, for these suggestions! Obviously now I should hire you as a consultant in all my future book soundtracks.

Book links:

Smashwords (Smashwords appears to be doing wonky things to my table of contents. WHY??? I worked so hard on it!!!)

Monday, November 2, 2015

PRINCE OF MISERY now available for purchase!

What's this? I've written yet ANOTHER vampire book?

Yes, it's true. PRINCE OF MISERY is my third vampire book (although probably my last for a while).


For now the book is only available on Amazon, but it won't be long before I upload it to Smashwords (where it will be available in multiple formats) as well.

Wait, what's it about? I shall tell you!

Vampire prince Theron Vansauvage has spent years in isolation, a prisoner of his own vanity. With the help of his trusted friend Seth, he subsists on the blood of enslaved humans. His world is staid and cold, unchanging as the darkness that mires him.

Then a young woman named Iris is brought to him, and Theron’s world begins to alter. Fascinated by her vitiligo, he intends to use Iris for his own amusement rather than kill her.

But Iris is not a girl easily bested, and Seth is not as loyal as he seems. Driven by obsessive desires, Theron will stop at nothing to get what he deserves.

Even if it means sacrificing all he holds dear.

Gasp! I'm dying from anticipation already!


Add PRINCE OF MISERY on Goodreads!

Review copies are always available upon request. Happy reading!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: SOULS OF SALT AND SEAWATER by Apollo Blake

She rises up and crests the surface to catch a glimpse of the ship growing closer and closer just ahead. Above her the storm is grey and violent and rolling across itself to swallow its own body again and again, the clouds dying so they can be born from their own corpses.

The storm is here.

This will be the site of their sinking, she decides.

Alice: the prodigal daughter of a powerful councilman. Raised in Nobla, on the continent Brayya, Alice has always been surrounded by politics and privilege. Now she’s leaving it all behind to sail across the Ospian Sea to Nesnor, the City of Spirals. Alice expects to enter a world of ice and enchantment, where Magi—powerful individuals with elemental powers—perform for coin, and Sky Splitters—elemental dragons tamed for riding and protection—claim the skies. Instead she finds herself alone among a crew of dangerous sailors—who may or may not plan to sacrifice her to the goddess of the sea…

Joram: a sailor from the continent of Oskea, desperate to prove himself to his captain and the crew who ridicule him. When his ship sails into the Evergulf—the most dangerous waters in the world, full of vindictive Sirens and ancient Magi traps—Joram finds himself the only one on the ship immune to the Siren’s song. As the dark waves thrash and Sky Splitters spew fire overhead, Joram must rise up and save his crewmates from certain death. If he fails, it will cost him his life…

Rayna: a Drovavian girl who wants nothing more than to inherit her father’s fishing vessel and sail across the Iostian Ocean in search of adventure. Instead she’s been chosen to take a position on the Oslo village guard, protecting her people from Northern invaders. When a travelling show of curiosities arrives in her village with a caged Siren in tow, Rayna takes it into her own hands to rescue the Siren from the magical menagerie—even if it means betraying her village and her own heart…

Souls of Salt & Seawater is an enticing first glimpse at the world of Josmea, where Magi and Sky Splitters rule, and Sirens sing beneath the waves. Pitched as ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ meets ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ this dark young adult collection will leave you lost in the depths of the darkest seas long after you’ve turned the final page.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yes, I do still post to this blog, thanks for asking!

Well, it's basically been forever since I posted on here. I've been working on my next book, Prince of Misery. It's a rewrite, which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I originally published it in 2006 with a vanity publisher, and it's horrendously bad. Like, so bad I don't even like to admit it exists (except for right now). Hopefully when I publish it as an ebook it'll actually be good.

Prince of Misery is about an omniscient vampire prince who has spent years locked in his castle because he's really vain. He has only his friend/valet Seth (also a vampire) for company, another vampire, and a whole bunch of kidnapped humans. Then one day a human named Iris gets kidnapped and brought to the castle, and everything starts to change.

It's sort of horror, sort of romance, and I'm trying to incorporate a few sci-fi elements as well. Just to make it interesting, and because I can. Here's an excerpt:

It was only moments before Seth appeared. 
“They’re leaving, I presume.” 
“Not yet. We’re having a masque,” I told him in the brightest tone I’d ever used. 
His brows dropped low and he stared at me for a moment, stunned. “A masque?” he repeated. “After … all this time?” 
“It hasn’t really been so long, has it? I’m afraid I’ve lost count of the years.” 
He turned bitter in an instant. “Well, I haven’t.” 
“Don’t bore me with your discontent,” I snapped. “Do you think I don’t know how many times you’ve contemplated throwing yourself off a cliff into your precious inlet? Is death so preferable to your current existence?” 
He shrugged a shoulder, his long face solemn in the firelight and shadows. 
“If anything, this event should relieve your malaise.” 
“Why are you doing this?” he asked. “I thought you’d have sent them home by now. Are you interested in power all of a sudden? An alliance?” 
“Are you?” I countered. “You seemed so eager to have them here. I thought it was freedom you desired.” 
His jaw tensed. “I desire nothing.” 
I laughed. “I know that’s not true. I know everything, Seth.” 
“Not everything, surely,” he said, barely able to disguise the fury simmering in him. 
“Yes, everything. And I know why you desire freedom. I can send you on an errand anywhere in the world, letting you taste what it’s like out there, and you will always come back. You have no choice. The magic tethers you, and you will die if you fail to yield to it.” 
A slow blink. He tried to appear dead nonchalant. “You do know everything, Theron.”

I'm not sure it's even good at this point, but I feel pretty optimistic. If only I can get the final (and hardest) part written, I can start editing this bad boy.