The Death of a Character: To Mourn or Not to Mourn

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I was asked a question earlier by someone I find both wise, endearing, and completely talented in all that she does.  Her question has been bouncing around in my mind and I realize that my answer to her was very swift and two dimensional so maybe I should expand a little on the subject.  The question happened after I was very pleased with writing a prominent character’s death.

I took it as someone who writes herself wanted to know if we had similar feelings.  She asked, “Do you mourn them? If you don’t, do you feel badly for not mourning them?”  

I responded simply with, “I’ve been juggling with this death, going back and forth whether I should or not and ultimately for the final book sets things to 11.  I do some more than others depending how attached I am. This one, yes. The great thing, though, is I don’t write in order so I will get to enjoy them for a while longer.” and “Some I am glad for their demise, though, and celebrate.”

If you happened to have read Rise of a Queen or Of Darkness and Light (heck, maybe even both) you realize something pretty quick.  I kill characters off quite a bit.  Not in a George R.R. Martin or even Steven Moffat way; the emotional trauma I might cause myself would be asylum worthy if I were to venture down that path.  Nonetheless, I do tend to find a great death scene to write.  Something I have said since the beginning and can shout from the rooftops…..EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.  No matter how lighthearted or gut-wrenchingly dark things get, there is a purpose for everything that I write and it may not even be clear until you reach the final book; I write for the long haul.  For some characters I realize that they are meant to have their demise as part of something highly entertaining or a need for vengeance that even the reader is screaming for.

Since we live in the land of spoiler alerts, I guess I should say if you have not read the first book SPOILER AHEAD….

Greco’s death serves the biggest purpose of the entire series.  I know people have told me they’re either team Greco or Team Isaac which I have to always answer, “Why not be Team Tessa?”  Both are what makes her who she is.  Greco’s death sets the stage for everything she becomes as the Queen of the Levé’s, the main reason I labeled the first book of the series Rise of a Queen.

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Through all this, I still have to say I haven’t really answered the true question beyond the basics.  YES, YES, YES, I mourn my character’s deaths….the ones that I have cultivated and molded for years until their very last breath.  The necessity sometimes breaks my heart and for some people, they want to deny that death understandably.  I have been working on this series since the early 2000’s when I wrote a small bit, set it aside and didn’t pick it up again until a dear friend prodded me with such tenacity it had awaken something inside of me.  With guidance and suggestions Tessa became who she was and The Vampire Realm became so real I could close my eyes and see everything inside of it.  It has consumed me ever since and as I am working on this final book of the series I believe I will mourn The Vampire Realm itself, but at the same time feel pleased and accomplished for giving my baby the life and excitement it contained.

To all the villains that I happen to not mourn…….all I can say is I have raised many a wine glass in your demise and take solace in the fact that I can feel better by simply going back and turning to those pinnacle pages at any time I feel the need.

 

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The Wait is over Of Darkness and Light is on sale today

The wait is finally over, Book two of the series The Vampire Realm: Of Darkness and Light is finally live for purchase on your e-reader.  It has been a great road putting a hat on and becoming each of these characters and I can’t wait to finish the series with a bang!!!

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For Sale at these locations:

Amazon/Amazon UK/Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
iStore
Kobo
Smashword
Scribed
Overdrive

Of Darkness and Light is the follow up book to Rise of a Queen, part of The Vampire Realm series. Where Rise of a Queen tells the tale of Tessa’s struggles and defeats, the introduction of Tessa’s family brought forth a new tale to tell.

The rise of her empire came at a cost

Tessa’s vision of a future where vampires and humans lived united had all but disappeared. Her family, torn by the wars that ravaged her land, had to choose a side. Her sister and Emma with the rebels and Jason growing into his future by Tessa’s side. Emma’s struggle with her own choices, as Jason moves forward towards a life of service to his aunt, neither one sure of the outcome. The journey that the family takes will force the evolution of life as a vampire to the forefront, forever changing Tessa’s perspective on the world she thought she knew. Can Tessa survive another daunting war while ensuring the future of the vampires? Will Jason and Emma make the right choices and not be swayed by the childhood they once knew? Can either side of the war overcome what stands in their way, even when what they love is what they will lose?  Or will there be a beacon of hope; shining brightly in the world that has fallen so dark…..

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We’re releasing tomorrow!!!

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The wait is just about over if you’ve been waiting for the e-release Of Darkness and Light.

An entire family; an entire kingdom on the brink of change.  Our protagonist, Tessa, starts a journey that could change everything we know about vampire history and it’s future.  Emma runs into her mother’s arms; reality surrounds her.  The war with the Krones may be over but it is only the beginning for Tessa and the Levé’s; maybe even the vampire race itself.

Jason’s responsibilities intensify and he has many a choice to make.  With the rebel’s attacking constantly he does everything he can to protect his ward.  When all things turn dark will Ariana be the beacon of light that guides them?  Find out more….

e-book pre-orders available at Amazon (US, but check your country’s site), Barnes & Noble, iStore, KoboSmashwords.  

Just 3 more days…Be Careful What You Wish For

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Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it. Every rose has its thorns. Emma learns the true nature of war and what being with her mother entails.  Read More…..

We’re launching this week!  Book 2 of The Vampire Realm Series: Of Darkness and Light is coming closer to being on your e-reader.

e-book pre-orders available at Amazon (US, but check your country’s site), Barnes & Noble, iStore, KoboSmashwords

We’re counting on one hand now with 5 days remaining

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Only five more days until the bloodshed begins.  As Melinda leads the Freedom Fighters into battle, Emma at her side, she tempts a fate that cannot be undone.  Two sisters on opposite sides.  Tessa against Melinda; vampires versus humans.  Who will prevail?

e-book pre-orders available at Amazon (US, but check your country’s site), Barnes & Noble, iStore, KoboSmashwords.  

Only Seven days

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Only a week left to go before loading up that e-reader with another fantastic Tessa tale.  If you’re ready for heated battle, family divide, and journeys abundant this book is most definitely on your must-read list!

Pre-order’s available:

Amazon (US link, but check your country’s site), Barnes & Noble, iStore, KoboSmashwords

COVER REVEAL: Of Darkness and Light

Book 2 of The Vampire Realm is on it’s way.  I’ve given you release dates (October 8th e-book, October 22nd paperback) and even an e-book giveaway. Since I’m on a roll I thought I would bring out the cover I’ve been teasing about if you’ve taken notice to my facebook and twitter.

e-book pre-orders available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iStore.  More coming soon!

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Of Darkness and Light is the follow up book to Rise of a Queen, part of The Vampire Realm series. Where Rise of a Queen tells the tale of Tessa’s struggles and defeats, he introduction of Tessa’s family brought forth a new tale to tell.

The rise of her empire came at a cost

Tessa’s vision of a future where vampires and humans lived united had all but disappeared. Her family, torn by the wars that ravaged her land, had to choose a side. Her sister and Emma with the rebels and Jason growing into his future by Tessa’s side. Emma’s struggle with her own choices, as Jason moves forward towards a life of service to his aunt, neither one sure of the outcome. The journey that the family takes will force the evolution of life as a vampire to the forefront, forever changing Tessa’s perspective on the world she thought she knew. Can Tessa survive another daunting war while ensuring the future of the vampires? Will Jason and Emma make the right choices and not be swayed by the childhood they once knew? Can either side of the war overcome what stands in their way, even when what they love is what they will lose? Will Jason and Emma make the right choices and not be swayed by the childhood they once knew? Can either side of the war overcome what stands in their way, even when what they love is what they will lose? Or will there be a beacon of hope; shining brightly in the world that has fallen so dark…..

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Hear ye! Hear ye! An Announcement of upcoming Announcements

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How else am I supposed to grab your attention?  Yes, I’m being vague because I’m pretty good at it.  I’ve got a lot coming up and I just wanted to give you a little heads up.

How many of you have been chomping at the bits to know about the follow-up to Rise of a Queen? Curious to know what Tessa has been up to? Dying to see how she fares as a strong leader to her Lev Empire?

Coming up very soon I’m going to do a name reveal and kick out the synopsis of the next adventure that await in The Vampire Realm, so stay tuned. Keep a close watch on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course this blog for announcements, clues, and even a few Easter eggs here and there.

All I can say is that I am completely excited to move forward with this project and am glad that you’re along for the ride.

 

Little Goodies

A few little goodies will be coming up soon, one I’ve let out of the bag already that Rise of a Queen will be coming out in paperback very very soon.  Yay me.  I’ve received the proof and it looks absolutely STUNNING.  Yes, I did stroke it a few times calling it my precious  but that is beside the point.

Another is still in the works, if I can figure out this lovely tech and follow instructions just slightly.  Lets hope I prevail over it, conquer that hill arms raised in the air like a winner with the imaginary crowd cheering behind me.

Old Friend….New Friends……The perfect storm

As I sit here and plan a few vacations (and where I’m getting the money) I can’t help but think about the topic. In the past few days things have really been going fast (although I could see book sales get a bit higher *ahem).  It is slowly becoming available at most of the e-stores. Seriously its not a heavy romance and no sparkles involved. Tell your friends and message me with their sales and I may throw in something for you for every few that buy. But shhhhhh.

NOW ONTO NOT THE BOOK

I am having a mini-reunion.  Not a big bunch but tickets in hand.  Vegas 🙂 Fun right?  I don’t gamble but I love the sights and the nightlife.And I get to see my old friend.  Vegas, a place were anything can happen.And my main worry?  Working on my laptop on the flight and finding a wifi spot to connect to my cloud.  Yes me, using technical terms.  I was gifted a cloud I doubt I will ever know what to do with but its there for me.

So those are the old friends.  My new friends?  Well I met them the last time I was in Vegas.  Awesome bunch of people.  Can’t wait.  I do hope my book sells more.  I would like to see some money come into that paycheck for me since it is my only job.

No matter how this all came about,the whole technology I’ve been bashing, or been cursing under my breath of change has done all of this.  Facebook, cell phones, online ticket purchase.  It is much easier.  But of course it NEVER EVER EVER stops there.  I’m telling you, I see a society so stuck like cyberman that it boggles my mind.  Or worse….the borg.  Which would you prefer?

I prefer to wait for that blue box and run away as fast as I can.

Rise of a Queen: The Vampire Realm

Book is available @ Amazon, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords and soon to be many others.I started on goodreads if you are interested in checking that out. I’ve got so many books I need to review and read,

People have suggested a print copy but I’m not certain. If people aren’t buying as much of the ebook, print would be a waste don’t you think?