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.

 

Just In Time For The Holidays

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Just in time for the holidays, I will be offering up both books, Rise of a Queen and Of Darkness and Light, in one ebook for the price of $5.99. THAT’S 570 PAGES FOR $5.99. Tell me that’s not a steal? At this moment This are available at:
iStore: https://goo.gl/TqoCcB
Kobo: https://goo.gl/SN3aq6
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/sIbXEz
Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/Xv1lzH
Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/HkZ2Wl
Smashwords: https://goo.gl/kdHeph

 

The Goodies are HERE!!! See you at Bookmarks NC

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If I haven’t been excited enough I just had a small Christmas arrive today.  If you haven’t heard by now I’m going to be promoting my first book, Rise of a Queen, at Bookmarks (blog post) a HUGE book/author festival in Winston Salem, NC THIS Saturday the 12th.  Stop by, check out all the awesome art and literature showcase, and say hi!

Pssst? Are you ready?!

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BRRR! It’s cold out there! All this cold weather, we couldn’t help but curl up with our favorite book with a nice warm drink, or wine, of course!

With the much anticipated follow up to “Rise of a Queen” the second book in The Vampire Realm series “Of Darkness and Light”, we know our fans are on their toes waiting for any sign of life from Tessa and her clan.

Over the next few weeks, JS Riddle will be releasing teasers from her new novel to help feed your addiction!

Stay tuned and check back often, as you never know when we will reveal them!

Day 1 is here for Free Download

Weeeeee and the promotion kicks off.  Go ahead and download Rise of a Queen, you know, cause you love me and want to give me warm virtual hugs, and get something free for the big 3 day weekend about to come up (in the US that is).  If you’re outside the US, no worries, your Amazon has the ebook available there also.

You could always download it to give me a big virtual hug or check out my previous ANNOUNCEMENT  on the upcoming promotion.  I would say it would be a good post to see all my happiness, well wishes, and wisdom but we know the wisdom part is a lie.  All things wise in my word turn into wisea……..anyway.  check it out and check  out the  free book while you’re at it

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2 Day Promotion: Rise of a Queen e-book free Aug 30-31st, get it while you can

As I have been making a few changes to heading strictly to Amazon Kindle for a while I wanted to give a good back to school gift (that is for the parent’s that are jumping up and down their children are back in school) and a wee bit early Labor Day for the United States by making my book free for August 30th and 31st. Rise of a Queen will be free for download to Kindle and Kindle app’s

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USUK, for all other countries look up Rise of a Queen.  The 0 is a great number and a great thing to take advantage of.  I do ask one big thing.  If you’ve download it for free, please leave a review to let others know your thoughts on the book and a nod to me that you enjoyed getting the free gift.

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Kindle Lending Library!!!!!

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, take advantage.  Rise of a Queen (Book 1 Vampire Realm Series) should be sitting right there for you to borrow.

 Read the book, love/hate the book (lets go for love but I won’t hate you if it goes the other direction), review the book, and share with your friends.  

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Last chance to get Rise of a Queen for Nook

It won’t be long and I’ll be strictly Amazon bound, so if you have a Nook, take advantage and grab Rise of a Queen or tell your friends, if you enjoyed the book.  

You can go directly to from here to get to them.

Relaunch on Amazon as sole distributor will happen quite shortly.

Heading to Kindle Only for 90 days; but there is still time

I have decided that the Kindle is, by far, my readers preferred method of digital reading pleasure for my book.

As much as it may pain a few of you, I will be strictly Kindle.  For now, the other downloads are available, so if you have another reader besides a Kindle, now would be to download it HERE.  It could take a few days to up to a month, I will gauge how things go at this point and delete those that are no longer active.  It’s been a fun ride, but as my second book comes to fruit this seems to be the perfect opportunity to get things out there.

Rise of a Queen will always be available on the Kindle and in Paperback through Amazon, once again through the front of my author’s page.

I will blog and tweet and whatever else I have access to to inform those that the relaunch has been complete and I hope that you will tell your friends and maybe post a review or two in the process.

Can we get to some serious fighting already?

Seriously, I mean it.  I love battle, I love war and death and all things in between.  In my writing that is.  So I am at a part  (In book two mind you) where I have overcome the hump of the little romance I have brewing on the side, as torturous as that is for me, I see the future ahead of me, I know the words that will come out of my mouth, but am I crazy for just wanting to get to the fighting?  Yeah yeah, there are accomplishments along the way,which are very fun might I add.  A lot of ill intentions and revelations along with more torture and things of the like.  

I just see it, clear as day.  I have seen it for years actually, and I am getting so close I’m salivating.  I’m so close I can smell the blood, taste the sweat, and feel the pain of it all.  I’m sure it’s such a simple answer “Well write it silly” and that I will.  I just don’t feel like I’m ready for it yet.  I need the other accomplishments to finish their paths so it all meets up to this one huge blowout of a bloodbath with a detrimental change to most characters involved.  Once I have done that, don’t you think it would be hard to go back and write the lead-up once again?  Maybe its my carrot on the stick, maybe its just my path to follow, or maybe its just that I’m a stubborn old coot who wants things in their place and when they take place for I know that once this battle is done it is only the beginning of a much bigger war that will make me salivate even harder; with that I will need to get to book three.

So as much as I want fighting and war and that pinnacle moment with a ton of spoilers, and probably a few people who are wondering why I would do such a think to one of their favorite characters, I will wait my turn.  It won’t be long, it just will have to come when it does.

Don’t mind me, I’m going to go pout for a moment to let it all sink in.