My first update is for Kathryn Meyer – Griffith who recently took back the rights to her many novels and self-published them. Unfortunately not all her excellent reviews crossed over from the previous editions to the new revised versions. Kathryn has made her thriller novel Vampire Blood: Prequel to Human No Longer, Free for the foreseeable future and hopes to encourage authors to download and review.
About the book
For years the vampire family lived in the shadows, hidden by the night and people’s disbelief; feeding on animals or throw away people who would never be missed. But as the family moves into an old theater, and uses it to cover up their crimes, the youngest of them are restless and determined to live as they like. Recklessly. Killing and feeding when and where they want. Feeding on who they want.
Only the parent vampires have managed to keep them in check. But no longer.
Unaware of the night stalking menace, the townspeople of Summer Haven, Florida, blithely go about their daily lives until, one by one, they begin to disappear. Screams are heard in the night. Fear grows. The lost are never found…alive.
But Jenny Lacey and her father, who are hired to renovate the old Grand Theater, can’t escape when they find themselves caught up in the middle of the vampire’s war. And, in the end, it’s up to Jenny, her brother, Joey, and her ex-husband, Jeff (who she still loves and reconnects with in this novel…happy ending there), to get rid of the bloodthirsty fiends that are destroying their town…if they can.
Read the background to the story on Amazon.
One of the reviews on Goodreads from Elke
I guess this kind of story will always remain my favourite kind of fangtale: vampire novels where bloodsuckers still suck. Vampire Blood is one of those straight stories where you are well aware of the vampires’ unholy motives, which definitely don’t include any romantic inter-human affairs. Instead, the human female has to fight the undead by all means, which makes her far more likeable than any longing damsel-in-distress waiting for her pale hero. Also, she’s just your average girl-next-door, not one of those modern vampire hunter amazons either, which seem to mark the opposite facette of modern vampire lit.
That’s what I really like about this book: take some normal people you can identify with and let them face sudden unexpected unbelievable evil. No superpowers or -weapons included, no common knowledge about the undead world, just plain fight or die
One of the recent reviews on Amazon
Really enjoyed this book and all her dinosaur lake books !!! Great characters and fast read. Looking forward to reading more books by her. Hope she will decide to continue Jenny’s story some day. If you enjoy Jurrassic Park you will love her dinosaur series .
The books is available at a number of outlets: https://books2read.com/u/bxWgl4
Direct link to Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pynak64
Also by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith/e/B000AP9HXQ
Connect to Kathryn via her blog: https://kathrynmeyergriffith.wordpress.com/
My next update is for Hunter Hunted – Book 2 in the Eternals Series by Richard M. Ankers, which was released late last year and featured in the Christmas Reading series.
About the Book
As soon as Jean stands in the sun’s ruby light, he and Princess Linka are drawn into a world of darkness. The Nordic royalty – albino Eternals of supposed myth – transport their guests deep beneath the Arctic ice to the legendary city of Hvit.
Their mother, Queen Serena, offers the pair sanctuary, but all is not right. Betrayed by the royal family and almost drowned in an orca hunt, Jean is forced to leave Linka behind. His mood is darker than ever and the world will feel his fury. Renewing old acquaintances, both good and bad, Jean must solve the mystery of who manipulates him and the deepening saga of his parents’ deaths. Now, Jean fights for more than just himself; he fights for love.
Once again, aided and abetted by the increasingly manic Merryweather, and the mysterious beauty that is Princess Aurora, Jean seeks retribution. Both hunter and hunted, trapped between wolves of land and sea, all directions point north. Jean must return to Hvit, the cloying, lavender stench of death, and the never-ending quest for blood.
The most recent review.
I read Anker’s first book, The Eternals, and looked forward to the second in the trilogy. Hunter Hunted picks up where the first one left off with Jean and Linka in the land of the Nordics, the powerful albino vampires of the frozen north. The landscape is dramatic, the world strange and beautiful as it spins closer to its end. The characters are consistent, compelling, and full of intense emotion.
Linka steps out of this book (though not out of Jean’s heart), and the beautiful Nordic princess, Aurora, joins him on a race through the dying world. Jean is both the hunter and the hunted in this novel and most of the book follows their journey south and north again. During that hunt, Ankers begins to hint at Jean’s destiny, a definite hook for the final book in the series.
Ankers has a lovely and unique poetic style of writing that I thoroughly enjoy: “There was something innately wrong about seeing one so beautiful as she stricken by grief. If there was a realm beyond our own, a place beyond the dark curtains of eternity, then I hoped it not populated by angels as sad as she, for my long-lost soul could not have borne it.”
If you enjoy fantasy, vampires, enchanting and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up.
Also by Richard M. Ankers
Read the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
Connect to Richard via his website: https://richardankers.com/
For the final update today I have chosen Emotional Beats by Nicholas C. Rossis.. It is easy as a writer to take short cuts when describing emotions as we assume everybody has and understands them.. But readers need to see the depths of our characters not the shallows and therefore being able to express emotions effectively is essential. This is an excellent writer’s tool.
About the book
Because of the way our brains are wired, readers empathize more strongly if you don’t name the emotion you are trying to describe. As soon as you name an emotion, readers go into thinking mode. And when they think about an emotion, they distance themselves from feeling it.
A great way to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience, is through beats. These action snippets that pepper dialogue can help describe a wide range of emotions, while avoiding lazy writing. The power of beats lies in their innate ability to create richer, more immediate, deeper writing.
This book includes hundreds of examples that you can use for your inspiration, so that you, too, can harness this technique to easily convert your writing into palpable feelings.
Two of the most recent reviews
Excellent guide for when you’re searching for a new way to express an emotion. The really nice part is, Rossis included emotions that very few other authors thought to add. I’m speaking of similar books to EMOTIONAL BEATS. He also included lists of alternate words most commonly used in a first draft. Very helpful!
A fabulous resource for the writer! So many diverse sections to spark the creative muse. Every writer hits a wall now and then when reaching for that perfect description or way to express a specific reaction. This book is great to kick your imagination in gear. Very handy!
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Beats-Convert-Palpable-Feelings-ebook/dp/B01LX5LZMT
A selection of other books by Nicholas C. Rossis
Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Connect to Nicholas via his blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/
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