New release: Do you sing a mournful melody?

As an addendum to my last post, I have a new release! Entitled “Sing A Mournful Melody” it’s a piece I have been sitting on for quite a while.   Thanks to my mentor, Patty G. Henderson, it finally sees the light of day. :) Set in 1900, it is a short historical Gothic fantasy–with vampires. :) Yes, yes, I know, but I couldn’t resist. My heroine (Maribelle) needed someone extraordinary to…well, you’ll have to read it yourself to see what she needs him for.

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Halloween reads Sale

For Halloween, I’ve put my first supernatural novel, THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE (Antique Magic, book one), on sale for $.99. If you’d like to check it out, now’s the time. What’s the book about?  With the help of ancestral ghosts, a woman, and fledgling witch, who inherits her brother-in-law’s house only to find it haunted. Along her journey, she must defend her husband from insanity, and an ancient family curse.

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Scratch til it bleeds…A little flash fiction

Best laid plans and all…

I was going to participate in a “call” for flash fiction awhile ago that I saw on one of my author groups, but you know…I just kept coming up with stuff that didn’t work. It was either longer than I think the call-er takes (the guidelines asked for 300 words) or it didn’t end happily. ;) So, for your giggles, here’s what I came up with.

The picture for the prompt looked something like this:

cowboys, flash fiction, shapeshifter fiction, shape shifter fiction, paranormal

Note the fact that the dude has no hair on his chest (or at least I don’t see any in the picture). Looking at this, a little shapeshifter story popped into my head for your Halloween reading pleasure. It goes something like this: (**Might have a bit of language some of you might consider offensive. Be warned).

Scratch til it bleeds

Once king of the Known Savanna the humans bested him. He couldn’t remember now how it happened.

The concubine’s soulless eyes swept over them; one after another she scrutinized the men standing in line with him.

Balless twits the lot of them. And every one of them shaved clean. He’d never known such a shifter pride to be so chicken. Every one of the shifters beside him exuded an arrogance he didn’t deserve. Did they see what they’d given up for a chance in her bed?

He kicked himself for he followed the example. Pride, survival? T’was a hard call.

His skin itched from the shave he’d given himself trying to blend in with the conqueror. Foolish move, that. He’d give anything right now, to scratch! But she watched. And he wouldn’t let her know she’d won. Be still. Overlooked. Freedom awaits!

“You!” she said.

He touched his hat. “Ma’am.” Damn. Caught. Time was, he’d crept across the savanna like a hunter, not the hunted. You’ve grown weak, son.

She pointed at him.

The guards grabbed his arms and escorted him into her quarters. Opulence oozed from the walls, but the furs gracing the bed and marble floor made him shiver. Lion, leopard. His kin.

His skin itched as his fur wiggled beneath the human facade. He couldn’t help himself; he drew his sheared-short fingernails across his chest. Damn playing a human was hard!

She shut the door and slid out of her robes, standing naked before him.

“Really, now.” She stalked closer, as if he were the prey and she the lioness in tall grass. “Why do you scratch?”

He gave her a cheeky grin. “Come here and I’ll show you.”

She removed his hat, pushed him down on the bed, and stripped him of his jeans.  Her caressing hands made it hard to concentrate.

She kept missing the right spot!

His lush golden fur wouldn’t be contained; as it slipped through his skin relief flooded him.  “That’s why,” he said.

She screamed bloody murder… His claws came out…

He dropped her corpse and scratched, sighing relief. Satisfied, he picked up his hat, wondering, were the thin blood streaks across his chest from her claws, or his?

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Hehe. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of flash fiction

copyright 2014, Juli D. Revezzo

*Sorry. I do not know the photographer of the above cowboy. It was just provided as part of the prompt.

Seasons of Reading…Fall: #FrightFall Read-a-Thon – Prize Promotion Page

 

 

FrightFall Read-a-Thon

Another Witching Hour (okay, month) is upon us and ooh, it’s my favorite time of year!! :) Time for all fans of ghosts, vampire, and various ghoulies to celebrate! :) This year, I’ve teamed up with Seasons of Reading and two other very fine authors in the FrightFall Read-A-Thon. Which ends October 7th. Eep! So go sign up. Aside from me, authors Glen Craney, Johnathon Janz are featured and offering copies of their fine works. I’m offering an ecopy of my spooky paranormal The Artist’s Inheritance.

You can sign up here, and see the prizes here:

Seasons of Reading…Fall: #FrightFall Read-a-Thon – Prize Promotion Page.

Mila A. Ballantine: Best Sellers & Other Worthy Mentions

 

Best Sellers

 

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Thin Skin Soul Pinned  

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Blurb:

Exotic items are invaluable and some only come around once in a lifetime. Marie Tousant, a native of the Bayou, finds herself in a dilemma when practitioners of the dark arts embark on an eternal hunt. An opposing force materializes and shares secrets that may save her from the grasp of evil. Fortunately, her allies are willing to protect her, even if it cost them their lives.

 

 Book Trailer:

 

 

Download a copy here >>  B&N / Smashwords / Amazon 

 

 

 

THIN SKIN SOUL PINNED has a sequel:

 

 

 

 

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Blurb:

 

While on a road trip, two friends make a pit stop in a quaint town. They spend more time there than they anticipated. It’s debatable if they’ll ever reach their destination or if they’ll live.

 

Download a copy here >> B&N / Smashwords / Amazon 

 

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Author Bio

Mila A. Ballentine is a mystery writer who doesn’t shy away from writing about things that grasp the core of her imagination. Her writing is an extension of her mind’s eye and there is always an element of truth in each of her books. She studied Creative Writing and Communication Arts at a City University of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling or doing anything that allows her to put her creative energy to use.

What can you expect from a book written by Mila A. Ballentine?

“Author Mila A. Balletine’s originality shines through all of her stories. She is creative, adventurous, and honest about everything that goes into the pages of her books. If Mila were to get lost in the woods, she would use her time wisely. Her senses would be alert and her creativity would skyrocket through the roof.  Mila would find a way to write a story on a leaf. Besides Mila being a good author, she is bubbly, outgoing, and extremely shy, but don’t let her coyness fool you.  Her characters are strong, honest, and ready to jump into an adventure without hesitations.” ~ S.J. Dennery

In her own words…

My writing style is an extension of my wide-ranging imagination. I try to write my stories as if I have walked in the character’s shoes. Like most of my characters, I have many-sides. I enjoy exploring the struggles, triumphs, and vulnerabilities in their lives. After all, they are an important part of the story. Therefore, I strive to make the reader care about what happens in their lives.

She’s also graciously included me in her giveaway, so for another chance to win a copy of my latest book (ebook only), Changeling’s Crown, fill out the form at this rafflecopter link below. Giveaway ends June 20.

 

Author Gary F. Vanucci chats about dragons, elves, and the walking dead….

Fantasy author Gary F. Vanucci has been involved in the fantasy genre forever. He’s written an RPG along with his multi-volumed high fantasy series Realm of Ashenclaw, complete with elves, magic-wielding soldiers, and assassins! Now he’s sidestepped into the horror/dystopian subgenre with his new release Wake the Dead. I invited him to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with us today.

Hi Gary, thanks for your time. When did you start writing, and who are your influences?

Gary F. Vanucci: I started a science fiction book back in ‘99-2000 or so and never finished it. My father, a pianist, passed away in 2010 and I decided to take the craft a bit more seriously as I felt he died with the music still in him. I did not want to do that. I have always been a huge fan of R.A. Salvatore, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Howard and the like, and have always been a huge fan of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and comic books. And so, while laid off in 2010, I began to write a fantasy series. This was inspired by the concept of an entire world that I had begun creating in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s for an RPG which I used as the basis for the Realm of Ashenclaw/land of Wothlondia.

 

I’m sorry to hear about your father but… OMG! Another Moorcock fan. Be still my heart! :) So I guess that answers my next question: What made you fall in love with fantasy novels?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: The escapism it provided and the imagination that it awoke in me. No matter how bad a day, no matter how many real stresses or responsibilities I have, I always found it very easy to lose myself in a fantasy world. The allure is immeasurable.

What can you tell someone who has never read the Realm of Ashenclaw stories about them?

Gary F. Vanucci: Firstly, it has a good deal of satisfying and familiar elements that the genre offers. The tales themselves are founded in a richly detailed world, where an eclectic group of people with varying skill sets, hailing from different lands and upbringings, are handpicked for a very dangerous assignment. They all come together agreeably, but have very different motivations for completing the quest. I like to think that I have put a slight twist on the common fantasy archetypes and such, but it still has very common elements that one would desire in an epic fantasy. I also have some other changes and surprised lined up in the near future for fans of the series.
Of your books, what do you enjoy better, writing the characters, or the storyline itself? Or the world building?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: I enjoy it all! Creating the characters is the most fun, followed by the storyline, and then the world building, though I do put in the effort on all facets. I’d go so far as to say that I take the world building seriously enough to have released a D&D 4th edition compatible supplement that has quite a bit of detail in it, which can be found in hard copy on Amazon/CreateSpace and in digital format at RPGNOW.
Your body of work is quite vast, how do you keep up such a pace?

Gary F. Vanucci: Well, I am actually a slow writer and reader, to be honest. I try to write a certain amount of words per week, and hit the goal at least half the time. :) I do feel that I put in a lot of hours going from one job to the writing on most nights. I watch minimal TV, try to avoid distractions and keep my focus when writing. Also, I do have a close knit support group that makes this much easier to do.

 

Having that support helps a lot. *nodnods* Your new book, Wake the Dead, just released. You’d written zombies before, in Realm of Ashenclaw series, now they’re a central feature and their mayhem affects our world. How did you decide to write this story, rather than return to your secondary-world fantasy realm of Wothlondia?

 

 Wake the Dead by Gary F. Vanucci Gary F. Vanucci: Well, firstly, I love the undead! Secondly, I was having minimal success gaining traction with the fantasy writing and decided to switch it up for a change of pace. While I enjoy the Realm of Ashenclaw greatly, it has not gotten the exposure that I wanted…yet. So, I was inspired to write a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse novel as I wanted to see what I could do in another genre, using a modern setting as well as write for a strictly adult audience. I was pleased with the results and so far, it has done pretty well for me. I am working on the 5th book of the RoA series as well as a Wake the Dead companion piece, of which there will be more.

 

Will a reader of the Beginnings saga see these heroes (Rose, Ganthorpe, Dinah, etc) again at some point?
Beginnings Box set
 

Gary F. Vanucci: There are always more plot twists and scenarios in my head for future stories in the RoA, not centered around these heroes, so yes! I plan on doing a great deal more in that world over the next few decades, so fantasy fans stay tuned! Unfortunately, I have a full time job already that really cuts into my writing and creative time, or else I’d be releasing 3-6 books a year instead of maybe 1 or 2. Such is the life of a part time writer!
True. What advice can you give to a fantasy author contemplating indie publishing?

Gary F. Vanucci: Be prepared to work your butt off. Fantasy is much harder as you need to create everything from scratch. Magic, the world, its history, the characters, the social and political structures, and so on. It is not for the faint of heart. Of course, I could say that about all writing really, but fantasy and even science fiction are much more immersive. Anything where you need to create more than just characters, you have your work cut out for you! That being said, it is that much more rewarding.

 

I must admit, that’s the part I love the most about writing and reading fantasy! :) And finally, where can my readers find out more about you and your works?

 

Gary F. Vanucci: All of my Realm of Ashenclaw series is on Kobo, Barnes and Noble, CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords and iTunes. As of now, Wake the Dead is exclusively with Amazon and will be for a while longer. I can also be found occasionally lurking at any one of these places: WattPad, the Independent Author Network, Eye on Ashenclaw/Ashenclaw.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Smashwords and Goodreads, where I am currently hosting a giveaway for two signed copies of Wake the Dead.

(Wothlondia Rising is also free on Amazon, right now.)

Sounds like you are keeping busy. Thank you for taking time out to meet with us! We will look forward to them all. Folks, if you have any questions for Gary, feel free to leave a comment. And I hope you enjoy his works. ;) I think you will!

 

Author Gary F. Vanucci

Author Gary F. Vanucci

Gary Vanucci was born in Pennsylvania in 1968. He enjoys writing, reading, music, art, anything at all that promotes creativity and activities that push the mind beyond conventional thinking. He has spent time as an amateur singer/songwriter and has spent multiple decades creating role-playing scenarios and playing games amongst various genres. Years of reading graphic novels, comic books, fantasy/science fiction novels and the like has led him to discover his true passion—writing!  His education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in the field of Information Technology and an Associates of Arts in the field of Graphic Design. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  ~Aristotle.