Be Creative! Be, Be Creative!

I still wish I had a quill and ink.

There’s nothing like starting a new project. I’ve worked on The Kris Grant Series for so long now, that it feels great working on something new.

With Daylight Hours and Moonlit Miles out for people to read, I figured it was time to step back for a while and try something else. I love writing third-person and having total freedom with the direction of the story. The Kris Grant Series was my first attempt at a first-person story-telling on such a big scale, and while I love the character of Kris Grant, it’s refreshing to have different perspectives.

This new project I’m working on is really getting my creative processes flowing again. It’s always a good sign when you’re passionate about what you’re working on. The hard part isn’t coming up with a great story, it’s getting it all down on paper.

To all my fellow writers out there, if you sit down and write for three hours and it feels like ten minutes, you’ve tapped into something special. It’s an amazing feeling and I hope I never lose that little piece of real-life magic.

On a side note — and a very important one at that — I want to thank everyone for their support with the release of Moonlit Miles. It was a long process to get that sequel made and I hope that everyone who has downloaded it or Daylight Hours, enjoys them both.

Kris Grant is the type of character that is almost effortless for me to write. That sounds like a good thing, but right now in my life, I want to push myself and hone my craft and experiment a little. The Kris Grant Series has only just begun with the first two novels in the series. I have the first 5 novels mapped out. I promise that I will return to that universe when the time is right. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even throw a few short stories out there for fans in the meantime. That universe has limitless possibilities for stories and not all of them have to revolve around Kris Grant; even though he would probably disagree.

Thank you, everyone.

Now, back to the dungeon.

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Amazing News!

Remember that sequel I was writing for my first book? You know, the one I’ve spent countless hours editing and proofreading and struggling to proofread and edit some more all while finishing college, wandering around the world with no sense of direction after graduating from college, and then finally realizing that I need to focus and get this second book out there? Yeah…that book.

Well, it’s coming.

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Sure, being Territory Master has its perks: money, power, responsibility…money. It’s not an easy job, but Kris Grant’s been playing the part and keeping the murdering and massacres down to an all-time low. So, why isn’t he getting the respect he deserves?

In the action-packed sequel to Daylight Hours, we find the inexperienced and sarcastic Vampire, Kris Grant struggling to control his territory. He’s never taken his role seriously and the consequences arise when two rogue Vampires come to town threatening everything Kris has built over the years. Now, with the aid of an unlikely team, Kris must battle his own ego and begin a dangerous hunt that will push him to his physical and emotional limits.

Friendships are tested, old enemies emerge, and new ones surface as Kris learns what it really means to be Territory Master.

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Excited? I am.

Moonlit Miles is coming exclusively to the Kindle Store in the next few days. Stay posted and spread the word.

Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing

I’ve been working like a beast to get the sequel to Daylight Hours edited and published. (I know that this is becoming stale news since it’s taking so long). However, I am putting up the final touches on the final draft and rolling it out full steam ahead. I’ve gotten back into a good groove since I’ve found some sort of inner peace with the way my life is at the moment. Things may not be perfect, but I’m making the most of it all and focusing on being creative and feeling good.

And when I haven’t been sitting in front of a computer doing irreparable damage to my eyes, I’ve been watching HBOGO religiously at least one hour a day like a good Christian. What have I been watching, you may ask? A show that I only watched in passing every now and again in my younger teen years: The Sopranos.

I will say one thing: The Soprano’s makes me appreciate Boardwalk Empire’s cinematography and story-telling more.

I love Boardwalk Empire and Terence Winter played his part with The Sopranos enough for me to trust that the hype was true and that the show was worth watching. I’ve been hooked. I plowed through the second season and now I’m starting the 3rd. I’ve got, what…only three more to go? That’s not too bad, I guess. The problem is making sure that I stick with editing and writing and not get sucked into Tony Soprano’s “family” drama and veg-out in front of the TV.

For any and all other television/movie buffs out there reading this, I started FX’s new show, The Americans last Friday. I’m two episodes behind, but I’m telling everyone out there that you need to start watching this show if you haven’t started already. I loved the pilot episode and I hope that the series lives up to its potential.

Jesus. They’re making way too many good shows out there these days. It’s impossible finding the time to watch everything. Between Shameless, Girls, The Walking Dead, and now The Americans and The Sopranos, it’s a wonder I get anything done at all.

Oh wait. I don’t…clearly. You can tell by how long it’s taking me to get the second book out there.

I have failed you, Self. But I will make it right. Soon, I promise. You shall see.

How I Sold 813 Copies of My Novel In One Day

Kindle, je t’aime.

It’s simple, really.

I have no idea…

I sold the Kindle version of my novel, Daylight Hours for free yesterday and sold 813 free copies. Eight hundred and thirteen…Jesus. All I can say is that I’m incredibly grateful for even one person buying my novel. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning waking up and looking at the sales reports. It was a gift that I hardly believe and I owe it to everyone who supported me.

Daylight Hours was #1 in Top Free Kindle books at one point and #2 for Kindle Fantasy-Paranormal genre. I didn’t hold the place long, but it stayed #11 and #13 for a while after that. This is beyond me. I promoted the book for my birthday for one day only and I was expecting to sell fifty, maybe one hundred at the most. I could have never hoped for what happened. I can’t wait to see reviews start popping up. Good or bad, I take criticism well and feedback only makes me a stronger writer. I can’t put into words how excited I am right now and how seeing those sales has invigorated my writing spirit.

I’ve got two more free promotions to use up and I’ll make sure the world knows when.

Thank you again everyone, especially all my friends and family who wished me a happy birthday and bought my book.

Now, if I can get half of those people who bought the book to review it, I might be able to get The Kris Grant Series picked up by a publishing house.