Monthly Archives: October 2014

Surprise! It’s a vampire! Why I went Indie.

RebornCover

So as most of you know by now, I released a “secret book” on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Why was I so hush-hush about it when I am so chatty about my Darkness Saga? Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and we can have a fireside chat.

Let’s be real.

When I first began writing, my dream was to land the agent, get the big book deal and see my beautiful hard copy edition in every book store across America. (Hey international sales wasn’t such a bad dream, either.) I’m not going to lie to you, that still is my dream, but it’s been placed to the side. I think success is every writer’s dream. Writers want readers. That’s it. I want someone to swoon over Luce or Michael the way I’ve swooned over the literary heroes that grace my bookshelves.

So did I give up on that dream? NO WAY!

In my pursuit of the perfect agent, the perfect publishing deal, and the perfect way to become a household brand name, I lost sight of something really important– writing.

See, before I tried to sell my work, I had to write my work. There was a time when the happiest portion of my day was when I would come home from the day job, go through my nighttime routine and in the wee hours of solitude, type away and bring my imagination to life. I wrote for no one other than me. I wrote without an agenda, and it was the sweetest, purest writing time of my life.

Since I began querying three years ago, I lost sight of the magic of writing. I began studying “formulas” and “trends” and ignoring what I wanted to write because “paranormal was dead.” I began grasping at any way possible to make a career out of this path which I so desperately desired when rejection after rejection kept flooding my inbox.

Occasionally there were offers. One offer that against my better judgement I accepted. Well, you all know how that ended. If you don’t know, all I’m going to say is never go against your gut. When your subconscious is whispering to you, bring the brakes to a screeching halt and pay attention. I’ve learned my lesson from that, and despite how wonderful something may appear, I no longer try to force a square peg into a round hole. “Proceed with caution” is my new motto.

Which brings me to my reasons for going indie.

For YEARS, I fought against being an independent author. I was embarrassed by the title. Being an indie author means that your work couldn’t cut it in the real literary world, right? WRONG!

I have learned a pearl of wisdom, “The size of the book deal is not directly proportionate to the quality of the book.” I’ve read amazing traditionally published books. They sit on my nightstand like old friends. I’ve also read horrible ones. Books where I scratched my head because I actually found it insulting that a big publisher would think that this is what a reader wants.

The most profound writing advice I ever heard, came from Anne Rice, although I do not believe she was the original person to first utter the phrase. It’s simple: “Write the book you most want to read.”

If I’m writing a book I am passionate about, wouldn’t others be passionate as well? That’s how I created Lucifer. I wrote him without fear, not worrying what others would think. As a result, the words poured onto the page. Writing Luce is comfortable, like slipping into my favorite flannel shirt. It feels good to write him. You know what? Readers liked him too.

But wait a minute! How is that possible? That book is paranormal. The genre is overcrowded and nobody wants to read that stuff anymore. Hmm… tell that to the patient, devoted fans who are waiting for Killing Darkness to come out. I’ve already missed my promised initial release date. Sometimes going to the Supermarket can be hazardous to my health… Not that I’m complaining!

I’m not bitter. I’m actually blissfully happy.
I’ve recently come to grips with the fact that I DO NOT have to conform to what the industry says I need to write. Knowing this is liberating because it meant I could do something I always wanted to do since I was thirteen years old. Write a vampire book.

Vampires have been a deep rooted fascination with me since I was in elementary school. I think I got the obsession from my father who dressed up every year without fail as classic Dracula. While some kids learned how to look both ways before crossing the street, my dad instilled in me the importance of learning how to ward of a vampire. He prepped me on the importance of every young girl having a slayer box handy. Holy water, garlic and a cross of sterling silver. My dad was nothing if not original in his parenting techniques! Of course it was a silly game, but it planted a seed in my imagination. That seed burrowed down deep and blossomed within me. The thing was, I didn’t want to learn how to keep the vampires at bay. I wanted to invite them in.

When I first read Interview with the Vampire, I was in the eighth grade. I think I watched my VHS copy of Brad and Tom so many times I wore out the tape. That led to Lestat and Pandora… I had the Anne Rice bug.

There were many movies along the way. The Lost Boys, Bram Stokers Dracula, and of course The Twilight franchise. While I don’t consider Edward Cullen to be a real vamp, I do love that it reopened the door to vampires and paranormal in general. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals prove that the public still craves a little bloody necking.

Which brings me to Bryce, my sexy Scottish vampire who prowls the streets of Manhattan each night looking for a little snack to pass the time.

It was so much FUN to create this character. My vampires are creatures of the night. Humans are food. The sun will kill them, their transformation is not instant and they DO NOT SPARKLE. What I wanted to draw upon was the seductive side of them. Vampires are sexual creatures. They lure in their prey and even the act of death can be somewhat erotic.

I wanted to explore their pain, the reality of no longer having a reflection and feeling invisible to a world that no longer celebrates their life.

So, while you’re waiting for Killing to come out, maybe you’d like to give Reborn a try. It’s 110 pages and only .99cents. It is the first book in The Blood Clan Chronicles. Book two will be available by Thanksgiving and book three by Christmas. Had I gone traditional, I NEVER could deliver these books to you guys so quickly. Being Indie means I can give my readers stories faster, without giving up on the quality of my production.

Just goes to show you how wonderful words can be when you stop trying to be what society dictates, and start embracing who you are and what you always wanted to do.

Love and Bloody kisses!XO

~Kat

http://www.amazon.com/Reborn-Highlander-Vampire-Romance-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00OSOF79I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414249433&sr=8-1&keywords=reborn+kat+daemon

Advertisements

4 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Cloven Blog Stop!

Cloven Blog Tour Banner2

CLOVEN The sequel to ADORNED by Georgeann Swiger is available NOW!

You know how I love angels… well this book has my favorite angel… the one that put pride before the fall, and well… we all know how well that worked out for him.

Keep reading to find giveaways, an excerpt and an exclusive guest post on Angelology by Georgeann!

Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger

Blurb:
What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken. 

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.

Information about the book:
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Title: Cloven
Series: The Trinity of Souls (#2)
Category: NA
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Format: Ebook
Published: 21st October 2014
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23164435-cloven
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NSC1VPK
Barnes & Noble Link:

About the Author:

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
Website. Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday 21st Oct
Biblio Belle’s Book Blog

Wednesday 22nd Oct
From the Shadows

Thursday 23rd Oct
Prosy Rosie
Kat Daemon

Friday 24th Oct
Off The Page
Dragon Blog

Saturday 25th Oct
BeingPerry

Sunday 26th Oct
That’s What She Said

Monday 27th Oct
Ramblings on Readings

Tuesday 28th Oct
Kick Start Your Heart Romance
Gina Henning

Wednesday 29th Oct
Jessica Dragon Cheramie
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 30th Oct
Breathless Ink

Friday 31st Oct
Ana Blaze
Big Book Little Book

Saturday 1st Nov
Ya Yeah Yeah

Sunday 2nd Nov
ScriptLand
Bookish Treasures

Monday 3rd Nov
Chick Lit Vs Fantasy

Tuesday 4th Nov
Pen and Muse
The Flutterby Room

Wednesday 5th Nov
Dragon Blog

Link to tour schedule:
http://fayerogers.co.uk/tour-schedule-cloven-by-georgeann-swiger/

Giveaway
There’s a tour-wide giveaway during the tour too.
Participants can win:

Digital Copy of Adorned
Digital Copy of Cloven
$10 Amazon Gift Card
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt

“What are you two doing?” The deep voice coming from the hallway sends a happy
tremor through my body. I jump to my feet to run to Micah, but I’m stopped by the
piercing pain of glass going through my foot. I look down to see blood trickling on the
floor. When I sit on the couch to pull out the shard, Kieran and Emory hover around me.

“Why are you in my room?” Micah asks, angrily.

Kieran and Emory move to the side to give Micah a direct line to me. I look up and his gaze grabs mine. We stare at one another, caught in a wordless hello. Small expressions run over his face, telling me he’s relieved, happy, confused.

“Leave us,” he says quietly without looking away from me.

Kieran and Emory hurry out of the room, shutting the door behind them. Micah closes his eyes. He takes a deep breath, bows his head and mutters something under his breath. When he looks up, he stares at me in disbelief. He doesn’t seem to notice the glass crunching under his feet as he steps toward me. His lips quiver, trying to form words that won’t come.

The fire crackles and pops behind him. Micah’s eyes glisten while he studies my shaking hand, reaching for him. My hand finds his, linking our fingers together. The strong beat of his pulse thumps in his trembling fingers. I step cautiously to the floor, avoiding the glass. When I’m eye level with him, his pupils flicker. As soon as I open my mouth to tell him how much I missed him, he pulls me to his body and covers my mouth with his. Every pent up emotion is released the second he kisses me. I don’t know where this Micah came from. His mouth claims mine without reservation or fear of repercussions. I fall into his embrace, enjoying every bit of the intensity of the kiss that tells me he missed me as much as I missed him. The tension in his body falls away as his hands travel through my hair and down my back, over my hips and up my sides like he’s making sure I’m real. I’m real, Micah, I want to say but I don’t want to stop kissing him. The taste of his lips brings to life the forbidden feelings I’m done hiding. I can’t get enough of him.

Angelology

With any mythical creature comes a set of rules that govern that particular being. When it comes to angels, I did a lot of research that amounted to a lot of conflicting information about angels. Consequently, when I wrote the Trinity of Souls Series, I mashed up what I learned and developed my own angelology. Here are the Top Five Things you should know about the angels in my books.

Fallen angels and demons are not the same thing. In fact, fallen angels don’t like to be called “fallen angels”. They still believe themselves to be just angels. The term “fallen angel” is offensive to them as is the term Hell. They prefer to say they live in Lucifer’s Kingdom. Also, humans and angels are two entirely different entities. You don’t just die and become an angel. Angels are their own “species”.

In Heaven, angels are ranked in a hierarchy that determines power, status and closeness to God. Within this hierarchy exists ten types of angels. The Trinity of Souls Series focuses on five of these. The Cherubim are mystical, powerful angels seated closest to God. The Pashcar are angels who relieve emotional and physical pain. The Dominions are the government within Heaven. The Powers are soldiers that protect the Kingdom of Heaven. Guardians are the lowest ranking angels. They watch over mankind.
Heaven and Hell exist as separate and distinct kingdoms joined by portals. The border on Heaven’s side is cold, foggy and dangerous with portals hidden beneath the mist, while the portals on Hell’s side are hidden and hard to find, making it hard to escape Lucifer’s Kingdom.

The idea of angels having feathery wings and haloes doesn’t make it into my stories. Angels are beings of light. A halo of light can form around their bodies and a fiery flicker of light at their backs can appear in the shape of wings. However, these instances are rare. Within the Kingdom and on Earth, angels look like man.

Heaven is a place where your most beautiful dreams can come true. However, there are rules in place. Breaking those rules brings consequences. Hell is a nightmarish place where it’s either too hot to breathe or too cold to move. Water is a precious commodity. Your fears become reality. It’s hard to know who and what to trust.

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Cover Reveal & Blog Blitz: The Dark Carnival

Alright y’all… I’m not gonna lie, I am SUPER EXCITED about this cover reveal…
Last August back in 2013 a group of AMAZING writers got together to show off our dark side. The result? The Dark Carnival.. and I was LUCKY enough to be apart of it.

The best part? The stories have been compiled into an anthology and it will be available SOON! In the mean time check out this incredible cover and the juicy teasers I have for you!

Cover Reveal

The Dark Carnival
A Pen & Muse Anthology
dark_carnival-cover-banner

October approaches. Autumn leaves are nearly falling. The Dark Carnival is calling, calling. Will you answer its call? Will you heed the beckon?

The doors are opening.

Will you leave with your life?
Dark-Carnival-PM-Horror-Anthology

Blurb: In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It’s The Dark Carnival.

And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there’s no promise that anyone can leave…alive.

Edited by: Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett, and Jessi Shakarian

Contributors include: Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyle Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change

*************
Add it to Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20495362-the-dark-carnival

Want to show The Dark Carnival even more Goodreads love?
Add it to your shelves – horror, anthologies, and thriller are good places to start.

Did you say you have more love? Pin the shiny new cover to Pinterest, send out some tweets, and scribe it into Facebook. You never know – show The Dark Carnival enough love, and it might just let you leave.

Cover Design by the fabulous C. Elizabeth Vescio. Learn more about her and her incredible design skills here.

About Pen & Muse Press
Need writing tips? Want to learn how to market yourself as an author? Pen & Muse Press was started to give you just the tips you need. No matter how long you’ve been writing – or haven’t been, embrace your craft.
Blog | Author Services | Twitter | Facebook

Book Blitz

The air has grown crisp – October is here. With October comes autumn leaves, apple cider, and the siren call of The Dark Carnival.

Will you answer its call? Will you heed the beckon?

The doors are opening.

Will you leave with your life?

Blurb: In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It’s The Dark Carnival.

And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there’s no promise that anyone can leave…alive.

Edited by: Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett, and Jessi Shakarian

Contributors include: Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyle Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change

*************
Add it to Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20495362-the-dark-carnival

Want to show The Dark Carnival even more Goodreads love?
Add it to your shelves – horror, anthologies, and thriller are good places to start.

Did you say you have more love? Pin the shiny new cover to Pinterest, send out some tweets, and scribe it into Facebook. You never know – show The Dark Carnival enough love, and it might just let you leave.

About Pen & Muse Press
Need writing tips? Want to learn how to market yourself as an author? Pen & Muse Press was started to give you just the tips you need. No matter how long you’ve been writing – or haven’t been, embrace your craft.
Blog | Author Services | Twitter | Facebook

Teaser
Dark-Carnival-T1

Excerpt

And the Tunnel of Love loomed ahead of us.
I didn’t think they even made those things anymore. I hadn’t seen one at one of these fairs—well, my whole life. It was something you’d only see in a fifties movie, or some old black and white photo. And like anything classy, none of the loudmouth teenagers that frequented the fair were anywhere near it. The shadows around the Tunnel of Love were empty.
I wrapped my arms around her and headed towards the dark entryway.
The tunnel seemed even more like it was dropped out of another time as we got closer to it. Two giant cutout swans with chipping white paint formed a heart with their great necks, creating a doorway into the darkness where love was supposed to flourish. If not for the dark that invited one like me in, I would have seen the marred paint and carved in hearts with random initials on the pristine white of their feathers to be a bad sign, of something lost and something ruined.
I should have looked deeper.
Love Consumes Us by Julie Hutchings

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Cloven!

Knock-knock!
Who’s there?
Lucifer…
C’mon in baby…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a twisted lil love affair with the devil. I adore seeing all variations of him since he is a universal figure that transcends cultures. Well, he has even managed to infiltrate Georgeanne Swiger’s The Trinity of Souls Series!

As you can tell, I am SO EXCITED for this book to come out. Since we can’t have it today, we can at least celebrate the BEAUTIFUL cover and take a peek at the blurb!

Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger
CLOVEN-EBOOK

Blurb:
What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken. 

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.

Information about the book:
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Title: Cloven
Series: The Trinity of Souls (#2)
Category: NA
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Format: Ebook
Published: 21st October 2014
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23164435-cloven
Pre-Order Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NSC1VPK

Information about Adorned (The Trinity of Souls #1):
ADORNED-EBOOK

For a limited time only Adorned will be free, please include something similar to this in your blog post;

Adorned is free for a limited time.
Be sure to get your copy today!

Amazon Free Link: http://www.amazon.com/Adorned-Trinity-Souls-Georgeann-Swiger-ebook/dp/B00JG8QZ1U/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411468084&sr=1-1&keywords=adorned+georgeann+swiger
Barnes & Noble Free Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adorned-georgeann-swiger/1119125704?ean=2940149544202&itm=1&usri=2940149544202

About the Author:
Georgeann Pic

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
Website. Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized