Not Everyone Takes Inspiration From Twilight.

Why does everyone that reviews a vampire book have to mention Twilight? Just because a book has vampires and werewolves in it does not mean that it is a Twilight rip-off. Many authors wrote about vampires long before Twilight, and they will continue to write about vampires long after Twilight is gone. I wish people would stop saying I copied Twilight just because my book has vampires and werewolves in it. My vampires are far different from hers—they have fangs, the sunlight gives them headaches if they haven’t fed, they feed on humans, they aren’t invincible, and they die by being staked through the freaking heart—I can’t think of a way to make my vampires more different than Stephenie Meyer’s vampires. Seriously, they’re not even close. So for someone to tell me that I copied Twilight just because I have vampires and werewolves in my book really hurts. It makes me feel like my writing can’t stand on its own, and that people only like my book because they for some reason think it’s a Twilight rip-off. The only way a book can be a Twilight rip-off is if the book features vampires that sparkle in the sunlight, feast on animals, have special powers, and are invincible. Since my vampires are nothing like that, I have to be honest and say I don’t see what people are talking about. Not everyone takes inspiration from Twilight.

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Non-Reviews.

Why do people leave one star reviews on Barnes and Noble without actually reading the book first? They’ll ask if it’s any good, or if it has inappropriate content in it, or they’ll ask people to be their friend, but they don’t seem to realize that people can’t answer back. Do these people understand how devastating a single one star review can be to a self-published author? When you only have a few reviews, a single one star review can take off a whole star from your total rating. And if you get more than one “non-review”, it can really damage your total rating. What if someone decides not to read the book after taking a look at that rating? Not everyone reads reviews. Some will see that low rating and just think, “Nope. That book must suck. I think I’ll pass”. I really wish people would stop reviewing books they haven’t read.

Consumed By War (Arena Wars #3).

Consumed By War, the third and final book in my Wars trilogy, has been published and is available online at http://www.smashwords.com. Alanna and her family are preparing for the fight of their lives. They’ve been given a short reprieve from danger while Roger prepares to finally carry out his plans for revenge. While Alanna prepares to give birth, war threatens them from all sides. Elias plans to get his revenge against Ray for the death of his mate many years ago, Roger wants to destroy all traces of Charlotte’s memory by destroying Alanna and her family, and they’re waiting for news from the Council. Mixed up in all of this is Ilene, whose dwindling hold on her sanity makes her a dangerous opponent who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. By Alanna’s side is Quinten, who is finally coming to terms with his approaching fatherhood, and Alanna’s own father, who is desperate to save not only his children, but his grandchildren as well…

Reviewers

Normally, I love reviewers. Whether the review says my book is poor or excellent, it always makes me happy to know that someone took the time to read my book, and that they’re taking the time to write a review. However, today I got a review on one of my books, and before I was even finished reading it, I knew I was going to have to write about it. This person read thirty-seven pages of my book, and he or she decided to give it a one-star rating on Barnes and Noble. In their review, they “took issue” with the fact that I named my main character after myself, gave her my age, and made her look like me. They said that it spoke to a lack of creativity. I’m not sure how they could have missed it, since I practically spell it out. This girl in “Zombie Island” is me. She has my name, she looks like me, and she is my age because she is literally supposed to be me. This is my story. The story of how I would survive during a zombie apocalypse, and for someone to tell me that doing this “lacks creativity” really hurts. This story started out as a daydream and I turned it into an actual story. And in a moment of inspiration, I decided to keep myself as the main character, so I could have better insight into the mind of my main character. I think doing that showed a great deal of creativity. I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong…

How Long Has It Been?

It’s been a while since my last post, but I have a good reason for not keeping up with this website…I’ve been busy working on a few different projects right now, one of which is the third and final part to my Wars trilogy. Another one is the first book in a trilogy centered around necromancers, werewolves, vampires, fairies, and witches. It’s got a little bit of everything, but mostly focuses on evil forces attempting to raise an army of the undead. Right now it’s about eighty-five percent of the way done, and weighs in at 56,500 words. I think it’ll end up being about 70,000 words by the time I’m done, which will make it one of the longest books I’ve ever written. I’m eagerly anticipating finishing it, because I can’t wait for the reviews to follow. Hopefully people will be as thrilled with it as I am. I’ll post more about Dark Heritage at a later date, as I’m closer to finishing it.

Zombie Island

I’ve published my fourth book online at Smashwords.com, and the book is called Zombie Island. It’s a book about the zombie apocalypse (duh). A small group of survivors try to make their way to an island with a low year-round population, hoping that they infection might not have reached the island yet and, if it has, they’ll be able to take care of any zombie population. There’s plenty of action, drama, and a little bit of romance. If you’re interested in survival stories, you should head over to Smashwords.com to check it out. The book is free, and I would love some more reviews.

The Awakening

I’ve finished my second book, The Awakening, a story about 17 year old Kylie Redding, who is trying to recover from the emotional devastation of her best friend’s suicide. She hates the people in her school, she hates her step-dad, and she hates life. When Kylie begins choking on her own blood, she’s surprisingly happy at the thought of dying, because she’ll get to see Tara again. What she doesn’t count on is awakening in a strange mansion, and finding out that she’s just started her journey to becoming a vampire. The Moon Goddess Selene has chosen Kylie for a special reason, and it soon becomes apparent.

Tarais not dead, and she’s been given a special gift by their loving goddess. As her best friend, it’s only natural that Kylie step up and become her Protector, someone that will be willing to die for her in a seconds notice. When someone begins sacrificing residents of Daray Hall, her new home, Tara’s gift of mind reading comes in handy, and the two begin searching for the elusive killer. However, this gift puts Tara in great danger, and Kylie begins to doubt her choices, and herself.

Together, they uncover a strange plot to summon an evil, vengeful goddess that will destroy the world with fire until only those that worship her are left. When the ultimate showdown happens, Kylie isn’t sure what is going to happen; only that she needs to protect Tara with everything she has. No matter the cost.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my blog! This is my very first post, so take it a little easy on me, ok? I created this blog to hopefully gain some exposure for my self-published book, The Arena Wars. I also have another book that I’m in the process of publishing. I hope you check out my book at Smashwords.com and leave me a review. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Alanna is a young werewolf, and her best friend Quinten is a human. They’ve been best friends since they were children, and he desperately wants to be a part of Alanna’s life. Unfortunately, Alanna catches the attention of a four hundred year old werewolf by the name of Roger Mason. Roger becomes hell bent on having Alanna as his own and, when she refuses to be his mate, she and Quinten are both abducted and shipped off to compete in the Arena Wars.

The Arena Wars is a brutal fight to the death with your bare hands that takes place in a reconstructed gladiator-style arena. The fights are headed by Elias, a nine hundred year old vampire. Partners fight to the death with no weapons and no rules. If you refuse to fight, you’re killed on the spot. If you lose a fight, you die. Elias takes a special interest in Alanna, especially in her blood. This leads Alanna to believe that she’s meant to be his soul mate. Can Quinten convince her otherwise?

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