It's been about 24 hours since The Seventh Horn went up for sale on the websites and I thought maybe I'd take a few moments to answer some questions.
Q) I haven't been paying attention to your ramblings. What's your book about?
A) From my spontaneous synopsis:
"Ark awoke with powers he didn't ask for surrounded on all sides by people who despise him for who he is. It certainly hasn't changed their feelings about him now that he's dead. He was always a bit of a loner and always a bit of a chauvinistic coward, but people no longer want to avoid him - they want him dead. On the other hand, the dead seem to understand his thirst for power and offer him a place in their community of psychopaths and murderers. Only one person is keeping Ark's untapped powers from destroying the world and she seems to think that he is a messenger from God. Will it be salvation that Ark chooses or will the dark embrace prove too strong to resist?"
To clarify, it's a fairly short novel (just over 50,000 words) about a suddenly turned vampire in Philadelphia during the biblical apocalypse. If you live in the area, you're sure to recognize locations and landmarks that I've mentioned. Everything takes place in the real, yet fictionalized, Philadelphia. Yeah, it's a vampire book because I've had an infatuation with the real vampires like Vlad Tepes and Lestat for a great many years. It's not my fault everyone else ruined vampires, alright? This isn't a romance novel and it's not a young adult novel. It's a book about what if a real person turned into a vampire? Not a gothic weirdo, not a teenager, not a ninja. In fact, I'll come right out and say it - he's an asshole. It made me laugh just writing it. If you'd like tidbits: 1, 2, 3, 4 excerpts from the first draft are here for your viewing pleasure. Samples are also available from purchase pages on B&N and Amazon.
Q) Ugh, I gotta pay?
A) Yeah, I know. I'm sorry. It's only a buck though. It's the cheapest I was able to set it for on the websites. I know it's more about the hassle of having to input your CC information into the websites than the actual dollar, but c'mon. I think a few hours of entertainment and helping someone out is worth the minute and half worth of work, right? Besides, I don't even get the whole dollar - not even half, to be honest. It's about having the numbers showing that people are interested in me. I'm toying with the idea of having specials for facebook and blog fans who buy the e-book. Perhaps free paperback editions signed by yours truly? Perhaps giveaways of the cover art? Perhaps I'll write you into my next book? Who knows. Be a sport. Read the book and tell people you know some jackass wrote a book and that maybe you liked it. That's all I really want.
Q) I'm already done. Can I have some more?
A) The Seventh Horn (T7H) is the first book of what I plan to be a trilogy I've named Blood Testament (Old, New, Blood Testaments - I slap biblical text pretty hard, fyi). A prequel entitled The Harbinger is next, followed by a sequel tentatively called The Charred. While it took me about six months in total to write T7H, I have no idea how long it'll take me to pop out the next two. I may get sidetracked with short stories and the other novel I started a while back called XII. If you happened to enjoy my writing, let me know and I will do my best to get what I can sent your way. Find me on facebook, send me an e-mail, give me a call, or jump on here and leave me a comment or two.