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I'm sure plenty of writers write because they need to give expression to the ideas in their head. I think writers who publish are motivated by more than just the hope of expressing themselves. We're trying to communicate something. Watching a couple of readers chat about my work is phenomenally gratifying. Really. It's huge. So thanks for letting me be a fly on the wall here while you discuss the Channeling Morpheus series, Karen and Kat!...
A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion
Ebook Box Set Novellas 6-10
Staking a vampire isn't so easy now that Michael's got a vampire of his very own. Although killing them is no longer an option, he's as determined as ever to stop the spread of vampirism.
Wild Bill is a lover, not a fighter—so he's tickled when Michael's new agenda, to dispense condoms and sterile phlebotomy gear among vampires, replaces the old "heads will roll" approach.
It takes courage to track down vamps in their own territory and deliver a lecture on safe sex, and more importantly, safe bloodletting. Michael's never been short on audacity...but he's finding that he and Wild Bill aren't the only ones with agendas.
Contains the novellas Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Swarm, and Elixir
All New Channeling Morpheus Short 10.2
What’s the difference between a faithful companion and a feral animal? Wild Bill suspects the line separating the two is shaky at best. Supposedly, Michael has been tamed, and he swears he gave up hunting. But when he comes home covered in blood and reeking of adrenaline, Bill fears Michael has crossed paths with another bloodsucker, and the urge to exterminate the vamp was too powerful to resist.
Michael doesn’t need to hunt vampires to stir up trouble. His run-in with threatening neighbors has left him baffled, demoralized, and teetering on the brink of yet another episode of depression. It tears Bill up inside to see Michael suffer—unfortunately, the sorrow also trips his most primal vamp triggers. Before he knows it, his own inner beast rears up, ravenous, insatiable, and ready to tear into the next thing that crosses his path…making him wonder if it was wishful thinking to hope that either of them had been successfully domesticated.
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What are reviewers saying?
Bike Book Reviews says, "I should know by now that you can never predict what is going to happen in a book by this author! I love how you have an idea in your head and it is totally different from what actually happens! I love this author and that is one of many reasons why!"
The Novel Approach says, "Michael and Wild Bill are each other’s abyss—they look into each other’s eyes and sometimes it’s the abyss that looks back."
I have at least three trunk novels under my belt, though something tells me I'm forgeting one and there are really four. They're not just unsold. They're too malformed to even consider showing anyone.
The weird thing is, this morning I woke up at 4am and tossed and turned, and even considered getting up for the day until I talked myself out of it by saying, "It will ruin EVERYTHING, don't do it!!" So as I was trapped in bed and wakeful, one of my trunk novels popped into my head. I don't generally think of them, ever. And I started telling myself about this one as if I was describing it to someone, and I thought, "Wait, all these characters are pretty cool." The setting (Dustbowl Kansas) was cool too. So were a few of the backstory reveals.
But believe me when I tell you, that book sucks.
A few years ago I thought I might have developed the chops to edit into something saleable. Then I looked at it and scorched my eyes. It wasn't just hokey dialog and clunker sentences, it was awkwardly paced everywhere and not engaging whatsoever, despite whatever cool ideas were in there.
So with my idle mind, I began thinking about whether it would help to take this or that character out. Whether I'd change the big reveal. Whether I needed that climactic fight scene or another would be more interesting.
Luckily I also came up with a good idea for the story I'm currently working on. Now I can stick my dustbowl story back in the trunk where it belongs.