Vampires of Vadin Book 2 - Stephan's Monster

Moving past the slightly upsetting events the other day. I am happy to say I have finished and submitted Stephan's Monster to the publisher. I  have started book three and I am also working on book one for a different but connected series call Shifters of Bram. If you want to follow (or stalk) my writing progress on my newest books check out my website ( I update the 'Work in Progress' section frequently.

As for Adrian's Bodyguard, I hope you guys take a chance and check it out if you haven't. For the most part, the responses have been positive. There are a few reviews on goodreads.

To those who have read it and not left a review, I would love to know what you think. I am also open to questions, here on my blog, or send me a message through my website. I'm also on facebook. 

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Illegal Uploading

Tonight I found my book has been uploaded where it shouldn't be. Now I must go through the tedious process of getting it taken down.

It's depressing, to say the least. I'm just starting out, and would like to try to make a living with my writing for the very fact that I would like to continue writing. I can't do that if no one actually buys my books.

Uploading someone's book so others can download them for free, not to mention just downloading them for free, makes it harder for authors to keep writing. So please, please think about the consequences of your actions. Is saving a few bucks worth stopping a book from being written?

I know many won't care about what I'm saying but for those of you who are listening, thank you.

Adrian's Bodyguard has been RELEASED!

My book Adrian's Bodyguard (Vampires of Vadin #1) has finally been released

Next exciting piece of news:  I'll be submitting Stephan's Monster (Vampires of Vadin #2) to the publisher by the end of this week. So YAY!

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It is also still 10% off 

Xavier Dayden stood back and watched as King Aiden composed his thoughts. There was going to be an argument for sure. However, his kings fully intended to win the fight that was about to happen.

He briefly wondered how he had never met King Adrian. He had met the man’s father at the age of twenty-five—the man had been as much of a bastard as the previous Arcadian king, Davin.

It made sense, he supposed. When Adrian’s father, King Kade, stilled ruled, he avoided venturing into Vadin, as it was a mess to say the least. When Adrian Silvermore Bloodhart took over, he had just been named the captain of the guards. For years he mostly remained in the castle. Then when King Rand died—murder by his own twin brother—King Davin started a war with the Kingdom of Vadin. At the time, he had been forced to be Davin’s personal bodyguard. He had been stuck in the castle being King Davin’s “faithful” bodyguard—or so Davin believed up until the moment he allowed Tristan to remove the bastard’s head.

It was quite a shame that he hadn’t met the man earlier, he mused. He did find it a bit odd that Adrian was barefoot. However, it was easy to ignore when Xavier examined the rest of him. Adrian was beautiful and had a voice that was pure sex. It was causing an alarming amount of sexual scenarios to run through his head, so much so that he had been forced to adjust himself.

Forcing the thoughts away, as they were seriously inappropriate considering the current situation, he turned his focus back to the conversation going on around him.

“Yes, rumors. We ignored them at first, as rumors more often than not are just that. However, the rumors started to multiply. When more tales of attacks reached us, ones more violent than the previous, we decided it was time to investigate ourselves if there was any truth behind them. What we found, Adrian, was not reassuring. Many of your people are worried about the future. They fear what could happen. They fear for your safety.” King Aiden paused and then asked, “Adrian, is there a reason for them to fear for you? Are the rumors true? Have there been multiple attempts on your life?”

The Vampire King appeared uneasy with the line of questioning. After a moment of uncomfortable silence, he said, “I think it would be best to have this conversation in the privacy of my throne room.” Adrian turned without another word, scurried through the gate, and hurried back down the path that led to the entrance of his castle.

Xavier almost laughed at how quickly he retreated, but held it in, as he doubted his kings would find any humor in the situation. They considered King Adrian one of their closest friends, and the situation worried them.

Both the twins and the guard—who had been standing behind King Adrian—sighed as they watched him retreat.

As the man disappeared into the castle, King Aiden murmured, “I suppose we should follow…”

The guard grimaced and motioned them forward. “Yes, please follow me, King Tristan, King Aiden. I apologize for his rude behavior. He has been unusually stubborn about this whole mess.”

“It’s fine, Baylin. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy when you informed us of the situation. Obviously, he’s a bit out of sorts. Considering the situation, it’s understandable. You have nothing to apologize for,” King Tristan demurred, speaking at last.

Out of the two, Tristan was the peacekeeper. He was more levelheaded than his twin and was unlikely to let his temper get the best of him. King Aiden, however, enjoyed a good fight and usually was the first to jump in. He also tended to be a bit harsher with his words.

Though, Tristan’s temper was a sight to see when unleashed. Overall, the two seemed to balance each other out, making up for each other’s faults.

Xavier followed them in and through the castle to the throne room. The rest of the entourage, who arrived with the kings, were shown to their rooms.

There were two guards stationed outside the throne-room doors when they arrived. The throne room itself was empty aside from King Adrian. Two thrones, sitting side by side, faced King Adrian—thrones he would bet were not there earlier. As his kings sat down, the doors closed behind them, sealing the three kings, the guard Baylin, and himself inside.

They all remained quiet as the sound of the doors closing echoed throughout the room.

The hairs on the back of Xavier’s neck stood—someone was watching him. With so few in the room, it was easy to figure out who.

Adrian was examining him closely. “And who is this?”

King Aiden started to answer, but stopped when King Tristan grabbed his shoulder. Tristan seemed quite aware that now was not the time to reveal why Xavier was here. He would have to agree with the assessment, as King Adrian looked ready to bolt already.

“We’ll tell you why he’s here in time. Please take comfort in the fact that we trust him with our lives. Now, Adrian, please tell us the truth. What is going on?” Tristan pushed gently.

With a heavy sigh, Adrian admitted, “The rumors are true. There have been multiple attempts on my life, but it’s really nothing to worry about. I can take care of myself.”

King Aiden narrowed his eyes, anger building. “What about the rumors that each attack is more brutal than the last?”

Adrian began to fidget on his throne. “That rumor may also be true…”

Aiden slammed his fist down on the arm of his chair. “May be true? Adrian, it’s a yes or no question. What is being done to guarantee your safety? Is anything being done? Also, why weren’t we informed of this when it first started? Not only are you our friend, but you also rule a country that we share borders with. This is a serious matter. We could face major diplomatic problems if you are unseated. Citizens of both countries could get hurt. Why are you being so foolish as to refuse a bodyguard? Have you lost all common sense?”

Xavier winced—in his outburst, King Aiden had revealed too much. The slip-up was not one King Adrian was likely to miss.

“And how do you know I’m refusing a bodyguard?” the man asked coldly, and turned to glare at the guard Baylin. “You dirty little fink! You couldn’t win an argument, so you went and tattled on me?”

First Drafts and Editing

I have officially finished the first draft of Vampires of Vadin book 2: Stephan's Monster. YAY! But now comes the not so fun part...editing. The process where you can end up rewriting a paragraph about ten times until it is completely different from how you first wrote it.

However, it is necessary and an important part of the writing process, most of the time you can only benefit from it. So over the next week or so I'll read my book over about three times. But for me, it will not end there, as after my many edits there is one last step. A step that I would honestly suggest all writers undertake.

I sit back, load my book into a text to speech program and just listen. Doing this is an excellent way to catch all the little mistakes you make, the ones that your mind somehow fixes when you're reading.  (or ones you missed when you were sleep deprived because you thought it was a good idea to stay up all night watching Netflix... it happens)

 It also helps you in other ways. Just listening to how your words flow when spoken can help you spot possible dialog and internal thoughts that maybe don't read as smoothly as they should. Of course, if you rather not bother with a program (which I get as the voices are a bit robotic, especially if you use one that is free) you could always read it out loud to yourself.  However, I would still highly recommend using a program, so your focus isn't split between reading it and listening for mistakes.