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New Website and Quick Update

Hope everyone is having a great holiday! If you haven't yet, check out my new website: http://tiffanyapan.com I'm also putting finishing touches on the Chapter 2 recap of Vixen (The Flappers, #1) and that will be up on New Years day as I nerd out and watch SyFy Channel's Twilight Zone marathon. I'll also be releasing Sacred Atonement soon after the new year. Just trying to make certain of continuity. :) Hope everyone is having a great holiday!

Holiday Music

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Have a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Joyous Kwanzaa/Blessed Yule/Happy Holidays!

What's Happening Over Here

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Hey all, Hope everyone is surviving the craziness of the holiday season. First, I want to say thanks to Charlie Fleming at Screamzine for featuring my book series: Tiffany Apan's New Gothic Series at Screamzine.us Second, my new website should be up and running very soon (and yes, this blog will be attached to it). And once that's up, I'm going to get started on the Spotify playlist for The Birthrite Series. I do have a couple at 8tracks.com , but I like to give people options. :) I also have started a pinterest board dedicated to the music that inspired and/or appears in The Birthrite Series. In the meantime, here are two songs that if I had to choose one as a theme for The Birthrite Series, it would likely be a tossup between these two: The songs in question are "Dante's Prayer" and "Cymbeline", both by Loreena McKennit (whom I've been listening to quite a bit while writing this. "Dante's Prayer" is from her a

VIXEN Recap: Prologue and Chapter 1 (Gloria)

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Hey all, A couple weeks ago, I promised to recap the first book in Jillian Larkin's The Flappers series, titled Vixen. I found the book on a recent trip to the thrift store and of course, it piqued my interest. As I stated in a previous post, I've been wanting to do a book recap on this blog for quite some time but didn't really have a book that I would say drove me to want to do weekly recaps. My original choice was going to be Jessica Sorensen's Death Collector series. I've only read the first book in that series, but it was enough for me to start thinking of the stereotypes and tropes of the goth culture that is prevalent in much of modern entertainment. I was set to recap Ember X once I released Descent, but given the eras and subject matter of my own Birthrite series, The Flappers series interested me a little more at this time. Before I begin, Vixen is set in 1923 Chicago. Here is the book's synopsis: Jazz... Booze... Boys... It's a dang

Descent Available on Amazon Kindle and Vixen Recaps

Hey all, Just a quick note letting you all know that the first book in The Birthrite Series titled Descent is now available on Amazon Kindle and Apple iTunes (I'll have links below). Also, I will be starting the recaps for Vixen (The Flappers, #1) next week, either Monday or Thursday (though I'll try to do it Monday). That is all for now. :) Descent on Amazon Kindle Descent on Smashwords Descent on Apple iTunes   Also, if you're into essential oils and homemade teas, check out my friend's company: Essential Blooms Off to meet the coffee club soon (a group of us who meet every Friday night based on our love for coffee and very unique conversation topics). :D

Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) is FINALLY released!

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Hey all! I am happy and ecstatic to officially announce that after blood, sweat, a lot of coffee, a few tears, and an irritating computer issues that needed fixed, the first book in The Birthrite Series (my labor of love). Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) is officially released! Right now, it is only available on Smashwords, but I'll keep you posted when it is released elsewhere. I'm also looking forward to releasing the novella, Sacred Atonement before the year is out and starting my Vixen (Flappers, #1) recaps on this blog. Thank you to everyone that continues to express interest in the series and I really hope you enjoy the first installment. :) Available at Smashwords and soon other retailers. :) The Birthrite Series is a journey into the vast unknown, and plunges deep into the darkest crevices of the mind, begging the question of what sanity really is and if the insane truly are. Are we really shown the whole truth of what surrounds us or is it an i

Descent Update

Hey all, My computer was acting up and not cooperating earlier and I ended up having to run a full system scan which ate up a good chunk of time. I am working toward getting the Smashwords ebook format completed for sometime tonight. Amazon Kindle might be delayed by another day though I will try to have both done today. Gotta love modern technology. Thanks for your patience and I do look forward to releasing the first installment in the series. :)

Birthrite Series News

Hey all! The final touches are being put on Descent. If it's not released by tonight than it will definitely be sometime tomorrow. For the time being, here is a final excerpt before its release. For those unfamiliar, this excerpt is in the part of the book and story taking place in the year 1931. Read after the jump. :)

Book Recap Starting After the Release of "Descent"

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Greetings, As I work toward having Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) ready for November 30 (and bring you a couple more excerpts from the book before then), I'm announcing that I will also be doing a book recap on this blog after its release. No, I will not be recapping my own book. As I stated in my last post, I've been wanting to do a book recap on this blog for quite some time but didn't really have a book that I would say drove me to want to do weekly recaps. My original choice was going to be Jessica Sorensen's Death Collector series. I've only read the first book in that series, but it was enough for me to start thinking of the stereotypes and tropes of the goth culture that is prevalent in much of modern entertainment because this particular series seems to have lots of it. FOR THE FIFTY MILLIONTH TIME, PEOPLE (Thank you YouTuber, Leahmouse for this):   Yes, the stereotyping surrounding goths in a lot of entertainment is atrocious and I do plan

Excerpts from "Descent": Chapters 17 and 18

Hey all, Here are a couple more excerpts from the book Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) from "Part 6, Shadows of the Past." I'll also have news on the future of the blog once Descent is released. I've been wanting to do a recap of a book for a while on here and I think I've found one I want to do. It's appropriate too given the eras The Birthrite Series take place in. I'm also redoing my more formal website so that it's more user friendly. So I'm busy. :D But for now, enjoy more excerpts of Descent as we get down to the wire of its release. :) Read after the jump. :)

More Excerpts from "Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)

Hey guys! Well, it's getting down to the wire before I release this. :) Here are two more excerpts. One is the first half of part 4 in the book titled "Kimimela's Dream." This takes place in 1846 and catches up with Jonathan and Kimimela Blake after they are married for a little over a year. The second excerpt is Chapter 16, the first chapter in part 6 which is title "Shadows of the Past."  In that one, we are first introduced to Dorothy and the others in the year 1931. Read after the jump and enjoy :)

"Descent" Excerpt Number 3 from Part 3: The Oath

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Hey all, Here is another excerpt from the finished version of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). The book is pretty much finished, save for double checking historical details and correcting some typos, as I'm finally to a point where I can read the book straight through pretty quickly without having to constantly stop and make changes (YAY!). While formatting the book for release might take a little time, the planned release date is November 30th (at least to Smashwords and Amazon) with Sacred Atonement (The Birthrite Series, #1.5) set for a Christmas Day release. I had originally wanted to release the two on the same date, but I found myself concentrating so much on perfecting Descent that I did set Sacred Atonement to the side for the time being (which was the better thing to do anyway). I also wanted to have a pre-order set up for the two books, and hopefully I will be able to for the subsequent books in the series. But in writing a story, I am the type who will be making

"Descent" Excerpt #2 From Part 2, Nicolae's Escape

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Hey all, Here is excerpt #2 from Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) as I finish the final polish and get the ebook format ready. :) This one is from Part 2 of the book (Part 2 is titled Nicolae's Escape). It takes place in the year 1844 with two escaped Romani ("gypsy") slaves in Romania (Transylvania). This excerpt is on the gory side. Read after the jump. :)

Video Version of My "Picture of Dorian Gray" Post

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Hey all, This is the second time I'm doing a video version of my blogpost. The first one I did was titled "Misconceptions of History?" : http://youtu.be/T5JKupGc1ro In this video, I discuss the great Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and a topic that is not often discussed in our culture. I also touch a little on how literature from bygone eras is often misunderstood in our modern culture. Here is the original blogpost: http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2014/05/bygone-eras-picture-of-dorian-gray-or.html A little more on "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Oscar Wilde: http://www.bu.edu/writingprogram/journal/past-issues/issue-1/duggan/ http://www.cmgww.com/historic/wilde/ Here is also some starting info on the subject of Ageism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageism

First Excerpt from the Final Polish of "Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)

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Hey all, Here is excerpt number one from the final polish of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). Part 1: Hector's Cave has probably been the section that has been reworked the most, going through the most revisions. Simply because it starts the story off and well, you want the story to start off strong. So here is the finished version of Part 1 after the jump. :)

The Birthrite Series News

Hey all! Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween. I also am happy to say that the first book in The Birthrite Series titled Descent will most definitely be released very soon. I am a couple days away from finishing the final polish (after a couple more suggestions from the lovely beta readers) and then I'll be formatting the ebook (which should be loads of fun...well, at least I have practice with formatting my short stories but this is going to be a beast). As far as Sacred Atonement (the spin off novella for the character, Linda) is concerned, the release for that will have to wait until December. Honestly, I've been so wrapped up in making Descent a book I can be proud of putting out and a story that is a solid foundation for the series that I did stray a little from editing Sacred Atonement. So once Descent is released, I'll be able to give Sacred Atonement undivided attention. :D 2015 will see the release of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2), Transcend (a Carl a

Video Versions of my Blogposts

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I decided to do video versions of some of my blogposts. This one is an intro of sorts on the sweeping generalizations that usually seem to follow our bygone eras around. I had to do a lot of research for my book series (a fantasy/horror/gothic series called The Birthrite Series) and will be covering more of what I introduce and mention in this video in future ones (and blogposts): And here is the Leahmouse video titled "What Goth is NOT" (I know I've posted this one several times before but it is an excellent video: And while I always encourage others to do their own research, here are a few starting points: Female Authors/Writers Throughout History (dating back to Antiquity): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Women_writers_by_historical_period http://mikeswritingworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/03/25-female-writers-who-changed-history.html Romani (aka "Gypsy") Slavery and Persecution: http://www.varromskahistoria.se/en/500-years-slavery http://www.ac

Apparantly Google Knew It Was My Birthday...

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HAUNTED ATTRACTION REVIEW: Castle Blood

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Autumn/Halloween is my favorite season and time of the year. Of course, a large reason for this is the fall festivals and haunted attractions that open up for business now. When I was in college, I used to go with friends to every haunted attraction in the area we could possibly get to. Nowadays with pesky things called 'adult responsibilities,' I consider getting to at least two attractions a good Halloween (if I can do three it's a bonus). Those of you who have been following my writing and blogging in recent years have likely seen me mention Castle Blood on more than one occasion as it is on my 'must go to' list during the Halloween season. Last night (Saturday night), some friends and I visited their brand new location, which is none other than a 100-year-old three generation funeral home. Here is my video interview with the owner, Rick (aka Gravely MacCabre) from back in September. Here, we discuss what's in store for the attraction's new home:

Fall Book Drive Book Haul and Small Rant. :)

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Hey all! Sorry it's been a while since my last video. Busy with filming, writing, and music though I will try being more consistent again. :) Recently, my local library had a charity book drive and I scored some pretty good deals!  And there is a small rant woven in (sorry, can't help it). :)  Feel free to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe! And Until November 5: October is not only Halloween, but also my birthday month! I'm also going to be releasing my first full length novel, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and The Twisting House (Stories from Colony Drive, #4) very soon. So in celebration of all that, I'm offering the three stories available in the Stories from Colony Drive Series for free on Smashwords. You can already download #1 (Cemetery by the Lake) and #3 (Romancing Elena) free, and until November 5, Dusk to Dawn (Story #2) is also free with a coupon code. So on the Smashwords Dusk to Dawn page , enter the following coupon code

Interview with Michael Wade Johnson of Faux Pas Films

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My relationship with Faux Pas Films started back in 2012 when I was approached by Michael Wade Johnson to do a cameo in their dark drama,  Cyclical Effect . They also ended up using my song, "Ghost" in the film. The next project of theirs that I was involved with was 2013's Ovulation in which my song, "Ashes to Dust" was used. Since then, they have kept busy and are currently filming their latest project, Candie's Harem . So read on! :) TA: So, what have you all been up to since the last time we talked? MWJ: Films, films, and more films! After finishing "Ovulation", I wrote and directed "Incorporeal" and then a little short called "Attritional" while at the same time helping with tons of other projects like "The Dirty Sanchez". That and raising my soon-to-be 1 year old daughter, Adora, who is my brightest light imaginable. TA: Now, you completed a new film titled "Candie's Harem.&quo