Sunday, November 30, 2014

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. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Recap Starting After the Release of "Descent"


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 to squash much of that in the third Birthrite Series novel which is titled Rapture.

So I was set to recap Ember X (The Death Collector Series, #1). But the other day when I was browsing in one of my favorite thrift stores (where I found winter shoes for $4.00. Yeah baby!), I found a book that I am inspired to recap. And that is Jillian Larkin's Vixen which is the first book in her Flappers series. Even though Vixen is straight up YA and I don't really consider The Birthrite Series YA (though some might consider it that given the ages of a lot of the characters in my series), I figured that since a good portion of my own The Birthrite Series takes place right after the 1920s and given some of the subject matter within book her book and my books, I figured it would be appropriate and I actually found myself wanting to recap this even more right now.

Before I get into why, here is the cover and blurb:

Jazz... Booze... Boys... It's a dangerous combination.
Every girl wants what she can't have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle--and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she's engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago's most powerful families, Gloria's party days are over before they've even begun... or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria's goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch--but Clara isn't as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she'll do anything to keep hidden...

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria's social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria's shadow. When Lorraine's envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone's going to be very sorry...

Okay, now why am I doing this?

I think that book recaps can be an interesting way of looking at a popular piece of literature and getting an insight to how things like the world and history in general are viewed. A great example would be Jenny Trout's Recaps of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Will I be harsh in my recaps?

I'm usually harsh when I read so there are times when I probably will be. Though I do try to be honest and combine the positive with the negative. 

Does a harsh recap of a chapter mean I hate the book?

No. In fact, when it came to Jessica Sorensen's Ember X (The Death Collectors, #1) there was actually much I did like about the book. My main bitch was with the characterizations. Same thing with Vixen (The Flappers, #1): there are things I'm liking and things I'm finding problematic.

While cliches and tropes aren't completely unavoidable (I do admit to using some in The Birthrite Series), there are things I'm seeing in a lot of modern fiction, especially ones that are in a historical setting that really aren't offering the entire picture of what was going on in the given era. Of course we may never have the entire picture, but there is much that tends to get ignored. I don't know why this is; perhaps because some things aren't as universally accepted? I'm actually kind of tired of certain things being used as a crutch.

(SIDE NOTE- A couple things that happen in The Birthrite Series:
- a guy from the 1950s falls for a 21st century goth girl
-there are actually quite a number of characters living prior to the 21st and 20th centuries who, while might have some antiquated views, are not bigoted assholes. Some are and some aren't.
-My 21st century characters aren't complete angels either and are unenlightened in their own way.)

I will be getting into a lot of this stuff in the recaps which will start after I release Descent.

I also plan to get back into a regular blogging schedule in the new year. And also stay tuned for another excerpt from Descent this week.  :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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 :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

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

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 corrections and changes all the way down to the wire in order to make it as perfect as possible, though we shall see in the future installments.

For the time being, I hope you enjoy these excerpts from the (nearly) finished version of Descent. This next one is from Part 3 of the book, which is titled "The Oath." This chapter is the introduction of the incomparable Teresa.

Read after the jump. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

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

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. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Video Version of My "Picture of Dorian Gray" Post

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?" :

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:

A little more on "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Oscar Wilde:

Here is also some starting info on the subject of Ageism:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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

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. :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

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 and Dorothy short story), and Rapture (The Birthrite Series, #3).

In 2016 it will be Bound by Blood (The Birthrite Series, #4) and the still untitled Book #5 (under the working title Century Child...yes, I am a Nightwish fan).

I do look forward to putting out the beginning of the series that has truly been a labor of love. I will also be posting finished excerpts from the book in the days leading up to the release.

Thanks everyone for your patience and I hope you enjoy the books as they are released. :)