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GUEST POST: Author Francis H. Powell

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Excerpt from KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE SERIES, #2) and Other Stuff Coming Up

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Hey everyone,

Today I am sharing an excerpt from an earlier draft of Kindred, the second book in The Birthrite Series which is due out in August.

Next week, this blog will feature a guest post from author Francis Powell, followed by my long awaited book review of The Vanishing American by Zane Grey. I will also be announcing when I plan to start up my recaps of Vixen (The Flappers, #1).

If you missed the Kindred cover reveal, here is what the cover looks like (thanks to Rowen Poole) and the blurb:


It is the summer of 1933 and nearly two years since that fateful Halloween night in Plains, New York.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, eighteen-year-old Cletus Blake spends his days working to help his family through the massive economic recession spreading throughout the United States and many other areas of the world. As society struggles to accept that the economic surge of the 1920s are long gone, Cletus also clings to the memory of his last phone conversation with his cousin Dorothy. Hav…

Life in the 18th Century Continued

Hi everyone,

So throughout my summer so far working at the Depreciation Lands Museum, I have had many hands on experiences that I feel continues to help the historical content of my writing. Plus it's just an interesting and all around rewarding experience to be able to experience and live (even if just for a few hours out of the day) the way people centuries ago did.

Skills I have picked up along the way so far:

Drop Spindling - the drop spindle is a sort of portable spinning wheel that allows a user to spin fleece (or roving) into yarn or thread for things like sewing, knitting, and crocheting (the latter wasn't widely done until the 1800s or Victorian era). It is a straight stick (usually made of wood) and allows the person spinning to twist the fibers (usually wool, flax, or cotton) into the yarn needed. It is agreed that the process of spinning fibers to form thread has been around for over 10,000 years. And initially, it was done WITHOUT tools. Yes, according to the inst…

GUEST POST: Author Megan Cashman, "Why My Vampires Are The Way They Are"

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No two vampires are the same. What I mean by that is, it seems like vampires in each book, movie or TV show have their own appearances, powers, and blood drinking requirements. Sometimes these characteristics are based on folklore (the Eastern European of the vampire has had a big influence on how we see vampires these days) or at times, the author creates their own version (I never heard of vampires sparkling before “Twilight”).

So I say it is safe to say writers of vampire stories got their ideas from various sources – as did I. In this post, I will discuss where the characteristics of my vampires in my book, “The Dark Proposal”, came from.
Firstly, let me lay out what those characteristics are:
very pale skin that turns into a healthier tone after feeding,the ability to read minds and erase thoughts,move at a very quick speed (think True Blood),turn into mist,no need to sleep in coffins,being able to walk around in daylight or even overcasts after many centuries,superhuman…