Looking for something? Check here first:

► 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge - Sign-up here | February Review Link Up
► 2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge - Sign-up here | February Review Link Up
► How to make those reading challenge progress bars - read my tutorial
► Did you know you can buy a Kindle book now and give it away at a later date? Why yes, yes you can!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


First and foremost, I would like to thank the beautiful and brilliant Brianna for allowing me to guest post on her fantastic blog. Like many writers of the self-published variety, I came trolling for a book review for my new paranormal vampire novel, Death Wish: Book I (The Vamp Saga) and stayed because Brianna is so down to earth and she made me feel at home. Besides, this is a great way to introduce myself to new readers who are my target audience and if they find me witty and charming, they might just check out my novel.

My story of how I entered the writing industry is old news but I will give you all the Cliff Notes version: a very preppy and highly intelligent young girl decided she liked making stories up in the second grade. She wrote her first full length novel at the age of thirteen. She was also an avid reader and has read all the greats of pop culture (Stephen King, Anne Rice, V.C. Andrews, Dean Koontz, Jackie Collins, et al). After a long, disillusioned summer in Los Angeles, she decided to write her own book about the entertainment industry and titled it Film Star before changing the name to The Beautiful People.

Flash forward ten years and she is no closer to publishing than she was at the age of twenty-one. Now, she is divorced and has two gorgeous children. She realizes life is too short to do something one hates so she starts doing what she loves again. She self-publishes The Beautiful People in short novella form because the book is over one thousand pages and will never be able to be released as a whole.

Newbie indie writer wises up, decides to get an editor for her new book, Death Wish; she gets burned by another editor who edits another novel for her and goes back to her editor of Death Wish and begs for mercy. Editor feels sorry for her and decides to take on this other novel to edit too.

I’ve brought you up to almost the present but no doubt you’re more confused now than ever. What the hell does any of this have to do with NanoWrimo?

Well, after I devoured two awesome zombie series, (I, Zombie I by Jack Wallen and The Becoming by Jessica Meigs) I decided I wanted to do my own take on the genre in between writing the sequel to Death Wish, Better Off Dead. I participated in NanoWrimo to get me to write and to motivate me to write The Beginning: Book I (The Plague). Unfortunately, I didn’t make my goal of 73,000 words (I was 23,000 words into the novel when I started), but I am at 63,000 words and know there’s at least another 20,000 to 25,000 which needs to be written before I proofread it thoroughly and send to my editor.

Know one thing about me. I absolutely adore reading; almost as much as I love to write but I also love exploring different genres. I’m no fool though. Death Wish is my “cash cow” so to speak. It has a kick-ass heroine, a very intriguing storyline and will be a ten-book series. I love the characters and they love me. They are family now.

I suppose when it all comes down to the nitty gritty is I have read a lot of posts from readers who are very disappointed with a lot of the paranormal series they have read (these include but are not limited to the Anita Blake series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the biggest of all, the Sookie Stackhouse series).

I promise every reader here on this board that who ever does discover Death Wish and likes The Vamp Saga, will never have this problem from me because I can’t write by the numbers. I absolutely adore engaging with my characters but I love my readers too. I am a small time author and I appreciate every new fan I acquire. I don’t think I could ever get too big to throw anything together because it isn’t my style.

As we speak, my current editor, the talented Felicia Sullivan, is re-editing The Beautiful People series. I want all my work to be as close to perfection as possible and believe me when I say I am quite approachable. I love hearing from fans and readers alike.

I know this is a tough proposition but the moment writing bores me, I will simply bow out. However, the chances of that happening are slim. I am a “write or die” chick. Writing is in my blood, my bones and my DNA. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Find the author online: blog | twitter | facebook



The year is 2020. Vampires not only exist, they control the government, the pharmaceutical industry and the world.

Manon Mourey is a Let It Ride card dealer at Transylvania Hotel, Spa & Casino in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, when Mikkel Damgaard enters her life. Sparks fly and as the body count begins to rise, Manon begins to suspect that their meeting was not entirely coincidental, and that perhaps something more sinister is at work.

As Manon accepts her position as one of the elite undead, her very existence sparks a war that begins to consume the International Vampire Council and could soon engulf the human population as well. Werewolves and warlocks notwithstanding, a new breed of vampire sits at the top of the food chain and they’re hungry for something different than mortal blood.

Warning: age 16+, this novel contains sex, violence and explicit language.

85,525 words / 342 paperback pages

Buy Links: Amazon | BN | Smashwords | Createspace
Coming soon to iBookstore, Kobo, Sony and other ebook retailers!


Thanks to Danielle Blanchard, one lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of Death Wish by Danielle Blanchard!! Good luck to all who enter!

6 People had something to say:

  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity! The book sounds wonderful, and I'll be adding it to my TBR list if I don't win!

    Gena Robertson
  2. This is a brand new author and book series to me but it sounds great and I definitely want to read it. Adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com
  3. Death wish sounds awesome! Thank you so much for the giveaway! :D
  4. I am so excited about this book!

    Megan Duncan - megan_duncan@live.com

  5. Thanks a million hon. I heard about this book just a couple of days ago and I am in love. Great guest post. I for one have yet to be disappointed with the BDB LOL! Sookie Stackhouse, well don't get me started on that. I have done enough ranting to last a lifetime. Thank you so much for your very honest blog post. Really good read. Thank you for the giveaway guys!

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com
  6. Haha, "write or die". Sounds like a scary lifestyle. I think I'm gonna love Death Wish. Where the characters are family. :)
    Ahh, those disappointing paranormal series. They make me so sad because even if they're horrible, I HAVE to finish the series.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!


Thanks for stopping by! I love chatting so let's talk it up!

DO NOT leave your email in the comments.