Last Day to Enter Book Giveaway

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Today is the last day to enter to win both copies of my books! This giveaway was inspired by #indieprideday and #indiebooksbeseen, a multi-genre collective of independently published authors. I hope you were able to explore the hashtags on social media and discover new favorites.

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Click to enter my giveaway!

#IndiePrideDay2018 Giveaway

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Keep in touch with me via social media. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Instagram (@thesickrosevamp) participating in the #junetoon drawing challenge this month. BTW, I’m drawing again after not being able to for a year. Does that mean my third book will finally be happening again? Let’s hope so!

I’m giving away copies of my first two books as part of #IndiePrideDay2018. The giveaway will start on July 1st powered by rafflecopter. It’s free to enter. I will post the directions on my social media sites via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would also like to do a sale on my books as I have done in the past for this occasion.

My YouTube library of fan videos continues to grow, and I have reached 100 subscribers to my channel. I believe this unlocks new customizable features to me as the user, which I will need to investigate further. Thank you everyone that has subscribed and been enjoying my videos.

2016 Book Tour Ends this Saturday at ComiqueCon

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Saturday is your last chance to come out to one of my book-signings this year.  The schedule for Comique Con sounds so awesome, it’s going to be difficult for me to stay behind my table. See the full schedule here.

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WW GAME starter kitI signed up for a half-table, so the items that will be on display for sale will be scaled back. After looking at photos of my table from Monroe Comic Con, I was surprised at how much stuff I had! The featured goodies I will have at Comique Con will be The Sick Rose Vampires books, Wonderful Drinking Game posters and starter kits, and the debut of my new limited edition “Girl Fight” print with Harley Quinn and Batgirl. And again, free #IndieBooksBeSeen catalogs and Harley/Joker coloring sheets!

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Comique Con is this Saturday at:
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
10am – 5pm
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Skin of the Night Signed Book Preorder

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You may now PREORDER a signed copy of my second book, Skin of the Night, from my webstore. Books will ship out in the middle of June. Can’t wait for a signed copy? Order today directly from Createspace or Amazon.

If you are in the area, you may also purchase one directly from me at (or after) my book signing at Cosplay Con June 4th in Taylor, Michigan.

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I’ve made another promotional video for the new book. I’ve enjoyed learning to make videos so much that I made one for my first book, Blood & Alcohol, and reopened my Youtube channel.

Skin of the Night NOW AVAILABLE @createspace

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Skin of the Night is available as of TODAY at createspace!

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Please stayed tuned for updates on availability through Amazon and information on how to order an autographed copy.

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2016 #indiebooksbeseen Catalog

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Indie authors hustle harder.

The market can be challenging for self-published authors. Self-promotion can be a full-time and awkward job. We don’t get the publicity and backing that a publishing house can provide.

Mark Shaw, author of “Keeper of the Wind”, started the #indiebooksbeseen movement on twitter a couple of years ago with the intention of getting indie writers and their overlooked talent the exposure they deserved across social media and beyond. It is a community for indie authors to support one another and promote our work collectively. This year I contributed “Blood & Alcohol” to the 2016 catalog of books. This catalogs ship worldwide, as the #indiebooksbeseen movement and it’s contributors are an international collective of writers. The catalog offers book selections from all genres across the board, with something for all ages.

How can you get a copy of this awesome catalog? They will be available for FREE at all of my upcoming book signings for the rest of the year. Check the Events page for details. They are also included for FREE in ANY purchase you make from my webstore. Or you may contact me directly to request one. You might even spot one at a library or in waiting room if you’re local!

I discovered #indiebooksbeseen from Detroit based indie game developer, Gerald Moore, who is creating the fighting game “Hastings Paradise”.  It’s a fighting-style game featuring jazz legends Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. Yes, I was sold from the beginning! You can follow Moore’s project on twitter @HastingsHR 

I’m looking forward to doing more with #indiebooksbeseen, including their “Indie Pride Day” this summer!

Multiracial Media

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The Sick Rose Vampires Book I: Blood & Alcohol is currently on the front page of the new website Multiracial Media! The site focuses on the multiracial experience in all different aspects of the arts.

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I was so flattered when Sarah Ratliff, co-author of the book Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide, invited me to be a part of the launch. I was introduced to Sarah, Bryony Sutherland, and their book last year through Twitter. They were gracious enough to provide feedback on my first book and my representation of biracial characters in my work.

The book Being Biracial has become a learning tool to not only help me write for my characters, but enlighten me as a human being. What has left the biggest mark on me from reading the book is how mixed raced individuals within the same multicultural family can become divided when their self-identity differs more strongly toward one aspect of their race than another. For example, if there are biracial (black/white) siblings, not only could one identify more with the African-American side of their culture, prefer it, and even resent their white side, the other sibling in the same family could feel a pull in the opposite direction.  Maybe the other sibling relates more to white culture, or being biracial as their culture. There’s a lot of different dynamics there that I haven’t thought about as someone who identifies as one race.

Now throw into the mix a person being another species, say a vampire, and things can get really complicated! Without revealing any spoilers in The Sick Rose Vampires, there is no doubt Being Biracial has been essential reading for me, and it’s influence will show up in my future work.

I am pleased to be a part of Multiracial Media because being multiracial is a big part of The Sick Rose Vampires. So pleased am I in fact that you may now read Book I: Blood & Alcohol in it’s entirety for free at Multiracial Media! This is really exciting because Book II: Skin of the Night is nearing completion! I have at least one more drawing to do, a little more editing, and then it’s off to the beta-readers!

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There is one week left to enter the giveaway for a stress ball and a reserved signed copy of my next book:

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I also discovered today that I have 311 subscribers on wordpress!  This is a combined total of fans from my wordpress, facebook, and twitter accounts.  Thank you everyone for following me and supporting my work!

Blood & Alcohol Anniversary Giveaway

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September 27th marks the one year anniversary of Blood & Alcohol’s publishing! I want to celebrate by giving away a stress ball and an autographed copy of the upcoming sequel, Skin of the Night, to one of my fabulous amazon reviewers!

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Participation is through facebook and amazon.  Details on how to enter are here.

The winner of the giveaway will also have a reserved copy of the sequel, Skin of the Night, autographed and mailed to them upon publication. I am pushing to have the sequel to Blood & Alcohol published by Halloween. Winner will be randomly selected September 28th.

Dark Shadows, Magnum PI, Mad Max and Motor City Comic Con

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Your inner child just pooped the pants.

First of all, the DARK SHADOWS series binge is already in full swing on the new Decades TV Network.  For the past
few months the station has been featuring back to back episodes of popular old TV shows.  They have selected a handful of episodes of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows for us to binge on until Saturday May 16th at 2pm.  The binge started last night at 6pm starting with episode 210, where Barnabas the vampire first came on the scene.  I’m not sure what episode that will get us to come Saturday, but I once read that a man completed the entire series of 1,200+ episodes in two weeks! (Of course, minus commercials.)  The next series Decades will be marathon-ing is The Twilight Zone! (Goodie!) 🙂

I finally finished up my series of Magnum PI chibis. I may make some tweaks to the final layout of the gang, my ultimate goal being to get the design on a T shirt.

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lord-humongous-colorIn addition to the Dark Shadows marathon, two more exciting things are happening this weekend!  Mad Max: Fury Road premieres and the Motor City Comic Con is happening Friday-Sunday in Novi, Michigan!  Although I was unable to attend Comic Con this year as part of their Artist Alley, I do plan on being in attendance for the first time as an attendee.  These are the same folks who hosted the X-trava Con Comic Book & Toy shows where I have done book signings on two occasions.  Looking forward to also seeing the new Mad Max movie, given it seems to lean heavily on The Road Warrior (my favorite of the franchise) and features girl-crush Charlize Theron. Mayhaps there will be more Mad Max fan art in my future?

And while we’re at it, might I add that the new season of The Bachelorette premiers on Monday? I mean how often does one have an opportunity to share a mashup meme based on Mad Max and the last crazy epic season of The Bachelor?

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As far as The Sick Rose Vampires goes…the writing for Book II is selected and a couple of the illustrations are done, but beyond that we are definitely running behind schedule.  Stay tuned for updates.  In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up Blood & Alcohol *currently TWO BUCKS OFF on Amazon* for an introduction to the main characters before we get into some vigilante justice! 😉