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Check here often for news and updates about Blood and Guitars, the site, or my other writing projects.
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That's a Wrap on Immortals And Melodies

It's official.

I wrote the last words for Immortals And Melodies today.

My emotions are all jumbled about it, though. I'm relieved, especially since I need to turn it in for a round of edits in a few days, but I'm also a little sad. It's not the end of the series, so that helps, but it's hard turning something loose that you've poured your heart and soul into for over a year. In the end, I know it will all be worth it when I hear from readers that they're enjoying continuing Trey and Aurora's adventure with them.

To all of you who have been asking on Twitter and Facebook, I'm planning to release the e-book as soon as May. The print version will be out no later than July. I'm hoping to do a cover reveal soon so I'll be back with news of that. I'm really excited to share this installment of the series with all of you, and hope that you'll enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoying creating it.
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The Same Six Questions Interview

Andy Rane was kind enough to interview me over at his blog today.

It's The Same Six Questions with yours truly.

In the interview, I answer questions such as "What was your first lengthy piece of fiction?" and "If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be?" and more.

For the interview in its entirety, hop on over to Andy's Blog.

I want to thank Andy for the chance to participate in his Same Six Questions interview series. The questions were fun and thought-provoking.

*Side note: I missed posting a Guitar of the Week this week, but it's only because I've been doing so much work on Immortals And Melodies. I'll be leaving town in a few days for Spring Break, but I'll try to post while I'm gone. Until then! Photo credit: Immrchris.
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Yummy 5 Star Review

This review comes from Vickie over at Vixen's Daily Reads.

After calling Blood and Guitars "Yummy!!" she adds, "I love a book that makes me wish I could jump into the story and hang with the characters. Aurora has a cool vibe and more than just her low body temp. And Trey...well, Trey just sounds fab and dreamy. Both are mellow in how they handle their talent and abilities. I like how they find each other at the club. It's like every fan-girl's dream of having the rock star of their yen in need of rescue and being able to do so in a superb fashion with some HEA possible."

For the rest of the review on her blog, just click here.

A big shout out and a handful of Thank You Beans (Jelly Beans count, right?) to Vickie for the amazing review and enthusiasm.

Image: Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Stab or Slam? Jab or Jam?

That is the question.

Or at least it would be if you owned this guitar.

I had to call in my hubby as backup to decide if this guitar is supposed to resemble a specific sword that I should have recognized. His knowledge of cartoon and/or video games is far more extensive than my own. We decided it doesn't bring to mind any specific one sword, but that doesn't put a damper on its awesomeness. That is a word, right?

I'm still a little confused about how you would tune this baby, but I'd really love to see someone play it. It seems like soloing in it would be a lot of fun. And the best part? You could totally pack it around on your hip and just whip it out whenever the mood strikes, preferably in a very public place where people will video you on their phones and post to Youtube immediately. If anyone happens to witness such an event, I'll gladly edit this post to include footage.
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Stick 'Em Up - Play It Loud!

Guitar of the Week has come around again.

This time in the form of a Colt Pistol.

The trigger acts as the volume control.

The hammer is the pickup selector switch.

Guns have been on my mind all week, mostly because my sisters and the rest of my family are in town, and when we all get together it's not unusual for us to pull our pistols out and talk guns and ammo. Things were no different this week. My sister showed up with her Glock .40, my youngest sister and I had our .380 LCP's out, and my hubby was showing off his new Springfield Armory .40. Guns, guns, guns. Daddy raised us right. In fact, I can't wait to see my dad again so I can show him this guitar. He's an amazing guitarist (wish I had inherited his skills), and he's owns more guns than anyone else I've ever met. Needless to say, I had a lot of reasons for picking this Colt Pistol Guitar this week. Enjoy!

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Knowing I Wanted To Be A Writer

Today's blog post is prompted by a topic at Red Room.

They asked when people realized for the first time that they wanted to be a writer. I have to admit, I don't know if I've ever been asked this question so bluntly, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share my experience.

I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Literally. My best friend can attest to the fact that I've been creating and writing stories all of my life. Unfortunately for her, my brain was always working faster than my hand in those days, which usually resulted in rushed, terrible handwriting in the backs of my school notebooks. Ever the supportive best friend, she read them faithfully, sharing in my adventures with me.

Just two days ago I spent some time going through some of my old things from school that my mom had saved. Nobody knows how much I love writing more than I do, but even I was surprised to find the amount of writing awards for "Young Authors", ribbons and certificates in that filing cabinet, all dealing with writing. I don't mention this to brag, but the explanation is necessary to get my point across. Not once was I told I should pursue writing, hone my craft. Some of these awards came to me as young as elementary school, yet over the years, no one suggested I take a creative writing class or work on a manuscript. Even later when my ACT and SAT scores ranked in the mid 90's for English and Reading, no one pushed me in that direction. Writing in school is all about writing a good essay or a good report, but there was absolutely no focus on writing for the purpose of entertaining or simply sharing a story.

Looking back, I really am surprised that it didn't enter my mind that I could do what I already loved to do for a living. Writer was just not one of those careers that kids and adolescents toss around on career day or while sitting with the school guidance counselor. I remember telling counselor's things like "I'll be a doctor, or a physical therapist", all of which would make anyone who really knows me crumble to the floor in fits of laughter. I was no more capable of dealing with sick patients or blood than flying to the moon on a home-made rocket.

I wrote because it was inherently in me to do so. It still is. I was a great student. I usually completed my work quickly, which allowed for time to work on my latest story in the back of my notebooks. I'm still apologizing to my favorite English teachers for doing this when I see them.

Now I realize guidance counselors don't want to encourage young people to go out in the world and struggle for years in a career that might not ever pay the bills, but some encouragement with my writing would have been nice.

I do remember the day everything changed. I found and read a book by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes called In The Forests of the Night and my whole world changed. I'm not sure which changed more for me, the fact that I realized vampires could be modern and cool, or the fact that I was reading a book that had been written by a peer. Amelia was only 13 when her book had been published, and I was around 15 at the time. At that point, I decided to write my first novel. It turned out to be more of a novella, at around 50K words, but it was mine.

The key is, despite the fact that no one urged me to pursue writing as even so much as a hobby, I had never been told I couldn't write a book. I was determined. Between school and working part time through my first year of college, it took a few years to write that first book but I've never looked back since. I guess I've always known I wanted to be a writer. It was probably my imagination that allowed me to pull off the stories I told guidance counselors about my other chosen career paths I would follow. They must have believed me, even if I didn't.

Knowing what I know now, I would have just insisted that they put Writer on their list under my chosen occupation, but it wasn't until I came to the realization that my true calling was already something I'd been working at for years, that I called myself a writer.

I write, therefore I am. A writer.

If there are any writers visiting the site, please share your thoughts in the comments below. :)
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Guitars and Nintendo - Do They Mix?

Apparently!

Fascinating, isn't it?

Come on, you know you're singing the old Mario theme song in your head just looking at this guitar.

With this baby, you could do one better and actually play it. Not sure any family, room mates, neighbors ect. would thank you for it, but have at it.

And here comes the nostalgia. Despite my husband's claims that I had "all the cool toys" growing up, I didn't have the pleasure of owning the NES. I did get a super when it came along though, so no complaints.

There's no particular reason I chose this guitar today, other than just being incredibly awesome. How can something be so wrong and be so right all at once? For all of you closet rock stars out there, here's the answer.

If you'd only spent more time practicing your guitar theory, and less time playing any of the following (Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Zelda, Punch Out, Double Dragon, Tetris and so on) you'd probably have hoards of fans. But hey, that's okay. Playing WOW in mom and dad's basement is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Guitar of the Week - Valentine's Day Style

This week's guitar comes in the all-too-fitting shape of a heart.

With Valentine's Day only five days away, I couldn't resist.

This one belongs to Steve Vai, an amazing guitarist. With this nice little (or not so little) instrument, he can literally tug at the heart strings as he picks his way through a song.

I've always loved guitars, and I still play ever chance I get, (that reminds me, we haven't jammed in a while Zeffie. What's up with that?) but I wouldn't even have the slightest clue where I would store a guitar this huge. And is it just me, or does the positioning of the right hand for that upper neck look like a wrist ache waiting to happen.

This is one glorious guitar and I hope it puts a big smile on your face and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy for Valentine's Day!
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And The Winner is...

Agents of Change

by Guy Harrison

There were apparently 1000 hits during the three day voting for the January Indie Cover Poll over at Shannon Mayer's blog. Very impressive! I want to congratulate Guy on his victory with Agents of Change. It really is an amazing book cover that draws you in and makes you wonder what secrets lie on the pages inside.

Here's a little about the book and the author before you run off and buy a copy. ;)

Agents of Change blurb:

An amiable corporate manager by day and a fledgling matchmaker whenever he can get around to it, Calvin Newsome’s new dream job falls into his lap when he’s recruited by a secret worldwide organization whose agents use uncanny abilities to empower and influence everyday downtrodden individuals. Disaster strikes, however, when an elaborate scheme leaves Calvin as a prime murder suspect…and his new employer is presumably to blame.

With the authorities on his heels and his life left in ruin, Calvin uses his new powers to blend in until a journey for freedom becomes a quest for peace. As the agency’s rival organization threatens the security of all of earth’s inhabitants, Calvin teams up with unlikely allies and battles startling enemies hellbent on unleashing their power in a twisted version of justice, innocent lives be damned.

About the author:

Guy Harrison is a Phoenix area-based author raised in Philadelphia. Once an aspiring sportscaster, Harrison has worked in public relations in higher education for the past six years. Agents of Change is his debut novel. He currently lives in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Lindsay and their two cats.

Also, I want to congratulate Jessica Klassen for winning the 16 e-book bundle! Happy reading!
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Blood And Guitars Breaks Top 50 in 2 Amazon Categories!!!

That's best-seller status in 2 categories!

I'm still recovering from the shock. No lie.

I randomly decided to check the sales rank for Blood And Guitars earlier today while making some adjustments to this website and voila! Blood And Guitars was showing as ranking like this:

#23 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Arts & Music > Music

#50 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Children's Fiction > Arts & Music

I stared at the screen for a very long moment, certain I was seeing things. I even called my sister to make her check the page as well. Lol. Turns out, my vision is fine. My brother-in-law/eye doctor will be glad to hear it.

The truth is, I hoped I was carving out a niche by combining vampires and music, two of my passions, into one book when I wrote Blood And Guitars. It appears I may have been on to something. Most of the readers who tweet me about the book after reading it express their great love for music, and how having that incorporated into the story and characters really made them enjoy it. I'm so glad there are other people in the world like me. ;)

I took a screenshot of the book's page so I wouldn't wake up tomorrow and convince myself that it was all just a dream.

Today is a day for celebrating.

If you haven't yet, don't forget you can still get Blood And Guitars for your Kindle (or any other device that supports Kindle i.e. computer, cell phone) for just .99 all month long!

Get your copy here!