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Betrayal Of Weakness: Book Five of The Legends of Sangue Available Now!!

Betrayal Of Weakness: Book Five of The Legends of Sangue is now available for purchase here on Amazon.com! Hooray! Thank you, friends and fans!

 

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Of Trust Or Treason- Now Available For Purchase On Amazon.Com!

Now available for purchase, Of Trust Or Treason, Book Four of The Legends of Sangue!!

And as usual, the other novels are on sale for a limited time! Get your copies now!

Blood Of Darkness, Book One of The Legends of Sangue only $1.99!

Murder On Her Mind, Book Two of The Legends of Sangue only $1.99!

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Destroyed, Book Three of The Legends of Sangue! only $1.99!

Hope you enjoy!

 

Stacey

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“Partners In Crime”- Episode 2 (Part Two) (My Day In A Short Noir)

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She’d just stepped inside, after leaning on the brick wall, ascertaining the safety of her mission. She concluded that there was none to be had and she continued on anyway. She knew she was on the eight-ball, but an ace never gives up and she never blows off.

She had just run into the Dog, and when I say Dog, I mean just that. They had just made eye contact and she knew instantly what he wanted. He wanted… to play.

We’ll call him Gibbs.

Gibbs was the sort of Dog you had to watch out for, a kind of Bruno we’ll say. Tough guy. Sure he acted playful, jumping around and having a grand ol’ time. But she wasn’t fooled. He was the kind of Dog who’d wag his tail for any regular Joe or Jane who came around.

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Yet she couldn’t deny, there was just something about this little guy. Something that drew her to him, something… dangerous. It may have had something to do with the strange puddle in the corner, but as soon as she leashed him up and sent him running, he went, if you know what I mean.

She already knew he was the kind of bruno who cleaned up after himself, if you catch my drift, but it wasn’t until the sly little guy tried to bring his dirty business back inside that she stepped down her fancy toe shoes and said, “Nuh-uh, buster. You ain’t bringin’ that back in here.”

Too bad she’d already been fooled and tried to take it out of his mouth, thinking it was just another lump of dirt.

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This guy was sly. Gibbs had it written all over him. Cute as a button, suave, the kind of charming mutt a lady could fall for, if she wasn’t careful. She knew she needed a break. So she steps out to put on her disguise, stand on the bridge in the rain, overlooking the river. This is how she does her best thinking. In silhouette, dressed as a man, leaning against a lamppost. Under thunderclouds.

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She knew she had a decision to make. She was too far in, too deep in her disguise and her lies to back out now. There were mysteries to solve, but she couldn’t turn her back on him. What kind of Dog was Gibbs that could act all playful one moment, and turn around and bump off a Pooh Bear Slipper without remorse? Sure it was in an unprovoked fit of passion, the urge to play triumphed over his self-control and an innocent Pooh paid the price. But she couldn’t risk bringing him in, she couldn’t risk being… discovered.

Her only other option was to work with him.

The song and dance begins. Before she knows it, she and Gibbs are running together, hot on the trail.

Or should I say, hot on the “tail”

Ha. Ha.

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New Characters= Complicated Fun!!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve talked in any kind of detail regarding my novels. I cannot tell you why, I just haven’t. Now I want to (funny how life works out that way.)

So, my two newest characters (First Captain Aida Mancini and Captain Mario Baldovino) were introduced to my series in 2009 (when I began the rewrites of the whole series, starting with book 1, Blood of Darkness, which was published in April of 2012) I made so many changes from the original books that I found gaps that I needed to fill in, and Aida and Baldovino did so perfectly. That is probably the most grateful change I have needed to make, I love Aida and Baldovino and they have become important aspects to the series.

BUT, it has made things slightly complicated. Being that they did not come into my series until 2009, and I finished with the original copy of book 11 in 2008 (remember, I am rewriting them all). That leaves 11 books they had no parts in. At first, Baldovino was a fill-in character who has become a very integral sub-character, and Aida was originally intended to have a big part in books one and three, and fade from there. I feel almost blasphemous saying so, Aida is such a dear part of the series now. But that leaves me with 11 books I need to change.

How much fun is that??? TONS.

It’s complicated, but it’s fun. And I can’t help but feel these characters were missing from the very beginning. Aida’s quirky bad-ass attitude adding comedic value, Baldovino’s brash hardcore personality adding its own form of comedy as it becomes clear since book 3 just how much he hates the Werewolves.

And the more I write, the more it becomes so obvious that they belong, just as importantly as all my other characters. From the first character I created in 1999 (Alisha) to the turning point in 2002 when I decided Otztal would be my main character, to now, when book four is almost entirely reconstructed and in its final edit before publication, with 9 more books (at least) in the works just waiting to be rewritten and published… It’s been an incredible journey that continues in complicated, fun and amazing ways.

I can’t wait to see how the series continues as I continue to mold it and form it and watch it grow, and be grateful that I can share this experience with all of you 🙂 Thank you, my dedicated fans and readers!

-Stacey

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No. Yeah see…. No.

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So I made some huge decisions in my life today. And I’ve had coffee, so it’s going to be awhile before I can sleep. So I thought to myself- why lay awake and think too hard, when I can go online and blog about what I’m thinking too hard about?

Ok so I wouldn’t quite put them at “huge” decisions, just very life altering ones. (Ok, I have this habit of trying to type as fast as my mind works, and end up coming up with whole new words. I should write a dictionary. “very life altering” became “verying”. I think I could come up with an awesome new short-hand that way)

Oh, and for once in a VERY long time… my mind draws a blank. (To consider my mind drawing a blank, is when I can count at least two full seconds between thoughts. This was three. Yikes.)

Well, no that’s not entirely true. My mind is  trying to give up thinking too hard about decisions, and give itself fully into trying to work out the plots to books 6 and 7 (I know, a ways away) they are already written (well, halfway. The originals are finished from years ago, the rewrites are half done) and there are some changes I need/have to make, but I am so eager to get to them I have to force myself to not ignore book four. That is the problem, I’m getting ahead of myself. Part of the problem is I know I’m going to have to work on them synonymously or I wont be able to get them out on time. Same with book five. Depending on the route I go with book four, book five is going to have to be altered quite a bit and a lot of work done on it. Am I getting ahead of myself?

You betcha

But you gotta realize… these are stories that have been going around in my head for over fourteen years now. These are stories I’ve been dying to tell for over a decade. The internet and ebooks are finally allowing me the opportunity to do so. I get excited about my stories, my characters, and I want to share them. I want to talk about them. And honestly, despite how often people tell me I over think things…. I must admit, in some situations, there’s nothing I enjoy more than over thinking something. Especially my stories. So while I’m working on book four, I can worry about the plots and how to finish books five, six and seven. Because I feel what’s coming up just happens to be really exciting, and I want to share it, like I said. But first I have to make sure it’s perfect (in which I mean the best I can possibly do, because my readers deserve my best.)

Oh, this big decision you’re wondering about. I quit my job at the store. The reason being I have another opportunity opened up to me that will allow for much more happiness and much more energy. That, and I’m sick of the drama. It was wearing me down.

So, this new job I’m getting, of which I will divulge info on later, will allow me also more energy to market myself as an author, work on my blogs ( I want to work on blogging daily here, and on my Legends of Sangue page. I have some followers and some readers, but none as many as I would like) if these books mean so much to me, I may want to put the effort into showing my readers how much I care. I don’t want to just throw out some descriptions and rough advertising and move on. I live for these stories, these books are my partial career, and the focus of many daily thoughts. It brings me happiness. I want to share that feeling.

Now my mind is just wandering into a sleepy oblivion. Maybe the answers will come to me later. Good night, everyone.

Stacey

 

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I’ve Never (Over) Cooked Broccoli Before

In reference to the blog post I have thustly left off at: My Name Is Stacey and I Am An Abibliophobiac

No my curry didn’t turn out as great as I’d hoped. Let’s just say it needed extra salt and leave it at that (even though I’m going back for seconds.)

But maybe, just maybe, I can write now that I’ve eaten! I had coffee a couple hours ago, so sleep isn’t going to happen for awhile. I just gotta decide what I’m going to change.

No, don’t worry, I won’t change characters. Although one character has recently disappointed a friend of mine, and I must say he doesn’t do much to redeem himself in book 4. I might change that a little, I was never too happy with his behavior in book 4. I decided rather than changing the plot, I may add a little somethin’-somethin’.

But maybe not.

I have now entered “indecisive land” where the best bet for my sanity is my kindle and some music until I fall asleep. I guess I will end this blog. Wish me luck!

Stacey

 

 

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And We’ve Been Poisoned By These Fairy Tales

I guess I’m feeling a little melancholy (or more so just reminiscent), wondering what happened between the summer of 1989 and March of 2013 to bring me where I am today. To elaborate, a fond memory taking place in the late summer of 1989  is one of my clearest and most treasured childhood memories, a moment that brings me peace whenever I think of it. The mind of a four year old is an innately innocent thing.

I think of how often we’re lied to as children, in adults’ well-meaning but poor attempts at preserving our innocence.  Fairy tales and Santa Claus, promises made and never kept.

I could go into this topic in more depth, but I really don’t want to. We all have childhood memories we would rather not have ever experienced. We all have times in our lives that make us wonder what-the-fuck-just-happened, and more importantly WHY.

The important thing is to remember that your past does not define you. It can only make you stronger if you let it.

Your future is your choice.

I suppose I got a little too involved in a scene I am writing, or perhaps I’m just sorting through my own mental shit to get out what I’m trying to portray. Out of all the emotional scenes I’ve ever written in my lifetime, this is proving hardest. I’m not sure why.  Probably because I’m still young enough to relate to the emotions of the man in this scene, trying to overcome a childhood of “WHY”, why did this have to happen, why did I miss out on this, where did it all go wrong?

And how can I recover now?

Don Henley said it perfect when he sang, “And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales”

I guess there’s only one thing left to do. Accept that this is the end of the innocence, childhood is over, it’s time to relish in being an adult, it’s time to change my mind and change my life and accept that though the future in front of me is scary and far beyond my comfort zone- that doesn’t make it a bad thing.

It just means I need to find that peace inside of me again, the same peace I felt in 1989.

And know that everything is going to be ok.

Stacey

P.S. I’m on to part two of chapter one in Destroyed, my third novel in my series, in case you’re unaware. Read it here, and tell me what you think! I’m almost finished with the ending, soon to be published on March 31st, 2013. It’s coming along well 🙂

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When Pornography Blockers Take It Too Far

Elaborating on my blog title. I can’t look up the song “Pornstar Dancing by My Darkest Days” on Youtube, google, anything, Without this message:

“Content blocked due to pornography”

And yet, I CAN look up the song “Tonight I’m Fucking You by Enrique Iglesias”

And that video (the fully uncensored version) is full of all sorts of nudity and swearing (I love it)

On a similar note, I discovered from an elderly couple at the store I work in, who were looking for locally produced honey, that it is a bad idea to google the words “Local Honey”. I haven’t tested that theory- I’ve taken their word for that one, lol!

Yes, because anyone in their right minds would label clandestine porn online as “porn” when they want to hide that it is in fact, pornography. As I’m sure anyone who wanted to look up porn in secret is going to actually type the word “porn”. To find that video from My Darkest Days I had to type this: “My Darkest Days Por Lud” (Translation: My Darkest Days Pornstar Dancing featuring Ludacris) Hey, it worked.

At this point, I am very tempted to erase this blog but lets face it…. I’m human. We’re all human. I’d say it would ruin my reputation as an author, my wholesome fantasy series without violence, sex or swearing… but lets face it…. my books contain violence, swearing, and sex. Nothing gratuitous, mind you. I don’t just toss some violence or gore, or some raunchy sex scene in the middle of the book just to draw a crowd or attention or more readers. They apply to the scene/plot, thanks. And it’s not raunchy. The act and scenes apply to my characters and their personalities/relationships. Anyhow…. on to other topics….

Ah yes, I was going to originally write about songs I use to write to. But that’ll wait until tomorrow. I’m still working on my playlist.

Have a good night, everyone, namaste, and may your night be fun and filled with love!

Stacey

 

 

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Courage, Self-Sacrifice, and Old Vampire Dudes

So, they’ve changed the layout of the new blog post page. I’m not too good with change. Either because I’m a creature of routine (which, I imagine most people are) or I am wayyy too opinionated about things and am under the false belief that I should not express those opinions out loud. Because I tend to get in trouble when I do.

So, I had a few things on my mind I would like to share. Don’t worry, none of it is political. Just writing.

When my amazing ten year old niece asks “why would you make your main character a really old vampire dude?” I wish to say (but do not), “because he is a really HOT old vampire dude” (She is as yet not allowed to read my series. It’s not child appropriate, but I have told her a bit about my characters) And her question sparks my curiosity. Why IS my main character an “old vampire dude”? Surely it has more to do with just his hot half Italian half Spanish looks and suave hair and his tough soldier attitude with a loving and caring mentality toward his family, his self-sacrificing ideologies when it comes to protecting those he loves and his followers and his dedication for that of which he stands up for and believes in.

But possibly because he has no qualms about SPEAKING UP for what he believes in, and making it quite clear what he stands for.

I believe that my main character is somewhat a portrayal of what I WANT to be more than what I AM, as some theorize their characters tend to be “who they are” in a way. (And to make this clear, I would not like to be a tall Italian/Spanish “old vampire dude” regardless of how hot I find him to be. Maybe I would like to HAVE one, but not BE one) but the attitude he possesses is one of which I wish I could portray within myself, and portray to the world. I want to be able to, and be in a position, of which I can speak my mind. Hell, he’ll speak his mind whether appropriate for his position or not. However, in book one he happens to be king of his own royal line and commander of his own army that protects those in the “underworld” (vampires, sorcerers, werewolves, etc.) from an infamous enemy of centuries of cruel and brutal ways. So that’s not really an issue. He’s supposed to speak his mind.

This is a hard concept to explain to a ten year old, but I kind of wish I’d tried. It took me some time to realize this myself.

Why I made him a “he”, I’m not sure, except his female counterpart (just as self-sacrificing and strong as he) was killed by their enemy in the ultimate self-sacrifice for her people and her family of which sparked the whole series. Why I made him a vampire was unquestionable (he needed to live a really long time) and why I made him my main character- I’m not sure. The very first draft written back in the end of 1999, the original main character was a young 22-year-old female (who ends up being an off-and-on main character throughout the series) who sees visions. However, the book sort of chugged along until my main character was thought up, and he just seemed… right. He had connections through the whole book and the whole series and he was what kind of made the series.

It’s truly my belief that female writers favoring female characters, and male writers favoring male characters is a total myth. Sure, I bet there are plenty of female writers that “feel” (most likely are TOLD) that their characters HAVE to be female to be believable. Or that men tend to write their female characters too manly (also a myth)- but it’s not true. Someone who is true to themselves, and true to their characters can develop those characters of which are closest to them and remarkable to their readers no matter the gender or type of person that character is.

It’s all about personal strengths and weaknesses, in my opinion. If you use your strengths to the best of your abilities, and work on your weaknesses to further your potential, you can go whatever route and succeed. Hell, you can apply that logic to life as well as writing (or anything else).

I will admit I have an obsession with soldiers, family, children and vampires. And that I’ve grown to love my werewolves though they aren’t soldiers, their family dynamics are different than what I’m used to writing and their ideologies on life are quite different from those of my vampires/humans in a way of which they are more primal. Perhaps why I like them. One of my main obsessions also happens to be the primal nature of a human being and that is kind of what they represent.

I have epic battles in my stories, though I am opposed to needless violence. There’s always meaning behind the violence in my stories (defending themselves against the enemy, the primal nature of the werewolves, those of whom are protecting their families, enemies in this type of genre tend to have to be violent in certain ways in order for the good characters to progress and learn and become better for learning to defend themselves and their people, etc.) A lot of my characters are soldiers because 1. My series revolves around an army that protects “underworld” characters mentioned above, not just from said enemy but from other threats such as “real-world mortals”. 2. Because to me, a true soldier is self-sacrificing and brave, putting themselves on the line for the protection of others. Do not read anything political into this. I feel the same way about EMTs, some forms of healthcare (such as trauma surgeons, nurses in certain fields, people willing to put themselves in danger for the better of others) And I have plenty of healers and medics in my stories that do just that. I’m addicted to the idea of courage and self-sacrifice.

I have an obsession to family because I believe that there’s nothing more important in life than family (whether blood-relations, non-blood relations, close friends or those adopted into your life in such a way they become family) and nothing is as strong of a motivator as one’s love for their family.

I’m obsessed with children because, as my favorite Werewolf Alpha Female, whose species is borderline extinct, says, “children are a means to existence”. Without children, our species would not continue, so we better have them and treat them right. My series would not continue the way it does unless my characters had children, it’s just that simple. I switch perspectives, I switch characters to keep the flow going, and if I didn’t develop new ones once and awhile, the whole story would fall stagnant. That, and I just love children and always have.

And my obsession with vampires lies with two things- I just think they’re awesome, and I needed some way that my characters could be immortal, and still humanistic. My soldier vampires know that they’re “mortal” in the sense that they’re putting their lives on the line for others, and their jobs call for them to do so. But I still needed them to be able to live forever if I wanted them to. I can’t stand losing characters, though I will if I have to for the good of the story (such as the female character’s self-sacrificing murder to begin the series plot.)

AND, last but not least, I’m addicted to the idea of courage and self-sacrifice because I do not believe there is enough of that in this world. I believe if more people would work for the good of others, there wouldn’t be so much needless violence. I also believe that most people have courage within themselves, but possibly just don’t know it, and I hope that my characters inspire those people to find that courage within themselves and use it to better themselves. The more I write, the more I learn about courage, and I’m learning that I have more of it than I originally thought. I think most do, too.

So that’s all for tonight. Thanks 🙂

Stacey

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I don’t know what to say

So I’m going to talk anyway 🙂

Today I worked my volunteer job and a number of things happened throughout the day that made me realize people are more than who they think they are, more than where they stand, more than what they do. They’re people. Complex human beings, all with a story, all with a past, all with endless streams of collective data shooting through their synapses at speeds in which no human can comprehend. Knowledge.

It’s quite unfathomable just how simple it is to share stories yet how complex the action really is and just what it takes to partake in a conversation, and all the senses used in which to understand a person (basic language skills don’t mean much.)

A person walks up to you and says hello. What is the first thing you notice? Hair style, color? Dress? Shoes? Smile?

What’s the first thing your subconscious noticed? Subliminal muscle cues in which tell you whether that person is friend or foe, their intention, their expectations and emotions. The subconscious is powerful, my friend, and it’s smarter than you think. It’s more than just a sensory perception, it’s an intuition, a deep rooted tool of understanding and learning, use it.

Why do I say this? How does it pertain to writing? Because in order to understand how characters interact and make it believable within story telling, you must understand it in real life. Have you ever had a short conversation with a stranger and find yourself parting ways and wondering “what just happened?” (Particularly if something drastic changed within those few moments.)

The person approached you and your subconscious made its first assessment. Your conscious followed through with conscious sensory perception dictated through, among other things, societal standards, upbringing, media, opinions you’ve developed over the period of (insert number) years, feelings, judgments, more. Viola, an initial judgment (good or bad) is made. And then you reacted to it.  For instance, a woman walks up to you and your subconscious decides she isn’t a threat and she seems quite friendly. Then your conscious realizes she’s naked and whoops, there triggers your learned patterns of (insert number) years and your reaction to her friendly hello much differs from that of the same woman walking up to you in the same exact way, only clothed.

The way in which you describe your character approaching another and the reaction it causes must fit both the conscious and subconscious cues. This requires a deep understanding of your character. This also requires a deep understanding of yourself. With the additional fact that everyone is different, everyone reacts differently, and everyone is fueled by different things. (With some exceptions being the basic and primal survival, love, jealousy, instinct and the general need for human interaction and contact- all of which fall under the ‘survival’ category.)

There’s nothing I love more than getting to know someone, and I derive the same pleasure in getting to know the characters I create. As I’ve said before, characters are people, and they are real for the time in which your story is told (read, seen, etc.) and so they better be real to you during the time of which you create them, or they fade away into nothing but what is perceived as ‘bad story telling’ or unrealistic story telling. If you can’t figure out how your character feels- don’t be afraid to figure out how you feel. It’s essential. People tend to be afraid of their emotions. You don’t have to be. Being afraid of how you feel is unrealistic in its own way- and there’s no reason for it. Be honest with yourself.

If you can’t be honest with yourself, then you’re not going to figure out how to be honest with your readers. Don’t be afraid to speak, even if at first, you don’t know what to say.

Stacey

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