Bloodleggers Returns Summer of 2013

R. J. Robyn and I have returned to writing Bloodleggers. As originally planned, we will release the popular vampire serial in episodes once a month here and on the Friday Frights website as a part of Serial Sunday. What’s It About When FBI Agent William Knox is sent to Denver to investigate a rash of missing persons, he meets indentured vampire, Regina Todd, and together they must unravel a dark maze of crime syndicates, secret … Read more

Like the New Site?

Why the changes?  I’m creating a website for my husband’s business and decided to move my blogs to his server.  Am also pointing all blogs here including Bloodleggers and The Courier.   R. J. and I will post here later this year instead of having a separate blog.  Everything’s incorporated into one place now.  Also added a home page for quick news blurbs.  I’ll also be adding a forum on the site eventually.  Until then, pardon … Read more

Bloodleggers #3 on Blood Reads

I owe everyone an apology for causing the delay of the next part of Bloodleggers.  A couple hours after I woke up on my birthday back on the 17th of the month I realized I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for quite some time.  I wrote about it in my blog in Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What? back on the 19th if you’d like to know more. Anyways, R.J. had a part ready for editing while … Read more

A New Chapter – A New Laptop

For those of you who have been following along, you know that back when I was working on first chapter (on the very first version of it), I had my laptop of 11 years… die. It was a sad day. Let’s be serious though, it was an old IBM Thinkpad T21, an underpowered, old machine. It was good enough for Word, though, and that was, at the time, all I needed. But then, last Friday, … Read more

While I Attempt To Pick Myself Back Up

Okay, who said this?  I’m feeling too lazy to look it up. “Success is measured not in how many times you fall down, but by how many times you get back up.“ It’s in Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner’s blog post Good to Great today.  I really needed to read about her recent trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.  Used to live not to far from there.  Anyways, loved that Rachelle says, “What impresses me … Read more

Bloodleggers #2 on Blood Reads

“The humans are ignorant and undisciplined. Transformation to our kind without the proper trials and necessary years of indentured servitude is an error in judgment.” –Elder Ysabell of Clan de Bohun, Scotland, The Congress of Glenluce, 1183 A.D. November 5th, 2008, Mile High Mortuary, 6th Avenue, Denver Colorado Regina Todd paced the shiny concrete floor of the crematorium holding a cell phone against her ear with one hand and nervously flicking the black polish off her … Read more

Hell Week

It’s hell week again, or should I say hell half week.  Wednesday is the next release of Bloodleggers and I’m pulling my hair out, still.  So I’ve opened up a bottle of wine and toasted to the hair I have left.  A new wine I haven’t tasted, Raia 2007 Shiraz.  Not bad. My greatest challenge has been changing from a terse 1st person present tense, as The Courier is written, to 3rd person.  If you … Read more

Zero Day

Spent the last few days editing, and working with Wendy on the prologue which posts… Tomorrow! Yes, that’s right. Today is zero day. If you look to the left (at least before tomorrow morning), you’ll see the counter has inexorably worked it’s way down to the point where the day counter has expired. Time has run out. Tomorrow morning, 6AM (GMT), the first pages of Bloodleggers will appear on the web. No, I’m not hyperventilating. … Read more

Crunch Time

Okay, no one who knows me thinks I’m a perfectionist, not even close. Look at the picture for crying out loud. But here we are rolling up on our first deadline (Eight days away!) and I’ve been working with Wendy to try to put the finishing touches on the prologue. So what does that mean? Well, for me, it means I’ve now pretty much rewritten it top to bottom three times. It’s the same scene … Read more

Part 1: Interview with Regina Todd

Last week, after R.J. posted Searching for Billy Knox, introducing one of our main characters, I promised to do the same for Regina Todd, and here it is. Regina’s interview is also included in a character interview blogfest on Echoes of a Wayward Mind. I found this fest yesterday thanks to Roland D. Yeomans. So please follow the links after you read here to support other authors interviewing their characters. Regina’s interview is written from … Read more

There are Vampires in my Head

Two posts from me in two days… the Pillars of Heaven must be trembling. Today I awoke to find a new resident in my head, a character that I knew would have to arrive sooner or later, but I was surprised to find that he took up residence this morning. He’s a vampire, born almost 2000 years ago in Syria. And he’s a lot of work, because just finding out what he knows is going … Read more

Searching for Billy Knox…

Normally Wendy starts off the posts, but today, I’m jumping in with my own little piece of the writing universe. As Wendy mentioned a few days ago, I’m currently suffering from Multiple Character Personality Disorder. So today, I thought I’d let you in on what happened when I went looking for William Knox. Normally characters come to me before the story does. It’s like they drop, fully formed, into my head, and then they slowly … Read more

Will We Be Embarrassed?

Just a few things to start the week… Last week I entered our one sentence pitch in a contest over at Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner’s blog.  We didn’t win or even get an honorable mention, but there is still a chance we could get ours critiqued.  So this morning we were joking on IM that any publicity is good publicity.  Right?  If we get ripped apart, we’ll let you know. R. J. and I were … Read more

Welcome to the Bloodlegger Blog!

We are just moving in, so pardon our mess.  Who are we?  Two long time friends who have decided to embark on a joint effort to write a vampire novel.   What is that you’re saying?  You’re tired of vampire novels?  Well we have actually found a theme that’s not tired and overdone. Don’t believe us?  Well you’ll have to drop and read our story.  Bloodlegger is a serial novel released once a month on … Read more

You know it’s going to be a bad day when…

Okay, so I’m not normally one to complain, but here’s the story… I have a laptop. Now, admittedly, it’s not new, it’s not powerful, and it’s not especially fast or comfortable to use — but it has sentimental value. Together, that laptop and I logged about half a million air miles, and seven years together. So, I’ve gotten used to the fact that if you tip it at the wrong angle, the screen goes all … Read more