Check out these new banners. One for TBL and the next book in the series, Collective Souls, one for Deborah's poetry anothology, Yours in Ink, and an author banner for Deborah.
If you are interested in becoming a beta reader for Deborah's upcoming horror anthology (tentative title Deeds of Evil Anthology), please join Deborah's Street Team on Facebook and contact her on this post. This will give you the chance to help determine what stories go into the anthology and get an early peek at the amazing submissions she has received.
Other great benefits of joining the Street Team include chances to get free bookmarks, a chance to download one of her eBooks for free for helping her spread the word about her work, and writing updates before anyone else!
I am starting a new endeavor as a writing consultant for a dear friend of mine, Deborah Noel. We were introduced via an online writing community when I was still in high school, so we have know each other for well over seven years now!
She fulfilled a life-long dream when she published her first novel, Tangled Blood Lines, the year I graduated high school in 2011. I fondly remember being a beta reader of sorts before then and I am excited to be working with her again, providing skills beyond my preternatural urge to read vampire novels and other gothic fiction.
From the moment I began reading early drafts of Tangled Blood Lines, I knew it deserved immense success. The world was still reeling with delight over the travesty that was the Twilight series and I yearned for actual monstrous vampires, horror, blood, and dark romance like Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, and Annette Curtis Klause had given me in novel form and like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Being Human, Underworld, Supernatural, Blade, and The Lost Boys gave me on the big screen.
Deborah gave me all those traditional literary devices that made the vampire genre appealing that seemed to be falling to shambles with the mediocre vampire stories being published in droves at the time. They were being heralded as exciting and just dark enough for mainstream audiences to get a little taste of almost-vampirism in a conventional romance novel to make them think they were edgy and unique readers of gothic literature. Even though their vampire protagonists literally sparkled in the sunlight or were bedecked with beautiful facial tattoos that set them apart from the human world, or you know, dated high school girls that reminded them of their long lost lovers from centuries past.
In terms of any other genre, I am no literary elitist. Books change the world and stories mean everything to me; my entire college degree is based on the importance of stories to me. The vampire genre has been an important part of my life for my entire life, so I can’t help but feel a sense of elitism toward it. I don’t want it to be watered down.
I was watching Buffy at seven years old. I obsessively watched The Little Vampire and any Scooby Doo Where Are You episodes or movies that involved vampires every time they came on TV.
I read Bunnicula, and desperately searched for other age-appropriate vampire media I could find. You better believe I love Monster High today (as an adult woman with no children) and would have loved it even more if the dolls came out when I was a little girl. I would have pored over every piece of Monster High media the way I pored over every bit of monster media and dark children’s literature I could find then (hello Series of Unfortunate Events!)
Long story short, I’m no casual consumer of vampire media and Debbi’s novel is the first vampire novel that has come out in recent years that I endorse. Please check out her website, which I am updating, and please buy her work! You can even buy her novels via Amazon Smile and Amazon will make a donation to a charity cause of your choice when you buy!
Check out this post on Kelsey's website.
Here is one of the first announcements for “Tangled Blood Lines” over at Hub Pages. A big thank you goes out to my friend who put it together!
JULY 9, 2011 ~ TBL is mentioned in an article in the Phildelphia Inquier
AUGUST 2011 ~ Featured as “A Fresh Face” on Taking One Book at a Time
OCTOBER 23, 2011 ~ Interview with Levittown Leader Newspaper
JANUARY 10, 2012 ~ Interview with All Things About Books
JANUARY 20, 2012 ~ Interview with Niki at Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More
MARCH 15, 2012 ~ Interview & REVIEW with JeanBookNerd
APRIL 3, 2012 ~ Interview with Gwen Shrift with Bucks County Courier Times Newspaper
APRIL 23, 2012 ~ Featured on Bibliophile Mystery
MAY 25, 2012 ~ Interview with Willow Cross at Magic, immortals and being a good monster