Imagine you had been touched by evil
before you were even born.
Imagine you are cursed with a terrible hunger that gnaws away at you every
waking moment of every day.
Imagine that all you have to drive your insatiable rage is the hope of revenge.
Revenge on the one who caused your existence.
Revenge on those who would manipulate you.
Revenge on a hidden society who looks on humans as a food source. Revenge – down & dirty – Plain & simple.
And now he’s back –
Augustus Thorne – Kiss of the Succubus – Coming Soon.
As I promised the other week, the day
has arrived to reveal the cover of the latest book in the Cambion Journals.
Kiss of the Succubus
(It is a week late, as I didn’t want
to detract from the release of a new book by my friend and fellow author, Laura
DeLuca. But better late than never)
Once again, this story will be
available from Pagan Writers Press through a number of outlets, and the cover
has been completed by the very talented, Christie Choida Gucker.
So what do you think? For those of
you who have read the first book, I’m sure you’ll agree, the mood epitomizes what
the Cambion Journals are all about. And of course, in line with this cover
reveal, is the announcement of a competition.
As you can see, lots of goodies are
available to the Grand Prize Winner.
(Of special note – look at the
pendant positioned to the top-right of the mouse mat)
That’s the Pentastar
As fans of Augustus Thorne will know,
part of his continued evolution and journey requires him to collect three
mystic emblems. (One in each book ) In Rage of Augustus, we had the Gaia Amulet
as part of the prize. For Kiss of the Succubus, it’s the Pentastar.
If you feel you’d enjoy the contents
of the pack – which by the way – will also include a signed copy of Kiss of the
Succubus itself, then feel free to enter the Rafflecopter draw below.
***Entries can also be made by
leaving your details within the contact section of this announcement, or, by
sending me a direct message of my facebook page***
For those of you who don’t know
Augustus yet...here’s a bit about the first book:
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
Whoever they are, they’ve never met Augustus Thorne.
Born a Cambion—half-demon, half-human—and cursed with a terrible hunger he can
barely control, Augustus spends his life hunting and exterminating any Incubi
and Succubae he can find. But no matter how many he destroys, he can always
find room for one more. Especially if it’s the foul scum who raped his mother,
Augustus’s own father, Fanon.
Driven by rage, his quest leads Augustus through the centuries and around the
world until fate suddenly hands him his heart’s desire.
But things are not as they appear and the revelations Augustus uncovers are
mind boggling. When he finally corners his father in London, events take an
Is revenge served upon a bed of scalding rage?
to the World of Augustus Thorne.
The Cambion Journals – Rage of Augustus/Kiss of the Succubus.
On my blog
today, I’m highlighting the new release of a good friend of mine, Laura De Luca
isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents
halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute
British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her
attention, things start to get interesting.
The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother.
The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the
fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they
prove his innocence?
As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up
dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500
And – there’s
a fantastic giveaway you can enter.
on the link below to go to her website and enter.
This time around, I thought
I’d write about something that appears to strike fear into the hearts of even
the most experienced authors…the dreaded synopsis.
I have a new release coming
out soon – Kiss of the Succubus – the
second novel in the Cambion Journals
series, so writing a synopsis is something very much on my mind.
For those of who are fans of
the series, you will remember that book one, The Rage of Augustus, introduced us to our hero, Augustus Thorne.
We found out a bit about him. His origins and history, what makes him tick, and
so forth, and especially why he is so harsh with himself.
Augustus is a Cambion, a
human/demon hybrid of stunning power and fiendish appetites who hates what he
is with a vengeance. Despite his origins, Augustus has made great sacrifices to
control his desires and has devoted his life to one cause. The destruction of
as many demons as is possible.
In the first book we
witnessed how successful he is at what he does. But we also saw the price of
his success. A self imposed isolation that makes him crave what others have.
The chance to meet someone. Settle down. Have a family. We shared in his pain
when his only foray into romance ended in inevitable disaster, due to the
machinations of his own spawn-father, Fanon, and the demon King, Samael.
(I won’t go into too much
detail in case some of you haven’t read the story yet and are intrigued by the
references and want to find out more. The links are in the side bar).
So – how to approach the
synopsis of book two – or any book come to that?
I did a lot of research on
this subject. Some of it I loved, while other suggestions made me cringe. To
keep things simple, I’ll share my
process with you, and you can take the bits you like from it.
The main thing I do now is a
more thorough form of self editing. Once I’ve written a chapter, I check
through it and jot down the relevant points each section of the story makes. By
the time the first draft is completed, I have a précis of each chapter, in note
Then I complete my final
check of the entire manuscript. As I go through it, I ensure my notes are
correct, and add in extra details…such as main character development and how
this relates to the plot/sub plot evolution.
Now I’m ready to do the
synopsis. The story is fresh in my mind, and important facets are still to the
The first thing I do is ask
myself. So, what’s this tale about? How
would I sum the main thrust of it up in a concept? Doing this gets my mind
working in the right way for the next – and what I’ve found to be – crucial
stage for a good synopsis. Atagline.
A tagline is a simple phrase
– encapsulated in a sentence or two – that encompasses what your entire story
is trying to relate to the reader.
For example, In Rage of Augustus, I thought of the
tagline, “He fights where evil fears to tread.” For Kiss of the Succubus, “Hell hath no fury like a Cambion
Read those statements for a
moment. What thoughts and images do they conjure in your mind? Do you see how
the tagline acts as a focusing agent? Not just to the reader, but for you too.
So, armed with those ideas,
I then type out my notes. As I do so, I highlight in red where the chapters
support the tagline, and in blue where important character and plot
developments take place.
Come the end of the
compilation, I have a set of bullet points from which to choose my synopsis
material. Obviously, you will then be influenced by what each publisher
expects. Some, like Tor, require between 3 to 10 pages. Others, a mere 200
words or less.
By completing notes as I
construct the story, I find it helps a great deal in producing a flexible
synopsis at the end. That way, I have the luxury of being as detailed or as
brief as the publisher prefers.
So there you go. It’s not
rocket science, and it’s a simplified explanation of a process that works for
me. I hope you find something in it that helps you.
By the way.
As I’ve mentioned Kiss of the Succubus,
I’m glad to announce that next weekend will see a cover release of the new
book, together with details of a grand prize draw giveaway. I know…As Darth
Sidious would say, “I can feel your excitement all the way from Greece. Feed
it, and become strong in the ways of the Cambion.”
Now, what appealed to me is the fact that there's no hard and fast way to success. Obviously, talent, focus and determination play their part. As does the ability to write well. But apart from that, you'll see how often even a well established author got rejected before they got their break. Some had to wait years for that first deal.
Then, in some cases, it came down to a question of simply being persistent, and being in the right place at the right time.
Any way - see what you think, and take from it what you can. :)