Vampire Conspiracy (Nr6)

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In China, vampires had long, hooked claws and red eyes. They were known as ch’iang shih, which translates to “corpse-hopper.”

Vampire Conspiracy (Nr4)

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During the 16th century, it was believed that vampires fed off the bodies of plague victims, and that female vampires spread the plague. Those suspected of being vampires were even buried with rocks wedged in their mouths.

Vampire Conspiracy (Nr3)

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During the dark years of the plague is when we find the most stories and tales of vampires and some believe this is when the Legend took its true form.

During the 16th century, it was believed that vampires fed off the bodies of plague victims, and that female vampires spread the plague. Those suspected of being vampires were even buried with rocks wedged in their mouths.

The Real Vampire Conspiracy

Golden touches on the ridiculousness of how vampires are portrayed in books and films nowadays. The perfect bad boy – with a heart as soft as my pillow – yeah right! No such thing. Every girl and woman ever scorched by a true bad boy knows the truth. Being bad takes its toll and the psyche, you can’t be an ass with a heart of gold, so you can’t be a blood hungry monster with a weakness for love. The two things do not go together, no matter how romantic they may seem. The most believable storyline is Buffy’s where the vampires soul is restored by magic. That kind of makes sense,  the rest of the vampires are just plain wicked, just the one cursed (undoubtedly brooding and gorgeous dude) Vampire with a soppy heart.

Golden turns everything we know about vampires upside down. What if Vampires were never blood sucking monsters to begin with? What if they were our one and only defense against demons and chaos taking over? But gossip, stories, media and the fear of the unknown has woven them into the bad guys and accepted humanity as flawed. Every gruesome crime committed is taken for granted to be the work of some deranged individual, demons and the power they wield over their hosts forgotten over the milinia. But what if every bloody crime, every terrorist attack and all wars were instigated by the demons living invisibly amoungst us? And the only ones who can save us have been pushed into the background, forgotten about and turned into caricatures of themselves through comics and films. You of course could not fully get away with it, hiding in plain sight between humans trying to protect them as best as you could. You would not be able to get away with it, and here comes the biggest conspiracy of all. Our soldiers, our police force, our govenours, mayors and president. They know. They work along side the Vampires of old, the Golden ones, to protect humanity with all its flaws from the demons within.

This week, for fun I am going to compose a list of actual factual vampire lores, stories and snippets to showcase how time, stories and old wife tales have formed our views of what vampires are today.garlic1

 

Medical ailments can mimic symptoms of vampirism. For example, haematodipsia is a sexual thirst for blood, and hemeralopia is day blindness. Porphyria causes sensitivity to light and teeth that are stained reddish brown.

Image credit Ayla Morten

We Read

No need for comment, we all know it to be true

 

After your published

So, you have written a book, got a publisher (well done you, nobody but us knows how much work and heartache you have endured so far), you book is live on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and noble and everywhere else one can possible buy ebooks. Your publisher is doing their thing and you are trying your best to get the word out about your book, you are on facebook, your tweeting , and of course you have a blog because you have been contracted to do all these things in your publishing deal, and also, because now that it is out there, you actually really want to know what people think..

  • Facebook – it goes ok, most of my likes are other authors trying to get me to like their page through liking mine.
  • Twitter – deeto, I have had over 200 followers – all authors

So I know we authors read a lot – but really , even if I tried and read from morning to evening I could not get through the amount of free books I have been sent since releasing Golden.

  • Goodreads – that is different, here I connect with readers, I am actually getting books recommended I want to read and can recommend my book to others. I like it.
  • WordPress- here I get the least contact. I write, I share, I read other peoples interesting blogs, but little contact, no feedback. I have heard from others that their blog is the hardest to get going.

Ad last but not least, what I had sort of relied on from the beginning were my

  • Friends and acquaintances: so I am quite a private person, I only have a handful of facebook friends, but I just assumed they would all be excited for me. Sadly I forgot  they all have their own busy lives and the most I have had is a random, ‘oh, well , thats cool’… No shares on their pages, no clapping my back, and out of 70 I know of only 3 that have read it and answered my pleads for leaving a review on Amazon. I would do it for them. A few people have surprised me, people who I did not think would even look up at the mention of my name have been so supportive it warms my heart. They have shared my posts and liked my pages, read my book and left awesome kind reviews. When you need people and want support is when you notice who steps up and who doesn’t. Those that haven’t won’t even see this and those that have know who they are so there is zero harm in talking so openly on the WWW.

Fellow Authors : Well I have met some brilliant people ! All round what an experience, from unknown authors to have the support of famous ones has been my favourite thing about my writing adventure. I would have thought there would be more competition, but except a very few exceptions (where falsehood and nastiness crept in) I have had nothing but support and friendly encouraging words. So thank you all you fellow authors 

Here is where I want you all to comment and get in touch, what has your experience been ?

Cover Art For Golden

The long wait has finally paid of, the cover for golden is finished and I can’t belive I am allowed to share it with you all straight away!

I really wanted it to portray the beautiful side of being Golden, not the monstrous side. 

I think it has turned out perfect!

And that touch of blood red in the lettering was very clever….