Book Review: Aurora Sky, Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Cover Aurora Sky Vampire HunterIf there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. Continue reading

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Jodie Pierce

She is best known for her Vampire Queen trilogy of novels. (Very well written, by the way).

She was interviewed by me for this spotlight here and at http://freakyfictionmagazine.wordpress.com.

Here is what she told me:

Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my wonderful Hubby John of 4 years bliss. I have been writing since high school and have had a fascination with vampires even longer. I currently have 8 published works both traditionally and self published. I often get story ideas either from hubby or I dream them. I am a full time writer and love it! I enjoy spending time with hubby and family.

What project are you currently promoting? In Vein which will be out on Halloween 2013.

Tell us a little about it. It is going to be a vampire anthology with various authors that have graciously agreed to be part of this project. All proceeds are going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital so as the book sells, our charity will be receiving donations from us.

What was the idea that helped you create this project? Your inspiration? Well, first, I wanted to do something for a charity and I’ve always loved St. Jude’s Children. The old commercials with the movie stars is something that has stuck in my head. Secondly, I love vampires and wanted to be able to include my own piece so I had to make it something that revolved around vampires. Third, many of us Authors are very close and willing to help each other out so I was fortunate to have found them and have them in my life (Thanks Ann, Tara, Tori, T.P., Mark K., Mark M, etc)

So, what’s the next project you’re working? I’m working on a short story with a Detective that is trying to solve some vampire-like crimes in her district. I’ve been doing research on criminal/police stuff so the story is coming along nicely. Also, I’m working with Snowflower Publishing where I write some short stories on the side.

Can you describe a little bit of your process when you work on a project. I get the idea, start writing (if it’s something I’ve dreamed) a short paragraph of things I’d like to include and then just start on the story. I always end up taking a short break on the story and hope I dream some sequences that I’m struggling with.

What do you do to combat writer’s block? As I said, I tend to dream things, otherwise, I set the story aside to either wait for an idea or do more research for the book.

What advice would give those prospective authors out there on the horizon? Keep going no matter what happens. When it is supposed to happen for you, it will.

Anything else you would like to share with us today-Thank you for having me on today!

Thank you & Keep Writing!

Jodie Pierce

Stephen C Ormsby

Today, I’m here with Stephen C Ormsby who is promoting his new book, Pendant

Stephen C

David R Bennett:   Stephen C Ormsby  is that your real name? Or a pen name? (if so, why?)

Stephen C Ormsby: Stephen C. Ormsby is my pen name and I go by Stephen Ormsby, though the C. does belong to my middle name.

DRB: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.

SCO: During a 20 year career in IT, I had written whether it was some short stories or novels, but I have always done it.  Recently, I found a script for a Claymation piece I did in high school.  I haven’t got the courage yet to read it!  I like looking over all the little bits I’ve written when I’m starting a new book.  There is always some snippet within them that adds that new element I haven’t considered, which keeps the writing interesting for me.

DRB: How long have you been writing?

SCO: It seems since I was a young tacker.  If I work on the basis of that first script, it is close to thirty years, but I claim twenty years as that was the first earnest start at a real novel.  Having the chance to write full time now feels as though I’m writing years of backed-up work in such a small space.

DRB: What genre do you write?

SCO: Mmmm.  Great question.  If you find out, can you tell me?  I thought it was soft science fiction, but now I have a horror novel coming out on April 5 and a fantasy novel just completed.  Now I’ve gone back to writing a sequel for Long Lost Song, which is urban fantasy with apocalyptic and supernatural elements.

The short answer – no idea!

DRB: What genre do you personally read?

SCO: I suppose this answer will explain some of the above answer.  I read science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, graphic novels and sometimes multiple books covering all those genres.  It may explain why no idea of mine wants to fit in just one genre.  There are just too many authors out there to limit yourself to just one genre.

DRB: Who’s your favorite author, right now?

SCO: Having just finished editing, I find it hard to read.  It takes time for me to take off the editing glasses.  Right now, my favourite author would be Jack Dann and some of his older books.

DRB:  What challenges do you face when writing? I find that, myself, my other characters want my attention when in the midst writing.

SCO: The horror series protagonist rides me, infects me, drives me nuts.  He turns me into such an awful person for the time I’m writing him that it makes me wonder why I would want to TUDHBTwrite the next books.  Inasmuch, I wrote Pendent (the upcoming horror novel) in 22 days for the first draft.  The intensity of him makes me write quickly, though I’m not a slow writer anyway.  But, with writing, you don’t always get the choice.

DRB: What was the inspiration for your book?

SCO: I’m going to mention the sequel to Long Lost Song here, as I’m working on three different projects currently.  Long Lost Song is my first published novel and means a lot to me.  When my wife read a piece of it to me in the car once, I asked her who wrote it?  Boy, did I get a strange look for that.

The reason I asked is that ideas were popping into my head almost immediately.  I could feel the characters talking to me just from a couple of paragraphs.  The wonderful thing is I will also be able to expand on some reader feedback with the next.  For a book I never considered as more than one book, the structure of the new story come very easily to me.

DRB:  Is there any message in the book you want your readers to know about?

SCO: Long Lost Song is a warning about believing in the false gods put in front of us – the major one being money.  Money is not the end and be all of everything.  That, and do not be a sheep.

DRB:  What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

SCO: Always write and always try to get better at writing.  Listen to the right people if they are willing to help.

DRB: What’s next on your plate?

SCO: I have Pendant:  The Undead Hunters Book 1 coming out on April 5.

Long Lost Song is being reprinted by my new publisher on May 30 (I think).

Tales of Terra Australia Book 1, which I contributed and edited, will be released on August 30.  Book 2 will follow shortly after.

Then there are the two novels I have just started, which are New Born Soul, the sequel to Long Lost Song and Book 1 of the Circles of Hell trilogy (which will be called Books 2, 3 and 4) set in The Undead Hunters world.

I think that’s enough for now!

Thanks for the opportunity David, and I hope your book does very well.

Stephen C. Ormsby

Author of Long Lost Song

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