BLOOD DIVINE CHARACTER TEASER

Meet Rafe, a fierce Divinum warrior and special agent in the Jericho army who delights in killing Anakim Changelings. Roguishly handsome and built like a brick wall, Rafe is an impossible lothario, happily bedding both women or men, and dedicated to the Jericho cause of ridding the world of the Anakim plague. With a sly grin, a sharp tongue, and an even sharper blade, Rafe's cocky swagger gets him into as much trouble as the endless war with the Anakim.(Order on AMAZON: http://bit.ly/BloodDivine or ask for it at your local bookstore!)

(Dream Casting: Jason Momoa)

 

REPOST OF INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA CHAMBERS

Author Interview with Greg Howard

With Halloween just around the corner, who doesn’t want spook themselves out a little with a creepy ghost story? Greg Howard has the perfect one for readers who like action-packed paranormal stories, and who don’t mind a little blood and gore.

Check out the book trailer here!

Welcome, Greg Howard!

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Blood Divine takes place in Georgetown, SC. How much research did you need to do to put the reader properly in the setting?

Honestly, not a whole lot, only because Georgetown is my hometown. It’s where I was born and where most of my family still lives. So I had a deep connection to the setting ingrained in me, and the real-life places I used like The Rice Museum, The Strand Theater, The Ice House, etc. I did do some research on Mansfield Plantation which was the inspiration for Warfield Plantation in the book. We lived just a short bike ride down the road from Mansfield when I was young. Back then it was deserted and widely believed to be haunted. For some reason, whenever we wanted to “run away from home” that’s where we went. Not very smart. The prologue of the book is an account of something that really happened to us at Mansfield when we were kids. Well…up to a certain point.

Cooper and Randy are too cute together! What was your inspiration for their characters?

My first real-life boy crush (meaning not a fictional TV character or an action figure) was my older brother’s best friend. When I was around eight years old, I thought he was about the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Then when I ran into him years later, as an adult, he’d grown into this gorgeous law enforcement professional and traditional family man. I thought it was so interesting that I still felt like a swoony eight year-old around him. I mean, I couldn’t hardly look him in the eye! It was pathetic. He didn’t have a clue he had that effect on me, thank God.

This story seems to thread together good and evil in a unique way. There are some biblical references to your Anakim creatures. Are you a Bible buff, or did you fictionalize those parts?

While I wouldn’t call myself a Bible buff, I do find Biblical mythology fascinating. When I first conceived, BLOOD DIVINE, I was simply trying to put a fresh spin on vampires and witches. That got me to thinking about Lucifer and the fallen angels of Heaven and pondering—what if they were the origin of vampires on Earth. That’s when the Biblical research started—first with the Nephilim, the children of the fallen angels who mated with humans, and then the Anakim, the children of the Nephilim. And, of course, the Biblical passages I used about them in the book are real. The Anakim were described as giants who ruthlessly slaughtered innocent people, so I made them the first vampires. The Divinum (witches), I fictionalized their origin and history. Since I grew up in the church, it was a fun way to tell the story.

Eunice and Eudora were my favorite characters, and there were plenty of quirky characters to choose from! Who would play these two in the motion picture of Blood Divine?

Eunice and Eudora are fan favorites, for sure! Ever since I saw Mireille Enos play twins in the TV show, BIG LOVE, that’s who I’ve always seen in my head when writing Eunice and Eudora.

Georgetown, where this story is based, is known as the Ghost Capital of the South. Any truth to that?

There was a sign when you entered Georgetown that proclaimed it proudly! So, truth that they claim it, yes! Truth that there are ghosts and spirits there, well there are just too many stories and legends not to at least wonder. Several books have been written about the ghosts of Georgetown. Like I said, we had our own haunted experiences at Mansfield Plantation when I was a kid, and now that it’s been restored into a beautiful bed & breakfast, I’m told by the staff of Mansfield that things still go bump in the night there. Without a doubt the most famous Georgetown ghost is the Gray Man.

What are you reading now?
I just started GLORY OVER EVERYTHING by Kathleen Grissom. I loved, loved loved her last book, THE KITCHEN HOUSE, and can’t wait to get swallowed up in that world again. And the writing is just too beautiful.

If you like __________, then you may love Blood Divine.
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Name three things about yourself that your readers would never be able to guess. 
I sing in a 140-voice community choir.

I’m a TV junkie.

My age. (wink, wink)

What can we look forward to reading from you next?

I just finished edits on my first YA book that will be published by Simon & Schuster in Spring, 2018. It’s a male/male rom-com (heavy on the comedy), and couldn’t be more different from BLOOD DIVINE. Now that it’s finished, I think I am going to jump back into the sequel for BLOOD DIVINE.

Blood Divine is available now on Amazon!

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TV JUNKIE

If you know me personally, you know I'm a TV junkie, so I thought I'd share my favs every now and then and make some recommendations. 

The new show I'm really into right now is THIS IS US. It reminds me a little of Parenthood, Brothers and Sisters, and Thirtysomething, but it feels fresh and has an interesting twist that I did NOT see coming. And usually I can spot a twist from a mile away. Check it out!

 

Winding down the winding down...

Today ends my annual 2-week retreat at the beach - Pawleys Island, SC. I come the first week by myself to write and then 8-10 friends come the second week. This year I got through all of the edits from my publisher, Simon & Schuster, on my new young adult book. So while I wasn't working on "new words" so to speak, the week was extremely productive. The second week is always about chilling. That usually consists of standing in the pool most of the day reading. Morning sunrise watching is also a favorite activity on these trips. There's nothing like watching the sun creep up over the horizon of the Atlantic ocean. 

This year I also got married at the beach. It wasn't going to be a big deal, just the friends who were here with us, my sister, and a couple other friends from Nashville. But, of course, our friends made it SO special. They just couldn't help themselves. :)  It was actually the first time I had all three of my best friends in the same place at the same time, a combined 70 years of friendship.

Five years ago when we were here, if you would have told me I would be standing on a beach in South Carolina at sunset getting legally married one day, I might have laughed. It wasn't possible then and it didn't seem like something I would ever get to experience in my lifetime. But - it's done. The same week my debut book came out, I got married after 15 years with my constant and loyal partner in life who I can now call - husband. Can't wait to see what's next.

The reviews are coming in and....

Check out these initial reviews for BLOOD DIVINE! Available now on Amazon. (Print version available soon)

5 stars: "...dark, twisted, and a bit on the scary side...held me captured the complete way through." - Natosha, Gay Book Reviews  (see full review)

5 stars: "Underworld meets Gone With The Wind...kept me completely engrossed from start to finish. A real pro of a job."- Freya, Sinfully MM Book Reviews  (see full review)

5 stars: "I loved this book. I loved the characters, the locale, the backstory, the world building, the pretty much everything about it!" - Dan, Love Bytes Reviews  (see full review)

5 stars: "This book has it all and is written in such a gripping manner that I just could not put it down." - Susan, The Blogger Girls  (see full review)

BLOOD DIVINE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

My debut novel, BLOOD DIVINE, is now available for 

pre-order on Amazon!  

Blurb:

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened.

While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his peculiar ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

(Perfect for fans of Stephen King, Christopher Rice, and Charlaine Harris.)

Also available at Kobo and for immediate download at Wilde City Press.

 

PATH TO PUBLICATION UPDATE

BLOOD DIVINE WILL BE RELEASED AUGUST 24TH!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

RECENTLY READ

I recently read two books that I think every aspiring author should wolf down immediately. But you don't have to be a writer to enjoy these gems of literary porn.

BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott I loved because she gives voice to many of the struggles we face as writers and she does so hysterically. Anne doesn't sugar coat anything and shares her own experiences for good measure. If you can cry into your literary beer with me while at the same time making me laugh out loud, I'm sold! That's what Anne Lamott does with this book.

When I was in the eighth or ninth grade, I remember wandering through the library at Southside Junior High in Florence, SC, looking for something to read. The librarian, Mrs. Davidson I believe, spotted me and asked what kind of movies I liked to watch. After I spouted off a list, she told me to wait and went into her office in the back and soon returned with a book that I don't think even belonged to the school. It was THE SHINING. I devoured it and was hooked—on reading, on writing, and on Stephen King. Stephen's King's, ON WRITING, was just fascinating. I loved hearing about his process, from the way he was rejected by agents a lot more than I have been to how some of his masterpieces came to be. Like Lamott, King is very funny as well.

I loved both of these books equally and will likely visit them again in the future when I get discouraged or just need some perspective.

WRITE NOW

I recently completed my first young adult, m/m contemporary romance. I'm deep in that glorious process of querying agents which is not for the faint of heart. Actually, I have received very positive response to this manuscript from agents, but still trying to find the right match. It might be a tad too raunchy for some, but hey, its about high school boys!

The working title is SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN and it's set in Florence, SC where I lived from third grade through high school. The story is written in first person, present tense with a dual POV. The two main characters, Beckett Gaines and Jaxon Parker, couldn't be more different. Jaxon is the guarded star quarterback, president of the student body, and one of the most popular—and hottest—guys at school. Beckett, on the other hand is an out and proud choir nerd with an affinity for 80s television, especially The Golden Girls.

I'll share more about SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN and its journey to publication soon!