Saturday, November 02, 2013

And the winner is...

Hi guys! Sorry I'm late posting this. Friday got away from me. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. I'm so grateful so many people checked out my page and I'm so very thrilled that so many of you responded!

Once again the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop was a massive success! I wish I could send copies to everyone but alas, I just can't. I'm grateful to all those who would like to read NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK BIRTH. It's a fun story that merges urban fantasy with historical fiction and I know you'll like it.

You can find it on Amazon electronically and paperback and it even has preview pages.  Now onto the winner!

Congratulations to Katie Amanda!

Thanks again everyone!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Holloween 2013!

You'd think on a year that ends with 13 I'd really get into the season. I mean, my wife's birthday is the 13th of this month for Pete's sake!

And Halloween is all about vampires, werewolves and other creatures. All year I post about such things because of my novels, yet this year I've posted very little in October (which is true for the last several months as well).

Every year I change my work and home screensavers to my Halloween folder. Same with my backdrop. Yet this year I only recently changed my home backdrop and screensaver to Halloween and not at all at work.

We decorate the house at the beginning of the month and enjoy the festive look all month. Not a bit this month. I listen to spooky music all month (I have a lot more than the ones you normally hear). This month I only listened to it very sparingly.

Have I just been lazy this year? Nope. Actually the reverse. I was scheduled to be laid off from my job the 18th of this month so most of my time for most of this year (and a lot of my time in September and the first half of October) I have been job hunting.

I got a job here in Utah and have started the last week of the month. I'm still hoping to get that LA job that I interviewed in person for last week. So my fruits have paid off and may continue to do so.

Next year will be different. I vow to really enjoy Halloween next year. I'll decorate and enjoy the music and shows and things of the season. I'll even set up speaking and signing engagements (something I have done for the last few years).

Meanwhile, as I get settled into my new job, I'll post more and return to my true love : WRITING! Watch this space!

p.s. I'll announce the winner of the October blog hop tomorrow night!

Monday, October 14, 2013

4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Guess what? It's once again time for the Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Yes, that fabled hop put on by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

What should you do? Simply reply to this post with your email or a way I can reach you. That way I can email the winner and get mailing info. I only mail to the US and Canada.

What will I give? Think it's Night Children: Dark Threats like I normally do? WRONG!

No, this will be the BIG one. None other than NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK BIRTH.

283 pages of fun, spooky adventure as you discover the origin of the Night Children, Annabelle and Roland Foresight and thrill to their first adventures. I usually charge $18.99 for the paperback and a couple dollars less locally, but I'm giving one away free to one lucky person who responds with their contact info!

It's the story of two English children who, right after they arrive in the New World in 1692, loose their parents to an evil vampire and almost lose their lives as well. A female vampire saves them from Death's door the only way she knows how.  She turns them into vampires. The children have to learn to use their new vampiric abilities quickly before Dominic (the monster that killed their parents), comes to finish the job with them.

Werewolves, vampires, Sasquatch and witches all pose ongoing threats as the kids discover how to fly, run, hunt, mesmerize others and turn into bats. They also have to rescue a real witch from the Salem Witch Trials!

All of this for free!

And don't forget to visit these fine sites for more!


Check here for the winner!

Up from the Depths (Godzilla) by Shyaporn

I love this guy!

The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales.

I found it! I found the spooky record that I heard as a child! It was called The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales. Oh did these poems stick with me. Especially the Velvet Ribbon!

Here's a picture of the album cover.
Ah the memories!

Songs that Inspire Annabelle

Libera Me is one of the songs from the movie Interview With a Vampire. It's hauntingly beautiful and makes me think of characters and a particular setting from Book 3.

Wikipedia's entry on the piece

Friday, August 16, 2013

22 Years with my bride!

To my gorgeous, wonderful sweetie. Happy anniversary. 22 YEARS! Here’s to many, many more. An eternity of memories! I love you Janeen Bryan

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Most Honest Three Minutes In Television History

Please forgive the swearing but DON'T YOU DARE ignore the message because of it! Stop telling me what's wrong with the "other side" and LISTEN to this. Yes it's scripted, yes it's from some movie that I don't even know but whomever wrote those lines for Jeff Daniels to say knew what is really going on. We need to fix things. Not point hateful fingers, but FIX things.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life! Don't Talk To Me About Life!

This post title comes from the classic silly song,

Life has been crazy for me lately.

I've worked at the same job for the last six years. I'm a CAD drafter for URS. Their Northern Utah branch disposes of hazardous weapons. I use a program called Microstation to produce and edit electrical, piping, mechanical, HVAC and architectural plans.

URS has been under contract to dispose of chemical weapons for the government and we're all done. The lay offs have begun and my RIF (reduction in force) will be October 18th. It's scary. I mean, I'm glad I actually have a date, but what if I can't find a job before then? Sure, they'll give us severance and such, but I'm scared.

So I haven't been able to really find the time to write or edit. A lot of my time is spent on the job hunt or my regular work or my family. When I do have down time I've chosen to relax instead of engaging my brain.

But I'm going to try to do better so all I can do is ask you to bear with me for a bit.

Thanks guys.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Reads For Tweens

Author Mikey Brooks has invited me to take part in his Summer Reads promotion seen here.

If you have kids between the ages of 9-14, here’s a great summer reading list for them. I am part of a 99 cent eBook sale taking place next week, Monday through Friday. Check out these great books that will ALL BE JUST $.99 EACH!! Reads for Tweens:

1. Six Degrees Lost, by Linda Benson
2. The Girl Remembered Horses, by Linda Benson http:...//
3. The Dream Keeper, by Mikey Brooks
4. Night Children: Dark Threats, by Scott Bryan
5. The Secret Sisters Club, by Monique Bucheger
6. Trouble Blows West, by Monique Bucheger
7. Through the Mirror and Into Snow (Before Happily Ever After), by Ann T Bugg
8. Michaela’s Gift, by Cordelia Dinsmore
9. Of Mice and Magic, by David Farland
10. The Sapphire Flute, by Karen E. Hoover
11. The Armor of Light, by Karen E. Karen Hoover
12. Two Souls Are Better Than One, by Karen E. Hoover
13. And the Mountain Burns, by Karen E. Hoover
14. The Quill Pen, by Michelle Isenhoff
15. Song of the Mountain, by Michelle Isenhoff
16. The Color of Freedom, by Michelle Isenhoff
17. Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul, by Michelle Isenhoff
18. Gangsterland, by Ansha Kotyk
19. Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, by L.R.W. Lee
20. Slippers of Pearl, by Danyelle Leafty :
21. Of Wind and Winter, by Danyelle Leafty
22. The Circle of Law, by Lia London
23. Magian High, by Lia London
24. A Pony For The Fair, by Inge Moore
25. The Hidden Sun, by J. Lloyd Morgan
26. The Super Spies and the High School Bomber, by Lisa Lisa Orchard
27. The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, by Lisa Orchard
28. Trapped: A Tale of Friendship Bog, by Gloria Repp
29. A Difference of Purpose: A Novel of the American Civil War, by Terry Soileau
30. The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus, by Alan Tucker (3 books in one!)

Check it out!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Can I Mention Brand Name Products in My Fiction? by Mark Fowler

Mark Fowler over at the RIGHTS OF WRITERS site posted an article awhile back about whether as authors we can mention brand name products in our fiction.

I think this is an important topic because anything we write set in the modern world would be affected. Go check it out!

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Amazon bestseller made me nothing by Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink posted a great article on just why the popular thinking about rich authors is way off. You can read it here.

I've never written a word to get rich. I know it will never happen and it's not the right reason to write. I write so I can find out what will happen to these characters. If others like the stories, even better! :)

Monday, May 06, 2013

Why You Should Avoid Succeeding as a Writer by Michael Brent Collings

This article by Michael Brent Collings, found on  the LDS Publisher site, is great for authors who need to find perspective in the writing career.

Instead of trying to be a successful author, think of what makes you happy about writing. Why are you really doing it?

For me it's discovering where these stories lead and sharing them with others. Period. When I think of it this way, it removes the stress and helps me focus on creating the story.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Bite of Story Thursday

I'm still working in In-between story NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK LOSS and it's not ready for a sneak peek so here is something that is with the reviewers; NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK CHANGES. It's Book Two in the main Annabelle series. As always, this is from the rough draft so it does not reflect the final product. Enjoy!


Night Children: Dark Changes
Chapter Twenty-Two

“You want to do what?  This is not going to end well.”  Rachael sat on a large rock, looking out to the dark ocean.  She threw a small stone ten feet into the approaching waves.

The two of them decided to go for a walk and found their path led to the southern shore.  Roland came to love these quiet moments between them.  He felt safe in a pocket of time where Reginald and the other Bloody-Buccaneers couldn’t find them.  He would allow his heart to briefly peer above the dark clouds that always swallowed him every time he remembered his sister’s voice.

Sitting beside Rach, he threw his own stone just a tad farther.  “I can’t continue to let him get away with this.  It’s wrong and you know it.”

“But what you’re suggesting is madness.”  She turned to him.  He saw fear in her once brave eyes.  “Can’t you see that?  Reginald will catch you and kill you.  He has all sorts of ways, believe me.”

“You said I’m his new favorite.”

“So?  Don’t you get it?  He’ll kill you simply to set an example.  No one is immune.”  A bitter expression took over her face as she returned her gaze to the sea.

“Only if he catches me,” she rolled her eyes at his comment.  “But that’s something I’ll deal with.  I can’t let them do this.  I was human, too.  Those are people, Rach.  If there is one thing I learned from my parents, my adoptive mother Eliza and my sister it’s that people matter.  They should be treated decently.  What good is power if we just sit on our hands and let the Kalinago be sacrificed?”

She gave him a blank look but he didn’t care.  The more he talked about those poor souls the more he simply knew they had to be rescued.  If he had to die in the process, well at least Eliza and Annabelle would’ve been proud.

He stood up on the large rock and held out his hand.  “Come.  Let me show you something.”

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wil Wheaton - Why it's awesome to be a nerd

This explains how I feel about who I am.  This is me.

Well done Mr. Wheaton. Well done.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! Z is for Zzzzzzz.

OK, I realize how pathetic that is, making Z for zzzzz because I'm tired. I tried to think of something and zoo did come to mind. I guess it's because I've been pretty tired, hence the zzzs.

It's been quite a month in what could be a very big year. My job is up this November. That's when I'll probably be laid off. So a lot of my time has gone to job hunting. If you add that to my responsibilities as a husband, father and full time breadwinner, it gets hectic. When I have time and I'm not creating blog entries, I'm trying to relax because of burn out. I haven't had much time to write or edit.

My goals now that the A to Z blog hop is done will probably be to finish preparing the second editions of Dark Threats and Dark Birth and do massive rewrites to Book Two (Dark Changes).

At any rate, thanks to all who visited and my thanks to those who commented. I visited others when I could and hope to do more. This blog hop has been a great tool to keep me blogging. It's been an interesting challenge to come up with things for each letter and I've enjoyed it very much.

I have an idea for next year so we'll see how it works.

Thanks to everyone!

Monday, April 29, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! Y is for Yellow!

Y is for Yellow, particularly what the color means on a fairy.  See in the land called Farnalla in my book Myths, all fairies give off a different color depending on their emotion at the moment. Their magic creates a colored aura around them at all times but it changes depending on their mood. They can dim or brighten their aura at will but sometimes it gets out of control

Here is the emotion to color chart...

Red = Rage
Orange = Greed
Yellow = Fear
Blue = Hope
Indigo = Compassion
Violet = Love
Green = Will
Gray = depression/ lack of hope
Turquoise = curiosity
Pink = embarrassment

The idea of using different colors to show emotions isn't a new thing (mood rings anyone?) but there is one place that inspired me the most...

DC Comics introduced all these kinds of color orientated Lantern types. They always had Green Lantern whose ring was based on will power and Sinestro whose ring was based on fear, but recently they tied in their character Star Sapphire and created other characters, all so they could make separate armies of multi-colored characters. It enriched the plots and improved the stories.

I decided to use the idea to make my fairy, Flitty, more fun. I hope it works!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! X is for X marks the spot!

X is for X marks the spot! Pirates! OK, I get that pirates starts with a P but I just couldn't help it.

The Night Children series covers a lot of history. The idea is that Annabelle and Roland would experience 300 years of American history. In book two, NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK CHANGES, Roland becomes a pirate and sails the open seas.

To properly depict this I researched pirates. I discovered several men and even a couple women whom lived dangerous lives on the open sea. I even wrote a scene where several cameo in the book. Roland meets Calico Jack, Anne Bonny and Mary Read...

Captain Bartholomew Roberts (known as Black Bart)...

and even Blackbeard himself...

It was fun including all these pirates. A beta reader pointed out that they really have no purpose in the book seeing as they only appear in one chapter. He's got a lot of points about this second revision so I need to cut stuff and rewrite a lot more. I hope to be able to do more with these historical figures.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! W is for Werewolves!

Of course if I did V for vampires, you know I'd have to do W for werewolves.

Werewolves can be killed by silver. Silver weakens other mystical creatures such as vampires, fairies and dragons, but it kills werewolves. If you blow them up or behead them they'll die as well.

They have strength on par with Spider-man and have the speed and agility of the Black Panther. Their senses are as acute as Wolverine if not a little stronger. Some werewolves turn to large wolves while other take on a man shape in their wolf form. Few can become both.

There are two classifications of werewolves; Alpha and Beta. Beta wolves are your typical kind. They age normally and can die of old age. Alpha wolves are immortal. There are not very many of those kinds. All werewolves can lose control under the full moon and many have to learn to refocus and regain control of the wolf. Some have learned to transform even when there isn't a full moon.

Now that you know about my world in regards to werewolves, here are some fun pics...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! V is for vampires

Of course given what my main characters are in the Night Children series, is it any wonder what I would use for the letter V? Vampires!

Sunlight, wooden stakes through the heart, fire and beheadings kill them. Religious items hurt the bad vampires (but only if you have faith). Silver weakens all mystical creatures. Garlic only gives vampire heartburn.

They can eat regular food in limited quantities but it makes them sick. Of course their main nourishment is blood. Animal blood works just as well as human blood. The thirst can drive them mad but as with any addiction, it can be mastered to a certain degree.

Your basic vampire has super strength on par with Spider-Man, can move fast (as fast as Wonder Woman), has amazing agility (like Black Panther) and enhanced senses (like Wolverine). Some are better at these abilities, taking the strength to Thing lever or the speed to Quicksilver level (no vampire could move as fast as Flash or are strong as Hulk), for instance. But those are few.

Some vampires have mastered other tricks. Some can fly, some can transform to various nocturnal animals, some can mesmerize others and some can communicate with animals. Some can even turn into mist, move things with their minds or have limited control of the elements. Not all vampires can do these things, in fact most can't.

All vampires are immortal. Children and youth vampires age 1 year ever 100 years until they physically reach 18. That goes for their minds too.

Now that you understand the rules of my world, here are some fun pics I've collected...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! U is for Unicorn

U is for Unicorn, specifically Celeste the flying unicorn from Myths.

She is determined, serious and often stuck up. She likes studying and doesn’t like it when Eli gets into trouble. She does not like Frunz the faun or Lyndi the dragon. She has a soul bond with Eli. This means she has a telepathic mental bond with him. Celeste can turn to a human shape and remain it the shape of the tall, thin pale girl with long white hair. In her natural unicorn shape she has wings and can fire blasts of pure light from her horn. In human girl shape her extreme magic is backed up and can cause accidents. She is practicing to focus it into spells. Has a little sister back home.

Here are some pictures that inspire me for Celeste...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! T is for Tyme Travels

Vampires, elves and cross-dimensional robots aren't my only stories. I love time travel. I love Doctor Who and Back to the Future and any story where the characters see the past in a new light or experience an alternate future.

T is for Tyme Travels.

Tyme Travels is the story of Professor Justin Tyme and two of his students,  his son Nico and Cynthia Grey.

The story is only in the planning stages. Nothing is written but notes and things will be changed so I can't really tell too much right now. Suffice to say they will have to rescue their fellow students from various periods in history such as...

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Rome

One of the early ages of the dinosaurs
The Salem Witch Trials
The Revolutionary War
World War Two
Victorian England
The Old West
And even alternate futures like this one ruled by machines
So it's a fun story with lots of twists and turns. I'll give more details as I get closer to it.