Halloween!

October 2020      Vampires and Halloween

               You would think Halloween would be the undead’s favorite holiday, but their vanity keeps them from enjoying it. Only a few of the most attractive Hollywood vampires meet their approval. They particularly dislike the depiction of the undead in the old black and white film, Nosferatu. The Magus said he approved of Grace Jones in The Vamp. They like to see themselves depicted as sexy, scary, and sophisticated because they are. In my humble opinion, Bela Lugosi is the G.O.A.T., but Frank Langella made Dracula charming.

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               “Those fangs are out of proportion,” the Baron complained when he watched Vampire Diaries with his kids. Of course, it became one of their favorite shows.

                        Miranda and the Baron’s offspring have tried to fit in as young adults in the Pacific Northwest. They wear hoodies, jeans, and running shoes except on Halloween when they like to dress up as versions of Blade, Dracula, Vampira, etc. It’s the one time of year they aren’t afraid to flash their fangs.

               The third book, which details their coming to terms with their strange heritage, won’t be released until 2021 due to everyone’s difficulties this year. I’m sorry for the wait, but it will be a surprising read. Miranda’s decision whether to transform or not will be revealed.

               Despite this crazy year, holidays can bring us a sense of continuity. This Halloween I will greet the kids wearing a mask to help keep everyone safe, and if there happens to be a vampire at my door, they will get extra candy. I hope this Halloween brings back happy memories and makes some great new ones.

               Vampires can’t enjoy sweet treats, but you can. Enjoy the leftover candy. It’s Halloween!

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Tristan Mordecai’s Take on Covid-19

The Baron Tristan Mordecai scowled at me, “You call yourself a writer?” He threw my original blog on the floor. “Gibberish about movie suggestions to help with boredom is ridiculous.”

I sighed, “So what do you think I should say to people struggling to cope with the anxiety of Covid-19 weighing us all down?”

He perked up. “We could not exist if not for mankind’s ability to survive crises, wars, disasters, and pandemics.” The ancient vampire considered the centuries he had experienced, in the way I thought about decades. “Even without the gift of immortality, your kind always finds a way to ensure that the next generation will survive and prosper. Though lacking our refined gifts, humanity still has enough intelligent and charitable people, who will show courage during these times of darkness and prevail over ignorance.”

I was heartened by his confidence in mankind. Still, I had to wonder if the nocturnal dwellers would do anything to help. “What will your kind sacrifice to help us prevail?”

With a prideful smile, he stated, “Our parliament has decreed no withdrawals from blood banks for three months.” Then he disappeared.

Apparently, even the vampire world was staying home. Stay well my friends!

Rhapsody in Blood – Now Available!

 Vampire Hunters, Jealous Lovers, and a Mongolian Bodyguard…Oh MY!

The much anticipated, Rhapsody in Blood, Book II of the Miranda Chronicles series, is now available! It picks up Miranda’s adventures after she leaves L.A., her husband Baron Tristan Mordecai, and vampire society for her small rural hometown.  

Rhapsody in Blood goes deeper into Miranda’s history and lineage. This book is more personal to me as Miranda deals with the challenges of motherhood, being a wife, and trying to establish a safe world for her family in a small town.

My family and I lived in Rossville, where Rhapsody in Blood picks up the story started in Rare Blood. It was interesting putting Miranda in a situation where she must fit in for her children’s sake. Unforeseen challenges test her strength, patience, and sense of humor. At what age would you announce to your children, “Daddy is a vampire, but don’t tell anyone.”? Conflicts within undead society converge on her family, causing Miranda to increase her coffee consumption.

I was hospitalized earlier this year for a heart issue. The week after I got home, not wanting to leave the saga hanging, I completed Gift of Blood, the third book, which will be available summer of 2020. Again, wanting to protect her children from the insanity of the vampire society, she packs up her family and heads to the Pacific Northwest, a region hopefully not popular with the undead.

Newly motivated, after completing Rhapsody in Blood, I started working on the continuing exploits of the nocturnal maniacs featuring Miranda’s offspring. My goal is at least one new book a year. I hope you will enjoy reading Miranda’s continuing story as much as I have had writing it. I am extremely grateful for your support.

So many people have contributed to my books, but most of all, my husband Joel who edits, manages the website and is my computer whiz. Be sure and say hello to him if you see us at a book signing.

Enjoy the Read!

Thankful Writer

November 27, 2019

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As my second book, Rhapsody in Blood is being formatted for publication I’d like to use this blog to express gratitude to Readers, other Writers, Clients, Family and Friends that have enabled me to stay on this creative journey.

You have all contributed to my writing. You may have inspired the way my heroine Miranda reacts to a vampire, or a snarky comment made by my fashionista vampire Franco. I may have decided not to kill off a character from the first book because I got feedback that they were your favorite character (that revision took weeks).

I grow as a writer because of all of you! Special thanks to my husband for his months of editing. I mention Bram Stoker, Dracula, and Bela Lugosi in every book because without them my world of nocturnal maniacs would never have been created.

I hope that my writing encourages you all to WRITE, CREATE, SING, DANCE, etc.

The world will be a better place because you share your gifts!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

 

Halloween

October 29, 2019

Halloween Greetings!

I love Halloween!  It’s a perfect holiday for writers, all about imagination.  It is a night for children to suspend disbelief and be thrilled by costumes, decorations and a world that welcomes them with candy. It’s a great night to watch a scary movie or share a chilling tale.

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Don’t overdo it when celebrating, you might lose your head.

My vampires don’t mind Halloween if you don’t pretend to be one of them. The Baron dislikes vampire movies because he does not like his children seeing vampires hunted down, and he thinks the fake fangs are ridiculous.  He is especially critical of ‘Blade’, one of my fave vamp films.

“He uses mortals to destroy his own kind. How could you allow our children to watch that?” The Baron once complained to the Baroness.

This Halloween I hope you’ll give your creative side a chance to enjoy Halloween by writing a spooky tale. Consider Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Edgar Allan Poe for inspiration. Don’t worry if the Baron would approve. If you can offend a vampire or anyone else who is uptight or puritanical, you’re doing something right.

Maybe a ghost is haunting your house, or your neighbor has become a zombie. I encourage you to have fun writing.

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With a couple friends at a Halloween party.        

This has been a fun week! I was excited to be interviewed by Fiona Mcvie in the UK for her blog authorsinterviews https://wp.me/p3uv2y-95m. It’s always fun when someone I never knew wants to know more about me and my writing.  You never know where writing might take you.

Also, my first short story was published in The Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest’s illustrated horror anthology, Tasting Evil, just in time for Halloween. Tales of murderers, demons, ghosts, Sasquatch and of course Vampires. Filled with hair raising chills and macabre fun in the picturesque Pacific Northwest.

The complete anthology in print form:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1687330433/

Also available in two volumes digitally.

Volume 1 https://www.amazon.com/Tasting-Evil-1-Sonya-Rhen-ebook/dp/B07Y234H4B

Volume 2 https://www.amazon.com/Tasting-Evil-2-Sonya-Rhen-ebook/dp/B07Y233VZY

 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The Nocturnal Maniacs have been busy….

August 5, 2019

In July, once again I had a booth at the Arlington Street Fair, and it was amazing. I enjoyed meeting so many new vampire fans. It was surprising and exciting that by the end of the fair I had sold out all the books that I had.  It was touching that people who had read the first book came over to find out if I had the next book available.

I have completed writing the second and third books in the trilogy. I am in the process of completing the final edits, formatting and new cover art. Thanks for your patience waiting for the next installment in the Miranda Chronicles. I want to make sure we have everything just right before I send it out for publishing.

The highs and lows increase as Miranda gets pulled deeper into the world of vampire intrigue. She drinks more coffee, becomes stronger, more impulsive and finds she has new powers as she goes against the bizarre code of the undead hierarchy.Arlington Street Fair 2019

I love writing about my nocturnal maniacs and the mortals who try to cope with their arrogant view of the world. Though at times the vampires’ judgement of racist, abusive, cruel people is difficult for Miranda to argue with. Miranda struggles to keep her heart and lust in check. Tristan continues to navigate the difficult task of parenting brilliant, inquisitive children. Miranda’s growing rebellious behavior, increasingly, confuses and infuriates him.

The Ortega-Mordecai offspring constantly surprise everyone in both the mortal and vampire worlds.

I have started planning the next trilogy centered around the Mordechai children. I will update you all with the latest news as it progresses.  I humbly express my gratitude to all my readers!

Enjoy the Read!

 

 

Coffee Completes Me….

Why do we write? What compels us? The stories itching to come out on the page so they can be shared with anyone kind, curious, or imaginative enough to read them.

At the book signings, the reactions from people are priceless. Some will shake their heads and say, “I never read that stuff, gives me nightmares.” When one of my people realizes I’m signing a vampire book their faces light up. “I love vampires!” I got a t-shirt that says that after one of my book signings. They always say they like to escape into a paranormal/horror romance. Me too!

I enjoy putting my main character into all kinds of crazy situations as the vampire world tries to manipulate, seduce and ensnare her. Miranda surprises them every time. At times she reminds me of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings, dealing with amazing powerful elves and wizards yet they find their own special strengths are needed to save the day, or in Miranda’s case the night.

I hope this inspires you to write. No one can tell your stories better than you. I always write with a mug of black coffee nearby. It helps with plot development. So get your beverage of choice, a laptop or notebook and write!

 

Miranda’s Adventures

In the second book, Rhapsody in Blood, Miranda finds herself pulled deeper into the  world of vampire intrigue. She has taken her children back to the cornfields of Illinois but the class struggles between Haute and Common undead cause her to begin to develop her latent vampire abilities for self-protection.

A Mongol warrior/electrical engineer, assigned as a bodyguard, finds a special place in her heart. He complicates her struggle to stay married to the egotistical, handsome, seductive and at times overwhelming Baron Tristan Mordecai.

Maniac monk vampire hunters develop an unholy alliance with some rebellious undead who are very interested in Miranda and her children. The highs and lows in the 2’nd book are more dramatic, and exciting. It was harder to write but so fun! It is being edited now, and will be out in a few months! Thanks for your patience!

 

Almost Halloween…..

I’ve always loved this holiday when imaginations and scary stories are celebrated. Of course my vampires object to the fake teeth and Dracula costumes. They see their fangs as quite elegant, and they are up on the latest fashion trends on the Paris and New York runways. So if you decide to be a vampire for Halloween, add some cool designer inspired accessories and lots of big faux-jewel rings. The Baron Mordecai would approve.

I’m always home on Halloween, because I love to give out candy to the kids. It is so fun to see all their crazy costumes, and delight at getting treats. I still remember one of my kids coming up to my husband when they were little the night after their first Halloween and asking to go out trick or treating again.

My second book is done, and my editor is politely making corrections. He said, “I know you see and hear everything you’re writing about but the reader needs a few more details.” He is right!

This week I’ll send out agent query letters. Wish me luck!

Thank you all for loving books and supporting my endeavors! You Rock!

Shades of Vampires….

On Twitter recently someone compared politicians with the undead. I took offense which made my friend on Twitter laugh. Vampires may have some unsavory habits, even lethal at times but they stick to sucking dry sexist, racist, abusive twits. They are very particular about their sources of nutrition. They call them, “Worthy Targets.”

My nocturnal vigilantes see themselves as elite assassins improving the gene pool one repulsive soul at a time. They are very invested in this world as they have no reason to plan for the next. They appreciate the beauty of nature though it is by moonlight. In the third book I am currently writing the Magus takes out the disgusting  head of an elephant poaching business in the Congo.

Whatever you may think of vampires please do not slander them by comparing them with politicians. They are egotistical, seductive as hell, brilliant, and vengeful but never boring. Bless their dark little hearts!