Devil’s Daughter

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#TBT Character Interviews

Published March 24, 2016 by administrator

I was skipping through the archives of my computer the other day and I ran across one of the more amusing moments from my promotional history. This tidbit was originally given to my friend Amy Ravenel for promotion of the first story in the Soul Collectors series, Devil’s Daughter. She sent me the first character interview I ever did, and reading it made me smile. I’m sharing it here for fun (and totally blaming Amy). Enjoy…and while you’re at it, go buy a copy of Devil’s Daughter. It’s a great story at a great price.

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Character Interview: Lydia St. Clair

A: Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Lydia St. Clair and I’m a bounty hunter for the Devil. I know that sounds a little cliché, but it’s true. When I was eighteen, I made a pretty sloppy deal with him because I did something stupid. A few years later he came back and I ended up selling my soul to him to make that first deal right.  Think of me as a sort of rogue from Dungeons and Dragons. I can sneak up on people, pick locks, steal things… oh, and my car never runs out of gas. How’s that for awesome?

A: What’s the strangest bounty you’ve ever collected?

Tough question. My first was a Nephilim, which in retrospect was probably the tamest thing I’ve encountered.  Since then there have been some real doozies… vampires, werewolves, a warlock… but the strangest one was probably the necromancer that carried Medusa’s left eye in a jar on a chain around his neck. Lucky for me I didn’t get turned to stone.  The eye is in a mirrored bottle on a shelf in my house. It still freaks me out.

A: What kind of man is the Devil?

He’s the Devil. That’s really the best explanation. Most people think He’s evil but really… well, yeah, He’s evil. But it’s not all hellfire and brimstone like some would have you believe. He’s a smart ass mostly, and He has an agenda. Like with the Nephilim I went after – His methods are pretty underhanded but it probably was for the best that He had me catch the guy. After all, the spawn of a fallen angel with the powers of absolution could cause huge problems in all sorts of areas. Sometimes His actions are for the greater good, but He would never, ever admit it.

A: How do you like to relax and unwind after a tough night?

Relax? Unwind? What are these things you speak of?

Seriously, though, when I finally get free time, I like to spend it with my Dad. Every now and again we get to go fishing – I don’t really like to fish, but I like being out on the lake, and I like being with him. If I don’t have time to blow like that, I’m always good with sitting down on my couch in front of the TV with a bottle of wine and a bag of chips.

A: Now for the fun questions: What is your favorite word?

“No.” I love that word, and there are times when I really wish I could use it more often.

A: What is your favorite color?

Peacock Blue. It makes me happy.

A: Books or movies?

I wasn’t much the reading type when I was a teenager – I was more the get drunk and get laid type. Didn’t remember many movies either because I was usually high as a kite. My favorite movie to sit and watch now is Labyrinth. It’s one of the few things I have from my childhood and it still makes me smile. I still don’t get to read much, but I do have a copy of Gone With the Wind next to my bed.

A: Favorite animal?

I used to love Unicorns until the necromancer sent one after me… now it would probably have to be my cat, Charon. Except when he wakes me up at 3am for food.

A: Why should my readers pick up your story?

Because I’m awesome? Isn’t that reason enough?  No? Oh, all right… people really should read this story because it’s intensely personal. There’s tragedy and triumph, and even some humor in the darkness.  It’s also the beginning of my adventures and it tells a little bit about how I got to be who I am today.

A: Where can they find this book?

Devil’s Daughter is available for $.99 from Amazon right now!

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Devil’s Daughter is Back!

Published June 11, 2014 by administrator

Good morning, world!

I’m back in action today and I couldn’t be happier. The wait is finally over and I’m happy to announce that Devil’s Daughter, the precursor to my Soul Collectors novel series, is back in e-print today. That’s right ladies and germs, the wonderful people (ahem…Stephen Zimmer) over at Seventh Star Press have come through in a majorly awesome way. So have a look and then pick up your copy for just $0.99!

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The Devil is a busy man.”

Lydia St. Clair was seventeen when she made her first deal with The Devil. Now twenty-one years old and a professional bounty hunter, Lydia possesses a unique set of skills that make her valuable to Lucifer’s grand plans. In the four years since that fateful night she has come full-circle, and now her nemesis has come back to collect on that debt.

Unfortunately for Lydia, He has leverage that will leave her questioning her own humanity.

BUY IT HERE:

Amazon | Nook | Kobo

Where I Am & Where I’ll Be

Published July 12, 2013 by administrator

Mornin’ Creeps.

It’s been a bit, hasn’t it? As you out there in this digital wonderland might be able to imagine, the closing of my premier publisher has thrown me for a bit of a loop. It was, in a word, frustrating. But it’s perfectly okay… I’m picking up and moving forward, and I’m not going to let it stop me.

I’ve still got a few things alive and kicking, and as long as my name is out in the world, y’all won’t be getting rid of me so easily.

Tomorrow, for example.

I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble at Forest Acres in Columbia, SC for a book signing. Yep, little old me at a real, old-fashioned book signing with tables and pens and real books and everything! In a bookstore no less! Surprised? Yeah. Tell me about it. I’m so giddy I’m about to come out of this chair!

Oh, I should probably give you the details. It’s for this book:

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I’ll be there with John Hartness, James Tuck, Jay Requard, Eden Royce, Darin Kennedy, and a host of other contributors to sign copies, talk about the book, and be my usual charming half-redneck self. Come on down! It’ll be a blast.

We’ll be here tomorrow (7/13) from 4:00-6:00 PM:

Barnes & Noble – Midtown at Forest Acres

Richland Fashion Mall

3400 Forest Drive

Columbia, SC 29204

So yeah, y’all should come see me!

I’m also going to be at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of the month. Panel schedules aren’t quite complete yet, but you should definitely come check that out as well. It’s going to be a massive ordeal this year. We’ve got Stan Lee, William Shatner, Gene Simmons, and a host of others waiting in the wings from all those popular things like Torchwood, The Walking Dead, and Firefly.  My inner fangirl is about to lose her mind.

More details next week. And now that we’re past the blatant cries for attention and affection portion of this post…

Just a few housekeeping things and I’ll let you get back to your regularly scheduled day:

1. Thunder on the Battlefield – just saw the cover art and it is freaking amazing. I want to blow it up and lay it on the floor and roll around on it.

2. Haunted – Has a new home with Mocha Memoirs Press. Bobby and his demons shall return shortly, folks.

3. I’m still in the running for a spot in Scott Sandridge’s Heroes’ Best Friend anthology too! Miko, my talking feline detective, made it past the first round and may yet have a home after all this time!

4. The Soul Collectors: Still no word from the Seventh Star crew. Devil’s Daughter is part of that, so with the dissolution of NBP, Lydia is homeless for the time being. Don’t worry, kids…she’ll be just fine. She’s got the Devil in her corner, after all.

5. Lost in the Shadows: Remember me talking about a project between Selah Janel and myself? Well, this is it, kids. We’ve put together a collection of about forty short stories from all walks of literary life. We’re talking fantasy, fairies, horror, sci-fi, and all those weird, formless and in-between things. It started as a small project where we were going to self-publish some of the short stuff left over from NBP, and then it grew. We realized we had all this stuff neither of us would likely find homes for, and it’s unusual and interesting and… well, we’re looking at a full-blown book. We’re over 65,000 words and 200 pages at this point and I’m still formatting.  The cover art is complete and we’re down to the compilation wire. If I could just get her to quit writing stories that I feel compelled to respond to, we might actually have a book to give you. We’re coordinating cover reveals and release dates for both eBook and print, so keep an eye out.

So that’s where I am. I toldja I was busy, Margaret!

Closing Doors and New Opportunities

Published June 11, 2013 by administrator

Last week sucked. In a big, nasty, major way. It started with the fact that I came out of a convention and immediately back to work. Then we received the news that one of my good writer friends lost his mother, which broke my heart and sent me into a tailspin of misery. I lost my Dad just over a year ago, so I’m still not out of the woods in the grief department. Knowing how close he and his mother were and how he’s now alone save his sister only compounds the misery. Not for me…for him. I want to sit down and cry for him because in some crazy, misguided way I want to believe that it might possibly help him some. I know when I went through it, I would have paid someone to do some of the crying for me. It hurts, and it sucks.

Then the big news hit and left all of us standing there, reeling in our shoes.

By now I’m sure the masses have heard that No Boundaries Press is closing. Is closed, to be more specific. Everything shut down yesterday. Our rights will be returned to us on Friday. It means as of this moment, I’m almost defunct. But that’s okay. I’m picking up the pieces. I suppose with the situation being what it is I can safely relay my plans for the future and for my currently homeless titles. I’m not one to sit idly by and watch my life crumble around me, so I’ve already taken charge of the situation.

1. Rock N’ Roll Angel – the erotic horror short that was housed in the Splattered Anthology is getting a revamp this week, and hopefully by next week will make its way to the self-publishing circuit. I’ve made some adjustments, created some flashy new cover art (more to come on that later), and even added a bit of stuff I left out of the original.  In addition to that I’ll be self-printing copies for purchase at public appearances.

2. Haunted – will be finding a new home with another publisher as a reprint. Bobby and the dead folk get a facelift and some new edits, and it will be back in everyone’s hot, little hands by the end of July if things work out properly.

3. Devil’s Daughter – ah, now here’s the kicker. As much as I love this story, I’m holding it back for inclusion in possibly a much larger project. Lydia will be back, I promise. I have yet to sort out exactly where Lydia is going and when. As this story develops, I will continue to share.

On that note, I think this calls for a major reboot. Over the next two weeks I intend to overhaul the blog. I’ll be making changes, and over the next two months I’ll even be unleashing my new website on the world. Expect big things from this camp, kids, ’cause they’re coming.

I’ve also been in cahoots with Selah Janel again. We’re working on a few interesting projects together that should rear their ugly heads sometime very soon. But again, I’ll keep you posted.

So long for now, Creeps. I must away to the dungeon. The pen calls!

Keeping On Keepin’ On

Published February 25, 2013 by administrator

Last week unequivocally sucked. I would know. I was sick.  I can’t ever remember having been that sick either. It was bad…very bad.

But I’m back now and better than ever…ish. Still a little fatigued and fighting dehydration, but I’m up and moving and my brain is starting to grind its way back into gear again. Had this huge burst of inspiration in the car this morning on the way to drop the toddler off at her grandmother’s house, too. Now I just have to find time in my busy day to write up the outline for a novel-turned-series and begin the proposal process. Urk.

For those who are wondering, my alter ego, Siobhan, is doing extraordinarily well. She just got a five-star review for Loki’s Game and we’re both pleased by that. She has also hijacked my brain to finish up another novel. Plus she’s got two more stories to write in a series.

Is it really any wonder I don’t have time to do what I want to do?

I’m also debating various marketing ideas. I know I need websites. Badly. My thoughts are to make this and Siobhan’s blog into websites, and move the blogging operation to a consolidated location. It’s just a matter now of working out the details.

Seriously, though, it’s not like I’ve been sitting around picking my nose or anything. I’ve been working. In fact, there’s some good news headed down the pipeline as I write this. Can’t share it yet, but as soon as I get the green light, the world will know!

And in closing, I’ll say this –

I’m poor. Everybody go buy this book:

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Release Date: September 6, 2012
No Boundaries Press

Lydia St. Clair was seventeen when she made her first deal with The Devil. Now twenty-one years old and a professional bounty hunter, Lydia possesses a unique set of skills that make her valuable to Lucifer’s grand plans. In the four years since that fateful night she has come full-circle, and now her nemesis has come back to collect on that debt.

Unfortunately for Lydia, He has leverage that will leave her questioning her own humanity.

Where to get it:
Amazon | No Boundaries Store

Winners, Releases, and Confessions

Published September 10, 2012 by administrator

[Large, whining yawn]

Morning, everyone. The last week has been a topsy-turvy mess in this slice of reality, and one we don’t particularly want to discuss right now. There’s some good news, even for a Monday, though.

First, WE HAVE A WINNER:

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Our lucky winner gets a copy of Haunted as the grand prize for participation in the backlist blog hop last weekend. Email will be out shortly – please be sure to check for it!

Second… WE HAVE A NEW BOOK!

“The Devil is a busy man.”

Lydia St. Clair was seventeen when she made her first deal with The Devil. Now twenty-one years old and a professional bounty hunter, Lydia possesses a unique set of skills that make her valuable to Lucifer’s grand plans. In the four years since that fateful night she has come full-circle, and now her nemesis has come back to collect on that debt.

Unfortunately for Lydia, He has leverage that will leave her questioning her own humanity.

Where To Get It:
Amazon ♦ No Boundaries Press Store

It’s a little different from what I normally write.  Yes, it has horror elements but this one lives more in the realm of urban fantasy. It’s dark…very dark. And it isn’t a very happy story. It’s intensely personal. This was written entirely for me, and it wasn’t until one of my beta readers told me to do it that I submitted it for publication. It has since sparked an idea for a series, but we won’t get into that yet.

And now for that confession…

I’ve had a few people ask me about this story and where it came from. I may have already told everyone about this, but Devil’s Daughter was written in direct response to my father’s death in April. He was my own personal superhero, and when we lost him, my world fell to pieces. I’m still not dealing well with it. Almost everything reminds me of him. I spend more time than is healthy crying because the stupidest little things trigger it. I lose large chunks of time. Very little filters through my brain that actually stays for extended periods of time.

Truth be told, I don’t really remember writing this story. I just know that when we got back to my mother’s house that Wednesday afternoon, I sat down at the table and put pen to paper. On Sunday afternoon as we left her house for the funeral home, I had a complete first draft in my notebook.

Logically I know there wasn’t anything I could do to save him – years of smoking weakened his lungs to where they couldn’t support him after heart surgery – but by giving Lydia the opportunity to save hers, I found at least a little bit of peace. It’s not the same, but just knowing that I could give someone else a second chance helped.

The story itself is about more than second chances. It’s also about redemption. Doing what’s right isn’t always easy, but doing what’s right isn’t always the right thing to do either. Just because someone is labeled as the “bad guy” doesn’t mean he’s all that bad. Good and bad, at least where Lydia and her fellow characters are concerned, are all matters of opinion. It depends on which side of the argument they’re on.

Read the story…you’ll see what I mean.

A Little Taste…

Published August 21, 2012 by administrator

What’s Playing: “Elizabeth Lee” by Nakia

I have nothing interesting to say today, so I’m going to give everyone something to read.  It’s a small taste of my upcoming work, “Devil’s Daughter.” It’s due out in the very near future thanks to the generosity of No Boundaries Press. No cover art yet, but that won’t stop me from sharing post-edit story goodness, now will it?

I should warn now… this is an intensely personal story. It’s my way of attempting to change the past, so please forgive me if it seems a little emotional.

We’re starting a few pages in, after Lydia has made her sloppy deal with the Devil to save her father’s life.

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On my twenty-first birthday, my mother called me at work.  She caught me on one of the rare occasions that I wasn’t wrestling some deadbeat to the ground, and she told me that my Daddy had been in an accident at work.  Scaffolding collapsed, pitching him to the ground from two stories up.  The doctors said his back was broken, his left lung punctured and his liver lacerated.  He wasn’t expected to make it through the surgery to reset the bone protruding from his leg.  In short, it didn’t look good.

When I collapsed to the sidewalk in a hysterical puddle, time stopped again.  The familiar smell of brimstone filled my senses.  It made me dizzy and I knew that it was time to repay that favor.  He could have picked a worse time to appear, but I’m not sure when that might have been.

“A favor then for a favor now,” He said.  “I need your services.”

My services? That was sketchy. I was too busy freaking out to really consider the implications of that statement though. I needed to be on the other side of town.  Yesterday.

“Can’t you come back some other time?” I asked. “I’m kinda busy here.”

He chuckled, and that sick, slithering feeling wormed its way into my spinal column again. I had to find how to keep this guy from laughing. I was already nauseous, but that sound made me want to lose my lunch.

“A favor then for a favor now,” He said again. I shuddered. “Without question.”

“I need to get to my father.”

“You will in time, sweetheart, but you and I have a deal to finish.” He produced that same scroll from inside His pristine white coat and unrolled it. He began to read again, this time to Himself. I watched His face, unconcerned until those smooth, wicked eyebrows rose and a ghoulish smile curled His lips. “Well, isn’t this an interesting predicament?”

I really didn’t like the sound of that.

“What?”

“It appears that there are two parties signed to this contract.”

“No, there aren’t,” I argued, but that smile only widened. He turned the paper toward me. Scrawled in my blood was my name. Overlapping it at the edge of the page was a small drop of blood. It was a slightly different color than mine and I realized what I’d done. “No!” I shouted, but I knew it was already too late. Because of my stupid mistake, He had us both. My father’s life hung in the balance and it was all my fault. I was willing to bet the collapsed scaffolding had a bit of help.

“It appears you will do anything I tell you, Lydia,” He said, his voice eerily without inflection. “Because if you cross me, I have the power to take him forever.”

If I hadn’t already been on my knees on the sidewalk, I’d have fallen. I hung my head, defeated by the cunning monster.

“Fine. I’ll do it. Just don’t take him from me yet.”

That nasty sound filled the still air again and He knelt next to me. “I have need of your services, dear. You have a particular set of talents that will be quite useful to my operation.”

“I’m just a bounty hunter.”

“Exactly. You see, child, I am an extremely busy man. I don’t have time to chase down the shirkers and delinquents. You seem to be particularly good at it.”

“How is that a favor?”

“I have one in particular I need taken down…by any means necessary.”

“What if I can’t find him?”

“You will find him.” The way He said it left no room for argument. And I already knew what the punishment would be if I failed…

Getting The Words Out

Published August 10, 2012 by administrator

The last six months have been… let’s say…trying. Real life has come down on the top of my head in a big, nasty way and for a very, very long portion of those months, I wasn’t doing anything at all but playing mommy, driving all over Hell and half of Georgia, and trying to sleep when I could. In the past six months I’ve had a baby, lost my father, buried two cats (one of mine and one of my mother-in-law’s), attended the funeral of my husband’s best friend’s grandmother, and lost two other friends, one under extremely suspicious circumstances.  It hasn’t been easy.

The good news?

I’m finally writing again. FINALLY.

I’ve told you already about Devil’s Daughter, scheduled to hit eShelves in September and Rock N’ Roll Angel, scheduled for the Splatterpunk Anthology Release sometime in October, right?

Well hold on to your hats, kids.  There’s more.

Something about Fandom Fest really inspired me to get off my duff and do what I love again. I have been, and it feels great. In the last 30 days, I have submitted three stories:

 

1. Easy as Pie went to Necro Publications’ Into the Darkness Anthology Call

2. Wolfy went to John Hartness and Kerlak Publishing for the Big Bad Anthology Call

3. Skippin’ Stoneswas just packed up and sent to the Deep Cuts Anthology Call. I did it ten minutes ago.

 

They’re done, filed, and off my writing plate. It feels fabulous.  Pushing those off on someone else has opened up my writing world to all these other crazy projects. So here’s what’s next on my plate:

 

1. James R. Tuck’s Sword & Sorcery Anthology Call through Seventh Star Press. I have two ideas for this and they’re battling like mad in my head.

2. My Soul Collectors Series. Devil’s Daughter is the first taste of that series, and I can’t wait to really get going on it.

3. The Steampunk Horror Novel. I’m 30,000 words into it, have no title, and don’t have a clue exactly how I’m going to end it… but I’m having fun with it. Over the last few months it has turned into a bit of an homage to Frankenstein, which is hands-down my favorite horror novel of all time.

 

There are all manner of other fringe projects, but those are my three priorities. If I can get them done and out of the way my IN PROGRESS folder will shrink considerably.

I guess that means I should stop stalling on the internet and get back to work, huh?