Thursday, May 3, 2018

Who's Who? in Binding Dante Lovelace

In the second book in The Lovelace & Wick Series, Dante and Iago are joined by some familiar faces and a whole lot of new ones. Here's a peek at some of the new characters, both good and bad, who have a role to play in Binding Dante Lovelace.

Beatrice Dickens--a witch.

In a book called Binding Dante Lovelace, it only makes sense that someone is casting a binding spell (or engaging in a bit of kinky fun, but we won't go there). Miss Dickens is our spell-caster! Beatrice is a headstrong, if not slightly naive, woman who promises her soul to Hell when she binds a demon to better her own powers.

Unfortunately for Mr. Lovelace, he is the lucky demon in question.

Zero Bancroft--a demon hunter.

This is not the sort of gentleman you want to encounter in a dark alley. Mr. Bancroft is a clever and ruthless hunter who has discovered new ways to battle minions of Lucifer. (In particular, he's quite tired of dealing with Iago Wick.) Bancroft has a plan to eradicate the world of supernatural beings... along with a good chunk of the human population. All for the greater good, he says...

Harry Foster--a scholar.

Mr. Foster is a dedicated scholar of the supernatural, and he's also Beatrice Dickens's sweetheart. Don't worry about the messy library and unkempt stacks of notes; just call it organized chaos.

Charlotte Cutter--a proper young lady. Sometimes.

Miss Cutter is a dear friend of Harry and Beatrice's from childhood. She may be offended by ginger snaps (too much flavor!) and act as quite the wet blanket, but don't let that fool you. She has secrets to tell.

Harriet--an automaton.

Every demon needs to stay informed. Iago receives his daily dose of gossip and information from Harriet, who roams the streets of Boston before reporting back to Mr. Wick.

Lucretia Black--a demon.
Lucretia would simply DIE over this outfit, if, indeed,
she had the ability to perish.

Not every demon enjoys working for Hell. Take Lucretia Black, who defected and abandoned her Hellish duties. Don't worry. She's kept remarkably (and fabulously) busy, and she'd be happy to tell you all about it over a glass of good bourbon.

Gregor Hawley--a demi-demon.

Mr. Hawley is proud of his demonic heritage. He can proudly claim to be 1/32 (or is it 1/64?) demon. Centuries ago, his ancestor got more than she bargained for when cavorting with a demon lover. *ahem* I wonder who that lover might have been...

Devorog--a monster.

Don't make eye-contact. Just keep walking. No... I take it back. Running. Just keep running! It's gaining on you!

You can get to know these characters, as well as catch up with some familiar faces, in Binding Dante Lovelace on May 24th.

Until next time!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Binding Dante Lovelace--Coming May 24th!

I am so happy to announce that Binding Dante Lovelace finally has a release date! You'll be able to download the ebook on May 24th, exclusively at Amazon.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spirited Company: Old school seances and spirit photography

The Victorian seance is something that has cemented itself in our minds and media. After all, the spiritualism movement caught the attention of some very notable people of the era, from Mary Todd Lincoln to Arthur Conan Doyle. ACD quite famously disagreed with his pal, Harry Houdini, about the spiritualist movement in the early 20th century (they even made a very awesome but very short-lived TV show about it).

The spiritualism movement can be traced to mesmerism, the hypnotic therapy of F.A. Mesmer in the 18th century, but it's worth mentioning the Fox sisters, as well. These sisters claimed they could speak to the dead starting in the 1840s and helped spark an international obsession with spiritualism. Today, we tend romanticize the movement and use it in many books and movies and TV shows--heck, The Lovelace & Wick Series features multiple seances. At the heart of it, however, were charlatans taking advantage of a hopeful and sometimes grieving audience. Humans want so badly for there to be a way to talk to their dearly departed loved ones, and spiritualism provided both comfort and heartache to people of the time.

Today, however, I wanted to take a look at some of my favorite examples of Victorian and Edwardian spirit photography.  Most of these blots of ectoplasm and ghostly faces were either cotton/cheese cloth or smoke or overexposed faces in overlay. All the same, they're a lot of fun to look at.

(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a visitor -- Source)

(Mary Todd Lincoln -- Source)

(Source--This link has a TON of cool photographs.)

Until next time!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Oh, Hell!: 5 Devilishly Good Reads You Won't Be Able to Put Down

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret.

I love demons and The Devil.

Okay, not in a Hail Satan kinda way, but thematically! Not only is my current series about demons, but the very first book I ever wrote also focused on minions of Lucifer. I will unapologetically tell you that my favorite character on Supernatural is Crowley (Sam and Dean who?). And I mean, angels have cool wings, but who doesn't love a bad boy?

Not only that, but the plight of Lucifer and his minions is such an interesting one that I can't help but want to explore it in my own writing.

Today, I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite books about or featuring Hell, demons and even The Devil himself. Prepare yourself--it may get warm in here.

1. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

I cannot think of a single book that has had more influence on me than this one. Crowley (different one this time) has influenced just about every demon I've ever written. The idea that demons and angels are so interested in human culture and mankind is a concept that--I think, correct me if I'm wrong--was unique when the book came out almost 30 years ago, but it's a theme that thrives in the genre now. If you somehow have never read this book, it's about a boy, his dog, and an angel/demon team who aren't so keen on the idea of the Apocalypse.

And you should probably stop reading this post and go read the book now. Now. Even if you've read it before--read it again. I'll wait.

2. I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan

What if Lucifer came back to Earth to mingle with humans? If you're thinking about the TV show on Fox right now, you aren't even close. Duncan paints an extraordinarily sympathetic but brutal portrait of Hell's showrunner. Here, Luci inhabits the body of a recently-deceased author. Then, he runs amok. This is a pretty uncompromising book, but it's one of my favorites.

3. The Johannes Cabal Series by Jonathan L. Howard

I love this series more than life itself, and while Herr Cabal is often seen battling demons and even Satan (and his rather unimpressive replacement), one of my favorite characters in the series is a devil by the name of Madame Zareniya. She's a massive spider woman. She wears angora. She's just the cutest thing, and oh--did I mention she just loves murder? The entire series is worth your time, so please give it a look.

4. Paradise Lost by John Milton

this one is dense. All the same, I think this is an incredibly important piece of literature when considering the representation of Lucifer and demons in media. Lucifer here is depicted in the manner typically reserved for epic heroes. This work really shaped the way we view ol' Luci today, and I highly recommend giving it a look at least once.

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5. Lucifer's Odyssey by Rex Jameson

Similarly, there's Lucifer's Odyssey, a complex and well-written look at Lucifer and Jehovah that really breathes new life into Luci's story. It definitely draws from the themes in Paradise Lost, but is a very quick-paced and exciting read. I read this one a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I'm now discovering (as I poke around on Amazon) that it spawned a series! Apparently, Lucifer's Odyssey is Book 1 in the Primal Patterns series, so you better believe I'll be checking those out, as well.

There you have it! Five of my favorite books involving Hell, demons and Lucifer himself. What are your favorite books that feature Hellish themes?

Until next time!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Binding Dante Lovelace (+ Official Blurb!)

The process of creating Binding Dante Lovelace has been fraught with peril and tragedy that would make Mr. Lovelace himself quite proud.

Since beginning the draft in early 2017, I have encountered multiple deaths in my family, various hardships in the lives of those close to me, a sudden (and very necessary) move due to unfortunate circumstances, and about a dozen other minor inconveniences that--when stacked up--are more than a little annoying.

But here we are.

It was a rough year, to say the least. It wasn't always easy to keep working, but at the same time, I was able to publish The Last Temptations of Iago Wick and Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen. I love the apartment I moved into in June. I've been given so many new opportunities, and I'm thankful for that. It was a horrible and a wonderful year all at once.

And I was able to pull a new book out of it.

And now, that book has a blurb! Soon, it will have a release date, too, so watch this space. But for now, I'm happy to present the official blurb for Binding Dante Lovelace.

Dante Lovelace is not accustomed to waking up in unfamiliar beds... and he’s even less accustomed to working with witches.

Imagine his displeasure when both happen consecutively.

After being spirited away—ie. kidnapped—Dante finds himself at the mercy of Miss Beatrice Dickens, a witch and spiritualist who has placed a binding spell upon him to strengthen her own powers. As demons must, Dante begrudgingly surrenders to his fate but soon discovers the witch needs him for protection. Zero Bancroft, an uncommonly dangerous man, wants to release an uncommonly dangerous beast in Beatrice’s keeping: a soul-eater. It’s up to Dante and Beatrice to stop him.

If that weren’t enough, Dante must also contend with his partner, Iago Wick, who longs to defect and abandon his Hellish duties—and he wants Dante to follow. What’s a demon to do?

With some new companions (and a certain inventor) on their side, Mr. Lovelace and Mr. Wick must contend with magic, hunters, automatons, and even uncomfortable family reunions. Can they protect the world from Bancroft’s mad scheme, or is the Apocalypse just around the bend?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Art of Dying: Spooky Decor that Makes Dante's Black Heart Patter

While living and working in grim, macabre Marlowe, Massachusetts, Dante Lovelace keeps residence at a delightfully horrid little home at 13 Darke Street. Don't let its appearance fool you! The outside may seem pleasant enough, but within is his museum of death and destruction.

"... the home was a shiny red apple with a worm in the middle. Its interior decoration was far from pleasant. The skeleton of a raven under glass, a rather charming two-headed rat in a jar, dead flowers pressed in picture frames; it was the kind of art made of death that a demon such a Dante Lovelace could appreciate and even find inspirational. He enjoyed candlelight, which only added to the home's romantic gloom."
 -The Last Temptations of Iago Wick

And that's not even mentioning Montgomery, his large stuffed vulture perched over the fireplace.

Today, I wanted to share some of Pinterest's finest decor ideas that would made dear Mr. Lovelace swoon (and dear Mr. Wick cringe at his partner's spooky taste).


(Link-- This is Rest in Pieces in Richmond, VA. My sister says it's worth a visit!)





(Link-- This image heavily inspired the layout of Dante's parlor)

(Link--I can just see Iago reciting Shakespeare...)


(Link--I'll admit, this one is perhaps a bit campy, but I still think Mr. Lovelace would appreciate it.)

These pins and more can be found at The Lovelace & Wick Series Pinterest Board, a collection of grim decor, Victorian fashion, cake and all things spooky and steampunk. 

Do you enjoy injecting a little spookiness into your home decor? Sound off in the comments below!

Until next time,

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

5 Romance Tips for All You Lovesick Demons Out There

If you follow me at all on social media, you know that I affectionately call Dante Lovelace and Iago Wick the “demon husbands.” There may be adventure and magic, cyborgs and witches, but at the heart of their series is a love story between two devilish gentlemen.

They’ve been together for over a century and a half at the time of the first book, and I have received word (as I am their only biographer) that Mr. Lovelace and Mr. Wick still live together to this very day. So, they must be doing something right.

We often think of supernatural creatures as detached, removed from the world, and emotionless. Not necessarily! They can be just as passionate as us, and perhaps there’s something we can learn from these amorous creatures. Fortunately, in my extensive research, I have encountered the very learning tool we need:

A Demon's Guide to Courting

Yes, really. Dear reader, would I lie to you?

And for those (un)lucky lovesick readers out there, I will now share some of the text of this romantic tome. After all, Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Keep in mind that unless you are a demon living in the nineteenth century, your mileage may vary. (If that describes you perfectly, however, do read on!)

Lesson the First: Nothing impresses more than a long litany of sin and woe! Tell your newfound love of all the havoc you have caused on Earth. Recall various disasters—remember that time with the nun and the lamplighter? Pure brilliance!

Lesson the Second: Take long walks by the river, and don’t forget to push in a human or two while you’re at it. Spontaneity is sure to make your love’s black heart patter.

Lesson the Third: Do not succumb to trends or fashion! A good traditional pitchfork or crag of brimstone are always suitable gifts to show the depth of your affection.

Lesson the Fourth: Good cologne or perfume is paramount for you and your love. Try a nice sandalwood to mask the ever-present scent of sulfur.

Lesson the Fifth: While love is a human indulgence we may enjoy, don’t forget! Our true purpose is to cheerfully collect the souls of the damned! Do this with a smile on your face, and a Hellish song in your heart, and surely you will lead a fulfilling existence on Earth.

There is, at this point, a nota bene added by the owner of the book. It reads:


Perhaps, Mr. Wick plays by his own rules. That certainly has been the case in other affairs, so why should those of the heart be any different?

So, go forth, lovebirds—armed with this newfound knowledge! (Just be careful around nuns and lamplighters.)