Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cover & Blurb Reveal: Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen



As a demon, Iago Wick has made quite a career out of conjuring mischief and mayhem in the name of Hell, but this time, perhaps he’s gone a bit too far.

After deliberately foiling the plans of a spoiled vampire—all in the name of fun, really!—Iago discovers that the vampire in question is no ordinary bloodsucker. She’s the newly-appointed matriarch of one of the oldest vampire families in America, and she’s very angry.

Soon, Iago is caught in a war with the vampires and their cyborg servants. Will he settle his score with the clan of bloodsuckers or will Iago find himself at the mercy of the Vampire Queen? What precisely is the matter with those strange cybernetic servants, anyway? And most importantly, will Iago ever get the smell of garlic out of his clothes?

Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen is a 17,500-word short story prequel to The Lovelace & Wick Series.

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I'm positively delighted to present the cover and blurb for Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen! Those who follow my newsletter, Of Demons & Discourse, have already seen it, but this is its official reveal to the rest of the world.

Stay tuned for the official release date--those who follow Of Demons & Discourse will receive the short story for free.

Until next time!
Jenny


Friday, May 26, 2017

Of Demons and Discourse (and Bigfoot?)

Last weekend, I attended The Ohio Bigfoot Conference.

To answer the question that is, without a doubt, on your mind: no, I didn't see him.

I did, however, get to spend the night at the gorgeous Salt Fork Lodge. This was my view from the room's balcony:



See? Not a single sasquatch, bigfoot, grass man or skunk ape in sight! (I did see a drone spying on me, at one point, but no hairy ape men.) However, it did lend some fantastic scenery to Sunday's early morning writing session.

Besides sitting in on lectures about Bigfoot, I've been hard at work promoting The Last Temptations of Iago Wick, preparing a short story, Iago Wick and the Vampire Queen, for a summer release and writing the second draft of the next book in the series, Binding Dante Lovelace. (Occasionally, I find time to sleep.) I'm discovering that Mr. Wick and Mr. Lovelace still have quite a lot to say. Their adventures will soon take them beyond Marlowe, Massachusetts. Much to Mr. Wick's chagrin, there will be witches.

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Until next time!

Jenny




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Demons and vampires and cyborgs, oh my!

Oooh, look! A fancy title card.
The Last Temptations of Iago Wick has been released for a little over a month now. Thank you to everyone who has supported the book so far.

So, to answer question number one (because I've gotten this several times now!): YES, Iago Wick is the first book in a series. This series will not only include other books, but short stories. I've been calling it The Lovelace & Wick Series, since those gentleman demons will be the focus of each installment. These characters have really taken me by surprise. They have so much to say! (Iago, in particular, truly does not know when to shut up.)

I'm taking this opportunity to announce the next publication, a long-short story/short novella, titled Iago Wick and The Vampire Queen. Yes, we're pairing demons with vampires because that always ends spectacularly, right? This story has been an absolute blast to write. It takes place just months before The Last Temptations of Iago Wick, and it's been a joy to further explore Marlowe, Massachusetts. I won't say too much yet, but I will say this: there are cyborgs.

Also, I've completed a draft of the next novel in the series. This novel will focus more upon Iago's partner in crime, Dante Lovelace and sees Dante and Iago teaming up with a crafty witch named Beatrice (much to Mr. Wick's chagrin).

Keep an eye out for the cover reveal of Iago Wick and The Vampire Queen soon. In the meantime, if you haven't picked up The Last Temptations of Iago Wick yet, it's only 99 cents on Amazon.

Cheers!
Jenny

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pinterest + Writing: Aesthetic Boards

I must confess, I have a Pinterest addiction.

Of course, I use the site to track recipes and fashion and vacation ideas, but I also adore using it to create boards for my books.







The Beldam's Eye deals with ghost hunters in rural Ohio, cursed objects and the spirits tied to those objects. One of my favorite things to do is to explore the haunted places in the state of Ohio, and so it's been fun to pin some of the places I've actually visited before! Key scenes also take place in the Hocking Hills region of the state, so I've added a few pictures from those trails. This board makes me want to travel every time I look at it! In these photos, you can see an eerie passageway from Old Man's Cave and also Moonville Tunnel (bottom right, second image), which has been featured on some television shows. My understanding is that the scariest thing at Moonville Tunnel is actually the number of copperhead snakes you'll encounter, but I've never been brave enough to trek out there!







Meanwhile, The Last Temptations of Iago Wick is the story of a demon in late 19th century Massachusetts. There are some Gothic and Lovecraftian elements to the book, and so a lot of my pins for this board convey that sort of atmosphere. There are also some elements of Steampunk in the book, and I've had fun incorporating that into the board, as well. So, why the cake? Well, Iago Wick likes cake. It is one of the few human indulgences he allows himself, so this board doubles as a place to collect cake recipes, both modern and period-appropriate!

But I haven't even mentioned my favorite part of the Iago Wick board...



The clothing! Mr. Wick is a very snazzy and theatrical dresser, but I've had so much fun finding clothing inspiration for all of the characters.

So, how about you, gentle reader? Do you make aesthetic boards for your favorite books or WIPs? Let's chat in the comments! And you can check out the aforementioned boards by clicking on the title links above.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Last Temptations of Iago Wick is now available!


Just a quick note today! The Last Temptations of Iago Wick is now available for Kindle and Paperback. You can buy it here:



Summary:

For centuries, Iago Wick has meddled in the affairs of Man for the benefit of Hell—and had a damnably good time doing it. As one of two resident demons in eerie Marlowe, Massachusetts, he’s claimed some of the foulest souls for Hell’s legions. Now, with the twentieth century approaching, Iago is ending his tenure as a master of temptation and mischief. His final assignment pits him against The Fraternal Order of the Scarab, a society as secret as it is exceptionally unpleasant.

Enter Thomas Atchison, the mysterious and ruthless inventor-turned-demon hunter with a burning desire to obliterate Iago—how charming. They are quickly thrown into an exciting game of cat and mouse. With the help of his partner, Dante Lovelace, Iago endeavors to topple The Order and unlock the secrets of Atchison’s shadowy past. 

What is Thomas Atchison hiding behind that frigid exterior? Will Iago succeed, or will Atchison conquer clever Mr. Wick?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Announcement: The Last Temptations of Iago Wick

I'm terrible at keeping secrets, particularly when they excite me. It has been so difficult to keep this under wraps, and I'm thrilled that I can finally talk about this book!

It's my pleasure to officially announce the upcoming release of my fourth book, The Last Temptations of Iago Wick. It's my first book published in over FOUR years. I took a long break from publishing my writing, and I knew when I returned, it had to be for something I really believed in. Iago's story had been floating about in my brain for five years already when I sat down to finally write about him.

He has been such a joy to write. I cannot think of another character of mine I've had such an incredible relationship with. Some characters constantly haunt you and push you to the nearest computer or notebook to write their stories; Iago DRAGS me to the computer, pushes me into the chair, and says, "Write."

And so, without further ado, I present The Last Temptations of Iago Wick:



For centuries, Iago Wick has meddled in the affairs of Man for the benefit of Hell—and had a damnably good time doing it. As one of two resident demons in eerie Marlowe, Massachusetts, he’s claimed some of the foulest souls for Hell’s legions. Now, with the twentieth century approaching, Iago is ending his tenure as a master of temptation and mischief. His final assignment pits him against The Fraternal Order of the Scarab, a society as secret as it is exceptionally unpleasant.

Enter Thomas Atchison, the mysterious and ruthless inventor-turned-demon hunter with a burning desire to obliterate Iago--how charming. They are quickly thrown into an exciting game of cat and mouse. With the help of his partner, Dante Lovelace, Iago endeavors to topple The Order and unlock the secrets of Atchison’s shadowy past. 

What is Thomas Atchison hiding behind that frigid exterior? Will Iago succeed, or will Atchison conquer clever Mr. Wick?

The Last Temptations of Iago Wick will be available in Kindle and paperback format on February 27th, 2017.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Location, location, location...

I am currently listening to the audio book of American Gods on my daily commute. (I'm all about listening to audio books in the car, by the way. What better a way to prep for the day than to lose yourself for a spell in the works of great authors like Neil Gaiman?)

In the introduction, read by Mr. Gaiman himself, he talked about all the different places he wrote the original draft of American Gods. This really made me think. Reading and writing are all about traveling to other worlds. I can be in space while I'm sitting waiting for the bus, or trekking through Middle Earth while in a noisy cafe.

Much of my latest novel (set to come out in February--look for an announcement soon!) was written either on my couch with a cup of tea or at the local county library. My sister spent the last two years in Virginia getting her Masters in piano performance at James Madison University. I would talk to her about my WIP and my main character, Iago, and all of his adventures. The first time she visited my apartment after returning to Ohio, she looked into the living room and said, "So, this is where Iago was born."

My living room--the utter mess that it is--was indeed where much of Iago's story was written. It's not a very inspiring place. It's unfortunately dark, and I'm usually surrounded by empty tea cups. All the same, I've had so many fruitful and exciting writing sessions there.

But is there a benefit to writing in new and different places? And what about reading?

If anything, there's a certain feeling of inspiration that can come with writing in different places. I'm not saying that every author should book a plane ticket every weekend and go write at the Grand Canyon. I merely mean that switching settings might keep things fresh. On Saturdays, visit the library. On Tuesdays, check out that cafe down the street. There's a short story in Thoroughly Modern Monsters that I wrote in the car at a local park after stumbling upon an old graveyard. (Be ready to write everywhere.)

I feel like reading can be the same way. I often connect the places where I read books with the books themselves. Frankenstein, for example, will always remind me of the various reading rooms and hidden nooks at Ohio State. It enriches the experience, somehow. When I think of the book, it takes me on a little trip in my mind.

I'm currently 20,000 words into my next manuscript (a tale that, though it focuses primarily on another character, still features Iago--I can't get rid of him yet). I'm making a pledge to write that manuscript in as many different places as possible. It's a bit of a challenge, I guess. I want to see if it has any effect on my process at all. And, of course, every writer is different, just like every reader is different.

Today, I plan on visiting the Columbus Museum of Art.

And what about you, dear reader? Do you value a change of scenery? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Jenny