Hi, Everyone,

Just one more week until it releases! I am barely containing my excitement: The Vampire’s Protege will be available on August 21st!!

I am spending time on publicity, especially looking for reviews and other places to announce it.  Of course, I continue to work on other stuff – which will include a major announcement very soon about my next project! But no stealing the thunder from The Vampire’s Protege!

A young man without a care in the world gets offered a proposition: enter a game led by a mysterious stranger.  Win, and you become a vampire.  Lose, and you die.  What will Charon do?

Buy my book and find out!!!

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Cover Art Released

I still get totally giddy when I first see the cover art for a new book. FYI – the release is just around the corner!!

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Summer Update

Hi, All,

Just a quick summer update. I hope everyone is enjoying your July thus far!

First, get ready! We’re about a month away from the release of The Vampire’s Protege!! I am totally stoked about getting it out there to you, and hearing what you think. The vampires are back, but with a much different twist this time around. The great team at NineStar Press and I just finished the copy editing; next, the proofs arrive – soon! – and then it will be time to gear up for the release. Stay tuned for more information, teasers, and reviews!

Other than finishing that and working on a couple of projects that I’ll share with you later, I’ve spent the last month with family. We always spend the 4th of July weekend with Paul’s family in Michigan, which is a lovely time. This year proved just as fun and special. Chewbacca even decided to make the weekend more exciting but jumping out of the boat in the middle of the lake! Oy. But he had a nice swim, and we rescued him without incident, except that it made his sister, Akasha, quite upset with him!

I took a trip back to Colorado, too, and we’re returning next week. My father is in failing health, so it’s an especially important time to be with family. Sitting quietly with him, and being there for mom, and seeing my family in general – it consumes me a lot right now, in a loving, special, and crucial way. I know that emotion and energy are making their way into my writing, too.

Best! Damian

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Random Summer Thoughts

As I await the next round of editing on The Vampire’s Protege, I offer some random summer thoughts that have been on my mind. It’s in the style of those odd Larry King weekly columns that he used to run in USAToday. So I apologize for that, but it’s how my mind is working today. Which is frightening, but that’s a whole different story – perhaps a new brand of horror novel that I will write. Onward:

Terrorism sucks. It is so important to defy it by carrying on, as they did with the Manchester benefit concert. Powerful, that.

Pirates of the Carribbean was excellent! Back to its original, powerful formula and storytelling.

That being said, I am much more jazzed up to see Wonder Woman – haven’t had time yet. I was giddy to begin, but the reviews and audience reaction have heightened my excitement tenfold. YEAH FOR A STRONG FEMALE SUPERHERO!!!!

Speaking of strong female superheroes: my sister and niece arrive for a visit this weekend – I am giddy with anticipation. When asked what Nugget wanted to do while in Chicago – she answered, “Play!” I can handle that.

What life is all about: eating dinner each night, Paul and me on the deck with our flowers, the dogs, and just decompressing from the day. Often a wonderful glass of wine.

Jogging in shorts in the summer is so much better than all bundled up in the winter, like I live on Antarctica.

It’s Pride Month!! Whoo hoo!! Can’t wait for the Chicago parade!

Okay, my inner Larry King was a little longer with each point than him, and it just flew away. So back to normal now. Best to all of you, until next time. D

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Edits Have Arrived

Well, I was going to add a nice blog today about last week’s vacation. Paul and I visited Mount Rainier National Park, followed by wine country in Washington State. It was relaxing, amazingly beautiful, and an all around perfect vacation with a couple dear friends.

BUT – I don’t have time this week because . . . the first round of edits for The Vampire’s Protege arrived today and I have to get busy with them to keep its release on schedule! I stole a few moments to write these words and now will be back at it. Stay tuned for more to come!

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Summer Update

Now that the end of the semester hit – I am turning my attention more full time to the upcoming release of The Vampire’s Protege and other writing. This includes publicity and reaching out to everyone with my blog and other sources.

Over the winter, work was nuts – more nuts than usual. That, combined with getting started with Ninestar Press, limited how much I could do with my blog and other outreach to readers. Oh, plus the hacking of my website which took it off line for a couple months. I thought it was the Russians, but now I think it might have been Michael Flynn.

Anyway, lots of attention on the release of my next novel this fall! Can’t wait. I’m also working on some new stuff, and thinking about the possibility of re-releasing the Vampire’s Angel Series. Stay tuned! D

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Writing Update

Hi, All!

Now I have to get back into the routine of adding to my blog. So, first and foremost, my website is officially all better and functioning as it should. And we adjusted things to keep it that way, so hopefully no more nefarious hacks. And, seriously, if they want to go after someone, this website can’t be that great a target for heaven’s sake! Leave me alone!!

Now, to my writing – Ninestar is working away at my edits, which should be coming to me soon. Then I will dig in, so we can keep The Vampire’s Protege on target to getting to you in August/September! I am so excited to be back on track with a book heading your way!! You are going to meet a new vampire. That’s all I am going to say for now!

There are a couple of other projects in the hopper as well. I’ll let you know more about that in the future.

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Test Entry

Okay, we’re rebuilding my website after the devious hacker incident.  Before this goes totally live and I start plugging away on my blog again, we’re testing to see how it works and if we eliminated the problems from before.  So, this is a test.  It is just a test.  It is a test of the emergency blogging system.

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