Continuing on our journey of meeting the characters as we move toward a July release of The Bachmann Family Secret, today I am introducing Steve! Our main character, Jaret, and his family, travel to his hometown for his Gramps’s funeral. Amid the grief of this loss, Jaret must contend with an angry ghost and struggle to come to terms with his sexuality.

And speaking of his sexuality, on an evening stroll through Fremont he runs into a local teen who insists on chatting with him – Steve. Jaret has no idea how to handle the hot football player in front of him! Run for the hills because he’s shy?! Get to know the hottie because Steve sends his hormones into overdrive?! And why does this guy act so sweetly toward Jaret and Darth? Is Jaret’s attraction reciprocated, or is Steve just a nice guy?

Jaret figures he might as well add the flutterings of a crush to the mix of issues he’s already dealing with in THE BACHMANN FAMILY SECRET!

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Introducing the Family

In the continued build up to this summer’s release of THE BACHMANN FAMILY SECRET – today I introduce Jaret’s family. Last week, we met Jaret, the high school senior who is struggling to come out and learn about his hidden powers. Let’s meet his family!

Jenn: Jaret’s younger sister and best friend in the world. They confide everything to each other, support and love each other. More than anyone else, Jaret wants to protect Jenn as the ghost prepares to attack the family.

Lincoln: Jaret’s older brother, who Jaret looks up to and relies on for his humor and steady presence.

Mom and Dad: A pretty typical mom and dad, who love their children, worry about them constantly, but sometimes misfire on how to support them and believe in them because of the pressures swirling around. They have long worried about Jaret because of his claim to see ghosts.

Jaret’s aunt, uncle, and cousins also make an appearance! The Bachmann’s represent a loving, close family – and they will need all the nurture and care for one another they can muster to fight the legacy haunting their family.

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Introducing Jaret

The Bachmann Family Secret comes your way later this summer – a gay coming of age ghost story! To gear up for the release of this young adult novel, I want to introduce some of the characters over the next few weeks!

Today, introducing Jaret: A high school senior who serves as the main character. While struggling with the death of his beloved grandfather, he fights to deal with his power to see ghosts. And he has no idea what to do when the ghost of his grandfather visits him with a warning about the future.

To spice up his life even more, Jaret knows he needs to come out of the closet. A shy, sensitive young man who loves his family and dog dearly, Jaret must navigate the danger ahead while realizing his true self and discovering his hidden powers.

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Summer Vampire Round Up

As we head into the summer, I wanted to remind everyone about sharing some time with gay vampires so they don’t get agitated and come after you. While we practice social distancing, we can still enjoy the warmer weather with a good book! Thank you for checking them out! Click on the title for the buy link!

The Vampire’s Angel

In The Vampire’s Angel, as Paris devolves into chaos amid the French Revolution, three lives intertwine that will either throw each person into complete chaos or save their very soul from the turmoil swirling around and within them.  Xavier, a devout priest, struggles to hold onto his trust in humanity only to find his own faith threatened with the longing he finds for a mysterious American visitor. Thomas fights against the Catholic Church to win Xavier’s heart, but hiding his undead nature will threaten the love he longs to find with this abbe.  Xavier’s sister, Catherine, works with Thomas to bring them together while protecting the family fortune but falls prey herself to evil forces. The death, peril, and catastrophes of a revolution collide with a world of magic, vampires, and personal demons as Xavier, Thomas, and Catherine fight to find peace and love amidst the destruction.

The Vampire’s Quest

The Vampire’s Quest brings back the beloved gay vampires, Xavier and Thomas, in the anticipated sequel to The Vampire’s Angel. In 1822, the Archangel St. Michel orders Xavier to go on a quest to America, a quest that violates the Vampire Council’s laws to the point of a possible death sentence. Worse, Xavier must abandon his lover, Thomas. Xavier runs to his aging sister and pleads for Catherine’s help as Thomas races after them. With Thomas and the Vampire Council vying for Xavier’s soul, Xavier and Catherine struggle to obey the former priest’s divine calling before their inevitable capture.

The Vampire’s Protege

In The Vampire’s Protégé, a sinister vampire offers Charon a choice he can’t refuse: play a deadly game of winner takes all, losers die. Charon relishes the competition and molds himself into a sexy vampire who defies vampire law, relishes his power, and embraces the role of villain. He also loves surrounding himself with hot young men. But what happens when an alluring vampire stalks him and threatens to turn him into the Vampire Council unless he helps with a seemingly impossible task? Will Charon risk his perfectly narcissistic life on this challenge? Does he have any other choice?

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Exciting news: THE BACHMANN FAMILY SECRET finished up the latest round of edits, to correct grammar, for clarity, or gaps in my feeble logic. (My NineStar editor, BJ, kicks ass at fixing all the problems I create! And she’s super funny. I know her humor hardly matters to you, my readers, but it makes sprucing up even the worst mess I create a fun adventure.) It’s off to the next stage of preparation, on track for a July release. I’ll keep you posted!

In The Bachmann Family Secret, Jaret Bachmann travels with his family to his beloved grandfather’s funeral with a heavy heart and, more troubling, premonitions of something evil lurking at the Bachmann ancestral home. But no one believes that he sees ghosts, and no one else saw his grandfather’s ghost warning him to stay home except his dog, Darth. Grappling with his sexuality, a ghost that wants him out of the way, and the loss of his grandfather, Jaret must protect his family and come to terms with powers hidden deep within himself.

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This Week’s Happy Thought

Cover 19 news is all consuming, and draining. It should be. People are dying and we need to pull together as a global community to fight this disease and to help one another.

But it can also overwhelm my system, and I imagine a lot of people have that feeling. So I also like to get away from it. And to focus on something positive, no matter how small.

This week, Akasha, Chewbacca, and I met some baby geese on our morning journey. We saw them everyday, from afar so that two dogs would not scare the crap out of them and their parents! It’s a peaceful scene, and I wanted to share it with you. They are a little hard to see, in the middle of the picture on the rock ledge.

I don’t have much else to report. Paul, the dogs, and I are plugging along with the Illinois Stay at Home Order. Be well, everyone.

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April 2020 Reflection

My entry today concerns life at the moment, not necessarily my writing or books. No doubt, these emotions and realities will someday work themselves into what I write, but that seems like a distant future. For now, I wanted to share a reflection from this morning.

First, the context: Akasha, Chewbacca, and I woke this morning at 6:00 a.m. for our daily journey to this beautiful Christmas scene of our house:

If, indeed, I experienced this moment on Dec. 25th, I would find it picture perfect. But, alas, it happens to be April 17th . . .

However, the current global pandemic gave me a different perspective. In the past, I would probably have uttered a variety of cuss words, wanting spring to appear and put winter in the rearview mirror! But with so many out of work; so many ill; so many mourning the death of loved ones; and with a future unknowable – I better refocused my attention to a different emotion.

I recognized the beauty. Yes, it felt like Christmas – an ideal photo for a holiday card. The dogs and I traversed on our epic journey for the day, happy that at least April snow meant damp sidewalks, but not slippery treacherous cement. No one can control everything – we see that now more than ever. I stopped to enjoy something that previously might have annoyed me.

Now, Akasha is thirteen. She visibly explained her opinion of the snow, and it was not one of delight! But even she forged ahead, the joy of a dog in the moment, even somehow pleased that she communicated to me how she felt. Satisfied I knew she was displeased and that she blamed me for the conditions.

Be safe. Be well. Happy April snow from Chicago.

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Shelter-in-Place Sale!

My publisher, NineStar Press, continues to rock! As the pandemic intensifies, with people stuck at home and the economy crashing, NineStar extended the 40% off all books indefinitely!

That’s right, you can now read about Thomas and Xavier meeting in The Vampire’s Angel; or about the divine quest upon which Xavier goes in The Vampire’s Quest! If those two goody, goody vampires bore you, then spice up life with Charon and his lust for living beyond any rules in The Vampire’s Protege! And don’t forget about Simon. You think the pandemic is bad, wait until he teaches you about the real nature of Santa Claus in Santa Is a Vampire! Here’s the link to my author page, where you can buy all of them: Damian Serbu Author Page!

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NineStar Press and the Pandemic

It’s a small thing at first glance. But I am an anxious person in certain situations, and a hypochondriac. So the pandemic has my nerves on edge. I have taken various steps to help myself, by being informed from reputable sources; but also by limiting my media intake – no news for me once I get to dinner; by removing certain phone alerts. We’re also disinfecting, social distancing, trying not to get too concerned about store stocks being depleted.

So what’s this small thing, and why am I writing about it? Another thing that helps to calm me is to look for positives amid the chaos. They exist! And it’s not by way of sticking your head in the sand to seek them. I like videos about kids and pets interrupting virtual meetings because people are home! (Now more people understand the life of a writer, FYI!) And to see kindnesses happening, such as getting groceries for neighbors or people giving up the last toilet paper to an elderly couple. Those things brighten my spirits and give me hope. They will not change the world, or save us from the virus. But they show a goodness in our human spirit that can lift us for a moment.

Link to NineStar!
Link to My NineStar Page!

My press, NineStar Press, which I have LOVED since they first brought me aboard, is doing one of those things, too. For the month of March, while so many of us are sequestered and maybe feeling isolated or wondering what in the hell to do with ourselves, the press has EVERY BOOK at 40% off, and some books are free. So while you’re hanging at home night after night, grab a book from NineStar at a great discount! All of my titles are included, FYI. When I heard about this sale, it made me happy. One of those things that won’t save people, cure the virus, or stop the panic people may feel. But it is a kindness, a way to say as a small business that we’re in this together and should help in whatever way we can. If someone feels they can buy a book because of the discount and it gives them a few hours of release from the stress, then helping that one person is worth it.

And – for those anxious like me – reading a good book is still a great form of escapism! I just wouldn’t recommend reading any books, fiction or nonfiction, about a pandemic . . .

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The Realm of the Vampire Council – Book V

I wanted to dash off a quick update about my writing in progress for everyone!

As previously announced, first and foremost NineStar Press and I are in the midst of editing and preparing The Bachmann Family Secret for publication this July! Can’t wait to share it with all of you!

However, that does not take all of my writing time. In fact, quite often I sit around and wait to hear from my editor or someone, dive into it for a little bit, and ship it off again. In the meantime, I am on the outlining stage for my next novel, which will be Book V in the Realm of the Vampire Council Series. I tentatively titled it, The Vampire’s War. I am so tempted to expound upon it . . . But I can’t. Not yet. Stay tuned!

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