Monday, August 10, 2020

Rising Wolf (Book 2 of 3 of the Neon Moon Series)

I love other writers. They know that feeling when the story's going right, when their life bangs noisily at the door while another spills out from pen or cursor. If I talked to more writers and made more friends and became involved in the biz, so to speak, it could only be to my benefit. But the bald truth is that I'm not gonna.

I know, I know: it's a stubborn, stupid recipe for failure--me floating in my deep-space bubble, cut off from the richness and individuality of other writers. Never mind withdrawing from the knowledge, developments and publishing trends that are the infrastructure of the Indie industry. 

And it IS a bubble. It's been strange, putting out Rising Wolf and watching it arrive with a thud. It's a little sad and freeing and peaceable. In my introduction on, I speak a little more as to the reasons, and I won't repeat them here.

The Amazon reviews, all three of them! are pretty bad. I was chuffed to read someone thought my writing had improved. Unfortunately I bored them. 

The book is long. I had a lot of folks writing, back when Beneath the Neon Moon came out, about how they wanted more background and details on the boys. Boy, did I deliver. 

I mean, I get it. The book is slow. I delve into Zach and Mal's mindsets and their rather ordinary lives. I wanted to show how they're very different on the surface and essentially the same beneath. Isolated, a bit fractured.

One is popular when he wants to be, but he's learning what a lie it is to flash that effortless exterior. Smoke and mirrors, even to himself. 

The other has no family, he's alone, and that's the way it always has been. Just the facts. 

Certainly not the most exciting story, but theirs anyway. I'm sure I'm going to go back and see allllll the mistakes I made showing their profound isolation to the readers. Or problems with how I wrote the werewolf pack. Or or or, endless, endlessly. I will pick up this middle book of Mal and Zach's story again after agonizing about it for years, and, with proper distance to their story, will surely see my mistakes. Too late, but.

I fully expect to do that. Surely there was a better way. Almost certainly. Probably. I think so. 

I remember my worry as I wrote RW. I wasn't like anything else I'd written, and it was tough to write. I thought a hundred times that I should scrap it and start over. 

But Zach and Mal have both been so alone. It was essential to show that part of their story, and their ordinariness--just two guys at the wrong place, wrong time, and then that one unexpected, extraordinary thing that developed between them and saved them. 

Boring, too much detail, nobody cares about all that. Quite possibly. I hope I'm doing better in the next, last book to their story.

But true to Mal and Zach? Yes. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

short post re: After Anna

There's been a few readers who wanted the updated After Anna (a combination of After Anna and sequel, Touch Like Breathing), but not from Amazon. I've finally updated to the main retailers after I got away from Kindle Unlimited. I go through Smashwords for some of them, so the update might take longer for iBooks and some smaller retailers. Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Google Play should all be updated in the next 24-48 hours if you're wanting the new and improved version:)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

You're the iPhone 11

Bill Maher, bless his blunt and angry soul, said something that I think needed saying here (cursing, NSFW).

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Get yer books here! Books, get yer books here!

Well, I'm back! Sorta, kinda. I have a new book! I started it two hundred billion million thousand trillion years ago, by which I'm saying, it's been a looooong time. 

(Look out for Beneath the Neon Moon's sequel, Rising Wolf, for pre-sale at Amazon in a few days, too!)

Eromenos by Theda Black

Xander has no idea why his dreams have turned so repetitive, sexual and uncontrollable. They're threatening his sanity and driving his dorm-mate, Seth, crazy. Worse yet, the dreams have power. People are getting hurt, and neither of them has a clue how to stop it.

Luckily Xander has Seth, and that might be enough to overcome anything--even the commands of a god.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

FREE for a limited time!

Hello, all. Back in 2008, I wrote a short novella, inspired by a love of '60s-'70s cop shows, and the next year followed up with a sequel.

At the end of 2018, I revised/edited After Anna and then revised the sequel, Touch Like Breathing, and combined them. The resulting ebook is currently free to download at Amazon through Saturday:) Hurry and grab it while it's free! If you like the story and find yourself wanting a hard copy, it's available for $5.99.

Description as follows:

When Will's girlfriend dies, Tyler supports him in every way he can, even when Will's increasingly self-destructive behavior endangers them both on the job. And as Will withdraws further, a desperate Tyler can't keep his feelings hidden anymore. 

But Will doesn't turn his back on him. In fact, Will might have some feelings of his own he's kept hidden. The trouble is, Tyler's kept more than one secret. He knows something about Anna's death--something that could end their relationship for good.

As the pressure mounts, denial, anger and pain drives one of them to do something he'll never forgive himself for. Luckily his best friend has enough forgiveness for both of them--at least until he disappears, leaving behind a grieving partner who'll do absolutely anything to save him.

Warnings for explicit sexuality, murder, drug use, dubious consent/rape, violence, painful relationships and true love. (HFN)
(about 45,000 words)


In April, I plan to have Eromenos available for pre-sale, to be released in July. I began writing it a long time ago, and now that writing seems doable again (an inexpressibly fulfilling, relieving, extraordinary experience at this point), I'm intent on completing my unfinished works.

Note I say "plan." I expect that plan to be fulfilled, but I won't promise to do so until the product is absolutely ready to be released; in my past, I've planned releases and didn't meet my obligations because of illness, as I've written about before on this blog. I'll post more information closer to release date.

 He is god, man, and devil: Pan, Baphomet and cambion, combined. In this new age he sends dreams to his chosen one, attempting to meld spirit to flesh.

The chosen one fights the god's dreams, unknowing of the power that threatens. And there's someone else, too, standing between the god and the dreamer. Someone the god would kill... if he only knew he existed.

In July, I'll pre-release Rising Wolf for November release. That is a guarantee, subject only to my becoming unconscious for that period(!!?) or having my ass banned from all publishing/seller sites forever (but I could still make it available on my site, I think slyly to myself, yessss) or to being DEAD at that time (which, um, do not want). Anyway. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I disappeared, but I do have some news

To cut right to the chase, I've been writing a bit after a long period of trying several MS treatments. The funny thing is that I actually feel worse, but my mind feels a little more clear and the depression is more manageable. So there you go.

Beneath the Neon Moon's sequel is coming out, probably 2019, but no later. It's a guarantee. I'm well aware of how I've let people down on this, and I wouldn't announce if I weren't certain. Rising Wolf will be out before the end of 2019. It turns out I require three books to finish Mal and Zach's story, so be warned: if you choose to read it, know there's no resolution regarding their fate and the fate of the wolf pack. Of course you'll learn much more about them and who they are, and be further along with them on their journey, but the next novel isn't the end. It is, however, a full-fledged novel rather than a novella.

I'm currently working on two stories I started so very long ago: my first vampire novel, writing as Klaudia Bara (Becoming), and a revision of a novella called Eromenos that I never finished editing and polishing. In many ways I'm no longer the same person that I was when I started these stories, but both of them still speak to me. I feel they deserve to be finished and out there in the world, for better or worse.

I'd love to say that it doesn't matter if they do well, but of course it does. It will always matter, but the market has changed so much. It's just that what I'm willing to do and how I will push them out of the nest turns out to matter more, and I recognize that. Most of all, I'm a writer, and if they sell badly or not at all, I'll probably still be here, writing and putting stories out as I can.

I hope all is well with you and wish you the very best.