The day has arrived! The Haunting was released a few days early (because hey, why not?).
Get it here:
The Haunting: Book 2 of The Forest Spirit series is set to be released on February 29th.
Here is the cover, designed by the talented Lia Wayward. More of her work can be found here.
The book is edited by the amazing Lyssa Chiavari. You can find her works, as well as a blog far more advanced than mine, here.
I think The Haunting is probably my favorite work (book or short story) that I’ve written thus far in my lifetime. I hope you enjoy it!
Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I’d like to share more about my most recent book: A Girl Named Dracula.
This is a story I hold very dear to my heart, as there are quite a few rough similarities between the happenings of the book and my real life. Yes, I love Jerry Lewis, to the point of obsession. Yes, I only like oldies music and a couple of modern day bands (except nowadays, pretty much the only modern day music I listen to is The Libertines). Yes, I had a major falling out with a lifelong best friend because of her rejection from my prestigious high school. And yes, some of the flashback stories are very roughly based in truth, though most of the flashbacks only have a hint of truth and a whole lot of exaggeration.
However, a lot of things in the story are very different from my real life. I’ve never been kidnapped. I don’t have that special way with dogs that Dracula has. I’ve never known anyone who looked like Jerry Lewis (God, I wish!), nor did I have any kind of sexual encounter even remotely similar to any of the events portrayed in the story. Lucci is really nothing like my old best friend (maybe in the smallest degree, but Lucci is a million times more horrible than my friend ever was), and while my old best friend did get a new best friend at her different school, the girl was nothing like Kelly (I actually got along with my old best friend’s new best friend… most of the time).
Probably the most accurate part of A Girl Named Dracula in regards to my own life is the Jessica character. Jessica is, in fact, the name of my current best friend, and the physical description of her is spot on. Jessica’s attitude, demeanor, and overall coolness is pretty darn accurate to the story as well. As is Dracula’s admiration of her. Obviously I am quite enamored with Jessica, and that is probably the truest part of the book.
This is a book that was not only fun to write, but wonderful to read upon completion. And I have– read it, that is– numerous times since I’ve been done, and it still gets me every time. I love this novel, and really hope you do too. And I think you will.
The Haunting was officially accepted by my publisher, Nighchaser Ink Publishing. I eagerly look forward to my contract, which should arrive in the mail within the next month or so hopefully (due to the fact that my publisher is out of Perth, Australia). What I am most excited about currently, however, is the cover design for the book, which will likely be created in the coming weeks as well. I will post it on here as soon as I get the green light from the publisher’s CEO to do so. The cover designer for Nightchaser Ink is beyond amazing, and I am continually astounded by the covers she is able to churn out in a short period of time. She is thorough, yet very detailed, and the color schemes are always amazing and vibrant. I cannot wait to see what she does for The Haunting!
In the meantime, I’m passing my days by working on a borderline general fiction/fantasy full length novel. It’s about an adolescent girl, the deterioration of a lifelong friendship, a blossoming new friendship, a kidnapping, and love found in the most unlikely of situations. My favorite aspect of the book is the protagonist’s name, which I will not reveal just yet. I plan on revealing the title of the book, which involves the girl’s name, once the book is completed and I’ve either gotten it approved by my publisher, or created the ISBN if I should decide to self-publish it on my own. The only reason I would choose to self-publish this book would be for the purpose of getting it released quickly, just so I have multiple books ‘out there’. I haven’t decided which pen name I will use yet. There are quite a few young adult elements to the novel, but then again, quite a few adult themed elements as well. This is something I need to spend a little more time pondering. As of right now, I’m 2/3 of the way done with my first draft. Then it’ll be an editing rewrite, another read-through with edits, and finally, a completed manuscript. This is one of my favorite books that I’ve written thus far, and I truly hope that it ends up grabbing a lot of readers from various walks of life. It’s easy to relate to, and yet also somewhat distant from reality in certain actualities. There’s even one scene in particular which may incite me to deny my mother the pleasure of reading this one, but again, I won’t reveal why just yet.
Stay tuned for more updates! I will post them here as soon as I am able to.
Well, my husband is off for an all day float down the Russian river, and where am I? Home alone with the baby, just like any other typical weekday. To save myself from utter and eventual insanity, I allowed my daughter to have one of her birthday presents a little over a week early. It’s a pretend garden, complete with worms popping out of the ground, a spider building a web, and a bee buzzing around a flower. It also has a cool velcro backdrop where you can “plant” grapes, flowers, tomatoes on their respective vines. I have to say, it’s pretty darn cool, and I’m amazed at how advanced children’s toys are nowadays compared to when I was a kid back in the Stone Age.
I got a decent amount of writing done already, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the baby wakes up at any given moment now. She’s already surpassed her typical hour and a half nap, even though I’d personally much prefer her to sleep somewhere in excess of at least two hours. But of course, baby has a different idea of the length of time she can pry her adorable, squishy little self away from the living incubator who now provides her sustenance (though I guess I was a sustenance provider even back when I was a human incubator).
I have two books that I am seriously debating self publishing solely for the purpose of churning them out as fast as humanely possible. I have so many projects that I would like to be working on, that I often find it difficult to have to spend so much time and energy on just one. A lot of times I just want to get to the crux, then subsequently, the end of each story in a timely fashion similar to my experiences reading books.
My train of thought is drifting off through Wonderland somewhere, so now I would like to shimmy into my excited thoughts of my upcoming trip to Oahu. It will be my daughter’s first trip as well as first time on an airplane, so we will see how that goes. I have a lot of family in Honolulu from my mother’s side, so it will be nice to see some long lost faces (I haven’t visited since I was 16). I hope to get some work done while I’m there, but the likelihood of that happening is pretty darn slim.
Anyway, now I feel like browsing through horror movies. Alas, until we meet again!
Two days ago I decided to try something that I’ve been interested in doing for some time now. Starting at 8pm on Saturday night, I began a 24 hour fast. All I was able to have for the next 24 hours was water (with or without lemon and/or cucumber) and tea (I chose green and detox). There are a myriad of reasons to fast– I did it for spiritual and body cleansing/detoxification purposes. It’s just an added bonus that it also is great for weight management as well, but that’s not why I chose to do it.
While the fast was, at times, extremely difficult, I have to say overall it was thoroughly rewarding. Though I spent most of my day yesterday counting down the hours until I could finally eat, I noticed that I had an increased awareness of my body and soul that I hadn’t experienced in awhile. When 8pm finally rolled around last night, I remember thinking that I felt as though I could have even continued the fast for longer. But once that banana, grapes, and later burrito and fish taco hit my mouth, I was in pure ecstasy. Food tasted differently– better in fact– than I recalled, and I found I had even a difficult time chewing after having not done it for so many hours.
There were times when, of course, I wanted to give up. But thanks to the support of my husband, I was able to stick it out and make it the whole 24 hours. During that time, I noticed that I had an increased sense of smell, colors were more vibrant, and noises sounded as though they were somewhat far away. Almost like a high of some kind. I also noticed that my husband’s face looked different, and I found him to be more handsome than I ever had before. I’ve also always been a sensitive, able to pick up on energies and see auras, and I found during the fast that my senses in that arena were heightened and then some. There is also a sense of clarity and introspection that you experience during a fast, and you truly become one with your body and soul.
Overall, I’m very happy I did the fast. Today I awoke with more energy than I had felt in a long time, and I’ve discovered to my delight that I was able to sleep better (with pretty wonderful dreams, in fact), and my metabolism sped up significantly. My husband even commented (much to my annoyance as a glorified curmudgeon) that my attitude was way better and more positive than it normally is. I highly recommend this fast to anyone game to try it, and trust me, even though it’s difficult, you won’t regret that you did it. Next time, I’ll try to go for longer, and I plan on implementing shorter, 16 hour fasts a couple of times a week. It really makes you feel THAT good.
Currently I’m working on a collaborative paranormal romance with the ever amazing H. J. Bradley. We are hoping to release this awesome book– the first of its series, Bishop’s Paranormal Investigations– this upcoming Halloween. (Though this is VERY tentative, we haven’t gotten as far as we’d hoped by now.)
This is my first rodeo with a romance novel, though I am no stranger to the paranormal aspect. Had it not included the element of paranormal investigation, I’m not sure I would have been game for the project. But I am definitely one to explore out of my comfort zone to see how I do, so this venture is no exception. Thus far I’ve found it wholly enjoyable to write, and luckily I have H.J. available to guide me through any erotica parts that may come about in the book. H.J. is outstanding at character development and backstories, and I look forward to learning all that I can from her. She also knows about the “shifter” aspect of some of the characters, as well as the Fae beings, both of which I am still educating myself.
I hope to provide my abilities of setting the scene and the overall story and suspense, and will likely throw in some comedic aspects here and there (thank you, Jerry Lewis, for that). This collaboration is turning out to be somewhat of a perfect “marriage”, so to speak. H.J. and I balance each other out in our strengths, and will be able to work with each other in the fields we consider to be weaknesses. I am very much looking forward to completing this project, and subsequently, the entire Bishop’s Paranormal series.
The reason I chose to write this series under a pen name, K.L. Teal, is because the content of this novel is more adult-themed, and I’d like to maintain T. Damon for my young adult novels. I have two other short stories that will eventually be released under K.L. Teal, and that’s because of the adult content as well.
If all goes as planned, this book will be released this year, and I can proudly say that I will have been published three, possibly even four times, this year (depending on how The Haunting goes). I cannot wait to hold this book in my little hands, and will likely cuddle my copy, along with The Falling and Perchance to Dream, rubbing them all over my body whilst saying “yessss” Cartman-style. No matter how many times it happens, I will always be beyond enthralled to hold my own book in my hands and see my name on the cover. It will never get old. Never.
Last night I officially submitted my manuscript of The Haunting to my publisher. I’m eager to hear what they think of it. Now onto the next project, which is a collaborative paranormal romance with the CEO of my publisher. She is insanely good at delving deep into characters and their psyches, whilst I tend to excel at setting the overall scenes and descriptions. The perfect match, if you ask me. We balance out each other well, and I’m excited to see how it goes.
I’m also going to start an editing rewrite of a young adult book I wrote about three years ago, somewhere in between The Falling and The Haunting. It’s somewhat reminiscent of my high school experience, though a lot of it is completely fabricated from my brain and based more in fantasy than reality. It’s about a boy, his lifelong crush, and a curse. It also goes into his relationship with his parents and sister, and through his experience he’s able to learn a bit more about his mysterious grandparents, mainly his grandfather. His grandfather is a kahuna, or Hawaiian witch doctor, and the protagonist never thought that it was anything beyond superstition, that is, until now.
I’m also dabbling in the idea of doing my own anthology, likely a mix of fantasy and horror. I already have one author on board, and a list of others I plan on extending an offer for submission. I also have a couple of special individuals in mind for the cover design and overall editing, so we will see how that goes. I probably won’t even start really thinking about this project until the aforementioned two are completed, or at least nearly completed.
A writer’s work is never done, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.