The Hunters by Heidi Angell   Leave a comment

Synopsis: 

I’m going to say this again, because I never get tired of it: I’m grateful for this author, because in this book: vampires maim, kill, drink blood, and actually fucking die when exposed to the sun. You know, things that hominus nocturna  is supposed to do. So, if you’re looking for disco ball vampires, you’ve come to the wrong author. Anyway, The Hunters is about Chris, his older brother Lucas, and the band of friends they’ve gotten together to resist the vampire takeover of their small town. They’ve only killed a few in the year they’ve been fighting. During a vampire ambush that sees one of their own dead and Chris about to join her, two mysterious vampire hunters join the fight, doing in a single night what Chris, Lucas, and the others were unable to do in a year. The two introduce themselves as Fury and Havoc, and though they want nothing to do with the group at first to keep them out of danger, Chris admires their prowess in suckhead killing. Lucas and the others don’t quickly put their trust in the two, obviously wanting to know more about them. There are times that the pair come into conflict with members of the group, such as Lana’s father being slain by Fury, despite Lana’s protests that he wasn’t like the rest of the vampires. Eventually, everyone begins to trust Fury and Havoc, and the pair begin to train them for survival against the vampires.

Review:

The action was amazing, with well-done combat scenes. The only gripe I have about that is that I wish there had been more down and dirty hand-to-hand action with a transformed Havoc and I would’ve loved to know what type of power aside from heightened senses Fury has as an Immortal and has it been helpful in the fight. The sex scene between the two with Chris watching seemed out of place, but even the greatest warriors must wind down somehow and escape the reality of blood, gore, and death. That was their way. 

Posted April 18, 2013 by dragodrachedragao in Book Review

Talking About Release   Leave a comment

Release is essentially going to be one of the hardest writing projects I’ve ever done, because like what my brother’s doing, this one is going to feature bits and pieces of my life from different points in time. The thought of reliving most of these events trigger either frustration or pure rage, but I know it needs to be done so I can be done with it all. I think for this one, I might just work on my own book cover while Latrele gets familiar with his new program. It’s why I’m pushing back The Welter War. I just started this and I realized that Justin and Darien are going to be very, very difficult to write about. Well, think I should get started.

Posted April 13, 2013 by dragodrachedragao in Life, Update, Writing

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Welter War Issues, Live by the Sword, Planned Project With Drako, Release   Leave a comment

It looks like I’m pushing this book back again. I talked to my cover designer a couple of nights ago and he’s trying to get adjusted to his new program; it doesn’t bother me because I’m a somewhat patient man and I know the guy needs a ton of time to work his magic like he does with Drako. I’m almost done editing the Welter War and I’m mapping out Release at the moment. So far, I know Raine, Justin, and Darien are my main characters. The rest will just come to me as I keep it going.

Live by the Sword has become a little easier for me to work on, but I’m not at the good parts I wanna be at just yet. Takes patience and time for swordsmen to do their thing. I like the Ben character and what he does, he amuses the hell out of me because I like his sense of justice.

As for what I’m doing with Drako, he’s right about my character not being planned. After some back and forth, I’ve decided to make Cristiano, as my character is called, a cisgender male due to the nature of his portrayal of Prince of Darkness and Cristiano being one of his many human offspring.

I think I need to get on back to work, so I should most likely sign off for now.

Posted April 3, 2013 by dragodrachedragao in Writing

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Drago taking up Drako’s mantle? What parallel universe have we stepped into? (Also, there’s some stuff about the Welter War and Deadliest Warrior fanfiction in here, too)   Leave a comment

Did you read the first part of the title? You did? Then, yes, you’ve read it correctly, though it’s not 100% true and may or may not be a one-time thing. If you want info on that, I kindly suggest you check out this post on Drako’s blog. There was this one time I was planning to post some Dragon Hunters fanfiction on FF.net, which I keep hearing rumors that no one hardly uses anymore. Probably because in the middle of summer last year, Fanfiction and Fictionpress finally started enforcing their rule of no MA-rated content after 14 years and banning people left and right, the assholes. Speaking of which, I have two projects on FF that I need to finish and one I need to start with a Canadian guy I’ve become friends with since 2007. We’ve been putting that off for at least 18 months.

But back to the point. I was gonna start a DH fanfic series of my own because I had this epic character who wanted to help fight Cronus and Lucifer. If you’ve been reading Drako’s blog right, then yes, the character featured may be an asexual transgender, so no erotic scenes there. I’ve got just a bit more work to do on him though and then I’m set whenever the brother’s ready. So, I’m not really taking up his mantle.

In the meantime, I was planning to make my Deadliest Warrior section on my website a monthly update, but because I’ve been pressed for time with The Welter War, I’ve barely had a chance to get the battle I had planned for this month done. So, I’m gonna attempt to do two battles next month to get back on track. Basically, the format is going to go like this: one battle will feature fictional characters while the other one will be nonfictional battles that should’ve appeared on the show. So, for April, Brandon will take on Erebus and the Crips will duke it out with their hated half-century old foes in red.

Now, The Welter War has thrown some interesting twists my way. One character was not truly what I expected them to be and I have go through this book and fix things in order to get the ending I need. What a drag, but I guess I have to work with what I’ve been given, I suppose.

 

Posted March 28, 2013 by dragodrachedragao in Uncategorized

More Information on my Journeys-based project, The Welter War, Live by the Sword   2 comments

So, as I’m sitting here having to change some stuff in the Welter War before I can give it the ending I desperately want it to have, I had been desperately trying to figure out the outline for my own Journeys project. Obviously, it ain’t gonna be called Journeys, but if I wanted I could ask Drako for permission to use the name and add a subtitle. Still haven’t figured out my title nor have I gotten started on it except for a paragraph, but I know I’m going to be working on it while working on Live By the Sword, which I finally got this brain of mine wrapped around; I’ve never been good with writing an action story without there being guns involved.

 

I take back what I said about not having a title, a possible one just came to me; Release. I started singing Can’t Let Her Go by Boyz II Men mentally and it made total sense because I’m using this project to lay things to rest. Release follows the life of Justin, who finds what he’s looking for in his new girlfriend and best friend of four years Raine after a break-up that leaves him psychologically broken. A month later, it happens all over again, though Justin finds hope in their bond as soul mates, but when a blast from the past comes back to Raine, Justin slowly loses faith in a future with the best thing that’s ever happened to him. With the added issue of his young friend Darien, Justin must find peace for himself and the teen who looks up to him.

 

The Welter War’s going pretty well, as I’m almost at the end. Again, I needed to make some changes to give it the ending I want, thus why I pushed the release date back to April 22nd, which is interestingly, an ex-girlfriend’s birthday and when I have to show up for jury selection. Lovely.

More Writer’s Updates   2 comments

I guess now that my leg of Travis Luedke’s blog tour is over… at least until Nightlife: Paris comes out, I can start blogging again. It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted. Right now, as I sit listening to Southside (feat. Ashanti) by Lloyd, I kinda want to talk about the Welter War. I’ve got a set date for the release, which will be April 10th. Someday, when I can afford it, I’ll have a release party celebrating a book dropping- like Drako and I collaborated on.

I have a whole bunch of books that I know I need to read and review, but I’ll make time for that when I get through with The Welter War. I got some bad news from my cover designer: his program trials all expired, but I pointed him in the right direction and he’ll keep me updated. (That guy needs to make him a website like Travis Luedke’s designer… I have a feeling I’m going to be talking A LOT about Travis sometimes- but the guy is pretty damned awesome)

Anyway, talks about one of my favorite authors aside, I wanna get back on track. I’ve got somewhat over a month to get my head together and wrap this book up and then edit it. But I wanna give some updates. My brother Drako is working on something that he started on Writer’s Cafe called Journeys, but I think I’ll let him talk about that. I’ve read what he shared and I really like it. I want to do something like Journeys.

The reason for it is that there’s so much within me from the past five to eight years that I’ve wanted to lay to rest, but could never find the proper way to do so. Seeing Drako work on that particular project that he started a while back has motivated me to do the same thing. I think through doing this, I can finally come to terms with parts of myself and let it die.

Nightlife: Las Vegas by Travis Luedke   2 comments

I love reading about things I enjoy from the point of view of others. This author’s point of view of suckheads is quite unique: in the world of Nightlife, vampires are extremely sexual creatures whose bites are of an orgasmic and addictive quality to humans. Las Vegas continues where New York left off, with the pairing of Aaron and Michelle now living in Sin City after slaying the two corrupt cops who had been bent on getting revenge on Michelle for physically humiliating them. Michelle is Aaron’s mistress and forbids blood slaves, humans addicted to the vampire’s bite if said bite is prolonged for too long. Wanna guess what happens here? I’m sure you already know.

Meet Anastasia, a girl having a good time a concert until she finds Aaron grinding and groping her. Ana has gypsy blood in her and abilities similar to the primary character of Blood Slave, Hope. She’s a mind reader of sorts. Anyway, Aaron finds herself attracted to her and delivers his bite, but makes the mistake of feeding for too long. It’s pretty interesting how Michelle disapproves of his violation of her rule, but eventually bends on the rule she imposed for him, deciding to partake in some fun with her man and his pet.

Throw in a casino manager addicted to Michelle’s sexual prowess, a Colombian thug who got schooled in poker by Aaron, both men’s willingness to get rid of Aaron, and we’ve got ourselves an erotic gangster vampire thriller that shocked even me on how it ended.