Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A New Day

Officially the Ember series is down.

Not forever...just for the near future. My series has been picked up by a new and exciting publishing company. The future is bright! More news on them and their awesomeness soon...

For now Ember, Downpour and Aftershock will be on hiatus...patiently waiting for their new coats of paint and rejuvenated mojo. They will be back! They will rock! They will burn your reading soul! You've been warned...

Please feel free to continue to stalk me and keep an eye out for Ember's return at the beginning of the new year...

Remember...I...burn...for...you...M.D.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sharing the Writer Love.

Linky Dink Tuesday!

Big week ahead for me and my writing! So, I thought I would spread the love! A future writing legend and his imaginations twisted home is my link for today...

 http://www.wix.com/tymothylongoria/authorofthestories

Tymothy Longoria has tapped into something eternal with his upcoming book, The Stories.

Check out his website and thank me later...M.D.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Music Monday!

Chapter 25 - NUMB is the focus of this weeks music blog!

Alanis Morissette's "Straightjacket" sets the tone for this frustrating moment in the book EMBER.

I love her, I love this song. It fits the vibe of the chapter so well...


LOOK...LISTEN...FADE AWAY.

Enjoy...M.D.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Event!

Linky Dink Tuesday!

Another shameless link this week! All about the launch of DOWNPOUR: Book 2 in the Ember series. Come join me! M.D.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186866008063694

Monday, November 21, 2011

Music Monday...

Another week...another song...

Today we spotlight one of my favorites on the Ember soundtrack. "I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You" by John Mayer. Love him or hate him...this song is perfect for the soundtrack in EMBER.

Chapter 17 - Kryptonite

It sets a tone and sexiness for the chapter. The song helped write the chapter.



Look...listen...fade away...M.D.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Temptation Waits

New short story I am working on!





2012 is going to rock! Keep an eye out! M.D.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lucy Zhang 2.0

Thursday Casting Call!

Today we are looking for the perfect Lucy. Asia's on again, off again "friend." Her role seems small at first but she is extremely important to the shifting story in the Ember series. This week we cast a little younger than her previous pick...Hayley Kiyoko.

She is best known for the Disney movie Lemonade Mouth. She has a certain edge and spunk that Lucy carries throughout the series. Share your own picks for the troubled ex...

M.D.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Official Q & A...

Wednesday Q & A:


Thanks for the pleasant interview Anne...






So here I am little ole me to interview you this amazing indy author just waiting to break the scene!!!!! 

1- As a male in the field of paranormal stories with a twist of romance was it anymore challenging to capture the feelings that would entice all audiences?

A: I don’t think so. I just write what I feel. It just so happens that I write like a rockstar with the soul of an old romantic! Ha. Seriously, I enjoy the emotional stuff...always have.

2- When you wrote Ember were you seeking out the male audiences as well as the female?

A: Yes and no. I knew if I did my job right, the female audience would love Ember and they would love the perspective of Max Valentine. When it comes to the heart, we’re not that different. As for the male perspective in paranormal YA, I think it is definitely lacking. I really love a strong female lead but always wished there was more selection out there for us boys.

3- What was the inspiration for Ember?

A: In one word...music. I was sitting at my old job, bored out of my mind, when a song started playing on my iPod. It was OASIS’ “Stop Crying Your Heart Out.” Instantly I saw a boy holding on to someone important to him but slowly loosing his grip. As they fell away into a long dark fall, he passes out...that became the opening pages to Ember. From there, everything else fell into place. Ember was born from all the music in the universe, comic books and my love of 80’s movies.

4- How did you feel submitting not only a book for critique but also the music along with it?

A: Excited. The Ember series is meant to be enjoyed with the accompanying musical playlist. Every chapter has its own song...its own soundtrack. If you just browse the playlist you may wonder what “this” song is doing there and what “that” song has do with a YA book BUT when played in the right order, at the right time, it all makes sense. The music compliments the words and vice versa. A literary soundtrack! I see my stories as a movie while I write. I also hear them as well. 

5- Was it centering to have the music along with the book? I know when I read it as most others the music only made the chapters come to life.

A: That’s what I was hoping for. I know I’m not the first to use music with writing or build a playlist for the readers to follow but I think I’m one of the first to make the music so intertwined with the story. I hope one day you’ll be able to download my books and the playlists will download along with it. As you read, the songs would play with each chapter when prompted. A true expression of my imagination. That being said...music centers everything I do in life...living, loving, writing, healing...

6- Does the music speak through you as it does with some people ie did it guide the story that we've all fell utterly in love with?

A: At times. A half dozen chapters were directly inspired by their song(s). Those chapters basically wrote themselves. Most of the chapters were written and then dictated what song should be in the background. Each song had to add to the experience in the chapter or the emotions of the characters.

7- What was your one vice in writing the series? And can you share how this works for you?

A: Well, music would be the obvious answer but I think we’ve covered that already...so...how about... “eye drops.” I’m addicted to the things! The more intense the brand, the more I like it! All the long hours staring into my computer screen wouldn’t be possible without my “eye-crack!” 

8- Your characters seem to leap off the pages and grab our hearts are they fashioned after real people in your life or did you grow to love them as singular entities?

A: Both. The main characters (Max, Asia, Samantha) are a combination of ideas and comic book characters that have rattled around my head for years BUT their words and trials are directly pulled from my experiences. For those who know me, they will see a lot of me in Max but he’s mostly made up (I wish I was that cool!). As for the girls, I wanted them to be polar opposites. Asia - tall, dark and strong. Samantha - small, soft and sweet. Some of the secondary characters are based off people I know though...and I’ve heard that at least one of them is completely flattered. (You’re welcome Uncle Frank!)

9- What can your fans come to expect in the next few books from the Ember series?

A: Twists! Twists! Twists! I love to keep the plot moving. More music, more tears and much more heartache...BUT wrapped in a beautiful bow of hope. That’s the single thread throughout the series...hope.

10- Finally are you Team Asia, Team Sam, or Team Max?

A: An impossible question to answer! (Team Oz anyone?) Depends on what chapter I am writing...

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"Thanks again for the questions! Here's the link to the original interview.


Until next time...M.D.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Links!

Linky Dinks Tuesday!

A little shameless self promotion today!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186866008063694

Official announcement at the Paranormal Book Club for my new book Downpour. The PBC is amazing and really do love their fans and books! Look em up and show em some love! M.D.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Book-Club/109922569062884

Monday, November 14, 2011

SIGN YOUR NAME...

Music Monday.

One of the defining moments in EMBER: Book 1. Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name" serenades a haunting chapter in the series. That is all can say about the chapter though...no spoilers aloud!

Enjoy...M.D.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reviews Keep On Coming...

Friday Reviews!

I usually write my own review of something I love or hate BUT this week I am being lazy. Instead I am posting another great review of EMBER. It makes me sooooooooo flipping happy that people are enjoying my series and that they are embracing the musical playlist that comes with the book.

Read on...rock on...M.D.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/214344932


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Big Bad!!!

Casting Call Thursday!

Time to cast the bad guy again...Devon Wahlberg. He's big, he's pretty and he's the ultimate @hole!



Wilson Bethel is kinda new (Hart of Dixie) but he fits the character. Share your thoughts and choices...M.D.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spotify!

A new way to experience ALL the music of the universe...Spotify.

http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=174829003346



My book playlists will be showing up shortly! M.D.

Monday, November 7, 2011

DOWNPOUR

It's official...Downpour release date!

DECEMBER 1ST 2011!






Look...listen...fade away...M.D.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ember Review

Friday Reviews!

Official review for EMBER: Book 1 in the Ember series. Check it out...

...Reviews by Anne.

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=223855227680878



Ecstatic and overwhelmed with this awesome review! Thanks Anne!

Read on...M.D.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Uncle Frank

Busy day today! Have a brand new review BUT that will have to wait until tomorrow...for now, it's casting time!

Casting Call Thursday!

Frank Valentine (Uncle Frank)

Going with a little younger casting then last time, I am picking Timothy Olyphant (I AM # 4)...





He would bring the soft spoken, no nonsense Uncle Frank to life with a certain confidence I enjoy. What do you think? M.D.