1,000…and counting.

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You too can become part of the second kilo!

We here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books are celebrating a big one thousand! Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Narrated Short Story Collection just surpassed one thousand minutes listened to on our mixcloud page. (1,019 at the moment, to be exact.)

It’s not exactly mega millions, but not a bad start. And we want to thank everyone who stopped by to listen to Hadley’s adventures. You make it all worthwhile. You folks are the pioneers, the exclusive premere kilo club. I thank you and Hadley thanks you.

Become part of the second kilo on our way to mega-millions. Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection is always a FREE listen. No sign-up. No credit card needed. No user name and password for you to remember. No Human blood volunteer needed to satisfy Hadley’s thirst. (Not there anyways. Elsewhere, you’re on your own on that.)

Just click this link, click “play all” then presto-chango, a bunch of fun-creepy Hadley Price Vampire short stories in your ears. Or download them to your mobile device. While you’re there, get the Mixcloud app to help you with that. And don’t forget to hit the “Follow” button.

https://www.mixcloud.com/warren-onufer/

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Don’t Give Them Any Ideas

 

 

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“Don’t Give Them Any Ideas”.

The NEW addition to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud is now available for your FREE Vampire thrills and chills listening pleasure. Be sure to click the “Follow” button while you’re there.
https://www.mixcloud.com/warren-onufer/

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A Special Announcement

 

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A special announcement-

Season One of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud will conclude with a little ditty called, “Don’t Give Them Any Ideas”. It was written and will be read my me, Mister little ditty guy.

What exactly is the line of demarcation between Season One and Season Two? So glad you asked.

“Don’t Give Them Any Ideas” will be the last narrated Hadley Price short story posted before the release of Hadley’s new book- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.

Now you’re thinking: “Why should I purchase the new book of Hadley Price short stories when it comes out, when I can listen to them on Warren and Hadley’s Mixcloud page for free?”

Here’s the catch- Not all of the short stories in the book are on that Mixcloud page. Most of them aren’t. You have to listen AND read to get them all. Yes, I’m being a bit of a control freak in all of this. I thought about making you do the Hokey-Pokey dance, wearing an Elvira costume while listening and reading. But Hadley vetoed that idea.

Until the release of Hadley’s next book, catch up on the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price full-length novels here-
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1…

An author hitting the wall of The Peter Principle?

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Gather around my friends as I tell you the tale of how this author (me) hit the wall of the Peter Priciple…

One of the promotional vehicles I have in place to get the word out on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books is the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on my Mixcloud page.

It’s been up for about a year and a half now and only within the last few days have I noticed something there that brought my attention to a classic case of the Peter Principle.

What’s the Peter Principle? It’s the name of the classic business/sociology book by Dr. Laurence Peter published in 1970. The Peter Principle says that “people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their level of incompetence.” So, in any given situation, just because you’re good at one in that, doesn’t mean that you’ll be good at everything in that situation. Yes…yes…I know, I’m over simplify the Peter Principle and kind of imposing my interpretation on that. But just follow me on this.

I write the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. The three main characters are- the Vampire Hadley Price, her monogamous lover the Vampire Nathan Hughes and their daughter, the young Vampire Svetlana Magnovska. Svetlana speaks English with a Russian accent. And it is precisely because of how Svetlana speaks that I hit the wall of the Peter Principle.

As a break between writing Hadley full-length novels, I’ve been writing Hadley short stories. The tentitive plan is to release those in a compilation book of those short stories sometime next year. Currently, and, as I’ve mentioned, some (not all) those are posted as a FREE audio narration on the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story Collection on Mixcloud.

Hadley Price is always the central figure but in the short stories she is not always the featured character. In other words, all the action relates directed to Hadley, even know in some of those short stories she may not always up front and present.

I mention that because Svetlana is in a few of those Hadley short stories. In two of them, she is the featured character. I love writing Svetlana, the young Vampire who’s still kind of new to it all who is mentored by Hadley Price, the powerful Vampire known as the Guardian Angel. It’s a lot fun to write them and Nathan and how, sometimes Svetlana needs help to speak English correctly. And at the risk of tooting my own horn, I’m getting kind of good at doing that.

Here it the point where I hit the Peter Principle wall.

In farting around in the prep-work to post The Protected Human, the next addition to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story Collection, I went to my Mixcloud page. For some reason, I noticed something that I just didn’t see before- none of those narrated stories had Svetlana in them- even know I’ve written Hadley short stories that feature her. Most of that audio is Hadley and Nathan. There is nothing posted there where Svetlana shows up.

There’s a very good reason for that. I have risen to the level of my incompetence.

I do all the narration for the Tales of The Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection myself. I’m hardly a professional voice actor. But I’ve gotten to a point where I can fake Hadley and Nathan’s way of talking.

But try as I might, I simply can not narrate in Svetlana’s Russian accent. Or at least one that semi-believable. And certainly not one of a Vampire who looks like a twenty-year-old Human young woman. And that, while I’m the one directly responsible for writing her that way. All trys at that were aweful. If I posted me doing Svetlana talking I would just embarrass myself and take a huge hit on Hadley’s franchise by coming off so amateurish. Once I noticed that- and how could I not, it was really damn obvious -I made the decision to not post anything with Svetlana in it on Mixcloud. She only appears in Hadley’s books.

So I’m an expert when it comes to knowing these characters. I writing them with a voice of authority. I’m kind of getting good at it. After doing that for so many years I have no excuse for not getting better at it. I created the Hadley-verse and I’m quite comfortable there. In this end of the situation, I’m fairly competent.

But none of that prepared me for trying speak like Svetlana.

Pow! Busted! Textbook perfect example of the Peter Principle.

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A FREE listen to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection here-

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A little taste of the Vampire Hadley Price.

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A little taste of the Vampire Hadley Price?

You do know that it’s more likely that she may take a little taste of you. A red, warm, delicious taste. That, if you happen to show up in one of her books. And since you haven’t appeared in one of her books, you’re probably safe.

Probably.

I’ve been told that my writing style reminds people of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To which, I would add a bit of Quentin Tarentino. It is a compliment to be compared to Buffy. But then again, Hadley’s a Vampire known as the Guardian Angel and Buffy Somers is known as the Slayer. The Vampire Slayer. So I have a bit of a disconnect on that. I’m a little biased toward Hadley, but think both ladies are way cool. It’s a good thing they’ve given each other wide birth.

Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books are violent, have graphic sex scenes and moments of drama. But like Buffy, there’s a thread of humor in it all. I send in the clowns. True, they’re icky creatures-of-the-night clowns, but clowns all the same.

(Maybe it’s not good to mention that, considering the weirdness with clowns out there these days. Oh well.)

Where am I going with all of this? I’m about to present you with a taste of Hadley, or more specifically a taste of her books. Why? The next full-length Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, Torch, will be coming out soon. My team and I are coming to the conclusion of doing all the prep-work necessary to make that happen. It’s the third book in the series. While I would want you (really-really want you) to purchase and read all of Hadley’s books, Torch might be your first excursion into Hadley world. Don’t worry, Hadley made sure I wrote Torch in a way that a new reader doesn’t feel like they’ve been dropped into the middle of something and have no idea what going on. New readers are brought up to speed.

To acquaint you with Hadley’s world, click on the link below. It’ll take to my Soundcloud page. There, I do a reading of the first chapter of Beckman’s Folly and a reading of the first chapter of the second book, the short-novel ebook. The Family Eternal Part One. And there’s no reading involved. You just listen. For free.

One official taste of the Vampire Hadley Price.

A Vampire, An Editor and a bunch of Beta Readers

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Testing…testing…Is this thing on?

Ah. Yes. So I’m back. My last entry in this was back in July. Where have I gone? Nowhere. I’ve just been a huge slacker who hasn’t updated this. So now I’m back. Hadley’s been rather annoyed that I haven’t kept up with this. And generally speaking you don’t want to make a habit of annoying the Vampire Hadley Price.

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A few thoughts about Editors verses Beta Readers.

But first a short-version update on what’s been happening here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price since July.

Hadley second book, The Family Eternal: Part One has been released. It’s a short-novel available as an e-book only. You can get order that, as well as Hadley’s first full-length novel, Beckman’s Folly by clicking on this link-

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

In October, My little Vampire gal was, once again, a guest character in the Byron Chronicles audio drama. It’s a two-part Halloween episode entitled The Dawn of ’78. Series producer, Eric Busby and I collaborated on writing the script. What’s it about? The Vampire Hadley Price and Byron, the Paleman of Portand have a run-in with zombies. And not just zombies, but zombie in a shopping mall. I was a lot of fun to write. You’ll have fun listening to it. You can do that by clicking on this link-

The Byron Chronicles – Halloween Special – The Dawn of ’78 – Part 1: Patient Zero

Now to the issue of Editors verses Beta Readers.

Why this topic? For the last few months, my Editor, Christine Piesyk, and I have been editing Torch, the next full-length Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel. It’s been rather intense. And that may go a long way in explaining why I’ve been absent from updating here. In either case, we’re looking at a release date of that some time after the beginning of the year.

The editing of Beckman’s Folly was my first experience with something I wrote that was book-length. In retrospect, the editing of it was fairly smooth. And editing of The Family Eternal: Part One was a walk in the park.

With the smooth editing experience of my first two books, I may have been a little cocky when I went into editing Torch. Christine, my Editor, soon issued me huge does of humility that cured me of that cockiness. I won’t go into detail, except to say that substantial changes were made to the manuscript. The content of the story wasn’t altered. The way it was told, however, was. Christine slapped me around pretty good on this.

So editing has consumed my life’s energy recently. And Hadley’s over my shoulder having a big laugh as I stumble through this.

It got me to thinking about a thread on an online forum I participated in a year or so back. In that forum, someone said that they didn’t need an Editor to look at what they’re written because they have 20 Beta Readers.

Now, a definitions of terms might be necessary. If you don’t know what a Beta Reader is, allow me to explain. A Beta Reader is someone who reads an unpublished manuscript and is asked for their opinion about it. Generally speaking, a Beta Reader is not a writer. They just like to read. And generally their feed-back is about content.

An Editor is a reader as well. But an Editor is also a writer. And writers are a totally different kind of animal than a reader. An Editor is a professional. What they do is very esoteric. And frankly, after seeing the magic that Christine does to make my writing better, I have to say that they are the unsung heros of books. 90% of Christine’s feed-back has nothing to do with content. Instead, it has everything to do with the technical side of writing.

A reader may sense that something isn’t quite right in a manuscript, but not know precisely what that is. But an Editor will know exactly what’s wrong. And not just that, but also know how to fix it.

Put it this way- would you bring in 20 home-owner, weekend fix-it men to repair a problem with your pipes or a Professional Plumber?

That, and I would never send out an unpublished manuscript of mine to 20 people. I have 3 Beta Readers on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team. I trust each of them. Can anyone say they know 20 people well enough and trust each one so nothing in the way of theft or plagiarism would ever happen?

Maybe the person expressing that opinion never worked with a great Editor. If they did, they would never say that a bunch of Beta Readers could replace one Editor. It’s been my good fortune to be associated with Christine, one kick-ass Editor. I couldn’t have done all of this without her.

That, and Hadley likes Christine. So I have to be nice to my Editor. Generally speaking you don’t want to make a habit of annoying the Vampire Hadley Price. Or your Editor, for that matter…

 

 

 

 

The Vampire Hadley Price in The Byron Chronicles

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

My little Vampire gal, Hadley Price, is a now guest character in the popular online audio drama The Byron Chronicles: A Year in the Life. Series producer, Eric Busby and I wrote the script. The episode is call The Hand. What happens when two formidable characters come face-to-face? Click on the link to listen or download to find out.

http://ericbusbypresents.com/the-byron-chronicles-a-year-in-the-life-part-2-the-hand/

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Beckmans-Folly-Tales-Vampire-Hadley/dp/1483436047/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443598572&sr=8-1&keywords=Beckman%27s+Folly.

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