Vampires, zombies and a Cute Butt

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Everything’s going forward with all the prep-work necessary to release the next Hadley Price book, titled- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.

This book, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, is not a novel-length story. It’s a bunch of Hadley short stories. As such, we’ve added some line drawings throughout the book to embelish on the tales. Keith Wood, the talented artist who has done all prior Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book covers, is also doing those line drawings as well as a full color book cover for this.

Keith and I had one of our share-screen, work-update Skype convos last night, to check-in with each other on the progress of this project. Me in Chicopee, Mass. and he in Clarksville, Tenn.

It’s interesting to see how a writer and an artist think in a situation like this. I had very definite ideas on what I wanted in terms of something visual in this book and the overall gestalt of that. Several times in the Skype convos we’ve had in our work on this project, Keith brought to my attention that some of my ideas just weren’t that good. To his credit, he was tactful about it. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have blamed him if he laughed in my face at some of the lame illustration ideas I had. Instead, he pro-actively made some suggestion that didn’t occur to me. There’s all the difference in the world on how a writer thinks visually and how an artist and graphics person professional thinks visually. Yes, Keith changes a lot of things from my original ideas and has altered my gestalt on this. In a very good way.

Without giving any spoilers, I had an idea for an illustration for one of the short stories that has zombies in it. And frankly, I was kind of vague about it. Now Hadley’s a small woman. She’s petite. Keith came up with an idea for that short story that was different than mine. He wanted to show Hadley as the little hottie, all sexy and cute. Now hot, sexy and cute where the farthest things from my mind in a Vampire-zombie story. But when he showed me the rough pencil sketch, I had to admit, his idea was right on. He pointed out that the story was scary, but there’s also an element of humor in it. And Hadley looking cute-sexy in a zombie setting totally worked for that humor element.

So lesson learned. You may have written the damn book, but that doesn’t make you a graphics know-it-all -even with your own characters. Listen to your graphics person. They know stuff you don’t. That’s why you brought them in.

Speaking of hot, sexy and cute- here’s a rough pencil sketch Keith did for one of the book’s inside illustrations. (Not the zombie story.) It’s not completed for that hard-line look. That comes later when Keith continues working on it digitally. Now I could have teased you with something like this that showed Hadley bearing her fangs or she knocking someone’s lights out in fight. But no. You get the rough sketch of Hadley’s cute butt. You have to actually purchase the book when it comes out for the fangs-bearing and lights-knocking illustrations.


hadley's cute butt

Hadley takes no offense on this. She finds it flattering and kind of funny. She just reminds you that you can look at her cute butt, but only the Vampire Nathan Hughs gets to touch her cute butt. The only thing worse than pissing-off one Vampire, is pissing-off two Vampires. So no touching.

Until this book’s release, catch-up on all the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels here-


Cute Butt

Cute ButtFrom the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Generally speaking, when I’m in work mode on a Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price project, I become very focused. That isn’t just when I’m writing a Hadley first draft manuscript or editing them with my Editor, Christine Piesyk, but also when I have a Skype work session with our cover artist, Keith Wood.

The next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book will not be a novel. It will be a Hadley short story collection. To embellish on those short stories, Keith will not just be doing the book cover art work- as he has with all the other Hadley Price novels -but also some black and white line illustrations art work to embellish on the short stories through out the book.

For the most part, the short stories have been written, edited and compiled. I need to come up with one more, but other than that, the writing part is pretty much done.

The next step is the book cover art work and the inside illustrations. Don’t get me started on the cover art. It’s looks freakin’ fantastic! Keith isn’t done with it yet, but oh man, I really like what I see and hope you’ll dig it too. And that’s all I’ll say about that for right now.

The real reason I’m writing this, is to tell you how Keith did something during our shared-screen Skype convo over the weekend that totally busted my work-mode bubble- in the most enjoyable way. My professional focus was shattered. And instead of being two mature adult men who are very serious genre content creators, for a couple minutes we both lapsed into just being a couple of guys. A couple of guys- with no women around.

What he did do to get me so flustered? I’ve sent him some of the short stories to read to get his take on any visuals from them. And we started in on that. I told him my idea for an Illustration for one of them. Off-screen he got out his sketch board and pencil and drew what my idea was. That gets scanned into his computer and his wonderful hard-line comic book style is brought out in that, digitally. But I just saw a scan of the pencil drawing. And upon seeing it, I laughed out loud.

Why? In that quick-drawn picture, Hadley and her Vampire lover, Nathan have their backs to the viewer. I won’t say what else is in the picture. This is a spoiler-free zone. But in it, Nathan’s a tall stalwart man and Hadley is the much shorter, petite woman.

And in that rear-view, in Keith’s quick-drawn picture, Hadley has the most adorable, cute-sex butt! It was the very first thing I noticed. And I couldn’t take my eyes off it. In our Skype convos both Keith and I have several windows running between us that we go back and forth on and trade off on share-screen. For like two solid minutes, however, I kept going back to that illustration. Hadley’s cute butt fascinated me. And with that fascination my work-mode professionalism crumbled. My work focus- Poof! -gone. I was just a guy and Keith was just a guy and there was a Hadley’s cute butt.

Strictly from a technical stand point, it shouldn’t have surprised me. Keith’s anatomy is really quite good in what he does. He pro-actively studies the Human form and it shows in his work. Particularly the female form. So why not a cute-sexy butt of a petite Vampire in tight jeans? I just didn’t expect to see something so beautiful while in serious work mode. It kind of threw me for a loop.

Look for Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Volume One, coming to you early in 2019 for your fun-spooky Vampire reading pleasure.

Until then, catch up on all the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here-

Good work, Keith!


From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

While in Clarksville, Tenn. last week, my cover Artist, Keith Wood, and I did a Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book signing at Rick’s Comic City. Something happened there that I’ve never seen in any venue where I’ve sold my books. First off, I’ve never seen book vending where both the Author and the cover Artist are present. Keith and I have done several together and have been well received in that. People are thrilled to have their Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books signed by the Author and cover Artist.

But at Rick’s last week, Keith did something that went beyond that. And I was blown away by how acomidating and original that was.

At one point, a copy of Torch, the new Hadley book was being purchased. The buyer asked Keith if he would do a sketch, in addition to signing it. I thought this was bit much to ask but after negotiating a charge of an additional five dollars, Keith agreed to do it.

Now five dollars is a give away price for orginial Keith Wood art work. But as long as Keith was good with that, so was I.

I proceeded to run the buyers debit card through the reader on my cell phone to complete the transaction. At the same, I was multi-tasking several conversations with people gathered around the counter where Steve (Ricks’ Comics store manager) had us set up. While doing that, I assumed that Keith would just run off a postage stamp size little drawing. Maybe Hadley’s lips and fangs, something akin to a minimalist tattoo.

But no. When I was done running that debit card, I looked over at Keith and he was doing a full page, head and shoulders of Hadley. The person buying that book couldn’t have been more amazed than I was. Keith was speed-drawning and I knew it. When he and I work together on a Hadley book cover or any other Hadley promotional materials, the pace is much slower to get it all right. He erased the pencil a couple times to redraw and I explained to those watching, that no line in an initial sketch is definitive. Playing with that is necessary to, as I’ve said, get it right.

I can’t promise that Keith will do that in any future book signings that we both attend. While book vending in various venues, things can get a little crowded with people and happen fast and furious at peek times. We may not have the time to acomidate that.

But it was way cool of him to do that at Rick’s. Good work, Keith!

Has anyone else seen something like this at a Con or book singing?

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You never know where the Vampire Hadley Price will show up

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Hadley Price is a Vampire woman with a mind of her own. As the author of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books, she allows me to tag along as her offical scribe, to tell you about her adventures. I have no illusions that I, in any way, control her. As a result, there are times when she goes off without telling me. You never know where the Vampire Hadley Price will show up.

There’s a very exciting project in production right now and Hadley’s involved. It’s in a medium other than in the pages of her books. I don’t mean to be a tease about this (well, maybe a little) but I can’t say anything more about that at this time. When it’s released- and that will be soon -I’ll let you know.  Or more specifically, Hadley’ll inform me, then I’ll pass that along to you.

In other news- I just finished the first draft of the next Tales of the Vampire novel a few days ago and have sent that to my Editor, Christine Piesyk. Any author will be tell you that there is a huge sense of acomplishment in getting the first draft of a book done. Any author will also tell you that the calmness of that satisfaction is soon replaced by the storm of the editing process. I’m preparing myself for the doses of humility that Christine takes great delight in giving me in that.

I’ve also been communicating with my cover artist, Keith Wood. He and I are well beyond the half-way point of what that next book’s cover will look like.

But all of that is something you’ll see when that book comes out in a time frame that we project to be something in the order of a year to year and half from now.

For now, Hadley’s new book, Torch, is available to satisfy all your Vampire reading desires. Get your copy, in paper book or ebook, by click on the link here.

And as far as Hadley showing up elsewhere? Stay tuned for more info on that exciting new project I told you about. When you find out what that is, it’ll be worth going through all this tease.

Happy New Year 2017!

2017-new-year4From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Going along with a New Year, we have a lot of new stuff happening here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price.

Torch, the next full-length Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel will be released soon. Yes, a brand new Hadley Price novel in 2017! It’ll be available in paper book and ebook. It’s also available as a mind transfer literary orb. Okay…okay…so it’s not available as a literary orb. But we’re working on that.

Also on the newness list- a new episode of the Grace and the Author podcast is available for your listening pleasure. Episode number 2. (Please refrain from any potty jokes.) No orbs involved. Just a fun podcast with my best friend, Grace, where we discuss books, geeky Sci-Fi stuff, all things Vampire and the Vampire Hadley Price specifically. Click and Clack and have nothing on Grace and me. Listen in for the fun. Like us on Soundcloud. Follow us on Soundcloud. Keep your cards and letters coming. Email Grace and me at: Listen to the Grace and the Authors podcast# 2 here:

So we are just frolicking with newness around here.

Oh. Wait a minute. A couple more new-ish things. The Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page has a new profile picture and new banner graphic. And both are of Hadley. It’s new artwork by Clarksville, Tenn. artist Keith Wood. Keith also did the great cover art for Torch. And we’ll have a cover reveal closer to the books release. On the Torch book cover Hadley looks totally bad-ass. One pissed-off Vampire. I can’t wait to show it to you.

So there’s lots of new stuff here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price to bring in the New Year. And I and everyone on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team wish you and yours a Happy New Year and the best of luck in 2017!

Lots Of Irons In The Fire

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

We got a lot of irons in the fire here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. Lot of things coming up in 2016 and 2017.

I’m listening to the new Avatarium album as I write this. Hadley thinks their first album was better. But I think this one isn’t bad. So if my typing get a little sloppy, it’s because I’m doing a wavy head-bang to the slow-jamming doom-metal of this cool band and their great singer.

It’s been decided by all of us here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price, that the next major book of Hadley Price Adventures will be coming out sometime next year. My Editor, Christine Piesyk, has the manuscript for it. And I’m bracing myself for the doses of humility she always gives me when I fool myself into thinking that I’ve handed her a literary work of genius. So the first draft of the next Hadley Price Adventure is done. It just needs to be edited- which means it’s not none. And I’m bracing myself for when Christine slaps me off my pedestal and repeatedly kicks me square in the ego. I get the distinct impression that both Christine and Hadley enjoy making me squirm in that process. Hadley may be a Vampire with powers beyond Human kind. But it’s Christine who has the real magic here. She takes what I write and turns it into a real books.

At this point you may be thinking that all you have to look forward this year in the world of Hadley Price is teasers for that book. Hype to reveal the book’s title. Hype to reveal the cover art. Hype to get a teaser about what the story in Hadley’s next adventure is about. This a good news/bad news scenario. The bad news is, yes, those teasers for that book will be coming this year.

The good news is, Hadley thought that was all really lame. No new content until next year? A two-year gap between her first book, Beckman’s Folly and the next one? That wasn’t making it with her. So over the last few months she’s chained me to my desk and made me churn out a couple of novellas about her world. Novellas. Embryo novels. Truth be told, the second one isn’t done yet. But the first one is. And she didn’t chain me to anything. She just lured me in with great piles of chocolate, coffee and cigarettes. Forget the breakfast of champions. That’s the nocturnal nourishment of this Vampire author.

In either case, that first novella will be coming out this year, on or before the first anniversary of the release of Beckman’s Folly. As a mini Hadley novel, we’ll be releasing it as an ebook only. Christine knows that this a priority to Hadley and me, so editing it is higher on the list than the next major book that will be released as both a paper book and an ebook, next year. I’ve also seen the initial sketches from our artist, Keith Wood, for that novella’s cover art. I have to say, he totally nails what Hadley looks like. Keith never disappoints on that. Like the cover art for Beckman’s Folly that he did, this too, looks amazing.

In other news, I have a couple of radio station interviews pending. One with a radio station is Alabama and one with a radio station in Massachusetts (My home state.) Also, I’ve already done a Skype interview with the cools guys over at Something About Geek Stuff. They tell me that video will be posted on their Youtube channel of the same name, sometime next month.

There’s one other thing that has gotten my fully attention recently. And it just happened within the last couple of weeks. There’s someone very high up in a form of entertainment that features Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror content, who has approached me to be a contributing writer. For the time being, I’m not going to say who that is or what that is. I figure if this turns out to be a big nothing, I’ll look stupid promoting it. But if it does happen, it’ll be the coolest thing ever. Working with this person would be a dream come true. That’s one of the perks of being an author. You get to meet people who’s work you’ve always enjoyed. And that the case here. So we’ll see what happens on this. I’ll certainly keep you posted.

Also on the agenda is to go bookstore hopping and library hopping in my area. Nothing is planned so far, but to be at another book signing or author seminar would be way cool. They’re always fun. Again, I’ll keep you posted.

Hadley just dumped another pile of chocolate on my desk, along with a full pack of cigarettes and a large Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. So if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to it and finish that second novella…