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: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com. Listen to the Grace and the Authors podcast# 2 here:

https://soundcloud.com/warren-onufer

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…