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-

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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 Curious Thing Is Happening

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Since the release of my most recent novel earlier this year, I’ve turned my keyboard activities to writing short stories. After the release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, the new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, I felt as if I should jump right back into it and get started on the massive amount of work that goes into completing the first draft of the next book in the series.

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I had some ideas, but for some reason, the flow just wasn’t there. It wasn’t jelling. I was forcing it. My Editor told that I should get way from it for a while. Take a break. Come back fresh.

Now those of you, like me, who have continuing characters in your books, know that you can’t just shut that off. You know that your characters talk to you all the time. Hadley’s never very far away from me and demands my attention when she wants to show or tell me something. My temporary inability to put that into words in a long-form novel is on me, not her.

Some might say that I’m having a bout of Writer’s Block. But it’s not exactly that. Writer’s Block is when you don’t have any ideas. But with me, Hadley’s still around. My little Vampire gal muse hasn’t abandoned me. She still talking to me. I’m just not ready quite yet to jump into the deep end of the pool of starting to writing the next book.

So with Hadley still around, I’ve taken to writing Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price short stories. Small, briefer, self-contained pieces that are more concise and quicker to the point. And Hadley I have written several since the beginning of the year- some of which I’ve recorded for our Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story collection on Mixcloud.

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I’m actually having a lot of fun with this short story format. It’s a totally different kind of writing than novel-length books. And initailly at least, it took some getting used to. My Editor keeps telling me that, in short stories, I need to get to the point much quicker. Short stories are a zero tangent zone.

But in writing these short stories, a curious thing is happening-

While writing them, I find that I’m doing something within that, on a consistant basis. This aspect of it is nothing I’m overtly aware of doing. It’s nothing I planned nor made any concerted effort to have this result. But that result is absolutely consistent. It works out the same every time.

That consistency is this: My short stories are never less than 7 pages and never more than 9 pages. Yes. Short and concise.

We all know that 1,000 words is 4 pages, give or take, when you double space on the first draft. So all my short stories clock-out right around the 2,000 word mark.

Every. Single. Time. Without fail.

I finished the first draft on a new one this past evening that came out to 2,200 words- yes, that exact number -and just about a paragraph short of completing 8 pages.

Has anyone else experienced this? A consistency is your writing that you have no awareness of, until you become aware of it? Something that stays the same, with nothing in the way of being pro-active on your part to make that happen?

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Don’t get cocky

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

While waiting for the pending release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, I’ve been working on some Hadley short stories. Those short stories can be heard in a free listen on our Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Story Collection on our Mixcloud page.

This after noon I got together with with my Editor, Christine Piesyk, on Skype. She in Clarksville, Tenn. and me in Chicopee, Mass. (Both in the USA) I had two short stories done and we shared screen to look over them for an edit.

Now I’m used to getting a little beat up by Christine in any editing session. Frankly, I count on her to do that. The longer amount of time that I write, the less that happens. It doesn’t matter how good a writer thinks their stuff is, a good Editor can always improve it. And by now, I’m sort of used to the doses of humilty- to a lesser or great degree -that Christine gives me when we edit my stuff.

But oh man, did Christine slap me around really good on one of those two short stories! She make huge changes. No, she didn’t change the story plot. But she did change how the story was told. It all felt like years ago, when I was first starting out and Christine edited the hell out of everything I wrote. Christine isn’t just my Editor, she and I are also decades-long friends and she was along with me back then. But now, I’m an author who is about the release his 4th novel. I should be past all that new-bie stuff, right?

Not so. Christine made extensive changes to my first draft manuscript of that short story. We actually got to the point where she was writing stuff to add into it. She never does that. In our edits she may change my words, but they’re MY words. She added stuff that were her words. Her original sentences. And I couldn’t deny that her words made the telling of the story so much better. Before we were even done, I told her that I would share the byline on this. Yes, her original writing made that much of a difference and I simple had to give credit where credit is due.

So I was a battered writer who’s ego took a huge hit when we went to edit the second of the two short stories. I was ready for further abuse. Was I getting too cocky thinking that I could just throw some words down and a great story would just happen? I was concerned that I may have gotten to that point. I was concerned that I was starting to write garbage and didn’t know it.

But after a quick look through on my second short story- which lasted about fifteen minutes, a much lesser amount of time than the first – Christine said, “This isn’t half bad.” Allow me to translate that from Editor-Speak. It mean: “This is a good story, well written.” We breezed through that second short story with minimal changes. Humility accepted. Ego on the mend. Single byline intact.

This proved to me, that while I am, in fact, an author about to release his 4th novel, I am still capable of writing garbage. It’s a reminder to keep the cockyness in check. Don’t get sloppy.

Get your copies of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, in paper book or ebook, here:

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The Family Eternal: Part Two book cover reveal coming soon!

Before the release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, catch up on the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, here:

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The Say-Nothing Rule

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Being an author and promoting your books is funny a thing. Sometimes one works hard to bring about events that will funnel to a single point of promotion. And if one has a proper lady Vampire character in their books named Hadley Price, one is always reminded to be a class act. If one is a class act, one doesn’t sing the blues about how easy or difficult that hard work is. No one wants to hear complaining. One petite red-headed Vampire in particular.

Other times, events have a way of presenting themselves without working hard to make them happen. They just happen. And if one is smart and takes note of those just-happen events, one can funnel that to a single point of promotion. And if one is a class act, one says nothing and allows everyone to think they’re a marketing genius who worked hard to make those events happen. Hadley has no problem with laissez-faire.

Now I’m hardly a marketing genius. And maintaining at least the appearance of being a class act is a challenge. The Vampire Hadley Price is constantly bringing to my attention those times when I’m not exactly behaving like a gentleman.

But Hadley’s out somewhere looking for a drink of the red right now. So I can get away with breaking the say-nothing rule.

A series of events just fell into my lap recently and presented me with an opertunity to promote Hadley’s books. And I didn’t do one damn thing to create this syncronicity.

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The next book in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price is called The Family Eternal: Part two. If all goes well, it’ll be released within the next couple of months. It only follows that since there’s a Part Two, there must be a Part One. There is. The Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, The Family Eternal: Part One was released in 2016. That Part One is the story of when Hadley Price and Nathan Hughes first met and fell in love. It was the start of a centuries-long Vampire courtship.

And guess what? Valentine’s Day is coming up. Romance ‘R’ us. And do I have a love story to add to your Valentines Day reading! The Family Eternal: Part One! A story with a happy ending that doesn’t end. A love that lasts forever. A Vampire forever.

The Family Eternal: Part two, the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel will be released soon

The events in The Family Eternal: Part Two pick up directly from the end of Part One. What could make the perfect love complete? Hadley and Nathan have a daughter and her name is Svetlana. You think raising a teen age girl is challenging? Try that with an attractive blonde teen age daughter who is also a undisciplined, newly-Made Vampire.

I wish I could say that I was clever enough to come up with a idea like this to promote, not just one, but two of my books. I wish. This is clearly a case of things just happening. Just falling into place.

Oh! Hadley just walked back in the door. Please, don’t tell her that the say-nothing rule has been broken. It’ll be our secret.

The Family Eternal: Part One, an epic romance tale, is available for your Valentines Day reading pleasure.

The Family Eternal: Part Two, the care a feeding of a young Vampire. COMING SOON.

Get your copies of other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, in paper book and ebook here:

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A new episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast

A new episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast! Episode# 9.

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