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/

Get your copies of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here-
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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-
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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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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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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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Don’t you just love delays?

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Torch- The new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel by W. J. Onufer

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Torch, the new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel is now out on ebook. The paper back version, however, has been delayed. I won’t go into detail except to say that my team and I have been dealing with not just one, but two last minute technical problems. They may be last minute, but they’re taking some what more time than that to fix. And when those issues are resolved, we’ll let you know when you can get a paperback copy of Torch of your very own.

In the mean time, what’s a author to do? There’s no rest- as they they say  -for the wicked. There’s always something to do here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley price. In my wait for all the techie stuff to be fixed on Torch, I’ve been working on the the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book. I’m making significant progress on that. I should have a fist draft done in a month or so. And the title of that book- that comes out after Torch -will, for the time being, be my little secret. Stay tuned for a revelation of that title, at some point in the future and the release date- which should be sometime toward the end of next year.

But for now, Torch is coming your way. It will, that is, when all the techcial stuff is fixed- which should be soon.

As I’ve said, the ebook of Torch is now available. You can get that here: https://www.amazon.com/Torch-Tales-Vampire-Hadley-Price-ebook/dp/B06XZHL4P4/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494262409&sr=1-3

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Grace and the Author Podcast Number 2!

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Grace and the Author Podcast, Episode number two! The topic? Inspiration!

Yes, we don’t know when to quit. The second episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

In episode one we introduced ourselves. If you missed that, here’s the short version-

My name is Warren Onufer. Under the name W. J. Onufer, I write the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Elizabeth “Grace” DeCourcey is my best friend. Yes, a guy and a gal who are best friends. Grace is an amazing cook. The things she creates in her kitchen are yummy. And I’m a lucky recipient of that. So a writer and someone who doesn’t write. And as my best friend she gets hear me whine and moan when the writing isn’t working out so well. And gets to calm me down when it does. With Vampires. Grace and the Author takes you behind the scenes in all it takes to write, edit, publish and promote the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Click and Clack have nothing on Grace and me. Listen in for the fun.

And if you missed that first episode, you can catch up, by listening to it before or after you listen to episode number two. For free. No charge.

Yes, Grace and the Author Podcast number two! And please, refrain from any potty jokes

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Keep your cards and letters coming. Write to Grace and me at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

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