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-

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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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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.

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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.

So dig if you will, a picture-

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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New Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price for 2018

blog tfe2 teaser5From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

2018! It’s a New Year! Time to update your Tales of the Vampire Hadley book collection and read a quickie plot description of the up come new book, The Family Eternal: Part Two.

Book#1 Beckman’s Folly (available as an paper book or ebook)
Zombies show up. Yes, icky zombies. They have a way of limiting the Human fresh blood supply. Hadley’s not crazy about that. She leads a Vampire army to deal with them, with tragic results to someone closest to her.

Book# 2 The Family Eternal: Part One (Available as an ebook)
Every new relationship is clumsy, funny and frightening. But only more so when the Human man, Nathan Hughes and the Vampire Hadley Price meet and fall in love. Every great love story has a beginning. This is theirs.

Book# 3 Torch (Available as an paper book or ebook)
Hadley Price, the formidable Vampire known as the Guardian Angel, was used to inconveniences by Humans who got in her way. But when Hadley’s daughter, the young Vampire, Svetlana, is put in danger, Hadley and Nathan discover a threat to Vampires that spans across the Seven Worlds. No one messes with the family of the Guardian Angel.

COMING IN 2018
Book# 4 The Family Eternal: Part Two (will be available as an ebook)
The epic, centuries-long, monogamous romance between the Vampire Hadley Price and the Vampire Nathan Hughes was missing only one thing. A daughter. And Svetlana became that daughter. Teenage girls can be annoying and challenging to raise. Imagine if that teenage daughter is an attractive blonde who is also an undiciplined, newly-Made Vampire. Can even the Guardian Angel and her handsome Vampire lover, Nathan, be up to such a challenge?

If you’re missing any of the first three books, you can get them here-

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The fourth book, The Family Eternal: Part Two, is coming soon. Check back with us on the latest news on that here or at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price on Facebook.

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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