Monday, March 31, 2014

Yes, I Am An Introvert

Well, here is my attempt at making my YouTube videos a little shorter. The last "Birthrite Series" video managed to clock in at around ten minutes (a vast improvement from the near twenty minutes they were going at). So that's my goal. Keep my videos at 10 minutes or less.

With that said, in this vlog I talk about being at introvert in an industry that is seemingly extraverted. However, much of us filmmakers, writers, actors, musicians, etc are introverts, yet here we are doing things that require us to put ourselves out there and interact with many people, be it on person or on the lovely interwebs.

I talk about some things I've struggled with (and still sometimes do) and also mention a little of how there's a difference between being introverted and 'afraid of people.'

There may be a Part 2 of this video as I have much to say on this subject, but here it is. :)





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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Straight off My Bookshelf: "Sunken Park" and "The Selkie Secret"

Hey all!

I know many of us like to spend Sunday afternoon reading. So here are some suggestions straight from my own bookshelves and eReader.

The first is Sara Brooke's newest release, "Sunken Park" which once again demonstrates her wonderfully twisted imagination:





Some places are bad to the core.

Behind the locked gates of Sunken Park, there is a terrible secret that spreads darkness over the once-natural beauty of the trees and lakes.

There is an evil that is powerful and hungry, seeking to extract its revenge on anyone who dares to tread on its land.

Looking for some rest and relaxation, several college students decide to spend the weekend at the park. But they're about to walk into a nightmare that will affect each of them differently. As they struggle to survive, the mystery begins to unravel.

There's no place to hide from the horrors of Sunken Park. 


Of course "Sunken Park" is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but I also like to give the indie outlets (like my distributor, Smashwords) a push.

Check out Sunken Park on Smashwords and check out my Interview with Sara Brooke if you haven't yet. Also, a review of "Sunken Park" will be coming soon.


My second recommendation today is Sai Marie Johnson's "The Selkie Secret." Especially if you're like me and love pretty much anything involving the ocean and sea-life (especially the mythology).




Vanna Leisa MacAllister has everything going for herself. Until she finds out an unsettling past that she had no idea even existed. Will fate grant her a break, and allow her to make her dreams reality? Or will Destiny's new hand of cards turn her world upside down? 

"The Selkie Secret" is also on Smashwords and you can also look for it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Also look for an interview this week with Sai Marie Johnson along with Jason Barthelemy (author of "Doguhn"...if you're a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, you'll love Bartelemy's writings).


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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Release Dates for a New Short Story and the Birthrite Series Books!

Hi everyone,

First, I have two release dates for a new short story I'll be releasing titled "Dusk to Dawn" (another short story NOT related to the Birthrite Series) along with "Descent (Birthrite Series #1)" and "Sacred Atonement (Birthrite Series #1.5)."

"Dusk to Dawn" is set for an April 11th  release date with the first two Birthrite Series books are set for June 1st ("Descent") and June 8th ("Sacred Atonement"). I also plan to release "Kindred (Birthrite Series #2)" in the fall, so the first books in the series will be released pretty close to one another.

The short story, "Dusk to Dawn" will be 99 cents. So will the novel, "Descent."

"Sacred Atonement" will be a free ebook.

I haven't decided on pricing for "Kindred" yet, but there is a 'Dorothy and Carl' deleted scene (that would take place at around chapter 10 in "Kindred") that I may release as a free short story. A holiday present of sorts to you all. :) The title of that one so far is "Transcend."

As for "Rapture (Birthrite Series #3)", that will be released in early 2015 with books 4 and 5 to soon follow after.

That is all for now as I bid you all goodnight. Graveyard photo shoot tomorrow! :)


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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 






Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Interview with Horror Author, Sara Brooke

I discovered the works of Sara Brooke last year after a mutual friend on Facebook posted a link to her new (at the time) novella, "The Bed." Always on the lookout for something different to read, I downloaded the book based on that recommendation (proving once again that word-of-mouth really is among the best forms of advertisement). I immediately loved Sara's writing-style, not to mention vivid imagination. After then reading "Ghost Swim," "Still Lake," followed by "Kransen House," (my favorite so far) I was completely hooked on wanting to pick up even more of her work. I would call her style a cross between Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Bentley Little with just the right amount of eroticism mixed in. She has a lot of new projects on her plate, which she discusses in this interview. Read on for more. :)

 
Photo courtesy of Eugenio Wilman


TA: First, thanks for taking some time away from your many projects to do this. Now as I understand, you began publishing fiction fairly recently when you published "Still Lake." How did all that come to fruition (writing career and the story)?

SB: In my early twenties, I worked as a local TV news reporter in Northwest Florida and often drove through small towns that literally only had one or two traffic lights. As I would drive along, I would often think about what would happen if something really horrible occurred within the town that required a greater level of intervention. That’s when the story of Still Lake began to form in my mind, but I didn’t actually write it until much later when self-publishing became a reality. The idea that you no longer had to rely on a literary agent or a traditional publisher to create and disseminate a book was very freeing and exciting. The funny thing is that it took me years to write the story, but only two weeks for a small press (Biting Dog Press) to pick up the novel and help me get it to a better place both editorially and strategically.


TA: Do you have a writing process or do you just "write as the spirit moves you"?

SB: I typically write early in the morning or late at night. And always with a Diet Coke. My writing process has been somewhat directed by what books I’m slotted to complete for a particular publisher. Presently, there’s a long list of books that need to be written, so I’m taking it slow and steady. :)


TA: What would you say is your favorite published work?

SB: My upcoming horror/paranormal romance series for adults is a delicious read. I’ve worked closely with the editorial team at Lachesis publishing and we’ve got a great set of books that will be released later this year. I can honestly see people falling in love with these amazing characters. It is an absolute pleasure working on this series.


TA: Are there any challenges you've faced or do face as a writer?

SB: Being a woman in the horrorgenre can be challenging. Some people think I look too nice to write a scary book—but then theyread some of my work and usually change their minds They’re like, “Damn! You’re one twisted redhead.”






Photo courtesy of Eugenio Wilman


TA: Now, I see on your website that you also work in film and ghost hunting, not to mention are currently working on a film. Since I also work in film and have been on a few ghost hunting expeditions myself, I'm interested in hearing a little of what you are working on there.

SB: I’m actually not a ghost hunter. My upcoming documentary film was basically about a horror writer entering the REAL world of the paranormal and finding some amazing things. The film reveals some of the most incredible EVP and paranormal video/photos you’ll ever see on the big (or semi-big) screen. We are hoping for a release later this year and look forward to people watching our night spent in one of the most haunted houses in the world.


TA: Recently, I posted your cover reveal for your forthcoming book, "Sunken Park." Can you give us a little synopsis (without giving too much away, of course)?

SB: Sure! Here’s the upcoming book synopsis:

Some places are bad to the core. Behind the locked gates of Sunken Park, there is a terrible secret that spreads darkness over the once-natural beauty of the trees and lakes. There is an evil that is powerful and hungry, seeking to extract its revenge on anyone who daresto tread on its land.

Looking for some rest and relaxation, several college students decide to spend the weekend at the park. But they're about to walk into a nightmare that will affect each of them differently. As they struggle to survive, the mystery begins to unravel.

There's no place to hide from the horrors of Sunken Park.







TA: Where can we find you and your projects on the web? Plug away!

SB:     www.sarabrooke.com

           https://twitter.com/SaraBrooke8

           https://www.facebook.com/sbrooke38


Photo courtesy of Eugenio Wilman


You can also pick up Sara work at independent retailers:
The Bed at Smashwords


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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 

New Vlog: Writing the Birthrite Series-Research and Revise

Hey all,

I'll be putting up my interview with Sara Brooke here soon.

But at long last, I made a new vlog. This one is on my research and revisions of the books in the Birthrite series. AND I managed to shorten it to around ten minutes instead of it being almost twenty! This is something I am going to try to do for future vlogs.


My shirt in the video is courtesy of Goods & Evil Clothing

For more, Subscribe to my YouTube Channel :)



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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Goodreads Profile, Smashwords Q&A, Sara Brooke's "Kransen House"

Hey all,

Well, it's legit. My Goodreads profile is now up and running. :) So if you haven't yet, swing on by:

My Goodreads Author Page

I will be adding "Descent (Birthrite Series 1)" into the database, but "The Cemetery by the Lake" is currently there.
If you haven't read it, the short story is on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK (it is being delivered to other devices as well, and I will inform as they go up).

I also have a nice little Q&A on my Smashwords page. If you want to know a little more about me, check out My Smashwords Q&A.

And every so often, I like to recommend a book from an author I very much have come to enjoy.  Sara Brooke is one of my favorite recently discovered authors. I will be posting an interview with her within the next day or two, but I will, in advance, recommend that you check out "Kransen House." It is probably my favorite of hers so far. It is only 99 cents on Smashwords (which has compatible formats to most e-reading devices) and is awesome if you enjoy something a little more dark and twisted.








So, that's all for now. But stay tuned for Sara Brooke's interview. :)


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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

An Interview with Horror Author, Gary Lee Vincent

I've ran into author, Gary Lee Vincent at several horror conventions over the years. Last year as I was taking a break from being at my table and walking around to see what everybody had, I finally picked up a copy of Vincent's "Darkened Hills" (which so far I very highly recommend if you're looking to not be able to sleep for a few days) and even got a cool little wooden coffin box out of the deal. He was also gracious enough to answer a few questions after a busy weekend at Horror Hound. The interview below talks of his published works along with where you can pick them up and his experiences as an author published on an indie publishing press. 





TA: First off, thanks for taking the time to do this after such a busy weekend. Can you tell us about the first story you've ever written and/or that moment when you knew you wanted to write for a living?

GLV: In 1991, I started writing music and had originally thought I might enjoy pursuing a career in music. In that decade, in addition to songs, I had several short stories and poems published.  In college I wrote a short story called "Bridge of Hope" as part of an English assignment that I eventually adapted in to a song (which appeared on my "Passion, Pleasure, & Pain" album.)


TA: Now, I've just started your Darkened Hills series (and I must say I'm pretty creeped out so far). Tell us about how it came into fruition.

GLV: In 2009, I released my last (latest) musical album called "Somewhere Down The Road." We shot a music video near Boston and I was in the process of setting up this elaborate musical comeback when three things happened within a short time of each other: my wife gave birth to our first child, my dog died, and my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
I can honestly say that I fell into a depression of sorts. I spent A LOT of time traveling back and forth to Chicago to take my mom for treatment at the Cancer Treatment Centers of American in Zion, IL. During these visits, I would spend hours in the hospital waiting room and and to help cope with the dark mood and emotions I was feeling, I began to write.
The original tale of "Darkened Hills" (at least with the first book) was my way of dealing with depression. At the time, I really never thought it to be anything more than setting up a vampire tale in Salem, West Virginia (called Melas in the book) and basing it around a couple core things: the characters of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", scene buildups akin to King's "'salem's Lot", the topography (landscape) of Salem, West Virginia, the lead character (Victor Rothenstein) modeled after Vincent Price in The House on Haunted Hill, and real-life, dark, news stories that were occurring almost daily in and around my home area.
I viewed the writing process for this book as a way to channel negativity into this fantasy setting and decided that for this book (and those that would follow that bear the DARKENED brand, that I would take of the filter and let the pure emotion build the story. As this was a theraputic vehicle for me, I knew if I watered it down or made it more mainstream, happy-go-lucky, I wouldn't be allowing myself to properly vent my negativity into the book, the characters would come off weak, and in the end, it would be just like any other 'normalized' tale. 
What emerged was something chilling and pure evil. After Book I, I began to see DARKENED take on a life of its own. Although I never rally planned a sequal, "Darkened Hills" was awarded "Book of the Year" by ForeWord Reviews Magazine as the top Horror Novel of 2010 and it seemed logical to continue the story and play around in that universe.  The more I dabbled in the 'darkness', I saw the books began to take on a life of their own and larger universal battles are playing out.
This year (2014), "Darkened Souls" was released as the fourth installment in the series.

 TA: Many argue the pros and cons of independent and traditional publishing. What are your views on the subject based on your experience as an independently published author?

GLV: The publishing industry is changing in a way that is moving from traditional publishers and more towards independents.  It has become easier for a person to self publish their works through venues like the Kindle Digital Platform and Smashwords and writers are starting to gravitate toward the idea of using their energy to write versus pitching the story to countless traditional publishers. 
What this model lacks (and sometimes traditional publishers assist with) is the ability to have your book physically appear in stores throughout the country.
What many do not realize is that traditional publishers are more skittish than ever to invest in an unknown author when it is far easier to sell an established name.  This is compounded by the fact that many self published authors soil the market with poorly written or poorly edited works that quite frankly are unfit for public consumption.
When comparing both things, I am an advocate for a small press model - like Burning Bulb Publishing - and I see a rise in the small press and a future dominance of the market.  A small press is a middle ground that takes the good things of independent publishing: eBooks, Print-on-Demand, etc. and combines it with some of the things of traditional publishing: editing, peer review, constructive criticism, while at the same time keeping freedom of speech open and more liberal with content.


TA: Stemming from the last question, what would you say has been the biggest challenge in your career as a writer?

GLV: I truly cannot speak for the industry as a whole (or the population as a whole, for that matter), but I am seeing a 'dumbing down' of groups who should be reading, and are instead turning to other forms of entertainment (movies, toys, autograph collecting, games the Internet, etc.) to distract them.
Let me explain a bit more: literary festivals are starting to disappear.  The West Virginia Book Festival, for example just stopped happening after a decade of successful shows. Several authors such as myself used this festival as a spring board for new titles and on average we sold approximately 50-60 titles over a two day weekend.
Lets explore this further... with dwindling lit fests, a writer may then consider going to conventions (cons) in his or her particular genre to promote his or her works.
For myself as a horror writer, I attend several horror cons each year. Typically the biggest horror con for me has been HorrorHound Weekend.
In 2011, at HorrorHound, I sold 58 books over a three day period and in 2012, sold 53.  I just returned from the 2014 HorrorHound and although it was one of the biggest crowds in the show's history, I only sold 9 books personally with our publishing house's table only selling 22 books for all our our author titles combined!
Understand that if this was the BEST show, how have the other ones been doing? Not very good.  In 2013, there were four shows that generated less than 10 sales combined, with some not selling at all.
As a writer, it is financially challenging to produce books, pay hundreds of dollars in con fees, hotels, gas, etc., setup for two or three days, watch people spend thousands at the plastic doll booth next to you and in the end, you didn't even sell enough to even pay for your meals to sustain you at the con, let alone the basic book printing costs.  And now, you gloomly must load up all you books and store the inventory until the next con. Unload, setup, and repeat.
This works on you in a different psychological way than standard depression. It is both exhaustive and demoralizing.  It is not that your work isn't any good, it's just that literary festivals are declining and conventions are drawing readers who BUY everything BUT books.  In other words, the greatest challenge is to find people who read and want to consume your content, and not want to just 'wait for the movie to come out.'
Tiffany Adds: Because many books/short stories (both traditionally and independently published) will never have a 'based on' movie about them come out. So you're really missing out on alot if you don't partake in the book, be it print, ebook, or audio.


TA: Now, I see you also do music. Tell us a little about it.

GLV: In high school I was an all-state male vocalist (bass).  I started out writing country western music in the early 90s and recorded my first country album, titled "100 Percent" in 1994. A few years later, I released a classic rock album titled "Passion, Pleasure, and Pain" in 1997.  In both of these projects, I wrote all of the songs.  In 2009, I released a contemporary Christian album called "Somewhere Down The Road", in which I wrote seven of the twelve songs. 
In 2005, I won Song of the Year for best Christian song 'Where Would I Be' in the VH1 Song of the Year competition, a program that supports the VH1 Save The Music charity. Said song appears on my 'Somewhere Down The Road' release.


TA: Do you have a specific writing process?

GLV: My writing technique has matured over the years. For short stories, I simply write in stream of conscious and go back and polish. For novels, however, I start by writing the plot, and than storyboarding each chapter - core things that need to happen in each chapter to accomplish the plot's objectives.  Then, I go back and write in the chapters.
For the DARKENED series, this has taken on a higher and more professional meaning, because as a book grows beyond one volume, you must always look back and try to be consistent with the storyline and characters.  You can't simply 'wing it' and expect the series to stay tight.  A lot of work and reach back must be done. 
I am finding that with DARKENED books specifically (now that we are up to book four), I am starting to become as much of a 'producer' as an 'author.' I even have a team of content editors and copy editors to help me make sure nothing is overlooked and that a larger 'series' view of things are considered. It is my opinion that as DARKENED matures, each subsequent book is better than its predicessor and, consequently, more work is needed to preserve the feel and fright that I am trying to bring to the table with this franchise.


TA: What's next for you and where can you, your books and music be found?

GLV: I am currently working on a crime/underworld novel called St. Albans Fire, which is set in the Charleston area of West Virginia.  I don't have an exact date for release, but it is still a few months out.
I also have a comic book coming out called "The Tailsman" (that is not a typo), which is based on my short story called "The Tailsman" that appears in the anthology "Westward Hoes."  The story was adapted for comic by horror/bizarro author Rich Bottles Jr. and drawn by famous comic book illustrator Stuart Brown in England. We are all very excited about this and hopefully it will allow us to reach new audiences with this highly-entertaining Western-themed comic.
I am also working with John Russo (famous for writing the screenplay and novel of "Night of the Living Dead') to help publish and promote his latest historical thriller "Dealey Plaza."
My personal website is: www.GaryLeeVincent.com.  The series blog for DARKENED is www.DarkenedHills.com.  My publisher website is www.BurningBulbPublishing.com.  My books are available on amazon.com and my music is available on iTunes, amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and most streaming services.




You can also shop for Gary's books at your favorite local independent bookstore:
Gary Lee Vincent's "Darkened Hills" on IndieBound

Gary Lee Vincents' "Passageway" on IndieBound



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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Support your local bookstores: Search Indiebound to see what may be in your area. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Since a Part of The Birthrite Series Takes Place in Ireland...






Rock of Cashel


Have a pleasant Sunday evening! :)




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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Night Terrors Series: Sleep Paralysis

Hey everyone,

As I began writing this night terrors essay (both researching other phenomenon, talking to friends who have experienced it, and recalling my own experiences), I started thinking about how, like my Bygone Eras: Do We Have It (At Least Partially) Wrong series, the topic of night terrors covers a broad spectrum of many experiences. Therefore, I decided to make this yet another essay series in which I will cover one topic at a time. This will help my thoughts stay focused instead of scattered in all directions, and I will be able to give each phenomenon special attention.  Since experiencing night terrors are also a huge part of the Birthrite Series, this will also aid in my research for those books.

I first got the idea to talk about this on my blog when a good friend of mine posted an essay he wrote about a very creepy night terror he experienced a few years ago to my facebook page (maybe with his permission I'll post it here). His experience was CREEPY, and while I may not go into specifics of what I experienced (as I am using some of those as inspiration material for the Birthrite Series...can't give away all my secrets :P ), I will discuss some phenomenon that often accompanies a night terror.

So with that said, I will begin with the basics.

In many cases, night terrors typically start out with a condition referred to as Sleep Paralysis. Yes, many characters in the Birthrite Series do experience this, particularly Nicolae and Dorothy (in Book 1). In later books, the character Everett experiences it as well.
Sleep Paralysis is typically identified as being in a state between being awake and being asleep. Your mind has awakened, but your body has not, and this is sometimes referred to as being Disrupted REM (Rapid Eye Movement). One experiencing sleep paralysis can find themselves rendered immobile and unable to move any limbs. The individual may even feel panicked. The sensation of being sat on or choked may also be present. One may also experience a feeling of floating or dissociating from the body.

According to some who experience sleep paralysis, it is normally a precursor to other phenomenon that can accompany it, including those of Shadow Man, Mares, and Hags. Or a malevolent presence may be felt but not seen. Of course in centuries passed, sleep paralysis was thought to be something supernatural, and to many it still is.
There are also those who look to a more scientific cause behind it, often linking it to migraines, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. Some (like myself at the time I was experiencing it) experience it during or soon after distressing times in their lives. Some seek medication to control it while others like myself simply make ourselves get over it, usually by tackling the issue that may have been causing the distress in the first place.

I will get into more of the sleep paralysis experience as I continue with this series of essays. If you have had such experiences (or are having them), feel free to leave a comment as I would love to hear them.

Til next time...pleasant dreams...



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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Night Terrors Essay Coming this Weekend and Sara Brooke's Cover Reveal...

Hey all,

I'll be finishing up the night terrors blogpost and will have it up this weekend (I noticed a ton of hits and if you were coming for the night terrors post, it will be up and I appreciate your patience and enthusiasm). Between writing that and trying to get "Descent" and a few other things done (including prepping for a radio interview this weekend), my brain needed a rest.

I will also be having a couple other writers/authors interviewed on this blog. One of them being Sara Brooke, whose work I've to very much enjoy. She just released the cover of her latest book, soon to be released in April:






Some places are just evil. And behind the locked gates of Sunken Park, dark and mysterious hauntings are waiting to drag you beneath the surface. Once you go inside, you may never leave.

So stay tuned for that interview among a couple others. You can also check out more of her work ("Kransen House" is probably my favorite so far, especially if you really like a dark, sick, and twisted plot) and where to buy her books at the Sara Brooke Official Website.





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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Series Coming to the Blog: Bygone Eras: Do We Have It (At Least Partially) Wrong?

Hey everyone,

Before I begin the Night Terrors entry, I wanted to introduce a new series of essays I will be bringing to this blog. As it states in the title, the series will be titled Bygone Eras: Do We Have It (At Least Partially) Wrong?

Because in some ways, I think we do.

The series will be going through the research I did while writing "Descent" and "Kindred" in the Birthrite Series as well as address many popular myths about certain eras and ethnicities (and certain subcultures, such as the Goth community) being dispelled by our lovely mainstream media. Those who are on my Facebook page may have seen several articles I've posted on my page about this very issue in regards to how some view certain eras, time periods, and groups of people. What is true vs. what seems to be fabricated propaganda but is perceived as true by the general populous.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert. Just someone who has always had a fascination with history and delved deeper when I decided to write a book series that involves historical events. And as far as the goths go, I've spent many years in that community, so with that I'm speaking from my own personal experience.

Who knows, maybe I will get really inspired, edit it properly and also offer it as a free ebook (a sort of guide to the Birthrite Series).

I will try to do a new one every week, so stay tuned for it. :)

Until then, have a fabulous weekend and stay tuned for my Night Terrors blogpost! :)


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My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK

My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
Official Website
The Birthrite Series Website

Monday, March 17, 2014

DESCENT (The Birthrite Series 1): Sneak Peek Scenes, Pricing, and other Releases

Hey all,

While I'm resuming the normal schedule of posting every Thursday, I decided to give you all a bonus and offer a couple small sneak peeks from "Descent."

I have also decided to release "Descent" and "Sacred Atonement" (the Jimmy/Linda novelette...think of it as a Birthrite Series #1.5) at about the same time. As for pricing, "Descent" will be at 99 cents. So with "Sacred Atonement" being a free ebook, you'll basically be getting two books for under a dollar.  Of course, I'll also be making physical copies of "Descent" which will, of course, be more expensive than 99 cents, but that will come a little later.

I'll also be releasing another short story. I'm in the process of editing it and the working title is "24 Hour Diner" (who knows though, I may stick with it). It will be in the Horror/Sci-Fi genres.

Now without further ado, here are three more sneak peeks at "Descent." YES, it turns out Carl has secrets of his own...

Also, stay tuned for samples and a synopsis of "Sacred Atonement" and a synopsis of "Kindred (Birthrite Series 2)" coming soon.

Also, please again note that this is NOT the fully edited version and will still go through more cleanup before launch day (Sample 1 was actually added fairly recently).  :)

DESCENT EXCERPTS 

*WARNING: Some explicit stuff ahead*

Sample 1:



Carl lay on his back staring up at the ceiling above his bed. His heart still raced from the memory of kissing Dorothy. As her body remained imprinted to him, his groin started to tighten all over again. He had held back from releasing himself earlier as his two younger siblings used the washroom while getting ready for bed. It had been difficult, as holding Dorothy that night had awakened the urges he had been trying to resist since he started going with her. Now that he had had a taste, he longed for more, despite knowing it was better to approach this relationship by slowing down a lot more than he was used to. That one kiss had been enough for him to know that a higher level of intimacy with her would be unreal.
As a moonbeam trickled in through the window, she seemed to materialize. An image of what she would look like unclothed played with his mind. He felt the rush in his lower region as his wanting and arousal took over.
Carl was lost in a world where he and Dorothy were intertwined together, physically and emotionally free. He was free to explore her petite body and she accepted him without hesitation, overlooking the darkest moments of his passed. She knew him and all he had been through, but cared for him anyway. Together, the two reached an earth shattering climax that would forever rival any other before or after. He lay in the aftermath, trying to hold on to her as the image faded.
Carl found himself alone in his bedroom. For a moment, he worried having been so caught in his fantasy that his parents or siblings had surely heard him. When the house remained still and silent, be breathed a sigh of relief. That would definitely have been awkward.
He reached over to the night table and turned on the dim light before reaching into the drawer where he kept clean handkerchiefs. A sort of melancholy entered as he wiped away evidence of his fantasy. His eyes fell to the bottom drawer of his desk as he readjusted his pants. Swallowing back the lump forming in his throat, he looked away. What was in there would no longer dictate his life as it had. Instead, he was going to look toward the future.
One that involved Dorothy.

Sample 2


“Hey,” a voice behind her said. She turned to see Carl, a presence that instantly warmed her heart.
“May I have this dance?” he asked.
Dorothy smiled at him and allowed him to take her to the dance floor. He held her close, with one hand enclosed on her waist and the other protectively holding her hand. She rested her chin on his shoulder and felt his lips brush her temple. She pulled back a little and looked into his eyes, just before he lowered his lips to meet hers. They indulged in one another, both allowing the other to take them to a new level of intimacy and allowing for more barriers to fall. When they parted, Dorothy noticed two of the chaperones eyeing them, one even seeming surprised at Dorothy’s actions.
“Do you want to go somewhere we can be alone?” Carl asked.
Dorothy’s heart fluttered at the suggestion. “Um, but what about the chaperones?” She nodded subtly toward the chaperones still fixed on them.
Carl grinned. “I’ll take care of that. I’ve been eluding teachers since the fifth grade.”
Dorothy couldn’t help giggling, and suddenly the chaperones’ stern expressions were more amusing than intimidating.
Dorothy hung around with Cassandra as Carl met with a group of boys who were outside the gymnasium headed outside for air and to smoke. The two girls allowed for a small period of time to pass before they slipped out from the gymnasium. They walked out into the night where Cassandra met up with her date and Dorothy with Carl. He smiled at her in the shadows of the light in front of the school and extended his hand to her. She barely heard the encouraging words being given to Carl by the other boys as she stared into his eyes, accepting his hand and allowing him to lead her away to the side of the building.
Her stomach rushed with nerves and excitement as she recalled the necking sessions from the previous week. They had been more soft and sweet than hot and heavy, with Carl taking his time and seeming conscious of not overstepping his welcome, but they were enough for Dorothy’s longing to be escalated to higher level.
“Here,” he said, pulling her into a far corner underneath a small case of stairs leading into the back of the school. She obliged and before she knew it, he gently backed her against the stone wall. The New Moon offered very little light, but as her eyes adjusted, Dorothy could see the intensity on her boyfriend’s face.

Sample 3


Dorothy lay in her warmest flannel nightgown with the bed blankets pulled up to her chin. As her body shivered and cold sweats racked her body, she stared at the rose inside the crystal vase. The crystal shimmered, revealing its many dimensions and contours. Her mind was foggy and her head felt heavy, but she managed to pull herself up and reached over to take hold of her Aunt Roxanne’s gift.
Her heart pounded as she felt it vibrate, intertwining with energy expelled from the rose. She felt a pull and found herself among swirling, black clouds. Roxanne’s eyes appeared, as did her attractive features framed by dark curls. Dorothy could see her Aunt’s lips moving, but she was unable to make out what was being said. She then felt Carl’s energy and sensed deep sorrow.
As quickly as it all arrived, the visions left, and Dorothy was back in her room again, clutching the vase and shaking.
For a reason unknown to her, she looked under the crystal. Something was stuck to the bottom. She pulled it off, wondering how it could have gone unnoticed, and unfolded the tiny piece of paper.
She recognized the smooth scrolls as her Aunt Roxanne’s handwriting. Confusion filled her as she stared down at the message:
Never let go.
 
 




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