The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

02 Jan

One aspect of writing I enjoy is getting to know other authors and aspirants. There is a terrific community of support, encouragement and sharing. My own interactions in that community began when I attended the Unicorn Writers Conference last spring, and now branch through FB groups, indie writers networks, Linked-In and beyond.  A blog hop is one way to share and support one another’s creative endeavors.

So when Cynthia P. Willow, author of a recent holiday hit entitled Hell’s Christmas, asked our FB group for authors interested in doing a blog hop, I jumped on board. These leaps along my author journey force me out of my comfort zone, force me to learn. For instance, I have no idea how to embed links in this blog, by the time it’s due I’m hoping I’ll have it figured out. That skill will improve my blog and ebooks as well as provide valuable support to other authors I interact with.

The Next Big Thing asks a few simple questions about the author’s WIP. I have linked to Cynthia’s blog and fellow Hop author Brad Francis‘s.


Death Taint: Begotten Bloods Book Two

Where did the idea come from?

A dream about an older woman attacked by a vampire as she walked home from her waitressing job kick started the series. Another vampire descends on them and tries to save the woman mid-attack. That particular scene is not in this book but in the next one (Book Three) in the series.


It’s paranormal suspense with a romantic core. Romance is a centerpiece of my works across genres, but according to the Romance Writers of America (Yes, I am a member), you can’t call a book romance if the couple doesn’t end up together in the end. Usually my couples have happy (for now) endings, but it’s not guaranteed.

What actors would play your character in a movie version?

Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games and a fellow Kentucky native) would make a great female lead and probably enjoy the challenge of portraying Desta Hamilton, a blind but fiery red head.

Jennifer Lawrence

The male lead is harder for me to peg. In my mind a Chris Hemsworth (Thor)/Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious) rolled into one would do it.


Dwayne Johnson

Chess Cain is an intimidatingly large, confident flirt in the first book who gets the proverbial rug pulled out from under his life in this second installment of Begotten Bloods. Hemsworth put on 20 lbs to play Thor, so maybe he could put on more, but how would he look with Chess’s dark Italian locks?

Short Synopsis

Navigating life with a long white cane means Desta Hamilton always stands out, but she’s left the city to pursue a normal life out from under the watchful eyes of personal security. When Chess Cain arrives on her doorstep with a delivery, his rich voice charms, and her future takes a detour into danger.

Chess won his battle with self-control over 200 years ago only to find it raging anew in the presence of Desta. Vamped out, amped up, and on edge, Chess struggles for restraint little realizing that Desta’s greatest peril approaches in the form of an ancient messenger who is laying a trail of death straight to Cain.

Agency Representation

My own indie press, Three Kings Publishing

How long did it take to write the first draft?

That’s complicated since I’ve been writing three books in the series simultaneously. It’s taken well over a year, though.

What other books in the genre compare?

In the genre? Not much. Yes, there are good and bad vampires like Twilight, but nobody glistens and sensitivity to daylight is tied to age in my vampire mythology. I’ve always enjoyed the history Anne Rice built into her vampires’ back stories, so I try to get some of that in there as well. For instance, Justice Cain fought in the French Revolution and Chess was a painter’s apprentice in Renaissance Italy.

Any other in this genre?

I think the suspense and romance combination are reminiscent of The Guardian from Dee Henderson‘s O’Malley series.

Who or what inspired this WIP?

So many places and experiences inspire my work: first job at McDonalds, visiting friends back home who owned an auto repair shop, the best bachelorette party I ever attended, bowling with friends at Penn State. The list goes on and on. It doesn’t hurt that I spent 10 years living in Europe or that I go on extended road trips a couple times a year.

As for who, my inspiration and motivation for pursuing writing as a long career continues to be my husband, best friend and fellow author, Ryan KingAuthor Ryan King

Anything else to add?

Indie authors today can take their work(s) in any direction. The Begotten Blood Series will have at least three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories before it’s done. Where else can you do that? It’s simply a fabulous time to be writing.

Also, social media is a part of what makes this all possible. Networking with fellow authors like David van Dyke, who started a science fiction action series in 2012, and Mary C. Findley, who has homeschool books to her credit, producing a fund-raising book (Living WaterWorks) with young writers to provide clean water in Africa, giving a portion of sales to promote great causes like Future Hope Africa, Water of Life, and the 30-Hour Famine, and raising awareness in our digital world community is a great privilege and blessing for which I thank God every day.

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