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Monday, February 13, 2012

Dance on Fire: Flashpoint

Greetings and salutations, Fire Enthusiasts. I hope this post finds you doing well, whenever it is that you find it. I know how many posts are vying for your attention each week, so I certainly appreciate you stopping by.

Thanks to all of those Romance Enthusiasts (and even closeted ones, like me) who visited last week, and my thanks to all of the returning Horror Enthusiasts who left scratching their collective heads. I’m just like all of you, aren’t I? We’re all multi-faceted and not easy to pigeonhole. I do read and write horror, but neither exclusively. I like my classic rock and heavy metal, but also appreciate most other types of music.

Speaking of music, it was such a damn shame to see the passing of Whitney Houston over the weekend. If only, if only, if only... *sigh* Such a talent!

The Update:

Many of you in the real and virtually world have been asking when you can expect to see the release of my second novel. I come before you today bringing some news, although not yet concrete information. What I can tell you is this, it is still entitled, Flashpoint. It hasn’t been decided whether it should come with a badge that signifies that it is “A Dance on Fire Novel”, although I do believe that it should. What do you guys think? I was originally thinking “The Dance on Fire Chronicles”, but have drifted away from that. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I recall thinking there was something that I did like very much; however, I can't recall it now. If you’ve got a solution to this, I would love to see it.

My faithful publisher is hard at work on the edits at the time that I pen this post. The plan is to have the editing completed by the end of March, at the very latest. If we can all meet this deadline, then we should have both the e-book and softcover by the third weekend in May. Why is this date important, you ask? Those who have read Dance on Fire will recall that it is the weekend for the Kingsburg Swedish Festival, a real event which I use in the plot of my novel. Although I have attended the festival many times, last year was the first where I actually had a booth. I sold about thirty copies that weekend, if memory serves. I could look it up but am far too lazy now. *grins*

We do have a working cover which I am not yet prepared to share with you, but it should be soon. We’ll probably be tweaking it just a bit, but we’ll see.

The synopsis:

Five years after the death of their only child Tiffany, Steve and Angie Rosen receive an unexpected guest to their Morro Bay, California home: their daughter. She comes with a tale of having suffered a terrible head wound in the fire that took their Kingsburg home, causing her loss of memory and migraine headaches that force her to hide from daylight in order to prevent. Tiffany's reemergence is treated like Manna from Heaven; however, her story is only half true. Tiffany is a vampire and their daughter in name only. She sleeps during the day and hunts for human blood during the night, and has come back to enact a twisted revenge upon those who ruined the plans of her master, the notorious vampire, Vincent. And she is not alone.

Five years after the terrible events that reshaped the Swedish Village, Kingsburg lies unsuspecting as five vampires descend upon her with a great evil in their black hearts.

Five years after old wounds have finally healed and the old fires were thought extinguished, Police Chief Michael Lopez and Officer Mark Jackson and their families find themselves surrounded when fires blaze anew. The good vampire, Nathaniel, has pledged his service to these people, but he is no longer among them. He lives high in the Oregon Mountains near the California border, seeking whether God might have a place in His kingdom yet for him.

When Nathaniel discovers that Tiffany has returned, will he be too late to stop her? And will his desire to protect his friends destroy what God has begun in him?

It will all begin with a Flashpoint.

Okay, so there it is. What do you think, my friends, fellow writers and peers? For those of you who have blessed me by reading Dance on Fire, what do you think of this?

If you have any suggestions for the blurb, cover, badge, etc., I would love to hear it.

As to the status of the first book, it continues to garner very good reviews. Last time I looked, it was still the fourth Highest-Rated Horror novel at Smashwords. My thanks to all of you for making it so.

We'll talk soon.


  1. Yay! Just in time for my birthday! This is just my humble opinion, but I do think there should be something there to tie it into the first book. Few things are as frustrating as purchasing a novel only to discover afterward that it is a sequel or part of a series. I don't like missing out on part of the history/story! Besises, we writers know that the real money comes from the backlist and what better way to get people to buy Dance on Fire?
    Glad to hear you are doing well!

  2. Adriana has a very good point. I'm not sure what to go with, myself. I went with the Sabrina Strong Series, only because it's all S's.

    I'll throw some ideas out to you:
    annals, archives...nah. Memoir sounds a bit high-brow for this. I'm not sure if there's anything better than chronicles for this.

    Hopefully you'll decide on something, and I wish you good luck on it, Jimmy!

  3. I like it being called "A Dance on Fire" novel vs "Chronicles"...just my 2 cents:) I think a tie-in is a MUST! A natural progression to pull readers of the first in, and let new readers know of the first if the sequel is the first they see. Best of luck, Jimmy!

  4. I like "A Dance on Fire Novel" too. When I think "chronicle," I think Narnia.

  5. How exciting! I look forward to seeing the cover! And I like the sound of "A Dance on Fire novel."

  6. Thanks for your comments, my friends, and forgive me for taking so long to reply. You know when runners reach the finish line in a race and immediately collapse? Yeah, that was me this week. Thankfully, it is a three-day weekend here!
    I hope you ladies are well and wish you a great week!



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