War of Nytefall: Savagery on Amazon for #99cents! #vampires #fantasy

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Just a friendly reminder that
War of Nytefall: Savagery
is on Amazon for 99 cents!

(Quick, simple, and to the point.)

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Ask-A-Character: Clyde

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I haven’t done one of these in a long time.  Mostly because they are very hit or miss with more on the latter.  Yet, I do wonder if people would ask Clyde any questions.  He is the protagonist of War of Nytefall.  On the other hand, not many have read the series or pay full attention to the posts about him.  I still get messages talking as if he’s the villain going up against a band of vampire hunters that I mysteriously haven’t mentioned on this blog at all.  Weird.  So, who or what is Clyde?

Clyde is:

  • A former thief who became a vampiric thief prior to the Great Cataclysm.
  • He created a gang of thieves within the vampire world, which included Mab Winthrop (his partner), Chastity Sullivan, Titus Winthrop, Bob, and Luther Grathan.  Those last 3 were the leaders of the mercenary side of the gang.  Chastity would do the blackmailing and information gathering.  Clyde and Mab were the ones who would do heists.
  • Clyde had allied himself with Xavier Tempest in the old days because they got along.  This is also why General Kenneth Decker was considered a good friend and a partial member of the gang.
  • Clyde and Mab broke up because of a misunderstanding caused by Chastity.
  • Clyde tried to steal a Duragian (God of the Sun) artifact and was caught.  His execution was interrupted by the Great Cataclysm, which buried him for 50 years along with the entire temple city.
  • Upon his return, Clyde gradually learned that he was what would eventually become a Dawn Fang.  He was the first one of this new vampire breed.  He had a heartbeat, could eat human food, didn’t need to kill for blood, and didn’t grow weak in the sunlight.
  • He has a severe battle lust that may be a side-effect of his Lord’s Rage power.  These two things are unique to him, so he fights every day to keep them in check.  His other powers are monstrous physical abilities, illusions, and heightened senses.
  • His relationship with Mab has been rekindled, but they’re dealing with a rough patch in the books right now.
  • Clyde and Lost are having to work closer together in War of Nytefall: Savagery
  • He has a weapon that has been enchanted to fit into his pocket even thought it’s a large sword.  The weapon is connected to a gauntlet that he puts on his hand and it drains his blood through crystal needles to vibrate the blade.  This gives a it a makeshift chainsaw effect, but also risks setting off his Lord’s Rage.
  • Clyde has a pet Eusu.
  • He named his kingdom Nytefall in order to mock Xavier who rules the ancient kingdom of Nyte.

That’s all there is about him, so maybe some questions can come about.  We’ll see how this goes.

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Immortal Wars: Light, Blood, & Tears Part 14

(Disclaimer: A warning to those who continue.  This is a sequel to a previous story.  Both of these were written in the mid-1990’s.  While the first one was slightly edited and vanity press published, this one has not been touched in over 20 years.  I figure I should do something with it and people may get a laugh or fright from how I used to be.  Every author comes from somewhere, so this is part of my origin.  To that end, I am deeply sorry for whatever nightmares I will inflict on the literary world and the American English language.  Enjoy?)

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“This has to be a joke.  Right?  A sick joke that she’s playing,” mutters Infinity when Fate tells the others about Hydrana.  Infinity is sitting with his shirt on the table and bandages wrapped around his torso.  The three remaining guardians are sitting at the indestructible Mars oak table in the Main Hall.

“I’m not laughing.  I did what was right,” replies Fate, who is slumped over in the jeweled throne.

“What could have possessed you to let her go?  She’s an insane immortal with deadly potential!  Not to mention she is in possession of a magical artifact!” exclaims Miracle as she removes a dripping bandage from her swollen forehead.

“I think he was too scared of her.  Didn’t want to get bruised, Eddie?” asks Infinity.

“No.  It wouldn’t have helped anyone if I had stopped her.  The damage has already been done,” answers Fate.

“Damage that you caused!” yells the Earth guardian.

“We will talk about that issue in private, Steven.  Right now, I want Miracle to set up one of the space skimmers with the experimental, personal hovercraft.  The plan is that two of us will take out Adriana’s group while the third guardian will go after Hydrana in the hovercraft.  Go prepare the ship and bring some of the sun-forged weapons just in case we run into Adriana’s gang.  We’ll be in the space skimmer bay in an hour at most.  Hopefully.”

Once Miracle leaves, Infinity gets to his feet and says, “This is all your fault, Slane.  If you hadn’t yelled at her about her parents, Hydrana would still be sane and have stayed with us.  You’re the one who caused this problem in the first place.”

“So I’ve been hearing for the last five hours.  I know that you love her, but even you couldn’t prevent this from happening.”  Fate remains perfectly calm and sits straight in the throne like a king.  He makes no motion to move or attack.

“You knew this was going to happen!  Why didn’t you try to stop it instead of making it worse!  I knew you were getting cold, but pushing Delila over the edge was uncalled for!  How could you make her go insane!  She never did anything to you that would give you any right to do that!”  Infinity telekinetically throws a few chairs through the windows and punches a hole in the floor.  He finally calms down and sits on the edge of the table.

“Are you finished?  Because you totally misunderstood what I meant.  I didn’t know that any of this would happen.  And this problem would have occurred no matter what I had said or did.”

“How?”

“Her parents, especially her father, caused this problem before any of us even knew her.  All of Delila’s pain was either hiding or being consciously stored deep inside her head.  Every now and then a little of the mental anguish would make itself known in the form of either psychotic or child-like behavior.  Right now, it is like an enormous dam inside her brain has exploded and every memory of pain and loneliness is chaotically swimming around inside her skull.  If this had happened a hundred years from now, then we would have a bigger problem because she wouldn’t be able to face the source of her demons.  She must face her parents in order to get closure,” explains Fate as he gets to his feet and sits next to Infinity.

“You’ve been reading those damn psychology books again.  But I see your point.  Somehow.  In order to stop this and prevent it from reoccurring, Hydrana has to talk to her parents.  Wouldn’t it be better if she had some friends with her?” asks Infinity while he scratches a small tattoo of a thunderbird that is on his bared chest.  He picks up his shirt and pulls it over his bandaged torso.

“Yes and no.  It would be helpful if she gets angry and decides to cut loose with her powers.  That’s why I want to get a space skimmer ready and get you under control at the same time.  But this is something that she has to do alone,” mentions the Mars guardian.

“Me?  Why do you have to get me under control?  I’m fine.”

“I know how you feel about her.  If I saw Miracle go insane and I didn’t know how to save her, it would bring me down with her.  I want to make sure you don’t go down with Delila because I’m going to need your help.  Especially if we run into Adriana’s group and Hydrana at the same time.”

“Of course you need my help.  But there is one thing you have to know right now.”  Infinity’s eyes take a dark, foreboding look as he stares down at Fate.  The Mars guardian just stares back and smiles at the silent challenge.

“What’s that?  You’re the one that’s going after Hydrana?  Not in my lifetime.  Once we land on Earth, we decide on what to do.  Most likely I will go take care of her since so many people think I’m to blame.  But we’ll decide that later.”

“Fine.  This is what I really wanted to say.  If I am there when we find Hydrana and push comes to shove, I’ll be on her side.  Nothing personal, but that is where my loyalty will lie.”

“Then you simply won’t be there.  The way she’s acting, push will come to shove and then turn into a battle to the death.  I don’t need another guardian going rogue on me during this mission.  So, you won’t be the one that hunts down your girlfriend.  You’ll be way too emotionally involved.  Come on.  Miracle is probably done by now.”  Fate walks off toward the space skimmer bay and Infinity has to run to keep up.

“I’m too emotionally involved?  What about you and Miracle?  Kelly considers Hydrana an adopted sister and so do you.  Then again you are acting like a cold, heartless bastard right now.  So, why would you care about Delila?” Infinity growls.

“I don’t want to be like this.  This week was supposed to help me with my problems, but Adriana and your girlfriend just gave me a lot more problems.  And thanks to the quick battle I had with our little runaway, I am getting worse.  The mental abilities of an immortal are more powerful than that of a normal being.  There are some powers that all immortals possess, which have been undocumented.  Hydrana has displayed one that was unknown to SEAS until now.  It seems her mind has too many negative thoughts and she can give off her excess pain by intimately touching someone.  Like a kiss, which she gave me in order to mess my head up.  So, now we have to hurry before I join Delila on the slaughter circuit.”

“Well, if anyone can handle mental demons, it would have to be you.  You’ve been doing it since we’ve met.  Is what she did to you permanent?”

“Nah.  SEAS told me that her little trick will eventually disappear, but by then my own demons will be running around inside my brain.  Thankfully I can hold it off for a day or two.”

Without another word, the three guardians leave the sun base in an older type of space skimmer.  Each one thinks of the five crazy immortals on Earth, but only Fate worries about the one that could be in their very midst.

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How Do Dawn Fangs Have Babies?

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First, never look up ‘vampire babies’ on an image search.  The results are terrifying and still haunt my dreams.  I assume since I’m writing this at the end of February.  Still, they were freaky and not helping me with the topic.

So, it’s been established that Dawn Fangs (Windemere vampires) are able to give birth to ‘live’ young.  In War of Nytefall: Savagery this comes into play.  You’ll find out how when you read the book.  The point of this post is to explain how these vampires can give birth.  This was explained in the series, but I still get a sense that people don’t fully understand.  Mostly because I can’t just plop the info down like a science lesson.  Also, I’ve noticed that many of those who ask haven’t read the books.  Figure it makes for an interesting topic, so here we go.

*Warning: Sex will be mentioned in passing.*

Dawn Fangs can have sex like everyone else and it involves the same type of fluids.  Since all the gametes are in play, pregnancy is possible.  Gestation is typically the same as with a mortal being 9-10 months, but certain powers and diets alter the timeline.  Not to mention that there are spells to hurry pregnancy along if there are complications or unique situations.  That’s not really important here.  After the proper amount of time, the female Dawn Fang will give birth to a baby . . . Sort of.

This is why things didn’t run smoothly when they began giving birth.  Dawn Fang babies are born without a pulse, so they can be mistaken for dead.  Now, there can be miscarriages and stillbirths with these beings.  Don’t think that isn’t possible and a Dawn Fang baby can die if it isn’t given the mother’s blood within an hour of being born.  This awakens the baby’s system and it begins doing the normal routine of crying, eating, sleeping, pooping, and occasionally crushing things with superhuman strength.  All Dawn Fang babies are more with ridiculous strength in the same way that human babies have that surprising grip.  It does fade over time unless it’s one of their special abilities, but they can be dangerous for non-Dawn Fangs to raise.

So, when do they get their special powers?  Not until they reach early teens such as 11, 12, or 13 years old.  Prior to that, all Dawn Fang babies have the ability to control mortals as body guards, which are called Utukku.  This only happens when they don’t have a parent and the victim can be released at any time.  If the mind control hasn’t been going on for more than week then the person doesn’t remember what happened.  Beyond that creates long-term memories, which can lead to issues.  Utukku gain enhanced physical abilities, so those that remember tend to push for full vampirism to maintain or go beyond those superhuman levels.  This is a big reason why Clyde is very careful about Dawn Fang pregnancies because they are a risk to his people staying a secret.  Not to mention they can become unruly once their powers appear, which creates a strong desire to test them out and experiment.

Diet-wise, Dawn Fang babies start on the blood of their mother and, occasionally, their father.  Like a mortal baby, they move onto solid food as they mature in the same progression and temperament.  Education is the same, so there really isn’t much of a difference beyond powers, fangs, and having blood.  In fact, one could say that Dawn Fang children growing up among mortals increases the chance of them seeing people as more than food.  Another step in the right direction for vampire/mortal relations.

Finally, a Dawn Fang baby can come from the union of a Dawn Fang and a mortal.  This doesn’t always mean that they will be a vampire.  The genetics get a little strange and fantastical at this point.  I would say there is a 75% chance that the child is going to be a Dawn Fang, which means 25% of them being a mortal.  This hasn’t come up yet because the Dawn Fangs haven’t done much in the way of breeding with mortals.  Any who have are staying quiet or left the baby with the mortal parent.  Now, you also have racial, which adds to the confusion.  If both parents are Dawn Fangs then it’s a half-breed such as half-elves and half-orcs.  A mortal parent changes that to it being one or the other.  This time, the 75% is on the mortal’s side and the 25% is the Dawn Fang.  For example:

A human mortal and an elven Dawn Fang have a child.  They have a 75% chance of being a Dawn Fang and a 75% chance of being human.  So, it’s more likely that they will be a human Dawn Fang.

To be fair, I’m not going to be playing the odds in books where this comes up.  All Womb Born will simply be there and they are the way they are.  No sense in bringing math any further into this.  On that note, hope this clears some things up.  If not then feel free to ask in the comments.

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Top Ten Mythical Creatures with Charles E Yallowitz #Fantasy #Myth

Welcome back to Charles E. Yallowitz, today he chats about mythical creatures. TOP TEN MYTHICAL BEASTS Vampires–  I’m putting this here entirely …

Top Ten Mythical Creatures with Charles E Yallowitz #Fantasy #Myth
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Welcome to Harmony Kent and Her New Release – The Vanished Boy

I am very pleased to welcome Harmony Kent to my blog to talk about her latest mystery suspense novel. So without further delay . . . Hi everyone. …

Welcome to Harmony Kent and Her New Release – The Vanished Boy
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Teaser Tuesday: An Inevitable Meeting #vampires #fantasy

Savagery

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There really isn’t much to say about this one.  It’s an encounter I’ve been wanting to do since the first book.  In War of Nytefall: Savagery, we finally get to see a familiar face make their presence known.

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House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

Hi gang, gather ’round. Joan Hall is here with her latest release. Joan is one of my Story Empire partners, and a great author. This one is smart, …

House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG
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How Do I Choose the Length of My Series?

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So, I was asked how I chose the length for my series.  With War of Nytefall: Savagery being the 6th volume, I felt now was as good a time as any to explain.  Then again, there isn’t any science behind this.  As much as I organize and plan my series, I don’t really set out saying ‘it will be this long’.  The reason for that is because the plots are grand adventures that can be somewhat open-ended.  Characters drive the action, so they can always create a new volume if I see now.  So, the process goes something like this:

  1. Come up with series and write down characters.
  2. Decide on the length of series.
  3. Start character bios and realize I can add more books.
  4. Begin outlining of books.
  5. Toss a few since they don’t work.
  6. Add another because I had a cool idea.
  7. Rearrange order and junk a few.
  8. Bring them back because it was right the first time.
  9. Write the first book.
  10. Keep going.
  11. Why did the characters do that?
  12. Add a fresh volume to handle new idea.
  13. Give stern warning to future volumes that they need to behave.
  14. Eliminate one as an example . . . secretly keep them in a separate folder and bring back at last minute.
  15. Keep going.
  16. End and act like it was a smooth process while you’re shrieking on the inside.
  17. Turn jettisoned book ideas into spin-offs or cannibalize for other series.

Not the cleanest or simplest path, but that’s how it tends to happen.  War of Nytefall has gone from a trilogy to 12 books to 4 books to limbo to 7 books and finally ending on 8 books.  Legends of Windemere was similar going from 10 to 12 to 14 to 12 to 14 and ending on 15.  This is what can happen with long series.  You may find that a subplot or an unexpected pathway opens up a new volume.  This shouldn’t be forced, but it’s always a possibility.  Honestly, I see this as part of the adventure for an author.  You need to be flexible at various levels and allowing for an extra volume to appear means that you won’t strangle your story for the sake of a rigid plan.  If you can play it off as a spin-off then that’s fine, but you never know if a surprise storyline will appear.

So, how do other authors choose their series lengths?

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Charles E Yallowitz: War of Nytefell – Savagery Blog Tour @cyallowitz #vampires #fantasy #action #adventure #series

It’s Monster vs Monster and Only One will Keep His Head! For the first time in over a century, Clyde will know what it means to feel powerless and …

Charles E Yallowitz: War of Nytefell – Savagery Blog Tour @cyallowitz #vampires #fantasy #action #adventure #series
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New Release: Hell’s Mall

My short story “Would you like flies with that?” was published as part of the collection Hell’s Mall: Sinister Shops, Cursed Objects, and Maddening …

New Release: Hell’s Mall
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