SELENA’S REQUIEM now available on Amazon Kindle!

Selena’s Requiem, with new cover art by Consuelo Parra, is now available on Amazon Kindle!

I now have all three of my vampire romances available as Kindle e-books. Next month, look for the re-release of The Visconti Devils!

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway on Goodreads for one of the few remaining paperback copies of Fiend Angelical, along with a pair of my handcrafted earrings (ends 31 January 2018). This will probably be my last Goodreads giveaway, as they have just changed their giveaways from being free to charging $119+ to run. I’ll be looking for other ways to run some new giveaways, so keep checking back here for updates.

THE BLOOD WALTZ now available on Amazon Kindle!

At last! The Blood Waltz is now available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle! With new cover art by Consuelo Parra which suits the book much better. The old cover was pretty cheesy – I remember at the time being thankful they didn’t give me some dorky-looking guy on the front. Now I get to choose my own cover artists. Just one of the perks of self-publishing!

Selena’s Requiem will follow shortly, also with a new cover. My goal is to have all my titles out in e-book format this year. I don’t care for the electronic format myself, but I understand a lot of people do. I much prefer curling up in a chair with a book with actual pages. Call me old-fashioned, but some things never go out of style.

Fiend Angelical now available as an ebook!

All right, I’m finally getting round to going digital – 2018 will be the year to see all my novels in ebook format! I’m starting a little early – it’s still 2017, after all – and releasing Fiend Angelical first. It’s available on Amazon.

I’ll be releasing the others in the coming months, so check back here for updates!

The Visconti Devils will be also be re-released, as both a trade paperback and ebook. Then look for my new novel this summer – Heaven’s Irregulars, the follow-up to The Visconti Devils. You heard it here first:

It’s been 15 years since Michael LeClaire defeated the Devil in a swordfight high above the rooftops of Milan. Since then, he’s been content to lead a quiet life in New Haven with his wife Maggie and their son Gabriel.

But Gabriel is no ordinary teen. When he saves a bus full of passengers in Aachen from a terrorist attack, he finds himself pursued by both sides in a new Crusade for the soul of Europe. Does he have what it takes to face down the Prince of Darkness?

Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt!

Greetings, Gentles,

I’ve got a treat for you. I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt.

During this event, I’m going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check out my featured title, The Blood Waltz, along the way.

The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. There will be over 90 winners. The prize pool is $850!

It all started with Dracula…

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Dracula and I go way back.

I first decided to write a vampire novel when I was in high school but didn’t actually do so until many years later. When I was in high school, I took drama class and we once took a field trip to Birmingham-Southern College for a drama convention. The drama majors at the college put on a production of “Dracula” which, I found out later, followed the storyline of the novel much better than any of the movies of it I’ve seen. (This was before “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” the one with Gary Oldman in the title role, which, although an improvement over much of the older crap, still doesn’t get it quite right. Although Gary Oldman is awesome.) One of my older brothers has always been fond of campy Universal Studios monsters and my first thought, upon hearing that we would be seeing a stage production of “Dracula,” was, “Some guy running around in a cape and biting people…yawn…not scary.” Was I in for a surprise!

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Not only was the story fascinating – and it WAS scary! – the drama students were all VERY good in their roles. When I got home from that trip, I had to read the book! And I did – stayed up late, after everyone else had gone to bed, and I was almost afraid to fall asleep.

I tried reading other vampire novels – none of them did anything for me. I was disappointed. Well, I thought, I’ll have to write one myself.

At the time, I was quite addicted to Gothic romance novels – you know, they all have a young heroine who, for some reason or other, finds herself in some creepy, remote castle or mansion, surrounded by shifty characters, none of whom she can trust, and one of whom is, invariably, some devastatingly attractive man. Does he have evil designs upon her? Who is behind all the sinister goings-on? Will she come out alive? I wanted to write one of those, but the devastatingly handsome man’s secret would be that he was a vampire. Keep in mind, this was before “vampire romance” became its own genre – I’d like to say I started it, but since I am far from being a household name, of course I will get no credit.

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I had the beginning and the end of the story, but no idea what happened in the middle, which was kind of a problem. So the idea kicked around in the back of my head, literally for years. In the meantime, I got the idea for another vampire novel, about a vampire who hides in plain sight as a rock musician in a sleazy little club, and the teenage girl who falls in love with him and learns his terrible secret, to her horror. It went through several versions before finally becoming Fiend Angelical, which was actually the second novel I published.

And while I was working on it, the inspiration for my first vampire novel idea – the woman in the creepy castle – came out of the blue. What was missing was a key character – who turned out to be the main character, who took the story and ran away with it. I couldn’t write it fast enough. It was The Blood Waltz. Originally, Philip was the mysteriously handsome guy who turned out to be the vampire. But the story couldn’t go anywhere until Kieran dropped in, because, as it turned out, Kieran was the romantic hero (anti-hero?) and the story was all about him.

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I published The Blood Waltz in 2000. The self-publishing option was still fairly new then. I resurrected my contract with iUniverse to bring it back in preparation for the sequel, Selena’s Requiem, which I have just finished and released this fall. It’s been kind of a reunion with old friends. If you enjoyed the original, hopefully you find this one…satisfying.

True love deserves a second chance.

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Selena’s Requiem is now available!

 

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Selena’s Requiem is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Please check back, as I will post any upcoming events and local bookstores carrying it. And giveaways!

The lovely lady above is a companion statue to the one on the front cover – you can find both of them at the  Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Happy hauntings!

Book Cover for Selena’s Requiem!

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Wow, those guys at Aventine Press are freaky fast! Here is the cover for Selena’s Requiem – looks like it will be out in time for Halloween, after all! Love the creepy font.

In The Blood Waltz, writer Selena D’Agostino answered a mysterious invitation from distant and previously unknown relatives to visit them at their family estate, Castle Cormoran, in the north of England. Selena’s irresistible attraction to the mysterious Kieran Ramsey, and her relatives’ dark designs upon her, spurred her flight from the castle. Plagued by nightmares and regrets, she seeks to deal with her grief by writing about the entire ordeal under the label of “fiction.” At the first signing for her book, Selena receives a surprise visitor.

In this sequel, Selena’s Requiem, Selena receives another mysterious summons from the U.K. – this time from a solicitor who urges her to return to Cormoran to claim her inheritance. Knowing that she will find Kieran there, Selena approaches her return with both elation and dread – how will Kieran respond to her attempt to destroy him when she fled? Will he forgive her, and give her the reunion she longs for? And what dark forces are still at work at Cormoran? Can Selena protect herself, and those she holds dear, from a dark adversary’s thirst for revenge?

It’s away!

SELENA’S REQUIEM has been sent to the publisher, and I received a confirmation e-mail yesterday. I’m using Aventine Press this time – I’ve heard a lot of good about them. It’s too soon for a potential release date but, hopefully, it should be out before the end of the year. In the meantime, if you have not yet read THE BLOOD WALTZ, it is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website.

Any reviewers out there, let me know if you are interested in reviewing it once the reviews copies are available.