Friday, June 7, 2013
(We can draw a polite veil of silence over the subsequent film versions, and even the most recent rendering of the "Titanic" disaster was painful to watch.)
In the last month or so, the intervention of friends has brought "Coasting" to the attention of former shipmates, fellow seafarers whose opinions I respect and men who were at sea in the period it covers (the mid 1970s). They have been unanimous in their praise of the story-telling and the accuracy with which I have captured the sea-going era we shared. They are all looking forward t the release of "The Sapphire Sea" in August.
Their good opinion validates my writing in a way no other group could achieve, especially as we've stood on the opposite sides of many battles in the past.
David Andrews (who learned to write well as Amy Gallow)
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Check out the book reviews for Opium Dreams, my Historical Romantic Suspense novel, set in a Victorian opium den...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I have Kathryn Meyer Griffith on my blog talking about her audio books so if you missed it come take a look and sign up for my blog. I will interview the new authors so get in line. http://www.lindahaysgibbs.blogspot.com IF you want an interview let me know http://www.lindahaysgibbsreviews.blogspot.com If you want a review let me know http://www.lidahayesgibbs.blogspot.com IF you have a site you want posted let me know come on over Linda
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The national magazine for MENSA members is called the MENSA Bulletin,
but it's only on paper, not on-line. The ones for the local chapters
are on-line, but not this one. Anyway, I've been a member for years,
but despite sending in a couple of my books, I'd not been reviewed.
Until this latest issue! National exposure for my Mayan vampires: Prophecy of the Undead! Woot! Woot!
Here is the review from the April/May issue under the regular department, Page Turners by Tom Elliott. Mine is the first book in the section.
(A book) that especially caught my eye was Prophecy of the Undead: A Mayan Vampire Romance by Fiona McGier (Eternal Press). Talk about an abundance of riches--Mayans, vampires, and romance! How can you lose? Keisha is a neurobiology researcher dedicated to discovering the secret of intelligence to save humanity from itself but instead learns that a greater threat comes from beyond the stars. She is targeted and shot by hit men to keep her findings a secret, but Yuri, a Russian vampire who is researching the cause and effects of vampirism, saves her life by turning her into one of his kind, and together they partner to pursue their research and deal with the prophesied return of ancient Mayan gods. Plot twists aplenty in this one.
Learn more at: www.fionamcgier.com
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Many accredit Vlad Tepes, the Prince of Romania (Wallachia), for bringing vampire lore into the world. He was Stoker's inspiration for Dracula and infamous for sadistic means of torture. He impaled his enemies and publicly drank their blood during estate dinners conducted on the palace grounds.
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Then there was Erzebet Bathory. According to urban legend, she killed her chambermaids and bathed in their blood to prevent herself from aging. It turns out that this never happened, at least the baths of blood part of the story. Read Rebecca Johns' The Countess. My review is in this blog's archives if interested. On an interesting sidenote, Prince Charles is supposedly related to both Bathory and Vlad, a luscious tidbit for New World Order theorists.
Anyway, vampirism goes back much farther than the 15th and 16th centuries. Before Stoker, Bathory, Tepes, Judas Iscariot, Moses, and even Abraham, ancient writings finger Cain as the world's first vampire. Some scholars believe Satan, not Adam, was his father. The academic jury is still undecided on whether Eve was raped or seduced, but all concur on the forbidden fruit being used as a metaphor for the child that she bore. Yes, this interpretation is unconventional and controversial. Regardless, all theologians agree that Cain committed the first murder in the world after he murdered Abel, his brother or half-brother. The story is more detailed in other writings, stating that Cain ate his brother's flesh and drank his blood.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This show rocks! I love all the episodes and have been a fan for awhile. Because I've been on two dozen radio shows, I had the confidence to ask this syndicated host if he'd have me on. To my surprise, he emailed me right back and booked me on The Conspiracy Show a few days later (April 7th episode). I'm at the end of the show, but the other guests are awesome and worth listening to. Anyone who loves conspiracy should subscribe. Download for free on your ipod.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
It's been a while since I have posted anything anywhere. I apologize and promise to be more constant in my postings. Being inconstant doesn't mean I haven't being active, though. I had a highly successful book reading and scene acting with Theresa and Rose at Montford Books, I was on a panel about writing thrillers at Book'Em, NC in Lumberton, and I have another reading coming up in Pinehurst soon. I'm also finishing the third book of the Havana Series of thrillers, Twin Powers. And, last but not least, a well-known Hollywood actor and producer is looking at my script of Killing Castro right now. Keep tuned for more news!
- David Pereda