So on February 16-28 of this month, BLOOD ROCK will be back on sale for $0.99 wherever fine eBooks are sold – for example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Interesting that the folks at Bell Bridge put BLOOD ROCK on sale more than the others (or perhaps I just missed posting some sales).
BLOOD ROCK continues the story of Dakota and her weretiger daughter Cinnamon, facing their greatest challenge yet: getting Cinnamon into a good middle school. Oh, and there may also be magic graffiti, deadly fires, cranky werewolves, magical police investigators, and vampire romance.
So I’ve always known that the werekin in Dakota’s universe lived in groups they called packs, but which we might call tribes, complete with drumming rituals:
Drums beat, strong and primal. Fire blazed from burning barrels. And on the broad floor of what had been a warehouse, a crowd of nearly-human shapes cheered on as a huge wolf the size of a tiger faced off with a stag the size of a Buick.
I started to think that maybe this job wasn’t worth it.
Ragged young boys ran the outer perimeter of the werehouse, human in form but snapping and snarling at each other with the voices of dogs. Wolves padded back and forth around the largest and scruffiest single group of men; both wolves and men stared at me with hungry eyes. There were other groups—tall, proud men I took to be werestags, another group crowded around a werebear, and many others. Or perhaps there was no relation between their human forms and their beasts—I had not seen any of them change yet.
Recently, working on a Cinnamon Frost book, I discovered the original group behind that community was indeed a “tribe”, the Modanaqa people, “the people who lived here before the Americans and the Europeans, the Cherokee and the Creek”. Historically speaking, that would make them a remnant of the Moundbuilder culture, ruins of which can be seen at nearby Etowah.
And now I’ve given them a language based on Mvskoke (Creek) and a script (pictured up at top) based on khipu (Incan knot writing). Amazing what I didn’t know about my own story!
FROST MOON is my first novel, the tale of Dakota Frost, a woman who can bring her tattoos to life, and her very first encounter with the sharp edges of the Edgeworld she’s been dancing around all her adult life. She meets vampires and werewolves, weretigers and faerie, and soon is on the ride of her life when the police warn her about a serial killer attacking the magically tattooed near the full moon … right when a werewolf asks her to tattoo a design on him. Is he the killer … or the next victim?
Go check it out on Amazon, Kobo, Nook or wherever fine ebooks are sold!
Dragon Con returns, and I’ll be on a lot of panels, plus reading some from future Dakota Frost and Cinnamon Frost stories in my author reading on Sunday! The panels I have scheduled so far are:
Androids & Automatons Friday 1pm – Sheraton / Augusta This presentation will cover the history of artificial life from the ancient Greeks to modern automata artists. Techniques for creating your own automata will also be shared.
Practical Time Travel for the Storyteller Saturday 4pm – Sheraton / Athens This panel discusses the real science behind time travel, as well as how these scientific theories can place both challenging & rewarding demands on the stories we tell. Time dilation, the grandfather paradox, & others will be explained & these theories discussed.
The Magic and Technology of Building Alternate Worlds Saturday 5:30pm – Sheraton / Augusta Be it alchemical spells or industrial revolution, many alternate history and Steampunk worlds feature magic, fantastic technological marvels, or even both. But each choice shapes the worlds these authors build. This roundtable discuss worldbuilding and the balance between fantasy and science.
Author Reading: Anthony Francis Sunday 2:30pm – Hyatt / University SF & Urban Fantasy author of Frost Moon, Blood Rock and Liquid Fire reads from his work, including selections from Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, from future Dakota Frost novels, and maybe even some Cinnamon Frost stories!
Also, I was scheduled to do a SAM Talk, but it was inadvertently booked over my author reading, and I pretty much have to prioritize my own author reading over a SAM Talk even if there might be more people at the other room. So if you attend my author reading, you may also get to hear what was intended to be my SAM Talk, “Risk Getting Worse”, in which I talk a bit about the origins of Dakota Frost …
Hope to see you all there – from my end of the table, it kind of looks like this:
Here’s crossing fingers that we get the double booking all worked out!