Guest Author Monday

Please welcome with me our Guest Author –G.D. Ogan

I had the opportunity to talk at length with G.D. Ogan about his Immortal Relations Series.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A: I’m a retired Air Force Major. I have a pair of graduate degrees unfortunately not in English or Literature. I’m also retired from a second “calling” as a psychologist with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where I treated inmates for addictions.

Q: Did you ever imagine yourself as a writer?

A: No. If anyone would have told me that someday I’d be writing adult paranormal-romance novels I would have laughed at them.

ImortalRelationsQ: You have two books already released in the Immortal Relations Series and with plans for the third book to be released this fall. Could you tell my readers what prompted you to write a series?

A: When I found out that what my mother had said when I was very young was about an affair my late father had had (shown with photograph on the first two pages of “Immortal Relations”) that is what spurred me to start the series. My character travels to where “his” father had worked and had the tryst and there he meets a captivating lady. It doesn’t take long before he realizes she isn’t “normal,” nor is love long in blooming between the two (and like they say, “love conquers all”). The story is full of action as the man trades in his human life for the supposed “half-life” of a vampire.

Q: What makes your vampire series different from other vampire stories?

A:  These are not the “Bram Stoker” type of vampires, rather than attacking humans they are dedicated to protecting the innocent from the out of control type of vampire, human criminals and dictatorial politicians.

Love&War-OganQ: That is an interesting approach. How do your vampires sustain their life? Do they consume blood? If so, how to they get it?

A: The blood that the good vampires need is obtained from funeral homes that one of their corporations own. (I’m told this is a unique concept to the genre’).

Q: Yes it does sound unique. I haven’t read a series where the vampires would drink blood obtained in this method before. Stephanie Meyers had her vampires hunt wildlife and drink the blood. Lynsay Sands had her Argeneau vampires run a blood bank. Even the popular hit show Vampire Diaries did a combination of blood bank robbing and wildlife killing to survive. Are there any other unique aspects about your series?

A: There is a good amount of “explicit togetherness” (sex) in the first book to include the first known full vampire birth, followed by a human-vampire hybrid birth. There is “mind-meld” training involving tapping into the feelings and emotions between partners during sex.

Q: With so much sex in the series, do you feel readers will mistake it for erotica?

A:  Some may see this as erotic, but it was not written to be that, rather it was to show that the vampires don’t have the hang-ups that humans do about sex.

Q: With your military background do you draw on this knowledge in the series?

A: In the first book, an evil vampire gang is thwarted in their attempted frontal assault on the guardian vampires and a secondary attack on military units to gain “converts” and heavy weapons to use against the good vampires. Then the guardian vampires gain the support of the British Army and Royal Marines to keep the evil vampires from gaining nuclear weapons, followed by Russian Federation troops foiling the attempt to capture biological weapons to be used to blackmail human governments into allowing the evil ones to feed unmolested. One reader commented that this was his holy grail of vampire novels.

As you will see, I use the tactical and strategic knowledge gained during my military career in both books. The second picks up where the first leaves off by offering one of the heroes of the first book the chance to beat the cancer threatening his life by becoming a vampire himself.

Q: Do you use any “present day” threats or concerns within your series?

A: There is a terrorist attack that decapitates the leadership of the Russian Federation. Suddenly the human friend the guardians are offering their help to beat cancer is thrust into his county’s leadership role. During an ensuing fight with the terrorists, he determines that he wants to accept the offer of “conversion” and does very well as the change takes place. However, timing is not always so cut and dry, it quickly becomes apparent that rather than isolated terrorist actions, what has happened was a prelude to the invasion of Siberia by Communist China seeking vast oil and mineral reserves as well as land for their burgeoning populations. It takes all the skill and daring of our guardian vampires, aided by the newly converted President of Russia to keep the war from “going nuclear.” Like they say, solve one problem and others will pop up and that is what happens when greedy, rogue OPEC ministers decide to use terrorists to stop the distribution of cheap Russian Oil by setting off a low-yield dirty nuke to take out the pumping station and the oil field themselves. After solving that problem, our guardian vampires decide to tackle the failing cap over the Chernobyl Reactor and get a side benefit by construction of a series of warrens for covens in a location no sane human would ever travel. Then the idea comes to them that they could safeguard humans from the potential Extinction Level Event that the collapse of the reactor building at Fukushima, Japan has been called. With all the non-stop action it seems amazing that there could be the opportunity to create more full vampire offspring during this story but it does happen.

Thanks for dropping by today and for sharing with us about your Immortal Relations Series.

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Sunday Sundaes

Today the children’s choir opened the service singing two songs: Heaven’s Going to Shine and I’m Gonna Sing, I’m Gonna Shout. They do a wonderful job, putting their little hearts into the songs. You could feel the Holy Spirit in the church and it did not leave when the children finished. It stayed and blessed so many today. We had shouting, singing, praying. We even had two souls saved during our workshop services today. It was truly a beautiful day that the Lord has made.

TGIF…Heroes

Today I’d like to talk to you about the delicious heroes that fill everyone of Johanna Lindsey’s historical novels. That’s right. I know I have your tenderrebelattention because who hasn’t been awestruck by her Malory series? Who didn’t want to be trifled with by one of these rogues?gentlerogue James Malory, Anthony Malory? And later when the young pups were old enough there was Derek Malory and Jeremy Malory.

Of course, James married Georgina Anderson from America and she had a few brothers of her own that were roguish in their own right. Warren Anderson, Boyd Anderson won the hearts of a few of the Malory nieces.  And then there is Drew Anderson.sayyoulovememagicofyou

But she has more heroes than the Malory or the Anderson clan. What about her western heroes like Colt Thunder or Angel?  Or the early modern romance like Silver Angel where an English lady is kidnapped and sold into slavery, or  her futuristic heroes like Warrior’s Woman.  These are great stories and she makes each hero leap off the page

 

What are You Reading Thursday – Guest Post

Hi, Leanne! Thank you for having me on your blog today.

This week has been a crazy one for me. I’ve had my newest Christmas-themed short story, Christmas Wishes  published through Books To Go Now (Have I mentioned I love my publisher?) and am getting excited for my novel to be released on October 7 entitled, Winter Swans. These have been books I’ve been working on for over a year, so to see them both come out is a blessing!

Even with the excitement of the new releases, I find that I can’t forget the future and my upcoming projects. Right now, I’m reading books on outlining and plotting (for a class I will be teaching at the Festival of the Book). You read books on writing, you ask? Absolutely—especially when I will be teaching (I like to give the authors I mentor as many tools I can). I have found that when you are no longer open to learning you are stagnant; not only in your writing, but in your life as well. I think there is no better thing to drive motivation than sitting down and doing research.

In addition to my ‘studies,’ I’m also doing research for my next book entitled, Savannah Sacrifice which I hope to have completed by February 1, 2014. For this book, I am going to take readers to Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite vacation towns) and the story is promising to be a fabulous ghostly adventure.

As crazy as my life is, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful group of devoted readers. I wouldn’t be able to keep up this schedule without the love and support of those who enjoy my books. So those of you who have read any of my books—Thank you, you are the reason I write.


Thanks Danica for this insightful post about reading to learn/research and preparing to teach. I think as a writer I forget that I do that sometimes too. And since you mentioned two of your current or upcoming releases I’d like to share more about them with my readers.

ChristmasWish 500x750To be Released September 25, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Books To Go Now

Purchase Links: TBD

Pages: 30

Tag Line:  Is she ready to start living again?

Blurb: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.

In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

forward and start living again?

Winter Swans CoverTo be Released October 7, 2013:

Winter Swans

Series: The Nymph Series

Book 3

 Book 1: The Nymph’s Labyrinth

 Book 2: Montana Mustangs

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Purchase Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8GNOR2

Pages: 300

Tag Line:  A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must accept… And a battle that could get them killed…

Blurb: A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must accept… And a battle that could get them killed…

After the death of his troubled ex-wife, the professional poker player, Chance Landon, finds out he is the father of a strange girl who carries even stranger secrets.

Swan-shifting nymph, Harper Cygnini, is a driven by the need to succeed in her professional life. When she meets Chance and his daughter, it becomes only too clear that there are things missing in her life—feelings and needs laid dormant after the mistakes of her past.

When Chance makes a choice that puts them all in danger, Harper must choose between her job and her heart. Chance may be the gambler, but should she risk making the same mistakes and pinning her hopes on a future that may cost Chance his life and his daughter—or is that one bet she is unwilling to take?

DanicaWintersAuthor Bio: Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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