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Welcome to “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”.  My name is Nathaniel Eoghan Steward, and I hope you’ll be as pleased to meet me and my friends as we are to meet you…

After two long years of brainstorming, writing, re-writing, editing, and planning Helen and I are proud to present to you all our first collaboration: “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”.

Those who’ve been following my other blog (https://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/ ) for the last two years will be familiar with Nathan and some of the other characters who appear in this novel, but for those who are not here’s a synopsis:

 In 1861 sixteen year old Nathan Steward joined the 7th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment to help end slavery and preserve the Union.  Before he left home, Nathan promised his sister Isabella that he would not let the war change him… he was wrong.

While serving in the Union Army, Nathan found himself fighting on many battlefields.  But his toughest fight took place on a parallel version of Earth (a Para-Earth) where evolution had taken a very different turn.  Although he managed to get back to his own world, this particular battle left him so altered there was no going home.  For now he needed to drink blood, sleep in the ground, and avoid the sunlight.

Today, after 150 years of wandering the world and touching the lives of others, he is finally coming back to claim his family mansion which has stood empty for the decades.  However, unknown to Nathan, his homecoming will not be as lonely as he anticipates. For someone has bee waiting all this time to welcome him back.

But, there is another who wishes to meet up with him again as well.  The being he faced and defeated in that Para-Earth, back in 1862, has found its way into this world and has caught his scent.  Now it is drawing closer to his hometown, bent on his complete and utter destruction.  For this foe knows he is the only force that can stop it from enveloping this world and its dead…

The book is available in Trade Paperback (including signed), and all e-reader formats.  To get the version that suits your needs click on the link below which will take you to our new Para-Earth webpage.  There you can find all three installments of the every-growing Para-Earth Series.  Simply, choose the button for whatever format you need for any book, and a new page will appear to take your order.

Webpage for the Para-Earth Book Series

Helen and I thank you all for your support and patronage, and promise you all that we have many more stories to tell, involving all your favorite characters from the series, as well as many new ones.   We also ask that you please share the links and help spread the word about “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” and the rest of the Para-Earth series.

Finally, we want to wish you all a Happy and Fun-Filled Halloween!


Only 6 more days until Nathan and company arrive, just in time for Halloween!

It’s been a long time in the making, but “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” is arriving in just 7 more days.  But you don’t have to wait to order your copy now.  In fact you can pre-order the book and get 25% off the regular asking price.  That’s right, you can order an e-copy for just $2.99 (after  October 28th, the price will be $3.99).

Furthermore, the book will be available in all e-reader formats such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple, PDF, Kobo and others.

Signed trade paperback copies will also be available for $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States.  Overseas mailing will cost slightly more.  For anyone interested in getting a signed copy, please e-mail us at: http://allankrummenacker.wixsite.com/allan-krummenacker/contact

Here’s a sneak peak inside the novel:

I skipped my last class and headed straight over to Nathan’s place.  I knew he wasn’t going to be up yet, but I wanted to be there when he woke.  Plus I wanted to see how his ‘guest’ was getting on.

I let myself in through the front door and started to head upstairs when I heard noises coming from down in the cellar.  My first thought was, ‘He’s up already!  Good, now he can tell me what the hell happened.’  So I made a beeline for the door in the kitchen that I’d seen him disappear through this morning.

As soon as I opened it the sounds were much louder. Someone was moving down there, but something wasn’t right. It didn’t sound like him moving around.  Immediately, I had a bad feeling and my first impulse was to leave and get help.  But then I remembered Nathan was down there, and he would be vulnerable at this time of day.

My protective instincts must’ve kicked in, because I raced down the stairs and spotted my godfather lying on a table in the center of the room.  Standing over him was the guy from last night armed with a stake and hammer.

He had his back to me, so I took advantage of the situation and jumped him.

As expected, I took him by surprise and the stake wound up hitting the light hanging over the table.  Out of the corner of my eye I could see our shadows as he tried to fight me off.  A part of me kind of wished someone had been filming them, it looked pretty cool-not that I was enjoying myself at the time.

For a guy who’d nearly died the night before, he was pretty lively and strong.  He wound up slamming me against the wall by launching himself backwards.  I always wondered how characters in movies manage to stay on someone when that happened, and now I know.  It’s called an adrenaline rush with good reason.  This clown was trying to kill someone dear to me, and I wasn’t about to give up.

Unfortunately, he was bigger and outweighed me by a lot.  After I hung on when he slammed me against the wall, he tried a new tactic.  He fell backwards on purpose and landed right on top of me, hard!  I think I must’ve blacked out, because the next thing I knew he had me tied to a chair and was staring straight into my eyes.

“I’m sorry, kid.  I didn’t want to hurt you, but you’re obviously under his control,” he tells me.  “But don’t worry, I’m gonna dust this blood-sucker and you’ll be all right.  We both will.  Now just sit tight and let me do what’s gotta be done, okay?”

I couldn’t believe it.  Mr. Break-In was trying to be a hero.  It was almost funny in a way.  But I still couldn’t let him kill Nathan.  “No, you don’t understand.  He’s not a monster!” I tell him.  “He’s a good man.  I don’t know what happened between you two last night, but he didn’t kill you.  He spared you and did everything he could to keep you alive!”

As soon as the words leave my lips, I realize all of this is true.  Nathan could’ve ignored me when I begged him to stop.  Instead he told me to get the blood I’d brought and started giving the guy a couple of transfusions.  How could I…

“That’s what he’s been telling you, kid,” the guy yells.  “He’s inside your head, just like he’s been in mine.  I can still feel him, but I’m able to fight back.  And once he’s dead, you’ll understand.  You’ll be normal again.”

Before I can say anything else he whirls around and rams the stake right into Nathan’s chest.

My godfather doesn’t cry out.  Nor does he gasp, or open his eyes, the way vampyres supposedly do in movies or books.  But all those writers did get one thing right; he starts to crack and crumble right before my eyes.

For an instant I can’t speak.  Time has slowed down as I see the cracking spread all over his skin.  Soon his chest caves in on itself, with the sound of ancient paper crackling and breaking.    Then his hands start to implode and turn into fine particles.  Within moments there’s nothing left except his clothes and dust.

I can’t remember exactly what happened next but I think I screamed and tried going after the guy with the stake.  I kept trying to undo the ropes around my wrists and ankles, while cursing my head off at him.

The jerk just stares at me in complete shock and keeps trying to tell me that we’re both free.

But I don’t listen.  Instead, I just lose it.  Finally, he gives up and shouts something about sending the cops and a straightjacket for me and takes off.   My mouth is still running with every curse word it knows, while tears are streaming down my face.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I was crying.  I’d just lost someone as dear as my parents and little brother.

I cried and screamed myself hoarse for God knows how long before I finally got control of myself.  When I did, my only thought was getting out of there.  I was sure Dad or Dr. Jack would be coming by sooner or later, but I couldn’t wait that long.

Once again I went after the ropes, but Ass-Hat knew his stuff; they weren’t loosening at all.  As I struggled I noticed the chair was a bit wobbly.  It occurred to me that if the chair broke, I might find it easier to free myself.  So I tried rocking and shifting, hoping something would break.  Eventually, something did – namely the two legs on the left side.

From my point of view, all I saw was the world tilting sideways slowly, then rapidly.  I braced myself for a hard landing but instead I hit soft dirt, much to my relief. Then I noticed I was still going down.  My shoulder was sinking into the dirt as if it were quicksand.  Panic took hold as I struggled desperately to free myself from the chair, but only the two legs had broken.  My hands and body were still firmly tied to it.  I was going to sink into the floor, and there was nothing I could do.

The soil was just starting to touch my cheek when a hand grabbed my shoulder… from inside the ground!    

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We hope that wets all your appetites.  You can get a different peak inside the novel at the following links:

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We hope you enjoy what you’ve seen here and ask that you please not only grab your own copy, but spread the word as well.  Helen and I thank you all for your support and wish you a very Happy Halloween season.  Enjoy!


Helen has been a major force behind my entire Para-Earth Series since the days before I first started to actually write “The Bridge”.  She’s been my confidante, grammar checker, science expert, adviser, and so much more.  So without further ado, allow me to let her take over today’s blog and answer some questions that we’ve encountered recently.

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Allan has already published 2 books. Why are you now a co-author on his latest?

He’s been doing fine writing on his own, I agree. I always did give him some input and advice on the other books, but while I’ve helped bring in science fiction angles and suggested some ways to improve character development, the other books were all his plots and his writing.

This one is still his plot, but there’s a specific character in it who helps explain some of the scientific elements and who was entirely my creation. We talked a lot about the relationship between my character and the main character, and developed a history together. Then Allan placed him in the rough draft, and asked me to look over all the scenes with him and make adjustments. At first, I didn’t want to touch it too much, because the novels were so much his thing, but there were areas where I really wanted to rewrite most of the scene and… he loved it. I added things that weren’t there, digressions into biology, a non-American viewpoint, and other things that helped.

Developing the relationship between the two characters: let me guess, you created a love interest for your husband’s lead character?

I think The Professor and Nathan would be VERY surprised to have someone take them for lovers. Hopefully The Professor will be very charming to the readers, but he won’t charm most of them *that way*. He’s sort of a bit Professor Challenger-ish, a bit Doctor Who-ish: a sage and a mentor who has oodles of personality.

Is he based on you?

Not much. He’s actually a figure from a dream. When Allan and I were first discussing his ideas for this series and I was giving him feedback and suggestions, I had a dream which had me having the actual viewpoint of Ronnie, the policewoman in the first novel. She went to respond to a call and found a dead man in an upstairs study and another man examining the body. She warned him to stop and he backed away to the window, then did a backflip out of it and ran.  Later, he came to the police with a story about invading monsters and a plan to stop them. I was intrigued by him and worked on developing him.

Will you be participating in more of these novels?

Definitely. I’ll be helping with the second part of The Vampire Blogs, probably with a greater role in the plotting and scene development. We’ve also started on a full collaboration, working title The Misty Mountains, set in Santa Cruz again. On that, I’ve been doing at least half of it, I think, and more of the plot development. It’s also going to be far more science fiction than paranormal. The Professor is a major character in that one, along with Johnny and Michelle from The Ship. He’ll be using a different name in that one, so I’m calling him The Professor now to alert people that he basically never uses his real name.

I’ve also been writing a story about a prior adventure of his called Cretaceous Lark.

Why are you skewing things to science fiction? Don’t you like paranormal?

When Allan and I were first discussing the Para-Earth idea, we talked about how the thing that made H. P. Lovecraft’s writings so fascinating was that he gave his horror a science fiction spin. It made it much easier for me to believe. I like reading stories with ghosts and vampires, but the fact is, it tends to increase my awareness that I am reading fiction. When I read stories like “The Colour Out of Space” or “Beyond Ultraviolet”, I was genuinely scared. So we agreed the foundational idea would be science-based. But Allan isn’t confident about science. He loves that I am bringing it in. On the other hand, while I like ghost stories, I don’t think I’ve ever written one. That’s a bit outside my comfort zone. But I have an idea for Alex and The Professor and a ghost that I’d love for Allan to help me with. So basically, we each tend to develop ideas in our strong area and need the other to help build in the other direction.

Do you find it easy to work together, or do you tend to argue?

Easy. I love his ability to pace writing and keep you wanting more, and he’s a fan of my ability to cut through to the meat of a scene. I rely on him to know if something works from the point of view of a reader, and he trusts me to make words sing. Our differences make us better together.

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What’s the process like for you, writing together?

Well, with the first book of The Vampire Blogs, as I say, he wrote the first draft and then I took my seat in the writer’s chair and reworked scenes. Plus I kind of demanded he rewrite one area because he forgot two characters were in the scene. But with The Misty Mountains, we talk about what we want to do in advance, and then I wrote the opening and passed it along for him to fill in the first part of the next scene, then we actually wrote some portions in real time together, each at our own computer at a shared file and writing dialog and actions in response, like we were basically improvising as actors, but with writing. Another couple of scenes cutting to minor characters I wrote, and asked him to polish one because it was more in line with his area of knowledge. We have a lot of fun, like when we used to play Dungeons and Dragons together.

What should people know about The Vampire Blogs?

It’s a very funny book, with a lot of heart. Sure, there’s a terrible monster and suspenseful stuff– but I think people are going to smile a lot. And this is really a regular thing for us. There’s so much to stress about in the real world, fiction should, on balance, make you feel good.

Well, that’s all I have for now, except for repeating the announcement that “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” will be released on October 28th, just in time for the Halloween weekend, so keep your eyes open for the links to the various sites where you can get your copy.  We’ll be posting them soon.

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Until next time, as Allan always says in this blog, take care and keep writing.


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The third installment of my Para-Earth Series, “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” will be released on October 28th!

That’s right folks, Halloween will start a couple of days early, so get ready to grab your copy of the next installment of the Para-Earth Series. The book will be available in Trade Paperback, Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple and all other e-readers.

Within these pages of this novel you’ll meet a whole new breed of vampire who drinks blood, needs to sleep in the ground, avoids sunlight (because he’ll start to sparkle as in slowly spontaneously combusting), and cannot eat garlic. He’s also one of the best people you’d ever want to have on your side in a bad situation.

“My name is Nathaniel Eoghan Stewart, in the Spring of 1862 I joined the Union army to help end slavery and preserve our country. As I left, I promised my family I wouldn’t let the war change me… but I was wrong, so very wrong…”

Keep watching this page for more entries from some of the other characters you’ll be meeting in this the first novel co-written with my wife Helen, who has been an integral part of the science side of the Para-Earth Series since it all began.

If you’d like to learn more about the characters, we have a collection of short stories over on our blog titled “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” (note: None of the short stories appear in the book itself. What you will be getting in the book is a brand new full-length adventure).

Below is the link to the first blog entry, where you will meet Nathan. From there, you can read the rest in order by clicking the word “Newer” at the bottom of the page or check out the Archives section located to the right of the entry.

I hope you enjoy what you find there, and look forward to the novel itself which contains the occasional reference to some of these short stories.

http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/2014/01/first-blog-entry-of-nathanial-steward.html


After a prolonged absence, I’m pleased to announce that book 1 in my Para-Earth Series is back online at Amazon. Newly re-edited, my first venture into the world of writing is back and better than ever.

Those who purchased a copy in the past should be receiving the updated version automatically through Amazon. Give it a few days and check to see if the words “Re-edited 3rd Edition” appears on the second page. If by week’s end that hasn’t happened, check “Manage Your Content and Devices” under your Amazon account and make sure the “Device Sychronization” (WhisperSync settings” is ON.

Amazon has told me there might be a few days delay in getting the new edition to those who already have the book in their collection.

And for those who haven’t gotten a copy yet, now’s your chance to see where the mystery and wonder began. Click on the link below and get your copy now, before book 3 in the Para-Earth Series arrives next month…

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Something-waits-Para-Earth-Book-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZYQ9Y12832F2PRH58EC2

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A fun and fulfilling collection of the most tangled, yet intriguing, tales one might want to read.  Miss Kings, a. k. a. the “Vampire Maman” has enchanted many with her blog “Vampire Maman, Musings of a ModernVampire Mom”.  It is a very popular blog, and where all the tales found in this collection originated.  Of course, while one could sift through her blog, it would take hours or possibly even days to find each of these tantalizingly delicious vignettes.

Each story stands on its own merit, yet are connected at the same time, as the author shares stories not only about her own long existence, but those of her brothers, children and family friends which include zombies, the occasional werewolf, ghosts, elder vampires, and more than a few ordinary humans.

Our dear Vampire Maman, weaves each tale in such a way to make us laugh, smile, feel a little remorse, or simply take a moment to appreciate those around us.  She brings wit and wisdom as well that is sure to keep the reader entertained as well as making us think.

All in all, it’s a wonderful collection that would be most welcome in many personal libraries, especially with Halloween just around the corner.

You can also find your own copy of “Morning at the Vineyard” on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Morning-Vineyard-Collection-Tangled-Tales-ebook/dp/B00M4V1DGI/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DBNVV3KF8Z4RBNJN4966

Also, if you’d like to find more stories by Miss Kings just click on the link below:

https://vampiremaman.com/

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