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I had planned on releasing a special short story on Christmas Day for all my readers. The original idea had been to release it on Smashwords for free, in order for everyone to take advantage of their new Nooks, Kindles, I-Pads, etc. However due to all a heavy last minute cram everything into the last few weeks of the semester at my university, I never got to do a cover and several other things needed before the story could go up on Smashwords.
So instead, I’ve been releasing the story in chapters on my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Special Edition”.
What makes this story so special is that it involves not only my vampyre character Nathaniel, but several other familiar faces faces from my first published novel “The Bridge”. I set the story sixteen years in the past so as not to conflict with that took place in “The Bridge”.
I’ll continue to release more chapters each day up until Christmas where the story will reach its climax. Depending on the response I get, I hope to do the same thing next year with a brand new story.
At the same time, I’ll be releasing the current story in its entirety for Kindle, Nook, and other e-books with but with an original artwork cover, proper editing, and possibly some illustrations (fingers crossed).
In the meantime, let the holiday reading begin. I’m providing links to Parts I and II just below. Tomorrow I’ll post the link for part III and so on until Christmas day. I hope you all take advantage and enjoy the story. Please leave feedback here or over at “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition”.so I know what you all thought of the story and your opinions on my releasing it installments.
“Home For Christmas: A Para-Earth Holiday Tale”
Today is my great pleasure in introducing you all to a brand new author and friend of mine. Raani York has been one of my beta-readers and has just come out with her first novel.
So please give her a warm welcome by reading all of this entry and then checking out her breakout novel “Dragonbride”. You’ll be glad you did.
(The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)
Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.
Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.
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Raani York has been a high volume writer for years. She has published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. She also writes novels, some of which can found on her website.
Raani has been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. She speaks four languages and several dialects.
Raani York works and lives in Switzerland and the U.S. and travels often.
Next to her writing and her cats, Raani likes reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoys playing the classical piano.
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/DragonScriptures
The mountains possessed a dark but seductive beauty, and they lay in wait for the ones who came through the Fire Hell. The powdered white peaks of the sparkling black mountain-world watched for them with longing.
The Diamond Mountains gave the illusion of being much closer than they really were, and many a pilgrim had been lured to his death by the promise of riches hidden on their slopes. These mountains were so named because of the rough gems strewn about the black volcanic soil. When the sun shone overhead the gems made the mountains sparkle and shimmer brightly, and at night they made the moonlit mountains glow with a soft silver light.
People, blinded by both their greed and the tantalizing glittering of the sunlit earth, imagined that there was immeasurable wealth lying there on the ground, just waiting to be picked. However, the mountains never betrayed the secrets they held. None who had ever walked those slopes could find the diamonds hidden within the black soil, for the mountains protected themselves.
Although healthy forest still grew in the foothills, the undergrowth became sparser just a few hundred feet up, and then the treeline ended. Where stunted trees would normally grow the forest just stopped, as if some unseen hand had cut it short. All that remained were dangerously sharp, dry rocks. Just below the snowline, the rocks disappeared, and the glittering black soil took their place.
Moreover, at the summit it seemed as if the Creator of All Things had dusted the peaks of the fissured mountain range with powdered sugar, for they were covered with a deceptively soft-looking, yet extremely sharp-edged eternal snow.
The mountains never betrayed their secrets…
And if a wanderer were to climb those peaks, going up to the Fire Hell and searching to quench his thirst at a splashing mountain spring, he would find no cool, refreshing water. Instead, these living mountains would seek to frighten him by shrouding the ground with a mysterious fog that made it impossible to see where he was putting his feet. Pilgrims sometimes drowned in the sulfurous pools of water hidden within the hellish rocks when the fog appeared, and if they left the main trails, they would know true fear, for they would be led down treacherous sidepaths that seemed to take them somewhere, yet actually led them nowhere but to their doom.
The mountains never betrayed their secrets…
Though many thought they would find the cool relief of the shadows by early evening, the ascent would continue for another three torturous days. During those three days, their throats would scream for water, and their eyes would tear up in the swirling sand. Blown up by the hot desert winds, the sand burned as it fell upon a traveler’s face and skin. Eventually their limbs would become heavy, and they would barely be able to move; thus, the wanderers would be forced to crawl on, farther and farther, until sheer luck eventually brought them to civilization… to people.
In a canyon between two hills below the mountain range there was a village. It had no official name, but the people living there called it Alpcateçu, which meant Oasis of the Mountains. Anyone who wanted to climb the mountains had to pass through the village. A few taverns and inns surrounded the village fountain, where a market was sometimes held.
Some houses and huts had been built in the wide hills and even at the edge of the forest… and in one such place, hidden within the woods, almost four hundred feet past the deepest thicket and connected to the village only by a sidepath lay the place in which I had been born.
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I’m looking for honest reviews for my new paranormal/mystery novel “THE SHIP”.
So far I’ve had 4 reviews on Amazon (all of them 5 star ratings), but I’ve only had one on Smashwords and over at Goodreads.com. I really would like to see more, since most prospective readers like to see what others are saying about a new book.
So, in order to get them I’m offering 5 free E-Book copies through Smashwords. You’ll be able to get your copy via a coupon I code I will be supplying any volunteers with.
For those who are not completely familiar with Smashwords, they have the following e-book formats avialable: (Nook, Kindle, Apple, Sony, and PDF). You’ll have 1 month to read the book and provide a review on Smashwords and if you happen to have a Goodreads account, I would love to see it posted there as well.
In fact, just two weeks ago she and her new girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot, survived a horrific battle with a creature from a parallel reality, where evolution took a decidedly different turn.
As a result of that encounter the two of them have come to Santa Cruz California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature, and to see if their new relationship will work out. But an old adversary is stalking them. A white haired man with plans for Cassandra. However, before he can make a move, a new threat appears. A legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks Cassandra as it’s next target.
Soon Cassie and Julie find themselves fighting not only for their loves, but to keep from being separated forever…
Take care and keep writing.
*UPDATE: THE NEXT BOOKS IN MY PARA-EARTH SERIES WILL BE…*
After giving it a lot of thought and listening to feedback from readers both here and on my blogs I’ve come to a final decision on what order the next few books will be coming in…
Late November 2014 “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” will be released first. This will be the first of at least 2 books. The story line I’ve been creating has grown to such an extent that it cannot be told in just one novel So I will do what I’ve been doing with the other books. A complete story will be told with a few dangling plot lines that will be addressed and wrapped up in the 2nd book which will come in time for Christmas 2015.
In May 2015 “THE DOOR” will be released and will take up where both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP” left off. It will reunite Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie. I won’t give any spoilers away except to say that not only with the looming confrontation with the mysterious white-haired man will take place, but also the secret behind the ghostly Brandon will be fully revealed.
NOTE: Even though the story will wrap up a number of plot lines, this will NOT be the last you see of these characters. They will be back in future stories as well as making appearances in other novels So if you’ve grown attached to them, know you’ll be seeing more of them down the road.
So that’s where things stand and what you can expect in the next 18 months folks. I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback. I plan to try and release 2 novels a year, provided my school schedule for the next 3 years will permit.
In the meantime, please spread the word about my books to everyone you know. I’m leaving the link to my webpage below, which has both books and how to get them in whichever format they wish: KINDLE, NOOK, PDF, SONY E-READER, APPLE, or TRADE PAPERBACK:
My life has grown more complicated and I need you my readers to help me decide a course of action to take.
Yesterday, I attended an Orientation for the California State University of Monterey Bay, which I will be entering this Fall. I will be pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services. The plan is for me to attend for 3 full years instead of just 2. This will allow us to continue residing on campus in very comfortable housing, provided I take 12 units a semester.
However, a wrinkle occurred yesterday when I signed up for classes. I wound up with 15 units because there were certain classes I HAVE to take before the Spring semester, so I had to bite the bullet on this semester. Future semesters will be kept to 12 or so units.
This greater workload now presents me with a dilemma. Originally, I was planning to get the first installment of “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” out this December. Unfortunately, I’m hearing form various folks who have recently read “THE SHIP” and are eager for me to continue with the characters from this part of the series (Cassie, Julie, Alex and Veronica). The next installment of their story “THE DOOR” will wrap up a number of plot lines that have been running throughout the first 2 books. “THE DOOR” will not mean an end for these characters by any means. I’ll be using them more, but the major underlying sub-plot which involves a white-haired individual and the secret of Brandon would finally be explained.
On the other hand, I know there’s a growing crowd eager for “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS”, however that story line seems to be growing even bigger than I originally planned and may have to be told in 2 or more installments. Originally, I had planned to unveil “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” this December, but with it growing larger and larger I’m not sure I can keep this deadline.
This brings me to a dilemma. Knowing I’ll have less time to work from August to December, which book should I concentrate on?
Both “THE DOOR” and “THE VAMYPRE BLOGS” are part way finished. Which one would you all like to see come out this December? Please leave your comments below and help me decide, thank you.
Looking forward to hearing your input. Until next time, keep writing…
WELCOME TO THE PARA-EARTH SERIES…
When I began writing I wanted to create something new and different. Something that could become an ongoing seriese, with recurring and new characters that would take the reader’s imagination to new places and introduce new concepts. The result was the Para-Earth Series: a unique blend of horror, paranormal mystery, with a science-fiction twist that would make the Twilight Zone proud.
Through these tales, I introduce both my characters and the audience to a whole new vision of Parallel Earths unlike anything you’ve seen before. I hope you’ll join me on this journey as together we discover beings and realities found only in dreams. The door is open and you are always welcome…
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BOOK 1 “THE BRIDGE”
Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.
When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…
BOOK 2 “THE SHIP”
Every ship needs a navigator…
Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.
In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.
As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature. They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.
A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.
Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…
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Another review for my 1st book “THE BRIDGE” has appeared and it’s a 5-STAR one. Woo-hoo! Let’s hope this is the start of something really good folks…
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful, May 29, 2014
By Stacey Lettich – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Bridge: Something waits (Para-Earth Series) (Paperback)
A great book and relatively easy read. It took me 2 or 3 chapters to get into the story but once I was hooked I never looked back. The characters are dynamic and I found myself fully invested in the story line. Looking forward to reading Allan Krummenacker’s next book.
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I added this little piece to the end of “THE SHIP” and called it BONUS MATERIAL. The reason I added this to the novel was because among the ghosts and psychic phenomenon, there is also a heavy element of Native American Seneca lore in the book.
I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of legends and lore from a number of cultures for many years (Native American, Norse, Greek, Asian, you name it). From these tales I’ve gotten a number of ideas over time for future stories. But in both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP”, I found myself drawing in characters with Native American heritage. I remembered the Iroquois Confederacy which had been made up of 5 tribes namely the Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, and the Onondaga. Eventually they were joined by a 6th tribe the Tuscarora. The Iroquois were located in the New England area, including Connecticut which was the setting for “THE BRIDGE”, so I immediately began scouring their legends and tribal tales for material I could use in the books.
As luck would have it the Senecas had several tales I was very attracted to and here is the one that really made an impact on “THE SHIP”…
The Warrior Cared For By Wolves
A chief named Ganogwioeo, went on the warpath with ten braves into Cherokee country. They found the Cherokee watchers but could do nothing.
Ganogwioeo told his men to stay in hiding while he entered the Cherokee village in secret. He succeeded in sneaking into the village and even captured the Cherokee chief’s daughter and scalped her. But while trying to escape, his bow broke and he was captured.
After being brought back to the village, the two head women of the Cherokee decided his fate. “Tie him up and place him near the fire so the soles of his feet will blister. Then drain the blisters and place kernels of corn under the skin. After that chase him with clubs until he dies.”
Ganogwioeo was stripped naked, tied up and his feet tortured as instructed. But after the corn was placed under his skin and the chase was about to begin, he managed to escape his captives.
However, he was still far from home and all alone. When night fell he found a hollow log and crawled inside it. As he lay there, he heard the sound of feet approaching then halt right next to the log. For a moment he feared that his pursuers had located him. Then a voice spoke, “This man is our friend.”
A second voice called out his name and said, “You think you are going to die, but we are going to take care of you. Stick out your feet.”
Ganogwioeo did as he was instructed and then felt someone licking his feet. When they were finished the first speaker said, “We must keep him warm, let us climb into the log and lie on either side of him.”
Soon Ganagwioeo felt two warm bodies slip inside the log with him.
When morning came he found himself alone inside the log and then heard a voice outside say, “Put out your feet.” Immediately he obeyed and once more his feet were licked. Once the licking stopped the speaker instructed him to head to a specific location where he would find something hidden under a large piece of bark.
Ganagwioeo climbed out of the log and found himself alone. But remembering the words of his protectors he followed their instructions and indeed came upon a place he knew. He and his braves had come here several years earlier, while on the warpath and remembered they had left weapons hidden underneath a large piece of bark. After a quick search he found the piece laying untouched, along with the weapons left behind.
That night, he found another hollow tree and climbed in. Within minutes he heard footsteps outside. “Our friend his here. Put out your feet.”
He immediately obeyed and once more felt his feet being licked. Afterwards, he was joined inside the hollow tree by two warm bodies.
This pattern was repeated over the next several days, but never once did he see his protectors. He always followed their instructions and found clothing, food, and coverings for his feet along the path they told him to follow.
Finally, on the last night after laying inside another hollow tree he heard his saviors familiar footsteps. Only this time they said, “Friend, tomorrow you will reach your home. And now we will tell you why we healed and protected you. Whenever you went hunting and killed game, you have always given the best part of the animal to us, while taking the smallest for yourself, for which we are grateful. In the morning you will see us and know who we are.”
When sunrise came Ganagwioeo arose and saw two men, just as he expected. Soon they took their leave of him and started off. But Ganagwioeo wanted to see his friends for as long as possible and turned to look at them. As soon as he did, he saw his friends change into a pair of wolves, one black, the other white.
Smiling he thanked them once more and then headed home. For the rest of his days he always remembered the special bond he and his friends now shared.
I hope this little snippet captures the imaginations and interest of you all. Remember, “THE SHIP” is available for Nook, Kindle, Apple, Android phones, and Sony e-readers, as well as in PDF form for laptop or desktop computers.
Just click on the link below to read a sample of the book, or purchase a copy for just $2.99. Paperback copies are also available through Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com. Just type in my name and go from there. Thanks again for staying with me and keep writing everyone.