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NEW 4 STAR REVIEW OVER ON AMAZON FOR OUR LATEST RELEASE… 

PICK THIS UP IF YOU LIKE VAMPIRES!

By Da Man on June 15, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Do not pick this book up if you think you know everything about vampires! It will completely change your thinking about them…

Click on the link below to see the rest of the review and what others have been saying:

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Updates From The Author…


First I’d like to thank everyone who took advantage of my “Hobbit Birthday” party.  Over 30 copies of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” were snatched up.  While I would’ve loved to have seen triple digits, I’m not going to complain.  The book got into more readers hands and that is always a good thing in my opinion.  Hopefully, this will lead to some more reviews.  Sadly, Nathan and company have been stuck in the single digits as far as reviews go on Amazon, with absolutely none on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

So I’m going to offer everyone who is interested the opportunity to get a free copy of the book (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF, even paperback) in exchange for a fair and honest review.  Reviews are important to bringing a book to a wider audience.  We all know that whenever we think about purchasing a book or almost anything these days, we check online to see what kind of rating the item has.

Naturally, I’d love to see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I leave that up to the reviewers.  I ask for honest and I mean it.  If you found the book wasn’t to your taste and you don’t wish to leave a review, just let me know so I’m not left in limbo wondering what happened.   The only thing I ask is that the reading and the review be done within 2 months of you getting the book.  If by chance you volunteer and life gets in the way, again just let me know.  Life happens to all of us including yours truly, so no worries.  Just stay in touch is all I ask.

So if anyone wishes to be a reviewer, please e-mail me at:

allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Please include your name, e-mail address, and what book format you want and I’ll be in touch with you shortly.

 On another note…

I’m happy to announce that there will be an anthology involving my vampyre and friends, which will be released this December.  This volume will contain ‘select’ short stories from my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” (link: https://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/).  The reason for this is that I’ve been told by a number of people that they find it hard scrolling through a bunch of old blog entries to find the short stories, even though they really want to read them.  And since that blog is over two and a half years old, I know there’s a lot of stuff to wade through.

However, the anthology will not just contain stories from here, we are including 4-5 brand new stories just for the collection, which will NOT be reproduced here.  They will only be found within the pages of the anthology itself.  The total number of tales to appear in this first anthology has yet to be decided so stay tuned for more details.

In other news:

Book 2 of the Vampyre Blogs is now officially under way.

At this time “The Vampyre Blogs – Family Ties” release date should be early October 2018 (which is why I’m releasing the anthology in the meantime, so as not to leave you all high and dry without anything new).  The story will take place two weeks after the conclusion of the first novel and will open with Nathan’s return, along with new trouble brewing.

The presence of Isabella will raise new questions and concerns for all who dwell under his roof, while an unscrupulous developer tries to influence the upcoming town council elections so he can get his hands on 1000+ acres of land Nathan’s home stands on.  Then there’s Marisa’s father. Are the cancer treatments he’s receiving really helping or will Nathan have to undergo a procedure that could leave him more vulnerable than ever to an attack from an old foe he believed had been vanquished?

Finally, “The Door” which has been plagued by numerous starts and stops has been growing and is coming along very nicely.  This book continues the saga of Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra and will wrap up several lingering story fragments including who the mysterious white-haired man is that has been stalking Cassandra for the last year.  It will also reveal why the ghostly Brandon has watched over the heiress all these years, as well as introduce some new characters who will play a pivotal role in the entire Para-Earth Series in the future.

So as you can see there’s a lot going on in the writing department for me and I hope the results will please and intrigue you all.

Until next time, stay tuned to this blog and keep writing.


The party has begun, we’ve got presents, cake, candle, plates and above all else a gift for you.  Namely a FREE Kindle copy of our latest book….

 

Just click on this link to grab your copy:

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And don’t forget to grab a slice of cake to enjoy while you’re at it.  Remember, cake and reading go hand in hand, as does sharing this link with everyone you know.  The party comes to an end at midnight on April 3rd to spread the word and thanks for coming.

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For those of you not familiar with a Hobbit Birthday Party it goes like this…

 

My birthday is coming up on March 30th, but instead of asking for presents I’m giving one away to anyone who wants it. The present in this case is a FREE Kindle copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”! The catch… none.

I simply want to get the newest installment of the Para-Earth Series into the hands of as many readers as possible, because word-of-mouth is THE best promotion tool out there.

So stay tuned and start spreading the word. It all begins on March 30th and will last until midnight April 3rd. That’s a whole five days to grab a copy and meet the newest vampyre in town. What is he like?

For starts, he does NOT sparkle. He’s much more your traditional style of vampyre: drinks blood, sleeps in dirt, shape-shifts (animals, mist, etc.). Best of all but he’s a hundred and fifty years of fun with life experience both here and in other versions of Earth. Want to learn more?

You can check out some of the free short stories over at his Blog site:

 

 Or take a sneak peek into the novel itself at:

So start spreading the word and marking your calendar to take advantage of this opportunity. You’ll be glad you did…


****HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL****
 
To help start the new year off on a good note, we’ve lowered the price of all 3 books in the Para-Earth Series to just 99 cents (just the e-book versions mind you, I’m not THAT generous) for the entire 1st week of 2017.
So from now until midnight January 7th, 2017, you can get any one of these 5 star rated books: “The Bridge”, “The Ship”, or”The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”, for just a third of their normal price ($2.99). And remember, you can also gift one of these to anyone who has a birthday or other special occasion coming up.
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“The Bridge” is where it all begins as Alex Hill, reluctant psychic, and his girlfriend Police Sergeant Veronica Ross investigate what starts out as a simple car wreck but becomes much more. Soon their friends Julie Cloudfoot, niece of a Seneca shaman, and Cassandra Elliott a billionaire heiress with psychic talents and a ghostly guardian, join them to learn what has been drowning people inside cars and empty rooms. Their journey will bring them face to face with a threat that is of Earth, just not this one.
 
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The adventures continue in “The Ship” where we find Julie and Cassandra heading to Santa Cruz California to bring the ashes of Julie’s late uncle, and family shaman, to his children for a proper send off. The two women are also hoping to learn if their new romantic relationship is destined to be. As it turns out their desire to be together will be tested much sooner than they’d hoped. For not only are they being stalked by a mysterious white-haired man who has been haunting Cassandra for the past year, they also come face-to-face with a new Para-Earth threat from the sea. A legendary ghost ship aptly nicknamed “The Deathship” has arisen from water and is now hunting Cassandra. It’s goal, to make her a part of itself in a most horrifying fashion. Now the two women must rely on family and ghostly ancestors to thwart the nightmare vessel by launching an all-out attack from the decks of a concrete boat from World War I.
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In “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” we are introduced to Nathaniel Steward, who at the age of 16 left home to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War. During the battle, an event takes place that changes him and the course of his life forever. Forced to drink blood, and avoid the light of day as much as possible, he spends the next 150 years wandering the world helping others using his newfound talents of shape-shifting, turning into mist, being practically unkillable, and aging ever so slowly. But when the house he grew up in is slated for the wrecking ball he comes home to claim his birthright, not knowing that an old foe, a being he battled in the same Para-Earth where he was forever changed, has entered this world. And now it is hunting him to finish their fight and anyone who stands by him. For he is the only thing that can stop it from devouring the dead, while making more, so it can slowly envelope the entire world.
 
All three books are available in Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF (for desktop/laptop computer users), phones, etc. Just click on the appropriate link below to get the one that works for you:
 
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More About Gifting E-books…


A short while ago, I posted about gifting e-books and how simple it was.  For those who missed that entry, I’ll briefly recap the basic idea here.  When one goes to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, you have the option of ‘gifting’ an e-book to someone and having a notice sent to their e-mail that they have a new book waiting for them.  The e-mail will also provide a link so that person can claim their gift.  Pretty straightforward and simple right?  Of course it is.  But there’s also an added feature that allows you to determine when that e-mail goes out to the recipient.  You can schedule the day that e-mail goes out so they can be notified of the present on a specific day such as a birthday…

Christmas…

Hannukah…

or whatever the special occasion is.

*To see the full entry click here: http://allankrummenacker.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-holiday-season-is-coming-and-you.html

However, there was one little feature I did not mention at the time I posted that entry and that is, any sales made as gifts will NOT be reflected in your sales report.

Why?  Because until the gift is actually claimed by the recipient the sale is not considered FINALIZED.  I only found out about this recently myself when a person who had won a copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” in a poetry contest run by my fellow author/blogger Aurora Jean Alexander (blog link: https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/).  I knew the sale had taken place from my end and that an e-mail had been sent to the recipient informing them the book was waiting.  But after several days I saw no sign of the sale on my KDP Report.  This confused me and as the weeks progressed I still did not see the sale show up, even though when I had ‘gifted’ someone an e-book previously the sale showed up rather quickly.

Puzzled, I got into contact with Amazon and was informed that until the gift was claimed the sale was not done and would not show up in the report.  I am following up with Aurora Jean to have her get in contact with the recipient to check their e-mail, specifically their ‘Spam’ filter, so they can claim their prize.

But this experience was an eye-opener for me and based on the number of thanks and kudos I got from fellow authors about my article on gifting e-books, I felt it important to share this new piece of information here.  I recently ran a 50% off sale on all the e-books in my Para-Earth Series and did not see much sales happening at all.  Then I remembered, I had mentioned in my advertising the benefits of ‘scheduling’ when the books should arrive and will be waiting until Christmas and Hannukah to see if sales were actually much better than I’d thought.

So the lesson here is patience my friends.  I still highly recommend gifting e-books and that all writers should mention the scheduling feature of when the book is to arrive.  Just don’t be discouraged if sales don’t seem to be picking up right away.  They may be waiting in the wings to surprise you especially around this holiday season.

So until next time.  Take care, be safe as you shop, and keep writing.


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Is there a lover of the paranormal or science fiction in your life? Well then here’s a deal you won’t want to pass up.
 
Starting from now and ending at midnight November 30th, all three books in the Para-Earth Series are just $1.49 each. (1/2 off the regular price). That’s right, you can get all three books for yourself, or for someone’s stocking, for less than $5.00!
 
The Para-Earth Series has something for everyone:
 
Ghosts, psychics, vampyres, parallel realities, mystery, love, action, suspense… in short the works!
 
2000-01-31-08-52-31Each book has been given 4 and 5 star ratings, and the series is still growing. Every story stands on its own, but is also part of a growing story arc.
 
-It all begins with “The Bridge” where a strange stone bridge built in the 1700’s is haunted by the mysterious White Lady, who does not guard but seeks help in uncovering a terrifying secret within the structure.
 
-The adventures continue with “The Ship” where Cassandra Elliott and Julie Cloudfoot, having just survived the terrifying encounter at the bridge, now find themselves facing a living ghost ship which has designs on making the psychically endowed Cassandra its new navigator.
 
“The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” introduces a whole new set of characters including Nathan Steward, the last surviving soldier of the Civil War who’s extended lifespan comes from his terrifying encounter in a Para-Earth where he encountered life forms that defied description. Only now one of those beings has finally found its way into this world, and he is the only force that can stop it.  But he must act fast for the thing seeks not only to end his life but those of the families he was watched over for the last 150 years, along with the entire world.
 
Like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, all the stories take place in the same universe. And with time many of the different characters will meet and have adventures together. Two new books are scheduled to be added to the series next year, so dive in now because the adventures are just beginning.
 
Plus, if you order through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you can not only gift them to someone, but you can also schedule what day you want the book(s) to arrive, like maybe Christmas or during Hannukah? Or maybe someone has a birthday coming up, take care of your shopping now and know they’ll receive it on the right day.
 
Just click on the appropriate link below and take advantage of this offer that promises hours of reading pleasure and wonder for all:
 
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f4225-tvb2b-2bch2bcoverAfter one week, things are looking good for the latest installment of the Para-Earth Book Series as readers welcome Nathan and company with open arms…

4.0 out of 5 stars:  A new twist on vampires!

Amazon: October 25, 2016

Second book I’ve read by this indie author. Allan has now partnered with his wife, Helen.
Characters are fun. If you like vampires, you’ll like this story. A little Twilight, a little Bram Stoker, a little Stephen King. You can see Allan’s influences in his works. Nathan is a fascinating take on the immortal vampire. His family and friends are as dysfunctional as any modern group. He negotiates the modern world with great agility.
The monsters appear, the battles arise. A fun read and a nod to Helen for the scientific additions.
This is the 1st book I have read by these authors and I was hooked!
Such a different approach to the “birth” (of the vampyre),,, and the para earths are fascinating! I look forward to the next installments!
Care to see more?  Then just click on the appropriate link below and see what all the praise is about:

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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 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!


I’ve currently been focusing most of my writing time on revising and editing the 2nd draft of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”.  As I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, this is the first time I’m working from the 1st Person Perspective.  What makes this so different from third person, is the fact that the character is the narrator, instead of me just letting readers see inside the heads of the various characters.

 

This time I had to not only get inside the character’s head, but I had to do a lot more.  Each character has something special beside their own thoughts and ideas.  They may walk a certain way, have an outgoing personality, or be quiet and shy, which can all be shown by describing how they behave around the other characters.  But there was one thing I really had to learn about them this time that I hadn’t really explored as deeply before.  I had to find their voice.

I can safely say this was have been the most crucial and difficult part of writing the story for me.  Because, even though I created the characters, each of them would be telling the story as seen through their eyes.  In the past, I could tell the story in my own voice.  I simply had to tell their tale, as they told it to me inside my own head.  But this time, it was different.  I was still creating the story, but now I had to do it from a different perspective.  This time I had to get into the character’s head and see the world through their eyes.

I already knew their background, ages, likes, dislikes, personality, the way they dressed etc.  After all, I was the writer and director of the piece.  I knew how I wanted my actors and actresses to look and behave and where I wanted them to go and how to get them there.  But this new perspective I had to take on was a bit daunting in some ways.  Why?  Simple.  I wasn’t just getting inside the head of just one character…

I was dealing with a crowd of characters, who were each going to get their turn to help tell the story from their own perspective.  An insane idea?  Not really.  It had been done before. After all, those who’ve read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” got a taste of multiple first person perspectives in the form of letters, diary and journal entries.  I simply decided to follow his lead and try writing my first vampyre story in a similar vein (no pun intended… well, maybe a little).  This was a suggestion my wife made to me when I told her I wanted to do a multiple first-person point of view for the piece, but didn’t know how to pull it off.  Luckily, she simply pointed out to me what Stoker had done, and recommended I updated the concept using Blogs, E-Journals/Diaries, and even written ones.

For every writer, it feels like you’re putting on a one-person show, playing multiple roles as you tell the story.  Only this time, I had to come up with different styles of speech patterns for each character.  This meant more than just giving them an accent or something.  I had to really think hard about how the vocabulary of a man who has walked the Earth for the last 160 years, might differ from an everyday person.  Or how two eighteen year old girls may differ in their way of talking and writing about their lives, based on their interests and backgrounds.  Plus, I had to deal with a pastor who is torn about his sins as well as being haunted by years of child abuse.  The list goes on and on.

As you can guess, it could get quite dizzying at times for me.  But this was mostly because I wasn’t used to jumping heads so quickly and thoroughly.  However, as I continued to write and really got to know the characters better, I found it easier and easier to write from their perspective.  Like an actor/actress who is returning to an old role that performed so many times, slipping back into their persona and voice was easier each time.

This is true for writing in the third-person as well.  But keeping that ‘voice’ is very important to me, especially when you have a tale being told from multiple points of view via blog and e-diary entries.  Everyone has a ‘voice’ when they write that’s all their own.  Creating those ‘voices’ can be a challenge at first, but in time you’ll find it easier and easier to slip back into it.

Until, next time.  Take care and keep writing.

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