Blood Diva novel

Vampire in a Chador

imgres-1They had me at vampire in a chador. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a great film and a helluva introduction to filmmaker Ana Lily Amirapour. I haven’t been this excited by a debut indie since El Mariachi.

Like El Mariachi, A Girl (as I will call it here) seems to have been made with a budget of loose change found behind the couch cushions. It’s filmed in glorious black and white. It references many genres, films, and styles while still always being completely singular. There is also a haunting soundtrack including Farsi music, and visual touches best not spoiled by gobsmacked reviewers.

How to Avoid Negative Reviews (Without Stalking, Drunk Tweets, or Otherwise Making an Ass of Yourself)

It’s been in the news that some writers have been experiencing extreme butt-hurt over mean reviews. A few have taken to hunting down contacting reviewers directly – and these are REAL traditionally published authors with the biggest sense of entitlement best reputations doing that. Respected authors are demanding that reader-reviewers must not hide behind pseudonyms – even if authors might come after them, and even though authors are free to use pen names. Margo Howard, aka Dear Prudence the Queen of advice columnists (and by “queen” I mean the title was inherited) has taken to sarcasm and

Blood Diva and the Camille Connection

camellias coverIn 1847 the novel The Lady of the Camellias was published and became a sensation. It was written by Alexandre Dumas fils the son of the celebrated author of  The Three Musketeers, but that wasn’t the only thing that made it a bestseller.

The younger Dumas had had an affair with Marie Duplessis – a recently deceased courtesan known for her delicate beauty and her love of a camellias. (Click the “read more” button to see the rest.)

Coffee, Tea, or Mate de Coca?


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Would you like this beautiful mug? (Ginormous cat not included). I am planning to give some of these gorgeous mugs to people who help me promote my book. Nothing untoward here. I am not talking about writing reviews in exchange for a mug or anything like that. I am saying, if you read Blood Diva and like it enough to take your mug to work where it will be seen by a 100 clients every day and you will tell them what a totally awesome book it is, I would send you a mug — especially if you live (Read more about how you can get this mug. Just click “read more” on your right.)

Where to Find Blood Diva…

What if you read a rave for Blood Diva over imgres-1in Persephone Magazine or on Opera Candy or on Bookmuse?  Maybe that led you to look  for it at your local book emporium. When you asked the clerk if she could order it for you, she didn’t close up the shop, let down her hair, take off her glasses and have sexytimes with you like Dorothy Malone totally did with Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep(to read the rest, click “read more” on your right)