HAPPY HALLOWEEN – AND BOOK RELEASE DAY!

https://videopress.com/v/GFF4jbm8?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true An animated cover with music for my book! My book, "Claws of Midgard", has released today! It's got a twist on Norse Mythology and is in an urban setting. The book is not a 'hidden world', so magic is out in the open. Vampires & Werewolves are also twisted, and there's LGBTQ+ romantic subplots…

Why I Twist Myth & Monsters in my Stories

Hey everyone! My favorite thing about writing is how we, as authors, can twist and craft things into our own world. Some people keep the traditional lore of a monster, which can be fun, but I like to rip that to shreds and build my own stuff. That is especially the case with common paranormal…

Wait… I DO write sci-fi!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay For the longest time, I denied really enjoying sci-fi, because there's plenty of tropes and things in the genre that don't interest me. As it turns out, however, I actually have a strong love for it, but not anything involving spaceships. I'm not a huge fan of the setting…

Over 50 rejections, but I’m publishing anyway!

Claws of Midgard by Des M. Astor Ouch. To be honest, agents really do not like my story, and I will not lie and say all these rejections didn't hurt. I tried very hard to push my story, but in the end, agents said no. That's okay. Self-publishing is my choice, and while feedback on…

Ecstasy: Pleasure of an Angel {NSFW SHORT SCENE!}

CONTENT WARNINGS: Graphic consensual sex, BDSM, humiliation, choking, biting, bloodshed. ALSO, BY PROCEEDING BEYOND THIS MESSAGE, YOU ARE CONFIRMING YOU ARE 18+. Image by gnav from Pixabay The gods exist with unfathomable power to a regular human; even those who have discovered their magic could never hope to match them.  Their powers span the multiverse,…

The Start of my Freelancing Journey?!

Well, I've done it - I've resigned from my position in a company due to personal reasons, and it's time I moved on in life. I've always truly wanted to dedicate everything to focusing on writing (and similar endeavors) - I have yet to see what I can accomplish when not mentally strained by my…

Cobratongue University: Summer Daze and Crimson Nights {Canon Short Story}

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Introduction Hey bats! Recently, a short story I wrote got accepted into an anthology. I wrote this one as well, and since it didn't get placed anywhere, wanted to share it! It's a perfect time to post, since it's the middle of summer in my area (and would be in…

Many Perspective, First Person – How I do it, and Mistakes I’ve Made.

Image by Khusen Rustamov from Pixabay I pretty much started out with first person when writing via Red Viper. The book started out on Wattpad, its first iteration, anyway. I admit, nowadays I do regret not writing it in third person, but perspective hopping is a lot of fun and has worked out for the…

Romance – Are my “Ships” too obvious? Hm… nah.

Credit to this artist for this lovely piece of Jasper x Luna! Well, maybe they are. But that's okay. It's intentional. You see, I have a 'hot' take that's quite hot, if you know what I mean. It's okay for ships to be obvious. Sure, the payout might not be as strong as the 'resolved…

I made an audiobook! Here’s what I learned.

I am SUPER excited to announce that The Dancing Crow now has an audiobook! It was pretty expensive but incredibly worth it. I'm excited to see where it goes, because it allows so many other folks to actually experience my story. Plus, my narrator, Rein, for the book is badass! He sounds exactly like I…