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…

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…

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…

How I write Deities in my Works

This piece of Hades is by eldrtchmoon! The Gods are a hot topic in many works, whether they're present as a singular god, multiple, or not there at all. Religion is one of the most important aspects of society, and it tends to change over time. I think progression in a religion is a very…

Happy Book Birthday “Huntsmaster City”! My Thoughts on the sequel to “The Dancing Crow” & “Red Viper”

I'm pleased to talk about the favorite book I've written of the four so far, Huntsmaster City! This is the sequel to The Dancing Crow & Red Viper, where all of those character interactions come together for a glorious finale. This book also introduces magical training and mythical monsters like the hydra. I think the…

Happy Birthday to me, but more importantly to “The Dancing Crow”!

Aw, look at this big goof on his own book cover! The Dancing Crow, like Red Viper, had a different cover variation, but never started on Wattpad. It's The Dancing Crow's birthday (and mine but this is more important)! I adore this book, and while it doesn't have the typical romance I blend with my…

BOOK BIRTHDAY! Red Viper: My Thoughts

"Red Viper", AKA "Sam what the hell are you doing?" Happy Birthday Red Viper, and Happy Birthday to the first book I ever self published that has remained on the market. Boy is my relationship with this book complicated, given I continue to promote the other version, The Dancing Crow, over this one. I'll talk…