Blood and Hunger, The Vanessa Kensley Series 
As of today, Blood and Hunger is now available for download on the Kobo site for those of you with Kobo ereaders.

Living in Canada means that it’s quite the toss up when it comes to who I know that may own a Kobo vs a Kindle. Now more of you can get your vampire urban fantasy fix.

Can’t wait to download your copy? Just follow the link to the website here.

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After a long LONG wait, “Blood and Hunger”, the 1st book in the Vanessa Kensley series is out now and available for Kindle and print!

Something sinister is hunting the streets of Silverlake City and no one is safe, especially when the police don’t have a single lead. But Vanessa Kensley doesn’t have time to worry about serial killers. Being a Succubus means she has her own problems to deal with. At least she did, until it started to look like she could be the killer’s next target. Now, drawn deep into the shadows of Silverlake City she finds herself in a world where she no longer has to hide what she is and the vampires become the family that she never thought she would have. But a twisted force threatens to expose their world with a need for death and power, tearing apart the family that she only just found.

Now it’s up to her and the Silverlake Coven to put an end to all of the savage killings going on in the city before the darkness closing in around them can claim her first.

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Hello hello!

How are you all on this beautiful (totally overcast and threatening to rain) Monday?

Exciting news! The date for the launch party of Blood and Hunger, Book 1 in the Vanessa Kensley series is officially set! We’re going to be kicking things off:

Saturday, September 26, 2015!

Don’t lose that date, write it down!

If you’re going to be in the Kamloops, BC area come celebrate with me at Chapters Book Store. I’m going to be signing books, chatting with everyone, and giving away a door prize. Because you know me, I can’t do an event without giving away prizes!

Blood and Hunger will also be available for pre-sale! So don’t forget to order your copy from Chapters Online┬áso that you can get it signed. But if you forget to pre-order don’t worry, Chapters has ordered a bunch of books for the event so you can grab one there.

Can’t wait to see you guys!

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Blood and Hunger has a new cover!

It’s almost time for the launch of my upcoming urban fantasy novel, Blood and Hunger. August will be here so soon! Today I saw the cover for the print version of my book, and with it came a slightly altered version of the cover. I love the new look with my name at the top! What do you guys think?

So insead of working on the yet unnamed “Vanessa Kensley Book 2” I have been procrastinating like a wild thing. Because, you know, that’s how some of my best work gets done.

I’m in a bit of limbo right now. Blood and Hunger is still “in the making”, but I’m not allowed to touch it for the next month. And then after it is tweaked it will just sit around doing NOTHING for 3 months while it waits its turn for final edits. That is a ton of time where nothing is happening and I can’t do a single thing about it.

And it’s driving me MAAAAAAD!!!

4 months? FOUR months!? Ugh the publication process takes foreveeeeer.

So what’s a girl to do while she waits for her first print baby to be born? She plans the LAUNCH PARTY!

I’ve been having a great time organizing and designing the swag. I plan on giving away swag bags with the purchase of every book, signed bookmarks and cover flats for everyone that shows up, and signing up for my newsletter will get you an entry into the door prize draw. And if you bought a book you get another entry. Cause you know, perks for the loyal!

I have two different bookmark designs done up. One is the cover of my book, the other is an element of the cover with a quote on it. They will be mini business sized bookmarks that I will attach a tassel to. It’s going to be so cute. And portable!

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Now this is all well and good but there needs to be… MORE. And that’s where the after party comes in. Something intimate for just my friends and family where I can shamelessly shake people and scream at the top of my lungs “I did it! I DID IT!” Because you never hear about that. You never get to see the writer completely lose it. Where are all the bad girl authors, running around waving champagne bottles screaming, “I’m published bitches!” Everyone is always so composed. But I want to be able to celebrate this in raw messy honesty. And I want it to go a little something like this…

Breakfast Club rock out!

And then a few bottles of champagne later things are going to get craaaazaaaay!

Tme Warp Baby!

 

 

*Happy Dance!*

I can’t believe it. I am now only a few months away from the launch of Blood and Hunger!

Unfortunately there has been a bit of an unforeseen delay with my editor that has resulted in this being a fall release instead of a summer one, but sometimes these things happen.

In the mean time, I will be using all of the extra time to finish hammering out Vanessa Kensley Book 2! That’s right, it’s already about 1/3 done, woot. It’s moments like these that make me want to stand on rooftops and scream, “I’m Stephanie Marks, and I’m a writer!”

With this round of edits I really needed a lot of high energy music to keep me flowing, especially for one of the fight scenes I was tweaking. The scene just didn’t want to work for me, but this song on repeat helped me to get the job done.

Curve – Chinese Burn

God I love romance novels. The sex, the longing, the fact that the couple usually start out hating the sight of the other person’s face. And if it happens to be set in the Regency era in England or Scotland then just shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!

I was hanging out this morning and thinking about the category selections on Amazon and it just slapped me in the face. “Bitch, I am NOT a romance!”

There is NO way shape or form that I could ever try to list Blood and Hunger under the secondary category of “Romance” without the RWA Pink Fedora Mafia knocking down my door and cussing me out about crimes against the genre.

Then later I was looking at AMAZING pre-made romance ebook covers and thinking, “Wow, maybe I could just knock out a few quick romance ebooks just so that I can use those pretty pretty covers…” And I sat there trying to think up brilliant romance novel ideas and got… Nothing. I got nothing!

And that’s when it struck me. I don’t have a hope in hell of writing either a contemporary or historical romance any time soon. That’s almost all I read! But I can’t write it. What’s up with that?

Sure I can write steam and longing and gentleness. Teasing and sex and passion. But I can’t seem to be able to write a book about nothing BUT that. Where the whole book is about these two getting their crap together. I write romantic elements. And I was really bummed about it for a bit. But then I realized…

That’s totally ok.

I would love to be able to write full on romance novels but maybe my part is to simply be able to mindlessly love them. To devour them like candy and not have to think too hard about it.

I always thought that I might do a second genre under a pen name, and maybe 10 years from now I will. But being an author or a writer does not mean that you have to be able to write everything.

For now I’m a sword swinging, gun toting, round house kicking fantasy writer. And you know what?

I’m cool with that.

So many good things.

First the fabulous news. My charging cords arrived from Amazon a few days ago, yaaay! And they actually work which is a super bonus. Ok, two out of three of them work. One doesn’t even have the right connector on the end but I’m still considering myself ahead of the game here. Sometimes you just have to take your wins where you can get them.

I have taken over the first page of Google! The search term “Stephanie Marks writer” now shows this fabulous website along with my twitter feed all over the first page. And almost more mind blowing to me is that when you Google “Stephanie Marks” my website is on page three of Google. My name is surprisingly almost as common as “John Smith”, so to come up at all in search results let alone so quickly feels like a true accomplishment.

I’m back to editing, which feels absolutely wonderful. I feel so responsible and productive. I’m about half way into this run through and I actually feel like I’m actually getting things done.

Now for the not so cool.

Oh my gawd editing suuuuucks.

I always knew that editing is the “hard” part of writing, but this is ureal. No matter how frustrated you get with the original creation it has nothing on the frustration you feel when doing your edits.

I love my story. But crawling through the pages scrutinizing every sngle word, line and turn of phrase is SO not the fun part.

Thank god for my new found Spotify addiction. Nothing gets you through hours upon hours of editing like a super upbeat soundtrack to keep your energy high. It was hard deciding which song to spotlight for Writer Radio this week but in the end it came down to…

Baauer – “Harlem Shake”

Sorry people. Don’t hate me, but this is happening. Just accept it.

I’ve been promising it and it’s finally here, the finalized cover for Blood and Hunger. Much love goes out to designer Melody Simmons of Ebook Indie Covers who took my concept and brought it to life beautifully. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Melody, I can’t thank you enough.

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Blood and Hunger 4x copy

When you spend your nights chasing down psychopathic vampires it’s really important to keep fit. Vampires = vampire strength, and if you aren’t making sure to you hit those weights, you = vampire snack.

A killer workout calls for killer workout music, something high energy and motivating to keep you pushing through the pain even when all you want to do is cry, pass out and soothe your shattered ego with a pint of rocky road icecream. Or is that just me?

This is a song that I’ve come back to over the years time and again to get me pumped. Throwing punches, doing crunches or just pushing through writer’s block, this song makes it physically impossible for me to quit. So you KNOW Vanessa has this song somewhere on her iPod too.

Drowning Pool – “Bodies”