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Your Guilty Reading Pleasure and How it May Affect Your Writing

I thought it might be amusing to speak a bit about writing and reading and generally how the two sometimes do not match.

Chris and I write historical fantasy for the most part.  However, oddly enough… most of the time we don’t gravitate towards reading historical fantasy for fun, which sort of strikes me as odd.

Generally, if I have time to spare, I’ll pick up true crime books.  I’m not entirely sure why I enjoy reading them.  Maybe it’s the fact that when I was younger, I wanted to be Clarice Starling when I grew up.  Granted that dream never got very far.  I’m flatfooted, clumsy, and not the best at logic puzzles.  I know I’m a better librarian and writer than I would be an FBI agent.  However, maybe that’s why many of the female characters we write about are deceptively strong and quick-witted, but also come with flaws.  Let’s face it Mael Muire/Maire is pretty flawed and messed up on the inside.  Then again, I guess the male characters are just as fractured and messed up in their own ways.  Marcus can’t move away from his mistakes in the past sometimes.  Mandubratius is pretty much opening a can of worms when it comes to trauma affecting how they treat others.

Then again, I’ve never liked perfect characters.  I feel nothing in common with someone who makes everything look easy.  I remember this happening a lot in the YA books that were popular when I was a YA librarian, and it annoyed me greatly as teenagers are seldom like this.  At least I wasn’t.  Like I said, clumsy, shy, and naive about a lot of things.

Chris enjoys reading Star Trek books and pretty much sticks to the Forgotten Realms series, particularly those by R.A. Salvatore.  Perhaps that’s why our stories have been called ‘more like adventure books where the characters are blood-drinkers/vampires as opposed to horror stories with vampires’.  Which is a good thing as it means that we get a wider and more diverse audience I think.  I’ve seen women pick up the series for various reasons and so will the men.  Generally, most men aren’t interested in the typical supernatural stories involving sparkling, big chests and happily ever after endings.   Usually if a reader wants that I point them to another series we carry or mention… well, books, you know.  You can’t please everyone with them.

I have no idea why we write what we write sometimes.  Other than it piques my interests about history and how we interact with each other.

I wish I could say more and make it a profound statement, but there are whiny kitties to pet now.  😉

So what do you all read for fun?

Happy hump day all.

Librarian without a library

Okay that’s not entirely true.  I do have a library at home which is what once was a dining room, but seriously who uses a dining room.  They are a waste of space that’s used maybe twice a year.  Most people turn there’s into something else… like a sewing room with a dining room table or dad’s office where he yells at his computer during the tax season.

So if you didn’t already know, I’m out of a job.  I was given my walking papers on thursday and told to use us my holidays and they’d call me with all the paperwork for stuff like unemployment, severance, etc.  I went in for half a day on friday and said goodbye to everyone and headed back home after running errands.

Right now there’s a wee Brigid on the back of my chair making cooing noises.  Lucius is guarding the room and last I saw Clyde was taking a sun-nap in the bedroom window.

The dishes are drying, the clothes are tumbling in the dryer, I have some music playing on the stereo/tv called the ‘100 names of the mother’ or something like that… primarily buddhist/indian chanting.

I did my usual job-searching this morning and that made me somewhat sad.  People seem to believe there’s a bunch of jobs for the taking these days.  Unfortunately, there were no new jobs for librarians in Houston.  So I looked for proctor jobs because I proctored for an official test for our students.  Wow…that was extremely depressing in that I’d make the same money on unemployment.

Well, back to writing.  Right now I’m working on book six, Dynasties of Night.  Love to you all!

‘Halloween’ as Seen by Some of the Characters of the Morrigan’s Brood Series

Welcome to the Cemetery

Welcome to the Cemetery

Last October, Paranormal Haven posted this piece Heather and I (Christopher) had penned that described ‘Halloween’ through the eyes of some of our characters. I use the apostrophes because Halloween as we know it didn’t exist. Each character mentioned (Sitara, Marcus, Maire, and Julien) was from a different time and culture, so each one celebrated a different holiday during this time of year. Well, I thought I would brush the dust off that little bit of writing and re-post it. Now, discover how these four characters celebrated the October through November holidays when they were mortals.
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The What-if Loop

Librarian Seeking …

‘Dear Hiring Manager’… it’s how most of my cover letters start.

I (Heather) did my morning job search again.  For those who don’t know, I’m a librarian.  It’s what helps me get to the nitty-gritty of history and culture that Chris and I write about.  I do love delving into research.  It doesn’t always matter what it’s about most of the time.  I can say without reserve that I’m a great researcher.  I love the challenge of it.  I love helping other people with it.
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Free Giveaway Winners and Upcoming Events

Selling books to a Dalek

Selling books to a Dalek

This Week So Far…

… has been difficult thus far, as anyone who has read our previous blog post can attest, but life must go on. In that spirit, I (Christopher) would like to announce the winners of two recent free giveaways. As I mentioned before, we are still going to award books to winners from the Comicpalooza giveaway… it just took us several weeks to announce the winners. Now, with Space City Con, our delay has been a few days, but that is due to our recent tragedy. In addition, I would like to advise our readers of our remaining 2013 appearances, as well as our budding 2014 calendar.
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How to start this…regarding Ophelia

The hardest thing about letting animals into your life is knowing that eventually, someday, you will have to let them go.

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2013 Space City Con, Free Giveaways, and Other News

2013 Space City Con

New booth lighting at the 2013 Space City Con in Houston, Texas

Welcome Newcomers and All of Our Readers!

For those who recently discovered us at Space City Con, welcome! Sorry for the late post, but as a border-line introvert, it sometimes takes me days to recover from such an extroverted event. Now that my mind is at peace, I can give you, our readers, a reflection of the weekend, a look ahead of events to come, and give our readers, new and old, a chance to win some things… books and… wait… now I remember, a Kindle Fire. Want more information? Well, dive in!
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Updates and Giveaway Winners

2013 AggieConI don’t remember the last time I (Christopher) posted, but it has been a while. It’s funny, because we have been to a plethora of events these last few weeks, with more events this weekend and next weekend. I guess work (my day job), getting ready for upcoming events, and recovering from prior events, are my biggest excuses. Well, here I am, blogging. So, what shall I blog about? How about free giveaway winners from the Houston Celtic Festival? First, however, I would like to welcome all of the people we spoke with at our booth during the festival. Thanks especially to the folks who attended our readings. Despite the volume of rain dropped on us that Saturday, the event in 2010 caused rivers to flow through the arena, so this wasn’t so bad.
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And Now Our Winners!!!! (update from Heather)

Yes, it’s been a loooong time since we posted. Yes, we’re horrible that way. However, we’re trying to keep moving forward on Curse of Venus, and that’s really why we are so horrible on blogging.

Anyways…. at long last here are the winners of a free book from the authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series!

1. Patrick McKeever
2. Arleen Haas
3. Amanda Ganall
4. Spencer Ames

Congrats to our winners! We will contact you tomorrow about shipping and all that!

Have a great night!

Thanks again to the great folks at Aggiecon for a wonderful time! Sometimes I miss Aggieland! This weekend reminded me that it is a great place. 🙂

Now I have to deal with a very needy kitty.

A New Year, New Events… and a New Book

What… no picture? Shhh…. that comes later. For now, you will have to contend with text… boring text. Hey, there needs to be some motivation for you to click the More button… right? So, why should you read this boring text and THEN click More? Well, I (author Christopher Dunbar) will tell you… new cover art for Curse of Venus: Morrigan’s Brood Book IV by the lovely and talented Khanada Taylor, that’s why!

Oh, and some news about new events, a new year, and… you guessed it… a new book. OK, now click More and read More. [Unless of course you went directly to this post and didn’t navigate from the main page.]
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