New Review
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Thank you so much!  This review has just gone up on Amazon for Tales in Vein - five stars out of five!  (And I've written to David Shaw-Parker as well, to let him know about the kind words). :)

THANK YOU! :)

(Everyone please to be spreading the word!)


Readers and reviewers
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I'm looking for people who could read/listen to Tales in Vein and then review it for....?? Suggestions gladly received!

Tales in Vein on Amazon!
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Tales in Vein is now available at Amazon as an audio book!  There are sound samples there, as well as on my website!

Tales in Vein
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Tales in Vein is now available from <a href = "http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tales-in-vein-diotima/1108487076?ean=2940033002177&itm=2&usri=tales+in+vein"> Barnes and Noble!</a>

Tales in Vein
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Tales in Vein is now available from Smashwords.

It will also be available soon as an audio download.

Vampire stories! 

Ignorance
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They don’t know. They can’t. That is their curse.

And their blessing.


The open window was outlined in crimson – drapes so red the light within seemed to bleed its own frame.

I needed no direction – I could find her well enough now even in a crowded city. But the effect pleased her dramatic tendencies, so I did not complain.

She was at her dressing table, brushing her hair, again as she felt befit the night. Six months ago that hair had only known the tug of a comb and the ministrations of an expensive salon, but since… knowing… me, she’d allowed it to grow. At least it was past the awkward stage now… if only she, herself, had kept pace.

Yet, for all that, here she was – and here was I.

So strong is suggestion that she started when I spoke my good evening – my face was plain enough to see in the glass, but she saw it not. For, of course, everyone knew I could cast no reflection.

Her greeting was, as always, delightful. But I held her off for the moment.

“Ah, my love, how pale you are in the moonlight! But have you done as I asked?”

She moved, then, trying to take her wrists from my hands – but of course, she could not. That much, at least, is true.

Abandoning the half hearted attempt to free herself, she nodded, and looked to the dressing table, where a small slip of paper waited.

“There – her name’s Samantha – she works.. Used to work next to me”. Again, that catch in the voice – for you no longer work, do you, my dear? “Signed off”, you say you are – too ill to work.

And of course, you are. Too ill by far to rejoin the office where you once whiled away your shortened days. You tell me – you told them – it was only a break, a hiatus for healing.

We know better, do we not, my dear? But you do not admit it. Not yet. Perhaps not ever.

But you have done as I asked – you have found me a new place, a new face. You didn’t like doing it; your petulance shows that much. But my dear – did you never wonder how I came into your life? Did you think it was kismet, blind fate that drew us together?

Of course you did. Because you are not like the rest, we are not like the rest. You – we – are unique, unheard of, once in a lifetime.

Just like all the rest.

But to be sure, my dear, you are correct in part – this will be once in your lifetime.

And perhaps – looking at you – yes, this will be the last in your lifetime.

And so – as a reward for Samantha’s details, and as a farewell present, I take you once more in my arms – carry you once more to your ornate, overly romantic bed, lay you gently on the silken covers you bought to please me (though whatever made you think I would welcome black silk, I do not know), and for the last time… feed.

You rise under my hands, as you always have done, my dear – but weaker, so much weaker than at first. Then – oh, then – you were a lusty companion. But now…

Sated, I settle you back and – yes – I was right, this has been the last time. And, as so often, clarity at the end. Your eyes wide, you name me one last time, as you look in horror at what you have become… what you really are.

I would have spared you that, but death is as it will be.

Picking up the paper from the dressing table, I take one last look, and yes, my dear. When they find you in the morning, they will marvel that it’s been so long. Did it never occur to you odd that you didn’t mind being out of work, not being paid? That you bought no food, needed no heat? It’s only just come home to you, my dear – but you’ve been dead quite some time.

Pocketing… yes, Samantha, that’s the name… Pocketing Samantha’s details, the window affords me as much exist as it did entrance, as I think on the oddity of humans.

They don’t know. They can’t. That is their curse.

And their blessing.

New works out soon! Tales in Vein
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I know, I know - I don't use this often enough, mea culpa.

I have a series of short stories due to be launched in the very near future, called Tales in Vein. They are all stories told by – you’ll have guessed this by now – a vampire. An aged vampire (even in the way of vampires), he muses on some of the more interesting aspects of his life to date.

Partially because I abhor the idea that vampire fiction is fit only for squealing fan girls (I have nothing against squealing OR fangirls, but they do not an audience make, at least not for what I write), and partially because that’s just the way I do things, to understand these stories completely, you’ll need to have at least some knowledge of the world around us, and of history. And, perhaps, of literature, as well.

You won’t need an indepth understanding of the vampire genre – but those who have such, feel free to take issue with the stories on points where you feel I have been unfaithful to the rules of the game. I shall merely point you to this particular bit of the net and have done.



The post which follows this one is a teaser for Tales in Vein. It’s the opening story, or opening vignette.

Tales in Vein will be available as an ebook, as a series of smaller ebook(lets), and also as an audio book, read by the inimitable David Shaw-Parker.

New book!
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From Cave to Sky: A devotional anthology for Zeus is available now!.

Well done to the editor and all the contributors - it's wonderful to see another volume added to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina!

Deadline extended!
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Hyping the Pan Devotional! The deadline has been extended to the end of July.

Please spread the word! Submissions are coming in but the more, the better!

(Please note that the address on the NA page is missing a letter - I've just asked for this to be corrected - if someone has submitted something and NOT had a response, that may be why - all submissions I've received have been acknowledged).

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a Pan devotional. Please spread this announcement far and wide.
This devotional will focus on Pan, the Goat-Footed God of healing, panic, dancing, music, etc. All his historical aspects in myth, cult, art and philosophy are fair game. Modern experiences are also desired but they must have the above logical foundation or be clearly labelled as opinion.
Entries on other deities will be accepted if and only if they focus on said deity’s relationship to Pan or historical syncretic realities.
Examples:
Faunus (or Sylvanus) as related to Pan
The Nymphs, as related to Pan
Pan through the ages
Pan in literature....
The following types of entries will be considered:
Hymns, prayers, poetry;
Ideas for rituals, festivals, meditations and divination;
Scholarly essays ;
Opinion essays and personal experiences;
Original short stories.
Non-fiction pieces should be at least 300 words and should not normally exceed 3000 words – if your idea for a submission will be longer than this, please contact the editor. Submissions should be documented as needed; if a submissions states something as a fact, this should be referenced as to source. The editor prefers the Harvard (in text, author-date) form of citation, see: http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/files/Harvard_referencing.pdf
The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to any submission for purposes of spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, formatting and clarity. The editors also reserves the right to reject any submission that is deemed not commensurate with the criteria set forth above. The final decisions about inclusion for the anthology remain with the editors.
As with all of our devotional anthologies we cannot provide payment or contributor copies, since the proceeds will be used for charitable donations and to help bring out further volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina line. Please read the BA policies: http://www.neosalexandria.org/publishing.htm
Please send all submissions to diotimasph@gmail.com. All submissions should be in MS Word or compatible format (.txt or .rtf). All submissions must be sent by email. With your entry please submit a 2-5 sentence author biography. Submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2010 and submissions will close on 1 August, 2010

Reminder!!
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Hyping the Pan Devotional!

Please spread the word! Submissions are coming in but the more, the better!

(Please note that the address on the NA page is missing a letter - I've just asked for this to be corrected - if someone has submitted something and NOT had a response, that may be why - all submissions I've received have been acknowledged).

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a Pan devotional. Please spread this announcement far and wide.
This devotional will focus on Pan, the Goat-Footed God of healing, panic, dancing, music, etc. All his historical aspects in myth, cult, art and philosophy are fair game. Modern experiences are also desired but they must have the above logical foundation or be clearly labelled as opinion.
Entries on other deities will be accepted if and only if they focus on said deity’s relationship to Pan or historical syncretic realities.
Examples:
Faunus (or Sylvanus) as related to Pan
The Nymphs, as related to Pan
Pan through the ages
Pan in literature....
The following types of entries will be considered:
Hymns, prayers, poetry;
Ideas for rituals, festivals, meditations and divination;
Scholarly essays ;
Opinion essays and personal experiences;
Original short stories.
Non-fiction pieces should be at least 300 words and should not normally exceed 3000 words – if your idea for a submission will be longer than this, please contact the editor. Submissions should be documented as needed; if a submissions states something as a fact, this should be referenced as to source. The editor prefers the Harvard (in text, author-date) form of citation, see: http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/files/Harvard_referencing.pdf
The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to any submission for purposes of spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, formatting and clarity. The editors also reserves the right to reject any submission that is deemed not commensurate with the criteria set forth above. The final decisions about inclusion for the anthology remain with the editors.
As with all of our devotional anthologies we cannot provide payment or contributor copies, since the proceeds will be used for charitable donations and to help bring out further volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina line. Please read the BA policies: http://www.neosalexandria.org/publishing.htm
Please send all submissions to diotimasph@gmail.com. All submissions should be in MS Word or compatible format (.txt or .rtf). All submissions must be sent by email. With your entry please submit a 2-5 sentence author biography. Submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2010 and submissions will close on 1 July, 2010

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