NEW 4 STAR REVIEW FOR THE DARK WORLD!

From one of my favorite people, Miss Kristina Davis (of Goodreads) comes a review for The Dark World, I have been waiting for with bated breath since she received her Giveaway copy in November of 2012. And it's here!

Let me just say that while I gush about her now, I hardly knew her back in November and it is over the course of the months that she took her time reading the book that I got to know her a bit more. She's very interested in books as am I and her passions for books and stories knows no bounds.

Click the link above to go to her profile and friend her if you wish, she's amazing.

Okay, now moving on to the review. It is one of the most honest, wonderful, incredible reviews I've received. And it must be noted that I am working on editing The Dark World but with college, work, and the other books in my queue, it has unfortunately taken a back seat, but it will be done eventually. And it won't detract from what is already written.

Here's the review:

"S.C Parris is bringing vampires back to their roots in her Delacroix series, no sappy or shiny vampires here. They live in the dark (except where magic allows them to travel during the day), live off the blood of humans, and war with other Creatures.

The Dark World is full of memorable characters and rich back story. It is obvious that the author has been thinking of this story for a long time because every single character has a story to tell. S.C. Parris has taken classic vampires and given them a new mythology while maintaining their vampire-ness, as well as evolving them to find ways beyond their limitations through technology.

There were a few minor typos and grammatical errors, but being aware that it is a self-published book, it is remarkably well done and it did not distract from the story at all. The only other issue that I had with the book was Alexandria Stone. Because of the blurb and the prologue I assumed the she was the center of this story, and if not her, than the matter of finding her. While there are points in the story where it is clear people are looking for her, by the end of the book there is very little resolution on this matter. You are still left wondering what is going on with her and why is she so important. Being that there are more books in the series though, I am sure we will get to know soon.

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads, but I am looking forward to purchasing and sinking my teeth into the next book in the series."

Now, to address her comment on Alexandria Stone's importance. I, myself, noticed that I did not, indeed, put in anything much about her in the first book, but she and Eleanor Black are both given more...depth in The Immortal's Guide and Miss Stone's place is definitely expounded upon. Not to give anything more away, I'll just say that there's a reason both Eleanor and Alexandria are featured on the cover of TIG while Xavier and Christian were featured on the cover of TDW. There's a duality within the series, a theme that repeats many times in many different ways throughout the books.

But I've said too much! You'll just have to buy them yourself and see what all the fuss is about!

The Dark World

The Immortal's Guide

Keep your bite!

(And I have to stop crying.)

-S.C. Parris

New 5 Star Review for The Immortal's Guide on Amazon!

OMG Yes!,January 27, 2013

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I enjoyed the Dark world so much that when I got The Immortals guide, I started to read it the moment it was mailed to my home. The second book contains more emotions then the first book. It guides us through our cold died hearted characters as they go on a journey in seeking for answers. We find out that each character becoming different then others; a twist in our view of a certain character changes as we learn more about them. All in all if you have read the frist book then you most certainly would love the second book of this series.

And there you have it, the first review is up! Join the adventure in The Delacroix Series and get your copies of The Dark World and The Immortal's Guide today!

And look out for The Two Swords coming at the end of 2013!

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

Interview from Romania!

On Goodreads, I got this message: andrexinterviewAnd replied back in the positive (of course)!

Here's the interview! (His book-review blog is all mostly in Romanian.)

1. Describe yourself in a word.

Ambitious

2. What's your favourite book/author?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling but my favorite author, I'd say is Edgar Allan Poe.

3. What's the advice that you'd give to the young writers?

Never give up, keep writing, keep honing your craft, write, write, write, and above all, believe in your story/poem...etc. You can do it and if you're writing, you're already living your dream.

4. Tell us something about your other passions.

Besides writing, I enjoy acting and hope to one day act in indie films and other ventures I create. I write scripts as well. I enjoy video games, creating shirts in my e-store for my books. 5. What do you think about Romania?

I have never been to Romania but I'd love to go one day.

6. What kind of music do you like?

I love rock, metal, classic rock, some pop, and some hip-hop. I mostly love everything, but rock takes a great precedent over other genres for me.

7. Tell us something about your book.

I'll just give you the blurb:

"Her name...is Alexandria Stone."

These are some of the last words Xavier Delacroix hears from his beloved Eleanor Black...just before she bursts into a Lycan Creature. And if this wasn't enough to rattle Xavier's brilliant mind, other Vampires - namely Dracula - are becoming elusive and speaking only in vague air about Xavier's supposedly brilliant blood.

But with a human to find, Lycans to kill, and questions to ask, Xavier is not so sure what to believe anymore...or who.

8. Do you have a message for your romanian fans?

Oh yes! Thank you so much for having an interest in my story and wanting it in your lovely country. :)

9. What do you think about my blog?

I just checked it out and I love it. I love the book reviews that you guys do and spreading the word about new authors and their books. It's pretty awesome.

Is there any chance that you can give us a copy of your book and some bookmarks&swags for a giveaway?

I just may be able to!

Thank you so much for the interview Andrex, it was illuminating! And I hope your readers enjoy The Dark World and The Immortal's Guide!

Keep your bite,

-S.C. Parris

Goodreads Giveaway Completed!

The Immortal's Guide Goodreads Giveaway has been completed and the winner, Cathrine Ninteman has been sent her copy. Here's to hoping she enjoys it. Now, The Immortal's Guide is out on Amazon.com, and Kindle so take your pick!

Will update this post with a quick excerpt if you haven't read one already later on (I'm in my college library right now), and there's that!

Will be working on Judgment as soon as my brain calms down from writing-overload!

Keep your bite!

-S.C. Parris

Playlists

I've seen the number of writers who admit to having a writing playlist or a special playlist to help with their scenes, characters, writing out emotions, or even dialogue. And as of late, to me anyway, it's become this...thing. As though creating a playlist just to write or having one is absolutely beneficial to writing. And I know for some people it is, but when I get asked if I use a playlist to write and my response is in the negative, I get questions, like, "Why? Do you just write with no music?" As though music is some grand thing I find disgusting to my tastes. But it's not like that at all, for me. I just simply don't designate a set of songs when writing any work, The Dark World or no. I do, on occasion, listen to music while writing, but quite often my songs are on shuffle and the songs never (rarely) match up with the emotional intensity of the scene or what have you, and I find I write pretty damn good scenes for the context of the story (whatever it is) without that music to "put me in the mood" as it seems to do for so many people.

I guess I used to be like that. Needing something external to evoke a reaction out of me, more often in the emotional range, but with writing, as I began to do it seriously (and more frequently), I realized writing was not some sacred act that required I wait, sometimes for months at a time, before the "muse" visited me in my sleep or at the most inopportune time to write. I found I could sit here and dish out whole chapters, letting this "muse" work through my words, even if I didn't feel it at first. That's when I knew writing was a job, just like anything else, it had to be worked for, especially if one planned to make a career out of it.

Time must be made  to write, and sometimes, yes, laziness does have to take a back seat. If your characters are not moving in a direction you want them to go, find a new direction. It is truly just that simple. Playlists, by all means, can help this, I'm not saying they can't, but to have to have one in order to write is when I start ringing my absurdity bell.

If you truly wanted to write, be a writer, whatever you want to call it, you'd be doing it. And you'd eventually force yourself to do away with the "muse" or the "need" to have a playlist and you'd just - do.

That said, I'm just about wrapping up The Immortal's Guide, and even with nature's set backs, I've stuck to my outline (that's another post in itself), and have fully accomplished every thing I set out to do with this novel (and most of that was writing two whole chapters a day/night, what have you).

So, no I don't need a playlist to write, I find I can carry a scene if the characters are actually speaking to each other, and wholly invested in what they are undergoing at the moment. For me, it's all about actuality. "Why is this person upset?" And just how long will they stay that way if this other person says something to further upset them?

I try not to force anything in my writing. That is quite obvious, I believe, when things are forced, if they don't tie in with the nature of the story.

That said, playlists aren't for me - I prefer to play things by ear, as I've had to with Hurricane Sandy. (Why are they calling it a SuperStorm?)

The Immortal's Guide releases November 30th, of this year. And there's a giveaway for one free pre-release copy.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris