. . .And as usual

I forget to summarize what LAST BITE! is all about.  So here it is. . .

 

Soon-to-be sixteen Samantha Samm has three things going for her:  A pulse.  A reflection.  And an appetite.

 

And Sam will do anything to keep it that way!

 

But cursed to become a vampire whether she likes it or not, Sam will find every excuse in her human conscience to avoid becoming the undead.  And since Sam is already faced with a deadline toward eternal death, not to mention, orphaned and the biggest loner in a town of egotistical vampires, the odds against Sam staying human are inevitable that is until pulse-pounding, warm blooded handsome, James Reinhardt walks into the kitchen of an all-girl’s foster home and finds her choking on a cookie.

 

Now determined with the idea of staying human for James will become Sam’s biggest challenge.  But living amid thirsty bad boy vamps in hip-hop gear, bad valley girl vamps who resemble the likes of snapping gators in a Louisiana swamp and a pretentious foster sister who wants James to herself isn’t exactly helping Sam’s quest.  And just as Sam thinks things couldn’t get any worse, James reveals a bloody secret tied to her curse that may just as well have her ditching love for those set of fangs! 

 

LAST BITE! is a YA Paranormal novel, and book I in a IV book series.  FIRST BITE!  will be due out soon, hopefully before I sprout another grey hair!!

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“Post-Menstrual” perhaps?

So how do you go from this- – – – – -> Lowrider Impala– –

 

 

to this?- – – – – ->Donk Impala

 

Talk about fucking-up a classic!

(Either I’m getting old or I’m just having a bad day?)

And you don’t need to be a genius to figure that out!

 

 

So why are people under the impression that by dishing out money to hear the secrets of a successful businessman (or woman) automatically entitles them to that luxury?

 

Now referring to Donald Trump’s latest seminar or the Trump Universities “supposed scandal” of those who invested, then after, complained about learning nothing only to end up in debt.

 

Aside from myself, does anyone else here honestly believe that Donald Trump is about to divulge the secrets to his success just because someone paid to hear it?

 

For anyone who is successful, those successes usually derive from some form of a self-strategic ethic and not necessarily someone else’s strategies.  In the pursuit of success, the whole idea, while a romantic one, is not without heartbreak or hard work; there’s a vast amount of time, sweat and money when trying to be successful in any business, and by the time success is achieved one will then find themselves asking:  Do I really want to make it easy for someone else to achieve my success after what I’ve just been through because they paid to hear it?  Now if people in general can understand that very concept, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news folks, but you got what you paid for.

 

So my 2-cents is this:  Stop whining!  Because the money you invested to hear things you were never going to hear, you could have very easily invested it to start the path of your own success!  

 

And you don’t need to be a genius to figure that out!

Update on “ROMEO”

 

 

Well “ROMEO” (my YA paranormal modern-day Romeo + Juliet love story) hasn’t exactly been knocking Agents off their feet despite the fact I’ve been trying to sell them on the idea that ROMEO is a fresh and one-of-a-kind story as well as uniquely written as ROMEO reads in the same fashion as William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo + Juliet.

 

Now I’ve pondered on why I haven’t exactly received invitations from Lit Agents to submit further material on ROMEO, and I haven’t came up with much answers.  Perhaps Agents consider ROMEO to be a knock-off. . .maybe so, but you can’t discount novels like I,DRAKULA or CINDER or RED RIDING HOOD, re-written classics with a unique spin to them.  Or perhaps it is what one potential Agent quoted when I pitched her LAST BITE! my last YA novel, and why she couldn’t take it on even though she was ecstatic on the idea-editor vampire fatigue.  Or perhaps it’s the timing, the economy; maybe word count plays a factor or maybe the market is too flooded with YA paranormals, or maybe, and perhaps my last conclusion, a weak query?  Now while all those may play a factor, in my opinion, and what I’ve read considerably, the YA genre, regardless of sub-genre, and is as of this moment the biggest seller when it comes to books.  So yeah, in that sense, the market is there, the Agents are there, I just think (and I as I stated before) it’s the “timing”.  I would like to assume, or speculate, that Agents have their good days and their bad days when it comes to reviewing queries or submissions which play a major role when it comes to deciding on whether to request material on a query or reject the query entirely despite the fact that it could very well be a best-seller.  I will admit though that It brings me great comfort in knowing that what I’ve just IMO’d above may harbor some truth.

 

So in the meantime I’ve decided to self-publish ROMEO.  And if it sells pretty well, then maybe I can re-pitch it to Agents and perpahs gain representation, with fingers crossed, of course!