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Monday, October 1, 2012

How I wrote my first horor book.

Greetings Guys Like Romance, Too! followers, Jaxx Steele is back.

Welcome to October! As Carson is a friend of mine I feel like I should share a little something about him. Besides December and all the festivities that happen then, October is his favorite month. He loves Halloween, dressing up and all that scary, gory, horror type stuff. He will go broke this month buying books that are highlighted this month. LOL Okay, enough about Carson.

Let me start my blog by saying I am not a gory, horror or scary story writer. Unlike Carson, I don’t read stories like that nor do I partake in movies of that nature, but somehow my brain managed to form 2 soft horror romances so I was able to participate in October blogging here.

Healing the Beast Within and Indian Blood Moon, both available at Phaze, but today’s blog is about Indian Blood Moon.

A couple of author friends and I were talking in a chat room. We all write in the same genre and stick to the same subgenres, fantasies, vampires, contemporary, stuff like that. So we challenged each other, a dare if you will, to answer a submission and go outside of our comfort zone to write in a genre we would never think to do. Though I don’t usually give in to dares, I welcomed the chance to spread my writing wings so to speak.

I saw that Phaze had a call for short stories for their Heat Sheets Raven line and started brainstorming. I didn’t think I could do an in your face horror so I did what I do best. I wrote a contemporary story then asked myself ‘what if’ the whole way through.

The demon elements came to me first then there had to be someone or something the demons served. When the story started to roll it became fun. The demons were gross, the leader was handsome, sexy to lure in the prey and the incantations were creepy, all the ingredients for your basic spooky story and of course, it wouldn’t be a Jaxx Steele story if I didn’t add a twist. It’s what is what I do. 

For my first ‘horror’ story I thought it came out well and so did they. So for those who like a little shiver going up their spine but want to be able to sleep at night I recommend Indian Blood Moon.

Small town reporter Dante Tyler lives his mundane life wishing for something more. When he was sent to cover a Halloween party for his newspaper he finds that the most horrible encounter of his life turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.

A soft gasp left Dante’s lips as the Dom slid his hands down his sub’s back. To the beat of the music, he ground slowly against the submissive’s ass as he held onto his shoulders. The move demanded Dante’s attention, calling to his baser needs that had been asleep from lack of a lover for over two years. He envied the man being dominated by his lover. Visions of himself being bent over like that with a strong and powerful lover behind him worked its way into his mind.
Many times he had been told that he was a large and intimidating looking man. The men he often attracted expected him to top them for that very reason. Dante was an attentive lover and did what his lovers requested of him, but he found that it was difficult for those same men to do him the way he wanted to be done. Not too many men were large enough or strong enough to take him that way. It led to dysfunction in his sex life and rendered his relationships far and few between.
He thought he heard Jack’s voice near his ear trying to cut through his fantasy as he pictured the Dom taking him that way, but it wasn’t until he felt a touch on his hand that he turned his way.
“Huh? I’m sorry, did you say something, Jack?”
“Yeah, I was asking you if you were here alone.”
Dante nodded. “Yes, I am, but I’m actually here working.”
Dante nodded, sipping from his glass. “Yes, I am a reporter and I’m doing a story on this party.”
The sinister gleam in Jack’s smile came and went before he responded. “Sounds like a fun job. Going to parties and writing about them, I could get paid for doing that. Maybe you should have some extra fun to add a little spice to your article.”
Dante looked away from the dance floor to Jack. His voice was soft and smooth, filled with the lust Dante was feeling at the moment. Could he have a little fling with this cute little pirate? He wasn’t really his type, but…
“Maybe I could.”
Jack clicked his glass to Dante’s and smiled. “Well then drink up, my friend and let the party really begin.”
Dante finished the rest of his drink in one long gulp. A rush of heat covered his body like a wave. When it passed, he looked at his cute little pirate to say something but he appeared a little fuzzy. He shook his head and chuckled.
“Something wrong, Dante?”
“No, I’m fine. It’s just been a while since I really drank. I guess the two Long Islands are getting to me.”
“Maybe you just need some air. Come on.”
Jack grabbed his arm and led to the back of the room to a sliding glass door. The cool air hit Dante in the face, but didn’t make him feel better. Jack quickly walked him away from the building.
“Where are we going, Jack?”
Jack didn’t answer him.
Dante could feel the change in the air. The cool breeze told him they were nearing the lake. Although his vision was fuzzy, he could see the lake in the distance getting closer and a group of people standing close by.
“What’s going on? Who are they?”
Still he didn’t answer. Dante tried to yank his arm away from the little pirate, but he had no strength and no coordination as he stumbled along beside him. His internal alarm started ringing and he tried yelling. His cries for help rang loudly in his head, but the echoes sounded so far away to his ears.
“Don’t waste your time screaming, no one can hear you over the music,” Jack finally said.

There you have it! Jaxx Steele’s first attempt at horror, but not my last. Come back later in the month and check out the blog on Healing the Beast Within. It is about how a 21st century man takes on a 19th century curse and finds love in the process.

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