If Only the Count Had Gone To New York!

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Right? I mean could you see it? There he is sailing past the Statue of Liberty, wearing tinted glasses and looking very dishy as in Coppola’s film. He’s eyed up by more than a few ladies. Well see, there’s this thing about him. Don’t ask me why but there just is!

Now, in my version (purely to write an engaging and entirely speculative blog post) a New York Real Estate Firm has sent Jonathan Harker’s American cousin, Jack over to see the Count. He isn’t left there because he’s a fast talking guy and he manages to get away from the Count’s wives. He eventually goes back to his office but by the time he gets there, his boss doesn’t want to know about any problems he’s had almost being drained. See, Peter Hawkins’ New York Office has sold the Count a few apartment buildings in Manhattan.

Dracula’s favorite is…

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K. J. Rollinson’s Interview


Interview of K. J. Rollinson

Q. Did you pick your genre or did it pick you?

A. The ‘Fallyn’ trilogy picked me. I used to go to an art class, and a friend had drawn a picture of a very proud dragon. I wrote a 500-word story for her, and the trilogy grew from there.

Q. Do you write in multiple genres or just one.

A. Multiple genres.

Q. How much time do you devote to writing per day?

A. Usually between 4/5 hours per day. I get up at about 4/5am each morning. By the time I have read/answered my emails, sometimes do a blog, written at least 1,000 words per day on any book I am writing, 4/5 hours has gone by.

Q. What have you published so far?

A. ‘Fallyn and the Dragons, Fallyn in the Forbidden Land, Fallyn and the Sea Dragons’ (Fantasy Books) ‘The Rode to Justice, (John Rode, 1st grade detective, murder stories)

Q. Has your method of writing changed over the course of publishing your books.

A. No the method is the same. I still publish through Wordplay Publishing. I think my writing has improved book by book.

Q. Where do you see yourself a year from now?

A. Still writing, I hope. If I am not a success (which we all want to be) I will still carry on writing because I love it.

Q. Did you self-publish, go the traditional way, or do both?

A. Only self-published with the help of Wordplay Publishing. I had heard so many people say they had been rejected by publishers – and usually you still have to do your own promotion – that I decided to go down the route of self-publishing.

Q. Which method did you prefer.

A. I haven’t used any method other than self-publishing so I cannot comment from personal experience.

Q. Of the books that you have written, do you have a favourite. Why?

A. Each one is my favourite when I am writing it. It is my baby at the time. I treat my books like children, and like having children you should not have a favourite. If you had asked the question Do you have a favourite character(s) I would have answered yes, and gone onto explain why.

Q. Why did you become a writer?

A. I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child – short stories, poems. As I got older I dreamt of being published, and when self-publishing came along the dream became a reality.

Q. Who is your target audience.

A. For the ‘Fallyn’ trilogy anyone who enjoys fantasy books. But I have just asked the publisher to add the ‘Young Adult’ category on Amazon because I read in the Writing Magazine that ‘Young Adult’ books were increasing. For the murder book – anyone who enjoys crime. It is suitably categorized on Amazon. I stress in the book the protagonist, John Rode, seeks justice. In one story he says, ‘This is a court of law, not a court of justice.’

Q. What are you working on now?

A. I am really excited about my latest project. The Wordplay Writers’ Forum, of which I am a member here in Spain, has devised a 5-year competition, now in its second year, open to anyone, details found at http://www.WordplayPublishing.com

A founder member of Wordplay died a few years ago called Ian. He always said that he had never read book where the main character was called Ian. So the main character has to be called Ian, and into social issues. Apart from these criteria the book can be on any subject. My character goes to a little country in East Africa that has been torn by wars and famine to help. My book is called, ‘A Man called Ian’, (a working title at the moment, but it is growing on me).

I have just completed ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ aimed at a target audience of 6 – 10 years old, to be published for Christmas 2014.

Q. What makes you different from other writers in your genre?

A. With regard to my Fallyn books, I have always felt St George and the Dragon, gave dragons a bad press, seen as an enemy to be slaughtered. My dragons have individual characters and can talk between themselves and understand what humans say to them. They can be funny, intelligent – all are very loyal to the main protagonists, except for the occasional ‘baddy’ dragon (you have to have one or two of those, don’t you?).

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Byron, Frankenstein and The Vampyre!

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There was no summer in Europe in 1816. The catastrophic effects of the Tambora eruption in Indonesia were the cause of that. The eruption had been so violent as to cause a fine layer of ash to block the sun. The earth became colder as a result, cold and dreary.

As it was Lord George Gordon Bryon, found a great many things dreary. He had spoken with his physician and friend, John Polidori about spending the summer at the villa. as usual. That was how it started. But because he was probably still bored when he arrived at his summer residence near Lake Geneva, Byron decided to invite some friends over.

Percy Shelley and his fiancée Mary Wollstonecraft, along with her step sister Clare Claremont, pregnant with Bryon’s child were eager to come. These young people were all free spirits, way ahead of their time you might say.

The weather…

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Some of Obrien’s School for the Maasai YouTube videos

Published on Feb 3, 2013 on Youtube http://youtu.be/KCOsoJevRec

The students introduce themselves and show you around the school and their village of Sanya Station, Tanzania.

O’Brien School for the Maasai Grade 6 Q&A http://youtu.be/OwtgUJaN-qs

Published on Feb 3, 2013

The Grade 6 students answer your questions and ask you some of their own!

Road to O’Brien School for the Maasai http://youtu.be/ynZb5lYYQso
Published on Mar 24, 2013

Fast trip to The O’Brien school for the Maasai

Uploaded on Nov 10, 2009

O’Brien School for the Maasai http://youtu.be/Uv90YxnRa40
O’Brien School slideshow

http://youtu.be/sXKTBRj-WJA

Uploaded on Jun 13, 2008

Kellie O’brien Interview with Allison Rosati about Maasai http://youtu.be/nj8ClEM5Mxk
Kellie OBrien Interviewed on local channel 9 news with Allison Rosati.

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008

O’Brien Honored http://youtu.be/3jkF_8j2zGE
Hinsdale resident Kellie O’Brien was honored Aug. 2 for building a school for the Maasai in Tanzania

Uploaded on Jun 13, 2008
Interview with Maasai woman talking about O’Brien School http://youtu.be/k2FnClHGHT8

Maasai woman talking about the profound effects this school/community center has had on the village.

Uploaded on May 15, 2008 O’Brien School http://youtu.be/_REXqc8Gj-U

A short video on The O’Brien School for the Maasai.

O’Brien School for the Maasai 2009 Video Part1 http://youtu.be/sXKTBRj-WJA

O’Brien School for the Maasai 2009 VideoPart2 http://youtu.be/Df9B4Ir6ofA

Vampires: A Magnificent Obession

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We fear yet we are drawn to these highly sensitive creatures. Creatures whose hearing is so acute, they can hear your breath from the next world! Their taste buds scream for that salty liquid they covet–that warm, thick nectar of life that will gives them one more day or a century or millennia.

They are the darkest dreams we dare to dream. They are those creatures who dwell in a world beyond ours, a world where there is no death–only pleasure in the gift of the blood.

But is it a gift? Perhaps, it is a gift in that they are undead, yet–we see they are damned. That is the major aspect for me that I so enjoy exploring in my fiction. They are damned. How they react to that damnation is what I examine. It gives me my characters and storyline because they are so complex. There are so many questions…

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When was the last time you analyzed your website?

When was the last time you analysed your blog, website?

Glen Fahselt

English: Does Your Website Need a Web Content ... English: Does Your Website Need a Web Content Management System? This fun flowchart can help you decide which features you’ll need for your website, and whether or not you’ll need a content management system such as Joomla, Drupal or WordPress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small businesses that do not rely on a website to generate sales often employ a set it and forget it strategy. Many small business owners do not run any analytical tools to determine how much web traffic they receive or where that traffic is coming from. In several cases I have discovered numerous businesses that are paying yearly fees to developers for web hosting that have not been updated for long periods of time. Sometimes those fees are far above the current market value that hosting should be at. That does not mean you should not have a website, on the contrary you should have one…

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99 CENTS: THE FOURTH BRIDE OF DRACULA!

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DRACULA AS STOKER WROTE HIM: DANGEROUS AND DEADLY AND A BRIDE TO MATCH.

After the tragic and sudden death of her groom, Dia, cursed by Dracula as a babe, is taken to his castle. Once there, she is seduced and turned by the count, and she becomes his fourth bride. The other brides are to be her sisters, and they are all to love and feed upon one another. As her master says: “The joy is in the blood…the passion is in the blood…endless life is in the blood…!”

And so she finds it is.

Dia’s tale is full of erotic sex and graphic violence. It is a tale of love and lust but mostly of blood, for the blood is everything.

A few words from readers:

5/5 STARS: Just as great as the first one in this series! I really enjoy the characters in the books. – Anna Voyles

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Do You Know About Satan’s Connection to Dracula?

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Yes! There is a connection with the devil! Anyone who doesn’t think so hasn’t read Dracula by Bram Stoker or is in denial. Sorry to be so blunt but it’s the truth!

Before writing my novel, The Fourth Bride, I studied the novel, Dracula and I learned a great deal. I learned for instance, that the count attended a school in Scholomance in Transylvania where he learned the black arts. Bram Stoker includes an intriguing allusion to a mysterious devil’s school in Transylvania: The Draculas, he wrote, “had dealings with the Evil One. They learned his secrets in the Scholomance, amongst the mountains over Lake Hermanstadt, where the devil claims the tenth scholar as his due.”

The vampire himself was one of these scholars, a diabolic genius.

Now then, horror fiction is diverse as tastes are. Vampires are written a variety of ways, but one truth unites all of them…

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