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Paris 1925. A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenceless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.
Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.
But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.
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Rural France, June 1925 – The witness to the Moreau massacre, Eternal, is still incarcerated in an asylum, trapped by her amnesia. Only her true love, Edouard, can help rediscover her identity. But the startling truth attracts the attention of The Count, the secret leader of a vampire cult. The Count needs Eternal’s blood to achieve his destiny at the Eternal Hour and he has the forces of evil to help him.
With little time remaining, Edouard must unravel Eternal’s vampiric past, unmask The Count, and plot their escape. But at every step, dangers beyond his understanding lurk in the shadows, and Eternal is vulnerable to attack the moment he leaves her.
With the Eternal Hour at hand and the forces of darkness converging, Edouard and Eternal must fight to rid the world of this evil. If they lose, The Count will reign supreme and unleash the dogs of war and chaos upon the world. Let the final battle begin.
TR: Simon, my brother! Man, I’ve been waiting a long time for today…how the hell are ya?
SO: Hey, Thomas…I’m doing delicious..thanks for having me over.
TR: De nada, my friend. So, what say we unleash this pony? What was the first thing you wrote, and how old were you when you wrote it?
SO: Purple bubbles here, blue bubbles there, I can see bubbles everywhere. I was 9 and was beaten by my sadistic teachers for writing it as they accused me of copying it.
TR: You’re lucky they didn’t run a drug screen on you. Today, that would happen. Well, since penning that classic, what have you written?
SO: A lot of stuff. Kidding, Thomas, let’s see 22 scripts some read by John Travolta, Ian McShane, Gary Oldman, Timothy Dalton, Amanda Donohoe. Now I have to admit, nothing has come from my scripts as getting an agent is nigh on impossible in UK. Now those scripts are emerging from their pupa state to become fully fledged novels.
TR: There should be a certain pride attached with even having those folks deign to read your stuff. Besides, who are they to know real talent? So, in regards to either your scripts or books, what made you choose your genre of writing, and what about your genre fascinates you?
SO: I only write paranormal, because I am not normal and proud of it. Star Trek persuaded me more than any other show on TV that there was more to our existence than mere mundane mediocrity hammered into us by the system.
TR: Another Trekkie! Halelujah! You know, I loved the original series. It only lasted a few years, but I agree – it put the thought of otherworldly civilizations in our brains more than any program before. Having said that, would you ever consider writing in a different genre?
SO: I’d rather have earwigs nest in my ears than stray from the path that is my destiny. Here’s the thing – I just reviewed Broken Angels by Graham Masterton, a detective thriller set in Ireland, but it was really a horror neatly disguised as a detective thriller set in Ireland. A leopard can’t change his spots.
TR: Earwigs…argh. Well, “Know thyself”, I always say – particularly if it prevents vermin from taking up residence in your body cavities. Now, much has been written about how a book will change from the original intent of the writer, as it’s being written. How did your book change as you created it, and did it surprise you how it came out?
SO: Oh boy, let’s see – Luna Series started out as Blood Bath then Bathed In Blood about a vampire reincarnated from Erzsbet Bathory – the world’s worst serial killer. It then changed to Exquisite Tenderness where a female vampire kills her lover in order to re-animate him. Finally, after 5 years we have Luna Sanguis & Luna Aeturnus a Gothic Vampire Thriller set in Paris where a female vampire must fall in love and survive a gauntlet of horrors to become an Eternal Vampire with her mate.
TR: Whew. I’m tired just from reading that. Sounds like you had quite a journey of the soul during that whole process. I’m reading “Luna Sanguis” right now, and I can say the journey certainly ended well. What is the most difficult part of writing a book?
SO: Marketing it. Writing a book is as easy as dreaming about it, but getting readers to buy it is like threading a needle with a frayed rope. Sad to say, marketing does tend to take the joy out of publishing, unless you are Stephen King and have a horde of PR GuysnGals to do that for you.
TR: I’m afraid I have to agree with you. I don’t know if I find writing it as easy as dreaming (and I can’t write about what I dream, on a personal note), but it’s sure as hell easier than selling it, that’s certain. I know you’re an indie writer. Would you consider changing over from indie publishing to traditional? (Or vice versa). Why or why not?
SO: Only if they offered me a huge sum of money and did all the promoting, then it would be worth the small percentage of sales. But I now prefer to be self published as I can decide what price my book should be.
TR: Along with a bevy of other decisions, eh? Since you evidently hate selling (and I identify), what is the most difficult element in selling your book, and how do you overcome it?
SO: Marketing for Indies is so difficult, we have to be perfect, and I mean perfect, because readers go out of their way to pick the bones from the editorial skeleton in a merciless fashion. I am blessed to have such a wonderful collection of friends in ASMSG who all help each other nurture our writing and better ourselves.
TR: Well said! They are a great bunch of folks, no doubt. And I agree with the stigma attached to indies. Now, tell our nice readers (at least I hope there are readers. Hello? Are you out there?), what mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
SO: Going small publisher was a huge mistake. Self publish is the way to go. I can decide on book cover, editor, pricing, go free when I like. You can’t do any of that traditional-wise.
TR: I’d say you’re sold on the concept of indie publishing…that about right? Okay, time to grow a set of lungs – tell us a bit about your current book, and where it’s available.
SO: Luna Aeturnus is the part 2 to my small series Gothic Vampire Historical Thriller set in an asylum, France 1925. There, a young woman is close to vampire perfection and with the next full moon, 24 hours later she will become an Eternal, but The Count is close by hunting her scent and he will stop at nothing to drink every last drop of her essence and become Eternal. It is a race against the clock and only Edouard, a psychiatrist can alter the course of events and so seal Eternal’s destiny.
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TR: Very nice – and trust me, “Luna Aerturnus” is up high on my “to read next” list. 🙂 Do you have an idea for your next book?
SO: Luna Historica will be the final chapter and explains Eternal’s history from birth during Khufu’s reign as Pharaoh to her death during the French Revolution.
TR: Aha! A bit of historical fiction thrown in with the throat nibbling…excellent! I’m assuming that by now, people are itching to get hold of you – so how do they do that?
SO: My personal links are:
SO: Thanks Thomas for this opportunity to shout about me new release. Now where’s that beer you promised?
TR: No thanks needed, my brother…it was a keen pleasure having you over for a bit. The very best of luck with both your books, and your future writing as well. Oh…here you go…
That’s a wrap folks. As I told Simon, I am reading “Luna Sanguis”, and it’s superb! Why not drop by and get both it and “Luna Aeturnus” – trust me, you can’t go wrong…