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Diaper Parties and books, what will they think of next?

Greetings and salutations all,

This is my first post at the IWAssociation and as a proud member of the Distinguished Press author family. They have been wonderful so far, very welcoming and fun to talk with. I’ve got a great new editor (and owner) and have already made some new friends. Enough about DP though onto my post.

About a month ago I went to a diaper party, what a diaper party some of you may be asking? (I know what it is because I’ve been to a bunch) Let’s see what the good old interwebs has to say:

“This is the male equivalent to a baby shower. When the mother of the child has a baby shower, the father of the child has a Diaper Party, at which his buddies (usually the significant others of the women attending the baby shower) bring cases of diapers and beer.

Hey man, is your Diaper Party the same day as the baby shower?”

women-history-month-sports-no-interest   The above is from urbandictionary.com and it sums it up. It’s the male version of  baby shower, here’s the problem I’ve had, all my friends are geeks. As such I’ve  never had a very good time at any of them. Yes I know what you’re thinking, maybe that’s more my fault than theirs but let me give you an example of how they can get weird from a brief recount of the one I went to last month. So a friend of my brother’s (and I guess a casual friend of mine) who we’ll call Bill invited me to his party. I brought diapers but no beer (I had been at a party the night before and was more than a little hungover) and it wasn’t a BBQ. You know how you have friends that you only see once, twice or maybe three times a year? Bill is that kind of friend for me. So I went and as expected the hockey game was on (Bill’s a geek but a lot of people he invited aren’t). I have zero interest in sports, at least watching, I’ve haven’t followed a team since high school and couldn’t care less about the Olympics or any playoff/championship game. There was food but of course I’m a vegetarian (no one else there was) so about 90% was not what I would eat. To make this party even more strange is the fact that his parents are there (he doesn’t live at home but this is where the party was held) and they invited all these people in their 50-60s who are all bikers. I knew maybe 6 people there out of 30. All this adds up to a rather boring time for me, at least for the first few hours.

(I couldn’t find a picture of a guy who didn’t like sports but it’s okay, I’m a lot cuter than her 😉 So as I’ve noticed during parties after a while when the early birds leave (or in this case they really out of place biker people trying to social with people 30 years younger than them) break into smaller groups where people chat more. This one guy came in the room and started talking about TV shows (in particular Game of Thrones, which is amazing by the way!) books and movies. Naturally my geek antenna went up and once I had my chance I worked my way into the conversation. We had a nice chat about geeky stuff (there’s a ton of comic books movies these days and lots of good TV). Bill felt his social duties to mix with the rest of party ended and he came in too (I quite like Bill if you’re wondering, I’m just not a family man and I find you naturally spend time with childless couples rather than those with them). Eventually we started talk about books and in particular horror ones (which I am something of an expert on).

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We both agreed that “The Dark Tower” (by Steve King of course, if you didn’t know that you may be on the wrong website!) starts off wonderful but eventually turns to almost unreadable garbage (King basically admits that he pumped out the last two books because he thought he was going to die after a bad accident). And no I haven’t read the latest one (which actually takes place earlier in the series) and yes the comics are generally top notch so I don’t condemn everything with “Dark Tower” on it. I finally found a chance to start talking about my books (“The Newfoundland Vampire” books 1 and 2) and I handed out a bookmark (now double sided!). I don’t know if he’ll buy a copy (I don’t remember his name, I’m terrible with them) but I think I made a good impression. (You know I was going to work a plug in here somewhere!) I always like to hear people’s perspective on vampire books/movies/TV shows in particular as I’m in the editing process for the re-issue of book 1 at my new publishing home Distinguished Press and this should hopefully be available right sometime in July of 2015.

So if you’re at a crappy party by advice would be drink more (if you’re of age and get a ride home of course) or just stick it out and wait for the people you want to chat with. As for diaper parties…they’re not going away here in Newfoundland and at least I can buy the biodegradable ones, plus I find there’s always a few geeks everywhere I go.

Have you been to a diaper party? What did you think of it? Until next time everyone!

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Release day of Inferno by Karyn Pearson (Hellfire Trilogy)

This story has been excitedly anticipated by many readers. Today, it was released to a flurry of excitement! The first story in Karyn Pearson’s Hellfire Trilogy is Spark. This story unravels the strings of chaos wound tightly around a young demon huntress on a mission to rescue her mother. Just when she thinks she’s able to calm down and move forward with a peaceful life, Hell interferes again.

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Inferno Synopsis:

After defeating the Saligia, Ardentia thought that her journey had come to a close. With her mother’s curse broken, she had hoped for peace at last. Hell had other plans.

Demons have grown bolder; they strike at all hours of the day, laying siege to the borders of the sanctuary towns, and possess humans to get around the wards meant to keep them out. To make matters worse, there is an even greater threat looming on the horizon. A new power has risen in the north, Belial, the first of four Crown Princes of Hell.

The Crown Prince is ruthless—far more powerful than the likes of any demon Ardentia or Noxius haveever faced. He seeks to travel to the four corners of the Earth and free his brothers, Asmodeus, Leviathan, and Ba’al. Should Belial’s plan succeed, Lucifer will rise and the final battle for mankind’s survival will begin.

No one is safe; not even the defenses of the great city of Salvatio can keep the powers of Hell at bay. Belial’s reach is vast, extending deep into the holy city itself. A traitor walks within the walls, tearing Salvatio down from the inside out.

Now, it is a race against the clock, and Ardentia must stop Belial before all is lost. The dangers she must face are greater than they have ever been. She knows the journey alone might kill her, provided the demon does not get around to it first. But even the threat of certain death will not stop her.

Ardentia has but one choice—to brave the hellfire and face Belial, or watch her world be lost to the coming inferno.

 

Excerpt from Inferno:

 

Ira Finem was in sight.The huntress looked ahead, spying countless numbers of bat-like creatures swooping over the town like vultures circling their prey before going in for the kill. Smoke rose from buildings and broken down parts of the old wall,smaller fires burned here and there. As she got closer, she could make out the faint sounds of fighting in the distance, but they eventually fell silent, the demons shrieking in victory.

“Damn it,” Noxius cursed. “At this rate, we’ll be lucky if the town is still standing by the time we reach it!”

“How bad is it?”Ardentia asked. “What do you see?”

“Humans under demon control, at least twenty of them.”

The huntress gave an aggravated sigh. “Great,” she paused, taking a moment to breathe. “And how many demons?”

“At least three times as many possedi, perhaps more, and some of them are upper level demons, but most are the usual lower level weaklings.”

“So not even enough for a warm up.”

Noxius laughed. “You sound disappointed.”

“I am…a little.”

They sped forward, the wall approaching fast. The sound of the motorcycle engine caught the soaring demons’ attention, six of them breaking off from their predatory ring above the town and diving toward them. Ardentia’s eyes flashed upward at the incoming swarm and then to Noxius. He gave a nod, flying up to meet them. A moment later fiery bodies rained from the sky and Noxius returned to the huntress’ side in time for another wave of attacking demons.

The huntress ground her teeth together in irritation and reached for one of the pistols holstered at her hips. She drew the gun, steadying the motorcycle with one hand, still driving forward, and took aim, firing off a few rounds. The holy bullets found their marks in the demons’ wings, legs, and chests, the burning purifying power causing them to scream in agony.Some of them tumbled out of the sky, landing incrumpled heaps of burning, broken limbs on the plain.

Ardentia smirked,whipping her head back to glance at the felled demons, satisfied to see that none of them were able to give chase, and then looked ahead again, spying a couple hunters on the wall trying to fend off four possedi. She would have to help them later. Drawing her eyes away,her gaze focused to just below the top of the wall, realizing the gate was closed. At the rate of speed she was traveling, she would crash into the doors. She sighed and holstered her pistol, pressing her fingers to her lips in a shrill whistle.

The hunters on the gate glanced her way, still trying to fight off their attackers. One nodded at the other and he took off running for the lever that would raise the gate. He sprinted to the center of the wall, not daring to look back to see if therewere any demons or possedipursuinghim. With a leap, he reached the lever and slammed it down. Slowly, the gate creaked to life, an iron chain winding up as it rose.

“Ardentia,” Noxius started anxiously, “We’re still moving too fast.”

“I know,” she answered him.

“We’re going to crash.”

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You can purchase Spark and Inferno for .99 cents each until February 3rd!

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Author Biography:

 

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Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy #1) and Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy #2) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.” Her current projects include Embers (Hellfire Trilogy #3) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.

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Hello Everyone!

Hello IWA! It’s a pleasure to be a part of your group. My name is Karyn and I am the author of Spark, the first book in The Hellfire Trilogy, a story set in a post-apocalyptic earth in the midst of an ongoing angel/demon war with mankind caught in the middle. I could probably rant on forever about my book, but I’ll save that for the promos. This is supposed to be an introduction to me, not my book! So getting back to myself, I am a Class of 2013 graduate of UC Irvine and I have a Bachelor’s in anthropology. I speak, read, and write French, though not as well as I’d like—but according to my French-Canadian friend, my fluency level is better than some of the native speakers he knows in Montreal, so that’s encouraging. Anyway, I seem to have gotten onto a bit of a tangent. Expect this to happen quite often. My brain is weird enough that it makes logical connections between topics and suddenly I end up on tangents of tangents of tangents—oh look, I just did it again. See what I mean?

Moving right along, I should say that other than writing, I also love reading. But lately I’ve found myself so busy I can’t even sit still for a few hours to get a few chapters in on whatever book I’m trying to read. You see, I also have two dogs, my adorable fur babies, and they demand a lot of attention. Nikki, my German Shepherd mix, she always wants to play. If I sit still for a long time I usually end up with toys on my lap, or sometimes her head. Jamie, my purebred German Shepherd, he just wants to get some love from his favorite human. So needless to say, between those two, I’ve hardly got a moment to spare. It’s a miracle I get anything written at all!

But somehow I manage it nonetheless. My other interests, completely non-dog related, include playing video games like Kingdom Hearts, titles from the Final Fantasy franchise, Portal, Warframe, TERA, and sometimes even Guild Wars 2. The majority of my games are online, so you might catch me playing sometime. In which case, feel free to say hello or ask “Why aren’t you writing?” because every now and then I could use a good nudge (or kick) of motivation to get back to work.

I also enjoy music. Right now my current favorites are Imagine Dragons, 30 Seconds to Mars, and The Civil Wars along with my long-time favorites, Blue October, Incubus, Muse, and many others. I’d say my musical tastes are fairly eclectic, since my range of preferred music genres spans from Classical to Indie Rock and even a little bit of Metal. About the only genres of music I don’t really like are hip hop, R&B, and rap, with a few rare exceptions. I’m not too picky really.

Along with video games, music, and books, just like any normal person, I’m also a fan of many different shows on TV. In fact I have the CW’s Supernatural to thank for helping lay part of the foundation for Spark and the other two novels in the trilogy. I am a huge fan of Doctor Who, which is yet another show that has partially influenced yet another book I’m in the process of writing about aliens. Other shows I watch and love include The Vampire Diaries, Warehouse 13, Paranormal Witness, Covert Affairs, and so many others that the full list would be ridiculously long.

I know there’s a lot more about me to be said, but my heat-fogged brain can’t seem to come up with anything else. No doubt the hot weather has done something terrible to my brain cells. But in any event, if you’ve made it this far through my introduction, congratulations! My ranting hasn’t put you to sleep yet! Thank you very much for staying awake long enough to read to the end. I shall conclude this very long introduction by saying that I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all and hopefully you all feel the same about me (provided I haven’t already scared you off with my eccentricity). It’s such an honor to be a part of the group and I look forward to working with everyone at IWA. Thank you for having me.

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