Demon Invasion 10/17/22

The Vampire from Hell Part 7

In the seventh installment of the Vampire from Hell series, Rayea’s world descends into chaos weeks before her wedding to her fiancé, Blick. Making a surprise visit, Blick’s grandmother invites Rayea to meet Blick’s extended family. To the couple’s surprise, Blick’s relatives welcome her with open arms, but insist on a change of cast for the wedding. Rayea instead will marry Prince Sebastian, Blick’s nephew. If Rayea objects, Blick dies.

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New Release – Vampire Wolf

Zombie Bite: Part 1 is live!

What’s the story about?

Twenty-three year old Sasha Evans wasn’t sure what happened when she raised a shotgun at her husband of two years and pulled the trigger. As far as she could tell, he wasn’t her husband anymore. The face staring back at her was some kind of creature filled with rage, not her husband. She had to defend herself or else.

Shapeshifting warrior, Zachary Kerzek and his team travel throughout the solar system, keeping a check on any sightings of zombies. On Earth, Zachary’s destiny unfolds when he comes face to face with an innocent bystander who gets bitten. If he doesn’t do something to save her, she’s as good as dead.

Where can I get this book?

Zombie Bite, Part 1 is today on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

And Available 2/2/2021 on Amazon. Pre-order now!

What else is in the series?

Be on the lookout for the other parts in the Vampire Wolf series.

Part 2 – Blood Moon
Part 3 – Rage Virus
Part 4 – Blood Requiem

Where is The Vampire from Hell?

As my readers know, I have been missing in action since my last book was published January 2015. I’ve been working on Rayea’s story and have 6 parts planned to continue The Vampire from Hell series into 2021-2022. Demon Invasion (The Vampire from Hell Part 7) is up next and currently in progress.

Once all 6 parts are complete, this collection will be release as a set.

~ally 12_11pm 1/31/21

New Series – Vampire Wolf

Next month, I have a new series coming out. Pre-orders are already available for Zombie Bite: Part 1.

What’s the story about?

Twenty-three year old Sasha Evans wasn’t sure what happened when she raised a shotgun at her husband of two years and pulled the trigger. As far as she could tell, he wasn’t her husband anymore. The face staring back at her was some kind of creature filled with rage, not her husband. She had to defend herself or else.

Shapeshifting warrior, Zachary Kerzek and his team travel throughout the solar system, keeping a check on any sightings of zombies. On Earth, Zachary’s destiny unfolds when he comes face to face with an innocent bystander who gets bitten. If he doesn’t do something to save her, she’s as good as dead.

Where can I get this book?

Exclusive early release! Zombie Bite (Vampire Wolf #1) is coming January 31 to major retailers, but the ebook is available NOW at #Smashwords for immediate purchase and reading! #presale https://www.smashwords.com/books/presale/1061153

Zombie Bite, Part 1 is Available 1/31/2021 on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Pre-order now!

And Available 2/2/2021 on Amazon. Pre-order now!

What else is in the series?

Be on the lookout for the other parts in the Vampire Wolf series.

Part 2 – Blood Moon
Part 3 – Rage Virus
Part 4 – Blood Requiem

Where is The Vampire from Hell?

As my readers know, I have been missing in action since my last book was published January 2015. I’ve been working on Rayea’s story and have 6 parts planned to continue The Vampire from Hell series into 2021-2022. Demon Invasion (The Vampire from Hell Part 7) is up next and currently in progress.

What’s Up with the Short Length?

I’ve decided to abandon writing full size books since it seems that’s a major anxiety point for me. It’s part of the reason I’ve been unable to return to writing before now. So my plan moving forward is to release smaller parts of a book, 50-60 pages. I’m not going to attempt to work on larger projects because they seem to stall out.

For example, with the Vampire Wolf series, I have 4 parts planned. Each part will be 50-60 pages. Once the series is finished, the parts will be released as a collection, something like Vampire Wolf (Parts 1-4).

Moving Forward

For those readers who want to read the parts along with me as I write them, you’ll get to see the series being created first hand. I’m really excited about this approach because the story may be designed to go one way, and then end up traveling in another direction.

For those readers who want to wait until the series is completed, or the season in the case of The Vampire from Hell is done, you’ll read the sections as a full book. That’s an interesting ride as well as I discovered when I returned to Rayea’s story in 2019 and reread Parts 1-6 in their entirety.

To My Readers

As we get ready for 2021, and put 2020 behind us, I want to thank my readers who haven’t given up on me. I’ve gotten emails and posts from readers wanting to know when Rayea’s story will continue. I’ve been away too long, and I do want you to know I apologize for my absence. It’s been a long road back and I THANK YOU for not forgetting about me!

~ally 8_04 am 12/28/20

Halloween is Around the Corner

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means another year will be coming to an end soon too.  The Fall season is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the cooler weather, the festivals, and the way people seem to be more relaxed after fighting a hot summer.

Also Season 2 of the Vampire from Hell series is taking shape as well. That’s very exciting news!

Granted, we have 47 more days until Oct. 31st, but as you can tell, I’m counting down the days. Are you? What your Halloween plans for 2019?

~peace & love, ally~

Writing Tips from Authors

It’s always fun to look around and see what writing advice authors have.  To start with I found an article about what authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature had on writing. I found two helpful ones.

1. Make people believe in your story.
The Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The celebrated author of novels such as A Hundred Years of Solitude was also a journalist. When asked about the difference between journalism and writing fiction, Marquez answered thus:

‘In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.’

2. Don’t focus on being done.
Of all the writing tips from authors, the advice John Steinbeck gave remains some of the best. In the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review (excerpted by The Atlantic here), Steinbeck wrote:

‘Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.’

Source: 8 Writing Tips from Authors Who Won the Nobel

I decided to keep looking and found a few more that are ones I find extremely helpful to my situation. They are as follows:

Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith

“Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” — Will Self

Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless!” — Joyce Carol Oates

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” — Neil Gaiman

“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.” — Zadie Smith

“The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’” — Helen Simpson

Source: 20 Writing Tips from 12 Fiction Authors

Free Book! The Vampire from Hell (Parts 1-5)

Free through July 31st!

As of July 31, 2018, this offer has expired.

Through July 31st, you can pick up Parts 1-5 of the Vampire from Hell series for Free from Smashwords.com.

Begin the journey with Rayea, the Vampire from Hell. In this collection, we recall how Satan, Rayea’s father turned her into a vampire. We see her visit her friends in the House of G and on Earth as well as return to Hell. Now in the fifth installment, Rayea learns she has a new opportunity to move up in the supernatural chain of command and assume her role as a blood god. She’s killed her father, Satan and hopefully her evil sister, Stephanie and the Ancient Council is pleased. Only problem? Rayea has no memory of these events or who these people are.

Parts 1-5 of the Vampire from Hell series is Free through July 31st.

What Did You Call Me?

Have you heard of these authors?

  • Robert Galbraith
  • J.D. Robb
  • Anne Rampling
  • Richard Bachman

They are all authors you know well, but you can’t place their names. That’s because the list above gives the pseudonyms or pen names for very famous writers.

Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling.
J.D. is Nora Roberts.
Anne Rampling is Anne Rice.
Richard Bachman is Stephen King.

Pseudonym is derived from the Greek word pseudonymon which literally means false name. They are used to conceal one’s identify in many walks of life from business to criminal activity to fashion or sports, literature, religion, acting, etc. You can probably list a few you know right off hand.

Here’s a quick list I compiled. The person’s legal name is in parentheses. Source

Al Capone (Alphonse Gabriel Capone)
Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, Jr.)
Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney; born William Henry McCarty, Jr.)
Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker)
Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus)
Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel)
Elizabeth Arden (Florence Nightingale Graham)
Estée Lauder (Josephine Esther Mentzer)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch)
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)
Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)
Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson)
Rocky Marciano (Rocco Francis Marchegiano)
Shirley MacLaine (Shirley MacLean Beaty)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Ray Charles Leonard)
Sugar Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr.)
The Sundance Kid (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh)

So Why Use a Pseudonym?
Your name doesn’t fit the genre. Particularly in romance or science fiction, you may consider using an abbreviated name or something that doesn’t draw attention to your true identity. If you want to write erotica, this is true as well.

You want to conceal your real identity. When I started writing paranormal fantasy and the majority of my stories were about vampires, I elected to create a pseudonym. I wanted to be able to promote and discuss my books without posting anything about it on my social media pages. My family and friends have an idea of how weird I am, but they don’t know the overall range I bounce around in. 😛 Thus Ally Thomas was born. (In addition to a few other pseudonyms I write under.)

Your name is too hard to pronounce or spell. Before I married, my maiden name was difficult to spell. It was so bad, I had to create a story to go along with it to show how to put the name together.

You’ve been given a truly bad name to start with. Sometimes our parents don’t realize what they are doing with they give us an odd or unique first name or we happen to have an unusual family name. I happen to know one friend who named her first some after a demon and I’m not talking about the kid from the movie, The Omen.

You want to expand into other genres. It’s not really a well-known fact, but many male authors write romance or erotica. You wouldn’t guess that because they don’t use their legal names or a male pseudonym.