Today, I write this blog post after taking a while to re-boot.
I feel that I have been to Hell. A deep place in my soul that has me guessing who are my friends and my foes. My writing career has left me a bit worse for wear and hesitant.
I think the problems revolve around the criminals out there. Not the criminals that rob banks, murder and generally are no good. These criminals are faceless and just like you and me, except they don’t mind cyber-stealing.
You pour your heart out on the computer keyboard.
You stay up late giving up time with your family.
You read, edit and write better drafts.
You pay a lot of money. Your money you would have used on a vacation or day out with the family.
You pay for the ownership of this creation… like copyrights, LLC, editing, and book covers.
You trust most people and believe that they will do the right thing.
That’s when life was good and you hoped for many good things to come.
Then you wake up one morning and see that your heart, your hard work, your investment of time and money has been pirated. Even worse, the edition that you had before the edit, is the one that has been pirated.
To put the frosting on the cake, so to speak, those people who took it, review the unedited version.
I have heard stories like this – a very famous Author, wrote a book in the continuation of a series that was very well received even the movie version. However, her unedited version got pirated and she stopped writing the series… She said that the piracy took her heart out of the series. She said that she will never write another book in the series.
So, I have been hit many times. This last time, I felt psychologically raped of my ideas and creation.
I am not afraid that my life as a writer is going to be harder. It’s just that I am jaded now.
I don’t trust ANYONE!
I’m asking the universal powers out there… why and how do you cope?
“Lots of love” is my sign-off line – I still wish that for all of you…
Because in my soul I believe and trust a higher power… KARMA.
So, all I have to say is – cyber pirates may try – but I know that they will NEVER steal my Sunshine!
Lots of love, Emily
April 20, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Author Emily Guido, Cyber Pirates, E-book Piracy, Emily Guido, Karma, PDMI Publishing, Piracy, Stealing, The Light-Bearer Series | 37 Comments
Welcome my neighbor, Denise, and her wonderful Vampire Novel on Pay it Forward Friday!
Lots of love, Emily
by Author Denise K. Rago
Caught in a civil war among their kind in French Revolution-era Paris, vampires Christian Du Mauré and his closest friend Michel Baptiste say goodbye to their mortal lover, Josette Delacore. Christian learns that he is the father of her daughter Solange, who has been whisked away to London for her safety. Through passing centuries, Christian acts as sentry, protecting his mortal descendants, never meddling in their lives.
In present day Manhattan, Amanda Perretti agrees to meet her vagrant brother Ryan in Central Park. They have no idea that they are the last descendants of Christian and Josette. After witnessing his savage murder, Amanda then sees his fanged murderer lose his head to a mysterious man. Waking up unharmed, Amanda realizes she has entered another realm. Though the police doubt her account of the murder, she vows to find the beautiful stranger who saved her life.
Months later their paths accidentally cross, and while Amanda seeks answers, Christian tries to shield her from an ancient enemy he knows will come to seek revenge. When Michel confesses a dark secret, Christian is still unsure of how to protect Amanda and when he discovers that Amanda’s vampire lover is indeed his enemy, he must decide all of their fates. Amanda finally learns the truth about her lineage and that her blood gives vampires rare powers. He shares some of his past with her.
Amanda’s vampire lover and Christian fight one another in Central Park. Christian kills his enemy and while celebrating their victory at the local vampire club, Amanda steps outside to make a phone call. Solange and another vampire drag her up to the rooftop. After they attack Amanda, Christian tries rescuing her and receives a fatal stab wound. Amanda forces him to drink her blood to save his life while almost losing her own life.
Later, at home Christian detects two heart beats inside Amanda and realizes she is unaware she is pregnant.
A Little Look inside Immortal Obsession
Steps away from Central Park, among careworn books and paintings, the vampire Christian Du Mauré quietly watches over two modern mortals: Amanda and Ryan Perretti are the last two descendants of a painful affair Christian had more than two centuries ago in Paris France with mortal aristocrat, Josette Delacore. On the eve of revolution, he makes a vow to her, not understanding the consequences of his promise. When Immortal Obsession begins, Christian’s promise is intact; his young ancestors suspect nothing of their origin.
Amanda’s life is happily predictable: she landed her dream job working for New York’s monolithic Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she unites her fascination with Revolution-era Paris and her abiding love of art. During one late night at work, Amanda is roused by an unexpected phone call. Her brother Ryan urgently needs her help. Against her better judgment, she rushes to meet him in Central Park—and unwittingly becomes entangled in a world she never imagined was real.
How did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
Actually my husband came up with the title. I was agonizing over it when he blurted out ‘how about Immortal Obsession?’ It just made sense because the story revolves around several vampires who each became obsessed with mortal women and have sustained their fascination for them over centuries.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Definitely the vampire Christian Du Mauré as he is based on a man I knew in a past life who I loved then and still feel connected to in this lifetime. Christian is complex. He feels deeply and remains loyal to those he loves despite being a loner.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Themes of guilt, regret, betrayal and loss run through Immortal Obsession as well as the message that love is timeless and eternal. The main character, Christian Du Mauré never loses the intense love he feels for his mortal lover or the deep connection to his best friend, despite lies and betrayals by them both.
Bio of Author Denise K. Rago
Denise K Rago lives in New Jersey with her husband. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger inspired her to begin Immortal Obsession, creating her vampire Christian Du Mauré. The author is an avid reader and blogger, with a passion for art museums, Central Park, the French Revolution and all things vampire.
She puts them all to work in Immortal Obsession as well as the sequel, Blood Tears.
To learn more visit her website at www.denisekrago.com
Links to Immortal Obsession
March 14, 2015 | Categories: Paranormal Romance, Snippet, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Blood, Book, Books, Facebook, Goodreads, Interview, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Pay it Forward, Pay it Forward Friday, Romance, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 4 Comments