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Book Release – “Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival: Concluding Volume of the Vampire Noctuaries”

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When you thought the shadows could become no darker, Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival: Concluding Volume Of The Vampire Noctuaries takes you further into the tale of Elric and Helle DuBois. Told from Helle’s perspective, the story picks up where The Gothic Rainbow: Beginning Volume of The Vampire Noctuaries ended.

We learn the true motives of Camillia, and the mystery of mortals played as Pawns, in centuries-old Killing Games, by the insidious DuBois sisters. The secrets grow deeper. The passion becomes stronger. The fury knows no limits. There is far more to Elric and Helle than they have ever dreamed.

Welcome to Annwn’s Obsidian Sideshow & Maelstrom Festival, where the love of Elric and Helle will cause dominions to fall and tragedy and death be left in their wake.

At the venerable Walt Disney Studios, the illustrious Snow White is affectionately known as “The One That Started It All…”

Of course, this is a reference to a number of things. Snow White was the first feature-length animated film, but it was also the film which the entire future of Walt Disney Studios was gambling upon. Every last penny of the Studio was invested into it and had Snow White failed, the Walt Disney Studios would have been no more.

As a novelist, The Gothic Rainbow: Beginning Volume of the Vampire Noctuaries is “The One That Started It All…” for my writing career. That was my very first novel.

There was only one problem with it; The Vampire Noctuaries is a duology, and I never finished the second book.

Finally, 16 years after publishing The Gothic Rainbow, the sequel is done. Completing the writing of Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival: Concluding Volume of the Vampire Noctuaries, has set me free. A great weight is lifted. At last, I can rest assured the story is complete.

Life didn’t turn out quite the way I planned. I didn’t start writing novels and then just continue to be a novelist like I had dreamed. Nope. I wrote one novel and then life distracted me and pulled me away from writing. For the next 17 years, Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival became the monkey on my back. Nay, it became the “mutant elephant-sized gorilla” on my back. See, I often would get the urge to write again. Some ideas would pop in my head. I’d get stirrings of tales.

Then, from the shadows, Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival would whisper, “You haven’t written me yet.”

Deep inside, I felt like a failure. Yes, completing and publishing The Gothic Rainbow was the first real accomplishment of my life, but in my heart, I knew the story wasn’t done. How could I call myself a success if I was only half finished with what I had intended to achieve?

Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival haunted me all these years. I couldn’t write a new novel until Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival was complete. Otherwise, I was still that 16 year old dreamer who was all talk, but never actually wrote a damn book. The Vampire Noctuaries is a singular epic story. When I completed The Gothic Rainbow, I felt I had only written half a book, not a whole one. Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival had to be finished before I could truly become a “promising young novelist”.

At last, it is done. With the publication of Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival, the Vampire Noctuaries are complete. At last I am a novelist. At last, I can permit myself to write something new.

Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival, like all of my books, is available in hardcover, paperback, or as an eBook for your Kindle or Nook or iPad or whatever. Simply visit the website below to purchase the book in whatever format you desire: