Archive for June, 2012

My Opinion? I’m Just Trying to Walk

Posted in Lilith, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Uncategorized, Vanguard - Coven with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by Kaden Brown

A friend and great up-and-coming best-selling author, John Ling (he has a thriller out right now called The Blasphemer, available at Amazon), once asked me to write a piece about my experiences self-publishing. At the time I was a little daunted, and not a little bit perplexed: I had no successful experience as a self-published author. Sure, I had put something on Kindle (an early error-ridden and first draft version of Vanguard Newborn) but my efforts had been dilittante-ish at best.

Since that belittling realisation, which both embarrassed me and motivated me to clean-up VN and make it a darker, more interesting story, things have progressed in leaps and bounds. Vanguard Newborn was finally ready for publishing (without going to an editor!) at which time I decided that the title was not ideal and promptly renamed the book Rhesus A. Actually, the full title is Rhesus A – a Vanguard Newborn.

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True Blood’s Take On Lilith

Posted in Lilith, Uncategorized, Update with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Kaden Brown

This week’s episode of True Blood is as ever exciting, even without the usual levels of violence and sex associated with the hit vampire series.

For me it was remarkable for the central position given by The Authority (equivalent to the Council in my own Rhesus A) to Lilith. Now, Lilith is a major figure in The Bible – her being Adam’s first wife and all – but the Vampire Authority has its own bible and it pre-dates the Christian one. In the vamp bible Lilith is the one original vampire, and The Authority even has a prayer in her honour, much like the Christian Lord’s Prayer:

“The blood of Lilith. The First, The Last, The Eternal. We are born of Lilith, she who was created in God’s image. The First, The Last, The Eternal. We swear fealty to the Blood and to the Progenitor The First, the Last, The Eternal. Lord and Lilith, Father and Mother, protect us as we protect you, From this day until the hour of the True Death… And in Lord and Lilith’s name we say… Vampyr.”

The Lilith in my world is not a vampire, rather she is an immortal human, returned to ever-lasting life by the angel Samael. She was born in Sammara, Persia (Sammara is now in Iraq) around 500BC, at a time of war and mega violence. Lilith and her brother were murdered by their siblings which Lilith stills sees as an awful and natural consequence of bullying. Samael wants Lilith to learn to forgive those who killed her. But in her drug-addled and sex-addicted state it seems like an impossible task, one that she doesn’t even comprehend.

So in my Rhesus A world Lilith is immortal, but she is human. Just like the vampires of her world she can die, so she is not really immortal, in the sense that some things can kill her.

Tear out her heart, or take her head, then Lilith is as good as dead…

Oh, I almost forgot. The preview of Lilith (the first half of the book) is still available for preview. If you would like to have a sneak-peek  visit https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1101959 and download Lilith. Be sure to leave your comments and star-rating.

Rhesus A – Top 50, Contemporary Fantasy UK Kindle

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2012 by Kaden Brown

Woohoo! Rhesus A has climbed inside the UK top fifty of the Kindle Paid Contemporary Fantasy sales. Heh, so much for a certain vampire publisher who said she’s never heard of an indie publisher selling more than twenty copies. Just wish I had more reviews…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bestsellers-Kindle-Store-Contemporary-Fantasy/zgbs/digital-text/362267031/ref=zg_bs_pg_3?_encoding=UTF8&pg=3

Having said that I want more reviews, it seems like I may have been trolled by an unverified reviewer who totally dissed Rhesus A (see amazon.com). Oh well, all part of the deal, I suppose.

Sneak Peek – Pod Magnum

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Uncategorized, Update with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Kaden Brown

A little project that I have been working on lately, in addition to Lilith, is a novelette called Pod Magnum.

As a little exercise in creative writing, and possibly something larger, it tells the story of a group of explorers who have made contact with a ‘backward’ bipedal species on an Earth-like planet in the Gliese system… Writing is ongoing, being done in moments when I feel like a change.

You can read the story thus-far here (*.doc format).

In other news, the free-giveaway of Rhesus A is about to end on Kindle, so download quick now.

Free Campaign Takes-off

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Uncategorized, Update with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by Kaden Brown

A friend of mine, Matt Hammond, recently wrote about how a free promo offer on his novel “Milkshake” (see the right-hand menu for the link) resulted in higher conversion (i.e. actual purchases of the novel) after the free promo had finished. His numbers seemed great (1300 free copies after the five day campaign/63 full sales afterwards), good enough to encourage me to try the same freebie promo…

So on June 3rd my own free campaign started and I can already report a healthy 214 copies have been chosen on Kindle in less than 24 hours. The promotion ends on June 7th. You better get in now.

Huh,the numbers are changing as I look on my ‘reports’ … okay, now let’s see where all this takes me in the long term.

In other news Lilith has moved slightly closer to completion; my sci-fi novelette Pod Magnum is off with a bang; awaiting results of ‘Writers of the Future‘ contest.

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