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Pottering and Puzzling

Posted in Lilith, O-Negative with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by Kaden Brown

Over the last month not much progress has been made on anything really. “O Negative” and part two of “Lilith” (probably to be ingeniously called “Lilith Part 2”) are at the stage of being played with, with no real inner-vibe kicking into gear and letting the story of either take-off on a good writing stint.

On the other hand, a spin-off project based-on the story of Fatima, called “Fatima” (aka: “Knowing The Mountains, Smelling The Sea: A Dialogue of Immortality”), set in a war-torn Beirut (circa 1975-76) is taking shape with huge butterflies in the tummy, and writing just flowing onto the page.

As “Fatima” is largely set in war-torn Beirut it means me having to re-learn all the names and events of that conflict. Naturally, if you have read “Rhesus A“, you know what happened to Fatima and the connection to Ashley through Kaji and Elizabeth. Well, “Fatima” is the story as told by a Cambridge molecular biology Phd candidate who seeks out Fatima in Beirut, only to discover things and experience things no human should ever know.

One of the things I want to do with “Fatima” is to write in a stunning new style that includes entire chapters that are 100%, absolutely entirely, dialogue. If anyone has read my short experimental piece “Sexy Sadie” they will know exactly what I mean.

In some ways, “Fatima” will be reminiscent of Rice’s “Interview With The Vampire” which begins with a reporter wanting to tell their stories. Unlike those books, the Cambridge scholar will not be a mere observer but an active participant in the actions of Fatima, culminating in events that lead to her being hunted and eventually executed by the Vampyre Council in North America.

Hopefully, I can decide what to do about part two of Lilith, as I feel that it really, really does need finishing-up. Maybe inspiration will hit me, and I can recapture the terse style and action that epitomizes Lilith so much. failing that, then “Fatima” will evolve as her life story (or the latter days, anyway) begin to develop and get told.

Major Issues Ashley Must Deal With

Posted in O-Negative with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by Kaden Brown

Over the next little while I will post essential information about Book 2 of the Ashley Zetterburg series, “O-Negative“. There is so much happening that it may seem overload at first. Hence, these little break-downs as to what Zetty is up to, what she thinks and feels about things, and introducing key characters, most of whom survive “O-Negative”, and continue as part of her life throughout the series.

Zetty gets a tattoo in recognition of her services. I haven't decided, but I tyhink she would like this one.... but Popov wants to put her mark on Ashley and claim her as her own. For ever.

Zetty gets a tattoo in recognition of her services. I haven’t decided, but I think she would like this one…. Popov wants to put her mark on Ashley and claim her as her own. For ever.

First up, let’s take a look at Ashley’s problems – the major issues she is trying to deal with, questions she has, and problems she has no god-damn idea how to deal with.

1) Ashley wants desperately to find her brother, Jason. He had been believed dead after going missing on a walk in the mountains of Wales. Then Ashley finds out (in “Rhesus A”) that he is not dead, and is probably in Moscow where he is a Facilitator in the List Society (the List Society Facilitators ensure close adherence to security and legal requirements as directed by the Vampyre Council). Popov says she knows his whereabouts and has used that as a coercement to get Ashley’s cooperation in bringing the perpetrator of the LA Massacre to justice (Elizabeth, her best friend when Ashley was still human, called Dee Dee). Popov suggested that she would put Ashley in contact with Jason after that mission. Will the creepy Overlord Popov keep her word? Or did Ashley assume too much?

2) With her training as Inductee of the Black Society taking almost all her time, Ashley’s relationship with Miguel begins to worsen. Being apart 24/7 sees the two lovers grow apart, just as Ashley discovers new vampire friends her own age. How will Ashley handle seeing her boyfriend less and less? In addition there are Vampyre Council secrets that soon become apparent – Mig’s practice of keeping two drugged-up humans in his apartment block, as readily available food, is not as uncommon as people have suggested. Oh boy, is she in for a shock!

3) Ashley is not permitted to contact her coven back home in England. She understands that they did bad things and protected a crazy and psychopathic Elizabeth, but Ashley literally has no other family she can call her own. Their abandonment of her and the discovery of Elizabeth’s secret, plus her own enraged assault on her best friend, have left emotional marks Ashley thinks she will carry for the rest of her undead existence.

There are heaps and heaps of more interesting issues Ashley must deal with and confront. Then there are all her new friends and acquaintances she meets at the LA base… oh, that is another story: Ashley choose to become a Vanguard (a spy) but what she did not know is that the vanguards are the most highly trained operatives of the Council. They have to be good at everything and that means Ashley has to go through Warrior training with the Blood Red Society. Heck, she is hopping mad about that! We will meet her new friends soon.

Teaser: “O-Negative”, Chapter One (Sequel To “Rhesus A”)

Posted in O-Negative, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by Kaden Brown

Things are beginning to roll here Down Under, where winter is setting-in and work is consuming if not all, then most of my waking hours. Thankfully I do get some time off (for good behavior?) therefore getting time to write is not completely impossible.

Productive I have been, and in the probably rather prolonged build-up to the sequel to my first novel, “Rhesus A”, (which is about newborn vampire Ashley Zetterburg’s attempts to adjust to life as a Ward of the Vampyre Council and new member of the Vanguards, the secretive Black Society which specializes in spying and infiltrating human and vampire groups) maybe excuses for delays have niggled and eaten at me.

“O-Negative” carries-on our heroine’s journey as she returns from overseas and starts her training as a spy. She is in for a mighty shock, not only at what profession she chose to become, but upon discovering secret human farms and a way of life she had never believed true, she realizes her own hypocrisy and tragic ethical choices.

Ashley may not be able to change the Black Society, but her importance gives her something even her new friends can never imagine – influence and the power to lead.

Without any further delay, here is Chapter One of “O-Negative” (Ashley Zetterburg book 2):

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