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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.

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Vanguard LA

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Uncategorized, Vanguard - Coven with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by Kaden Brown

One of the Vampire Societies is that of the Vanguards… so it is with some bemusement that Zetty is sent to the Vanguard Club to work, alongside fellow vamp, Arkady. It is Ashley’s first job and one that she grows to love. It’s the launching pad for some of the adventures and events that almost overwhelm her.

So, I thought I would show you what the Vanguard Club looks like. Yep, it is a real club, right in the heart of LA…

It is a pretty big club, much larger than what it looks like from outside. Plus, it is a favourite of the stars – performers and patrons alike – who want to be seen out and about, with the beautiful people. Hollywood at its best! If or when you visit the City of Angels, this a club you have got to experience.

I got proof!

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

Blow me down. The proof copy of Vanguard Newborn has finally arrived, totally blowing my mind. Maybe I need a celebration. It will have to wait until I have read the thing in totality though.

First looks and having read chapters 1-3 and I am surprised. Shocked. Elated! The book is way better than I had anticipated. Like, ready to pick-up from Paper Plus and buy. Really, really overwhelming to say the least.

Sure, there are a few (very few actually) things that may need fixing for the book to be absolutely perfect. Whether-or-not I fix those things will have to be decided over the next weeks or so. In the bigger scheme of things they are so minor I’m certain any reader will barely notice them.

In the next week the retail price for VN will be decided, as will the possibility of distribution outside of the US. I’m not happy with the forecasted price, hoping that it could be kept well below the NZ$30 mark (preferably RRP of NZ$22.99 or thereabouts). We’ll have to see.

Regardless, I gotta keep on writing.

Vanguard Newborn available in paperback February 2012

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Uncategorized, Update with tags , , , , on November 28, 2011 by Kaden Brown
Vanguard Newborn

Authored by Kaden Brown

List Price: Unknown at present time probably approx. USD$13.00

5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm) Black & White on Cream paper 344 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1466339484

ISBN-10: 1466339489

BISAC: Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary

Blurb:

Being made a Ward of the Vampyre Council is the least of Ashley’s problems. Or so she thought. A grouchy mentor with no patience, a face that everyone is terrified of, and not being allowed home were enough to worry about.

Newborn Ashley Zetterburg doesn’t know it, but powerful forces are aligning and she is their unwitting target. Then there’s the plotting and scheming of the Council Overlords who hold her life in their own hands.

Can she survive long enough to solve the puzzle that made her and set her upon the path of loss, pain and betrayal?

Poster version of Vanguard Newborn by Kaden Bown

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Out-take #2, Vanguard Newborn, Chapter 2 (paragraph 3)

Posted in Lilith, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2011 by Kaden Brown

Continuing on my rewrite I thought I would post a paragraph that I have just now disposed of. Not that it would vanish into the ether for ever like – I do have back-ups of back-ups of the MS so it will never be lost, so to speak. Here it is though. Just for posterity.

It wasn’t with the panic and tears that I experienced those feelings, as I had done for years following that one day’s events. When whole days and weeks and months passed in a blur, numb with emotion and listless, afraid to talk or even venture out with friends.

It’s is a mere few lines, but hey, there’s not much else to read about here is there? Zetty would probably post the whole thing and be damned. Nah, not me. Not until the rewrite is finished anyways. Then I’m not too sure about how I will approach publishing. An agent? Kindle? Line editing first? F**k knows, as Zetty would say. (She would actually say it). Some American Indian god would say Just do it! Lilith would probably be too out of it on scag to give a sh*t – unless she was killing Antediluvians that is. Me? I ain’t got any idea what’s gonna happen!

I’ll get back to the writing and listening to LGG “Born This Way” (prefer Britney right now…)

Finished? No, I’m just starting really

Posted in Iron Bound, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update, Vanguard - Coven with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by Kaden Brown

Seventeen weeks after starting Vanguard Newborn I have finished writing the story. I know that may seem slow when compared with the likes of writing Goddesses such as Richelle Mead, who can write a book in four to six weeks, but what do I care… she is brilliant and has a multitude of fantastic books that I love. I don’t compare myself to her.

Now I am taking a break from writing for a week or so – not that I will be resting back and forgetting to do anything. Last night I got into bed at about 2am having began to sketch out the character and plot for my next story, which will not be Vanguard Coven. I am taking the advice of a well respected agent who advises me not to follow-up my first book with a second part book (i.e. the second book in the same series). Rather to increase my chances of getting published I am writing a totally different book. The theory being (and she should know!) that a publisher may not want my first book for whatever reason (such as the whole series concept) but they may like my second (a different concept and maybe more saleable).

So that is what I’ll do. I am not giving up on VN. It will continue on the process to try and get it published. Line editing and copy editing awaits Zetty.

I will leave you with three words that indicate my next lead character: Witch. Undead. Adult.

Yeah. Bring it on you ****en c**t! The novel will be an Adult Urban fiction and by adult I mean it will be X-rated. I’m not sure that a publisher would touch it, but I can tone it down if they baulk at the cutting style I plan to use.

I am currently working with the title Iron Bound with the lead being taken by a girl with the name of Nadine who must exist in the underbelly of New York. Evil pleasure is the only thing that can rejuvenate her undead body. Only through learning to empathize and understand those she is forced to sleep with, share needles and harm can she build the knowledge and ability to cast spells, gain happiness, and accept what has happened to her.

But remember… all this may change. Afterall, I am still planning the god damn book (as Zetty would say).

Vanguard – Newborn word count: 99309

Coming together

Posted in Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update, Vanguard - Coven with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Kaden Brown

My first book of the Vanguard series, the Ashley Zetterburg books of the Black Society, is almost completed. The final chapter is where everything (well most of all those pesky questions and mysteries) gets answered.

I have begun to give copies to friends to evaluate and hopefully they are all able to read it to completion. Not that they are getting the last chapter. That would totally destroy the surprise WTF! ending. Hopefully Vanguard – Newborn will be finished by the end of next week. Then I’m off to South Australia for five days relaxation in (I hope) the lovely warm sun of Adelaide and catch-up time with my mum and sister. When I get back Vanguard – Coven gets started.

So here’s hoping that Zetty is loved by all those who cross her vampiric path.

Vanguard – Newborn word count: 94098

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