So the cover reveal I have for you is the next book in the series Morning Stars. I cant wait to read this book when it comes out. I was also honoured to get an author interview with Jason so check out the interview.
Vampires are real, as Marissa is delighted to discover, until she finds that drinking blood isn't all it's cracked up to be. And so it goes… Madeline uncovers new mysteries and makes new friends, while Marissa makes a mess of her life and doesn't stop to wonder what's going wrong.
In the Morgensterns’ world, Marlena appears to have recovered from her madness, but Madeline is skeptical. Wilhelm’s seeming need to manage every crisis is increasingly tested by Marissa's antics and difficulties, a trusted friend's spectacular act of betrayal, and the return of Corelis. And, to make matters worse, in the shadows, a darker foe is watching… and waiting.
The twins want to be normal teenagers, but strange events and people of indeterminable intent increasingly hem in their reality. And while Madeline and Marissa wonder if they can just live normal lives, the better question is: can they even survive the lives they're living?
Morning Stars will be published on September 1st, so check back near the time for the links on where you can purchase the book.
How exciting does this book look, as promised here is the Author interview I did with Jason.
Thanks so much for doing this interview with me Jason
Thanks for having me on your Book Corner!
Tell us about yourself?
Middle-aged, manifesting my inner 15-year-old in a flurry of writing.
On your bio on your website (jasontgraves.com) it says you are a scientist, in what field were you in? and what made you decide to get into writing?
I was a laboratory technician for several years—pharmacology and cancer biology—and later earned a Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics.
I have been writing sporadically for over thirty years, but never really ever finished anything except some short stories. Three years ago, I had as near a near-death experience as I ever hope to suffer through, and it really changed my focus in life. I gave up research science and really focused on my writing. The iterative process of drafting and re-drafting my 40,000-word Master’s thesis helped me develop the discipline to write my first novel, Blood Roses.
Do you have a day job besides writing?
I teach science in community college and high school.
Where did you get the idea from for your first book - Blood Roses, which was amazing by the way.
Thank you! I appreciate you telling me that!
My older daughter and wife and I were reading various young adult books several years ago, and I had the crazy idea to write a story in which vampirism appears to be biologically plausible. Of course, that approach could go tragically dull in so many ways, so I kept the science light and, with the help of some interesting characters, I ended up writing a mystery story, seasoned with adventure and romance, and some creepy bad guys for fun. It’s really unlike any vampire story you’ve ever read.
As for creating the characters, they kind of do that themselves. I am very much a pantser when I write (and in life) and many of my stories are informed by dreams. My characters come alive for me and carry on conversations in my head. I write these down and edit them, but I try not to force my characters into too much of a pre-conceived mold; I find the story is much more interesting if I let them do their thing. Obviously, my subconscious is directing the show (otherwise my lovely wife would have had me dragged away to the loony bin long ago), but the image of people living whole lives in your head is a romantic one, right?
Who is your favourite character from the book?
Maelcom, without a doubt. In a lot of ways he is the bedrock for the other characters, and yet he gets to do and say some really zany things. He’s like the big brother or favorite uncle who always has a witty comment and is there to pull your butt out of the fire at the last second. He is especially endearing in that I never anticipated Maelcom—I never planned him—he just showed up one day while I was writing a scene and he never left.
Who are you most like from Your book?
Oooh, tough question to answer… I intentionally try to NOT write myself into my stories, but some things do leak through. Psychologically, I am somewhere between Wilhelm and Marissa, with a little bit of Maelcom thrown in for good measure. I have a dry sense of humor that some love and others find abrasive, and I am constantly playing with words and making puns. I’m a bit of an acquired taste, I guess.
Do you have a "thing" you to do get into the zone for writing?
Music! I love listening to new (to me) music for inspiration, and I am incredibly thankful that the internet allows independent musicians an outlet for their talents. I listen to most of my music online now and purchase digital downloads from artist’s websites.
Vacations, even short ones, are also great for sparking imagination. I recently visited New Orleans for a few days, and came away with a short story and three ideas for novels, one of which I will be submitting to lit agents in a few days.
Oh, and whiskey; it’s great for raw writing, as it lowers your inhibitions and allows you to write more freely (isn’t that a lovely rationalization for drinking?). Conversely, I avoid alcohol when I am editing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Sitting on the stack of books that I will have written! By then, the entire Noctivagas Chronicle will be complete, as will several other novels that are—at the moment—partially written. Given the progress that I have made in the last nine months, I hope to have at least one book being produced by a major publisher within 5 years. An appearance or two on the New York Times bestseller list would be nice. And a movie deal.
You have to aim high and dream big!
The next book to Blood Roses is coming out soon what can we expect from this book?
The second book in the Noctivagas Chronicle is titled Morning Stars and it will be released on September 1st by Second Wind Publishing, a mid-sized press here in North Carolina. Morning Stars is a more active book than Blood Roses because, being the second book, I could move beyond much of the set building and exposition of the first. And, frankly, my writing has improved.
In Morning Stars, you learn more about each of the characters and their motivations and fears. I do a lot more showing, instead of telling, and I focus on evocative writing and capturing emotions in this book, without sacrificing the action and the wicked twists that people really enjoyed in Blood Roses. And, there are some substantial upsets in Morning Stars.
As a teaser: the twins learn something about their biological parents…
What book are you reading now?
I am reading an eARC of Reaper’s Rhythm the second novel from my friend and fellow author Clare Davidson.
What is your favourite and worst book you've read?
You ask dangerous questions! A short answer is that I have many favorites, but if I had to pick out a pivotal book for me, The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson would be it. The worst book… I can’t answer that on the grounds that it would be hurtful to an indie author. However, the worst mainstream-published book that comes to mind is Eregon.
What's next after Morning Stars?
I am currently editing an anthology of short stories, Off the Beaten Path, which should be available on Amazon by October; one of the stories is mine. I am also working on several novels that are unrelated to The Noctivagas Chronicle series: Sticks and Stones, a horror novel set in the North Carolina mountains that deals with past slavery and modern-day prejudices… including paranormal prejudices; Raveled Veil, a story about a sex-addicted woman who is allegedly a witch, which causes her no end of trouble with both men and demons; and Tripping, a near-future dystopian novel about an exceptional computer hacker who has kept his talents hidden out of fear, and when they are finally revealed, he discovers that the people close to him aren’t exactly as they appeared to be and others are willing to kill to acquire his skills. Finally, my Blood Roses/Morning Stars characters won’t hush, so—against my plans for the moment—I’ve already written 6,000 words of the third book in The Noctivagas Chronicle.
Did you read as a child? What was your favourite book?
That depends on the exact chronology of my childhood, but Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman, Melor, King Arthur’s Page by C.O. Peare, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Hobbit/LoTR by Tolkien, and 1984 by Orwell.
Favourite tv show?
Star Trek (the original series).
Favourite paranormal creature?
Vampires, of course J
Do you have a pet hate?
Most embarrassing moment?
Not for public consumption… way too personal.
Favourite place to go?
The mountains—doesn’t matter which ones.
Thanks for hosting me!
Jason, thank you for such an amazing interview, I have to agree with you on so many things, Maecolm is one of my favourites as well, I agree a movie deal is a must, My dad is a huge star trek fan from the first series with William Shatner, One of my favourite colours is Purple, can you tell?
I am so excited about Morning Stars and cant wait for the other books to come out.