Friday, March 26, 2010

The Books

Since this entire blog is dedicated to my books, I guess I should tell you all about the ones I have going right now. I have 2 finished first drafts, 1 of which is in the rewrite stage, 1 book is almost done with the first draft, and about 4 others that are in production with the first draft but aren't very far.

The Books:

Hellenic Distractions
Genre: romance/erotica, m/m
Status: Finished 1st draft. Word Count = 56,741
Alex is looking for fun now and romance later. While hiding his true feelings for his best friend, and ex, he starts seeing his next door neighbor, who is from Greece. Language is a barrier but he will eventually discover there are more problems to his international relationship than he could ever imagine. All the while, his friend keeps putting him in tough spots and it's hard for him to fight off his desires. With two options, what is Alex to do?

Tattle Tell - formerly titled Ephram's Defiance
Genre: fantasy/sci-fi, maybe YA
Status: Finished 1st draft and in rewrite. 1st Word Count = 23,221
Ephram is a 15 year old boy with a secret. He is a mutant and is required by the Suits to tell on anyone he ever sees display signs of mutation. He has to tell on everyone, even when it's one of his only friends. Tired of telling, Ephram does his best to stay away from anyone, to not have friends but then a new kid shows up. He is friendly, different and also has a secret. When Ephrams discovers the truth he has a choice to make. Does he tell and lose another best friend, or does he refuse to tell?

Standing Ground - formerly known as Hero
Genre: fantasy/sci-fi
Status: almost finished with 1st draft. Word Count = 77,756
Noah is a reluctant hero. His family is involved in the Superhero Society that the government created to use the genetic mutations for their protection and such. He has refused to join, take the oath, and keeps the extent of his abilities hidden. His biggest fear is becoming a weapon and he has no intention on using his powers to their full extent. That is, until his father, brother and boyfriend are kidnapped.

Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal
Status: 4 chapters of demon's side done.
Two main characters. Elijah is an angel who is starting to struggle with his duties as past desires begin to surface. Lucas is a new demon, adjusting to his new afterlife in Detroit. The two meet by chance at a club, and by even more chance a second time, and they start dating. It's not easy for an angel and demon to be together, particularly when they don't know the truth about each other. On top of the relationship drama they each have their own conflicts. Their relationship is discovered and the counsels insist that Lucas either leave Elijah alone or they will get rid of him themselves. Lucas must decide whether to leave his lover on his own or by force.

Blood Prophesy
Genre: paranormal
Status: 2 chapters. On the backburner for now.
Silver Delacroix is a witch/vampire-like being and she is on a mission. With the direction of her Mentor, Ash, she is sent out to find the Prophet. But Ash's other student has been picked by a rival pack and has also been sent out for the same goal. If the other side gets a hold of the prophet war will break out. Silver must reach the Prophet before Phoenix. The race is on.

These are the current books that will be mentioned in this blog. You'll get to meet the different main and side characters. The plots will be discussed and even the setting. There are more novels to come but this is enough for now.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Genetic Mutation

Why use genetic mutation?

When it comes to my series, this is one question I have to consider. Even with the young teen, Ephram, with a simple mutation where it involves an undetectable body temperature but the reviewers of the chapters always mentioned Xmen. This is a link that would be impossible to get away from when it comes to using the term mutants. Then there are the Heroes characters and even that one movie, Push I think it was called. Sure, there aren't near as many mutant ones as vampire books but still one might wonder the reasoning behind the choice. I know I can't get away from the link to mutants in the past and I actually think it's a good thing.

So, why am I using genetic mutation? Because I want to and that's what came to me. Many of the story lines and even characters are one I've experienced in dreams.

Fire&Ice is a great example of this. Sure, xmen have one who does fire and another who does ice. But I had a dream where one person could do both and he used it to throw off someone who is copying him with the fire. It was cool to have the fire in my hands (dreaming as the male character) then switch it to ice in an instance.

Another reason is that I love the biology behind it. Thinking of how the mutations came to be has been very intriguing as I've studied genetics and biology to a small degree. Sure, it's very unlikely that human genes will create superhero type powers but that's the fun of fantasy/sci-fi. It's fun to have characters walking through walls, controlling weather, and shocking people with electricity.

It's about the characters and not whether someone else has used anything similar. They have a story, they have abilities due to their genetics, and that's what I'm going to write.

Mutations include: fire&ice, weather boy, wind girl, electricity, no temperature, walking through walls, having extended falls that look like flying, copy cat, super strength, healing, nurturing, and many more.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



This blog has a couple of purposes so this first post will be an explanation of them and a little bit of information about myself.

Me: I go by the pen name of Dawn Embers. My other blog ( is based upon writing tips and will have the occasional post involving detials on my own writing. At the moment, I am unpublished when it comes to fictions. I have a small amount of news articles, columns and an award for a viewpoint in a newspaper contest.  I am sending out some short story and flash fiction pieces in attempts for publication but the truth is... I'm not a short writer. All my ideas end up getting criticism that the idea is way to big for short word counts. I am a novel writer. Now, I'm working on finishing my several novels, can't do only one at a time, so that I can start the process of sending out. I write fantasy, sci-fi, romance/erotica, mystery, some ya but the common thread is the gay main characters.

Blog: The purpose of this blog is to do what the titles says. I am going to post different details from my own books. It is a public way of going through and developing different aspects, world-building and the like. Potential topics will be characters, magic systems, setting, themes, conflicts and where the ideas come from. This is all about the writing from my books and nothing more. I'm sure at first it might help me more than the readers but could be interesting to have archives of notes for when the books come out, or to see the changes from different drafts if big details get major overhauls. And at least this should be fun.

So, Hello. Welcome to my books and my blog.


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