Friday, October 12, 2012

Welcome to the Backlist Bloghop!

Good morning! Happy Friday! Welcome to the Backlist Bloghop hosted by me Michael Mandrake.

We have a nice little group of top authors telling you about books on their backlist. I'll start us off by telling you about my book Vertigo from Sizzler Editions.

What's it about? Is a vamp story? Angel, Demon, shifter? I didn't really know until it was done and even then I was confused until book two was written which will be released sometime next year.

Is it based on old folklore? Mythology? Nope all drummed up in the head of Sharita Lira, the head herself. A story about a lonely doctor who longs for something out the ordinary. He's touched obviously, yearning for something that might not even exists but instead of him going to find it, it finds him. 

Enjoy a blurb and excerpt. Leave a comment and have a chance to win Vertigo and another book from the Triad backlist. We're giving away 6 books this weekend and you have until the 15th to win so, get out there and tell people!

Here is the blurb and excerpt!

After losing his lover to mental disorder, Dr. Hayden Curry throws himself into work, silently wishing he could experience something extraordinary in love. He finds his match in David, a creature Hayden revives after discovering him and hauling him back to his lab. Upon awakening, David asks Dr. Hayden’s help in discovering more about himself. Hayden agrees but senses secrets in David. Will he get to the bottom of things and be able to continue the special relationship he and David have, or will the secrets that come forward tear them apart?

Before I went to my haven, I glanced outside my window. Outside, the rainfall reduced to a drizzle, coupled by slow moving clouds over the moonlight. The trees blew after only a few gusts of winds, ripped the leaves off and made quite a mess on the grass underneath.
These would be the nights I would cherish with him most. After relishing in the afterglows of new inventions and glasses of wine, there were mind blowing affections to follow.
Such a good lover…
Once I got to my place of work, I immediately began searching for the vials I had for the latest concoction. When I did not see them, I lost my head rather quickly.
“Where on God’s green earth,” I screamed and walked from one end of my laboratory to the other. "Where are those samples I just had? Libertina!"
Immediately, the pale and slim maiden with dark hair ran to my aid.
"Yes sir, have you lost something again, sir?"
"I have Libertina. The tubes I examined the night before. They seemed to…oh."
Within moments, my dearest uncovered the missing necessities I searched for, right underneath my novel, The Bounded Scientist.
I shrunk back and smiled wryly. "Thank you Libertina, ahem, that will be all my sweet."
"Yes sir, if there is anything you need, I'll be tending to your clothes, sir." Quickly, she curtsied and scurried off, closing the door behind her.
Ah, what a fine young maiden I have. If I were more attracted to the ladies, then I might give her go, but only gentlemen tickled my fancy these days.
I could not be that upset even in this pitiful state. Not that many people understood me when they came to know me. Throughout the years, many thought they should have thrown me in the local mental ward because of the ideas I'd had.
Nevertheless, my determination and visions had made me one of the most recognizable names in London, apart from the fact I inherited my father's large fortune.
Still, even with all the money and notoriety, I had always felt something was missing from my life. I longed for something new to happen. Whether it was a new discovery or invention it had to be different from what I had already seen.
I looked at the experiment I had been working on for seemingly weeks in disgust. Things hadn’t been the same anyway since Lawrence departed but I was determined to move on with my life’s work despite what happened to him. I had to hold on to the hope he would return.
After around the fifteenth trial of not receiving my desired result, I retreated to my bedroom to sleep. Unlike times before, I decided not to read before bed but instead lay there until my eyes got too heavy.
I hoped the nightmares would not start again since after they occurred I stayed awake staring at the ceilings of my room, often needing a drink of the alcoholic variety to put me to rest. I felt myself becoming rather dependent on the beverages. Certainly, doing this sort of thing would cloud my senses and not allow me to function properly. Many men of science I knew had become like this and I refused to become one of them.
I’ll never.
I always reassured myself that I wouldn’t continue to down this dangerous path, however, everyday, being alone with only yourself to talk with could be a detriment to one’s mental state.
Although fully capable of doing everyday things, I’d come to accept that I was different. After all, for one, I wasn’t attracted to women. Two, I enjoyed reading more than being outside playing in games.
In fact my mom would frequently say that she wished I’d be like “normal” boys and go play ball instead of reading. This from the same woman who didn’t know how to read until after she birthed me. With the help of my caregiver, I taught myself how to read the written word thus showed my mum in the process. Still, even afterwards, she didn’t consider it as an important skill. “I’ve always had people to do things like read for me,” she said, giving illiteracy credence. Totally absurd but true.
If I wasn’t able to read and learn I might die.
Such is true of me, Doctor Hayden Curry. I preferred to have my mind stimulated before anything else. This isn’t saying that I didn’t enjoy the sins of the flesh because I did, but, books were like gold to me, more important than any penny I owned. I’d inherited most of it which allowed me to live the lavish lifestyle and work on experiments instead of seeing patients to cure their ailments. I wasn’t interested in short term solutions anyway. I wanted results that could change the world and mankind forever.

Here are the other bloggers today participating in this hop!


Urb said...

"If I wasn’t able to read and learn I might die." I agree 100% with that statement! Thanks for the tantalizing excerpt! I'm so there!

MA Church said...

Well damn, this sounds very interesting! *rubs hands together* add me to the contest lol!

MA Church

Debby said...

I would love to read this one. I am thinking I may have it on a disk.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Moria said...

Very interesting is right! Please add me for the contest.

moriamccain @

Tina said...

Looks good. Please count me in.

Eva's Flowers said...

I really like the sound of the story, would love to read it :)


Anonymous said...

Looks intense, but hot!


Cassandra said...

Ooohhh this looks so good!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Jyl22075 said...

Love the blurb and excerpt! Thanks for the chance to win. This blog hop is a great way to find new-to-me authors.

Loveless3173 said...

Ooh!! If it's not too late, please count me in!
It sounds great! :D


Joanne said...

Sounds intriguing. Can't wait to read it. Put it on my wishlist.


ceagles said...

This looks like a book I can get lost in and not come out till I'm done. Thanks for the chance to win.


desitheblonde said...

this one sound kike neighbor

ceagles said...

Hi Michael. I don't know if you'll read this in time or not..but when I follow the link for #15 it takes me to May Water an author in Bookstrand. I could find no mention of the Backlist Bloghop. So I guess I just wanted you to know and wondering if anyone else had the same problem. Thanks.


bn100 said...

Very nice excerpt.


Yvette said...

Count me in please...great excerpt.

Ayame said...

Pleaseb cout me in as well :)