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AtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachęcić (encourage)

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press ZAtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachęcić (encourage)

Yes, we completely cheated with this one.  Zachęcić is Polish for ‘encourage’ (at least Google tells us it is, we hope we haven’t made a huge faux pas) and today we’re talking about books we wrote for All Hallows Read.

All Hallows Read is, as its name suggests, an event that takes place over Halloween, and it is a celebration of reading, where folks give a scary story to someone (young, or old) to encourage them to read. We heard about this event, which is supported by Neil Gaiman, three years ago and, as you’ve probably gathered by now if you’ve been joining us during the AtoZ, we’re fans of horror. Thus, we decided to create special books of short, spooky stories that we could give away FREE over Halloween.

Thus, to finish our AtoZ, we have not one, not two, but three FREE books for you, the three sets of stories we have written for All Hallows Read, six creepy stories in all.


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In The Event of Death by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-DrakeIn The Event of Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

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The Visitor by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Alice is spending the night in a dreary little seaside guest house, which is hell, and the last thing she expects is a late night visitor, the significant word being ‘late’.

Ruderbaker by Sophie Duncan
Ellie meets Jack and he tells her and her friends a story of the ghostly, horror kind and sometimes stories have consequences.


When Darkness Beckons by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeWhen Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

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Catcher of Souls by Natasha Duncan-Drake
When Miles sets foot inside The King James pub he knows instantly there is a disembodied soul in residence. The question is, is the soul responsible for the deaths that have happened on the site or were they just accidents. It’s Miles’ job to catch troublesome lost souls, but when danger strikes he might just be too late.

Some Things Are Stranger… by Sophie Duncan
Life is weird enough for Jake being a werewolf on the run from The Pagan Dawn, ruthless hunters determined to wipe out all ‘paranormal scum’. His luck runs out when he is ambushed after a Halloween party and, badly injured, he dives into the shadows of an abandoned warehouse with his pursuers on his heels. Yet, Jake discovers that he is not alone and his encounter with a goofy hobo, who talks about the place being haunted, teaches him that all strangeness is relative.


Cursed - A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie DuncanCursed: A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

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If Wishes Were … by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Essie and her friend Beth are taking a trip to commiserate Beth’s loss of yet another boyfriend. When they visit a spooky old graveyard and Essie makes a wish on a haunted mausoleum, things don’t turn out how she expected at all.

Happy Families by Sophie Duncan
Bridget loves Happy Families, so when she finds an old pack in a junk shop she buys them. She lives to regret it, as strange and nasty things start to happen to her house-mates.

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AtoZChallenge 2015: Y is for Yuck

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press YAtoZChallenge 2015: Y is for Yuck

We are almost at the end, well done to everyone for nearly making it. Over here at Wittegen Press we are discussing the ‘why’ behind our books. Today, Natasha Duncan-Drake is going to talk about why ‘yuck’ means something to her.

So I love horror, at least supernatural horror. My favourite is a good ghost story, but I do enjoy monsters as well. That is why ‘yuck’ came to mind for my short story ‘The Crosses We Bear’. This was written for the Giveaway Games and I wanted to write something that would make my audience shy away and go ‘yuck’ or ‘ewww’.

This is the traditional story of outsiders who mess with something they do not understand and pay the consequences.

I simply let myself enjoy writing this one. The male protagonist really isn’t a very nice man so I hope the reader kind of enjoys it when he gets his comeuppance 😈 . There are actually two monsters and I hope the first makes people shudder and the second screw up their nose and murmur ‘yuck’.

Do you like horror? Are you fond of monsters? Which is your favourite horror monster? I think mine is The Thing – makes me shudder every time.


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Lyle is a businessman on a team building weekend in Scotland. The hotel is bad, the company is worse and he could have been in the South of France on a yacht.

When he decides to sleep with his ex-wife, another of the executives, it’s nothing extraordinary, but they really should have left the crosses in Lyle’s room alone.

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AtoZChallenge 2015: W is for Welcome

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press WAtoZChallenge 2015: W is for Welcome

We’re galloping towards the end of the AtoZ Challenge now, and of our theme here at Wittegen Press, ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.

Being welcoming is something my family has always prided themselves on, and Tash and I wanted to be just as welcoming to our readers. So, we decided to each write a story for our readers to welcome them when they joined our mailing list. That was how Curse of a Banshee, my title today, was born.

Tash and I wanted to write two stories that would be popular, so we asked our existing subscribers to vote on their choice of genres. I, thus, ended up with contemporary fantasy.

I’m a big contemporary fantasy fan, both reading and writing, and so I’ve already written a selection of stories in the modern world with a fantastic edge. So, I had to sit and have a think about where I wanted to take this genre. I decided on fae, because it’s a wide mythology for me to draw from, but I could also put my own stamp on the fairy world.

Even after I’d nailed my universe, I had so many ideas darting around in my head that it took me a while to close down on one. I wanted to mix technology and magical lore in a modern world, but I also wanted it to be a down-to-earth kind of setting. In the end, it was a dream that inspired me to create B. She popped out of my subconscious pretty well formed, and then the rest of the story settled down around her.

B’s a pragmatist, someone who has had to work around what (if they were translated into a human concept) might be called disabilities. She knows her limits and she operates very successfully within them. She’s a bit of a sucker for a hard-luck story and helps those whom others pass by, but she’s also canny and can have a hard edge. I like her, but I wouldn’t want to cross her.

This story is the first in the Darwell (Magical) Cleaning Services series. I don’t have another one formed in my brain, yet, but there will definitely be more titles featuring B and her team. So, I hope our readers like this little welcome to our mailing list.

What’s the best welcome anyone has given you?


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B, a djinn/banshee low fae, runs Darwell Cleaning Services, a business that specializes in tidying up magical crime scenes. She’s managed her company with her friend and business partner, Jean, for over one hundred years without any complaints, or problems. She keeps her head down and offers a job to those whom higher fae look down on for their lack of personal magic.

B and her team are expecting an ordinary night of clean-up when they arrive at the aftermath of a spell battle in the middle of an English woodland. However, when a terrified djinn boy appears in the middle of their job, B finds the mix of her djinn and banshee instincts, which she normally keeps under strict control, beginning to rise. The boy is not alone, he is being chased by criminals intent on selling him to become a genie, the same gang who took B’s father a century earlier.

B must struggle with her own unsettled powers and fight the slavers for the boy’s freedom, risking her own life and those of her friends in the process.

Curse of a Banshee is fast-paced fantasy taking a fresh look at ancient powers in a contemporary British setting.

*We’ve cheated a little today, the title is totally free, but you have to join our mailing list to get it. We never spam and we never give away your details. Just scroll down to the form at the bottom and you’ll get both books shown for free.


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AtoZChallenge 2015: V is for Vampires

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press VAtoZChallenge 2015: V is for Vampires

Welcome to Wittegen Press, this year our theme for the AtoZ is ‘Why’. Today Natasha Duncan-Drake will be talking about why she wrote her Soul Reader Series.

There is a very simple answer to ‘why’ today and that is the title of the post: vampires. I love them. I have spoken about my obsession for the letter ‘O’ so today I am simply going to talk about vampires.

Vampires range from mouldering in the grave hideous things that are all monster and very little human, to handsome, suave romantic leads who might have a few powers and fangs.

I adore the whole range and it is why I love to write about them. No matter what the mainstream media would like everyone to believe, vampires are not just Twilight and it is the range that makes them awesome.

For the Soul Reader Series I went with vampires that are not good, but neither are they snarling evil, and yes, the romantic lead end of the spectrum. My vampires in this are a range, just like the human beings they once were, and I really enjoyed playing with their background and social structure. I also tried to make John, my human character, as interesting as the vampires.

Are you a vampire fan? Do you prefer your vampires snarly and bad, or hot and romantic, or somewhere in the middle?


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John’s life used to be on the risky side, but it had been simple. Allowing vampires to suck his blood had never been safe, but now there is Michael and having a vampire who actually cares about him is complicated. It’s even more complicated because Michael is urging him to reconnect with the family he hasn’t seen in over five years. The fact his recent past also doesn’t want to die quietly is making his life less than easy and it’s about to become deadly.

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AtoZChallenge 2015: U is for Unapologetic

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press UAtoZChallenge 2015: U is for Unapologetic

Our theme here at Wittegen Press this year is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.

Today, I’m talking about my collection of Christmas Poems, which is an unapologetic dose of Christmas cheer :). I would say it’s out of season, but my sales stats tell me that folks download this book at all times of year (someone even downloaded it last July)!

I’m not a brilliant poet, so please don’t expect Wordsworth, but then that’s not the idea behind these poems. I wrote each one of them over successive years a few days before Christmas, and they are echoes of the goodwill that brings us together at that time of year. Some of the poems are funny, some are religious, some are a mixture of the two, so I think there is a little something for everyone.

I wrote these poems to be performed too, so there is an aspect of drama and theatre about them.

So, I’m not going to apologise for being a bit sappy. I loved writing these poems, and I hope you’ll like them too.

When do you think it’s okay to be a bit mooshy? ;P


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Meet the battered old Christmas Fairy, or listen to a child’s prayer on Christmas Eve; sympathise with a harried shopper, or think a while on the meaning of Christmas.

The 6 poems in this book were written to be read aloud as the last lesson at a Christmas Day service in a little, English church. They can be enjoyed by anyone from 8 to 80.

*Click Smashwords to go to the book on their site. Click the buy option. Put the code in the Coupon Code box, click ‘apply coupon’ and the book will be free. Coupon is only guaranteed to be valid for 24th April so please use immediately.


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AtoZChallenge 2015: T is for Tom Hiddleston

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press TAtoZChallenge 2015: T is for Tom Hiddleston

This year our theme at Wittegen Press is ‘Why’ and we are talking about the inspirations or reasons behind some of our books.

Today Natasha Duncan-Drake is talking about the inspiration behind her book series Dark Reflections, the second of which, Dreams and Reality, came out at the end of last month.

Tom Hiddleston as LokiSo I bet you’re wondering why Tom Hiddleston is the prompt for today, that’s because it was his love of Loki, who he plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his engagement with the character that inspired Me, Myself and I and then Dreams and Reality.

It was a simple matter of my brain wandering off one day and going: ‘What if an actor like Tom met the character he was playing?’

The most interesting aspect was the fact that it is more than clear that when Tom is playing Loki he sympathises with him, not what he does, but the events which have driven him to it. He is also playing the villain 🙂 .

If I am to be utterly truthful, at first the only thing in my head was the sex scene at the end of Me, Myself and I 😉 . Then it occurred to me, wouldn’t it be interesting if the actor met the good guys as well, then the novelette was born. That was when I jumped feet first into the idea of superheroes and all the tropes that go with them.

Tristan is inspired by more than Tom (I have a whole heap of favourite actors who I’ve researched bits from), but it was definitely Tom who gave me the start. It was Tom’s commitment to Loki that made the whole idea interesting.

P.S. For those who are fans of Tom and read the end of the book – you’ll know which bit I am referring to, it’s obvious – I actually wrote that in 2012 way before July 2013, so I assume (although not totally accurate) I am psychic 😉 .

Are you a Tom fan? If not, why not?! 😛 What is your favourite part he has played?

 


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Tristan is an actor and he plays a supervillain in the movies. At least he thought he did, but then he has an accident and he wakes up surrounded by the world of the films. Now he has to figure out if he’s hallucinating, if somehow the movies are real and he’s been transplanted to another world or if he is actually Devon, a supervillain having a psychotic break. Whatever the answer: it’s frighteningly crazy.

Book 2 of the series Dreams and Reality is now also available.


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AtoZChallenge 2015: S is for Samling

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press SAtoZChallenge 2015: S is for Samling

Wow, this month is going fast, already we’re on ‘S’ for our theme here at Wittegen Press this year, ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.

So, today I’m talking about a story I wrote for The Wittegen Press Giveaway Games called Samling Born. Samling Born is a contemporary paranormal fantasy whose protagonist, Luka, is a werewolf, but he’s also a university student and the bassist in a band with all the ordinary problems of a guy his age.

Samling is a Swedish/Danish word meaning collection/meeting/gathering and it is the name I have given to the greater pack to which Luka and all werewolves belong. I find names for things by looking at other languages quite a lot (Google Translate is my friend ;)). I find it fun to play with sounds, finding a word that feels right for what I’m trying to describe, and drawing inspiration from foreign words allows me to do that. Samling felt like the right word for me, because in the tradition I developed for the story, my werewolves are originally Nordic.

This story, or at least the first couple of scenes, actually started life as a m/m RPS fanfic based around a German rock band, but I didn’t get very far with it and so I decided to use the premise and expand my ideas. Thus was born Race Memory, the band in my story, the members of which share a house and rub along together with only the normal kind of frictions until Luka is forced to reveal his furry secret.

I enjoyed writing this story, it’s a bit angsty and the characters are quirky, but I also drew on sharing a house when I was at uni to set the scene, so it’s also a little nostalgic for me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it 🙂

So, have you had your fill of vampires and werewolves, or do you still love ’em like I do?


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Luka is a werewolf, born and bred, but most of his uni friends and fellow bandmates in ‘Race Memory’ don’t know that – not until the night their friend, Ben, is attacked by another of Luka’s kind. In order to help Ben, Luka must risk their friendship to the wild part of his nature and face the nightmares in his own past.


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AtoZChallenge 2015: R is for Re-Imagining

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press RAtoZChallenge 2015: R is for Re-Imagining

Welcome to our AtoZ Challenge. Our theme here at Wittegen Press this year is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.

Of all the titles I have released, Night Blood has been on the longest journey and has been re-imagined three times.

I began writing it when I was 15, shortly after I fell in love with the vampire genre through The Lost Boys. I thought the revamp (pun intended) of vampires in the 80’s was brilliant, and I adore these modern fangs. The Lost Boys showed me that vampires can have up-to-date style and still be deadly. Fright Night. on the other hand, showed how an old vampire must adapt to the modern world. These stories were so different from the likes of Dracula that they instantly inspired me to start my own tale of the supernatural.

Most of the vampire movies I loved then were American, and most of the TV shows I watched too, so, of course, naive writer that I was, I began to write my story set in America too. In fact, I finished three stories with Tom Franklin over the next couple of years. Then, like everything else I wrote back then, with no internet and only my sister to share my stories with, Tom was laid to rest in a filing cabinet.

It wasn’t until I got to university and started writing fanfic that I pulled Tom’s stories out of their box. That is when I began my first re-imagining. Working with friends on the internet on fanfic taught me that I did not really know enough about American culture to base my plot and my characters there, so I moved the stories to the UK, Cornwall to be precise. I pretty much just filed off the serial numbers in this rework, changing place names, but not much of the story. This time, though, Tom ended up relegated to a file on a harddrive when things like passing my exams got in the way.

I never forgot about Tom Franklin, my half-blood vampire, though, and when I finally took the leap into publishing, this was the second story I worked on. This time, I took my original story and, with skills I’d been honing in the fanfic arena for years, I ripped the story apart and put it back together into a more mature story. Thus, I published Death In The Family as I first called it.

My sales were slow, but what reviews I had were good. There was something wrong, but I didn’t think it was with the plot. So I looked at other things, and concluded that my chosen title and that of the series, Heritage is Deadly, might be putting people off. Final re-imagining was with the title, I changed it and the title of the series to Night Blood – punchier and hitting my market’s keywords.

So, that’s how I came to where I am today, and I am now working on the sequel, Witch Blood.

There have been a lot of re-imaginings of movies and TV shows of late – what do you think about them, do you have one you think really worked, or totally failed?


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Leaving a good London school with solid prospects, Tom Franklin has the world at his feet. Yet one thing has always haunted his perfect life: his dreams. When Tom discovers that the nightmarish images of dark places and even darker instincts are in fact repressed memories from his early childhood, he must face the heritage from his birth-father, a savage vampire known only as Raxos.

Realising his memories are his only hope of controlling his awakening instincts, Tom returns to, Coombedown, the sleepy, Cornish village in which he was born, unknowing that the night-breed in his veins will lead him into danger.

“Night Blood” is a young adult, paranormal novel.

This is the first story in “The Night Blood Chronicles”.

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AtoZChallenge 2015: Q is for Quickie

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press QAtoZChallenge 2015: Q is for Quickie

Our theme here at Wittegen Press for this year’s AtoZ is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE. And today you have both of us talking about our Christmas short stories, Stockings.

Okay,  so maybe we’re a bit out of season, but you can save these stories for a stormy December night if you want to :). These stories were written as another thank you to our readers and are quick dips into the universe of The Haward Mysteries.

[Sophie] Personally I find short stories much more difficult to write than novels. Packing a whole plot into a few thousand words challenges my natural verbosity and it’s good for me! Writing short helps me practice with words, makes me really concentrate on making sure I have the right ones in the right order, there’s not as much room for manoeuvre in a short story as there is in a novel. There is also a quicker payoff for me as a writer in a short story, since I’m not spending months crafting chapter after chapter, it can be a matter of a few days and I have something to share with others. So that’s why I like quickies 🙂

[Tasha’s Bit] I don’t have such a problem writing short stories as Soph does (side-eyes her twin), but I can see why they can be daunting. I love writing them, but it’s about packing everything in without information dumping or leaving too much out and it can be a fine balancing act.

For short stories I like to write fast, edit slow, where as with novels sometimes I write slow and edit slow 😉 . Quickies as we have christened them, can actually be quite exciting to write. Sometimes I have no idea where the story will go until it gets there. That’s the fun part.

So you like to read/write short stories?

 


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In one story meet Remy and Theo as six year olds trying to meet Father Christmas and in the other see them come to terms with being the guardians of Blackwood during their first Christmas as such.

The Haward Mysteries is a set of Contemporary Fantasy, short stories and bargain priced novels full of magic and mystery with a side of CSI thrown in. Follow the Agatha Christie style whodunits of the novels, delve into the artfully rendered sorcerous science of the magical crimes and explore the enchanted world of the Haward Twins as they face supernatural trials in both their professional and private lives.

Stockings was released in Dec 2011 as a Christmas gift for fans of the Haward Mysteries, check the tags for more in the series.


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AtoZChallenge 2015: P is for Philanthropy

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press PAtoZChallenge 2015: P is for Philanthropy

Good day to you all, we hope you are having fun on the AtoZChallenge. Today at Wittegen Press, Natasha Duncan-Drake will be talking about her book “Chip Off the Old Block?”.

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So if you have been reading our posts you may have seen us mention Penny Dreadfuls 21 – our imprint where we created commissioned short stories until we chose to shut it down.

Well, when we launched Penny Dreadfuls 21 we wanted to do something to gets lots of people interested and, also to help others. This is where philanthropy came in. Instead of charging people for custom short stories and pocketing the money, we asked them to donate to charity and send us a receipt. When the exclusivity period was up the books were then published as free titles everywhere we could do that.

This is how Chip Off the Old Block? came about. I wrote it as a charitable commissions. It’s about 7.5K words long and I was asked for a funny paranormal story with a male/male pairing, so I came up Owen – the Antichrist, who really isn’t suited to his role just yet. He gets on with his dad (yes the one with horns) okay, but his best friend is the son of the school chaplain, so he’s not totally with the program.

I very much hope the story had made people smile over the time it has been published.

Writers, have you ever sold a book for charity? Readers, do you enjoy giving by purchasing something an author has created for a good cause?


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Chip Off The Old Block? by Tasha D-DrakeChip Off the Old Block by Natasha Duncan-Drake

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The Anti-Christ is coming!

His name is Owen.

Well technically it’s Beherit, but that’s so last millennium. Aspiring to world domination is just around the corner and his simple life of school is coming to an end … which is kind of the problem. His best friend David, the local vicar’s son, will no longer be there and that makes Owen feel things he doesn’t understand. What else is a boy to do, but ask his dad what it all means, even if that dad has horns and his eye on the corruption of humankind?

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