Re-reading the Vampire in the City series

Last week I finished writing Fresh Blood, the sixth and final book in the VitC series. The next day, I left for a vacation to Cape Cod. We were with family, including our two children, who are almost five and just turned one. We stayed at a house on the beach, and spent most of our time outdoors doing stuff with the kids.
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My older son, buried in sand and screaming!

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Me with my younger son, not buried in sand but screaming nevertheless!

At nights, after the kids were asleep, I busied myself with re-reading the entire Vampire in the City series. I wanted to take notes on the timeline, figure out what loose ends might need to be tied up, and just have it really fresh in my head for the edit of Fresh Blood. Somehow, I managed to finish the fifth book the day after we came back, and am now set to start on the second draft. While I don’t have an official release date yet, I’m thinking sometime around October 1st.

While I was re-reading my writing, some of it from about ten years ago, I was mostly struck with how much my protagonist has changed over the course of the series. In the first book she was sometimes awkward to the point of embarrassing me as I was reading it. By the last book she is much more sure of herself and proactive, instead of just reacting to the situations I put her in. Overall, I am pleased with this progression, and I hope my readers will enjoy the culmination of a series that has been very fun to write!

Witch Blood Released!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted, but I have good news–the third novel in my Vampire in the City series, Witch Blood, was just released!

The cover:

What have I been up to since I last posted, other than getting this book out? Glad you asked!

1. Working on the 4th book in the series, which is called Cold Blood. The first chapter is included in the above-mentioned book.

2. Working a day job. I’d been a freelance editor until about a month ago. Working 9-5:30 is much more stressful than working whenever I feel like it.

3. Buying a house. This is why I took the day job. Ack, huge mortgage! We haven’t moved yet, but the closing should be sometime this month.

4. Being caught in a hurricane. Fortunately, my part of Queens was mostly spared. But we were very lucky, as I know more than a few who have lost literally everything. I can’t imagine what I would do in that situation. Those who want to help can donate to the Red Cross here. If you’re an animal lover, like me, also consider the Wildlife Conservation Society. They run the New York Aquarium, which is closed indefinitely due to extensive damage.

I don’t want to end on a sad note, so here’s a photo of my cute kitty Pyewacket.

I have a headache from video-game withdrawal

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you intended. I thought I would be done with the first draft of Witch Blood by time I went on vacation last week, but I was only about 3/4 of the way done. I told myself I would write every day while my son was napping and after he went to sleep at night. But somehow that didn’t happen and instead I read or took a nap of my own. In fact, on the entire vacation, I got just over 1,000 words written! But I was so disappointed in myself that the day I came back I immediately wrote over 3,000 words in one day, which for me is pretty good. Another thing that’s helping is I have told myself that I’m not allowed to play any video games until I’m done. Sadly, this is probably my biggest motivator!

One productive thing I did do while on vacation was plan and outline the rest of the Vampire in the City series! I don’t want to give away any titles just yet, but it looks like it’s going to be six books. S0me other things of moderate productiveness include a guest blog of mine on ParaYourNormal about getting the right beta readers for your novel. Also, I sold my soul to KDP, so Prime members can now borrow my books for free.

Finally, in personal news, I became vegan a few months ago, and have many options on vegan food that I can’t keep to myself.

exciting things have happened!

Sorry for the delay in updates, but several exciting things have happened, and only one of them sucks!

That one that sucks is that I have had a migraine for the past 48 hours. The last time I had a migraine was almost seven years ago, but this one has still come about too soon. Urgent care clinic yesterday gave me something via pill form that did nothing and sent me home. Different guy today gave me an IV and codeine to take home. Only now (four hours after codeine and six hours after IV) do I feel better.

Anyway, here are some things that do not suck! Wild Blood, book two in the Vampire in the City series, was released last week in all formats except print (to come shortly). Links here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00760B84O

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-blood-donna-ansari/1108615294

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/132136

I don’t know if I can handle anymore excitement, but on Monday I was interviewed at Alchemy of Scrawl!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alchemyofscrawl/2012/02/20/donna-ansari-author-of

What I’m working on now that my brain is no longer leaking through my ears? Formatting Wild Blood for print, and writing the first draft of book three, Witch Blood.