Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Dark Curse by @isaiyanmorrison

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Deamhan Chronicles

Book 2

Isaiyan Morrison

Genre: Adult Paranormal

ISBN 069226325X

ISBN 13 978-0692263259


Number of pages: 202

Word Count: 79,000

Cover Artist: John Cosentino

Book Description:

The Deamhan world is in disarray. Freed from Limbo, Lucius, the once feared and Ancient Lugat, goes on a killing spree to wipe out any remaining traitors in the city of Minneapolis.

Meanwhile The Brotherhood's return along with the growing population of vampires riles up the remaining Deamhan who choose to stay behind rather than abandon the city. The body count continues to pile up forcing both humans and Deamhan to pick a side.

Either allow Lucius to free the Pure Ones, the first living Deamhan from Limbo, or take him out and cripple their already fragile presence in the city.

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Anastasia's eyes meandered over them. They were young, no older than ten years max. When she attempted to scour their minds, a barrier blocked her. The female Ramanga rushed at Anastasia in Deamhan speed but she quickly moved out of the way, grabbing the back of her shirt and tossing her several feet in the air and onto the roof of a parked car. The Metusba catapulted himself at Remy but he jumped several feet into the air, avoiding his attack.

Anastasia rushed at the Metusba and she sank her teeth into the base of his neck, ripping at his flesh. He screamed, pushed her away, and fell to the pavement on his knees.

From the roof of the car, the Ramanga flew at Remy with fists raised and her mouth opened, revealing her fangs.

“I've never hit a pretty woman before.” Remy smiled.

She swung and he ducked, feeling the brisk wind travel over his head. Her punches continued nonstop but with each punch Remy evaded, the faster the punches came. He finally found an opening and his fist connected with her stomach. The Ramanga's feet wavered but she immediately found her footing and she swerved to the left, avoiding Remy's rising left punch. She raised her knee, striking Remy's in the chin and he fell back on the pavement.

She quickly maneuvered herself on top of him, striking him over and over again with her fists. Remy's head jerked from right to left, feeling his cheeks burn with each hit until Anastasia wrapped her arm around his attacker's neck and threw her off of him.

She helped Remy to his feet and they ran off in Deamhan speed with the two Deamhan following them. Their stride took them under a freeway, splashing through knee high water, and they turned sharply left. They passed through stop and go traffic, side streets, sidewalks, and eventually near the banks of the Mississippi River.

They took the river south, leaving the city, and entered a desolate area filled with rotting cornstalks and farmhouses. They stopped in the quiet area, being only a few miles from Blind Bluff Manor. They turned around but the two Deamhan were nowhere in sight.

“That wasn't hard.” Remy scanned the area across the river. He looked to the left at the tall dirt and rock infested embankment. “I think we lost them.”

Anastasia wasn't so sure. She looked up just in time to see the female jumping down at them. She tackled Anastasia and they both fell into the wild currents of the river.

Anastasia felt the coolness of the water streaming over her face and into her ears. It was an awkward position, knowing that neither of them would drown because Deamhan didn’t breathe. She pushed the female back and she jumped out of the water, just in time to see the male, also in midair, and his right leg connect with the side of her face.

She landed on the sandy shore, swallowing a handful of sand. She turned over to see the female towering over her with a raised stake. For a second Anastasia’s eyes filled with uncertainty. Stakes were meaningless, unless the female aimed for her heart. However, if the female's goal was to incapacitate her, she would strike elsewhere, leaving Anastasia alive for them to toy with.

Remy rushed toward the female but she immediately turned, burrowing the stake into his left shoulder. He stumbled back and the female grabbed the stake, dislodging it, and struck again, hitting just beneath his heart.

Anastasia found her chance to make her move. Brandishing her teeth, she bit down into the female's neck and she pulled back, ripping flesh from bone. Blood gushed from her wound and she fell to the sand. Again, Remy and Anastasia took off down the banks of the Mississippi River. The river curved and winded around, bringing them to another remote spot. This time a freeway ran on both sides of the river with a bridge slightly above them. Anastasia stopped, noticing that stars no longer dotted the sky. In the darkened horizon appeared a tint of red, signaling sunrise. She had to finish this now and get to Blind Bluff Manor. They climbed the embankment and approached the freeway. They ran through the traffic, dodging semi-trucks, cars, and other passing vehicles until they made it to the other side.

Remy held his chest and he bent over. “Good thing these Deamhan can't aim to save their life.” He coughed.

Anastasia examined his wound. “You'll heal.”

They heard the swift steps of the two Deamhan approach them. Again the male launched himself at them but Anastasia tossed him aside. He slammed into a nearby abandoned granary and Anastasia looked from the corner of her eye, seeing the female raise her stake, aiming for Remy's back.

Anastasia quickly moved and she caught the female by her wrist before the stake made its impact. With her other hand she plunged her fist through the female's chest, reaching her heart. The female's eyes widened and she snarled before Anastasia ripped her heart from her chest. The Ramanga dropped to the ground and her body slowly began to dissolve into a puddle of blood, dust, and bone fragments.

Anastasia turned her attention to their male attacker, watching him limp toward them. Dark blood poured from his mouth and a long piece of wood protruded from his stomach. She walked calmly over to him. His heavy eyes wavered. “You failed.” She plunged the stake into his heart and nonchalantly she returned back to Remy, uninterested in watching the Deamhan's body wither away.

In the distance she heard a male’s voice coming from a small house on a hill. The front door opened and she saw the outline of a farmer gripping a shotgun in hand.

“Let's get going. We don't have much time.” She wrapped Remy's arm around her shoulder. She took one final look at the remains of their two attackers before sprinting in Deamhan speed for Blind Bluff Manor.



Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I knew as a young child that I wanted to create stories. I wanted to transfer my thoughts and creations onto paper. At first becoming a writer wasn't what I wanted to be. I actually wanted to be an Egyptologist.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

After I had my first short story accepted for an online publication I thought, "Hey, I might be onto something." That's when I started to think that perhaps I could better my work and become a better writer. However, at the same time, I also felt like there was room for improvement. I still think that way and I do consider myself a writer.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

Deamhan went through a few trials and tribulations before it was published. The idea came to me over ten years ago. Research took about a year and a half. I was lazy and preoccupied with other things before I actually decided to sit down and write it. A publisher accepted it but they immediately went under before it was released. After getting the rights back, I rewrote a few scenes, added more details, and sent it out again. After a year it was accepted by Rainstorm Press so all together, I would say ten years.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I'm currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Teaching Adult ESL. I consider myself lucky that working isn't mandatory for me at the moment. I'm a veteran of the Armed Forces so I do receive enough money to cover my educational and living expenses.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

The Dark Curse tablet resurfaces, pitting Deamhan against not only their own kind but humans and vampires around them.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

The first book in the Deamhan Chronicles was published by Rainstorm Press. I decided to self publish the second book, Dark Curse.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

Currently it takes me about six months to write a book.  

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I have two more books planned in the Deamhan universe. One is currently being edited and the other book is halfway completed. I have another manuscript unrelated to the Deamhan Chronicles called Old Farmer's Road which is currently being considered for publication by another publishing company.

What genre would you place your books into?

I'd place my books within supernatural genre, more specifically Adult Supernatural.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I prefer reading supernatural with less emphasis on romance. Although I don't mind it and I understand how popular it is, I prefer supernatural creatures to be more concerned with survival than falling in love or being infatuated with a human. In the Deamhan Chronicles, I tried to stay away from romance being the main theme because they are more concerned with survival and their idea of love or loving someone other than themselves is rare in their world. That's not to say that there isn't an underlining hint of romance.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

My favorite character still has to be Anastasia although another character, Remy, is a close second. She was one of the first characters that came to mind when brainstorming the first Deamhan novel. Her history is very interesting and complex. She's the type of character that has enormous room for growth in the Chronicles. She can be headstrong and yet gentle in a blink of an eye if she has to be. Many readers have told me that they find her fluky and likeable.  

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I have to have a cup of coffee and a smoke (yes, a bad habit) before writing. Unlike many writers, I don't need a quiet environment nor a room filled with bookcases. As long as I'm comfortable.  

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I do try to read every review of my books. I play close attention to longer reviews that pick apart the book. I feel that those are filled with more important information like what worked, what didn't work, what they liked, what they didn't like. I take in every consideration and try to better my writing. So far I've only received one two star review and from what the reviewer wrote, the book wasn't in a genre that she preferred. I still read her review and it helped me determine what type of audience I should market my book to. Not every reader will like a book and I understand that.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I usually wait until the book is completed. There have been a few times when the title comes to my first and there have been other times when a title for a manuscript escapes my mind. Usually when that happens I'll chose either a phrase or an important part of the story and read it over and over to help my scattered brain think of a title.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

I wanted to write a supernatural novel that took place in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. So in that case, the location was easy. For character names I usually start with a name and the cultural background of that name.  In Deamhan Chronicles, I wanted to represent all races because Deamhan are representatives of vampires from different cultures. I wanted them to be unique in not only the way they looked but how they interacted with their own kind, humans, and vampires. Since Deamhan and vampires are more different than alike, it was important to create characters that emphasized these differences.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

I usually determine certain character traits like height, eye and hair color, before writing the book. Others like if the character is shy or quiet usually sits in the back of my mind.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

I wish! Unfortunately there is no hidden message or morals in Dark Curse. I guess I could say that the book deals with how far anyone would go to survive in a world that only benefits the strong, but that's a stretch.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I personally prefer paperback. I have a Kindle but I already stare at a computer for most of my day. I like to give my eyes a rest. However if I have a strong desire to read a certain book, the format doesn't matter to me.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

I think all books have the ability to transfer to movies. Hollywood has a tendency to screw up not only books to movies but comic books to movies as well. To me a good example is Queen of the Damned. I enjoyed the book immensely but the movie was an eyesore to watch.

Your favorite food is?

Pico De Gallo. I just can't get enough of it!

Your favorite singer/group is?

The Doors. I'm a huge Jim Morrison fan.

Your favorite color is?


Your favorite Author is?

I have so many! The first author who comes to mind is Toni Morrison.


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Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to San Diego, California while in the Navy. She now resides in Texas with her two cats, a pit bull dog, and two guinea pigs. Dark Curse is the second book in the Deamhan Chronicles.

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