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Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on February 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (3)

So it's  been quite a long time since I've been active on this website. But now, having to endure insomnia even though I'm super freaking tired from having an 8 month old to take care of (who doesn't sleep through the night, by the way), I have become much more active with my writing. As you probably know, I am currently editing my short story "Escape." You will find a few chapters already posted on the Horror website.


I am also working on a book that I've BEEN working on for several years now, called "Dancing with Dragonflies." It's a young adult fantasy adventure. I'm close to halfway finished with the first draft. It's taking a long time to write the complete the story, but I feel like this is one people will love if they like that genre, so it's worth the extra time.


And now, I'd like to have a bit of a feel-sorry-for-me rant.


I wish my family and friends showed more support for my writing than they do. They tell me I'm a good writer and they "love my stuff," yet no one says anything when I post something new, no one shares any new content to help me spread the word, and when someone new finds out I write and have a few books out, they're always super excited at first and want to read my stuff NAO, but then I never hear back from them.


Don't think I don't know what this means. They think I suck. And hey, maybe I do, but I wish they would be honest with me and not pretend like they're so supportive and love my work when they do dick about showing it. I don't like being lied to. Honestly, I don't know why I bother posting things on Facebook anymore -- I'm just disappointed in the response (or lack thereof) from my family and friends.


*SIGH*


I feel a little better getting that out. Oh well, even if the whole world thinks I suck, I'm not going to stop. I write for me. If someone enjoys my writing along the way, hey, AWESOME. But I'm going to stop trying to be valid among my friends and family as a writer. (To the few who have put in an effort over the years, I am grateful, and hope you don't take offense ... mainly my mom, lol. She's always there for me.)

Dies Irae: The End -- my newest book is now available!

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on April 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

I hope you're enjoying this little website. I love to hear from my fans so if you want to say anything, don't hesitate to send me an email at [email protected] Be sure to put something of relevance in the subject line or your message may be overlooked.

Now, on to business. As you all know, while all the stories I post here are complete and totally free of charge, I do have *some* books for sale. You can find those in the "My Books for Sale" section.

My newest release is the final book to my epic fantasy series: "Dies Irae." I am happy to announce that it is available in paperback, download, and kindle. If you haven't read the first two parts, I encourage you to check them out.

Now, be warned: this series is contemporary fantasy. Don't attempt to read it and expect   Lord of the Rings material. The setting is near present day and my characters do not speak with elegance.

If you're already a fan, then the wait is over! Click the link(s) above to suit your preference. If  you're not a fan, but would like to check it it out, you can find the first and second books here.


Summary for
"Dies Irae: The End"

It’s been three months since Samara and her comrades destroyed the orb. Three months since they lost a dear friend; three months since the entire dragon population was killed.

Back in Medynum, Samara realizes she needs time to herself to think and reflect on all that happened. She’s not sure what to do now that it’s all over and hopes to find an answer in solitude. She goes to a nearby island to meditate and figure her life out.

But on the way to her destination, the land pulses and Samara feels a very familiar power ... not long after, the man she thought she would never see again returns to her with very surprising news.

With the orb and Danteous back, Samara now has several choices: Reclaim her responsibilities and keep the orb (and humanity) safe – or ignore them and continue with her new life as if nothing happened? Not only that, but should she forgive Danteous? Or send him on his way and accept that that part of her life is over?

Find out in "Dies Irae: The End."

Stories to Come

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on February 20, 2011 at 6:44 PM Comments comments (0)

I know, I know: you've been hearing it for a long time now. "GET ON WITH IT, WOMAN!" you're saying.


I haven't forgotten my goals. I do still have a few books/stories I'm working on. I've just hit a "I suck" wall. I'm not feeling very motivated lately because of it. But I'm trying to get back into things. I finished the sequel to "Dies Irae." You'd think that would make me happy and give me motivation to work on the others ... but, the people I've sent it to (a fan; a sister; my father; a few others), have not responded. My father said he's been really busy with work and the same with my sister. My father has gushed about this book, even quoted it, so I know he loves it. But still, the lack of response towards the sequel has kind of gotten me down again and reaffirmed that whole suckage thing.


BUT despite all this negativity plaguing my brain ... I DO want to keep writing. And I will. Every day I get closer and closer to opening those unfinished documents. I would probably be working on them now if it weren't for the fact that hubby is home and for some reason, I get self-conscious writing when he's in the room with me (we share a computer room). SO. Perhaps Tuesday will be the day. Unless I get a bug in my ass and say "fuck it" and get over that self-consciousness and work with him behind me anyway.


Dad told me not to give up on my dream of becoming a household name and having one of my books on the big screen one day. He's so cute ^_^ I just hope I don't let him down :)


So I guess what I'm saying is, don't give up on me. I have your stories. I think "Table Rock's Vampire" will be the first out of the three I'm working on to be featured here on the website. I will probably also make it available on Kindle and *big fat maybe* on Lulu, too.


Keep spreading the word. Because one day, this website will be FULL of awesome stories.

DIES IRAE Coming Back to Amazon!

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on December 22, 2010 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (1)

That's the good news. The bad news: it was going to cost a MINIMUM of $23.60 for the combo book "Love &  Friendship." That would have been the absolute minimum price, in which I would not receive a penny. Don't get me wrong, I'm no money-grubber, but I would like a LITTLE bit of a royalty -- I worked very hard on "Dies Irae" for five years. And even if I did go penniless,  the book would STILL be too expensive.

 

SO, because of that, I decided to NOT publish the combo books -- no one's going to pay that much for a 500 page book from a "nobody." Instead, I made the four single, novella paperbacks available again, and assigned them an ISBN and distribution package so they can be ordered by bookstores and sold at Amazon. They are a little more expensive than the last time I published them without the distribution package, but I think the prices are still reasonable (from what I've seen at my bookstore, anyway). Not to mention, I love the book covers for them more than I do the combo books.

 

I worked all evening formatting and publishing these four books. Of course, that means I didn't get anything else done that I wanted to do (sad day D:), but in order to put "Dies Irae" back on Amazon, I think it was worth it. The great thing about re-publishing books is that I get to post partial reviews on the back cover. Awesome. I think they really spiced things up and I thank all of you who gave reviews for "Dies Irae." Those are still posted at my website (rvances.com) if anyone wants to read those reviews. Just go to the "Book Synopsis" category, then "Fantasy" and then "Dies Irae."

 

Speaking of reviews, I need more for "Dies Irae." If anyone is willing to post reviews on Lulu.com, I will gladly send you the PDFs free of charge for you to read.

 

December Update

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on December 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, here I am, revamping this website. I learned some new tricks and have been giving it a makeover. There's easier navigation and it's just overal better organized.


I have several new story ideas, too. However, I would like to complete one or more of the stories I'm already working on, so they won't begin for a while.


Are you bored? Do you like interaction with your stories? Why don't you head over to my newest piece and help me give it a title? I wrote a short story (almost a novella) and for the life of me cannot think of a good title. I'm posting the entire story here, a little at a time. After reading most (or all) of it, send your suggestions and help give it a name :)


When you're ready, email [email protected] with "Story Title" as the subject. Be sure to put the subject in, or your message will be overlooked and deleted as SPAM.


Well, let me know what you guys think of the site.

See ya later!

Happy Halloween! My treat to you: 20% off my VAMPIRE books!

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on October 13, 2010 at 7:48 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw today that I can offer discounts on my books at Lulu at my discretion (yay!). So, I have decided to offer a 20% discount for my vampire books, "Dementia" and "Dead Seed" as my special Halloween treat to you all! Tell your friends!

 

Want to know more? Read on ;-)

 

For a limited time and ONLY (ends November 1st) at Lulu, you can get can these books (paperbacks) at 20% off. Just click the link here for my store.



Summaries

 

DEAD SEED (as R. Vance)

Suicidal Aralyn Montgomery finds herself thrust into a world of domination and torture when a Master vampire claims her as his. If she does not obey his every command, he punishes her in ways that have been considered sick, twisted, and evil. The Master wishes to make Aralyn his eternal lover. To do this, he must turn her into a vampire. But first he wants her to give him what he has always desired.... Will Aralyn escape his monstrous clutches? Or will she be forced to live with him for eternity and made his pet?

-- Order here.

 



DEMENTIA

(featuring "Dare" -- bonus short story and prequel to "Dead Seed")

DEMENTIA -- There is an unwritten rule among vampires: never drink the blood of a child. Children are the future for all vampires. They grow and reproduce, ensuring the vampires' continued food supply. Dementia is a rebel vampire who refuses to conform to the "rules" of her brothers and sisters; she is obsessed with the blood of the innocent. Her vampire brethren are growing tired of her games. She is given a warning, but it may be too late for that. Will Dementia be persuaded to give up her favorite sustenance, or will extreme measures have to be taken against her?

DARE (short story prequel to "Dead Seed") -- They had heard stories of a vampire.... "It had all just been for fun. A self-dare. They hadn’t meant for this to happen and if they could go back...well, of course they wouldn’t do it again."

 

-- Order here.



Take advantage of these special discounts! You won't regret it!



--Sara

September Update

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on September 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been unable to write much the past several weeks due to a new "job" I have. I am being paid by my sister to take my niece to school every morning because my niece's schedule conflicts with my sister's. My niece gets dropped off at my house at 6am and I watch her until 8:30 when I take her to school. I also pick her up from school and in addition babysit my other niece (her sister) a day or two a week (though this week I have been babysitting both of them since my parents are out of town for an anniversary vacation--my mom usually watches the younger niece through the week).


In addition to THEM, I also watch my husband's "niece" (she's actually his best friend's daughter that is like family to us) Monday through Friday from 5pm until almost 10pm during the times her father is deployed (he's in the Navy and deploys out every other month or so for a couple to several weeks at a time).


These "jobs" leave very little time for writing in between my naps and other daily chores (all the housework, dinner, and laundry--I don't let my husband do anything since I'm a stay-at-home wife--my choice, not his (he does offer to help and I won't let him)).


However, do not despair. Though I'm slowe than usual, I am still writing tidbits here and there when I can. I will soon have an update on "In Aeternum," and hopefully a big one at that since it's long overdue. I'm going to try and work on it tomorrow and this weekend so it can be posted by Monday.


I'm extra busy this week because as I mentioned before, my parents are out of town. My mother usually watches the little one, but since she's gone, I've taken over for the most part. My two younger sisters (twins) are watching the little one tomorrow in order to give me a break, but since they live with my mother and have to help with her every day, I wanted to give them a vacation too.


However, unexpectedly, I'm having to babysit my husband's niece Thursday, then I have both of my nieces on Friday because my older niece doesn't have school that day, so I'm going to have both of them (her and her sister) from 6am till 4:30pm, plus my husband's niece from 12:30pm until whenever her mother's dr. appointment is finished. SO, Friday is going to be quite hectic and crazy for me and my apartment will probably be tore apart before the day is over. I'm going to VERY tired that day.


I'm sure this is all confusing and irrelevant to some of you, and to you mothers who do all this on a daily basis, you're probably thinking "geez, what a whiner!" but for someone like me who's not used to having kids all day, it's crazy. Don't get me wrong, I love my nieces to death! Just, being so busy with them leaves little time for writing and I'm so exhausted by the end of the day. I'm even rethinking my desires to have my own children, lol.


Well, there you have it. An update.


I have several short stories I will be posting on this website soon. I'm almost finished with one so expect it within the next couple weeks. The others are more like novellas so it will take longer to finish and post them.


And, if you haven't read any of my published books yet, please check them out here at my bookstore (click here). Or you can just click on the link to the left side of the screen where it says "My Books for Sale" and you can read more info on that page :-)

Become a Member!

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on July 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM Comments comments (0)

If you like what you're reading, why don't you show your support by becoming a member? It's free and fast! You can post comments and keep up with all the latest updates.

First Story: In Aeternum

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on July 25, 2010 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Good morning, everyone!


I  have given the link to this website to a few people to help get me started. It's still not technically public as I would like to have a few more stories and/or installments before I post the link for everyone to see.


But, a couple of people wanted to start reading my first posted story, "In Aeternum" right away, despite having to wait for updates (which, I apologize for. I wish it was already complete and you didn't have to wait!) so that's why I gave the link to those who asked. Feel free to share with your friends! I have placed Facebook "like" buttons in a few sections and will have one for each section eventually, so if you like what you read, be sure to hit those "like" buttons (just make sure you're signed in to your facebook account before doing so).


Let's spread the word!


Anyway, back to "In Aeternum." It is one of my earlier stories that I posted on Quizilla so long ago (under the name SaraMonster). I think it was back in 2004 or 2005 that I first posted it. I have gotten several emails over the years (I was surprised at how many people love this story), asking me to turn it into a book. Since the story was written, Quizilla has made a lot of changes and in the process deleted several chapters, and messed the other chapters up. The story is out of sequence in many places. Not to mention, it was when I was still a baby writer (I'm at least a toddler now :-P) and there were plenty of mistakes. So, I copied what I could from my old Quizilla site and am currently rewriting the story. Since a few chapters were deleted and it was written so long ago (God, I'm old), I may have to improvise and come up with some new things to make the story make sense because I don't remember all of it. But I promise it will still be as good, if not better.


I had always planned on obeying my fans and rewriting the story, and I am now finally coming around to it. However, I'm probably not going to turn it into a book as I have been asked, I will just post it here on the website.


So far, there are three short chapters (this won't be a full-length novel, probably a novella of about 25,000 words). If you would like to read them, click the "fantasy" link to the left there and scroll down a little.


Well, back to work!


Good luck to those who aspire,

Sara

Welcome

Posted by Sara Vance-Hogan on July 4, 2010 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)

This is just a little blog to get things going. I am currently working on two stories that will be finished soon and posted, so bookmark this website and get ready for free reading!


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