Author Interview- Peter Dawes

And it’s time for another awesome author interview! I got a hold of Peter Dawes and he’s agreed to share a little more info about himself, his assassin vampire Flynn, and his series of books that seem to be putting the vamp back in vampire. Get rid of the glitter and embrace your dark side. Without further ado here’s Peter and his answers to my 5 questions.

1. In the first book we encounter witches and vampires, are there other supernatural creatures in Flynn’s universe?
Quite a few, actually. Even the witches, sorcerers, and vampires have different sects to them which are gradually revealed throughout the course of the books. In the next book especially we get the chance to meet another seer named Julian, as well as other members of the Supernatural Order. We also get the chance to meet the first true vampire dark magician.
2. There’s a ton of visual imagery in this book, especially with Flynn’s experiences around training and killing, have you thought about expanding to a graphic novel?
Funny you should mention! The last thing I had been doing prior to writing Flynn’s books was script writing with an independent comic studio. (I had created my own superhero, who I would love to give new life to sometime soon.) There is a large part of me who misses those days and would love a chance at penning a graphic novel, so you never know. Perhaps there might be a few black roses and some sequential art in my favorite assassin’s future.
3. I found the vampires to be extremely back and forth, never satisfied with anything. Was this intentional or just a writing follow through?
Sabrina’s coven especially are a brood of malcontents. It was not something I had the chance to get into much in EotS, since the book follows Flynn primarily, but I have a novella in the works told by one of Matthew Pritchard’s immortal children which casts more light into Sabrina and the vampires of the area. To spoil slightly, Sabrina has been embroiled in her powerplay for some time, and one of the cards she played regularly was building the population of her coven faster than any coven should be built. The result of this was a general negligence of the young vampires housed under her roof. Conversely, Matthew had been a fixture in Philadelphia since the mid-1800s and had a much different viewpoint on turning vampires. As a result, those vampires being targeted by Flynn were actually very confident, unapologetic immortals.
4. If you’re not Peter Dawes, then who’s the man behind these stories? Tell readers a bit about him?
*laughs* I am a parent, in a committed relationship with an extremely loving, supportive partner, and perhaps one of the kindest neurotics you might ever meet in person. I definitely have an artist’s soul, which makes it easy to identify with someone as tortured as Peter, so there are moments when my mood swings are impressively epic. But gods, do I love to write. This has been my form of self-expression ever since I was in middle school and I do not see that changing any time soon. Want to make me light up like a Christmas tree? Tell me you loved my characters. They are my “head children” and grant me that burst of pride when they are being complimented by another. 😉
5. Whens the next Vampire Flynn book due out and is there any other tales readers should know about?
Rebirth of the Seer has already been released and is available in both Kindle and paperback formats through Amazon.com. We plan on expanding it out to Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble at the beginning of 2013. Fate of the Seer has a tentative release date of June, 2013, but we are seeing what we can do about making it available sooner. At the very least, we promise a few morsels to whet your appetites in-between.
Thank you again for the chance to review your book, and good luck in all your future endeavors. 
Thank you as well, Landra. I hope our paths might cross again soon. 🙂

Review: Eyes of the Seer- Landra’s Take

Rating: Maybe

A tale of a vampire from his earliest experiences to his first few trials …

That’s the journey author Peter Dawes took me on, exploring the vampire nightlife within Philadelphia, PA. It starts with a bit of murder, then a transformation, then some more murder, and then a mystery. All the winding and twitching leads one very different vampire away from the dark side.

The good parts: A different kind of vampire world. No sparkly, friendlies here. It’s all blood, life taking, and generally embracing your inner evil; at least for the majority of the book. The action sequences are plentiful and well thought out. I felt like I was reading a movie, and there is plenty of gore for the folks who watch action movies just to see people blow apart. Flynn in general is a conflicted character with a ton of growth potential, which gives the reader conflict! Yay! And there’s plenty of internal and external conflict. Surprisingly I wasn’t as turned off from the first-person POV as I usually am.

The parts that made me go “eh”: The prose was a bit long-winded. There were many instances where I felt like Flynn enjoyed hearing himself think. Multiple occasions where the descriptions were a bit lengthy and I found myself skipping paragraphs to get to the next interaction. This damaged the pacing of the book, along with the story length. I found challenges with the linear chronological progression. There were too many details I felt could have been left out in favor for more interaction and dialogue; I’m not big on internal monologues that last pages.

Overall, I think this could be an enjoyable story for some, especially if you enjoy long journey’s or tales. I did become connected to the character Flynn and a few others in the story so I would probably read the next story just to find out what happens. But if you’re not a patience reader and tend to be more driven to action, conflict, action stories then this one may not be for you.

This Week’s Read – Eyes of the Seer by Peter Dawes

It all started with a murder. Two victims lay dead at the hands of Peter Dawes, but what laid in wait for him was not the sound of sirens or the banging of a gavel. It would turn a doctor into a killer and a man into a monster.

Follow Peter as he exchanges his blood-stained clothing for tailored suits, his scalpel for fine-crafted daggers, and is reinvented as the newest vampire-child in a coven of decadent sophisticates. He even takes on the name ‘Flynn’ – a child of red – in honor of his new-found devilish side and to further distance himself from his human past.

For four years, Flynn embodies every bit the bloody immortal he was sired to become. Under the reign of his maker, Sabrina, he establishes a reputation as the most feared assassin to ever terrorize the covens of Philadelphia. But the surefooted-steps and quick hands that make him a virtuoso when it comes to killing humans and vampires alike are attributes of the mortal destiny which haunts him even beyond death. And despite all efforts, Peter’s humanity is not as dead as some would prefer.

On the verge of completing their vie for power, Sabrina’s ‘dark-killer’ will suddenly find himself wrestling his devotion to his mistress when an impish sorceress named Monica awakens the hidden powers he was fated to possess. In this world of macabre and shrewdly practical immortal beings, will Flynn’s supernatural gifts be used to orchestrate the wicked deeds of his maker? Or can the cold-blooded nature of a vampire be warmed by the compassion of a Seer?

EYES OF THE SEER is a gripping tale conspicuously authored by Peter Dawes – years later, he’s decided to put the story of his life to paper, albeit listed as ‘fiction’. (Vampires can’t really claim to exist, after all. It would ruin the whole gig.)

Eyes of the Seeris available at:

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Eyes of the Seer at Goodreads

Author Interview – Stacy Juba

Well, hello readers! This fall Sunday I’ve got Stacy Juba, who’s graciously answered a few questions about her book Dark Before Dawn. It’s been a while since we’ve conducted one of these answers, but we’re happy to be back in the saddle. And here’s Stacy.

1. There were some questions I had at the end of the book, and so I was wondering is there a sequel in the works for Dark Before Dawn?

I did deliberately leave it open-ended for a sequel. I have an idea for one, but I haven’t started it yet as I’m busy with so many other projects. It would be fun to write, though.
2. Psychic abilities and meditation are points of interest for me personally, I wanted to know about the research you had to conduct for this portion of the story?

I am also working on another book about a psychic – an adult mystery novel. To prepare for both books, I took an online class in writing about psychics, led by a psychic. That was a great opportunity to ask questions. I also use oracle cards myself and have read a lot of books about intuition, so it’s a personal interest of mine. Meditation is another of my interests. I studied Tai Chi for two years, and am trained in Reiki, a form of hands-on energy healing, so all of the information about meditation and chakras came from my own studies. Of course, to add a fantasy element to the book, I used that basic information to ask myself, What if? For example, what if someone used energy not for healing, but with malicious intent? I know how warm and tingly energy feels when I do Reiki, but what would energy feel like to Dawn if she was using it for a dark purpose and how would that affect her?

3. Is there a lesson to be taken from Dark Before Dawn or was this book mainly about entertaining the masses?

I really wanted teenage girls to take away the idea that they should accept themselves for who they are. We’re all individuals, yet in high school, there is pressure to fit in and be like everyone else. Dawn needed to find that healthy balance of fitting in and finding friends, yet being true to herself and maintaining her values. I hope that teen readers will identify with her journey. I think they will also relate to her relationship with her mother. Her mom wants Dawn to act a certain way, yet it doesn’t mesh with who Dawn is as a person. As a result, they have conflict and need to learn to accept and understand one another’s feelings. As an author though, I never want to preach, so I tried to present Dawn’s character arc in the context of an entertaining story. My books are all about escape reading. I want to entertain readers for a few hours and give them a time-out from the hectic pace of their lives.
4. Dark Before Dawn is set in the state of Maine, which in my experience of reading is a popular state for stories with horror and paranormal elements, what made you pick Maine?

My husband’s family lives in Maine and I thought the ocean and the deserted beach town in the off-season would make a fun setting for a creepy book. It does seem to be a popular setting for horror fiction, especially if you’re a fan of Stephen King.
5. Finally, what’s on the horizon for you outside of Dark Before Dawn? Any good books you have coming out soon?

I have two brand new releases: the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set, which features my adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and Dark Before Dawn in one download. Readers have the option of buying them separately, or buying them in one download and getting one of the books for free. The characters in Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, Kris and Cassidy, are older than Dawn, in their twenties, but they are young women on a journey of self-discovery and trying to find the right life path when danger invades their lives. I thought it was a nice fit with Dark Before Dawn. The other books in the bundle are also appropriate for older teens as they are clean reads.

In addition, I also just released 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back, an essay anthology inspired by Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. It features 52 authors looking back 25 years at their own lives, or at the lives of their characters. I served as editor and publisher, and have several of my own essays in the book.

My goal for 2013 is to finish my adult romantic comedy novel and a couple of short story spin-offs of that book, as well as finish the sequel to my YA family hockey novel Face-Off. I am also toying with the idea of writing a short story prequel to Dark Before Dawn in 2013. More information about my books is on my website http://stacyjuba.com/blog/ and to stay informed of the latest books, readers can sign up for my newsletter on my Contact tab

Review: Dark Before Dawn – Landra’s Take

Genre: YA Paranormal

Rating: Maybe

This book reminded me of the movie The Craft in multiple ways. A group of outcast teenage girls, a protagonist that has psychic abilities that she is afraid of and can’t control, and teenage bullying that sparks some deadly mischief. The main differences include an adult villain whose revenge stems from her own childhood and the protagonist’s family is more involved, more caring in my opinion. Also Dawn is no floozy; she takes time to research what she’s learning.

Did I like this psychic journey? Yes and no. There were places the plot dragged, including the beginning and midway through the story. I felt that Dawn was a bit too predictable and not as complex as I expected. This was one of those books where I could predict just about every plot twist and turn. You could almost say I was psychic. I also felt there were a lot of holes near the wrap of the story, and I didn’t like the fact that a character was continuously mentioned but never introduced outside of conversation. I would guess the author has a sequel planned or the potential for one. While the ending was going for a thriller-esque feel it didn’t resonate that well with me.

What I liked were the parents, especially Dawn’s step-father and brother. They genuinely cared and went against the grain when Dawn’s abilities were finally revealed. I also enjoyed the knowledge and tidbits about psychic abilities that were shared, especially involving crystals. A personal interest of mine is psychic abilities and other aspects of the paranormal so for me the information being shared, and its accuracy, was great.

Overall I think young adults would enjoy this book, while adults may find the material too predictable to enjoy. This is definitely a quick, easy read. While some young adult stories are definitely good for YA and Adult audiences I don’t feel Dark Before Dawn is one of them.

This Week’s Read: Dark Before Dawn by Stacy Juba

Dawn Christian has been psychic since she was seven years old and has always considered herself an outcast. Even her own mother discourages her talent, so Dawn has kept her abilities quiet and feared a lifetime of loneliness. When she gets involved with a fortuneteller and two teenage girls who share her mysterious perception, Dawn finally belongs to a group.As her intuition strengthens, so does Dawn’s self esteem. However, when she learns her new friends may be tied to two bizarre murders, she has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special, or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

Dark Before Dawn is available at:

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