Welcome to the Rising Frenzy Release Party!

September 23, 2013

Hi, everyone!  Thanks so much for spending some time with me today.  My name is Brandon Witt, and my new novel, Rising Frenzy, is being released today, September 23!  It seems rather perfect that I’m here on the Dreamspinner site to celebrate with you, people who enjoy embarking on a new quest, adventure, or romance every time you turn a page.  I took a moment to do a welcome video, just for fun. (If I did it right–I’ve never done that before!)

Welcome to the Rising Frenzy day of blogging video!

The first thing you need to know is that I’m a teacher, so if you ever feel like I’m treating you like a kid, just rest assured that pretty much everyone else I talk to feels the same way.  And, while I may be around kids all day, my books are for you, definitely not for children.  In addition, I love to spread random punctuation at every opportunity.  Thank God for Desi, my editor, who keeps this obsession at bay in the novels.  Luckily, he’s not here to save you from it today!  See, already giving disclaimers.

Much like I let my students know what my plans are for the day, I’ll extend you the same courtesy.  I always like to know what’s going on and what to expect, and I think everyone else does too, even if they claim they don’t.  I may drive my boyfriend just a tad bit crazy with this oh-so-fun-disability to need to have every second planned out.

And the breakdown of blogs are:

  1. This one—Hello and Men of Myth
  2. All about me—Can we say self-absorbed?
  3. Rising Frenzy—This is the one with a ton of series spoilers
  4. Women in Gay Fiction—A brave topic a man should know better than write about
  5. Tearfully saying goodbye—For now, it’s just for now

Good lord, and that was just the into!  Let’s dive in.

Rising Frenzy is the second installment in the Men of Myth series.  Book one, Submerging Inferno, came out one month ago.  It’s hard to talk about book two without giving away important aspects of book one, which is why I’m saving the spoilers for the third blog entry.  For now, let’s talk about the series.

Have any of you read novels by Kelley Armstrong?  Specifically her Women of the Otherworld series?  If not, check them out—they’re a blast.  She was the base point and inspiration for Men of Myth, although, I think if she read my novels, she probably wouldn’t really understand how they connect, as they are very different.  Here is the aspect I loved about Armstrong’s books, what I ‘stole,’ if you will:  In Men of Myth you will met men of all different supernatural blood types (such as, demons, fairies, warlocks, mermen, werewolves, vampires, you get the idea).  In this first story arch, which covers three novels, you will get to know two of these men very, very well—their stories, the in’s and out’s of their heritages, and cultures.  After these three books, side characters that you’ve come to love rise up to take their turn in the spotlight, all the while, still keeping tabs on past heroes.   As in the Armstrong novels, you end up being part of this huge ‘family’ who feel as real to you as people in your everyday life, and you miss them when they’re not there.  Either you understand that sensation or you’re thinking that I’m a bit crazy.  I would argue that two are not mutually exclusive.

The thing I love most about this concept, both from other series I’ve read and in writing Men of Myth, is the epic level a reader gets to know these characters.  Much like a real relationship, book one starts off with tiptoeing into this universe that’s hidden in the world around us.  Well, they tiptoe for a bit and then take a head dive into the deep end.  In Rising Frenzy, book two, you get the chance to re-enter this world, and now that you’re familiar, the layers and idiosyncrasies begin to blossom and pull you in until you’re too deep to get back out.  By Clashing Tempest, in book three?  Good luck.  You can’t escape, even if you tried.  The opportunity for character development, and the deepening of relationships (both with the characters and with the reader), is unparalleled in building novels of a series.

Both of the first two books, Submerging Inferno and Rising Frenzy are set in San Diego, one of my favorite places in the world.  If you haven’t had the homemade tortillas in Old Town, open a new browser window, and book a plane ticket.  So good!

While there is romance, and heartbreak, and romance again in the series, I would classify the books more urban paranormal fantasy than as pure romance.  To me, that’s a good thing, as it’s what I love.  To some, it’s disclaimer, if they want the romance to be the main event.  I look at these novels like I see life.  (Although my life doesn’t have vampires, fairies, or mermen.  Yet.)  A relationship doesn’t define a person or make up their entire world, at least most healthy ones.  A romance enhances a person’s life, makes it better. . . makes the person better.  It’s the same in a story.  In the case of Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco, our two men in the first three novels of Men of Myth, their adventure, danger, and ultimate story, wouldn’t have even happened if their romance hadn’t bloomed.

Here are the covers of the first three Men of Myth novels.  Anne Cain, the artist, is a goddess.  Truly.

I think by now, you probably realize why I write novels instead of short stories.  For an introvert who can turn into a wallflower at parties, there are a lot of words.  My fingers on the keyboard apparently don’t have the same verbal anxiety that my mouth has acquired.

There will be two giveaways in the upcoming blogs, get ready!  I’ll post the winners tomorrow!

Ponderings:

1. Have you ever had a ‘relationship’ with a series of books, or even a television series, that truly made you feel like the characters were a part of your life, and you genuinely love them?  What series was that for you, and what about it created such an impact?

2. What is your initial, gut reaction when you see books from a new author?   Do you wait for reviews of the book, pick it up because of the cover, walk me through your process a little bit, please…

King Perry by Edmond Manning

February 27, 2012

In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make an investment banker a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry’s “kingship” and transform him into the man he was always meant to be.

Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses, and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as ‘the one true king.’

Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this off-beat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past.

But can he succeed by Sunday’s sunrise deadline?

In 40 hours, how can he possibly evolve from an ordinary man into King Perry?

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Genre: Contemporary, Bittersweet
Length: Novel

Hi. I’m Edmond.

February 27, 2012

I wrote a book and today it’s released.

Wahooooooooo!

I’ll be the Dreamspinner blogmaster for the day, and I have some lovely things to share with you. Below you’ll see my book cover and blurb, and beyond that, I have pictures and quotes from within the book, thoughts on the ‘mysterious stranger’ narrating King Perry, and a youtube video, created for my Dreamspinner release date.

I’ll hang out on the blog all day, so feel free to leave a comment or question and I will reply.

Edmond

 

King Perry Postcard Moments: 1

February 27, 2012

During Perry and Vin’s weekend, they meet The Tourist King, so sharing lines from the book seemed fitting via postcard.

**SPOILERS**

While these postcards do not reveal any major plot points, a few of the scenic locations are revealed. If you’re the type of reader who likes being surprised by everything (and there are quite a few surprises in this book), you may want to skip these postcards.

Edmond

Sh*t New Authors Say

February 27, 2012

Who are you if you can’t laugh at yourself, right?

I couldn’t resist poking a little fun of new authors like myself, folks who are so happy and eager to see their name in print (or eprint) that okay, maaaaaaaaaaaaybe we say some silly, pretentious stuff. If you’re an experienced author viewing this youtube link, maybe you’ll recognize your ‘early days.’

I hope you enjoy this amateur silliness. I feel like an excited 12-year-old (hell, 8-year-old) as I confess that this is my first youtube video ever!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8adaLhB6qk&feature=youtu.be

The Mysterious Stranger

February 27, 2012

I’ve always loved those tales when a mysterious stranger blows into town, promising secrets revealed and offering to change everything. Wherever the geography, thick, blanketing fog rolls in and an invitation is made. But turns out there’s a price to be paid; the Mysterious Stranger knows this cost.

Can the Mysterious Stranger be trusted? Is he who he says he is?

Maybe. Maybe not.

In my urban fairy tale, King Perry, narrator Vin Vanbly is one of these unusual wanderers, a man who decides to intervene and change everything. At the end of Chapter One, Vin asks his new friend, “Are you ready to get kinged?”

If he says ‘yes,’ Perry’s life will never be the same.

In books featuring the Mysterious Stranger, he’s never the narrator. Otherwise, we’d see that he’s probably pretty ordinary, considering which fast food he wants for lunch, how he wishes he had better foot support, occasionally worried about paying his rent. While we want to understand him/her better, we also still want the Mysterious Stranger to remain mysterious. We want to see the amazing magician saw the lady in half; after the show we don’t want to see the two of them smoking cigarettes while txting, sharing a bag of Funions.

By the end of King Perry, readers knows quite a bit about Vin. (And we definitely know how often he thinks about food.) We witness moments of his self-doubt. We better understand his unique flavor of love. Yet there are details he does not – will not – visit in his own brain, so by the time we reach the last sentence, the reader still questions who he is and how he lives.

What happens next? Who was that masked man?

The Mysterious Stranger shrugs.

He shuffles out of town, taking the fog with him.