Welcome to my Blog!

March 16, 2009

What to write? I started this blog because my first book is coming out on March 31st, 2009. RAPHAEL is the first in my series of books, Vampires in America. The second book, JABRIL will be released in July 2009, with a third book to come probably late this year or early next. The series is urban fantasy, set in a world where vampires exist right along with the rest of us. They don’t sleep in coffins and they don’t avoid mirrors. But they do drink blood and live a very long time, and that gives them a completely different perspective on life and living. Most of my heroes are handsome, because, let’s face it, no woman really wants Nosferatu sucking on her neck. Some of my heroines are beautiful, some aren’t, but they’re all strong and resilient, and they’ve all been through enough life to realize that in the end, you have to take care of yourself, not wait for that knight on the white charger to ride to the rescue. There is passion and romance in my books, but there’s also murder and conspiracy, loyalty and betrayal. There’s a crime to be solved and a mystery to uncover.

I wanted this blog to be a place where people could find out more about my books and, if they’re interested, more about me, too. As the blog goes on, I’ll try to make it worth your while to check in and see what I have to say. There’ll be a monthly contest where I’ll give away copies of my books, Amazon gift certificates and whatever else strikes my fancy. Sometimes, I’ll just have a drawing with the names of everyone who’s commented during the month. And sometimes, I’ll ask a question from my books, or from the world at large. But there will always be a prize. I’ll try to present you with strange facts, funny stories, interesting tidbits of information, places to go, places I’ve been. And, above all, we’ll talk about writing and reading. Because those are my passions. (Well, those and my darling husband, of course, but we definitely won’t be discussing him. Hi, Honey!) ::cough::

Why do I write? Because there’s a little gremlin in my head that keeps telling me stories and nagging at me to write them down. Really. It’s a physical push that I feel to write, especially when I’m in the middle of a book and a new scene occurs to me from nowhere. Even worse, I’ll be in the middle of one book and a totally new idea for a different book will pop into my head, and I’ll be scolding myself to FOCUS, but it won’t go away until I take a break, open a new file and jot down the idea. And then my brain will let me get back to the business at hand.

And then there’s the fact that I love to write. I love the process of making a story come alive, of fine tuning my words and phrases until the reader can see the world as clearly as I do. Of bringing a character to full-blown life, so that the reader feels a loss when the story is over and the character goes away.

There have been times in my life when I would have given anything to be able to put aside this world we all live in and to join the characters in my favorite books instead. To live in their world, to join in their journeys and adventures. It brought tears to my eyes sometimes I wanted it so badly. And that’s what I want my readers to feel. I want them to care about my characters, to want to live in the worlds I create for a short time, to feel what my characters feel and see what they see.

Some say writing is a lonely endeavor, sitting at a computer by one’s self, hunched over and typing away in the cool glare of a soulless monitor. But I’m never lonely when I’m writing, because I’m spending time with some of my favorite people – my characters. Of course, maybe it helps that I’m something of a loner myself, that I enjoy being alone.

So, here we are, you and me, and about a gazillion other people on the Internet, searching for information, knowledge, love or friendship, or maybe just a game to play while the boss is away and the job is boring. I hope you’ll come back and visit me often. And I hope you’ll be curious enough to read my books and to discover the joy of writing that I try to put in every one of them.

Thanks for reading this, and let this journey begin.

DBR

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22 Responses to “Welcome to my Blog!”

  1. jbpsychdoc Says:

    The suspense for the release is verging on murderous! Can’t wait for a vampire novel that finally sucks me in. Down with Twilight! Let the darkness prevail with Raphael it’s true Master! I am eagerly anticipating the coming of the Vampires in America series.
    All the best,
    J

  2. Lou Says:

    Not long to go till release day, I’m very much looking forward to it. 🙂

  3. Gareth Says:

    Hey Donna,
    Congrats on the success. May all your dreams bar one come true.

  4. Popin Says:

    Congrats on the new blog and the new book! I look forward to reading Raphael.

    ~ Popin


  5. Your site looks great! I thoroughly enjoyed RAPHAEL and I’m looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

    Congratulation on everything! I wish you TONS of success!

    Adrian

  6. Anabella Says:

    I just love your writings! I can hardly wait to finish one and start the sequel. I know your new readers will love you also!

  7. SarahL Says:

    Got your blog book marked, looking forward to getting my hands on Raphael. 🙂

  8. Michelle Says:

    I’m reading an advanced copy now. A definate must read!

  9. Suede Says:

    Wow D! I can’t wait to read Raphael. Also I found your blog entry to be equal parts informative, amusing and touching. This is so exciting! And btw, “Vampires in America” has got to be the coolest series title ever…!

  10. dbreynolds Says:

    Thanks to everyone who’s commented so far! Thanks for all the support and enthusiasm. I really appreciate it.

    DBR

  11. Angie Says:

    I make friends with my characters too!
    Good luck…I’m looking forward to reading your first.

    I haven’t checked yet…but if you haven’t done so already, make sure you post a blog on how you got published…we like those kinds of stories too!

  12. Tez Miller Says:

    Naughty lass! I just now typed your name into Google, and thus only just found discovered your WordPress hidey-hole. And March 16 was two days ago, which means you forgot to message me with the news… 😉

    I’ll forgive you this time. But only because I like you 😉

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

  13. Lisa in Mahwah Says:

    I have fallen in love with Raphael from his picture…the image is haunting…you could say I’m entranced…but mostly I am awaiting the arrival of Cyn since I love smart, tough female detectives a la Eve Dallas and others. Congratz on the publication of this first novel and many more to come. I admire your persistence to make it all happen. Wish you great success and so does Dan and Leah. By the way cool blog….

  14. karinshah Says:

    Nice new site!

    Karin Shah
    STARJACKED
    Available now!
    Samhain Publishing

  15. Mia Says:

    Woo – hoo on the new site. Congrats DB and such exciting times.

  16. Houston A.W. Knight Says:

    Ah, welcome to blogging! Looks like you’ve got a great start! Love your site!

    Your book sounds great…can’t wait to buy it!

    Hawk


  17. Have to agree with you there – writing is not lonely. It’s an adventure with characters you have created and are getting to know.

    Your series sounds interesting ;o) I love vampires and the name Raphael.


  18. DBR:
    Congratulations on the book and the blog. May you have many more books in your future!

    Morgan

  19. Jen Says:

    Great blog! I love your book cover, too! It’s not long now until July. Congratulations.

    Jen


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