Monday, April 5, 2021

Monday Muse: STARSET - MANIFEST (Official Music Video)

When I first heard this song, I was obsessed (and I still am).  I'd never heard of Starset, but the song was super compelling to me.  Enough that I had to watch the video.  And oh, what SF goodness it is!  A little more research told me the lead singer was a total nerd (also all kinds of eye candy and super smart).  Obviously, that meant I needed to see them in real life.  Lucky for me, they came to CT in October 2019.  The place where they played (The Webster) is a crud hole in the worst part of Hartford.  BUT, the show was friggin' amazing.  The special effects were awesome, the theme was super cool, there were kick butt backup ladies playing stringed instrument, the costumes were literally out of this world, plus it was interactive -- you could scan QR codes all over the walls to see neat videos associated with the album.  The opening bands were pretty unique and fantastic as well.  One of the best concerts I've ever been to, hands down.  It made leaving the venue to find out that my brand new car had been broken into kind of worth it...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday Muse: Ciara - Paint It, Black

Okay, "Paint it, Black" is a kick a$$ song to begin with, but can we please talk about how absolutely sexy and haunting this cover is?  Sorry Stones, but Ciara took a lyrically amazing song, gave it length and gravitas, and turned it into something that makes me wanna witch dance around a bonfire.  It's chilling and totally inspiring!


Monday, March 22, 2021

Monday Muse: Delta Rae - "The Dark"

If any of you have been paying attention, you know that I LOVE Delta Rae.  They are often featured on Monday Muse and songs of theirs are on numerous "inspiration" playlists for my writing.  It should come as no surprise that when they went Indie and put up a Kickstarter I backed it.  The idea was simple, two sister albums -- The Light and The Dark -- released at different points in time.  Well, The Dark album dropped this week and, like all of their well timed music, I needed to hear it.  I think you all need it in your lives too, so here you go.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

MY FIRST AUDIOBOOK!!!

I FINALLY GOT AN AUDIOBOOK.

This was a long time coming but certainly needed to be done as I have people asking me all the time about whether I'm in audiobook.  I'm a huge fan of audiobooks myself, so I definitely felt I was missing a section of my readership without one and it killed me that my contract for the Tricksters series makes if difficult to get them into audiobook.  For the time being, my self-published work is what I'll be focusing on for audiobook.

That said, I chose ROYAL REVOLUTION (Tales of Turin) -- my latest release -- to be the first of my audiobooks.  It's novelette length, so it's an easy sampler for both my work as well as something that's not a hard dedication for listeners.  The fabulous Joshua Macrae is the narrator and I'm probably going to keep him on for at least the rest of the Tales of Turin.  Once I'm done with the Tales of Turin releases I think I'll circle back to the City Steam world and maybe get a few of those into audiobook as well.

So, if you wanna try one of my books on audio, here you go, enjoy!!!



Monday, March 15, 2021

Monday Muse: Ayron Jones -- Take me Away

I am bringing back Monday Muse on a semi-routine basis.  I've been awful at posting for you lovely folx and I think you all deserve better than that!  I've been discovering all kinds of fun music this year and I should share it, right!?  Jury is still out on Feature Friday, but you'll probably be getting routine personal posts from me.

So, here's an amazing artist that I discovered this year.  Ayron Jones.  Holy Hannah, can we talk about this gent's voice, please?  Since my long silence I've been going back to my rock roots and getting REALLY into soulful blues.  Ayron hits all the right buttons for my music needs these days.  Listening to this song I can close my eyes and imagine myself sitting in a bar on Bourbon or Beale street.  Low lighting, heads nodding, guitars and signed posters mounted on the walls, sweaty beverage forgotten on the table...

Fully admit to *almost* publicly proposing to Ayron based on voice alone.  But, I was smart and looked him up first...He's married, so I wish him all the best of luck for a healthy happy relationship and family instead!  XD

Friday, January 1, 2021

The Revolution is Upon Us!


Happy 2021!  We're not over the pandemic, but I think we're starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  What a cruddy year 2020 was...  But, as some of you know, the pandemic has had one upside:  I started writing again!

I've been working on MANY different projects here and there.  As you know, I always work on ten projects at once and it takes me a while to actually finish any of them. 

However, I DID finish a new dark fantasy novelette called Royal Revolution for an LLS2020 exclusive anthology called The Queen Collection.  I have self published this novelette and it's available in e-book and print starting today through Amazon.  You'll be able to get this as an AUDIOBOOK in February.  It's the first of my work to be an audiobook and I'm really happy with how it came out!

I haven't put anything out in quite a few years so I hope you love this character and the world she lives in. :)  I'll be in two more anthologies this coming year and my intent is to self-publish those pieces as well.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

HUGE sale!


Hi Everyone!  Long time no speak, but guess what?  I'm writing again!!! (I know, right?  FINALLY!)  Look for Royal Revolution my new adult novelette this August...

In the meantime...The publisher of Nexis and Redux is having a huge sale on all their YA books.  Pick up mine if you haven't gotten them yet or pick from hundreds of other options to keep your summer thirst quenched! The sale runs until July 19 so get it while it's hot!





Sunday, April 1, 2018

Where in the World is A.L. Davroe?!

As I'm sure some of you have noticed, I've been very quiet/not around on social media in general for quite a while. 

Some of you may know that I went through some intense things a few years ago.  I never took the time to mentally care for myself and rebuild my personal life after that happened.  Instead, I buried myself in my author persona and my writing.  That eventually caught up with me and it made the release of REDUX very difficult to get through.  I ended up burning out my muse and no longer loving the thing that got me through some of the toughest times in my life.

Directly on the tail end of the release of REDUX, my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to go through some intense brain surgery.  My mother and I are all we've got, so it was a rough time for me. 

Right after that, I got sick and needed some minor surgery too (I'm still working through it, but I'm hoping that my immune system will eventually kick in and do what needs to be done). 

...I also started Grad school while still having a full time job.

Needless to say, I've been super busy and haven't had much time to even take the time to let you all know what's going on and I'm sorry for that.

So, the long and short of it is that I'm not going to be putting anything out for a while and I'm not sure when I will be able to again.  However, I hope that one day I can come back as A.L. Davroe refreshed and better than ever.  I'll still be doing one or two events a year, just to keep my toe in the pond, but they'll be pretty limited.  Also, I will continue to be absent from social media as I restructure my personal life and work on healing my mind and body.

I thank you all for your friendship, readership, and support -- you rock!!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Feature Friday: Dana Perry

Dana Perry is an undergraduate student at Tufts University, where she’s pursuing a degree in biology. She grew up in Bethany, Connecticut, where she had an unlimited area of woods to roam and trees to climb. When not in class, Dana most likely has her nose buried in a book about the supernatural. Ascendence is her first published work.




Interview:
A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

Dana:
I think one of the most important things to remember when writing a long-term project is to not limit yourself by constantly doubting your work. Trust me, every word is useful, even if it won’t have a place in the final work. I’ve written some pretty unintelligible stuff while up waaay past my bedtime, but come morning, revising those scribbles kept the ball rolling and helped fight writer’s block.

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?

Dana:
Kelley Armstrong’s The Gathering blew me out of the water. I must admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve last read it, but it was phenomenal. Some combination of the setting (a teeny-tiny Canadian town settled deep in the woods), the strong protagonist, and the awesome mountain-lion-centric mythology had me so well hooked that I read it straight through the night on the day I got it, only to fall asleep and dream about it before waking up and picking it right back up again.

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Ascendence?  Any reason for the unique spelling of the title?

Dana:
I love any sort of book involving the paranormal, but I’ve found that a lot of them start with their protagonist in the dark as to the supernatural. I thought it might be fun to play with a main character who knew a little too much for her own good, and everything else followed! As for the title, spelling Ascendence with an ‘e’ is less popular than with an ‘a’, but for some reason, I felt like spelling it with an ‘e’ gave the word a little bit more of a spine (no pun intended!), rather than a lighter, more effervescent feel.

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Ascendence?  What were they and how did you fix them?

Dana:
My biggest snag was time management. I was in high school when I wrote Ascendence, so sometimes it was a bit tough to set aside a decent chunk of time to just sit down and write. Thankfully, I have an awesome friend who was able to look past the unavoidable garbage that cluttered the first manuscript and fall in love with the work, demanding new chapters, which gave me a reason to write and edit as fast as I could.

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in Ascendence is your favorite and why?

Dana:
That’s like asking me to pick between my children! It’s a hard choice, because I love them all, but Luke in particular speaks to me. I’m a sucker for a character who’ll go to the end of the earth and back for their family, and Luke fits that down to a T.

A.L.:
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey as an author?

Dana:
To be honest, I’ve never really thought about myself as a creative person. I was never really one for art or music, but reading is my weakness. I guess when a couple hundred books go in, it makes sense that one would come out. Now that I’ve written one, though, I don’t know if I can be stopped! Writing is such a rewarding experience, and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

Dana:
Right now, I’m finishing up the first manuscript on another book in the Ascendence universe, but focusing on Benjamin Bellevue many years in the future. I have to say, I’ve utterly fallen in love with this one, so hopefully it’ll be polished up soon!

A.L.:
You grew up in Bethany, CT!  As a fellow Nutmegger, I believe in spreading the CT Pride.  What is your favorite hang out spot in CT and why?

Dana:
There are a lot of golden spots to hang out in Connecticut, but not much can top the view from the top of Sleeping Giant State Park’s blue trail. It’s a hard hike, but scaling those cliffs makes for one amazing view I’ll never forget.

A.L.:
So -- because I'm dorky and get super excited when I find out other people are into the supernatural -- what's your favorite supernatural being and why?

Dana:
Ooh, this is a toughie. I think I’d have to go with shapeshifters, because there’s just something special about a creature that you could look right at and not even realize anything’s amiss. They toe the blurry line between human, animal, and other, and that’s such a fun dynamic to explore.

A.L.:
You grew up roaming the woods.  Do you have a particularly memorable woodland adventure story to share with us?

Dana:
One time, I was hiking up a particularly steep trail up a cliff face with two friends of mine. It had been a long hike, and my legs were like Jello. So, when I saw someone had spray-painted a series of arrows up the sheer rock as an alternate route to walking the path, I started climbing immediately. It took me all of a minute to realize that I was in way over my head, clinging to the ledge like a drowned kitten a good hundred feet above the ground. Somehow, I managed to haul my sorry butt up and over the lip of the cliff, only to fall directly on top of a picnic another group of hikers had set out. I wound up giving them all a heart attack by just appearing out of nowhere, but hey, I survived the climb!

A.L.:
What's your favorite part of being an author and why?

Dana:
My favorite part of being an author is seeing people fall in love with my characters. Through the whole, drawn-out process of writing a novel, you come to spend a lot of time with them, to the point where they are almost real, in a way. It’s just the most incredible feeling to know someone else likes them just as much as you do.


The Giveaway:
Dana will be giving away a copy of Ascendence (US).

Ascendence: Leah Walker may be head-over-heels obsessed with the supernatural, but it seems the world just isn’t throwing her any bones. Or ghosts. Or vampires. Or much of anything, really. That is, until a newcomer takes up residence in her sleepy little town. To her good fortune, Luke is pretty darn attractive with his muscular physique, keen senses, and air of mystery...Which means to say, she’s lucky because he’s totally a werewolf. Upon his arrival, her days grow almost as interesting as her nights, in which Leah is bombarded with welcome dreams of the Protector.

The Protector’s sole purpose is to guard human souls from the threat of the demonic. Her days are filled with darkness and death, but she and her angelic blade Haldis exorcise demons with unfeeling, single-minded determination. Leah wants nothing more than to be the Protector and to live in such a clearcut, evil vs. good world.

What she didn’t think of, however, is that to live in such a world there has to be evil. As blood begins to flow and the darkness of her dreams pours into her waking life, Leah meets more of it than she could ever comprehend...Or hope to fight alone.


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