So hey, what’s this “Talon” thing about?

Long ago, before Underworld, before the blasphemy of Twilight, I started a Vampire novel. It wasn’t really meant to be a novel, but let’s not split hairs. I started writing Talon, which had (and still does) have a much deeper meaning to me than first appearances. I took the Vampire trope and rewrote it to be the way *I* wanted it to be.

Crosses? Ha. Only if properly blessed, so that little trinket you bought at Wal-mart won’t help you. Bibles. Again, only if properly blessed. Garlic? Best served on bread and served with spaghetti. Need an invitation to your house? Hardly. Vamps will walk right on in. Daylight? Yea, it weakens them a bit so they try to limit their time out in it, but explode? Naw. That’s Hollywood bullshit. Stakes through the heart? Hurts but won’t kill. Going to high school and sparkling? Get the fuck out of here.

Vampires aren’t soulless Demons. They also don’t tend to be broody melancholic creatures who would fit in at an emo gathering. They can run the full gambit of emotions, but the blood that gave them immortality has corrupted them. It brings out the worst in each of them. So yes, they tend to be brutal, even sadistic monsters–all the worst of mankind’s emotions walking around with an insatiable thirst. But, under the right circumstances, they can be much more than that. And that’s where I found Nicky.

Nicky is definitely an Alpha-predator. He’s not only been trained to be sadistic and cruel, part of him takes great pleasure in it. He never wanted to be a hero. He never asked to be saved. He knows what he’s done is wrong. He knows a lot of the thing he *continues* to do is wrong. He sees himself as unworthy, already damned, case closed, shut the book, game over, man–game over. I think this is where Nicky and my souls overlap just a little bit.

As a person who has done some bad things in his life (nothing like Nicky mind you), I have felt that “I’m already damned.” feeling. I never asked for redemption. I never felt I was worthy of it, but through chance, or destiny, I ended up on a better road than I was one. Like Nicky, I was given the chance to atone for my sins. Nicky’s story, while brutal, vulgar, full of violence and foul language–in the end this saga is truly about being redeemed and God using the worst of us for good if we’ll just take that chance.

The Talon series, despite being so many things that would turn most Christians off, actually has a strong Christian undertone that comes out over the course of many books. You see Angels, Devils, Demons, Lucifer, and even God himself hiding in plain sight in this series. It’s an action/adventure full of blood, gore, and violence. But there’s also a love story and the question of “How far would you go to protect someone you loved?” I can’t classify this series as any one thing. Is it dark fantasy? Yes. Is it action/adventure? Yes. Is there a touch of paranormal romance in there? Yes. It is blood and gore and violence and beauty and ecstasy and chaos. It’s a beautiful chaos. There’s something for everyone in this series. It’s my great symphony, my Bohemian Rhapsody, my attempt to leave a mark on the world.

So, what is Talon about? It’s about everything and everyone. It’s the Alpha and the Omega. It’s the hope that even washed up, battered, broken and twisted people can find some peace in the world. Now bring on the Demons. Nicky has some ass to kick.

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Author Spotlight: J.K. King

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I have me an old friend, author J.K. King who just stepped out of the shadows to write his first piece, an autobiographical short about his childhood and early 20s. Mind telling the readers what made you write this?

Well, I was raised in the Bible Belt in a Christian conservative home. Like some other people, I had the Christian faith used as a tool to beat me down and abuse me. I’m not ashamed to admit that this led to several suicide attempts in my life, and I was hoping this book might be able to help others who are in a similar position.

Sounds like you went through a lot. Was it hard to open up about this subject?

Yes and no. I didn’t want my life put up for the whole world to see. This wasn’t a “hey, look at me!” kind of thing. It was simply meant to reach out to others who might be thinking of suicide. If I had been successful on one of my many attempts, I would have missed out on a lot. I don’t want anyone else to miss out either. 

You said you didn’t want the whole world to see your private life, yet you wrote an autobiographical piece. I assume that means you’re writing under a pen name?

Yes. Both for my own privacy and to not disrespect the dead. I don’t see the point in ruining someone’s name after their dead, even if they did put me through a living hell. 

Where can readers find your book and are you looking to do any more writing?

Right now my short piece is on Amazon for free for the next few days. I’ve considered writing more, but I haven’t made my mind up yet. If the spirit moves me, then yes, I’ll write more.

If you’re interested in reading J.K.’s story, you can find it HERE.

 

Miro the Dragon by Theresa Berg

My friends write a little bit of everything and just to prove it, here’s something for the kiddos.  A lovely story about personal journey and overcoming one’s fears.  If you like Dragons, I think you’d enjoy this cute little tale no matter your age!

Drakonia…. Land of the dragons, ancient and proud creatures. Drakonia…. Home of Miro, a tiny and frightened red dragon who is still trying to find his place in the world. On his journey to become a “real” dragon, he makes some unusual new friends and discovers that friendship can overcome the greatest fears. Miro’s stories tell of courage and friendship without boundaries or prejudices.

Miro the Dragon is geared towards children aged 3 to 10, although the stories are also enjoyed by older children and many adults all over the world. If your children like dragons, they will love Miro!

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074JANOS