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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Saint's Arrival in July

As apart of Undawnted's Summer Time reading program, Saint will be available in July 27, 2018.

This novelette combines adventure and supernatural elements for a unique story you will find nowhere else.

So buy your copy as soon as the book comes out!


Have a great and wonderful day!




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Superfiction Added to the Fiction Section

Ever wanted to write a story where you did not have to pretend you weren't one of the characters? Superfiction allows for writers to play a new game with the creative nonfiction/fiction genres. 

Two books are in the works: 

Expedition Amenti to Avalon
Spellcaster

More information will be released as publication dates are announced. 

Have a great and wonderful day.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Blood Novel Review and Ruth Miranda Interview

If you are into unique writing styles, avant garde with an emphasis on the psychology of individual characters, then Ruth Miranda may be the writer for you.

A fresh perspective on the paranormal genre is hard to discover these days but Blood by Ruth Miranda is up there with the likes of Jim Butcher.

When you think of Ruth Miranda; think the style and composition of George Eliot.

Sometimes the refreshing is found in the unexpected. 

How did you get into writing?

MIRANDA: I started writing short stories as soon as I learned to string sentences together, so I've pretty much written since I was seven, eight years old. I write out of necessity to put down the stories in my head, am constantly making up stories there.

Were you always the creative sort?

MIRANDA: I've always been into stringing words together, but was hopeless at any other form of creative work, can't sing, can't draw, can't play any musical instruments. I did dance ballet for a while and wasn't too bad.

Why the topic of pretenaturals? Did you make up the term?

MIRANDA: I've always liked the idea of creatures living amongst us that are not like us, humans. That they differ from us in their genetics, their capabilities, but are as prone as we are to all that makes us who and what we are as individuals and persons. I don't think I invented the term, though, I think I've seen it around for a while.

Since the paranormal realm and its creatures are metaphors for the human condition, what does your writing say about being human?

MIRANDA: I don't use paranormal and creatures as metaphors, I use them as I may use a character of chinese descent, or african, or suomi. It's just another race, in my books. Of course, they do have powers humans don't, but I've never thought of using vampires for metaphors, for example.

BLOOD by Ruth Miranda is an intriguing coming of age story for Caius part Fey and all immortal. He struggles with events in his life that have left him mourning the loss of his fiancé and confused about his natural paranormal abilities. On the search to discover his past, Caius enters a world unlike his own: the world of vampires, witches, and Fey.

Ms. Miranda brings a new kind of reality into creation. In the same vein as Jim Butcher, Blood opens the reader into her fertile imagination. Dialogue moves the plot and characters along a path filled with suspense and intrigue. What will happen if Caius discovers his true identity? Will he confront his father? Save his brother, Marcus?

Blood is not your typical novel. Descriptive words sketch out characters and setting like a work of art. Enjoy this masterful piece of paranormal fantasy and paint your way through the chapters by the number.

For more information and publications by this writer, please visit her Amazon author's page: Ruth Miranda


*****
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The Classics Never Get Old

As a disabled American, I cannot afford much on a fixed income. Internet is a medical necessity but overpriced as a luxury service. Not when I would pay sixty-five dollars in town for the same supplement bottle I buy online for under thirty. The internet ends up paying for itself. 

A tight budget means no cable. I cannot watch any of my favorite shows. The current fodder plastered on the small screen is chalk full of psychological manipulations and political pageantry. None of it is very satisfying and definitely more psyop than entertainment. I turned my set off for the summer. 

That was until Antenna TV began airing the Johnny Carson Show. First the network had the show on at 10:30pm. Great, I don't have to listen to the unfunny people of the other current late night talk shows. Then Johnny got switched to an hour later. 

All the shows I did not get to see because I was too young to watch; I had school the next day are now available to me. Well, everyday except Fridays when I would catch a view from time to time. 

This old show from the sixties to the nineties was insightful, informative, and entertaining. The combination that is lacking in entertainment nowadays. From film to television, to reality shows, Hollywood is too geared toward teaching me how to sit and beg like a dog instead of having a real dog do the tricks. 

I surf by show after show that has gays, lesbians, or interracial couples. That's fine to see a mixture of people. We are the United States. The line I see entertainment crossing is social engineering us to think or feel one way or another.

Everything is about balance and our entertainment should represent our cultural wealth, not just a few segments of society. I'm still trying to find that richness, which is not celebrated on the screen.

I am a crazy person. I believe people should marry out of love and not because a film or show made it cool. A couple will not last long if they don't have anything in common. Love sometimes is just not enough. 

Even though in my stories, love is rewarded. I write in the Jane Austen school of thought where every woman should marry for love and always marry up. That is what makes a good story. Will s/he find their match in [insert character name here]? 

We are innately attracted to the romantic archetype. We also have other structures we love to watch. Performers performing to make us laugh or cry. Sometimes performers perform for the sake of a smile on another person's face.

Vaudville antics with interviews and comedians is a wonderful combination. I wish I could find more of that type of goodwill today. I turn on the television and receive a guttural dose of social justice warriors gone wild. 

And mad. These people seem very angry over every little damn thing. Everything is a personal mission. A boycott. A vendetta. 

Bored now. 

I like entertainment. 

How can I order that to be played instead of all the divisiveness?



Monday, May 7, 2018

DL Mullan will Now Be Available through Library and Subscription Services

Are you a library card holder or a subscriber to a book service?
                                                                                                   

Then you have access to Hode: The Legend Lives Again, if you are a participant of these services:




So next time you want to relax and read search for DL Mullan.

More titles are on their way throughout the rest of this year!

Have a great and wonderful day.



Friday, May 4, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hode is Available on iTunes

Hode: The Legend Lives Again has more outlets for fans and readers alike!

iTunes gives people choices. "This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device."

Never be without Roben Hode. 

Download your epub copy today!  










DL Mullan is Now Availalble on Books2Read

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DL Mullan's books are available for download on Books2Read

Stop by. Buy an EBook. And, remember to leave a Great Review!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Hode: The Legend Lives Again has been Published!

Fans and Readers!

Great news. Hode: The Legend Lives Again is available on Lulu. To celebrate its release, my publisher Sonoran Dawn Studios is offering the PDF for FREE.

It's a Limited Time offer.

Get your copy of this exciting update to the old classic now!

Become a Fan. Leave great feedback! 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring Dreams is Now for Seasonal Reads


The Earth and all her creatures have awakened from their hibernation. 
The wind has turned warm. Butterflies flutter around. Bees buzz. Flowers bloom and scent the air with the fragrance of rich nectar.

The day grows longer towards summer time. Spring fever has set your senses to wild.

How do you return from cloud nine? Why, read, of course!  

Read the selections in Spring Dreams throughout the season.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Celtic Heritage Month

March is the month of St. Patrick's Day, so Undawnted has created her own heritage month for those with a Celtic lineage.

It seems like the calendar is replete with holidays for everything and everyone... except for the betterment of the Celtic people. St. Patrick's story is a fable made up by the Holy Roman Empire to convert pagans. Today this holiday is for drink and merriment. 

Not really the positive vibe the Celtic people could use. 

March on Undawnted will highlight this heritage with plenty of merriment minus the drink. 

So get out your Irish and Scottish wears and accents. 

Celtic Heritage Month is now here.






Sunday, February 11, 2018

An Authentic Reality Deserves an Authentic Writer

Are you living an authentic life? The Existential philosophy of the mid-20th Century asked questions like this one. A few thousand years earlier, Diogenes a Greek Cynic philosopher questioned the role of society and the validity of its psychological constructs.

Is your suspended belief interfering with you living the life you have always wanted to live?

The Ancient History Encyclopedia on Diogenes of Sinope reveals:
According to Diogenes society was an artificial contrivance set up by human beings which did not accord well with truth or virtue and could not in any way make someone a good and decent human being; and so follows the famous story of Diogenes holding the light up to the faces of passers-by in the market place looking for an honest man or a true human being. Everyone, he claimed, was trapped in this make-believe world which they believed was reality and, because of this, people were living in a kind of dream state. He was not the first philosopher to make this claim; Heraclitus, Xenophanes, and, most famously, Socrates all pointed out the need for human beings to wake from their dream state to full awareness of themselves and the world. Plato's famous Allegory of the Cave is devoted to this very theme. Diogenes, however, confronted the citizens of Athens daily with their lifelessness and shallow values, emulating his hero Socrates whom he never met but would have learned of from Antisthenes. Although it seems many people thought he was simply mentally ill, Diogenes would have claimed he was living a completely honest life and others should have the courage to do the same.
As we write, we search for truths in the people around us, the culture we live in, and within our own reality. If Diogenes as was the Existentialists on the road to somewhere, it was not the argument about being housebroken, but a deeper meaning of discerning our own reality as a fiction.

Humans live in a fictional world we have developed for our safety and security. The real world is the shadows we see on the wall in the back of our cave as Socrates described in his Allegory of the Cave. Writers need to separate what is reality and what is the social constructs we have devised for ourselves and our progeny.

Are you an honest person? Do you live honestly? Or, are you wrapped up in the social constructs of censorship, identity politics, and psychological terrorism? 

American society and culture have been created for the benefit of a few. Divide and conquer, problem-reaction-solution create trigger moments of psychological harm and devastation. Without the psychological terror repeated on the news, in entertainment, and parroted in individual lives, these tactics would be ignored. We have a social construct where we have been told to fear reality because the shadows outside the cave are terrorists just waiting to do us harm. 

Identity politics are the divisive analogies being taught to children as well as adults. You are in this box. You are in that box. You cannot identify in opposing boxes. Race, religion, and many others are the artificial construct. When we realize how damaging these politicized boxes of dishonesty have become, isn't it our duty as writers to expose the falsehood? 

Diogenes did take his philosophy too far to the edge, but today's Roman culture and society, our decadence has swung the pendulum of discourse in the opposite direction toward Nero's mayhem. We need a balance. We need to correct the psychological terrorism of identity politics. 

The only course is to eliminate the censorship that surrounds this social construct of public mythology. I recently debated some points from the Entertainment Industry. The online magazine, Variety, has posted some inventive and erroneous negative social constructs that undermine our society. In these rebuttals, I discovered how Penske Media Corporation's Variety will not debate a topic but rather triggers individuals into the Divide and Conquer scheme. I called them on this dishonesty. 

What I discovered while investigating this claim of censorship was that the accusation is not unfounded. I too was censored because my beliefs did not coincide with social dishonesty. After being censored twice in the comments section, I did a screen capture: 

As shown, my first reply was revised mid-sentence. The censor removed my article title and link. The second was calling Variety out on the deceptive practice, which then was removed in its entirety. 

The original post was also censored by the removal of a link. 

I have discovered that the censorship in our news media, entertainment, and online debates stem from the social constructs of identity politics and psychological terrorism in order to cocoon humans, in this case Americans, into Socrates' Cave. A false reality is a dishonest reality. Humans are not meant to live an inauthentic life. 

How do we reconstruct our reality? The course we are on now has damaged people's understanding and perception of what our culture and society does. Not for dishonesty's sake, but our individualistic social constructs have furthered the human species while still allowing for varying viewpoints. 

As a writer, I observe the world around me. I poke the bear. I slide open the envelope to see what awaits us on the other side of this life. Humans cannot go forward by going backward into this tyrannical world view of dystopic socialized conformity centered on the premise: inclusionary Social Darwinism. 

Neither Diogenes nor Socrates would approve of furthering that type of dishonesty. 

So as a writer, who are you going to be? Diogenes looking for an honest man? Socrates searching beyond the Cave for reality? 

Or, are you going to write the socialized identity politics that further divides society into Nero's mayhem?
 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Brief Discourse in Myths and Legends of Writing and Resources

"All the stories have been told!"
~the oldest known suicide note from a writer

I learned a small stone tablet lamented words similar to the above quote was found by archeologists when I studied literature at the college level. Was the instructor joking? Who knows? But the story still holds water, just read what scholars have discovered about Shakespeare.

According to a New York Times article, Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays, Shakespeare used an earlier source study for helping to mold his characters and plays:
The findings were made by Dennis McCarthy and June Schlueter, who describe them in a book to be published next week by the academic press D. S. Brewer and the British Library. The authors are not suggesting that Shakespeare plagiarized but rather that he read and was inspired by a manuscript titled “A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels,” written in the late 1500s by George North, a minor figure in the court of Queen Elizabeth, who served as an ambassador to Sweden. 
For any new writer, this information may seem like a blessing and a curse. 

Have all the stories already been told? 

What writers can learn from historical data, sources, and books is that story inspiration can manifest from the unlikeliest of places. Research into the past is not for naught and should be encouraged. 

My fiction and poetry writings here on Undawnted are inspired by a combination of Shakespearean dramas and comedies, Joseph Campbell's comparative mythology and the hero's journey, and Jane Austen's tenets of good matchmaking as well as her realism perspective in her social commentary. 

Just like Shakespeare, modern writers can be influenced and inspired by earlier works of fiction and nonfiction alike. A seasoned writer knows how to balance the past with the present to make the most of the future. Writing should entertain and inspire others in turn.

What book or author has inspired you? 

Have a great and wonderful day!



Friday, February 9, 2018

The Entertainment Industry's Late Night Shows are Ignorant Dribble

This Variety article highlights the reasons I do not watch late night talk shows anymore. Americans who are educated in their history and politics understand how wrong, disrespectful, and ignorant sounding these hosts, comedians, and entertainers are. Isn't it time for the positive America to make a comeback?

Instead of working for a negative political agenda called Globalism where everyone gets smashed down by elitists' boots under a communistic/socialistic burden, perhaps we can return to the American founding documents and save the ideals that make America different from every other nation in the world. The media, including the entertainment industry, rather play the victim when in fact the media is victimizing an entire way of life.

Is freedom so wrong? People flock to the United States to flee communism, socialism, and tyranny. Yet the media promotes American values like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as ugly shades of gray. A place where only white male privilege creates inspiration, creativity, and motility. 

I hate to break another myth to you, dear Entertainment Industry, but not all of us doers are from that privileged class. For one thing, I am disabled by illness. I did not go to an Ivy League University. My parents did not give me a cushy job or a trust fund. My parents were the working class poor, but I worked three and more jobs to go to community college and worked full time at that college to finish my state university education. I have worked as a babysitter, au pair, custodian, secretary, assistant, and manager to go through six years of higher education debt free. How many people can say that? 

I guess my blue-eyes and dark blonde hair denote my "privilege." What a crock. My genetics come from Iranian tribes who first developed the blonde and red hair as well as green and blue eyed mutations. My grandmother was an immigrant who fled the Bolshevik Revolution in Belarus. So my heritage is a combination of Muslim, Christian, and Jew. Who would of thunk it?

The media is so enamored with itself yet it will NOT discuss what makes an American, an American. Most Americans are not from a true white stock. Americans have married and intermarried with every nation, religion, and creed. It is the media that is so focused on illegal aliens instead of celebrating what immigration has meant to this country. The media only focuses on the negative to further its own selfish agenda when being an American means having a varied genetic profile. 

In the past, the United States has restricted access to this land for a variety of reasons including country of origin, health, and ability. These restrictions happened to protect the culture and economy. Today, illegal immigration not only places our citizens, culture, and economy in harms way, but also creates a black market of flesh, drugs, and sex. Black market humans have a significant dark effect on the surrounding environment. This negativity grows until the impact can no longer be denied, and America has come to this juncture. 

The media is still in denial because the agenda is to move away from American ideals and values. This point can be seen by how Americans are treated by the media. Instead of baffling Americans with distraction after distraction, the media could educate but the media is too fixated on training Americans. Training someone to become reactionary is emotional and mental abuse. Educating someone to find wisdom is an act of freewill. The Entertainment Industry is using its power to influence in order to control and dominant like any abuser would to a would-be victim, in this case, the American public.

What prompted this abusive behavior in media? Look no further than the failed theory called: Globalism. 

Globalist control of America is a real problem. A tyrannical force seeks to subdue the American spirit. The media is Globalism's favorite pimp trying to train us to turn tricks.

Globalism seeks to centralize power by social, political, and monetary means. Globalism has turned America into an unlawful and illegal surveillance state and is against American values like the 4th and 5th Amendments, Globalists push illegal immigration to conquer native people's for social and political control of regions. Low wage workers with little to no education are a corporation's dream and an American's nightmare. Monetary control is the pentacle of this abuse in the form of the Federal Reserve, which is a corrupt institution that puppeteers American politicians, interest rates, and bubbles, busts, and booms.

Americans as well as the Entertainment Industry need to return to their roots to combat this communistic and socialist agenda of Globalism: 

The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
The Bill of Rights

There is so much wrong in the world and the media facilitates this bias. Guilty before proven innocent is one. American media and entertainers slander and accuse people of wrongdoing yet provide no discernible proof and make no formal legal charges. These tantrums ruin careers and lives.

That is why the United States is a Republic and not a Democracy. America is not ruled by immaturity but by individual rights over mob rule. Accusations, slander, and other tenets of the Globalist dystopia are using mob rule to manipulate the American people away from their rights. Mob rule has given the history books: the Witch Trials, and the socialist riots in American streets a few years ago. 

Again, that is why America is a Republic, not a democracy. Americans have rights. Americans don’t have privileges.

Tell that to the fake and dysfunctional media, including the Entertainment Industry. 

I hope more people turn off the sloppy slop and poor excuses for entertainment until American values are returned to late night viewing.

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As seen unedited on Variety.com in the comments section.
2/8/18

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Descent is Featured in Nocturnal Redemption

I like to mix reality and genres together in my fiction writing, but this time, I made the name of my horror chapbook into a seedy bar, The Descent:

"Ryan exhaled what was and readied herself for what was meant to be. Solitary in the night, she stood outside another seedy establishment but this time the destination was for her personal research. With a deep inhalation of courage, Ryan entered the dive bar.

The Descent was another local hang out for the fringe of society. The customers wore black leather, multicolored hair, large tattoos, and abundant piercings. She often felt underdressed in her jean pants and jacket..."

If you are into the gritter side of poetry, please check out my chapbook, The Descent: a darker breed of poetry.


Have a great and wonderful day!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Artwork for the Hode Series Updated

The three book series for the new Robin Hood modern retelling called Hode has had its cover art updated. The bow is now pulled back into a firing position instead of remaining static.

Thank you, high school physical education class for a section on archery. The tactile information helped write scenes in this series. So support kinetic learning in your school system.

Hode: The Legend Lives Again is the first book in the series and will be out March 31st, 2018. 




Sunday, February 4, 2018

Winter is Not Winter without a Good Read


So you say you are bored. You don't know what to do with yourself... Welcome to the solution. 

Undawnted is the online locale for the artist and author: DL Mullan. Here you will discover fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that is unbound. 

No hype. No conspiracy theories. No propaganda. 

Just entertainment that informs and educates while being inventive, unassuming, and unleashed. The imagination should flow freely as it does at Undawnted. The characters come alive and drive the plots and mood. Articles and essays think of better ways to resolve life's challenges while also providing a platform for better living and healthy eating. Rhymes and rhythms grace the pages of chapbooks full of imagery and emotion.

Visit Undawnted's Seasonal Reads: Winter Frost for reads to warm you up! 

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Entertainment Industry is So Woke that They've Become a Broke Joke

I am an artist and writer. I am publishing my own novels and chapbooks. My art is well received as book covers for a variety of authors. 

I love giving people a good story and a fresh perspective on today's issues through the allegories and metaphors of the paranormal and supernatural. I have debated on my site about: when is art imitating life considered a plot device versus social justice nonsense? Well, I believe I have figured it out. 

When entertainment becomes the agent of misinformation, disinformation, and downright conspiracy theory, that is when the line is crossed. I would expect some blurring of the lines on a show like the X Files, but even this show went straight into having a social justice tantrum from aliens building a wall around the Earth to a Russian committee secretly under the auspice of the Executive Branch of the United States government. Click! Turning the channel on this show. 

Other entertainment like award shows have gotten into the habit of promoting one point of view and culminating it into immaturity, disrespect, and falsities. These programs end up to be not worth watching at all. Click. Again.

If the Entertainment Industry took the time to actually research and educate themselves on the facts of the history of the USA, these people would see that there is more to the story than tit for tat. The USA has been corrupted at the highest levels and cannot be trusted until we get back to our founding documents. No more NSA spying. No more software back doors for hackers to steal our information so the government does not have to get a warrant. No more guilty before proven innocent. No more CIA propaganda within the borders of the United States. No more Fusion Centers. No more wars and profiteering. No more national security used to commit crimes. No more money laundering. No more Central Banking. 

You know... reality. 

However the Entertainment Industry is too much into kissing elite criminal asses, then doing the right thing. That is why programs and series are tanking in the ratings. Americans are tired of the incompetent, social justice warrior catastrophe. 

The CW Network is one of the worst programming agendas I have ever seen. If people are not gay, then people are in biracial relationships. If you happen to be a straight and/or white character on the CW Network, then you most likely have a horrible time with life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Talk about manipulative programming. 

On one program, a Muslim character was brought on and the Jewish one was killed off. Are we tackling the Israeli-Palestinian fight on my television set? And, did the CW just take sides? Click.

I am a Generation Xer. I don't care if you are gay. I really don't care if you date across party lines. I don't care if you are Muslim. I don't care if you are Jewish. I just don't. 

What I care about is balance. The Entertainment Industry has lost its way trying to tell me and everyone else what to think and how to live. That is not your job. The industry should be upholding American values of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Instead of reading the Federalist Papers, Hollywood in all its forms has been reading and implementing the Communist Manifesto. 

Yawn. 

You may be able to trick the Millennials with that garbage but not this Gen Xer. My grandmother fled the Bolshevik Revolution. So, I am not playin'. 

I write about the factual and hidden history of the United States in my novels. Some would call me a Truther. Some would call me a Patriot. When all I am doing is using my education to research beyond the hype and hysteria seen on the news, online, and in the predictive programming of movies, sports, and television.

I don't have cable. I don't go to the movies. I don't subscribe if a streaming service sells social justice. I am about to cut off watching my programs like Supergirl, X Files, Arrow, Flash, and Black Lightning (or should I call the show: Black Lives Matter?). 

I don't watch entertainment to be preached to, sermonized at. You are not my parents. You are creating problems where none has existed for some sadistic chuckle. I am frankly tired of it. Take the politics out of my shows. Or the next step is throwing out my television set.

Because, I hate to tell you this fact, Entertainment Industry, but your fifteen minutes are up.

Click.

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Original Content, Articles, and Reviews related to this topic:


As seen unedited on Variety.com in the comments section.
2/3/18


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nocturnal Redemption: In the Eye of the Beholder has been Released!

This paranormal love affair is more than a vampire romance; this story reflects the realities of life. Love does not come simply. People who find each other often do so through challenges and over hurdles.

Ryan (ree-ann) and Jeremy are pinned between their own problems and the possibilities.

An excerpt from the novel, Nocturnal Redemption: In the Eye of the Beholder:
“I helped you.” Ryan showed no fear. With impunity, she glared into those luminous eyes. “I saved your life.”

Jeremy chuckled. “You think that argument will save you?”

“It should.”
He lifted his sword to her neck. The cold, damp steel pressed against her throat. “We’re even, professor- isn’t it?”

She gulped saliva then air. Horror rose in her heart. She scooted back toward the sidewalk. Relentless, he kept the blade under her chin. Her voice trembled in desperation.

“I’ll scream. Security will come.”

The man snorted. “You’re either brave or stupid.”

“I’m not stupid.” For a moment, Ryan did not know what her opponent would do. Would he repay her for saving his life? Or, would he kill her for it?
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Have a great and wonderful day!



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Art Imitates Life... but is it good Storytelling?

When does a writer and storyteller imbue their creations with a social, political, or economic reality? When does the intrusion become a spectacle instead of mood and setting to a story? 

As a writer, I have been struggling with this balance of fantasy and reality in my fiction stories for quite some time. I watched television shows that blur the lines too much and I am unable to be their viewer any longer. 

I want to be entertained not dictated or sermonized or shamed. 

I feel this way about my writing. When a character comes forth, I write that character as I am shown. I don't create circumstances in order to further a social, political, or economic agenda. I have done my research through my editorial days at the Villa de Paz Gazette to understand what is real and not real. I tend to stick to those points more than what I see on other newscasts or sites. 

Hode: The Legend Lives Again is a great example of using facts instead of the constructed false reality that pervades on the television and in movies. 

In the second installment of Hode, the character of Will Scarlet has come to me in two divergent modalities. One way has been that of a straight man. The other way was of a gay man. Which do I choose? 

I am not a Social Justice Warrior, but I am also not going to shy away from the topic either. 

Since there is so much in your face political correctness, I am heedful of using any triggering facts, figures, or events... then Saint in Communion and Saintuary comes along and my character finds herself on an old Louisiana Plantation. It is a long story. I guess you will have to read the three book series when they come out this summer.

So when is using real situations considered storytelling and when is it labeled: social justice? 

Inquiring minds want to know how to mirror reality without falling prey to its shortcomings.

Have a great and wonderful day!


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Saint in the Big Easy is Completed

The new Summer Reads series: Saint is off to a fantastic start!

Saint in the Big Easy is now complete and ready for its mid-July debut. Around ten thousand words, this novelette epitomizes summer: fun, fast, and epic. 

Saint is a cross between The Dresden Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A supernatural tale of the forces of good and evil who are vying for control of humanity. Fasten your seatbelt! It's going to be quite a ride.

After a relationship breakup, Eavanlee Zilpha Lewis finds herself wandering in the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. In the evening, she makes a wish on Marie Laveau's tomb. Will she, will she not... find love?

Little did Eavanlee (ˈē-vən-) know that her answer lies in the adventure of the heart and soul. A dark, mysterious stranger leads her on a journey past her preconceived notions and straight into the heart of the matter.

If the universe permits, the next two books in the series will also be released this summer. So look forward to:


Have a great and wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nocturnal Redemption Moves Into the Final Edits Phase

The final push until the January 31st release has begun!

Nocturnal Redemption:

When Ryan is attacked by werewolves, she is rescued by the hidden Regent of the Vampire Nation, Jeremy Hampton. This event sets a domino effect in motion that Chloe could not foresee. The future of the vampires lies on a knife’s edge: matters of the heart.

Could the love that betrayed the gypsy witches into cursing the vampires three hundred years ago be the one thing to end their immortal suffering and bring peace between these two ancient factions?

Love is always In the Eye of the Beholder.

Visit the Nocturnal Redemption page for more great information! 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Saint

Saint has been added to the Novella/Novelette section of Short Fiction

Premise:

"After a relationship breakup, Eavanlee Zilpha Lewis finds herself wandering in the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. In the evening, she makes a wish on Marie Laveau's tomb. Will she, will she not... find love?

Little did Eavanlee (ˈē-vən-) know that her answer lies in the adventure of the heart and soul. A dark, mysterious stranger leads her on a journey past her preconceived notions and straight into the heart of the matter.

Eavanlee did not need the help of spirits, she was born a Saint.

What happens when you discover the only person who can save you is you?"

Have a great and wonderful day!



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Crossing Kaitlin

The cumbersome title of Knight's Way Crossing has been revised to Crossing Kaitlin

Along with a new book cover. 

About Crossing Kaitlin: 

"Kaitlin Lane has a problem. Everything about her is fake. Her name is borrowed. Her life belongs to someone else. The one gift that is hers is to speak to the dead.
Don't get excited; she's not."
 
For more information, see the Crossing Kaitlin page


In the Name of Blood Cover Art Update

Since I am updating my book covers with my new moniker, I am playing around with some of the graphics as well. 

In the Name of Blood is a vampire, crime drama series: 

“I can make the pain stop, Riley. This can all be a distant memory, if you let it. Drink my blood. Save yourself. Julian would not do it for you.”

“Enter not into temptation.”

“Luke twenty-two, forty. But the quote is actually ‘pray that ye enter not into temptation.’ I’ll cut you some slack since your fractured rib punctured your lung when I broke your knee, dislocated your hip.”

Visit In the Name of Blood and download your copy today! 



The Roben Hode Adventure to be Released March 31st

I never thought a book could flow onto the page as quickly as this story did.







Hode: The Legend Lives Again is the origin story for this new book series. Meet his Merry Band of Men, and Will Scarlet:

“We must be true, loyal… Equal partners. Do you pledge to do right by each other and this world?”
“With an honorable leader.” Marian smiled. “A White King to guide us. As Marian James, I pledge. ”
“A Black Knight to keep us safe.” Dale nodded to the verbal contract. “As Dale Allan, I pledge.”
“Grey Magus to see beyond the mundane.” Tuck agreed also. “As Friar Tuck, I pledge.”
Robert looked to the sullen cryptoanarchist. “Well? What say you, Will Scarlet?
“As Will Scarlet…” He flipped Robert off.

Read about this new mythical hero on March 31, 2018 when Hode: The Legend Lives Again is released as a PDF EBook on Lulu via Sonoran Dawn Studio's Fiction Spotlight.

Have a heroic day!


Short Fiction Section Update

I have added and removed items from the Short Fiction section to make a more complete listing:

Novellas/Novelettes
Stories under 40,000 words.

Short Stories 
Stories under 7500 words.

Micro/Flash Fiction 
Collections of oddities and creative anthologies.

Plays and scripts were subtracted and will be added on later when projects are completed. 

Have a great and wonderful day!



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Making the Switch

During this year, the cover art will be making a switch from my full name to DL Mullan

This change is not unusual since my digital art has always been signed this way. I did my new Hode: The Legend Lives Again cover art and ran a poll on my Facebook page as to which looked better. With a resounding YES! DL Mullan signatory won out. Thus the migration over to the new image platform has begun. 

My Facebook Page will also change to DL Mullan. That way everything is in alignment and will avoid confusion. 

Welcome to the new year and the re-imaging of the brand. 

Have a great and wonderful day! 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January Resolutions

It is the New Year. Have you made your resolutions yet? 

Undawnted has the same forward looking outlook, but with a twist: I am making my resolutions seasonal reads! 

Right now, I am busy creating, writing, and editing upcoming releases. I am working on Hode and Nocturnal Redemption as well as some poetry chapbooks. 

If you would like to see my progress, then visit my Seasonal Reads section on the menu.

What resolutions have you made?


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year... Let's Make 2018 Memorable!

What have you always wanted to do? Write a book? Have a poem published? 

Well... what are you waiting for? 

Here at Undawnted, I believe that imagination is Fearless. So I would like to keep on that journey with all of you. 

I am grateful for the support this year. I have had my health and life challenges. Some downright scary, but knowing my readers were out there rooting for me helped keep my outlook positive and bright. 

So I wanted to say a big: Thank you! to everyone and have a Happy New Year! 

 
 I love you all dearly.

Keep those positive vibes coming this way. 

Have a great and wonderful 2018!