Title-Days Gone Bad
Series- Vesik # 1
By Eric R. Asher
Genre- Urban Fantasy
My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much
as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now
something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve
faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings,
and … damn, I need a vacation.
Foster’s howl shattered the night. It grew into a scream as his body began to glow. Swirls of orange and red flickered into being around him, spinning faster and growing thicker as he called on the wild fae. A swirling sphere of color like the storm clouds of Jupiter swallowed the van and Foster with it. The entire scene burst into a nova of flame and I closed my eyes against the light, the blast of heat hitting me like a desert wind. Foster’s scream fell silent. I heard his sword slide out of its sheath as he stepped from the smoke and flame. His body and wings were covered in soot, but no burns marred his flesh.
The smell hit me as the wards were dissolved by the fae-powered flames. The stench of burning skin and hair was overwhelming. I stepped away from the inferno, blinked a few times, and followed Foster into the garage.
“What will the authorities find?” I said.
“Nothing but a burned out van.” Foster’s voice was dead, his knuckles stark white with the pressure he put on the hilt of his sword.
Title-Wolves and the River of Stone
Series-Vesik # 2
By- Eric R. Asher
Publication Date- October 22nd, 2013
Genre- Urban Fantasy
Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we
thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to
scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could
possibly go wrong?
I eased the bullets into my six-barreled pepperbox one at a time, forgoing the speed loader in the name of intimidation. Lewis’s eyes went wide and locked onto the gun.
“Where is she?” I said. I took a deep breath, the Missouri River beside us masking every other scent aside from the decay of the blasted zombies. The shadowed tree lines hid us from the nearby population of Saint Charles.
Lewis shook his head.
Two days ago we learned Philip was still alive. Yesterday his servants kidnapped Zola. I didn’t know why they took her, but she didn’t go quietly. The Watchers would be using a spatula to clean out the alley where she was taken.
“You sicced your zombies on us?” I said. “A fairy and a necromancer?” I glared at Lewis. “I find myself ... irritated.”
Lewis held up his hand and started to speak.
I holstered the pepperbox under my arm and wrapped my hand around the shield rune on my staff. A flowing glass surface sprang to life as a thread of power wound into the wood and metal.
“Don’t even think about it,” I said.
Despair washed over Lewis’s face. He was breaking, and I could see it.
Title- Winter’s Demon
Series-Vesik Series # 3
By- Eric R. Asher
Expected Publication Date- ?
Some things can never be undone. The horrors I've defeated—or even caused—with my own hands … they are nothing compared to what’s coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the
move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun ... and damn, I don't get
paid enough for this.
What inspired you to write this book?
The entire series actually started from a nightmare I had. I spent a week or so building a short story based on the dream, and the short story led to Days Gone Bad.
Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.
I worked with Phatpuppy Art for all of the Vesik covers. They took care of arranging the photo shoots with Teresa Yeh Photography and the typography with Bookish Brunette Designs. We actually did a casting call for models that looked like Damian, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.
Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?
I self-published, but it wasn’t a decision I took lightly. I spent months researching traditional publishing versus self-publishing before choosing a path for the Vesik books. The deciding factors for me were control over the project, time to market, and royalty rates. Self-publishing is a misleading name for what’s involved. I hired a team of professionals including a cover artist and editor, worked with beta readers and copy editors, and I never could have done this without them.
What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
All the things.
What is your writing process?
I’ll usually think about a story for a few weeks at least. I’ll jot down a few major plot points, and then use the first draft to figure out how the story moves from one scene to the next. Sometimes I have to drop scenes because characters go off and do things on their own. That can be frustrating, and awesome.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always enjoyed making up stories. I had some fantastic teachers in high school that always urged me to pursue writing. It wasn’t until about 2005 when I started taking it more seriously and actually sat down to write an entire novel.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser all the way! When I first started out, I thought that might be a bad thing, but I later learned some of my favorite authors are pantsers (like Patricia Briggs).
What part of the writing process is the hardest for you?
Blurbs! Those small little chunks of words can be remarkably frustrating.
What tips can you give on how to get through writers block?
If I get hung up on something, I can usually get through it by taking a walk and listening to music.
What kind of music do you like to listen to while you write?
It’s entirely dependant on the scene I’m working on. I love to have music on that reflects the mood of what I’m writing.
Who is your favorite author?
C.S. Friedman is always at, or at least near, the top of my favorite authors. The Coldfire Trilogy, starting with Black Sun Rising, has been my favorite series for a rather long time now. Neil Gaiman, David Drake, Tad Williams, and Patricia Briggs are also perennial favorites. There are many more, but that would be a very long list.
What is your favorite book?
Ugh, that’s an impossible question, LOL. I’ve read Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman more than any other book, so I’ll have to go with that. It’s just amazing.
Read anything good lately?
I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Hearne at the RT Convention this year. He was promoting the Carniepunk anthology along with his Iron Druid series. Kevin pointed out all the other authors that were involved in the anthology that were also at RT. Two of those were Nicole Peeler and Mark Henry. Their short stories are great, and I also plan to read their novels. I also met Adam Kunz at RT and am enjoying his novel, Two Little Lies.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Comic books, games, cello, and collecting Transformers. Not necessarily in that order. :)
What advice would you give an author just starting out?
Finish what you start. Don’t be discouraged if your first draft sucks. I can pretty much guarantee it’s going to suck. First drafts are meant to suck. Use the first draft to get your ideas down, and then edit it. After you finish editing it, hire an editor. An editor will help catch all the little mistakes your brain glosses over when you’re reading your own writing.
What's your next project?
I’m currently working on the fourth Vesik book and the first book in a new fantasy trilogy.
About the Author
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not
writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of
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