Enter to Win a Copy of The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu!!!

The Amazing Damian Serbu is giving away a copy of his latest book, The Pirate Witch to our Top2Bottom readers!! All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below by midnight on 04/13/14 and you’re automatically entered.

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Here is more about The Pirate Witch 🙂

BLURB:

Alexander MacBeth witnesses the murder of his parents for the crime of witchcraft, after which his uncle abuses him and authorities monitor him for signs of trafficking with Satan. Alexander saves himself by secretly honing his magical powers and with the burgeoning love he finds with the aristocratic Crispin Nottingham. When forces propel them apart, Alexander flees to the sea on a pirate ship. Yet darkness haunts him. And love torments him until again he faces life or death choices upon the high seas.

Want to Meet Damian Serbu? You’re invited to his Book Release Party!

Damian Serbu has a book release party on April 25th at 6:30 P.M.! He is celebrating the release of his brand new book, The Pirate Witch and would love for any of our readers to swing by if you can.

You can meet Damian at:

City Lit Books
2523 Kedzie Blvd
Chicago

It looks to be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the Chicago area, please stop on by! 🙂

The Fabulous Damian Serbu is here to answer some of our Burning Questions!!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Hmm, last time I had a Jack and Coke when we were together. How about a nice bottle of wine this time? No! Wait! My newest novel is about pirates, so we need to roll out a barrel of rum. It’s late afternoon, and I’m ready to unwind for a while.

Woo Hoo!! Looks like we’re going to PARTY!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, here’s the official blurb: Damian Serbu lives in Chicagoland with his partner and dogs, Akasha and Chewbacca. The dogs control his life, tell him what to write, and threaten to eat him in the middle of the night if he disobeys. He is author of The Vampire’s Angel Series (The Vampire’s Angel, The Vampire’s Quest, and The Vampire’s Witch), as well as Dark Sorcerer Threatening, The Pirate Witch, and Secrets in the Attic. Keep up to date with him on Facebook, Twitter, or at http://www.DamianSerbu.com. When I’m not writing, I love hanging with friends and family, reading, and am an avid fan of Cleveland sports. Oh, and Paul and I love to travel.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Cool beans! I spent a lot of time studying the actual history of pirates for this one. It’s part gay romance, part my horror stuff with witches and the like, and a chunk of history. So I was glad they accepted it, after all that work!


What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Use the Force, Luke. It will draw you to the MM Genre. It must have been watching Darth Vader while I was growing up.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Oatmeal cookies, no raisins, but let’s throw some butterscotch chips on top to spice it up.

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

I try to spend 4-5 hours a week on it. Since I have to have a day job, so I can eat and survive, I don’t have as much time to write as I would like. But that keeps me busy. Also, I get huge chunks done when we drive somewhere. Paul loves to drive and I hate to drive, so he happily drives while I sit next to him, writing away. We went to see friends in Cleveland last weekend, and I wrote almost the entire five hour trip!

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I always revise what I wrote the previous time before I begin writing the new stuff. It helps me to tighten it up and then gets me in the mood to push the story forward again.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

Am I allowed to say both? Lol. I know, what the hell kind of answer is that? I start with a plan, an outline. It guides me. But I also allow for new possibilities and sudden and unexpected changes. So the muse guides the process, as much as the outline. Just the other day, I diverted from the outline by adding an entire chapter! But once I got that done, I went back to the basic structure.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

That’s like asking a mom if she has a favorite kid! Or if I have a favorite dog! It’d make me sad. But I’ll say this, I really got into writing The Pirate Witch because I really concentrated on making my characters completely different from previous ones. So Alexander MacBeth, the main character, is unique for my writing. And the pirate captain kicks ass!

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

Nope. Never had it. I can’t even fathom such a thing.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone?
I just plug away in my office. I sit next to the window, with a paining my brother did for me hanging above my computer. Really, once I get into the zone, I almost don’t notice my surroundings. I’m lost in the novel’s setting by then. So I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year on a pirate ship!

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I write when I’m alone, because people would drive me nuts. So I don’t write much when anyone is around that could bother me. Only the dogs. But they’re allowed because they’re in charge.

We know the feeling! LOL!

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

Sarcastic. Very, very sarcastic.

What is the most frequently asked (author name) question?

Hard to say. Though of late, a lot of people have been asking me about the growing interest from straight women in M/M romance. They want to know what I think about it, and where I think it came from. I can answer the first part – I love it! I have a lot of female readers now, which is so totally cool. And there is some great stuff in the M/M genre being written by women. Hey, the more the merrier! Now, as to the why or where it came from, the women themselves are better equipped to answer that question than me!

What are you working on now?

Publicity for The Pirate Witch! So, let me drop the blurb for it right here: A winter storm in 1692 blows Alexander MacBeth’s life onto a perilous path when his dying mother pleads for him to survive. Alexander must learn his powers of witchcraft while concealing them from those who want him dead, even as the noble and handsome Crispin Nottingham steals his heart. Forced to flee Massachusetts aboard a pirate ship, Alexander struggles to protect himself from an evil witch while falling in love with the pirate captain. When Crispin, on behalf of His Majesty’s Navy, hunts for their ship, Alexander again confronts a chaos of events and emotions that may very well undermine his mother’s last wish.


Wow! It’s looks great!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Crazy thing, I don’t have to. If anything, it sparks away all the time without my doing a thing. I get stories floating through my brain with no warning. I’m walking along, or dusting, or driving to work and BAM! New story floods my brain.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Vampire stories. Or other horror.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

I might have said astronaut, until watching Sandra Bulloch float around and spin all over the place. So Horse Trainer. I love animals
.

I know, right? Sandra’s movie changed a lot of minds…lol

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Is reading too close to writing? Cheering for the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians! Drinking wine with Paul. Jogging.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

The previously mentioned The Pirate Witch is now available!!

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

http://www.DamianSerbu.com. Or I’m on Twitter and Facebook, just link to them through my website!

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Let’s throw the wine glasses in the fireplace and watch them shatter all over. One of my best friends wanted to do that at Christmas, and now it’s been with me ever since. Come on! It’ll be fun!

Absolutely! *Throws glass*

The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu


Title: The Pirate Witch
Author: Damian Serbu
Publisher: Mystic Books
Pages: 222
Characters: Alexander and Crispin
Sub-Genre: gay, pirate
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Alexander MacBeth witnesses the murder of his parents for the crime of witchcraft, after which his uncle abuses him and authorities monitor him for signs of trafficking with Satan. Alexander saves himself by secretly honing his magical powers and with the burgeoning love he finds with the aristocratic Crispin Nottingham. When forces propel them apart, Alexander flees to the sea on a pirate ship. Yet darkness haunts him. And love torments him until again he faces life or death choices upon the high seas.

Review:

The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu is a wonderful story! I was totally captivated from with this story from page one. The author’s ability to draw me into a world so completely incredible amazed me.

Alexander has had such a hard life. He watched both parents die at a young age, and then had to live with his very abusive uncle and be his slave. The only thing that got him through the years was his visits from ,Crispin, a court appointed “guardian”.

Crispin was sent to make sure that Alexander was being taken care of and not following in his mother’s footsteps as a witch. The two boys quickly strike up a friendship, and it slowly becomes more.

Alexander always follows his feelings, and does what makes him happy. Crispin, on the other hand, takes everything very seriously. Honor and duty rule his life. Things take a turn when Alexander is forced to flee, and the two men must go their separate ways.

Crispin finds his escape and family on board a pirate ship, while Crispin joins the royal navy. But what happens when the two men find themselves together again?

I loved this book and the author’s writing style so much, I will be searching out any other books he has written. I LOVED IT!

Reviewed By: Jerry

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Enter to Win a Copy of The Vampire’s Witch by Damian Serbu!!

Hello Friends!

The fabulous Damian Serbu is giving away a copy of his book, The Vampire’s Witch, to Top2Bottom readers! All you have to do to enter the contest is to leave a comment below and you’re automatically entered to win. The contest will run until Sunday night.

Here’s more information about The Vampire’s Witch:



The Vampire’s Witch welcomes you back to the world of vampires, witches, and magic. Jaret Bachmann’s life spins out of control after a handsome stranger saves him from an attack along the bike path on Lakeshore Drive. His estranged high school sweetheart stalks him, the enraged ghost of his ancestor destroys his family, and his bike path savior come lover abandons him for being a witch. Struggling to find his way out of total despair, Jaret searches for comfort in the unlikely friendship of a secret vampire community. Xavier, Thomas, Anthony, and Catherine return in both the third book in The Vampire’s Angel series and the sequel to Secrets in the Attic.

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Gabbi

Please give a HUGE Top2Bottom Welcome to Damian Serbu!!!

Please give a HUGE Top2Bottom Welcome to author Damian Serbu!

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Soda would be great, but let’s add some Jack Daniel’s to it. Just to take the edge off. Or make life more interesting.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a writer of gay horror, which I suppose is obvious from my list of books and website, if you’ve checked it out. However, most of my stuff is not hardcore horror. I write more in an Anne Rice style, especially when it comes to the vampires. When I’m not writing, I like to hang with my spouse, the dogs, and friends. Otherwise I am watching my teams from Cleveland – the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians. It’s a tragic sort of fandom, but talk to anyone from Cleveland and you’ll find out it’s like an addiction you can’t break.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

“Oh, good.” I know, you were expecting something more profound! And I hate sounding like a pompous ass here, but I have a good relationship with my publisher so kind of anticipated they would want to accept it. It’s the third in the Vampire’s Angel Series, so they keep plugging away on it with me. I get more excited when they send my book cover art for the first time. That’s a rush, that and getting the copies of it for the first time.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Hormones? The lure of penis on penis action? Seriously, I’m gay and couldn’t imagine writing anything else. So much comes from my experience, daydreams, or ideas, that it’s just natural.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Cake rocks. Do you have a Coke Cake? My mom makes it, and it’s the bomb. Note to audience: Coke as in Coca-Cola, not cocaine.


How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It is totally willy nilly. Unfortunately, this isn’t my primary job so it varies. I try to give it five to six hours a week. My favorite time to write is on a long car ride, believe it or not. Paul loves to drive, and really doesn’t want me yammering on the whole time. So he drives, controls the radio, and I write away most of the way. I get huge chucks of stuff done in the car.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I revise as I go along. I always start with revising whatever I wrote the previous time. It helps to sharpen it up, and gets me back into the story – what was going on, what the characters were thinking, all that good stuff, before the creative juices start flowing and the new stuff pops up in my head.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

Ha! It depends. Depends on the novel, depends on my mood. Some novels have a pretty tight plan that I follow, and only diverge from it when the muse absolutely demands it. Other novels, like the one I am writing now, have almost NOTHING outlined or planned out, and it just comes as I go along. I will say that the more historically based the novel, the more I plan in advance.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

That’s like asking if someone has a favorite kid! Lol. I’ll go safe, the, and say it’s Darth – Jaret Bachmann’s dog in Secrets in the Attic. Teaser alert – she’s in The Vampire’s Witch, too. I love dogs. And that way none of my human characters can get pissed at me.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

Never. Never experienced it, can’t imagine it. I love to write – get excited when it’s time to create, so it flows with no problem.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Usually just in my office. The computer is there. I have some artwork that inspires me, and it gets me focused on work
.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Ha! Well, there are only four of us in the household. Myself, Paul, and the dogs. Paul knows not to disturb me in the middle of writing, though I had to train him. If I get interrupted, it’s like someone has smashed a fist into my brain, then grabbed it and yanked me back to reality. Sometimes I lose my concentration and it takes a minute to get back into the writing. But I laughed after I first read the question because Akasha and Chewbacca don’t give a shit about my writing and mood or interrupting. They do what they want, when they want. Time to bark? BARK! Time to demand kisses? KISSES! Time to play squeak toy? SQUEAK, SQUEAK! They have no rules.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I laugh at a lot of stuff. Almost everything. I think it makes life more pleasant, to see the humor in it. Otherwise you’d go crazy. My humor is incredibly sarcastic. My best friend, Dave, and I laugh all the time. It’s insane when we get together that everything is funny, even when it’s wrong and totally not funny.

What is the most frequently asked Damian Serbu question?

People often want to know where I come up with my stories. They find it fascinating that I come up with the ideas, and then get them onto paper. (Well, paper so to speak.) And I still haven’t come up with a good answer for them! Because it just pops into my mind. Sometimes while I’m jogging, from out of no where – maybe from the trees, maybe from a squirrel shooting the idea at me, maybe from the dog telepathically sending it to me – an idea or scene hits me.

What are you working on now?

Good question, but I can’t tell you! Well, I will say that in January Pirate Witch will be released. It’s set in the late 1600s to early 1700s, historically as accurate as possible, and about a witch who ends up living among the pirates. There’s a love story in it, too. But – what I am currently writing is a top secret project. I am totally not letting it out of the bag yet. I’m paranoid on this one that someone will steal my idea or something awful. In time, the shocking details will be revealed.


Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Not a damn thing! I never pondered this type of question before, actually. If anything, I have to stamp out sparks all the time and keep focused. It just happens all the time. I can sit in a restaurant with friends and start thinking up stories. More than needing to keep it alive, I constantly have to pull myself back to reality.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Hmm, some history. Otherwise mostly fantasy and horror. One of the best “straight” novels I have read in a while, a long while, and an absolute must read, is The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. What a creative work and magical world she created!

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Horse Trainer. A little known secret is that I am not much of a people person. Too shy. So I hang with animals more naturally.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Well, I already mentioned my tragic affair with professional Cleveland sports, and hanging out with my friends and family. Doing things with my dogs. And Paul and I love to travel. We took a trip to Australia for the first time this year, and I adore France.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Most obviously, go get The Vampire’s Witch!! Third book in the Vampire’s Angel Series! Those pesky vampires are back!

And Pirate Witch in January.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

http://www.DamianSerbu.com! I’m also on Twitter and Facebook. In fact, my followers number on Twitter is so desperately low it is embarrassing, so go follow me!

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Too buzzed to help. Let’s do it in the morning.

The Vampires Quest by Damian Serbu

Title: The Vampire’s Quest
Author: Damian Serbu
Publisher: Quest by RCE
Pages: 220
Characters: Xavier, Thomas, Catherine, Harriet, Anthony
POV: third person
Sub-Genre: m/m paranormal; gay fiction
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Beloved gay vampire lovers Xavier and Thomas return in The Vampire’s Quest, the much-anticipated sequel to The Vampire’s Angel. In 1822, the Archangel St. Michel orders Xavier to go on a quest to America, a journey that violates the Vampire Council’s strict codes and risks a death sentence. Worse, Xavier must abandon Thomas. Xavier runs to his aging sister and pleads for Catherine’s help as Thomas races after them. With Thomas and the Vampire Council vying for Xavier’s soul, Xavier and Catherine struggle to obey Xavier’s divine calling before their inevitable capture. “Damian Serbu has again constructed an extraordinary, immensely readable novel that speaks to the human condition.”

Review:

The Vampire’s Quest is the long-awaited sequel to Damian Serbu’s Vampire’s Angel and is the continuation of Xavier and Thomas’s story. At the conclusion of the first novel Xavier had transitioned from human to vampire and was living blissfully in Paris with his eternal vampire partner and lover Thomas.

Book two focuses upon Xavier’s faith. As the story begins, the former priest is visited by one of God’s angels, Michel, who commissions Xavier to embark upon a quest. Thomas, being an atheist, rejects his lover’s claim of a supernatural vision. Thus Xavier sets out on his own to follow God’s calling.

It soon becomes clear to Xavier where his quest will lead him: to America during the nineteenth century, where he must fight to free the enslaved grandson of his best friend Anne. Before leaving, Xavier enlists the support of his sister Catherine and converts her to a vampire. Together they set sail for America to face the horrors of slavery.

Thomas, who has always struggled with anger management issues, is enraged when he discovers his lover has abandoned him. He too sets off for America in an attempt to track down Xavier and Catherine.

The events that unfold are eye-opening and tragically sad. Xavier is horrified by the reality of the human condition as he observes the unthinkable institution of human slavery. It becomes his mission to free as many slaves as possible, but to do this he must willfully disobey the vampire laws that govern his existence. Vampires are bound by a code of ethics which forbids them from interfering with the human condition.

Ultimately Xavier must face the consequences for his actions. Noble as they may be, these brave acts of vigilante justice may result in an eternal separation from the only man Xavier has ever loved.

Again I was captivated by Serbu’s storytelling. Xavier is one of my favorite vampires, second only to Anne Rice’s Lestat. I love him for his compassion and huge heart. I love him for his passion, and my heart bled for him as he quarreled with reconciling his belief system and the laws that governed him.

Thomas, with his dominant, possessive personality, remains a commanding presence. He is heroic and fiercely loyal, but he has little patience for stupidity and blind allegiance to a broken system. I rooted for Thomas throughout the story yet feared that his temper would prove self-defeating.

Some issues I had with the book include some sections where I found the dialogue to be a bit inauthentic. Modern words and phrases were used frequently although this was clearly an historical piece. The overseas messenger services were able to deliver messages within a matter of days, and it seems to me that during this era this would be all but impossible. I also was surprised by the ease at which the vampires conducted business in the middle of the night.

Overall I loved the story and the characters and hope the author decides to continue with the series.

Reviewed By: Jeff

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