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rank 5906
word count 12796
date submitted 28.07.2010
date updated 26.04.2011
genres: Romance, Gay
classification: adult
incomplete

The Blood Singer

Sharon Akins

Who is Dorian Vitalis, and what drew this man reminiscent of a Greek god to Salem, Massachusetts?

 

I closed my eyes, breathing deeply through my nose, my lips parted slightly as I inhaled the sweet aroma that permeated the air. I grinned as I opened my eyes looking around the crowded dining hall; the singer was here.
Dorian Vitalis appears to be your average, rich nineteen year old college student. Come from Santorini, Greece to study at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts he seems largely out of place. Dorian is here for more than just school though... and he's more... MUCH more than what he seems.

 
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Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1336 days ago

Dear Sharon,
I was interested in your book as a person who visits Salem once in awhile (just there a month ago) and enjoys the local Massachusetts connection. You've jumped the gun a little naming Salem State College a university, though I know it just happened - so maybe you renamed it in your book too.

What young adult woman wouldn't be drawn to Dorian? You've written him into the scene very well indeed! Maybe you should put him on your cover - instant success!

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

M.H.Thonger wrote 1351 days ago

Well written. The story grabs the readers' attention very easily and makes them turn the pages eagerly to find out what occurs next. Shame it is not complete.
Backed.
For a tale with a difference, please view ' the compulsive adventurer'. A light hearted look at travelling.
Thanks,
Mike

lizjrnm wrote 1351 days ago

Excellent dialogue and realistic characterizations! Well done and easy to back!

Liz
The Cheech Room

klouholmes wrote 1351 days ago

Hi Sharon, Smooth writing. The time issue and Dorian’s relationship to time are haunting while he’s enjoying himself with the car and the question about whether it was stolen. This has catching elements, Salem and Dorian’s spooky impertinence. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

lisawb wrote 1351 days ago

Very descriptive and so atmospheric and eerie. This has potential and has some good characters and storyline. The imagination and creativity have been well placed and this should do well.

backed,

Lisa

SAkins wrote 664 days ago

Hi Sharon, Smooth writing. The time issue and Dorian’s relationship to time are haunting while he’s enjoying himself with the car and the question about whether it was stolen. This has catching elements, Salem and Dorian’s spooky impertinence. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)



Hi Katherine,

Thank you for the review. Yes, time and its passage play a key role in the story, so I'm quite sure it will be mentioned again, if not multiple times. It has been really fun to write this story, however, I've not been around on the site because the story has been on hiatus due to my research into Salem not being done. As you might have known from my reply to Mike, my husband and I plan on going out there again at the end of July, and I'll be meeting with a student from the University who will help me finish writing about that part of the story. When I get back there will likely be a bunch of updates to the story as soon as I get everything organized.

SAkins wrote 664 days ago

Excellent dialogue and realistic characterizations! Well done and easy to back!

Liz
The Cheech Room



Thanks for the review!

SAkins wrote 664 days ago

Dear Sharon,
I was interested in your book as a person who visits Salem once in awhile (just there a month ago) and enjoys the local Massachusetts connection. You've jumped the gun a little naming Salem State College a university, though I know it just happened - so maybe you renamed it in your book too.

What young adult woman wouldn't be drawn to Dorian? You've written him into the scene very well indeed! Maybe you should put him on your cover - instant success!

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)



Hi Elizabeth,

My apologies for being so swamped I've been unable to reply until now. I've not been on the site since I had to stop writing on the novel due to my research not being done. Actually, my husband and I visited Salem State University when we were out there. Shortly after writing the scenes with the college being mentioned, they changed to a university, so I went back and changed the references to a university as well. And, LOL I do plan on having Dorian as one of the characters on the book cover if I can find a decent artist who can draw him and won't charge me an arm and a leg before the book is done and ready for publication. Thanks for the review.

lucidreamer wrote 665 days ago

Sharon?

I Loved this and sighed when I could not move on with the story. Are you planning on updating this or finishing this peace. Please keep up updated

Heart of fire is my new baby.

SAkins wrote 694 days ago

Well written. The story grabs the readers' attention very easily and makes them turn the pages eagerly to find out what occurs next. Shame it is not complete.
Backed.
For a tale with a difference, please view ' the compulsive adventurer'. A light hearted look at travelling.
Thanks,
Mike



Hi Mike,

Thank you for the review of The Blood Singer. Yes, the novel is incomplete at the moment as I've had to do LOADS of research. Some of which is going fairly smoothly (doing some background reading and going to Salem for the second time at the end of July), and some of which is not (trying to get information out of Salem State about their language and music curriculum has been worse than pulling teeth). Once I get my research done, I'll definitely be back to writing. In fact, that's why I've not been on the site in so long.

Sharon

lucidreamer wrote 695 days ago

Hi there - just extending the hand of friendship.

I'm still fairly new to the site, but I've found it to be an extremely constructive and rewarding experience so far, though it does pay to have a thick skin sometimes.

Backing books, making friends – that seems to be the way to raise the profile, so here I am. It would be fantastic to hear from you.

http://www.authonomy.com/books/44385/heart-on-fire/read-book/#chapter

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1336 days ago

Dear Sharon,
I was interested in your book as a person who visits Salem once in awhile (just there a month ago) and enjoys the local Massachusetts connection. You've jumped the gun a little naming Salem State College a university, though I know it just happened - so maybe you renamed it in your book too.

What young adult woman wouldn't be drawn to Dorian? You've written him into the scene very well indeed! Maybe you should put him on your cover - instant success!

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

M.H.Thonger wrote 1351 days ago

Well written. The story grabs the readers' attention very easily and makes them turn the pages eagerly to find out what occurs next. Shame it is not complete.
Backed.
For a tale with a difference, please view ' the compulsive adventurer'. A light hearted look at travelling.
Thanks,
Mike

lizjrnm wrote 1351 days ago

Excellent dialogue and realistic characterizations! Well done and easy to back!

Liz
The Cheech Room

klouholmes wrote 1351 days ago

Hi Sharon, Smooth writing. The time issue and Dorian’s relationship to time are haunting while he’s enjoying himself with the car and the question about whether it was stolen. This has catching elements, Salem and Dorian’s spooky impertinence. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

lisawb wrote 1351 days ago

Very descriptive and so atmospheric and eerie. This has potential and has some good characters and storyline. The imagination and creativity have been well placed and this should do well.

backed,

Lisa

soutexmex wrote 1352 days ago

Sharon: both pitches work for me. I do apologize for the lack of a proper comment but I am leaving for the weekend and it's late here. Let me know if you want a proper comment upon my return and I will read more as soon as I have a chance. For now, enjoy the BACKING. I can use your comment on my book when you get the chance. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

Craig Ellis wrote 1353 days ago

A very polished novel, with a great narrative and dialogue. Good characters and a well described world. I like the hook at the end of the first chapter, and the discussion of time in the prologue. Well done. Backed with pleasure!

Craig Ellis
The Sun and the Saber

Andrew Burans wrote 1353 days ago

I like what I have read and especially like your use of the first person narrative voice. You have crafted a most intriguing storyline and your character development of Dorian is well done. Your imaginative writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Backed.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

CarolinaAl wrote 1354 days ago

"Oh, come on David," Marjorie scolded. Comma after 'on.' When you address someone in dialogue, offset their name or title with commas. Other than that, this is a good story with well developed characters. Arresting settings. Vivid writing. Awesome world building. Backed.

Summer D'Vine wrote 1354 days ago

The Blood Singer - Great preface and first chapter. This reads like a polished novel. And an interesting plot of tracking down the singer to the song. Gladly already backed.

All the best,
:-) Summer D'Vine - Blood of Summer, Shed for You

missyfleming_22 wrote 1355 days ago

I did read all you have posted and I like it! I like that Dorian isn't a whiny, shimmery vampire but one who feels mature and that's something I like much more! He's got a great personality and I love being in his head, the first person works perfectly for this book. You do a great job of hinting at what is to come, the preface was great, him talking about time and looking for the song, I instantly wanted to know what the heck that meant. I really hope you upload more soon! I got very involved. And is it a little cliche that I have a bit of a crush on Dorian now?

Missy

lynn clayton wrote 1355 days ago

Dorian is haunted by the song and your prologue haunts us.
His icy hands , speed of movement , his pallor and the changing colour of his eyes is subtly suggested. At first we're not quite sure what it is about his appearance that's strange to humans, like the people who cross themselves as he passes.
But it's all the more eerie for that. Very eerie when he springs into the tree to go hunting. Brilliant narrative. Backed. Lynn

Burgio wrote 1356 days ago

BLOOD SINGER
This is an interesting story. I like the way you made Dorian older than the usual sixteen year old high school student typical of this genre. Gives him more depth as a character and makes the story stand out from the bunch. Setting it in Salem, Massachusetts is also unique; gives it an ominous tone because of Salem’s witch burning past. Makes this a good read. I’m adding it to my shelf. If you have a moment, would you look at mine (Grain of Salt)? I’m in 3th place but only holding on by my teeth. Burgio

KatrinaShelley wrote 1356 days ago

I want to read ALLLLLLLLL of this book! (I will, however, be looking over my shoulder for the hoverings of my imagination and yours) I'm not sure what happened with the comment, but I am SOOOO glad that it did! If you haven't done so, check out EMBRACED, I'm confident you'll like it if this is your style:)

Backed and Blessings - Kat

SusieGulick wrote 1357 days ago

You are totally fantastic, Sharon! :) How can I ever thank you enough for backing my 2 memoir books? :)
God bless you. :) Love, Susie :)

name falied moderation wrote 1357 days ago

Dear Sharon
wonderful use of words in the long pitch that just grabs me ( the reader) to want more. Well crafted. and this seems to show through what I am reading also. I have not read it all but you have created characters that are in my head and really need to leave so I may rest. go on go home to mummy. Seriously,.I will carry on reading and comment further on as I would like to get this book of yours backed to assist it on the climb to the top.
Backed for sure my me. ..I would really appreciate it if your would look at my book, COMMENT , and back it. If not that is OK also
The VERY best of luck with your book

Denise
The Letter

SusieGulick wrote 1357 days ago

Dear Sharon, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." :) Thanks so very much. :) Since I have already backed your book, I will put your book on my watchlist. Could you please take a moment to back my completed unedited memoir version, "Tell Me True Love Stories?" I'd be ever so grateful. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie :)
authonomy quote: "Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs."
Here is the response I received from authonomy concerning backing:
When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved."

SusieGulick wrote 1357 days ago

Dear Sharon, I love that you said that time is a great darkness & emptiness - that about covers all of light - we have no idea even what the next second will hold. :) Your pitch is excellent, preparing me, :) When you use short paragraphs & dialogue, it the reader to want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing your book. :) Could you please take a moment to back my 2 memoir books? Thanks. :) Love, Susie :)

This is information from authonomy (so beware of any other untrue information you may receive that is spam & not quotes of authonomy):
"When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved"
"Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs."

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