Friday, March 11, 2016

Conversations While Being Chased by a Dragon

Trying something new again. Often these types of post fall into obscurity after a few weeks, but we’ll see.

I got this idea from another blog I saw, and I liked it. So here’s the attempt with my own spin.

What I’d tell you if…

…I were being chased by a fire-breathing dragon through a dark cave on an unknown planet surrounded by active volcanoes and heroic music which invariably meant I would survive because the hero(ine) always survives.

~It’s hot in here!

~I’m giving a presentation tomorrow on preparing to publish, and I’m really excited about it. Recap next week!

~Talking helps! (And sometimes talking while being chased by a fire-breathing dragon is the best time.)

~You can’t be unhappy when you’re grateful. (And I’m even grateful for the dragon because it means I’m alive and kicking.)

~When I get out of this cave (since I know I will due to the previously mentioned music), I will resume being all I can be and more.

*dodges ball of flame*

Monday, February 22, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make

Good Monday,

I’d like to thank you in advance for reading this post. It is a bit long-winded, but it imparts some very important information about the future and me, though not necessarily in that order.

So, beginning with me, I have a confession to make.

My real name…is not Deanna.

You may have figured this out when you realized I write romances about geeks who play role playing games and really looked at my name. Deanna Dee De(anna) Dee, D and D, Dungeons and Dragons. (Yes, I went there.) However, whether you knew or not, you do now, and it’s time for some changes to DDGeekWriter.

Hi, I’m Mary DeSantis, and I have a pen name, Deanna Dee.

I initially began writing as Deanna because I wanted to write geek romance and keep it separate from Mary’s fantasy writing. In the last year, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that the two aren’t so far apart as I originally thought. I no longer feel uncomfortable letting the hypothetical cat out of the bag.

Another issue of late is my stress level. While Craig, Lydia, and the rest of the crew will forever hold a special place in my heart, that special place is currently not special enough for me to dedicate hours of my time to them. I was MIA most of January for some family issues, and while that was happening, I did some redefining of myself. I realize The Games of Love series is incomplete, but I can’t do it right now. I’m burned out on it, as they say. Thinking about writing it makes me feel heartsick and overwhelmed. I mean to return to it someday, but as of right now, I don’t know when.

I’ll even get more honest. Deanna feels like she’s smothering and crushing Mary. I started Deanna’s stuff for a myriad of reasons. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I believe one was fear of my fantasy not being as good as I thought. I used a pen name and a genre switch as a hiding place. I wrote stories I ultimately like but that aren’t my first true love.

Well, no more. I need to do what’s best for me. I need to do what makes me happy, and right now, that is not The Games of Love. Right now, that is going back to my roots and diving into the political intrigue and magic systems I wrote a few years ago.

Is Deanna disappearing forever? No. She will have a dedicated page on this site. If a short story call comes up that I think she’d be perfect for, I may submit something. She just won’t be my main focus.

Please be patient as it may take me a bit to figure all the logistics. For now, the most important point is…

Mary is taking over. DDGeekWriter used to stand for Deanna Dee, Geek Writer. Well, this may be surprising, but Mary is also a geek. She also writes. So please help me welcome in the era of “DeSantis and Dee, Geek Writer: Sharing Headspace with myself.”

Thank you for reading. Many people think writing is just, well, writing. You sit down and you write and you produce a product, right?

Technically, yes, but it’s so much more. A great writer puts their heart and soul into their work. A great writer feels amazing after writing a scene or chapter. A great writer gets as emotionally intense as her story (and sometimes annoys those around her in the process—sorry, guys). Any writer, though, does what she loves. I like Deanna. I love Mary.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Interview with Love is Blind Hop Participant: Francis Powell!

Hop participant interview!

Join me for an interview with Francis Powell

-What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day?

A nice meal in a restaurant with my family. This year we went to some horse racing. I am not a fan of horse racing , but there is a track not far from where we live and it makes a nice afternoon for my three year old son. For extra entertainment, there were some incredible Cossack riders, doing some incredible stunts. My son was very impressed.

-What’s your favorite kind of candy?

I have a terrible sweet tooth and can devour a lot of chocolate.

-Are there romantic elements in your stories? If so, how are they used?

I am not sure there are too many romantic elements in my stories, in fact it is quite the opposite, they are more about break ups and the treachery of lovers. In one of my short stories called "Flawless" a man is about to marry the woman of his dreams. As he is proposing an insect appears and he is forced to swallow it. He develops a terrible unknown skin disease and his intended turns her attention to his brother and plans to marry him instead. The man Sirius Piecroft is bitter and twisted and plans his revenge, while the two are marrying at the church alter. He takes and axe with him and makes a dramatic entry. As he is about to attack his brother, this insect flies out of his mouth and miraculously his skin is restored to its normal condition. It is a story that touches on the subject of how fickle people can be and how we are obsessed by perfect skin and appearance. There are lots of other examples of treachery as regards to love in my stories.

-Do you find writing a good romantic scene easy or difficult?

I am not sure about romance but writing a scene that involves sex, has to be done in a particular way. For me it has to be in keeping with the story. There are some of my stories that contain sexual elements. One story even starts off with… Mercedes Shwartz had just had the most incredible orgasm, but her pleasure was still incomplete.I would say if you are a horror writer, or a suspense writer, or whatever your genre, the sex parts in your stories, should not seem like they have been pasted in, to add a bit of spice to your story, but should be natural elements that enhance your stories. There has to be the same tension that pervades in the other elements in your stories. It has to be in keeping with the characters of the stories as well the moods.

-What type of romance stories do you typically enjoy reading?

Romance books are really not my thing at all. This is not to say I am totally unromantic...


Looking for a cute, short read this Valentine’s Day weekend? Snag my story, Pair of Dice Lost, for just 99c or free on KU!

~Grab it here! ~Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Geek on,

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love is Blind Blog Hop: Happy Valentine's Day!

Still hopping!

Check out my interview on Francis Powell’s blog.

~Find it here.

NEW RELEASE! My story, Romance or a Stone, came out as part of the Roll to Seduce 2 magazine from Cheap Dates Press today.

~Get Roll to Seduce 2 here!

And if you haven’t, snag your copy of Pair of Dice Lost for just 99c!

~Available on Amazon ~Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Geek on,

-Twitter @DDGeekWriter

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Love is Blind Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Love is Blind Blog Hop!

Looking for a cute, short read this Valentine’s Day weekend? Snag my story, Pair of Dice Lost, for just 99c or free on KU!

~Grab it here!


Interview with hop participant, Tiffany Apan

1.) What's your ideal Valentines Day?

Exploring the remains of a Medieval castle. I am particularly fascinated by the Middle Ages as it is a complex time period that is also steeped in mystery. I also love history and studying it, so anything that might take me back in time just a little is something I'm always down for. And doing it with someone who shares that interest is always a plus!

2.) What's your favorite kind of candy?

I absolutely love peppermint bark, which is usually sold in high abundance at Christmas time. Though I have found it at this time of year too.

3.) Are there romantic elements in your stories? If so how is the romantic factor used?

While I don't consider myself a 'romance writer' per se (my stories always have a sense of resolve but don't always end happily, which is a big no no in writing romance novels), there are romantic elements in a lot of my stories. Romance is a part of life, whether that experience is a positive or negative one.

For me and my stories, it is meant to be an organic experience that happens a ways in to the character's journey to finding him or herself. I think characters can reveal a lot about themselves during a love/sex scene (in many more ways than one) as it typically is when he or she is at his or her most vulnerable. As i said in another interview: it doesn't have to be trashy.

4.) Do you find writing a good romantic scene easy or difficult?

I will say that these are the scenes that undergo the most editing. While I have mastered writing them in ways that fit the characters involved (keeping their personal makeup in mind, likes, dislikes, character backgrounds, etc), I think that love scenes run the greatest risks of coming across as choppy or sometimes downright cringeworthy. While I do enjoy my share of purple prose (there is a time and place for it), I will say that in my love scenes, there are no 'throbbing manhoods', 'sacred flower gardens,' or 'heaving bosoms'.

5.) What type of romance stories do you typically enjoy reading?

Historical romances, definitely. And I do have a particularly great weakness for ones involving Scottish Highlanders.

Tiffany Apan is a singer/songwriter/actress/author of dark fiction and award winning producer/writer from Pennsylvania in the United States.

She grew up among the thick forests of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was there she began honing artistic abilities and received much of her creative inspiration. Having been exposed to music since she was a child, she learned the guitar, violin, and accordian from her musician grandparents before taking up classical piano at age 9.

A misfit among her peers (she was the only one in her fifth grade writing class obsessed enough with Vikings and Norwegian mythology to write poems about them), Tiffany was highly active in the artistic community in Wilkes-Barre, PA, involving herself in all music, theater, visual arts, and writing. She began formal classical vocal training at age 12 and appeared in numerous musical theater and operatic productions. Eventually, she settled quite comfortably into a role as “that artsy kid in black” who sits in a coffee shop, drinking endless amounts of coffee and tea while writing furiously in a journal or sketchpad.

After graduating high school, she left the Northeastern PA ghosts for the Southeastern PA zombies (Pittsburgh). Upon the move, Tiffany became involved with the indie film scene, landing supporting roles in a couple films. Her real turning point as a vocalist, however, was being given the opportunity to portray the role of a Free Style Jazz Singer in the world premiere of Marta Effinger’s “Whispers Want to Holler." During rehearsals, she was coached by Billy Harper who wrote the musical score for the production. Projects such as this also gave way to the release of her music with partner in crime, Jason English. Since then, she has gone on to act in several films and theater productions with starring and supporting roles, release music to critical acclaim, and receive accolades for her writing and producing.

Her 2008 debut album, Poet, is an eclectic blend of rock music (combining classical, folk, world, gothic, metal, and touches of pop). It received enthusiastic responses from music fans and also garnered some critical acclaim. Music from the album was featured on several compilation albums and in 2009, she was an American Finalist in The Best New Song in the World Contest with her acapella song, “Lost Little Girl." Her songs have also been featured in films, and the music video for the adaptation of "Scarborough Fair" won in the Open Music Video Category at the 2010 International Indie Gathering Film Festival. In 2012, her screenplay, "Driving Nowhere" also won for Best Horror Short Script at the same festival.

While Tiffany enjoys the Pittsburgh area, Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place she considers “home”, and frequently travels up there for inspiration. The Appalachian Mountains serve as a backdrop for many of her stories, including "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "The Birthrite Series."

Among other projects, she is currently working on her follow up to Poet. It will be released one song at a time and titled The Antiquity Project.

-Facebook fan page
-Facebook series page
-CD Baby
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Geek on,

-Twitter @DDGeekWriter

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Valentine's Sale Experienced Technical Difficulties

Hello folks,

So as you may have seen, Pair of Dice Lost (a Scott and Lydia Valentine’s short) was supposed to be free today through Friday. Well, technical difficulties struck today, and the book is currently at 99c. However, never fear, it will be free tomorrow and Friday. I’m very sorry for the mix-up and any resulting confusion.


Valentine’s Sale!

Only 99c, right now…
-Critical Hit-On
-One Fling to Rule Them All

New release!
-Pair of Dice Lost (a Lydia and Scott Valentine’s story)

Geek on,

-Twitter @DDGeekWriter