Sunday, November 4, 2012

There is Power in the Blood!

I just launched the second book in The Chronicles of Jonathan Steel. “The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon” picks up right where the first book ended. The story is about vampires. Yes, vampires.

How can a Christian write about vampires? Why not? Vampires are a perfect metaphor for the unsaved. After all, a vampire is the “undead”. A vampire must feed off the living to stay alive. They can’t stand their own reflection. They are afraid of a cross. And, their only redemption is in the blood.

In my book, vampires receive their “vampire majick” from a human affiliated with the “12th demon”. That power comes from drinking genetically altered blood and relies on supernatural intervention for the blood to work. What kind of supernatural intervention? Well, you will have to read the book to find out!

As with my first book, “The 12th Demon” covers the historical background of vampires. And, I discuss a powerful Christian theme, forgiveness. How far can you go before you are unforgivable? Is there a sin so heinous that God will not forgive it? Can a person commit such a sin and truly become the “undead”, forever shunning the light and forever lost?

You can find out more at my website and here are some photos from my book launch at the Well on October 19th and a book signing at First Baptist Orlando bookstore on October 27 and 28. During both events, my co-author, Mark Sutton, joined me to sign copies of our book, “Conquering Depression”.


Jillian Kent said...

Great post and pics, Bruce!

Darrel Nelson said...

Congratulations on your new book. I appreciated the pics. I've had a couple of book signings myself but feel I still have a lot to learn about how to host a successful one. Any tips from the pro?

Bruce Hennigan said...

I would hardly call myself a pro! I feel sometimes like I'm just thrashing around. Last year for my book launch of "The 13th Demon", I had about 150 show up. This year I used the same strategy. I hosted the launch at a coffee shop and footed the bill for free drinks and snacks (cost me about $80). I had local merchants supply some giveaways -- iPad, kindle, nook. I also took out some internet ads and an ad in a local free Christian family monthly magazine. In all, I spent around $300. Not going to make that back in sales, I realize, but the event created a lot of buzz. And, it got me two more book signings.
That being said, one of my friends jokingly posted on Facebook that the event was cancelled so she/he could have a better chance to win the ipad. Put on the post, "ha ha" but a lot of people thought it was cancelled! My number was about 75 this year.
It is tough to get book signings now with Barnes & Noble as you have to get Charisma to go through B&N corporate level to get it done. Let's just say that didn't happen like I wanted. So, I'm shooting for some LifeWay signings.

Darrel Nelson said...

How do you do a book launch? I assume you have to have copies of your book available. Do you bring copies yourself? If so, you have to allow time for your books to arrive from the publisher, right? Also, what is the best way to advertise your launch? I appreciate the tips because I have a book coming out in February and I would like to prepare for it.