I love Paranormal Stories. In fact, that's what brought me initially to the world of writing. My first true paranormal was by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Of course, once I started writing, it was the thing that propelled me to try a new genre.
Now, I know I like them Dark so I guess that's where Inheritance Of The Blood came from.
“It’ll be fine, dushka. We need to know as much as possible so we can beat him.”
“I know.” Her words were strangled but she clenched his hand, squeezed once then let go. Christina would have moved away but Vasya caught her close and dragged her back against him. Wordlessly lending her his support.
Inheritance Of The Blood
In this place it was always better not to know.
In the darkness evil waits...
As a young bride Kira was whisked away from everything and everyone she knew, including her new husband and became Christina, an operative of the Displaced Persons Unit.
As the danger grows she sees an opportunity to save her husband Vasya and sister Serina. But nothing is the same. Serina is grown up—married and pregnant.
Vasya too is older and darkly forbidding. Trusting Christina doesn't come easily until a catastrophic event takes place. Now, knowing the truth everything he thought he knew is changed. But at a very high cost.
The four must work together to defeat the Demon, Zuor and the stakes are higher than they imagined and all could be lost.
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I have been discussing my thoughts on Trade Marking for Australian Authors lately, and thought it might be worth telling my story. What I did. How I did it and why.
Disclaimer: This is my experience. In no way should this be construed as professional advice.
Over the last little while, I've been intensley aware of the emerging issues in the publishing world. I've watched names get closer to my pen name and worried. When I lost my url (www.imogenenix.com) to cyber squatters I started researching how best to gain it back. One thing that came to mind was making it impossible for anyone else to use it.
Over time, I've chiselled away and not so long ago, I finally regained control of the URL. Great and happy times ensued but the burning need to prevent something like this happening again spurred me to ensure I did something tangible to protect my brand.
Yes, I have Imogene Nix registered as a business and tied my ABN to it, but more was needed. The truth is, I needed to Trade Mark it to protect myself.
Okay, so what is the benefit of a Trade Mark (in the Australian context)?
A registered trade mark provides you with exclusive rights to use, license and sell the mark. It’s also a valuable marketing tool because the value of your trade mark increases with the success of your business.
With this information to hand, I considered whether to go straight to the USPTO (United States Patent & TradeMark Office) however there is a tiny hitch.
Trademark rule requires foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney
However, there is another way. It's involved. It's costly (but hey, the whole thing is!) but I can do it without needing a US attorney.
While the original assessment sailed through, what happened after that was cause for concern... But because I'd had the opportunity to talk to someone prior to the application moving onto the amended application format, I knew the questions to ask and who to ask.
On the 24th March, I spoke to the assessor who passed the initial application and paid the further fee of $150. It went back into the pile. On the 25th March an Adverse Report was sent to me.
I rang the examiner and spoke to him, querying the reason for this. He told me that as a "Famous Person" was named Imogene Nix, it couldn't proceed. When I explained that Imogene Nix was me (yes, I queried that he meant the author) he asked me to send a Statutory Declaration stating this.
I did so and the file moved on.
On the 8th April my application was marked as Accepted and on 9th April I received my notice of Early Acceptance. So it met all the conditions.
From this point on, it's a waiting game. In August it moves into Opposition mode. That's when people can object. Once it goes through the 2 month system, in October I should receive the official certificate.
The drawback for me, is as I want to apply in 2 countries (though only with one class) the cost is in the region of $1500. The price is determined in Swiss Francs then you need to do a conversion. I will do this probably at the beginning of next year, once my account is once more flush with funds :D
Now, as I said at the beginning of this blog... I am not an expert. So, to get the most up to date information and to find out costs, processes etc I would strongly recommend doing some reading. Below I'm posting links on the basics of TM. The Process and The Madrid Protocol. Oh yes, and the differences between Trade Marking and Registering a Business Name.
Trade Marking isn't for everyone, but for those who want to protect their brand (and I have been working at this one for nearly 10 years) this is an effective way to keep your brand yours.
If you decide to go down this route, then good luck. It takes time, patience and some $$ but it's well worth the effort!
Today I was in the process of working through the latest of the Imogene Nix Reads videos and came across an old Zombie walk pic with my daughters. What a great day that was!
Youngest did an awesome job of the makeup, but if you missed it, here's a link to the pic!
Anyway, today for your viewing pleasure I have Imogene Nix Reads I Dream of Zombies.