BLOOD BROTHERS: Escape To Creeporia
by Dean C. Moore
Fraternal twins are separated from birth, and raised to be assassins. They were never meant to meet. But even when kept apart, they’re just too powerful. Their paranormal abilities cease to be an advantage when they can no longer be controlled. So they are scheduled for cancellation.
Their paths cross before they can be taken out. It is only then that they discover the true depths of their betrayal. Not only are they stronger when they’re together, they’re half-breeds, sired by an all-powerful warlock.
The question is, are they strong enough even together to take him on now that he’s coming for them?
They have an ace up their sleeves they are not aware of. Drawn to the same kind of women, they find themselves married to a pair of sorceresses whose magical abilities are only now surfacing.
But one encounter with dear old dad is all it takes for them to realize, they’re still the underdogs.
From the back of the book:
“The series is called Blood Brothers, but this adventure is really a family affair: the brothers, their partners, children and even their old man in a starring role as the villain. Think Disney’s Incredibles, but in a violent and bizarre fantasy world.” Rob May, Dragon Killer
“With incredibly detailed world building and action scenes, this story seems like it would make a phenomenal film or TV series.
Moore pulls out all the stops with dragons, telekinesis, shapeshifters and insurmountable odds in this battle of good versus evil – and a villain who just won’t lay down and die.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift
“When you read a Dean C. Moore novel, you can expect rich, original characters, witty dialogue and unexpected plot turns. Blood Brothers doesn’t disappoint.”
Jared Rawlings fought to keep up with his wife Ellen, the predatory animal that was the real him threatening to break free of the placid, domesticated creature on the surface that held him prisoner.
They made their way to the latest stall, past the body odors and the dust kicked up in the dirt road by the relentless march of harried shoppers. The Moroccan marketplace was teaming with life; not all of it for sale, at least on this side of the display tables.
Ellen’s eyes darted to the curios, his to the latest constellation of attackers. Whoever had sent the first one after him had abandoned subtle and understated methods.
One fez-wearing assailant, in the window two stories up, aimed his rifle at him. Another assassin, lurking in the shadows the booth over, reached for a Yemeni Janbiya under his vest.
Jared picked up a frying pan, and deflected the bullet from the shooter at the man with the short curved-blade dagger the booth over. The gunfire and ricocheting sounds were swallowed up in the mayhem of the marketplace.
He gazed at the back of the frying pan—with nary a scratch—impressed. Thrusting the pan before Ellen, he said, “I like this one.”
Having missed what was going on with him entirely, she pointed to the miniature brewer and the Arabic coffee. “A few shots of that are what you need.” Addressing the peddler, she said, “I swear, he sleepwalks through life.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Dean C. Moore, author of Blood Brothers: Escape To Creeporia, to Room With Books.
Please tell us about Blood Brothers: Escape To Creeporia and what inspired you to write it?
With Blood Brothers, I wanted to take The Bourne Identity idea and switch up the genre; I thought, let’s see how well it does as a fantasy! There was just something very compelling about the idea of someone whose life had been shaped by outside forces beyond his control and without his knowledge, and with total disregard for his human rights that got under my skin. Anyone who’s ever held a corporate job for any length of time can definitely relate (ha-ha). And being a fan of conspiracy theory thrillers, it was just that much more provocation to start writing.
After making some other tweaks to make the concept more my own, I found myself writing a novel about fraternal twins who share very similar assassin-grade training and aptitudes with the Bourne character, and likewise comprehend little about how they came to be who they are, and in fact know nothing of one another. Drawn to the same kind of women, they both marry a pair of budding sorceresses, who are shocked by their own surfacing ability to wield magic. While the paranormal abilities of the husbands take an entirely different course (they are more psychic and telekinetic than magical), as the men start to discover what they’re made of under pressure, it isn’t long before the idea occurs to them to team up with the wives. Together they hit on an other-worldly solution to their dilemma of how to survive a covert government program determined to do the brothers in, once the brothers discover their connection to one another, and once their abilities have become too powerful to manage.
Using the magic of their wives, the families flee into a fantasy realm to escape persecution and hounding back at home. But wouldn’t you know, dear old dad, who sired the boys by a human woman, is considerably more powerful than his half-breed sons and has no trouble following them to this other realm, where the real action and fun starts.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
I always outline the story and the characters always take over anyway and take the novel where they want. Luckily for me, they’re almost always smarter than I am about what twists and turns the plot needs to take, and what they need for their own character development. I describe my writing process as akin to trance-channeling, lol. It really does feel that I’m just a puppet on a string, being made to dance to the tune these voices are singing in my head. Only, it’s not a dance, it’s a book, or to be more precise, one novel after another. The choir of voices in my head clearly have one heck of a repertoire, as I’m constantly having the latest “tunes” downloaded to me often well ahead of my ability to keep up with getting them on paper. Of course, in some circles this is referred to as schizophrenia. Let’s hope I have the milder version that just happens to be very conducive to sustaining an author’s career.
Alternate theory: these are all guardian angels that are writers and actors and directors and editors I knew in former lives and did awesome things for who now take pity on me and my total inability to get a word written without them.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
When I was younger they often took the form of fierce arguments. But back then I didn’t know how to coordinate both sides of my brain. When I was on the right side, the dreamy, intuitive side, the stories flowed and flowed with a vivid imagination and detailed world-building, strange, alien, but engaging characters, but it was all a bit formless, like a run on sentence that went for 300 plus pages. The books lacked structure. I would switch over to the left side of my brain come time to edit and just scream to high heaven. “What a mess! I’ll never lick this into shape.” Often, many drafts later, the doubting Thomas proved correct. Or, once I got around to the editing, I would over-correct, and end up with a very structured, well-organized novel, but one that lacked some of the charm of the original. After years of learning to wrangle my fast and loose writing style, it’s still fast and loose, but now it also holds together. The stories are solidly plotted and structured.
As the mature writer, I’m less inclined to argue with my actorss and more inclined to direct them. “Okay, the action sequences are going great, but we really need to cut back to the love story now.” Or, “Hey, I love you, I know you’re the hero/heroine and everything, but it’s time to shine the spotlight on someone else. It can’t all be about you.” And I’ll walk the poor wretch off the stage to complete heartbreak and quite the backstage drama.
Still, being in greater control is also about knowing when to be out of control. In sum, like I say, it’s just a better coordinating of cerebral hemispheres that gets the job done. I read a book by a Sufi spiritual adept that said we alternate between sides of the brain every eighteen minutes or so, but for two minute intervals in-between, we’re perfectly balanced. I’ve never gone in for the biofeedback studies and the brain scans, but I’m guessing that over the years, I learned to extend that brief two-minute, perfectly balanced brain period over a much larger swath of the day. So possibly I’m enlightened now but really don’t know for sure because I really can’t be bothered; just so the writing is always getting better.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
In my youth we didn’t have the Burning Man celebrations that go on in the desert for weeks and months at a time. But we had something very similar to it. For decades after Woodstock, the hippies gathered in the mountains. Each year in a different state. I attended two festivals in California, one in the Shasta Mountains, one in the desert highlands outside of Los Angeles. These alternative lifestyle types came together, much as they do with Burning Man, to explore the prospect of building Eden on Earth. To steep in creative anarchy and what might be possible in a nobody-in-charge world, just a lot of wildly creative people celebrating life together. Carnival galas held annually around the world are probably the closest real life parallel. It’s a way of life, it’s an altered state of consciousness, and if it’s madness, it’s divine madness.
While easy to mock if you haven’t been a part of these gatherings, I can assure you, once you’re there, you never want to leave. And you wonder what in the heck went wrong that “real life” back at home just doesn’t taste as sweet. Those who believe we’re born angels and just learn to be human by way of all sorts of defective upbringing, colossally self-destructive memes, and just horrendous brainwashing into the “true” nature of reality, will find it very easy to prove their theory by going to one of these jubilees. I encourage you to do so even if you’re a non-believer. Sometimes fantasies can be made real; you just have to change your outlook.
If you could write with any other author who would it be?
Actually, I’m in the process of collaborating with two other novelists now on a book called Sentience (a mix of sci-fi and paranormal fantasy.) They’re indie authors like myself. Victor Bruneski is coming out with Steamboro (a steampunk novel) shortly. I worked with him helping to edit that and two other marvelous novels, one entitled, One Big Problem (a comedic mystery), another entitled The McConnell House (a comedic horror). Ken Magee has a trilogy out, the first installment of which is entitled Dark Tidings (a darkly funny sci-fi/fantasy hybrid). Asides from being great friends, our writing styles really mesh. Each of us has a dry, dark sense of humor that pervades our novels. Think of the way they use humor to take the edge off in films like Jurassic Park, Transformers, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, even Jaws, and you’ll pretty much be right on target for how we use humor in our novels. The emphasis remains on the drama, but there’s no denying the seasoning of cheeky one-liners.
Sadly, the collaboration is on the verge of falling apart. I may end up having to carry the ball across the court myself. While I can’t imagine three more compatible writers, I think the timing of this project could have been better. Victor and Ken have just too much going on in their lives right now to keep up with my prolific output. But it’s a concept I’d like to revisit later, teaming up with them again possibly when they have a few less balls they’re trying to juggle in the air at one time.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
For a time I wanted to be a doctor. This was a fantasy that actually came upon me in my early teens. I’ve always had my head in the future (hence why I write mostly sci-fi and fantasy.) And I read scientific journals prolifically to this day. Perhaps because I have some ungodly fantasies of living forever, boosting my IQ a 100 or more points with a pill, or possibly a nano-potion, being able to think at the speed of light, and all those crazy things that I’m convinced we will be able to do in the future. But of all the sciences I follow, biology is the one where I have enough of an aptitude to seriously consider medicine or medical research, depending on whether I wanted to go the MD or the PhD route. And the pace of change in the field is just fast enough to possibly keep a sci-fi lover like myself engaged, feeling comfortably ensconced between the world As It Is and the world As I’d Like It To Be.
But at the end of the day, scientists and artists have very different constitutions. And while I can pretend to be a scientist as much as I want in my stories, living the life is a bit more painstaking. You need the patience of a saint, for one. Many medical researchers dedicate their lives to making a single breakthrough that may never come. Or if they go the MD route, are ground down by routine, seldom seeing too much by way of creative outliers, medically speaking; the “oh my God!” stuff doesn’t come along nearly as often as the common cold and far less dramatic daily discoveries when walking into a patient room. These two factors alone pretty much disqualify me. Writing books, I get to make a medical breakthrough in less than 350 pages, far more suiting to my degree of patience and commitment to the undertaking. With less fickleness, I might be able to commit a lifetime to a single drama; but as it is, I can only commit at the most the six months to a year it takes me to crank out one of my dramas on paper. Chalk it up to weakness of character, or possibly to the fact that in the final analysis artists and scientists really are two entirely different beasts.
When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I was taking a film class at UC Berkeley and the first thing to occur to me was, this is way more fun than all the other subjects I’m studying. I switched my degree to film studies, and somewhere in the curricula I was made to take a screenwriting class or two. Once I’d done one, I was hooked. I wrote screenplays for years, many of which are still stacked at the bottom of my closet begging to be turned into novels. And while I enjoy the medium to this day, at some point you run into the medium’s limitations. Novels have them too, but as a rule they’re far less confining. Screenplays are basically short stories. So as you can well imagine, anyone itching to tell a tale that wouldn’t fit into that format is going to feel straight-jacketed after a while. Stir in the fact that the publishing renaissance is happening in novels, and not in screenplays, and it was an easy decision to remake myself as a novelist. I’ve never regretted the decision and never looked back. Though, without a doubt, my past as a screenwriter influences my writing. My novels read like fast paced action adventure films (regardless of the sub-genre, such as fantasy or sci-fi that I might be grounding the story in.)
What music inspires your writing?
Mozart. As classical music goes, I’m also a big fan of piano music. Virtually nothing else does it for me while I’m penning a novel. My musical tastes are actually quite eclectic, but not while writing. While writing, everything else is just noise. I read somewhere that scientific tests have been done that demonstrate that classical music is far more conducive to exalted states of mind. If I were a hard rocker, I’d probably be offended by those studies. But my own writing bears it out. Then again, if you’re not a fan of my writing, you might be inclined to say that I’ve just proven the hard rocker’s case for him.
What is your favorite breakfast? I start with Bob’s Red Mill Muesli, this complex, multi-grain cereal with various seeds and nuts and fruits. That’s just the base. I have to complicate it further with additional frozen fruit, largely a smorgasbord of low-glycemic berries. Then I stir in the nonfat yogurt, the cinnamon… If you feel like you’re getting an idea of what it might be like to read one of my novels, you’re not too far off. J Hopefully my plotting is every bit as intricate, and my characters every bit as rich and engaging.
What is your favorite color? It changes day to day with my moods. While I love to see homes that have each room painted in a different color—I think it’s very designer and aesthetically pleasing—it would drive me out of my skull. I guess I’m very color-sensitive and would feel oppressed by the room attempting to dictate my mood for the day. My closet looks like I kidnapped a rainbow and forced it into indentured servitude as clothing. I’m not exactly sure what the implications are for my soul. But I do know that there’s something in there to accommodate whatever I feel like when I wake up.
What is your favorite movie? Owing to that fickleness alluded to above, that changes day to day. But you can find a homage to my favorite films in the banners of my website. Not surprisingly, they’re films with a certain tone that I feel echoes my own writing. Dramas but with a bit of a comedic edge: Star Trek Into Darkness, RED, Godzilla (the one with Matthew Broderick), Ghostbusters, Mary Poppins (yes, one never outgrows Mary Poppins) are all good examples (along with some of the other ones I cited above.)
What is your dream car? Anything in Jay Leno’s garage. Owing to that fickle nature of mine, any one alone would bore me. But all of them together, yeah, I might be able to handle that. I agree this is a strange form of Zen-like non-attachment. Rather than possess so many things, I’ve chosen to live a modest lifestyle without any such baggage. Admittedly my modest budget may play a small part in my “enlightenment.”
Thank you, Dean. This has been a most enlightening chat and thank you for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor. Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises.
I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining. After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope. I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area. But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice. For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination. I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels. Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments. But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point. That too may change over time; we’ll see. Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.
My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years’ worth of work. I’m currently averaging a couple books annually. Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.)
I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature’s balance. When I’m not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.
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