Rancor: Vampyre Hunter … Free

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Hard to believe the first copy of this book was published by Simply Read Books (published as Rancour) twelve years ago. Harder to believe that when it was first published, it was considered a unique storyline and not a cliched copycat of the now thousands of vampire/werewolf/love triangle books out there.

When it was first published (just a few months before Twilight) reviewers compared it to Underworld and Constantine –only because those movies have something to do with vampires or the supernatural. Then Twilight became popular, and Rancour was only ever compared to it.

I was hired to write three novels and paid an advance for the third (which never made it to print). Vampires seem to be making a resurgence and so I am considering releasing the third, never-before-seen book. We’ll see.

For now, a few reviews:

“Werewolves, vampires, keg parties, murders and love: Terror and suspense rarely let up in this teen thriller” – Pam Withers, author of the popular Xtreme Series

“Vampires, werewolves, and teenage angst — the supernatural has often been worked into teen tales, but rarely in quite the way that Vancouver author James McCann has done in his first novel.” – Quill and Quire, October 2005

“An enthralling read for an action fan or a mythology follower. Reliving the motions of an ancient being, paralleled by a new kid in town. Modern acts speak in an ancient tongue that resonates for longer than anyone can fathom. A treat for all who love a good fictional story.” – Windsor Star, 2007

“The time – the present. The place – Fillmore High and the surrounding town. The cast of characters – Alix, Betty, Kharl, Simon – plus their families, friends and enemies. It all points to a typical teen fiction novel. And that’s where the resemblance ends.” – CM Magazine, 2005 (Pyre)

And here we are. Twelve years later and people are still reading it. It’s no longer available in the Simply Read Books version, but it is available under my imprint:

Plus, the Kindle version is free until the 21st.

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Below is a song that inspired the story. From a movie that inspired the story.

James in His Jeep Getting Java-the Cloverdale Edition

20160617_144729June 17, I was invited to present a workshop at the Cloverdale branch of the Surrey Public Library on writing action scenes. Writing action is what I’m known for with paranormal fiction involving wars between werewolves and vampires (mine was out before Twilight before your mind goes there) and secret martial arts clubs in Flying Feet.

There’s a lot of violence happening in the world right now, and it may seem irresponsible for authors to write about it in fiction–especially in books where impressionable youth are involved. However, those who believe that don’t give enough credit to just how sophisticated a tale youth desire these days, nor to the power of a story to guide youth (and grown adults) through questions and concerns they may have of living in such a violent world. My main talking points were:

  • Write responsibly.
  • Violence should move the story forward, not be a plot device nor be gratuitious.
  • If you can cut the violent scene out without changing the flow or meaning of the story–cut it.

Ten teens showed up (the entire creative writing group) and they were friendly, kind, and intelligent writers. They asked questions, they supported each other, and they made me feel welcome. I have no doubt that we are in for some incredible literature from the next generation and I left feeling encouraged.

The Cloverdale library is set in a city of just over 71 thousand people close to the City of Langley. Historic Cloverdale was settled circa 1870, and is a very cute spot to get a lunch and spend an afternoon. If you remember the TV series Smallville, you will recognize this area as the spot where the show was filmed. The theme song for this post is the intro song to the TV series.

Below is the area where the library is found. There is a museum, an old clock, plus a log cabin in this square. I arrived several hours early to explore (and grab some java) and was glad that I had. Unfortunately, I found the museum too late but will certainly make my way there another day.

What I loved most about exploring this small section of a few blocks was old signage. While the buildings had that rustic “old village” feel, the signage on the side of buildings and the shingles were what really made this place worth seeing. Below are a few of my favourites.

For you Smallville fans, you may recognize the theatre (now closed) as the Talon from the TV series.

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I wound up at the Rustic Rooster for coffee, and had their blended iced coffee which hit the spot on such a hot day. They have a small patio for nice days, and a rather spacious interior with several places to sit and enjoy their food. As well, if you are interested in crafts, they sell quite a few knick knacks worth looking at.

Unfortunately, none of my photos turned out of the cafe so you’ll have to check out their website before heading down there.

Rancour Hard to Find?

Having trouble finding Rancour?

Rancour has nearly sold out of its first print run! This is extremely good news, and I’d like to take a moment to thank all my readers for making this happen.

The bad news: new copies of Rancour won’t be available until the fall. Just so you know, you can read Pyre without having read Rancour and not be lost in the story. They stand on their own.

The good news: this isn’t official yet, but the publisher is considering a new edition of Rancour with some story/plot changes. Over the years as I’ve finished the series, I’ve wanted to make some tweaks to Rancour – and now I may have my chance. I’ll keep you posted!

Indigo Signing

kc dyer and I had our first holiday signing at Park Royal Indigo in West Vancouver last night. Here are a few photos to share!

There is one more signing to go! See the post below for information on our event at the Strawberry Hill Chapters in Surrey!

kc dyer and James McCann @ Chapters and Indigo Books

Cybils nominees kc dyer and James McCann will be signing books at the Park Royal Indigo store this Friday afternoon (December 14th) from 2:30 to 5 pm, and at the Surrey Strawberry Hill Chapters store Sunday, December 16th, starting at 1:00 pm.

All are welcome!

We’ll provide the chocolate, you provide the chat! Join young adult authors kc dyer and James McCann as they show their appreciation for readers with chocolates, refreshments and their latest novels.

kc dyer is the author of the historical fiction Eagle Glen Trilogy SEEDS OF TIME, SECRET OF LIGHT & SHADES OF RED, and now the contemporary novel MS ZEPHYR’S NOTEBOOK.
A former teacher, kc now spends her days surfing the time-space continuum for inspiring stories from both past and present for teens and adults.
http://kcdyer.blogspot.com

James McCann is the author of RANCOUR and now its exciting prequel PYRE. As a teen he read comics and played Dungeons & Dragons, both hobbies giving him the tools for storytelling. Now he’s a voracious reader, author and creative writing instructor. His goal is to write books that engage even the most reluctant-reader.
http://www.jamesmccann.info

Almost forgot about the Reaper news!

Rancour has once again been cast in a TV show. (Just as an extra, but it’s still a role!)

My book will be a prop in the TV series Reaper, shot here in Vancouver. I’ll let you all know what episode and when it airs!

(Unless his spot gets cut during editing …)

UPDATED: Rancour can be seen in season one, episode twelve, about 38 mins into the program.That’s Jessica Stroup “reading” Rancour!

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Windsor Star

The Windsor Star asked its readers what the best books were that they read this summer. Alexander Hamilton says it was Rancour!