Julius and Livia – a couple more scenes

LOL. I wrote a Christmas scene that was just some doodling about what’s going on in the background at the start of Bite Back 6, and got a lot of positive reaction to it.  https://henwick.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/christmas-story/

So… here are another couple of scenes with Father Julius and Livia in New York. Remember, these aren’t main Bite Back characters and probably won’t appear in the main books, though I may sketch out a short story with them in posts like this. And no, it hasn’t distracted me from writing Bian’s Tale for long. I wrote these scenes on my ‘day off’.

Update on Angel Stakes audio… Julia thinks she’ll have the recording done this month. After checking and admin, I’m estimating that the audio will be available in February. I’ll do a specific post when I feel the schedule is clearer.

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Thank you for visiting one of the posts from Change in Regime. This novella is now available on Amazon, and to also make it available on Kindle Unlimited, I have to remove these posts from my blog.

Anyway, here is the cover copy and link:

Like an electric current, arcing from ear to ear through the New York underworld, the word comes; he’s here. The city has a new Master of vampires, House Altau, and the existing, unaffiliated community is now facing a sentence of death.

The storm builds, and one of the leaders of that community, Livia or Julius, must chose to be the lightning conductor to save the rest from destruction. But will that be an acceptable sacrifice to Altau?

And if so, which one of them will it be?



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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/

12 responses to “Julius and Livia – a couple more scenes”

  1. Sarah L says :

    You’ve got me again! Glad that we are getting more of these, I’m very curious now about Julius! Would love to see a side story come off of it. And it’s very much setting the scene for how the rest of the world is anticipating the moves of House Altau. One of the things I love about your books is that that they encompass the whole world. The ripple effects of the supernatural community changing across the country and so forth, not just one powerful town/team conquering all. Thank you!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Sarah. 🙂
      I didn’t start these with any great goal in mind. I have a couple more scenes sketched out with some revelations about Julius and Livia, and a twist. What I haven’t got is a plot for a book, so these are likely to be just a sort of journal unless something occurs to me.

      While I was staying in Brooklyn with my daughter this autumn, I did have an idea for a book that didn’t fit with the greater Bite Back flow – it was all about the New York Athanate. I could put that together with Julius and Livia and create something of a plot with a connection to Bite Back. However, this is weekend planning and writing, so I can’t be sure if it’ll work, or how long it would take. My main attention remains on Bian’s Tale 1 and Bite Back 6.

      I have other, *completely* different sketches that I might throw in as well from time to time. Basically they are exercises that I do to keep the creative mind turning over and exploring different ways to convey and build a story. (Hence the Julius and Livia being 3rd person present tense, for example).

  2. Michael Orton says :

    I’m enjoying this little side trip. Please continue it as and when the inspiration strikes. However, I’d rather have quality than quantity so please don’t post any more until you are happy with the way it fits in your own world.

    There is no requirement for all your characters to meet any or all of the others, just that they obey the same world rules and live in the same time-line. Keep things consistent and all will be well.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Michael.

      Julius and Livia meet Skylur obviously, but as I commented to Sarah above, it’s likely that anything more I do on this will be focused on the New York paranormals.

      I had an idea that Amber would visit New York as a setting for one of the future Bite Back books, in which case Julius and Livia might be there as bit-part characters, but no promises.

      As you suggest, progress will be mainly dependent on inspiration.

  3. Justin says :

    Do whatever you need to to keep that creativity flowing😁. Also found a new series that you might like https://www.amazon.com/Imperium-Caulborn-1-Nicholas-Olivo/dp/1523901829/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1483984696&sr=8-11&keywords=Imperium.

  4. larry says :

    A general question, perhaps labeled under “insights”, would be — do you view the “universe” that you are creating and expanding as “Amber-centric”, “Athanate-centric”, or something else?

    Obviously the Bite Back novels are Amber-centric, and Bian’s Tale as well as the published short stories could also be thought of as Amber-centric because they have or will directly or indirectly effect her thoughts and actions.
    On the other hand, this story seems to fall into the Athanate-centric category — story content appears to effect Skylur’s North American Athanate, but may or may not even be mentioned within Bite Back episodes.

    (We) appear to have (at least) 4 major players — Athanate, Human, Were, and “magic”, though the magic component could branch off into the “spirit” contingent (existing in our reality and “someplace else”), and there could well be other player/domains not yet touched upon.
    Obviously Amber is the focal point of the mentioned “players”.

    I mention the “universe focus” because it’s relevant to stories that you include or omit. If “Amber-centric”, then anything that eventually impacts her is fair game. If “Athanate-centric”, then anything effecting the Athanate is fair game including perspectives from the other Athanate implementation methods around the world. Of course, you may actually be thinking a step back from either of those, perhaps some type of “spirit overlord” that is somehow manipulating and controlling the “players” towards a certain end…

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Yes, fascinating questions on the meta-story.

      Certainly, at the moment, there appears to be a division in users of magic between the new, modern, regulated Adepts on one side and the free-running shaman on the other. Bite Back 6 revolves a lot around this question, so I won’t explore that further at the moment. (Not *everything* is explained in BB6 🙂 ).

      Now, the spirit overlord manipulating players – no, at least not in any personified sense. There are players such as Skylur and the Emperor, and a couple of others, who are trying to control things, but do not have the ability to create someone like Amber and make sure she’s where she needs to be when they need to use her.

      Most of the stories so far have been Amber-centric. A short story will appear in an anthology (Vampires of the Caribbean) in March, which will be Athanate-centric, and I have another short story on the back boiler which is about shapeshifters and magic and doesn’t involve the Athanate at all. However, all these will obey the rules and history I have created so far, whether Amber or any Athanate turn up in them. Behind all of them will be the concept of Emergence, or at least hiding from humanity. I don’t know quite what ‘centric’ word best describes this yet!

      (If my readers insist on more about the Caribbean, I may, at some stage, link that story to Dr Upjohn in Winter’s Kiss, but currently have no plans to do so)

      I have stories on the back boiler which are *nothing* to do with Athanate or Emergence, Afro-centric steampunk for instance, and may put up tasters to these other works in a similar way to the Julius and Livia snippets.

  5. Richard says :

    I like these little snippets about random people and how they are affecting the atheanate world or how they are affected by it. No reason to make full stories unless you feel the need. These just make you world better.

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