Easter Eggs for Wrong Side of the Grave

A few months after every new release, I love to share some of the hidden gems in my story. Past Easter Egg articles have included what went on behind the scenes, inspiration for settings, namesakes, and those fun little factoids that come with writing fiction.

And now it’s time to reveal the Easter Eggs for the first in the Mothman Mysteries, WRONG SIDE OF THE GRAVE!

B.R.A.N.D. 

The BRAND went through several generations before it became the Biometric Remodeling Apparatus with Necessity Duplicator. For a long time in my manuscript, I called it PRISM (Protective Remote Identification Simulator Mechanics). But the term seemed to confuse beta readers into thinking that it was just projecting an image, not physically changing Eric. It was also called PET, PM, MRU, ACT, and yes, even a BUTLER (Biotic Unilateral Transitioner & Limited Elemental Renderer). Gotta love acronyms!

Bridget’s Sister

In an early version, Bridget had an older, always-perfect-without-trying sister named Rayne. However, Rayne only served to dilute the story so in the end she had to go.

Kendall Mitchem aka Kendalla the Dreaded

When writing for Kendall, I picture Taylor Swift gone bad. Seriously.

Where have I read about Eric before?

Eric had cameo roles in the Midnight Guardian series. He appears in Shadows Rising as Mikey’s drummer friend and again in Book of the Lost as Mikey’s prom date. Keira notices the BRAND on his arm and refers to it as an eagle tattoo.

What’s the name of Eric’s band?

Though no one calls it by name in Wrong Side, his band’s name is Sweet Kick. It is the same band that appears from time to time in the Midnight Guardian series.

Lone Oak Cemetery & Tu-Endie-Wei

Both are very real places in the real Point Pleasant, WV. In Tu-endie-wei Park, the memorial that I describe is really there and there really is a plaque on the back of it with an oddly obvious tree with a fingerprint-sized knot hole. Although, I doubt that placing your finger on it will open a secret elevator to a spaceship…I think…maybe.

Duey’s heritage

Little clues indicate that Duey is French. The city of Gallipolis, located just across the Ohio River from Point Pleasant was originally settled by the French. In 1749, the French created Point Pleasant as a trading post. Although many of those first French settlers in the area died out or disappeared…

Agent Hisato Ikeda

During my research, I came across an account of a strange man who was spotted in Point Pleasant at the height of the Mothman sightings in the late 60s. The man was described as wearing a black suit, asking lots of questions, and exhibiting odd behavior and movements. My MIB Agent Ikeda is the sleeked out next generation version of this very odd little man.

Harbinger

There are many theories as to who/what Mothman is. One such theory is that he is a harbinger that precedes any major disaster. In my book, his Tokyo counterparts, Ren and Katsu, are considered Tengu, which are also mythical birdman-like creatures and have also been rumored to be harbingers of disaster. They’re kind of like the Mothman of the Far East. Thought it would be cool to tie together similar myths from different cultures.

What book was Bridget ranting about in chapter 1?

She had just read Book of the Lost.

More Easter Egg posts on my novels: Of Sun & Moon | Whispering Evil | Midnight Child | Shadows Rising | Book of the Lost

More Behind the Scenes for Mothman Mysteries: BRAND | Cover | Music

Fun Friday: Romantic Excerpts

WolfAs I ramble through my brain to think of what romantic scene I’d like to feature for today’s Valentines Day Fun Friday, I can’t help but laugh. A bunch of mine seem to end in someone getting hurt…physically. Drama – what ya gonna do?

Anyway, instead of sharing a scene from the Midnight Guardian series, I thought I’d share something from a work in progress. This is a little novel I’m calling Werewolf Biology. It’s about Sophie Frog, a girl who walks the line between two feuding werewolf packs in Alaska. Let me know what you think… Continue reading “Fun Friday: Romantic Excerpts”

Easter Eggs for Book of the Lost

christmaseggI love this tradition. Every time I release a new book, a few weeks after I get to give the readers a fun dose of behind-the-scenes knowledge. It’s all about the Easter Eggs, those little treasures hidden throughout the books. Read on for the deets, but do so with caution, as River Song would say…”Spoilers…” Continue reading “Easter Eggs for Book of the Lost”

Book of the Lost (Midnight Guardian 5) just released!!

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Death. Love. Werewolves. Jealousy. Shadows. Prom. Unionists. Betrayal. Graduation.

Who said senior year would be easy?

Book 5 in the Midnight Guardian series is a roller coaster of suspense taking riders on Keira’s journey to fulfill her destiny and bring about the end of the gremlin-like mogdocs. The Book of the Lost may be their last hope. Trouble is…they can’t read it and every bad guy in this world and beyond wants it.

Enter the world of the Midnight Guardian and read the series that fans are calling original, fun, and engrossing.

Read an Excerpt

Buy Links:

Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/book-of-the-lost-bryna-butler/1117475848?ean=2940045440363

Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Lost-Midnight-Guardian-Series-ebook/dp/B00GYL78TK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1385821680&sr=8-3&keywords=bryna+butler

Other eBook formats:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/378672

Paperback:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Lost-Midnight-Guardian-Volume/dp/0985927283/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385821680&sr=8-2&keywords=bryna+butler

Paperback coming to Barnes & Noble & BAM! soon.
Apple has had it for a few weeks, but hasn’t added it to their iBooks library yet. Should be any day now. Also, should be available on Kobo and Sony soon.