Over the past few months, I’ve seen many people post my Alex Pettyfer/Christian Grey poster around the Web. I found another one today on Tumblr. Even though I only read the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy because the story didn’t hook me, and the original publisher of the series rejected The Howling Heart, I’m still an Alex fan. I’d love to see him portray Christian in the upcoming movie because the role would probably launch his career into overdrive. So, consider this my official support post. Oh, and to show you how serious I am, I’m including the fake movie posters I designed.
I think this is a first. I’ve never seen or been asked by anyone to use my characters in a role-play. One of my readers named Signe, who I’ve blogged about before because she’s one of my biggest fans, asked if she could use Riley from my unpublished novel The Howling Heart on a RP site. I agreed because I’m flattered someone was actually liked him enough to want to pretend to be him. Naturally, she used Alex Pettyfer as her FC (face claim) because he inspired the story and I penned Riley after him. I told Signe I hope she has fun with my character and people find him interesting and decide to read my novel. Speaking of Alex Pettyfer, I plan to design a fake movie poster for his upcoming film “Cali”. Look out for it in my deviantART gallery.
I found a new Polyvore set for my second novel, The Howling Heart. I especially like this one because the artist mentioned Riley & Paige’s theme song ‘Find A Way’ by Safetysuit in the title and description. Another thing I like to see when people make fanart is who they choose as Paige. Most people choose Alex Pettyfer as Riley since he inspired the story, but I’ve seen many different choices for Paige. This is the first time I’ve seen actress Lyndsy Fonseca as Paige, and I think she’s a great choice! I noticed this artist’s set is a shout-out to me which I think is nice since I usually do that with my readers. Click on the collage to see the set in more detail!
I’m always flattered when my work inspires others. My first novel A Rose to the Falleninspired the novel Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and now I’ve learned my second novel The Howling Heart inspired an original role-playing game on Tumblr called “Wild Hearts”. First, I read a post on Tumblr where someone mentioned she wanted to create a RPG inspired by my novel. Then I browsed through her blog and discovered she actually decided to do it. The creator said she loved my novel and thought it would be a very cool idea for a RPG. She designed an entire Tumblr page for the game, including a list of characters and bios, graphics, and photos. She has Alex Pettyfer’s character listed as a wolf, and I’m curious if he’s a white one like Riley. Alex inspired The Howling Heart so it’s only fitting he’s included in the RPG. The characters and plot aren’t related to my story, but the origin and some of the characteristics of her shape-shifters, known as ‘The Graced’, are similar to my Varulv. I think what she’s done is amazing, and I just had to give her a shout-out and say THANK YOU!
I’m not kidding. Enough people have asked and some have even begged. The demand for the full story was on deviantART after sharing a few excerpts and artwork. I never thought that would happen. The manuscript only has one chance of being published anyway, and it’s slim to none. Not to mention, I’m tired of rejecting people who really want to read my story, especially knowing it might not ever get published. You might be confused why I’m letting people read it for free rather than self-publish it. I meant it when I said I’d never self-publish again and this isn’t the first time I’ve shared it for free. It began as a free story on FictionPress in 2009. So, if you want to read The Howling Heart, there is a download link to the PDF on the Books page. All I ask is if you like the story, spread the word. I’ve either done a really wise thing or a very foolish one. Regardless, I made a decision.
You should know by now that if I see someone make fanart, fanvideos, or fanfiction from my stories that I like to showcase them on my site. Over the last few years, I’ve posted all of the above. I do it because I appreciate when someone enjoys my work enough that it inspires them to be creative. I usually make my own artwork for my stories, so it’s nice when someone else makes it for them. Today, I’m showcasing fanart by Alissa aka bluehybun for my unpublished novel The Howling Heart. I met her on deviantART and she told me she loved my books. I’ve met a couple readers on dA which was a nice surprise. Alissa used Alex Pettyfer and Emily Didonato to represent Riley & Paige. I think she did a wonderful job, and I’m thrilled to know she’ll be making more artwork, but next time for A Rose to the Fallen. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
Because both of my muses, Alex Pettyfer and Toby Hemingway, are starring in it. Alex inspired The Howling Heart, and Toby inspired A Rose to the Fallen. This is the first time these two handsome talented Brits are in the same film. I wonder if they’ll have any scenes together. I don’t think they will, but I already know I’m going to enjoy watching In Time.
This is the 4th Polyvore set I’ve posted for The Howling Heart. It features actors Alex Pettyfer and Alexis Bledel as my characters Riley & Paige. If the creator reads this… thank you for making a nice set for my second novel. I’m glad it inspired you to be creative. Oh, and I hope it gets published soon too!
When I saw these Polyvore sets for my unpublished novel The Howling Heart, my jaw dropped. I think they’re really nice and the creator did a great job. I can definitely see Paige wearing these outfits, especially the 2nd one when she’s in Colorado. The creator knows how stylish my character is; makeup and accessories are a MUST for her. Paige works for Elle magazine after all. I love how detailed she was—there’s so much stuff! She even has a picture of a waterfall in the forest just like in the scene where Riley & Paige had their first kiss. And you can’t forget a picture of Alex Pettyfer to represent Riley since he inspired the story. If the creator ever reads this post, I want to thank her for making these. I’m so glad The Howling Heart inspired her creativity. I’m even more flattered because she felt my novel deserved TWO sets! You can click on them to see them in detail.
I think Tiffany D.’s new mock movie trailer for The Howling Heart is better than the one she created for A Rose to the Fallen. The video is not in HD like she wanted because her computer couldn’t handle the rendering, but it’s still a very good quality. There are more sounds, music, and dialogue. There’s lots of clips of British actor Alex Pettyfer as Riley. It’s only fitting since he inspired the story and the character. The scenes in the beginning with Alexis Bledel as Paige are nearly perfect, and the special effects at the end are really creative. Tiffany’s trailers are the closest my novels will get to being films. This trailer is the most special to me because The Howling Heart is the last novel I’m writing.
Tiffany, if you read this… thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re truly talented and your trailers have done wonders helping to promote my novels. I know you’re a fan of mine, but I’ll always be a fan of yours too! ♥