Cheating Sunrise – spoiler free FAQ

With my fourth novel in a limbo state, half published (paperback is out) and half not published (Kindle version isn’t available for pre-order for a few more days)ƒ, I have time to post a quick FAQ to answer those burning questions that I know you are eager to ask.

Is Cheating Sunrise a chronological sequel to Midnight Cocktail, and do I need to read Midnight Cocktail first?
Yes and no. The events in Cheating Sunrise occur after the events in Midnight Cocktail, and several of the characters appear in both books, but you don’t need to have read Midnight Cocktail in order to to fully enjoy Cheating Sunrise.

Why aren’t the vampires in the Blood:Lust series the usual supernatural vamps with paranormal powers?
The vamps in Midnight Cocktail and Cheating Sunrise are a separate species that evolved alongside humans. They are not the undead, and they don’t have superpowers. They do live for a very long time, have fangs, love the taste of blood, and tend to stay out of the sunlight. But no superpowers, no mind-reading, no turning into bats, or mist, or angst-stricken teens.

Midnight Cocktail has a lot of gratuitously graphic sex scenes. Is Cheating Sunrise the same?
No. This was a fundamental design decision based on feedback which made it clear that my readers preferred “the second half of Midnight Cocktail” which was the half with more story, plot, and action than smut.

Does [a particular character from Midnight Cocktail] come back in Cheating Sunrise?
Sorry, that would be a spoiler. Lana is back, fairly obviously, but I’m not going to say anything about any of the other characters as I don’t want to ruin the surprises.

Where do the events in Cheating Sunrise take place?
Lana still lives in New York but, as in Midnight Cocktail, the events of the story take her to various other locations.

Who did the cover art for Cheating Sunrise?
The excellent cover was created by Nikolai Ostertag, who also did the Midnight Cocktail cover.

How many people read Cheating Sunrise before it was published?
Three, and they provided a lot of really valuable – and different – feedback and recommendations that have helped make it the book that it is.

How much is the paperback version of Cheating Sunrise, and why is it so expensive?
$16.49 (US) or £9.99 (UK). Trust me, I’m not making much out of that because the print-on-demand costs are pretty high for a 400+ page book. Cheating Sunrise weighs in at 432 pages in its paperback format. If I could make it less expensive, I would, but I can’t.

How much is the Kindle version of Cheating Sunrise going to be?
The special pre-order price will be 0.99c / 0.99p for the full pre-order period. Once the book is published (meaning after the pre-order period ends) the price will go up, probably to about £2.49 and whatever the equivalent is in all the other regions.

If there was an audiobook of Cheating Sunrise, who would do the narrating?
I’d like to hear Cheating Sunrise read by Alissa White-Gluz.

When is the next book in the Blood:Lust series coming out?
Possibly late 2017. I will have at least one other book published before that.

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Midnight Cocktail – sequel news

I haven’t posted anything to this blog for a couple of months because I’m concentrating on using most of my free time to write the second novel in the Blood:Lust series. Based on what I’ve written so far, I expect to have the book written by the end of October, edited and honed to something vaguely resembling a finished product by the end of the year, and published not long after that.

I’ll do a title reveal in a month or two, and a cover reveal whenever I have a cover sorted out. Talking of covers, I haven’t done anything about this one yet but I am hoping I can get the same artist who did Midnight Cocktail to do the sequel. He is a fast worker, so I’m not too bothered about getting the cover done yet.

Future plans, following this book’s publication, will include tidying up the third novel in the Kate Hayes series and publishing it. It’s already written, just not in a publishable state yet. There will be a fourth novel in that series, and I’ve already planned it out and written a couple of rough 10k word chapters.

That’s all for now. I have much better things to be writing than this.

Midnight Cocktail – published on Kindle (and paperback)

I know, I know – I apologise to Bram Stoker for deliberately choosing May 26th for the Kindle release of Midnight Cocktail. It’s a tribute, okay, not plagiarism or the death of originality. Not that I’ve shied away from either of those too much, but you’re going to have to read the whole book to find out just how much.

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I’ll start with the cover, because that’s always a good place to start and, according to popular opinion, that’s usually as far as most people get if the cover doesn’t catch their attention. The original Midnight Cocktail cover (the predominantly white one) was mostly done by me, with a lot of helpful suggestions from a couple of friends, plus an excellent New York skyline image by Michael Tompsett, for which I am still very grateful.

However, despite how much I like that cover, it didn’t suit the book. It’s just a bit too ambiguous – it could be a crime story, a thriller, murder mystery, but not really a Neo-Noir Vampire novel. I had a couple of honest, critical and decidedly unambiguous comments from people who have a lot more experience of this kind of thing than I do. To summarise – “It’s ok but a bit boring.” and “It looks more like a crime thriller or horror novel, and it’s likely going to confuse buyers”. I’m extremely thankful to them, because not only were they right, but they were generous enough to tell me the truth.

On a recommendation, I contacted Nikolai Ostertag, a freelance artist specialising in fantasy art. The cover that you now see, and that will hopefully be updated on Amazon very soon – it’s not an instantaneous process – is the work of Nikolai and I am very happy with it. I don’t describe Lana V (Midnight Cocktail protagonist) in the book [which may or may not be a spoiler, depending on your expectations] but Nikolai was able to capture pretty much exactly how I imagined she would look after we had exchanged a few emails. I’m obviously not going to tell you how I described Lana to Nikolai, because that would definitely spoil something!

Midnight Cocktail is not a huge book, coming in at just under 60,000 words, which is at the low end for a full novel. That has a lot to do with the fact that it has been edited with a hefty chainsaw and written to a strict and tight agenda: action, entertainment and zero flab.

Amazon links for Midnight Cocktail are below. If your territory is not .com or .co.uk, search for this ASIN on Amazon: B00WYR85FY

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If you like the “Look Inside” Kindle sample enough to want to read the whole book, that’s great. If you go on to read the whole book and enjoy it enough to want even more, here’s some good news: I’m writing the sequel right now, aiming for a late 2015 release. I’ll do a title reveal in a month or two, and a cover reveal probably somewhere around August.

If you write a book blog or you contribute to a review site, please contact me for a review copy of Midnight Cocktail. See the contact page for how to do that.

Midnight Cocktail – paperback is coming!

It was going to be ebook only, then I decided to go with Kindle only (at least for the first 3 months) so that I could try out Kindle Unlimited, but I was really keen to see a paperback version, so there’s one coming. Very soon. And it will look like this…

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Pretty cool, right? At least I hope that’s what you’re thinking. As soon as I have the links for the paperback, I’ll add them to the Midnight Cocktail book page.