Free books – special offer

To celebrate the launch of my new sixth novel, Cold Inside, I will be offering the two novels from my vampire series – Blood:Lust – free for a limited time.

The books are Midnight Cocktail and Cheating Sunrise.

Both those books will be free for five days – Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December.

Grab ’em while they’re free, have a blast reading them, and do me a massive favour by leaving a review on Amazon.

Links to the books on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are on their website pages which are linked above. Or click the cover images below to go to their pages on this site.

  

Cheating Sunrise – sample chapter available

I have made the first chapter of Cheating Sunrise available in pdf format, downloadable from Mediafire via this link:

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You can share the short link: http://bit.ly/1VMwXgM

Take the Cheating Sunrise first chapter challenge – Download sample, read sample, then find out that you just … have to … keep … reading.

Have fun, and enjoy Cheating Sunrise.

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.

Cheating Sunrise – paperback soft-launch

I wanted to make the Cheating Sunrise paperback available at the same time that the Kindle version goes on Amazon for pre-order, but the coordination of those two different releases isn’t something that can be timed that precisely, at least not when you’re dealing with it all yourself.

What this means is that I have already published the paperback version (via Createspace) and it will be available on your local Amazon store some time in the next few days.

You can check it out on the Createspace store here:

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The paperback cover turned out really well, as you can see…

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Cheating Sunrise – formatting and preparing to publish

Cheating Sunrise front cover

My fourth novel, the second book in the Blood:Lust series, is currently being formatted for its release on the Amazon Kindle store. Once again, I am having the ebook formatting done by the extremely efficient, friendly and professional Polgarus Studio. I’m planning to have the Kindle version available for pre-order on or before next Friday, March 18th, with a release date approximately a month later, in mid-April.

During the pre-order period, Cheating Sunrise will be on sale at the special pre-order price of 99p / 99c, with a release price of £2.49 / $2.99. Save yourself some money and get in early for this one.

Cheating Sunrise will also be available in paperback, where the gorgeous cover (by Nikolai Ostertag) is going to look really rather excellent. I’ll post a picture of the paperback as soon as I have the image available.

I’m very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from my test readers on Cheating Sunrise. The deliberate change of theme (essentially dropping the gratuitous smut in favour of a character-driven action adventure) was well-received, which was hardly surprising considering the feedback I received for Midnight Cocktail where most people who bothered to comment said they preferred the second half of the book.

In my next blog post, I’ll provide a bit more information about Cheating Sunrise, hopefully with some details about the book’s location on Amazon.

 

Cheating Sunrise – the soundtrack to my writing

Here are the albums that I was mostly listening to while I wrote (and while I’m editing) my fourth novel, Cheating Sunrise. This list isn’t representative of the style or theme of the novel, or the kind of music that I imagine playing in the background of any particular scene. This is just music that I have been listening to over the last eight or nine months while I’ve been writing this book. And working out. And driving.

I’ve listed the albums in alphabetical order of band/artist, because that’s always a good idea. If you click on an image, it will take you to the album’s iTunes page. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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One of those bands does get a very brief mention in Cheating Sunrise, but you’re going to have to wait until it is published to find out who that is.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the above bands for providing background music and a considerable amount of inspiration while I’ve been writing and editing over the last nine months or so.