This will be a quickie because I have just taken a break from writing. Speaking of that, what am I working on now?
Well, Immortal Dawn: Book IV in The Vamp Saga, is coming along just fine. I am also working on a new series under my pen name and I will be creating a sub-category on the website for that alter-ego personality.
Mmm, do authors usually discuss their pen names? Well, it depends. If I ever ventured into YA then no, I wouldn't even mention that pen name but as this is not the case then I feel free talking about the issue.
The new series will all be novella length sexy times but not too sexy. I would say they are paranormal erotic romance. There has been a huge debate on what constitutes erotic romance versus erotica and the best explanation I have heard is this: in erotic romance, the sex can get explicit but there is a plot and even if you took out the sex, the story still stands; in erotica, the sex is the plot and if you took the sex out then there would be no story.
You are free to agree or disagree with this assessment but this is what I am basing my new series on as erotic romance is Elle Chardou's realm, not mine.
However, I have noticed that my own novels are heating up in the sex department so perhaps my alter-ego isn't so different from me. The biggest difference between The Supernaturals series and The Vamp Saga is where I choose to place my emphasis. Perhaps I am writing The Supernaturals under my alter-ego because it is a Lycan-based series and I am known for my vampire series under my real name.
Don't get me wrong, werewolves really take up a nice chunk of the new series that will premiere early next month, Hart Attack: Book I (The Hart Family Saga), however, it is still mostly from a vampire's point of view because I happen to like vamps. :-)
Anyway, here is the new cover for the novella from Elle Chardou which will premiere before the end of this month.
The first novella is just a little under twenty-five thousand words or about one hundred pages or so. It will be priced at 99 cents for a while as I would love to pick up some of those readers who enjoy Cynthia Eden's Bound series and Lisa Renee Jones Vampire Wardens and The Werewolf Society.
Like their series', it is not necessary for one to read the novels in order or each one after the other as they will be complete stand alones.
Unlike their series', mine centers around the Gasquet Lycan pack of New Orleans. Four brothers and one sister; their family has been cursed by a Voodoo priestess a couple of centuries ago and their punishment is the diluting of their pureblood werewolf heritage. Each of the Gasquet siblings fall in love with another type of supernatural or someone who is not a pureblood werewolf, which is a major no-no.
I would like to think these are love stories above all so there won't be a lot of violence or clashes between packs. They are at heart all about a woman and a man who connect and cannot deny the feelings they have for one another. Yes, I realize this is a novel concept -- pun intended -- but sometimes going back to the basics is nice. I have enough angst in The Vamp Saga and The Hart Family Saga; this one is low on the angst but high on drama so they have been a joy to write.
After I finish up Immortal Dawn, it is on to Change of Hart: Book II in The Hart Family Saga. And after I finish Darkness Rising, it is on to The Dawn of Darkness, book two in the The Supernaturals. Sometime between now and the end of the year, I will work on editing Love Voodoo: Book I in the DeGeneration series, also a sexy time erotic romance by Ms. Chardou.
Unfortunately, I don't think Apocalypse 2012 will be written this year and will be definitely called Apocalypse 2013 as my heart isn't in it. I am only happy I didn't end Beginnings: Book I (The Plague) with a cliffhanger as those who do truly enjoy the series will have to wait until probably Spring of 2013 before they read the sequel. My apologies but I would rather wait for inspiration to strike than write a crappy novel everyone hates and thinks is sub-par. I have to go with my muse and it's paranormal/urban fantasy/gothic-lite all the way at the moment.
The same will be the case with The Pop Stars series (which did end on a cliffhanger). Although that one should be finished the first part of January so although it is a wait, it won't be as long as The Plague series.
Until next time, happy reading and have a wonderful day.
P.S. I am almost a third of the way finished with Immortal Dawn so it will probably come out late September, early October (my editor is backed up at the moment). Queen of the Immortals will premiere mid- to late-August so I wanted to give a bit of space between the novels.
P.P.S. The Supernaturals will work very much like The Beautiful People series. I hope to come out with a novella every other month depending upon how popular they are.