Pre-Orders are Live! ‘Our Hearts Go to Their Graves (A Tale of Vampires #6)

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Official Cover: Our Hearts Go to Their Graves

After nearly five years from first word to last, and more than three years since the last vampire tale was released, my newest book is about to take the stage.

As is known amongst fans of this series, the original idea was to write seven novella length vampire tales, each able to stand on its own whilst at the same time be weaved into the overall story.

The story that eventually became the full-length prequel, Dawn of the New Breed, was intend as part of this sixth official story. I wanted to open up ‘Our Hearts’ with an extended prologue.

The challenge of ‘Dawn’ was to write a tale that told one story but was in two distinct parts. So Part I was titled Death of the Old Order, Part II – Dawn of the New Breed, with the epilogue tying in seamlessly with the first official story – Murderous Little Darlings.

If I had weaved Dawn of the New Breed into this new tale, then ‘Our Hearts Go to Their Graves’ would have been a truly mammoth read. There’s nothing really wrong with such an approach. One of my favourite authors of vampires and witches, Anne Rice, wrote a mid-length novel called Interview With the Vampire. Her take on witches reached epic proportions with the release of The Witching Hour, which was more than 1200 pages long.

What worked for The Witching Hour would not have worked for these tales. Besides, it allows Dawn of the New Breed to serve as the perfect setting to the much wider series. Murderous Little Darlings is long enough to give you an idea about what my style of writing is like, but doesn’t require readers to invest so much of their time. Sometimes we read books that we are told are really great, so we keep reading, hoping that they will improve. Sometimes they don’t. But as far as Anne Rice is concerned, I love her books and she is easily one of my favourite authors.

Our Hearts Go to Their Graves is released on 5th March 2020.

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New Cover: Our Hearts Go to Their Graves (A Tale of Vampires, #6)

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A new cover for Our Hearts Go To Their Graves – A Tale of Vampires Book Six

As 2019 is almost half a year old, I now look to future releases before the year is done. I have been pretty prolific the last few years, but as this series evolved, it became clear to me that I could no longer shoehorn a packed story about vampires into novella length books.

That is not a bad thing. Some stories write themselves. Far from being bloated as the series draws to its close, I’ve actually enjoyed the twists and turns that the plot, the characters, and you the readers demanded.

Of course, there is no point adding scenes for adding scenes sake. I don’t want any part of the series to be less essential – all parts are important to each other.

I needed to change the cover as there were too many similarities to the original concept, whereas this version ties in nicely with the cover for Dawn of the New Breed, which was the full length prequel to Murderous Little Darlings.

So the book is going through its most important phase prior to release. I may be able to release one more story before the end of the year too, but that depends on some factors not entirely in my control, whereas this title is fully in my control.

More updates as and when I have them.

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NEW RELEASE: Dawn of the New Breed

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This Saturday, 19th November sees the official release of the prequel in the Tale of Vampires Series. Fans of Marcus, Rocco and Juliana will get to see the true origins of the story’s head vampire, and how she came to be one.

The book is in two parts, the first being a historical piece detailing a time of war between England and Scotland, and a love that was forbidden. This sets the scene for what happens next, and as those events unfold, it is then over to part two to work as a contemporary vampire novel that fits into modern day.

As a story, it was ambitious but I feel I have achieved what I set out to do. I would go as far as to say that Dawn of the New Breed is my best book. As to where it fits into the series, it precedes Murderous Little Darlings (which is the official first book in the series) but fans can see links through to the current latest story, Reunion of the Blood.

Now that its release is upon us, we can have fun trying to predict how it will all end. For now, you can discover how it began.

Releasing 19th November on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Apple iBooks. But you can put in an early order for the paperback here