Thursday, August 09, 2012

Top Secret Project Revealed!!!

I've been hinting for a while about the Top Secret Project I've been working on with a couple of other authors.  And that it has something to do with new Vampire Babylon novellas.

I can finally tell you what's going on!

Nancy Holder, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, and I are working together to digitally self-publish novella anthologies, and we're so excited.  We're calling our group GothicScapes.

Our tagline is "Urban Fantasy (x) 3."
3 authors.
3 novellas per anthology.
And hopefully 3 releases per year!

We're planning for our first release to come out in early October--in fact, we're shooting for an October 1 date, but since this is our first endeavor, we're not sure of the exact timing yet.  (We'll be more on target as we go along.  )  The second release is planned for early December, 2012, and the third in early April, 2013.

Now that I can freely discuss this, there's so much to talk about.  We were working on trademarking our group name because we thought it'd be a good idea to have a brand to identify what we're doing.  We had to come up with a connecting premise for each release after deciding when our schedules would allow us to write the stories.  And we've had to do fun little things like deciding who's going to do what duties (accounting, book formatting, proofing, etc.).

At first, I thought of this as a "fun" project, but there's a whole lot more involved, LOL.  But what excites me the most is experimenting with digital publishing...and being able to write Vampire Babylon again!

My novella in the first anthology will be a sort of reboot of the VB series.  Dawn and the team are at different places in their lives now that they "captured" the dragon during DEEP IN THE WOODS, book 6.  But the dragon is actually *inside* Dawn now, and this presents a problem or two, as you can imagine. To make matters worse, as an ex-vampire (Recall that she briefly became one in BREAK OF DAWN to help Costin.), she's got a "soul stain" in her--a dark mark that's full of dark feelings.  If the dragon spirit inside Dawn gets to that soul stain, it'll feed him, making him stronger, so this is a constant danger for Dawn.

So that's the set up.  And, believe me, there are a lot of stories to be told!

As I said, the first novella will come out in October, and it'll be in a GothicScapes collection called UNDEAD FOR A DAY.  The action centers around Halloween/Samhain (Hence the October release, .)  And, you guessed it, all three of our stories will use the theme of the undead/resurrection.  I'll be talking more about my Vampire Babylon novella in the future, but let's just say that you'll see some familiar characters, like Kiko, Costin, Jonah, Natalia, and... Well, there'll be a familiar villain for those of you who read the second trilogy in London.    And if you haven't read the short story I wrote for a collection called THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS, you might want to catch up with that, too, since it'll give you an idea of Dawn's state of being since the close of DEEP IN THE WOODS....

Just a hint about Nancy Holder's and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom's novellas.... Nancy is writing about witches (and if you read her and Debbie Vigue's WICKED series, you'll know that she's a kick-ass witch writer!) and Linda's story centers around a gargoyle (I can't wait for you to read this, too!).

Man,you guys, there's just so much going on, and I haven't even touched on the December collection.  I've already written that novella, as well, and it was pretty emotional.  If you've read the whole VB series, you might feel the same way after you're done, too....

Anyway, can you tell I'm energized???

More to come!


Stephanee Ryle said...

I'm thrilled for you guys. This new adventure sounds exciting!

Stephanee Ryle said...

I'm thrilled for you guys. This new adventure sounds exciting!

Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green said...

Stephanee, thank you! And *so* great to see you Saturday. :)