On endings; or, not letting a vampire jump over a shark

Today my new book, Demon Blood, was released for Kindle. It is the fifth book in the Vampire in the City series, and since I started writing these novels, I knew it was going to be six books. Am I excited to write the last book in the series? Yes! In fact, I have already started writing it, and in this last book, will tie together most of the loose ends and settle most of the character arcs. Am I sad that this will be the last book from Emma’s perspective? Yes, it was fun to write a character so down-to-earth but funny, and at times even clueless. But everything has to end, lest it stagnate, and Emma and I are almost ready to part ways. Writing the last book is a tad bittersweet though, but I’m sure she’ll be able to get by on her own now.

On the flip side, I am very excited to begin an entire new series. I can’t stop myself from planning it out, thinking about the protagonist, and trying to pick out a name to suit her personality. That’s one of the great things about being a writer–there are always new stories to tell!

Witch Blood Released!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted, but I have good news–the third novel in my Vampire in the City series, Witch Blood, was just released!

The cover:

What have I been up to since I last posted, other than getting this book out? Glad you asked!

1. Working on the 4th book in the series, which is called Cold Blood. The first chapter is included in the above-mentioned book.

2. Working a day job. I’d been a freelance editor until about a month ago. Working 9-5:30 is much more stressful than working whenever I feel like it.

3. Buying a house. This is why I took the day job. Ack, huge mortgage! We haven’t moved yet, but the closing should be sometime this month.

4. Being caught in a hurricane. Fortunately, my part of Queens was mostly spared. But we were very lucky, as I know more than a few who have lost literally everything. I can’t imagine what I would do in that situation. Those who want to help can donate to the Red Cross here. If you’re an animal lover, like me, also consider the Wildlife Conservation Society. They run the New York Aquarium, which is closed indefinitely due to extensive damage.

I don’t want to end on a sad note, so here’s a photo of my cute kitty Pyewacket.