New Whyborne & Griffin Goodies for You!

First things first: feast your eyes on this fabulous Whyborne & Griffin art by the incredible Catherine Dair!

Whyborne & Griffin

How gorgeous is this?! I may have swooned a little when I saw Griffin the first time. I loved the design so much I’ve put it on a bunch of t-shirts and bags, and made it into FREE wallpapers and icons for your desktop, iPad, or iPhone. Grab some goodies and enjoy! :D

Bloodline (W&G 5) Cover

If you missed it over at The Novel Approach Reviews the other day, here are the blurb and cover for Bloodline, Whyborne & Griffin 5!

Bloodline

Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.

The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.

Bloodline will be released October 7, 2014

Add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf!

Hunter of Demons – Now Available on Audio!

Hunter of Demons Audio

SPECTR fans: you asked for it, you got it! Hunter of Demons is now available as an audiobook. Right now it’s only up on Audible, but should be available via Amazon and iTunes ASAP.

Want to listen to a sneak peek? The sample I picked was part of the audition I put out for narrators. I got chills when I heard “I hunt them. I eat them.” :D

SPECTR Q&A

I asked on Facebook, this blog, and my newsletter if anyone had lingering, or even not so lingering, questions about SPECTR now that the first series is complete. And you certainly did! Be aware that there are *SPOILERS* in this post, so if you haven’t finished the series, you have been warned! And if you haven’t started the series yet, the first installment, Hunter of Demons is FREE just about everywhere, including Amazon and ARe.

Which is easier, writing contemporary or historical?

Both have their challenges, but on the plus side I can actually visit present-day Charleston to do research, whereas visiting Massachusetts in 1899 is a bit more difficult.

Taken from atop the Battery Huger. The wall on the left with the wooden barrier on top is where the Vigilant entered the fortress.

Taken from atop the Battery Huger. The wall on the left with the wooden barrier on top is where the Vigilant entered the fortress.

Do you have Gray’s number?

This question made me imagine what a phone conversation with Gray would be like. “Hello? Gray?” “I do not have time for this mortal nonsense. There are demons to hunt.” *click*

Which was your favorite book in the series to write?

Destroyer of Worlds, because there were a number of scenes in it that I’d been planning since the very beginning of the series, and I finally got to write them. I was grinning like an idiot when I typed “Gray kissed him.”

What makes 40 days the “magic number” for exorcism–is there something behind the number, or was it a random choice?

One of the books I read when initially developing the series was The Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology by Theresa Bane. The 40 day (sometimes 40 year) number kept cropping up, usually in relation to how long you had to destroy a vampire before it became immortal. What the cultural context was that made the 40 day deadline significant, I don’t know, but it was the perfect “ticking clock” for poor Caleb (and the other possessed people, of course).

Hunter of DemonsI’ve only gotten to read the first book – and I know it’s a weird detail to get hung up on – but in the house where Gray first possesses Caleb, Caleb’s described as wearing a hand-knitted sweater. Does he knit?

The sweater was a gift from a friend back in Charlotte. Gray would probably enjoy knitting, though.

Of all the otherworldly beings, which do you find the most satisfying to write and which wouldn’t you write if we paid you?

Huh. I can’t think of any I would flat-out refuse to write. As for most satisfying, I’ve always been a sucker for a good possession story, so I’ll go with our favorite drakul as most satisfying.

What was your inspiration for the drakul?

For years I wanted to do a vampire story drawing from the original folklore, which was very different from that invented by the Victorians. Here’s a blog post I did on the folklore, and another on the Victorian take on vampires.

That said, I was trying to figure out how to make it actually work in a story. I finally had a breakthrough when I wondered what would happen if the body the vampire possesses was revived by modern medicine. The snacking on demonic energy in the form of blood came along shortly thereafter during the world-building phase.

Did you always intend for Gray to survive and for John to love both Gray and Caleb?

Yes! That was the love story I set out to tell from the beginning. I think it surprised some people, though. :)

Will SPECTR 2 feature the same two (three) main characters or will there be new main characters??

Gray, Caleb, and John will still be the main characters in Series 2.

Thanks everyone for your questions! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out the SPECTR Pinterest board, you can do that here.