Monday, January 26, 2009
DeVante's Children synopsis
My novel, DeVante's Children, will be available for purchase as an e-book February 11, 2009 from Torquere Press. It has been an incredibly long journey, not only from writing the first words of the first chapter to writing The End, but also from that point to where I am today - getting it ship-shape for publication.
What is it about? Well... here's the teaser.
Gay people are perverts… at least in the minds of Daniel's dad and step-mother. They didn't want him around his younger half-sister so they kicked him out of the house. And even though Daniel knew they were being unreasonable, he had plenty of questions about being gay himself. Then he became enthralled by Roderick, ran away from his hometown, and discovered there are stranger things in the world than men who love men.
He didn't know his first lover was a vampire until Roderick attacked him with such cruelty there could be no other explanation. Roderick insisted that he loved Daniel, but still wouldn't change him, and Daniel learned his first lesson as an adult; where there is love there can also be pain.
Enter DeVante, Roderick's creator. He is furious because his personal code of ethics doesn't allow enslaving mortals for either love or blood. Roderick's vampire blood is poison to Daniel's humanity, and Daniel needs to be changed soon or he will die.
When Daniel's half-sister gets kidnapped, he enlists the talents of his new blood-drinking friends to find her. When he brings her home he expects to become the family hero; instead he's arrested and charged with the kidnapping. Sometimes you really can't go home again.
Now Daniel must figure out who he is, what he wants, and if he's willing to sacrifice another human life to ensure his own survival.
The author, SM Johnson, lives in northern Wisconsin with her family, where she writes, reads, and otherwise hibernates through the long winter months. She has written for various local newspapers, but prefers writing fiction.