Thursday, January 1, 2015

SM Johnson ~ Hurtling into 2015

Yay! Happy New Year!

I love love love love a new year. Always have, always will. For some reason I always feel hopeful on New Year's Eve, and it's like, okay, survived the ass-kicking from last year, now I'm ready to start over again, and hope that this time I win. (yeah, silly, right?) But somehow it always feel like a clean slate.

What's new for 2015?

Well, well, well well well well, well.

Vampires. (Heh).

I expect to release "revamped" editions of my vampire books.

January 2015, look for  DeVante's Children, book 1 of the Vampire DeVante books.

"Gay people are perverts." That's what eighteen year old Daniel Winthrop hears as his father kicks him out of the house. And even though Daniel knows his dad is being unreasonable, he has plenty of questions himself about being gay.

When Daniel's first lover, Roderick, claims to be a vampire and attacks Daniel with such cruelty there could be no other explanation, Daniel realizes there are stranger things in the world than men who love men. Roderick insists that he loves Daniel, but refuses to change him, and Daniel learns his first lesson as an adult – where there is love there can also be pain.

Enter Roderick's creator, DeVante, whose personal code of ethics doesn’t allow enslaving mortals for either love or blood. DeVante reveals that Roderick’s vampire blood is poison to Daniel.

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, but discovers 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 kill to survive.

Also in January 2015, DeVante's Curse, Katarina's Castle 

Bonus story in the Vampire DeVante series.

In a cold, cold castle, far away from the Colombian rainforest, lives the vampire Katarina with her servent Felix, an orphan named Ernesto, and a great burning pit. From this comes DeVante, a vampire with an intractable personal code and an emotional separation from all things human.

March 2015, watch for DeVante's Coven, book 2 of the Vampire DeVante books.

When Roderick abandons new vampire Daniel to the care of his sire, DeVante, Daniel flounders under DeVante's attitude of benevolent neglect, and wonders how much autonomy DeVante will actually allow. Yearning for guidance and supervision, Daniel pursues Reed, a mortal man, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship rich with elements of BDSM.

Meanwhile, Roderick has fled to Las Vegas, where he saves the life of a young man named Tony by changing him to vampire. But when Tony wakes up, he doesn't act like a fledgling vampire should. And when the sun rises and Roderick sleeps his vampire sleep, Tony walks out into the daylight and goes home, where he accidentally changes his roommate Lily to vampire. Roderick wakes to find that he now has two brand new fledglings, neither of whom he can control. He panics and does the only thing can think to do; bring them to DeVante in San Francisco.

Vampires, mortals, and Tony, (who's something else altogether), are all beholden to DeVante for protection, though each has a special talent. DeVante begins to suspect that an outside force has brought all these children to him for some nefarious purpose, but before he can put the pieces together, the whole group is snatched and held for ransom. Can the members of DeVante's little coven can combine their talents to save themselves, in spite of their differences? And if they can, is that the definition of family?

So. There you have it, all my big news.

The decision to leave my small press publisher did not come quickly or easily. I adore Sven Davisson and Rebel Satori Press, and he's been nothing but lovely to me. But these books are in need of some updating, some rewriting, and a new look, and honestly, since I've learned how to publish ebooks myself, I really like being in control of *everything* - but mostly being in control of release dates and timing. I HATE TO WAIT. Which means.... as soon as I have a book or story ready, I want to hit publish right the heck NOW NOW NOW. Srsly. Ask my beta readers, lol. I'm always like, "Yeah, um, you don't have to drop everything and read this, but would you pretty please drop everything and read this?"

Okay, here we go, hurtling into 2015.

Happy New Year, darklings. I hope ya'll feel like it starts with a clean slate.

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