I haven’t blogged much about my writing recently, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been beavering away quietly in the background. In fact, in the last few weeks I’ve finished a brand new vampire book based on an old short story that I’ve completely rewritten and expanded.
Lonely Sky was originally published in the anthology One Degree of Separation by Torquere Press. It told the story of Daniel, a man starting a new life in Liverpool who enjoys the gay New Romantics scene and discovers some very unusual friends at local club the Fallen Angel.
The story has languished in a folder ever since the anthology contract expired, but last year I rediscovered it and realised I could make a longer book out of it, together with some additional material. And so Echoes of Blood has been born. Not only does it add more flesh to Daniel’s bones, but it also introduces some new characters including three assorted vampires and Daniel’s older colleague and friend Edmund, who introduces him to them, and a sub-plot involving the mystery of the missing Ninth Legion of Rome.
I’m quietly excited about the book, which I’ve decided to try self-publishing since it’s already earned its keep once before. I’ll be uploading the file to Kindle in the next few days, and if all goes well, it’ll be available soon after that. I’ll be back with fanfares (and buying information) once it’s all in place. In the meantime, here’s a brief snippet, while the image above gives you a teaser of the cover (with a super bat image by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay). I hope you like them!
‘Tell me there’s no such thing as vampires,’ he said to Edmund next time they met at the coffee machine.
Edmund spilled the sugar. ‘My dear boy! Have you been smoking something?’
He chuckled. ‘No, but I feel like I should have.’
‘Is everything all right?’
‘Yes. No. I don’t know. Bit of a weird vibe going on with someone I met at the Fallen Angel. Just what kind of people hang out there?’