Not that long ago I debuted a new trailer for my first book, The Dark Truth. Voiced by my audiobook narrator, Cheryl May, and produced by Paul Kraushaar, this extended trailer draws you into the world of newly-minted vampire Elizabeth Danae Rubis. Check it out, and then go order the book – on sale in trade paperback from $4.42 from Amazon.com.
The Dark Terror book tour got underway at Books on B in Hayward, Calif., today and I had a wonderful time. My audiobook narrator, Cheryl May, was able to attend and she delivered a stirring reading of a chapter from my new book.
Renee Rettig, the proprietor of Books on B, is a breath of fresh air and she hosted a fabulous event complete with snacks and customers. This is the second event I have had the pleasure of holding at Renee’s fantastic neighborhood bookstore and it looks like it won’t be the last. We are already discussing doing something fun for Halloween!
Thank you to all who attended today – my friends, store customers and loyal readers. You make writing and sharing these stories that rattle around in my head that much more enjoyable.
The next event is set for Saturday – I’ll be at Barnes & Noble in Modesto, my third event at that location. The event gets underway at Noon. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting new readers.
I thought I would give you an update on what’s happening with The Dark Passage Series. There have been a few developments with regard to pricing and formats.
The Dark Truth
My debut novel, Book One – The Dark Passage Series, The Dark Truth is available as an audio book from both Audible and iTunes/Apple Books. You can listen to it for free with a 30-day Audible trial. You can get The Dark Truth, plus a second, for free. If you order through iTunes, it retails for $17.95.
Amazon.com has the trade paperback edition of The Dark Truth on sale for $5.61, which is 63% off the regular price of $14.99. You can save 10% at Barnes & Noble’s web site and get it for $13.49. They are offering free shipping. For San Francisco Bay Area Barnes & Noble stores, you can get it at Arden Fair in Sacramento, Hacienda Crossings in Dublin, and Bay Street in Emeryville.
The Dark Descent
The sequel to The Dark Truth, Book Two – The Dark Passage Series, The Dark Descent, is available in trade paperback, Amazon Kindle, Nook, and e-book. The trade paperback is priced at $14.99, while Kindle, Nook, and e-book formats are $2.99.
For San Francisco Bay Area folks, Barnes & Noble in Modesto, Arden Fair in Sacramento, Hacienda Crossings in Dublin have it in stock in store. If you order online from B&N, they are offering free shipping.
The audio book is currently in production. I have listened to the first four chapters so far, and Cheryl May, who narrated The Dark Truth, is doing a great job.
The Dark Terror
The third and final(?) installment in The Dark Passage Series, The Dark Terror, is done. I took a little over a week to do the self-edit. It is in the hands of my publisher, Trifecta Publishing House of Port Angeles, Washington. After they review it, it will go to their editor. I have it on good authority that the cover designer is set to begin that work.
I will keep everyone updated on cover art, a release date, and ordering information.
Thank you to those of you who have purchased the books, posted reviews, attended book signings/readings. It means the world to me and I am glad I get a chance to share these twisted stories that rattle around in the dark recesses of my mind with you.
After an thorough self-edit, and the addition of some detail to a few key scenes, I have submitted the manuscript for The Dark Terror, Book Three – The Dark Passage Series, to my publisher, Trifecta Publishing House of Port Angeles, Wash., a full three weeks ahead of deadline.
Many people ask me how long it takes to write my novels. The Dark Truth took 13 months, and I believe The Dark Descent took seven – eight months. A quick check of the version history in Google Docs reveals that I started writing on January 20, 2018. So, it took just under 10 months to write. I probably could have finished it sooner but I had a hard time closing the book on Elizabeth.
I began The Dark Truth in January of 2016 and finished it in February of 2017. I submitted The Dark Descent to my publisher on time, on deadline on January 1, 2018. The deadline for The Dark Terror is November 1, 2018.
I am quite happy with the fact that I have written three novels in less than three years, The first two are Amazon Bestsellers, and the first has been released as an audio book. Production on the second audio book got underway recently. The great Cheryl May is narrating my tales. I know what Elizabeth Danae Rubis sounds like and I think Cheryl has captured her essence quite well.
Stay tuned for release information and I am sure there will be another book tour in the works once that information becomes available. You will now have a complete trilogy of dark, gritty, bloody, neo-Gothic vampire noir to keep you up at night.
Fangs for your support. Enjoy the nightmares.
I am very happy to announce that as of 10:50 p.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, principal writing for The Dark Terror, Book Three – The Dark Passage Series, is complete. Current word count is 60,713 but I am sure that will change before I send it off to my publisher, Trifecta Publishing House, for editing and formatting.
“I am Elizabeth Danae Rubis and I am the Queen of the Fucking Night!”
This truly has been a labor of love. These three books – The Dark Truth, The Dark Descent, and The Dark Terror – mark my first true and honest foray into fiction writing. I have put so much of myself into these books, more than I realized. The writing has been therapeutic, cathartic, nerve racking, goosebump inducing, and stress relieving – never boring, never tedious (even plowing through the scenes that had to be written just to advance the plot), always fun, always exciting.
I started with a premise and character. Elizabeth Danae Rubis. I called on my knowledge of vampire lore and the vampire in pop culture to weave a three-volume tale set in modern-day San Francisco that will, to borrow a phrase, “thrill you, chill you and fulfill you.” It is decadent and depraved. There is plenty of murder and mayhem, twists and turns, heartbreak and betrayal and blood, lots and lots of blood.
The first book, The Dark Truth, was named after a beer. And that dark truth is a stark realization of a new existence and coming to grips with that new reality. The second reflects that descent into the deeper darkness, the evolution of the character and self awareness. The Dark Terror is just that – just when you think the story couldn’t go any deeper, any darker, it does.
I was over the moon when I found out The Dark Truth was a finalist for the International Vampire Films and Arts Festival’s Golden Stake Award for vampire fiction.
People have asked me why a vampire story, where did I get the idea, why a female vampire, how did I get into vampires? I always thought that if I was going to write a book, it would be a vampire story. I have been into vampires since I was very young. I love Gothic horror. I have always been enthralled with the idea of a strong female lead vampire character. So many in the genre have been men.
Vampires are eternal, sexy, seductive, and powerful. There are so many traits that draw us to these creatures, the undead. Who wouldn’t want to live forever? Command the children of the night? Terrorize our enemies with impunity and no consequence? Possess unlimited strength?
Yet the vampire has weaknesses and determined enemies. It is the struggle between good and evil, between the light and the dark, that draws us to these stories.
Bram Stoker created the ultimate villain and defined a genre with his seminal Dracula. It is my privilege to add to that canon. I hope you find my three tales of neo-Gothic horror worthy.
Thank you for your support, everyone. Stay tuned for cover art reveals and a release date.
First came the manuscript, then came the publishing deal, the trade paperback and the Kindle and e-book.
And now … drum roll please …
I am happy and proud to announce that The Dark Truth, my debut novel, which dropped in November 2017, is now available as an audio book! Thank you to my publisher, Trifecta Publishing House, and my fantastic narrator, Cheryl May.
My words come alive through Cheryl’s voice. Now you can hear and experience the terror and excitement of this thrilling tale of modern Gothic horror!