And I have been assimilated…into the realm of self-publishing! It’s something each of the Smutketeers have tried our hands at. We’re still navigating these new waters, figuring out what our readers want to see from us, what we want to write, and how to do it all. Luckily my boyfriend, the infamous Sam Saturday, has been here to hold my hand through all the technical stuff (okay, he’s doing it all for me *G*), and did most of the work on the cover, which leaves me free to focus on the writing!
My first self-pubbed project has been EVER: THE TURNING. This is a short novella, a prequel to my best-selling Midnight Playground vampire series. My intention in writing this book was mainly to please readers of the series who always want more of Ever, the owner of the Midnight Playground club in London. And to be honest, I wanted more of him, myself, so writing this was no hard chore!
But this book is a bit different from my average vampire fare in that it’s not exactly a complete story in itself. Ever’s story is in Book Four, EVERSONG, which will be released October 4th.
Instead, EVER: THE TURNING is about his history, and about the beginning of the Midnight Playground clubs. It flashes from 891 A.D. to London in 2042, and gives readers a little insight into where Ever, my ancient Viking vamp, came from, and the tragedy that has kept him from loving a woman for a thousand years.
This story may not please those readers who haven’t read any of my other Midnight Playground books-I’m not certain what response new readers will have to this prequel story. But I hope that fans will read this story and see how Ever has evolved over the centuries. I don’t think one can live for a thousand years and not go through enormous change. Think of what ten years-twenty-can mean for us!
Let’s take a look…
The Midnight Playground series
The world-wide economic crisis has finally allowed the vampires to come out of the shadows in which they’ve hidden for untold centuries. The first of the Midnight Playground vampire sex clubs is founded in London’s old Palace Theater, and mankind comes to know the vampires, to worship them as gods. These dens of the ultimate in sexual deviance and utter luxury are revered, the Kiss of the vampires yearned for, and given only to those few who are fortunate enough to gain entry—both the Seeking Kiss, that exquisite drink offered to the human sex partners of the vampires, and the Turning Kiss, the exchange of blood which gives the eternal gift of immortality.
But with immortality comes a lifetime of regret, loss—and the possibility of love everlasting
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EVER: THE TURNING
Love may die, but it is never forgotten…
As a young Viking in the late ninth century, Ever’s ship is destroyed in a catastrophic storm, killing his brothers and crew. Avoiding the fate of his shipmates, Ever is rescued by the beautiful, savage vampire Vérún, who lustfully Turns him from human to immortal, creating a unique and enduring bond.
But as the decades pass, Vérún becomes enveloped by the weight of time. Even Ever’s great love for her is unable to save her from her fate. But that love will last for eternity…
As the prequel to Eden Bradley’s erotic vampire stories, “Ever: The Turning” connects the series’ past to its future, revealing the origin of the Midnight Playground Clubs and giving new meaning to their existence.
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Sam, who runs Saturday Buffet, a video production company for authors, made a gorgeous trailer for this book! (And authors-he’s running an awesome special right now!)
I have more plans to self-pub! I’ve had the rights returned to me on two older contemporary BDSM stories that I plan to do major overhauls on, and one in particular will probably nearly double in length. I hope to get those out in the coming months. And the Smutketeers have already brainstormed a shapeshifter series with some unique twists that we’ll work on together. We’ll be guided by Crystal, our shapeshifter expert, for which I’m very grateful. Our Skinwalker series will be packed with heat and emotion-I can hardly wait to get started!
But next up will probably be my long-awaited steampunk erotic romance, THE DREAMBOX GIRL. I’ve been dying to get to this story! I’m totally steampunk obsessed (some of you may have noticed *G*), but this story is already taking me in unexpected directions, and I’m only in the early planning stages. So many stories, so little time. *sigh*
We’re really enjoying the freedom self-publishing allows us, in regards to the kinds of books we can put out, and we can do it on our own schedule. We hope you’ll all enjoy our self-pubbing efforts! To give one lucky reader a small taste, I’m giving away a copy of EVER: THE TURNING to continue our Unbound Contest! Just comment here and let us know what you’d like to see from the Smutketeers-any one of us, or all of us as a group. What genre/character/theme do you crave? Let us know how to give you all what you desire most! I’ll announce my winner at the end of the week! And what the heck-I’ll throw in another of my e-books just to sweeten the pot-or rather, to spice it up!
All For Smut, and Smut For All!