I’m thrilled to announce that Charlie (the novel I finished for NaNoWriMo) and his brother, Vincent, are both going to have a home at Carina Press!
It’s ironic, because I started Charlie’s story for one of their Christmas anthologies last year or maybe even the year before (time flies). But he had other ideas. (The story of my life.) His book clocked in at 91,500, one of the longest books I’ve written since the very beginning.
The reason I’m not saying titles is because we’re looking at new ones, both for the book and the series. The original inspiration for the book was an interview I did for RT in Chicago:
Burkhart responded that an interesting mix would be romance and horor. Perhaps, even, some kind of serial killer romance. If she wrote one, the author revealed the title would probably be “Killer Of My Heart.”
So “Killer of My Heart” will be changing, but I don’t know what it’ll be yet. The Gregar is strong with this one. Very strong. Yes, he’s an assassin/serial killer. So is his brother. Very dark, bloody, and violent. And erotic. Mustn’t forget that. *winks*
Within 70-odd pages, Joely Sue Burkhart penned a powerful and captivating story of love and pain set in an Emperor’s court…Tension–sexual and otherwise–pervaded almost every page in the book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Though the Emperor succumbed to Jin’s charms early on in the book, the tension of Jin’s situation at the palace, being the lowliest concubine, ratcheted up with every assassination attempt.
More than a romance, it is the story of a woman’s journey to serve the lord of her heart and to claim a place by his side, no matter the cost.
Even though I would class Lady Doctor Wyre as a steampunk, it’s not your traditional steampunk. Many of the traditional elements are present, while many others are morphed into something more futuristic. This world mixes silk stockings with space ships, corsets with nanobots. The strict Society rules found in many steampunk novels are in effect, but they are entirely presided over by women, both in the political and social realms. … As with every story she has crafted that I have read, Joely blends fantasy with reality in a completely believable and utterly enjoyable fashion.