ONE DAY MOOOOOOORE!
Why am I getting my Les Mis on, you might ask?
Because NEW STUFF is happening tomorrow!
Grace Draven is a great friend and also a fantabulous author. I love her books, and we collaborated on a holiday collection last year, All the Stars Look Down. (Which is not to say we co-write. We’re both far too controlling and pig-headed for that.) But we had a great time putting the holiday stories together, so when she called me about doing another duo for Halloween…
Grace: What do you think about putting out some Halloween novellas like we did with All the Stars for Christmas?
(Please note: This is greatly paraphrased. I don’t really have that good a memory and this was months ago. Also, I’m a writer. I tend to just make things up when I don’t remember exactly.)
Me: YES! That sounds so fun!
Grace: I have this uber-cool novella I was posting on my website, but I think I’m going to take it down to finish it and then maybe release it. It’s like fantasy and steampunk and there are airships and maybe some kraken things and kickass girls kissing sexy dudes. (I WARNED YOU THIS WAS PARAPHRASED.) But if you have something you could put with that we could release it around Halloween.
Me: Ahhhhh! That sounds so cool! But I have literally no stories at all that would possibly go with that. (I had just finished The Secret at this point. My brain was toast.)
Grace: Oh well. It was a nice thought, but maybe I’ll just—
Me: Wait. WAIT!
**THE RUSTY WHEELS IN MY BRAIN BEGIN TO TURN** I’m writing Murphy and Anne’s book next in the Elemental World…
Grace: **Waits patiently. Drinks wine. Probably whips up a gourmet dinner and sews an authentic medieval jerkin or some such thing because she’s Wonderwoman.**
Me: Sooooooo, if I do a backstory for Tom and his mate—who I’d kinda planning on being side characters, but not very well developed—and make her… Okay. That’s cooler than I’d originally planned. Okay, I think—I’LL MAKE JOSIE A CRAZY WRITER IN 19th CENTURY DUBLIN BECAUSE I KNOW ALL ABOUT CRAZY WRITERS! That could fit! And I’ll have her write penny dreadfuls! And she’d be late Victorian Goth(ic) girl! And this is so cool!
Grace: Yeah, that sounds good.
Me: YOU’RE THE BEST! Thank you for spurring this idea!
Grace: I know. I’m awesome. (She probably didn’t say that.)
Me: I’m going to write it as soon as I finish The Scarlet Deep! I can’t wait!
Months later after furious writing.
Me: I’m done with A Very Proper Monster, and I think it’s really good even though it’s my first historical kind of anything and I had to learn way more about Victorian undergarments than I ever expected! I’ll send it to you. Where’s your story? Gimme.
Grace: Yeah, so my already fabulous novella wasn’t quite fabulous enough and I think I’m going to rewrite it and add more cool things, but we have plenty of time, so just be patient.
Me: But but but… I want to read it NOW!
Grace: How old are you? Twelve? (She probably didn’t say that.)
What was the point of this ridiculousness? Well, I finally got to read the final version of Gaslight Hades last night and it is just as amazing as I thought it would be. I feel very privileged to have awesome and talented friends like Grace, and I cannot wait for you guys to read Beneath the Waning Moon, which releases tomorrow.
Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.
In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?
In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he’s earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married. Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.
The title comes from the Coleridge poem, Kubla Khan (Grace’s idea!):
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
These stories are very different, but they do fit together in a lovely way. Tom and Josie’s story is full of human (and vampire) drama and political intrigue. Nathaniel and Lenore’s story is a terrific tumble of action and adventure, lost love and reunion. They’re both excellent stories, and I can’t wait to see what you think of them.
Though both A Very Proper Monster and Gaslight Hades are novellas, I think Grace and I have done some of our best work in these stories. They’re two little gems that have already gotten some pretty great advance reviews. Both are stand-alone. Though A Very Proper Monster exists in the Elemental World, you don’t need to know any backstory to enjoy it. And Gaslight Hades reads (to me) like the start of a brand new universe Grace might return to in the future. (HINT HINT, GRACE. *COUGH*Gideon needs a story.*COUGH*)
Random release notes:
- We will be doing an audio edition of Beneath a Waning Moon, read by Grace’s amazing narrator, Gabrielle Baker. We thought her voice would really compliment both novellas. You can hear Gabrielle read some of Grace’s book Radiance here.
- We’ll also be doing a paperback edition for this story, but it will be a couple weeks (I think) before it will be available. I need to do the paperback formatting for it and work out a cover design with Grace.
For now, revel in the fact that the book releases in just ONE DAY MOOOOOOOORE.