About a year ago, I had written a story about a set of characters in my Beautiful Creatures world that I really wanted to tell. It ended up being novella size, around 25K words. I wasn’t sure what to do with it at that length, so I sent it to my editor. She loved it, but wasn’t sure what to do with it, either. Seems you can’t just send a short story to a big NY publisher and say ‘Hey, make it into an anthology, pretty please’. Maybe a big-name author can, but not me. So I thought ‘Why not just do it myself?’
I loved the challenge, and immediately starting running the process over in my brain. I could do it. I’d self-published a few of my backlist titles. Why not invite a few authors to join me and create my own paranormal romance anthology? So I did!
The best thing about doing it myself? I got to pick who I worked with. And let me tell you, I picked a great bunch. The stories are awesome, but seriously, my fellow antho authors were just great to work with. We were venturing into the unknown, doing this all by ourselves, trusting one another, and learning along the way. It worked out swell. We set our own deadlines (I did draw up contracts to protect all our butts), we designed the entire book ourselves, and we have now published it ourselves under my new business name, Swell Cat Press. And I must say, I think it looks darn good. (I just had to give the press a name. Gives me a tickle every time I see the name.)
So today I present to you a real labor of love. It was an awesome experience creating this anthology. I enjoyed it so much, I just may do another. (I’m glossing over all the hard work. It was HARD work, and frustrating at times, but mostly rewarding.) Right now it’s available at Amazon in digital format, and should be showing up at B&N as we speak or within a day or two. And soon after it’ll be popping up at online retailers all over. As well, the print copy should be available within a few days at Amazon. I’m holding a print copy in my hand right now. It looks gorgeous! The digital copy is marked at the amazing price of $3.99, and the print will be $13.95. (It’s impossible to mark the print version any lower when selling through CreateSpace and Amazon, but still, it’s lower priced than most tradesize paperbacks you’ll find in bookstores.)
So please, go forth and buy! If you like dark paranormal romance, this anthology has something for everyone! Click to my Swell Cat Press site for buy links.
This collection of novellas features paranormal pairings romance readers will pine for. Vampires, demons, werewolves, faeries and even a mermaid will satisfy the darkest of cravings.
ENEMY EMBRACE by Patti O’Shea
When vampire hunter Nicole Ruiz nearly loses her life to a powerful vampire, she offers an alliance to her rescuer, a demon name Daktan. Demons might be an enemy, but she’d make a deal with the deal himself if that’s what it took to avenge her family.
ONE SOUL TO SHARE by Lori Devoti
Mermaid, Sarina Neri, is desperate to regain her sister’s soul. The sea spirit who has it wants a man who can survive in her realm, underwater, in exchange. Fortunately, Sarina has found such a man, vampire Nolan Moore. Unfortunately, Nolan wants the soul too, for himself.
CRUEL ENCHANTMENT by Michele Hauf
Investigating the vicious werewolf blood games, vampire Revin Parker struggles with his attraction to the faery informant, Sabrina Kriss. Six months earlier she had cursed him with an addiction to faery dust. Can they risk the desire that demands they fall in love with the one who could become their worst nightmare?
HIDDEN by Sharon Ashwood
Rafe returns to the Devries werewolf pack to rescue his people from a scheming fey beauty. Pitting his will against her wits, he plans to seduce his way free of the ice queen’s trap. But surrender means death for the fey, and little does Rafe know that he’s gambling with more than hearts…