Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Blood

Good morning, Most Noble of Readers and Authors!  I’m brand new here, but the title has other meanings.  I write Young Adult.  Get it?  New Adult.  New Blood.  And also the baddies in my Ophelia Dawson stories are the Newbloods.  Everyone thinks they’re vampires, except the Heroine.  Being a geek, she’s very scientific about these creatures who find her sweet diabetic blood some yummy.  After much research and some semi-conscious blood-letting, she’s convinced they’re alien/human hybrids.  So, how’d that work out?
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Well, back in that evil, dreaded purgatory known as Queryland I became convinced I would not achieve publication unless I wrote a vampire story.  (Thank you, Stephanie Meyer.)  So, I did.  Kind of.  I come from a multi-generational Trekkie family, you know, and I never really got into blood-sucking dead guys.  Heck, I just started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer at my teenage daughter’s insistence.  I figure, she’s a professional Young Adult, so she knows best.  Anyway, I just couldn’t do the whole Dracula thing, so my guys came out part aliens instead.
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Long story short, I achieved publication!  Crushed Sugar and Sugar Rush were released and I got right on Sweet Bytes.  Soon after it was complete, I had to go searching for a new publisher.  I figured self-publication was my only choice, but my buddies at Fabulously Young ePubs encouraged me to ask around.  Noble YA was my pick of those who said they’d take a look and, well, here I am!
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Sweet Bytes is the third book in the Ophelia Dawson stories and I really enjoyed my heroine hitting her curve and finally kicking butt on her own.  That’s the thing about Young Adult.  Not only does the heroine learn a lesson in love, she also does some growing up.  I’m sure Xena Warrior Princess knocked herself out with her wooden practice sword when she was a teenager just starting out too, but you don’t see that when you plug those old DVDs into the player.  You just see her thrashing baddies.  In my stories, you get to see the heroine knock herself out.  (Don’t worry, her love interest is there to kiss her and make it feel better.)  Then, you get to cheer when she finally bags her first vamp too. (Same love interest, he pissed her off.)  Like a mommy, I just love when my little heroines grow up and blast blood-suckin’ boy-toys into the trees with souped-up leaf-blowers!  Or does she do that in the next book?  Maybe it was the hot-wired salad shooter full of garlic this time.  Can’t remember.  She's a very busy girl, you know.  Anyway…
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Here’s the blurb-
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Ophelia’s escape from Martin, an Addicted Newblood, came at a terrible sacrifice.  Adrian, the boy she loves, is now infected and hunted like vermin.
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As her new Protector, Tristan Li represents the Oldblood determination to destroy Adrian, along with all the Newbloods, addicted or not.
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In her grief, Ophelia hates everything about Tristan, until his subtle strength empowers her to resist being turned into a vampire by the High Prefect. 
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As Tristan helps Ophelia harness her empathic ability, his need for redemption rings in her heart.  Her own strength grows, along with her passion for freedom.
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The veil of mourning lifts.
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The evil of Martin returns.
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Ophelia seizes ownership of her destiny.

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The Release Date is October 17th.  If any of you got any great promo ideas, I’m game.  Meanwhile, I’m just so glad to be here!  Pop over to my main site if you want to learn more about me, my stories, and all that jazz.  Kimber An

6 comments:

DA Kentner said...

Congratulations on your latest release.
I like the alien twist.
Best of luck to you!!

H.C. Brown said...

This sounds like a great story.
Best of luck, you share a release date with me. Let's hope October 17th is a great day for both of us.

Kimber An said...
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Kimber An said...

Good morning and thank you, DA and H.C.! Hmmm, aliens and October 17th, you know, I think I could work that into a Halloween post.

That was me who deleted the above comment, by the way. I posted it, only to realize I'd forgotten to update my profile picture. So, I fixed that and came back.

Rusty Fischer said...

GREAT post; glad #3 found a home!!!

Kimber An said...

Yeah, me too, Rusty, and thanks for your encouragement on that!