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Title: Werewolves of Brooklyn
Author: Brad Vance
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Darien Mackey wasn’t looking for an adventure. For ten years, he’d been happy living in Brooklyn, working as a butcher in the same job, living in the same apartment, dating some “nothing-special” guys. Until one night his buddy Jacob talked him into taking ayahuasca, the soul-changing drug. And Darien had a vision…of a wolf, its all-too-human eyes on him, its paws on his chest, its enquiring mind in his own…
Darien Mackey is changing. He’s more confident, more assertive, hungrier, hornier. And his world is changing around him – his job, his home, his beloved Mechanic’s Library all falling victim to the predations of unscrupulous developers, bent on demolishing the old Brooklyn he loves and replacing it with a forest of condos. But he’s no longer a passive observer of his own life, and as this thing, this power, grows inside of him, he resolves to fight back, to preserve the way of life he loves.
And he’s not alone in the fight. The Lipsius Preservation Society of Brooklyn stands ready to assist in the battle, even though it seems like a bit of a joke to Darien, with its King and its Duke, Marquess, Earl and Viscount.
But there’s nothing funny about his growing attraction to Albeus Finley, King of this mysterious Court. And when slumlords and condo-mongers start to die mysterious, violent deaths at the hands of savage animals, Darien begins to realize that something is afoot in Brooklyn – something supernatural.
And it’s afoot in him, too…
Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author…
- Books don’t sell themselves. You can write the greatest book ever and without relentless promotion, it’s gonna die. I was lucky because I started in erotica when that shit was selling itself. When that dried up, I had to learn to promote.
- That said, don’t listen to anything people say about “managing your brand identity” blah blah. If you go out onto social media and you don’t have a personality, an opinion, if all you say is “I’m so excited to tell you about my new release!” then you sound just like any other brochure on the shelf. I hated social media when I was doing it “the right way.” Only when I decided to just be me did I have any fun and make any real friends among my fans.
Don’t be crushed by bad reviews, because sometimes the worst reviews are the best. When someone says your book has too many “twenty dollar words” when “five dollar words” would do, or give it one star because the book’s premise is that “Rich are evil, corporations are bad, governments are bad, and religion is the worst.” Your target audience will read that and think, hmm, that sounds like my kind of book.
Never criticize another author by name. I’ll criticize the trend to “paper doll” characterization, silly soap opera dialog, lack of research, but I won’t call out an author or book by name. I criticize the style of work, in the abstract, but never the author and never the book. Criticize the style you dislike and they’ll know who they are.
Never participate in online shitstorms. There’s nothing to be gained by chiming in. Just unfriend people whose negativity you don’t want to hear.
Share what you’ve learned about the business. Find the newbies who are doing good work and help them sell books, write better books, navigate the business.
That said, help is available. I still find myself thinking, I can’t figure out this “noise gate” thing for editing my audiobooks, totally forgetting that Vance Bastian is an expert and would love to help me out if I ask. Don’t be afraid to crowdsource your asks for help on Facebook – beta readers, advice on dealing with Amazon, etc.
You can gin up a pen name and follow a trend, but when it’s over, so is that pen name. You can make a good living that way. But I’ve defied every dictate I heard from the start about creating different pen names for erotica, romance, paranormal, etc. other than creating Adam Vance for my non-sexy science fiction. My goal is intergalactic fame and world domination, and my readers follow me wherever I go – paranormal, historical, cyberthriller, whatever. So if you’re cashing in on a trend, riding a wave, then go from pen name to pen name; you’ll never be famous but you’ll make money. If you want to rule the galaxy, however…you gotta be you.
Resilience and adaptability are your most important strengths. Amazon changes the rules all the time. And they rule the galaxy. You can cash in on something for a while, (short erotica, stepbrothers, etc.) but not forever. You have to be resilient. You can’t be crushed when they crush the way you’re doing business now. I lost half my income in the latest KU changes, and a few years ago, I would have just laid down and died. Now instead I’m expanding into audiobooks, doing editing work, anything to keep from ever going back to Cubicle City.
Write what you enjoy. Don’t make yourself miserable writing sweet Amish billionaire shifter stories because “that’s what’s hot now.” You’ll hate your job as much as you would sitting in Cubicle City, cranking out press releases. You’ll only do your best work if you love what you’re writing, if it’s the kind of book that you want to read over and over.
The wolf’s eyes were lava-yellow with hate. His growl and his snarl were meant to terrify Darien, to freeze him in his tracks, prepare him for his death.
Then something rose up in Darien, rage, frustration, primal energy. And his own lips curled, his own growl met the enemy’s.
The Duke retreated a pace, taken aback. Darien felt sharp pains in his palms and looked down. Where he’d had fingernails, he had claws, long and sharp, and the fists he was making were digging them into his flesh.
He smiled, exhilarated, wild. He lunged and snapped at his enemy, knowing that his canines had become…literally that, elongated spikes ready to tear out a neck.
Darien’s ears were ringing, something surging in him beyond mortal feeling – like testosterone but stronger, more powerful, the smell of victory, immortality.
“The King is mine,” Darien declared. “And I am his.”
He knew he’d taken a step from which there was no turning back. He was the King’s man, the King’s consort. He would open to Albeus and take him, and be taken by him, and he would be alone no more.
He was one of the pack.
And it curdled the blood of men for miles around when he raised his face to the full moon, and howled.
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About the Author
Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.” Keep up with Brad at BradVanceErotica.wordpress.com, email him at BradVanceErotica@gmail.com, and friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/brad.vance.10.
Blog Tour Dates
24-Aug Jessie G. Books
25-Aug Foxylutely Book Reviews
26-Aug MM Good Book Reviews
27-Aug Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
27-Aug Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
28-Aug Velvet Panic
31-Aug Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
1-Sep Happily Ever Chapter, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves
2-Sep Bayou Book Junkie, V’s Reads
3-Sep The Jena Wade, Hearts on Fire
4-Sep Molly Lolly
7-Sep Love Bytes
8-Sep Prism Book Alliance
9-Sep Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
10-Sep Wake Up Your Wild Side
11-Sep Nic Starr, Carly’s Book Reviews, Up All Night, Read All Day, My Fiction Nook
15-Sep Iyana Jenna
16-Sep Inked Rainbow Reads
17-Sep The Novel Approach
18-Sep BFD Book Blog
19-Sep Rainbow Gold Reviews
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Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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