Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coming October 2nd: Drain Me Dry

This is an exciting story, and I'll tell you why.  Back in 2005 I began writing a YA serial novel online, Dead End Streets.   It was a long, rambling piece about 6 teenagers--two humans, two werewolves, a vampire and a succubus.  It ran for over a year and I got to tell a great story.  Since then I've made several attempts to turn it into a proper novel, but it was written in more of a TV show format and it's been a difficult project.  I have a 4th draft 1/2 edited that's been sitting untouched for the last year.

The thing about this story that is so great is the universe.  In 1960, at the beginning of the civil rights movement, one werewolf began picketing the whitehouse for werewolf rights, looking for a cure.  A succubus read about him and decided she was tired of being labeled a slut.  The werewolves and the demons and the vampires all come out of the closet and chaos ensues.  History is dramatically altered.  The demons are rounded up and put in internment camps for much of the 60's.  Dark Shadows never goes off the air.  Grocery stores begin selling animal blood in the cooler cases.  Joss Whedon never writes Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  (He pens an equally successful show called I Was a Teenage Vampire.)  I had not read the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I have since.  It's a pretty different universe even tho the concept is the same.  

"Drain Me Dry" is the first story I've written in that universe since I stopped updating Dead End Streets.  It is about how two of the minor characters in the story, a respected vampire businessman and his obsessed barely-legal gay lover, meet.  Jamie-boy is a depressed 19 year old with thoughts of suicide.  Because he is not brave enough to slit his own wrists he decides to find a vampire to finish him off instead.  Damian sees Jamie-boy and falls into instant lust.  He's not going to kill the teen, and he'll try really hard not to fall in love with him.

"Drain Me Dry" is a m/m BDSM short story.  It does have some elements of abuse, but not too heavy.  It will be released either the 2nd or the 3rd.  It will be free for 24 hours on smashwords and then will sell for the usual $0.99.  It's a longer piece than others I've posted.  Around 7,500 words.

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