September 13th, 2013
Welcome to the Dead World: Red, Scarlet, & Crimson

At the end of this month, I’ll be sending RED in for professional edits. Yes, the book has been edited before. Yes, this is a re-release. And yes, I have changed several things in the book. So many in fact, that it needs to have a professional go over it again.

The one thing I have discovered by revisiting RED is that this book wasn’t written for a particular audience. LOL! I never knew that prior to doing this edit. I always assumed I’d written it for the romance/urban fantasy genre readers. But the truth is RED, SCARLET, and CRIMSON are Sci-fi/fantasy horror novels that just happen to have a romance subplot in them.

There are so many different elements in these books that it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to shelve them. I have no idea if they’ll find their ‘audience’ this time around. I’ve decided since it’s difficult to categorize them that I’m going to play up one of the elements over the others. In this instance, that means focusing on the suspense. It’s a gamble.

I’m afraid horror and sci-fi readers would be turned off by the romance element. (Everyone knows that girls have cooties.) On the flip-side, I think romance readers would be squeamish about the horror elements. The one thing I would never call this book/series is a paranormal romance. The romance takes place over three novels and the hero/heroine don’t meet until page fifty or sixty in the first book. The focus is on a killer, a woman discovering who she truly is, and the changing political climate on the Deadworld. Screams romance, doesn’t it? LOL!

The wonderful Dar Dixon was kind enough to redesign the covers for me. I’ve pasted them below. I think she did a fabulous job. I plan to re-release RED and SCARLET almost simultaneously. CRIMSON will follow thirty days later. I’m also going to write a couple of short novellas that tie into some of the characters. This is actually harder than it seems, since I have to get the tone right. I don’t want a reader picking up one of the shorts and thinking that they’re getting a romance novel, then buying RED and reading about someone being ripped apart in the opening chapter. I don’t think they’d like that very much. (evil grin)




4 comments to “Welcome to the Dead World: Red, Scarlet, & Crimson”

  1. I like those covers much better. It’s too bad the publisher didn’t put as much thought into their design. Covers really do affect sales.

  2. Bernard, I loved my Tor cover designer’s original idea. It was fantastic, but they didn’t go with it because it wasn’t romancy enough. You’re right though covers do make a huge difference. I like that these convey Red’s journey and the need to fight.

  3. Hello,

    When is the next installation of Crimson? I have been waiting FOREVER! 🙂 Thank you for a great series.

  4. Hey Chouchouna, Crimson will be released this summer. I am sending it off for copyedits in May. I want to pretty it up before I set it loose on the world. 🙂