Tuesday, November 27, 2012

LUST FOR LIFE is here at last!

It's release day for LUST FOR LIFE, the fourth and final novel in the WVMP RADIO series! Which means I have some thoughts and a giveaway to share with you. But let's get some Very Important Business out of the way.

First, an event announcement! Ciara and Shane will hold a Twitter chat this Saturday, December 1, 8-9pm Eastern. I will give away WVMP swag packs to 5 randomly drawn folks who ask them questions during this time (international entries welcome).

Just follow the #WVMPchat hashtag on your favorite Twitter app, or on Tweetchat.com, which will magically add the hashtag to your post, thus ensuring everyone in the chat sees your tweet.

Second, if you haven't read LUST FOR LIFE's Chapter One or the many teasers on my Facebook page, just follow those links.

Third, please buy this book! Thank you! Here are links for your purchasing pleasure:
  • Constellation Books (signed, and if you order this week, you can still get it personalized, because we sold out of LFL's at last Sunday's signing, so I still need to sign books for the bookstore workers, which means Lauretta will be bringing me another stack anyway. Does that make sense?)
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
By the way, Amazon has the trade paperbacks for the first two books in the series, WICKED GAME and BAD TO THE BONE, on sale for 60% off ($6, normally $15). These are "remaindered" books now that the trade paperbacks are out of print. Which means it could be your only chance to get them ever again! I bought some for myself, because of my natural hoarding instinct.

Purchase links for all four novels can be found on the WVMP Buy Us! page.

By the way, ten percent of all author royalties will be donated to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. So yay.

Fourth, don't forget to check out "Let it Bleed," Book 3.5 in the series. It bridges the gap between BRING ON THE NIGHT and LUST FOR LIFE. Its events are recapped in LUST FOR LIFE, so you won't be totally lost if you skip it. But they are very dramatic events which you're better off experiencing directly. Consider yourself duly notified.

Now that that's out of the way, it's time for a release day post!

I was planning to write about what it's like to end a long-running series, or do a nostalgic post about the series as a whole. But that would be giving short shrift to LUST FOR LIFE--it deserves its very own post, don't you think?

Not surprisingly, it was a song that gave me the idea for the events of this book and how the series would come to a close. Revealing the song title would spoil everything, but after you've read the book, check out the unnamed tune on the radio at the end of Chapter 30 (if you can't figure out the title, check the playlist at the front of the book).

DON'T LOOK UNTIL YOU'VE READ UP TO THAT POINT! Seriously, you will regret it.

Anyway, the moment I knew how it would all end, I decided I would do anything to make it happen. When my publisher turned down the proposal for LUST FOR LIFE due to less-than-stellar sales of the first three books, I was in the middle of revising LET IT BLEED, which was originally going to be Book 4 (with LUST FOR LIFE as Book 5). The thought of ending the series on the bittersweet notes of LIB made me go, "Uh-uh. No way." Except with more cussing and crying.

I asked my publisher if I could take the proposed plot for LUST FOR LIFE and make that Book 4, then self-publish what was originally Book 4 as Book 3.5, a novella. To this unique, innovative, but almost definitely crazy idea, they said, "Sure!"

It meant basically writing a whole extra novel for free, but I think it was worth it, to give the readers and especially the characters their ultimate happy ending. I hope you agree it was worth the wait!

So, today I started thinking about the things that vampires long for, what they miss from their previous human existence. Here's an exchange from LUST FOR LIFE (ellipses indicate intentional gaps left to avoid BRING ON THE NIGHT spoilers):

"What food do you miss most?" [I ask Shane]....
"When I was a kid, Mom made pancakes every Sunday after Mass. Originally she made them before Mass, but then we kept falling asleep in church. She learned to use pancakes as a bribe to get us to behave."
"Brilliant tactic."
"Then I got diabetes, so I couldn't always have them. She would make me eggs instead. And I could never have syrup."
"That sucks."
He nods. "So definitely pancakes."
"With syrup."
"With syrup."
The doorbell rings. Shane goes still for an instant, then looks at me, his eyes tinged with sadness and anxiety. Then he smiles and says, "Speaking of breakfast..."

Vampires lust over many aspects of life: food, sunlight, the freedom to travel without fear. Though they can technically survive on bank blood, most prefer to drink directly from a living, pulsing vein. The need for blood gives them a convenient excuse to get close to humans, to live vicariously through them. If they were truly isolated from humanity, they would rapidly fade.

What about you? If you were a vampire in the WVMP universe, what would you miss most? Answer in the comments below to enter to win a signed, personalized copy of your choice of Bring on the Night or Lust for Life. I'll draw two winners a week from today, Tuesday, December 4, 7:30pm Eastern time. 

My answer? Well, I'm not a huge fan of sunlight, and as much as I love to travel, I'm secretly quite the homebody, so for me it would probably be food. Mac and cheese, donuts, even something as simple as a ripe pear.

(HAHAHA, who am I kidding? Fresh fruit would not make the list.)

Tomorrow's post will be hosted by Awesomesauce Book Blog, who interviewed Shane and Regina for their Creature Feature.

Then on Thursday, Shane will talk 90s music over at Two Chicks on Books. Friday I'll be back here revealing and discussing the LUST FOR LIFE playlist. Then Saturday at 8pm ET comes Ciara and Shane's Twitter chat.

Thanks for joining me for release week, everyone! Now go read the book and report back. Go on, I'll wait...

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The thing I would miss most about being human is sunshine/daytime! Especially the long long days in the summer!!! I have Raynauds so I spend the summer soaking up the warm! I love to go out kayaking on a warm sunny day, and one of my favorite things is to just walk around taking pictures of wildlife all year long!

So yeah, once the sun goes down, I hibernate!

Posted by: Blogger Wendy Norris Roberts at 11/27/2012 7:53 PM

I'd miss chocolate.

Posted by: Blogger SandyG265 at 11/27/2012 7:53 PM

Definitely food! I'd miss the sunshine, but life without chocolate simply wouldn't be worth living. AND no garlic? Bah!

Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 11/27/2012 7:54 PM

The thing I'd miss the most would be food. I love hamburgers and meat, I'm a carnivore that's for sure. I don't think I would miss the sun (much). And yes, I would definitely miss mac and cheese. :)

Posted by: Blogger cristina at 11/27/2012 8:17 PM

I'd miss my Fettucinie Alfredo and yes, chocolate too

Posted by: Blogger mariska at 11/27/2012 9:06 PM

I would miss food, but not as much as sunshine. I don't think I would survive long as a vampire not being able to see the sun. Though I'd probably win the prize for the world's most depressed vampire. LOL

Posted by: Blogger Judy (shellseeker93) at 11/27/2012 9:37 PM

I would miss sleep (I'm not sure if they sleep in your books, but normally they don't, right? lol) and sunshine but only sometimes.
Thank you for the giveaway and congrats on your release :)

Posted by: Blogger Ana Lucía at 11/27/2012 10:06 PM

Like pretty much everyone, I'd miss the food the most, I mean not being able to eat ice-cream would be a complete nightmare for me! LOL

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 11/27/2012 10:47 PM

Sunshine over food :).

Since I'm a Blogger now, I'll review the whole series as soon as I lay my hands on its last installment. In the meantime, I mean to congratulate you on the killer idea behind the series itself - the only reason why I decided to read these books in the first place was because the vampire-angle was so refreshing. As a DJ in a small private radio station, I could absolutely relate. I've seen my share of fellow DJs majorly stuck in the music of their youth LOL. This doesn't mean my favourites aren't often older than me, if not dead - Freddie Mercury for instance - but I try to avoid travelling the nostalgia lane too much or too often, at least when it comes to spreading stuff on air. And thank goodness music is always evolving!

Good luck on Lust For Life!

Posted by: Blogger Roberta R. at 11/28/2012 8:01 AM

The thing I would miss the most would be food. There are just too many wonderful things out there that I would miss eating.

On a sidenote, my copy of the book just came in the mail yesterday and I am so excited to start reading it soon! I am so glad everything worked out and this book was able to be published. I will sad to see the world go, but have enjoyed the time I have been able to spend in it. :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/28/2012 9:18 AM

I'd miss sunshine! I love walking during the day and feel the air in my face. It'd suck if I don't have that!

Posted by: Blogger Lis at 11/28/2012 1:10 PM

Just realized when commenting on Shane & Regina's interview that I meant to tell you not to put my name in for the contest. I wanted to answer the question though. :)

Posted by: Blogger Judy (shellseeker93) at 11/28/2012 2:17 PM

Just to answer the question, I'd miss my family, goobers, and to just look at a mortal without wanting their red stuff.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 11/28/2012 4:38 PM

I wouldn't really miss the sun, but I'd sure miss food, especially my holiday pumpkin pie. :D

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 11/28/2012 6:29 PM

So I've given this some thought. most people say the sun, but I live in England and the sun is classified as a mythical object. I've thought about only truly operating in the night time and seeing through the lonely cold hours but hey team kilt have cured me of that issue. So what's my true life blood? What can I not live without? TEA and what goes best with tea? Biscuits digestives, moo cow biscuits, cookies, hob nobs I would miss them all because a cup of tea is just to wet without one.

Posted by: Blogger claire at 11/29/2012 2:41 PM

Until you stop to think on it, you don't realize how big a role food plays in everyday life beyond nutrition. Yes, the glutton in me would miss the flavors of so many different foods, but I'd also miss all the social occasions that revolve around food - holidays, family dinners, meals out with friends. Well, in a way, I suppose Shane and Ciara DO still eat out with friends, just with their friends being the food :)

Posted by: Blogger cegluna at 11/29/2012 2:42 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Roberta R. at 12/08/2012 7:42 AM

Sorry to comment twice under the same entry, but I meant to ask you a question about the WVMP Series, so I suppose here it's fine :). Also, sorry for deleting the above comment, but I wasn't happy with it. Anyway, here goes my question...is there a chance to read the tie-in short stories about how Noah and Regina got vamped? do you plan to write them at all?

Posted by: Blogger Roberta R. at 12/08/2012 7:51 AM

Just curious, you have the winners for this giveaway? I just saw I didn't win the other 2 maybe the third time's the charm haha :p

Posted by: Blogger Ana Lucía at 12/10/2012 11:56 AM

Ana, thank you for reminding me! I knew I was missing a contest somewhere. :-)

The winners of the signed books (BRING ON THE NIGHT or LUST FOR LIFE) are cegluna and Deborah! Thanks to everyone who entered. I loved seeing your comments.

Roberta, I do plan to eventually write Noah's and Regina's turning tales, I just don't know when I can fit them into my schedule. Now that I can actually sell short stories as ebooks instead of just putting them up for free on my website, I feel a little less guilty about taking time away from contracted novel-writing to do short stories, so hopefully this'll happen soon (and by soon I mean next fall at the earliest). It all depends on my novel deadlines, which won't be established until after I sell new books to a publisher. A lot of my work schedule is up in the air right now (such is the way of the self-employed). Thanks for your patience!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/10/2012 3:58 PM

Thank you Jeri. It would be lovely if one day you could be able to put all you short stories together in a physical book. (I can't say I'm an ebook person...yes, old-fashioned, I know. LOL).
Good luck on your future projects!

Posted by: Blogger Roberta R. at 12/12/2012 5:56 AM

Yay!!!!!! (Ahem.) Since I already bought a copy of LFL, I'm going to keep the signed one, and give away the one I bought :-)

Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 12/16/2012 10:08 AM

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