Hey all! I have a new cover for you all to see!
I’m going to be re-releasing my first published novel, Close Quarter, on August 15th. Close Quarter is an erotic paranormal romance that features a fae vampire hunter, a literal boat full of vampires, magic swords, and a grieving sculptor who’s had his world turned upside down.
But before we get to the reveal, I want to talk about how the book came about.
Before I wrote Close Quarter, I’d spent three years working on my MFA, which involved writing a novel. I wrote a 100,000 word mashup between epic and urban fantasy, set on a non-earth world. Then I wrote most of a prequel to that. By the time I graduated, I wanted to write something different and fun and sexy and hot and lighthearted.
So I started this story about a fae who hunted vampires and the dude he meets on a transatlantic cruise. Then I went on a cruise. A good portion of Close Quarter was written on the deck of a ship cruising around the Mediterranean sea.
The story was all the things I wanted it to be, except perhaps lighthearted.
It’s definitely an erotic romance. If you’ve read the Takeover books…I actually think there’s more sex in Close Quarter, if you can believe that. It’s also quite dark in places, since the vampires in this book are monsters. They’re not misunderstood. They want to consume you, blood, flesh, soul, in the most agonizing way possible. If you like vampire heroes… you’re not going to find them in this book.
But if you like something a little different when it comes to paranormal, maybe come on a cruise with Rhys and Silas…
On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.
Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.
Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?
And now for the lovely new Garrett Leigh cover! I wanted something a bit more dark, but also sexy AF.
Let me know what you think!