It's nearly done... Just a few more weeks now until my latest novel hits the streets. I'm excited. New Blood is a departure for me from my usual epic fantasy fare. This novel is the first in an Urban Paranormal Thriller series, written for the 16+ YA Market. It is set in the Pacific North-West and could be described as a vampire story with a twist. New Blood tells a story that is liberally laced with power, greed, ambition, death and love. What would you be prepared to sacrifice to have it all? As my tag says:
A single kiss can get a girl killed. But what if he's the most irresistible man you've ever met? What would you do?
This weekend sees final edits and then it's off to the proofers and some more early readers, in order to get production-ready. I'm already salivating at the thought of letting you all get your sticky hands on it. As always, this is a novel that works on many different levels. Of course there's the story, but underneath there's something bigger going on (there always is). Will you dig down deep, or just gloss over while getting caught up in the page-turning story? We'll have to see.
Expect more news over the coming weeks as I finalize this hard-hitting novel. I'll finish the post with a quote from an early reader. Have a great weekend.
"New Blood reads like season one of an addictive paranormal TV series. The premise takes the power of relationships beyond even the vampire thrill. The characters are fleshed out (except the victims, who are left convincingly dry) and we care enough about our heroine Lucy to dread her ESP-laced migraines almost as much as she does. Add in a paranoia about the people who are really in power - the Anons - and... well, the temptation is to call it a formula for a long and satisfying series. However, Paul Dorset rises above formulaic prose with writing so compelling that only after you catch your breath do you realize the craftsmanship. He tells stories. And as with the best paranormal fiction, the fantasy serves to illustrate some basic truths of the human condition." (reader comment)