Dearest Gentle Reader, it was brought to my attention recently that having three different novella lines is rather confusing.
Here they are:
Claw & Courtship
Shall I try to explain my reasons?
First I should say that I’m hoping that you, my devoted Parasolverse reader, will not care too much about categories and will merely read if the character and plot interest you.
Frankly, the reason I divided into three is for the sake of different covers and different marketing approaches so new readers would know what they are in for.
And because well, I like to organize things.
I assure you, as the novella lines fill out with more and more books, you will notice how the novellas in each line are similar to each other, and how those in different lines are categorically and visually different.
However, confusion amongst some of my fans means I decided to do something I rarely do… explain my reasoning.
(In defiance of this article ~ Don’t Over Explain: Readers Get It the First Time)
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Here’s the novella line breakdown:
This line features the grown up female spies from the Finishing School series. We follow them as they practice their deadly arts and fall in love despite themselves.
However, I chose a much sexier central images for Delightfully Deadly, so that readers would be aware that these are grown up stories, and that sex scenes are likely. (Tastefully done, of course, but sexy.) While the Delightfully Deadly novellas may spin-off of the Finishing School books, but they are NOT intended for a YA audience.
Currently there is only one book in this line, Poison or Protect, but I hope to write several more.
Next up I plan to give either Agatha or Dimity her happy ever after, I just have to get a few other things written first.
This line features fan favorite queer characters from throughout the Parasolverse. We follow them as they take center stage and fine love at last.
As you can see, these books draw on my original cover art, only there is an indoor setting instead of outside for the background. This is intended to indicated that these will be cozy romances, which is to say mostly take place in only one location, like a cozy mystery or a regency house party romance.
I chose two central figures for these covers because I really wanted to show a loving moment between same sex couples. Also I wanted a clear break from my other covers that is instantly obvious.
Unfortunately, this makes a good photo twice as hard hard to track down!
These books will be written as inspired as as needed, currently there are only two. Also these do no necessarily have to involve werewolves.
Claw & Courtship
This is my newest line of novellas which will always feature a werewolf and a human romance.
Right now I intend to focus on the London Pack in the 1890s.
As you can see on this cover I’m playing on a few of the tropes in my original books. The font is the same, although without the background paint-slash treatment. I’m reusing the wallpaper motif from Finishing School. See that the wall paper is a werewolf? Cute right?
I still have a central figure, but I chose a farther away image, and I have a London background as in Soulless, but instead I went with the circle portal. Frankly I really like circles. (More silliness around this cover here.)
Also, I wanted a bit of a break from my standard cover fair and went with something that harkens to more classic regency romances, since the pitch for these is:
What if Georgette Heyer wrote about werewolves?
While this books will initially feature the London Pack, I’m not ruling out the Kingair Pack, which would, of course, beg the question…
If I were to write a book featuring Sidheag, which novella line would it belong in?
I’ll leave the superfans to noodle over that one,
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