The Series That Didn’t Know It Was A Series…
For Nanowrimo in 2006, I wrote this book (Save My Soul) about a woman who buys a house she’s loved since she was a child, but when she finally gets into the house, it’s haunted… but not by a ghost… by a demon. An incubus.
I wrote an incubus because I’d heard that “vampires were over”. Hahahahahahahahahahaha Hold please… hahahahahahahahahaha Okay, all better. It’s clear to me that vampires are not EVER going to be “over”. The Vampire Diaries and The Originals (Vampire Diaries spinoff) were going strong the last time I checked. People keep publishing vampires, and other people keep reading them. So eight years ago, it was probably pre-mature for me to worry that vampires were “over”. And that concluded my listening to anybody’s fun predictions about what readers do and do not want.
Nevertheless, I wanted to be different, so I wrote a book about an incubus. And I fell in love with his evil brother, the villain of the book. (Cain.)
But then I set that aside.
The next summer, I wrote a little novella called Kept. It was about a werecat and a sorcerer with a very bad reputation who is the only one who can protect the heroine when her tribe wants to sacrifice her on the full moon of her twenty-eighth year. (The 28th birth moon is a big deal in my world. It’s when therians (shapeshifters) reach their full power.)
I wrote it initially as a contest entry for a popular epublisher. But I didn’t make the deadline. I knew it wasn’t the best it could be yet, and it seemed pointless to enter it if it wasn’t ready. I ended up releasing it independently. (back before that was cool.) Then I wrote and published a second novella, Claimed, that focused on a vampire I’d briefly introduced in the first book. (Anthony—who is seriously the most antagonistic villain/hero/anti-hero… who knows anymore?)
But then by the time I got through Claimed, I really liked this Jane character that I met there, and I really wanted to know her backstory, and she needed a man. So I hooked her up in Mated. (And now you know why I write… I want to know what happens, too.)
And THEN the craziest thing happened. See, Cole… the werewolf pack alpha in a place called Cary Town was managing to get around the vampire king’s (Anthony) police state. He was traveling in and out of the city with his pack without going through the Preternatural border guards first. How?
Guess whose portals? Cain! The bad guy in Save My Soul. (I love that demon.) At this point I was doing that big sly Grinch smile and the world started to come together in a BIG way.
So at that point… Kept, Claimed, and Mated (originally released as separate novellas), got released as Blood Lust, the first book in the Preternaturals series. Save My Soul became book 2.
The Catalyst, book 3, started to tie the worlds even more together.
And now we’re at book 6, Unleash The Moon, which occurs 26 years into the future after book 5 because our happy couple is Jane and Cole’s son and Anthony and Charlee’s daughter (which will all make sense if you’ve read the books. And if you haven’t, I deeply apologize for how completely crazy and convoluted this all sounds, but I promise it makes sense in context.)
So, if you want some context…
Here is the reading order of the series: http://zoewintersbooks.com/books-in-the-preternaturals-series/
Right now you can get the first book: Blood Lust (Kept, Claimed, and Mated) free in digital form at:
That brings me fully to the new book, book 6: Unleash The Moon. Now, I know this sounds wacky given everything else I’ve said, but you really can read these books in any order you like because each title focuses on a new couple so their front story doesn’t require you to “know a lot” of what happened before. And I do let you know what you need to know. But some people like to read in order no matter what, and I respect that.
But if you are caught up in my series, or if you are new to it but an adventurous “Hey, whatevs, give me THAT book” kind of reader, then here is the description for Unleash The Moon to hopefully tempt you into clicking the pre-order button:
… Can two souls trapped in separate cages ever find each other?
Twenty-six years have passed since the link between heaven and earth was severed and all hell broke loose. The fighting raged until the human magic users took over the cities, driving most of the preternaturals into hiding.
This is the world Sydney Burgess has grown up in, locked inside her father’s compound. As the daughter of a human mother and a vampire king, she has all the weaknesses of a vampire but none of their strengths. Anthony keeps her on a tight leash, ever-vigilant against the constant imagined threats to her safety. But all she wants is to break free and start a real life.
Noah Riley has lived in captivity for the past twenty years, so long he barely knows how to be a werewolf anymore. Even with a photographic memory, most of his past before the facility feels fuzzy at best. His strongest memories are of the little girl he protected during his childhood: Sydney. When he reaches his full power on his twenty-eighth birth moon, he’ll have a chance to break free to find her and finally reunite with his family.
But vampires and werewolves are mortal enemies. Even if Sydney is Noah’s true mate, the vampire king would kill him before he ever let a filthy werewolf near her, especially one of questionable sanity.
And now… for a Giveaway. (Yay!)
I would like to give a signed print copy of Save My Soul (book 2 but written first so of all the books that can be read out of order without any confusion, this is the most read-out-of-order-happy book) to a new reader. (comment in the comment area.)
And I would like to give a signed print copy of Unleash The Moon (new one!) to a regular reader of the series. (Please give some indication you’ve read the series in the comment section. I’ll answer any questions you have about anything, but put SPOILERS in your comment if it contains spoilers and I’ll do the same if my answer does.)
Unleash The Moon is the final book in this series, but not the final book in this world. This world is BIG. For regular readers, you might want to check out this post to see what’s going on: http://zoewintersbooks.com/2014/10/29/where-does-the-pretverse-go-from-here/
If you are interested in Unleash The Moon, grab it while it’s only $2.99 pre-order. (It will go to full $4.95 price after release day. The book releases on November 5th… just a few days from now. )
Kobo Pre-order: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/unleash-the-moon
Google Play Pre-order: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Zoe_Winters_Unleash_The_Moon?id=teznBAAAQBAJ
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