Summerpalooza in Prelude

I’m never sure how most authors like to handle their production years, because it never seems to be an exact science. Some writers only produce a book a year, some two, and then it seems like a few of you brave souls produce 4,555,988 books in one year, leaving me to weep over the fact that I need to eat and sleep and occasionally remember I have kids.

Wait a minute. I think I still have… No, wait… there they are.

Anyway, I found a resting pulse a year or so ago which enabled me to write two books over the course of a year. It’s a little ambitious when you have such a chaotic home life, but at some point, you embrace the insanity enough to roll with it. Which is to say, this is the point where I need to throw another log onto the fire and see if I can burn the house down.

This is where Summerpalooza comes into play.

Summerpalooza (which is harder to type than it looks) is where I pull out four of my unfinished manuscripts and offer them up for your general consumption. Each of them are in the rough, first draft stage of completion, but seem to keep getting pushed back whenever I consider finishing them. Which is to say, I never know which of them to finally crack down and complete first.

So, here’s a preview.

One of these manuscripts is my normal urban/dark fantasy fare, set in the Flynn universe. The other three take the romantic undertones I often like to play with and thrust them more to the forefront. One is a paranormal romance. The other two are LGBT-themed erotica. Obviously, voting on them doesn’t demand you read them all if you’re not into explicit subject matter. But if you are… Hey, you’re in luck.



Candidate Number One: Is the story of Andy Lane, a junior reporter and blogger for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Set in a period of time after the vampires of Flynn’s world have gone public, when there’s a string of suspicious murders in the City of Brotherly Love, the media eye focuses on the immortal populace. As Andy’s best friend, Scott Reilly, becomes embroiled in a corporate law suit with shady undertones, however, the true villains might not be the ones with pointed teeth.

Candidate Number Two: Focuses on Charlotte Walker, an art student who gets ripped from her life and caught up with a wolfen prince named Corbyn Marchand. What starts as a one night stand turns into a messy entanglement when Corbyn determines Charlotte was destined to be his mate. The political struggle which surrounds the wolfen people will put this to the challenge as Corbyn’s rivals pursue them, forcing them to figure out not just how to work together, but to make it to the end of a whirlwind month intact.

Candidate Number Three: Stars Michael (Robin) O’Shane, the unwitting accomplice to many of Peter’s escapades in the Vampire Flynn Series. Set over the course of his first seventy years as a vampire, the story which unfolds is as much of the immortal experience as it is the trials and tribulations of heartbreak. Traveling to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1950s, Michael seeks to reconcile the decades of his immortal life, starting a journey of self-exploration at the hands of fellow vampire and dominant, Alphonse Pruitt.

Candidate Number Four: Is an alternative reality which features my eponymous character, Peter; the main character of the Deathspell books, Christian Richardson; and the yet-to-be-introduced Victor Mason. Working as a human doctor in Philadelphia, Peter’s life is forever changed complicated when Christian shows up in his emergency room one day. The escapades which follow introduce him to a successful lawyer named Victor, and the shady underworld which employs his former patient.


Voting for which story I complete this November will start toward the end of the summer.

What do you do until then?

Sit back and enjoy. I’ll start posting the stories up on my Wattpad page soon. If you join my mailing list, you’ll stay in the loop, as well as have the chance to win a copy of whatever I finish, once it’s been published.

Until then, shine on, you crazy diamonds, and feel free to share any of your preliminary thoughts in the comments section below.


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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

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