If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen me refer several times to both a secret project and a 10th Anniversary edition of the first Vampire Flynn book. I’ve referred to it this way, in part, because with the announcement comes a whole truckload of news with regard to the series.
Namely, the original trilogy is getting a facelift.
The first book will no longer be titled Eyes of the Seer, and neither will Rebirth or Fate of the Seer keep their original titles. In their places are Dark as the Grave, The Silence of Ashes, and Blade of the Slayer. And the beautiful artwork by Christine Griffin is being retired and replaced by new covers by artist Leah Keeler. We’re doing this, in part, to update what was my first series, with all of its rookie mistakes, and elevate it to the quality of work we feel its more recent stories have reflected.
We’re also hoping to reach new readers. With that, though, comes both an offer and an earnest request from me to you.
I Want to Give You Book One for Free
You heard me, for free. No cost whatsoever. We’ll have our final draft of Dark as the Grave finished in about two weeks, and at that time, I want to send it as far and wide as it’ll reach, giving it to anyone who wants it. Whether you’ve read Eyes of the Seer or not, you can have an e-copy of its new incarnation totally gratis.
I’ve created a special mailing list explicitly for sending you all Book One when it’s ready. You can sign up for it below. (And don’t worry, this isn’t my normal marketing list. You’ll be given a choice to sign up for that later.)
Why Change Everything Around Now?
Beyond the fact that the books are now a decade old, and any other marketing and branding reasons I could give to you, there are several other reasons why we bit the bullet and decided to give the series a facelift. I first wrote the books while a much different person and while the quality of my writing has improved, so has several other things about me.
- The first book especially has a lot of internalized misogyny and featured moments of slut-shaming. That bugged me on a fundamental level, regardless of how excusable that used to be. I’m not the kind of person who feels comfortable advocating that any longer.
- When I first wrote the books, I still felt a strong attachment to my previous religious community, which flavored a lot of my decisions in the first book’s plot. In the effort to be more devoted to accurate worldbuilding, I wanted to let the book’s mythology inform its spirituality, rather than inserting my own since the two were slightly at odds.
- I know these characters so much better. I did everything in my power to avoid anachronisms, but I’ve learned so much more about their thoughts and feelings as individuals at this point in their timeline. I thought they should have a better chance to shine.
The core plot has remained intact, for anyone who has read the books. The greatest changes took place toward the end, especially, including an entirely new chapter which helps flesh out the finale better. But if you read Eyes of the Seer, then you can comfortably skip Dark as the Grave and move onto book two without getting lost. Beyond adding a chapter, I also smoothed out the prose and some of the book’s pacing. One of the consistent complaints I received in the past was that the plot slows down considerably at a point. I wanted to fix that.
Don’t worry, this is the last time I intend to make such drastic changes to The Vampire Flynn Series. Like any child, though, it’s grown up, and I wanted to celebrate its birthday in style.
It’s my sincere hope that you enjoy. Thank you for reading my books.
Next on the Itinerary
… is working on the sixth book, Reforged by Death, before moving onto a Victorian Murder-Mystery Romance (say that three times fast), and the third book of the Deathspell Series. So, stay tuned. (And if you want to sign up for my normal mailing list, I’ll keep you updated on those projects and more.)
Your Friendly Neighborhood Word-Slinger,