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Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Blog: Melisse Aires: "Writing In a Multi-Author Series"


Del Fantasma: Demonade is my second story in the Del Fantasma paranormal romance series from Aspen Mountain Press. I am one of more than a dozen authors who have written in this series. There is a great variety in the stories in this series but some elements must remain the same.

All the stories are based on a bar called the Del Fantasma which is on the beach in southern California. It is owned by a good-looking vampire, Cody Warren, who also bartends. Each book is titled after a drink served in the story. Cody is quite the matchmaker with his drinks!

To write for this series an author needs a copy of the ‘bible’ which tells the rules of that world which they can get from Aspen Mountain Press. The writer needs to keep with in the scope of the world but still have unique characters and plot.

Before I wrote my first Del Fantasma, I bought several of the books and I enjoyed them. After I studied the bible, story ideas started to brew as I searched cocktail websites for drinks. Ideas finally jelled and I submitted Del Fantasma: Tiger Juice, which later was contracted.

It was so much fun I decided to do it again! Del Fantasma: Demonade came out just in time for Halloween.

Everytime a new Del Fantasma story comes out I gobble it up—and as an author I sell a few more copies than normal! For me it s a win–win situation. Also an advantage to a writer—the series has built in readership, so your name reaches readers who might not otherwise pick you up. I encourage authors to not be intimidated by a series bible—you imagination can take flight within that world!

Here’s my Long Blurb for Demonade:
Trudy lost her beloved sisters in eighteenth century, but she is a survivor. As a half human daughter of the demon Asmodeus, she is a psyvamp, ever young and beautiful. Unlike her dead sisters, she does not engage in relationships with men, instead she moves from club to party, city to city, stealing small amounts of life force from intoxicated young men, never staying long in any one place. She is lonely, but friendships do not work for one like her and relationships with men seem to be deadly for her kind.

The Del Fantasma is a unique place, friendly, where she can relax after her nightly hunts and alleviate a little of her loneliness. But Cody introduces her to a man, Professor Gabriel Di Russi, a former priest, a scholar of demonology who once was part of a secret priestly society that studied demons for the Church. He is not like the drunk young men she feeds from, or like the dying old men she sometimes marries. Gabriel is both fascinating and frightening, and he wants to interview her—and she agreed!

What has she done?

BUY LINK AND EXCERPT:
http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/del-fantasma-demonade/prod_316.html
Thank you for having me today! I will draw a winner from the comments on this post to receive a pdf of Del Fantasma: Demonade.

Melisse Aire
http://www.melisseaires.com

33 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Congrats on the new release..great series. :)

Molly Daniels said...

Sounds fascinating Melissa:) How many authors write for this series? And how did you get started? Did you just express interest and request a copy of the 'bible'?

Katalina Leon said...

Melisse I loved this! Your story and the entire series sounds great!
XXOO Kat

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