Honor At Stake, Sept 1

And now, for a page from the “self promotion file.”

My vampire novel, Honor At Stake,  is coming out on September first of this year. It’s the vampire novel with Catholic philosophy and metaphysics, jammed together with every traditional myth about vampires, for an interesting little mash-up.

Oh,  here’s one of the better parts of being an author with, of all things, a real publishing house.

I have a to-order cover.

I love that tag line. I really do.  Funny enough, they added the ellipses there, though editorial policy in the editing of the books is to have a small fatwa on them. It works for me.

I’m actually kind of happy that they chose this one.  Because it wasn’t number one.  I had put in several.

1: One is a heartless, merciless killer. The other’s a vampire.
2: Vampires in New York? They came to the wrong town.
3: Welcome to New York City, where vampires don’t sparkle. They burn.
4: There are certain parts of Brooklyn vampires should not invade.
5: And you thought Brooklyn was only dangerous at night.

They picked #3. That tells you that I have so found the right people.

This is more or less the finished cover. All-in-all, I’m really happy with this.  At a later date, I’ll start working on a post that will show you the evolution of this cover, but for now, I’m going to just smile and say “oohh, shiny.”

About Honor At Stake.

As a freshman in college, Amanda Colt knows few people, and wants to know fewer still. She enjoys fencing, and prefers to face a challenge every once in a while. She is beautiful, and smart, and possibly the most interesting person on campus … and most people stop after the first adjective.

Then she finds Marco Catalano in her fencing class. He is tall, not unattractive, and he is very, very intense. With a mind like a computer and manners of a medieval knight, he scares most people. Except Amanda.

She lives in a nice apartment in the mid-70s, on Manhattan’s Upper East side, and has an impressive array of weapons collected by her family over the past century.

He lives in a brownstone in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and runs two street gangs.

They never see each other in daylight.

They don’t want to date each other

And they both have secrets, for they are both monsters.

As the two of them draw closer, they each have to find the line between how much they can trust each other, and how much they can care for each other. For each one carries a secret that can destroy the other. One is a dark, monstrous fiend who enjoys killing, and the other’s a vampire.

But they must come to grips with their personal drama soon, because a darkness is rising. Bodies are turning up all over New York, and an army of vampires is closing in on all sides. They have only one hope.

Each other.

Yes, yes, I’m told the opening may be too wordy, and I might be talking about too many little details along the way. But right now? I’ll take it

Obviously, the Amazon copy is a little different.

About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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3 Responses to Honor At Stake, Sept 1

  1. Hmmmmm, that looks almost interesting enough to draw me away from the ‘vampires suck!’ (pardon the pun) viewpoint that Twilight thrust me into.


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