I’m very, very happy to report that I have accepted a deal with Penguin to write two urban fantasies about…wait for it…VAMPIRES!
However, these will not be fun-loving, wise-cracking vampires like in my Immortality Bites series. These are the scary kind.
NIGHTSHADE is the title of the first of two books following my heroine whose normal life is turned upside down when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time (to say the very least) and becomes a key player in the brewing war between humans and vampires. There’s a bit of romance in here, too, with a mysterious, battle-torn dhampir who becomes our valiant heroine’s protector — or possibly her executioner. We’ll have to see how things go.
The “feel” of these books will be a lot like my Michelle Maddox book, COUNTDOWN, only they’re supernatural thrillers rather than futuristics. First person from the heroine’s point of view. Edgy, scary, exciting, and fast-paced!
Despite this similarity, I will be permanently retiring the name Michelle Maddox and writing these new books under the pen name Rachel Connor. I’ve already snagged the URL www.rachelconnor.com, although nothing will be up for quite a while. I’ve always loved the name Rachel, and Connor is a nod to both the Terminator franchise (T2 is one of my fave movies of all time) as well as Angel’s son (all roads lead to the Buffyverse). LOL.
So I still have only two pen names — Michelle Rowen for my light paranormal romances & YA fantasy, and Rachel Connor for my supernatural thrillers.
The books won’t be out until 2011, but I’m starting to write the first one next week! (I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while). I’ll be writing both books back to back between now and April 1st. Can’t wait to get my fangs into it!