The Color of Magic
First: Terry Pratchett fans, look away… or stay, bearing in mind I’m talking about a different color of magic. A color minus the U, among other things.
Second: Thanks to Linda for inviting me to talk about my latest release, CHALICE BLOOD: HIDDEN (#1), which is the first installment of a gothic urban fantasy/paranormal serial novel about a human woman with the ability to create vampires and the vampire who has pledged to destroy her. Set in an Atlanta divided between vampires and humans, CHALICE BLOOD incorporates elements of old southern superstition and new urban edge.
Colors are very important to the book. At one point I thought of titling it “Shades of Blue,” for the haint blue paint used by the heroine, Dessa Collier, for the blue of vein blood before oxygen enters the mix, and for the blue of the nighttime sky that naturally dominates a vampire novel. Since I couldn’t fill the cover image with a paragraph explaining the reason for the title, “Shades of Blue” fell to the wayside. I even stopped thinking about all the blue symbolism until recently when I started thinking about promotional items/swag I’d like to order and give away to contest winners and conference goers later in the year. I’m looking at custom-mixed nail polish colors, so I’m back to blue again.
Not everything is blue, though, and in a vampire novel blood never remains untouched by oxygen, so I’m stuck on one of my colors. I wanted to devise a blood red polish but blood red isn’t right. Everybody bleeds red. Dessa Collier, who has magic in her veins, must bleed something else. Something magical. Red with gold swirls? Red with blue specks? Maybe she bleeds glitter…er, except that would make this somebody else’s book, wouldn’t it?
So. Here I am, trying to design the color of magic. I’m not a very visually artistic person so it’s a challenge. If any of you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Even if you don’t have suggestions, I’m going to give you a chance to win a free digital copy of the entire novel. Read on to find out how!
There’s only one substance on earth that can create a new vampire–the blood of a Chalice, a rare individual with magic in her veins. Atlanta’s human-vampire Civility Laws demand that if a Chalice is found, she must be destroyed.
Heiress to a family tradition of ward-working, house painter Dessa Collier has spent the past twelve years pretending vampires don’t exist. When a friend-enemy walks back into Dessa’s life after a decade-long absence, everything Dessa has been hiding from comes crashing down on top of her.
Don’t miss the rest of this exciting, darkly erotic paranormal tale. BITTEN (Part 2) will be available April 30 2013.
Now, about that opportunity to win! All you have to do to enter your name in the random drawing to win the entire novel (delivered in serial installments as they’re published) is “Like” me on Facebook and leave a note on my timeline to let me know you came from Linda’s blog.
Easy, right?! I hope to see you there!
Emily (E.R. Davis)
Can’t wait for the drawing? Start reading CHALICE BLOOD: HIDDEN (#1) right now!