First, a quick reminder: Check in over at the Lady Scribes blog today for the results of the weekly poll on our favorite book boyfriends. Thanks to all of you who chimed in–and thanks for making the Allegiance cover a win yesterday!
Today, I’m doing a very rare “spotlight” of a series I couldn’t resist. Cowboys? Vampires? I really must read this! Today, the authors, Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall, are introducing the new look for the first two books in the series; book three will be coming out in May.
Between the two of them, Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire series as a test for marriage. They passed. Clark and Kathleen now live in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about Clark and Kathleen by visiting their website, on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.
ABOUT A VERY UNUSUAL ROMANCE (The Cowboy and the Vampire #1): Saddle up for a hilarious, existential gallop through the dying American west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, population 438, where the best of the west faces off against the rise of the undead. It’s a love story for the ages. Worlds collide in The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance, when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall lipstick over boot heels in love. But she carries a 2000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance. Can her big city smarts combined with his western courage keep an undead love alive?
ABOUT BLOOD AND WHISKEY (The Cowboy and the Vampire #2): Enlightenment just took a strange detour. Relationships are always hard, but for a broke cowboy and a newly turned vampire, true love may be murderous. Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, population 438. It’s like any other slowly dying town in the modern American West. Except it’s suddenly lousy with vampires. Cultures clash as the vampire illuminati ride into town to settle ancient scores, test loyalties and thrash out a new world order. Grab the reins and hold on tight as Tucker and Lizzie stampede through rural America and across the vampire afterlife, desperate to protect their unlikely love as they are drawn ever deeper into the bloody world of the undead. Can the fragile relationship between a cowboy and a vampire survive lust, betrayal and country music?
And now, let’s hear from Clark and Kathleen…
Let ‘er Buck!
The Cowboy and the Vampire Reboot
The phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is a lie. It’s a damn lie. People do it all the time. Art is truth.
To mark the upcoming May 2014 release of the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, the series was treated to a gothic western makeover, with artwork commissioned exclusively for the series.
“We wanted to give readers something special and the new covers get right to the heart of the series,” according to co-author Clark Hays. “Go on and judge the books by these covers! They bring together the paranormal and the western elements perfectly, setting a dark tone with just a hint of the humor.”
“Each time you look at the images, you see something a bit different, even more of the opposites-attract romantic theme pops, and the overtones of simmering passion,” said co-author Kathleen McFall.
Get caught up on the love between Tucker and Lizzie now before the release of book three.
A Tangled Publishing History
The first book of this series, A Very Unusual Romance, was published in 1999, long before the vampire craze. With comparisons to Anne Rice and Zane Grey, the book gained a devoted following with initial sales of more than 10,000 print units. Fast forward a decade, and the publisher (Llewellyn) brought out the book as a second edition in 2010, aiming to capitalize on the Twilight mega-hit. Meanwhile, the authors wrote the second book in the series — Blood and Whiskey — bringing it out under their own imprint (Pumpjack Press, 2012). In 2013, they gained the rights back for the original book, and now, with book three poised for publication in May 2014, the restored Cowboy and Vampire series has been redesigned with exclusive art and is coming out for the first time in 15 years as a complete collection. Yippi-ki-yay!
And there you have it! The book covers look awesome and I’m very much looking forward to digging into this series. Leave a comment if you would like to be entered for a chance to win any book in this series!