So Devil’s Eye is finally available at Barnes and Noble, though it isn’t showing up in searches (no idea why–but their servers crashed for 2 days over Christmas, so…maybe it will sort itself out). It’s been selling very decently at Amazon, definitely outselling FBS on its release. But there’s an issue with it that may come back to bite me in the ass.
See, when I started all of this, I said I was writing paranormal romance. It’s what I constantly read and love, so it seemed natural enough. When FBS was so often called urban fantasy I sort of shrugged like, hey, two groups to draw from as a fanbase. Yay.
Well Devil’s Eye doesn’t so neatly fit in the middle on that particular continuum. See, it is an episode. One of those sort of in-between stories that have become kind of a thing for authors writing series to do. A shorter episode between bigger books. The entire story takes place in 6-8 hours, and as such, due to my personal bent on relationships, there’s NOT a lot of relationship development in the novella. It is an introduction to Mick and Sophie. It is their BEGINNING. And that’s going to leave some PNR fans kind of pissed and feeling like I cheated them somehow.
That certainly wasn’t my intent when I wrote it. I just wrote the story as it came to me. But I’ve already had one reader who, I think, picked it up before the description actually populated to Amazon, and was very disappointed in what she got. Hopefully that won’t be the majority of readers because I absolutely did not set out to bamboozle or disappoint y’all in any way. I had a rough year and I was trying to get a little something out to give to you to tide you over until my next full length release.
But it’s got me thinking, and I was talking to Pot about this last week. The romance is always the hardest part for me to write well. For me a lot of it is in my head and I see it when I look at the story the same way your brain often fills in missing letters or words in sentences. I don’t always translate that on to the page well. My true strength is in action and world-building. And it’s made me think, maybe I need to focus on writing urban fantasy with romantic elements and market myself that way.
I’m still likely to have dual hero/heroine protags. I’m still not going to violate the romance rules. I’m still probably going to just write one full book per couple. But maybe what I’m writing is really more urban fantasy.
I need to read a lot more urban fantasy and analyze them. Pot is the Pink Hammer for a reason. She KNOWS HOW ROMANCE WORKS WHEN IT’S DONE WELL. Urban fantasy is not her area and not what she prefers to read, so I’ll have to either locate another good CP in that area or work more to educate myself (or more likely both), before I make the decision.
What do you think? Those of you who’ve read any of my work. Did you think I was writing paranormal romance or urban fantasy?