The Vampires of New England Series--Inanna Arthen



Rewriting The Rules


December 11, 2013

Mortal Touch featured by The Fussy Librarian!

Mortal Touch is being featured Friday at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 40 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. Once you subscribe, you’ll be sent daily emails with suggested books in your preferred category. Only one book per category is highlighted each day, so books aren’t buried in a long list. Fussy Librarian vets its books: to qualify, they must have at least ten reviews with a minimum average rating.

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March 21, 2013

Vampires of New England ebook omnibus edition for Kindle!

A new omnibus ebook edition of The Vampires of New England Series is now available exclusively for the Amazon Kindle, at a terrific price: cheap ($2.99) to nothing (it’s in the KDP Select Kindle Lending Library for Amazon Prime members). Titled The Compleat Vampires of New England, it includes Mortal Touch, The Longer the Fall, and the first two chapters of All the Shadows of the Rainbow (which may be slightly revised by the time the whole book is released).

So, for cheap to nothing, you can get two great stories, hours of absorbing reading and a sneak preview of the next book in the series! This special limited edition is available nowhere else and won’t appear in print (because it would be humungous).

The cover photograph has a story behind it, by the way. In 2000, Anne Fraser (Gideon Redoak, The Cliff Road Chronicles) visited me for several days and we made numerous day trips all over New England. We both love and write about Maine, so one of our excursions took us up the Maine coast.

Portland, Maine either did not like us or did not want us to leave, ever. We got hopelessly lost going through it, both ways. On the way home, we found ourselves in some wasteland of industrial parks on a high point somewhere around the city–Stephen King would have made hay from the situation, we were just flummoxed. I stopped to try and figure out where we were (never did) and how to get out (finally did)…and there was that dazzling, amazing sunset. I have lots of great photos from that trip, but this one is one of the most striking, and the most serendipitous.

We didn’t see any vampires, but then, you usually don’t see them coming, do you? :-)

May 27, 2012

The “50 Shades of My Life That I’ll Never Get Back” Giveaway!

Did you read any or all of the 50 Shades books and now require some literary therapy? A chaser, of sorts, to rinse the taste out of your stunned mental palate? Something to restore your shaken faith that there are good books out there? Reassurance that yes, it is safe to read again?

Then I have a giveaway offer for you!

Send me an email saying “I need something to read after 50 Shades, please help!” and I’ll send you a code number for a free download of one book in The Vampires of New England Series (your choice), in your preferred format (epub, mobi [Kindle] or PDF).

All I ask in return is that you post a review of the book somewhere (your choice: Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, your own blog, etc.) after you read it!

The two available titles are:

Mortal Touch (a little sex, rated PG-13)

The Longer the Fall (more sex, rated R)

Click on each title to read more about each book. A sample (PDF) is available for each one.

Send an email to iarthen [at] inannaarthen [dot] com before 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 31, and I’ll send you the code. Don’t forget to say what format of ebook you want! Ebook downloads are facilitated by e-junkie.com.

Of course, if you read any or all of the 50 Shades books and really loved them, but you still think you might enjoy The Vampires of New England Series, you may have a free ebook, too! Just send me an email, and please post a review of the book when you can.

Don’t wait! Giveaway ends when May does!

March 24, 2012

A brief reflection about (bad) reviews

Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of instances in which authors responded rudely to negative reviews online, leading to furious arguments and violent accusations in the comments sections of book blogs, the author’s blog, various third-party blogs, the book’s Amazon page, everyone’s Twitter feeds…etc, etc, etc. The basic rule that all this unpleasantness has reinforced, for authors more mature than a twelve-year-old, is: Never Respond to a Negative Review. EVER.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No book can appeal to every reader. Accept the criticism with grace and see what you can learn from it (even if only, “don’t query that reviewer again”). Etc, etc, etc.

But this is bothering me lately, because I’m currently finishing my third novel, All the Shadows of the Rainbow, which is the direct sequel of my second novel, The Longer the Fall. Readers have not been as fond of The Longer the Fall as they were of Mortal Touch, the first book in the series. It isn’t selling nearly as well and it’s gotten, and is getting, much more luke-warm reviews from readers.

The thing is: I’d like to know why.

I really would. Seriously. I’d like to ask the people who just weren’t sure about it, or even the readers like the one who gave it one star on Amazon, “Why didn’t you like it?” Because most of them don’t really say!

I wish I could ask them: “Can you be specific? Can you say exactly how the story failed you? Can you pinpoint where it lost you? Can you tell me what you hoped it would do? What changes would have made it a better book for you?”

The Longer the Fall has its champions, including people who like it better than Mortal Touch. I like it better than Mortal Touch. But when I read people’s comments about The Longer the Fall, I feel that I failed to make the story as clear as I should have. I felt that Mortal Touch should have been edited more tightly, and so I edited The Longer the Fall so ruthlessly, I’m afraid that I took out too much, assumed too much, left too many points unclear.

I won’t say “readers aren’t getting it,” because that’s condescending and puts all the blame on them. I failed those readers in communicating what I needed to. I failed them as a writer. They wouldn’t have started reading the book at all if they hadn’t had positive expectations. They wouldn’t have finished it if something hadn’t kept them going. How did I, as a writer, end up disappointing them so badly?

Now, as I work on All the Shadows of the Rainbow, which like The Longer the Fall is all about magic, and features the same protagonist, Diana Chilton, I really wish I could access my readers’ expanded evaluations and reactions, especially the readers who are critical of the second book. And I can’t ask. At least, I can’t ask directly. Maybe these readers can’t really analyze their own reactions any further, themselves.

But for a writer, nothing really matters (or should matter) more than the reactions of readers, because writing is a collaboration between the author and the reader. When communication is the essence of your being, and you feel like you’ve messed up in a major way, well, it doesn’t feel very good. It’s really frustrating that etiquette so sternly denies us writers the chance to ask our disappointed readers, “I appreciate your candor, could you tell me more?”

August 20, 2009

My schedule at 4Pi-Con this weekend

This weekend I will be appearing at 4Pi-Con in the beautiful and probably steaming hot and thunderstorm-ridden Pioneer Valley. The convention will be at the Crowne Plaza Enfield-Springfield, right over the Massachusetts line in Enfield, Connecticut. Vitals:

1 Bright Meadow Blvd.
Enfield, CT 06082
Tel: 860.741.2211

Map It!

Below is my somewhat scary schedule (subject to last minute changes):

FRIDAY
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reading (from Mortal Touch)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free Speech and the Internet
with Hugh Casey(M), Drew Van Zandt, Eric Weimer, David Larochelle
1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Vampires Rise Again
with Dusti Lewars, Jennifer Williams(M), KT Pinto, Richard Alan Scott
SATURDAY
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Not All Vampires Sparkle (Moderating)
with panelists Morven Westfield, Richard Alan Scott, Julia Burton, Jennifer Williams
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Research for Writers (Moderating)
with panelists Terri Osborne, KT Pinto, K.A. Laity, Steve Kanaras
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wiccan/Pagan/Heathen Panel
with Schneider(M), Sara Harvey, Vikki Rose, Tiffany M.
12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Psycho-Sexual Nature of Dracula (Moderating)
with panelists Jennifer Williams, Vikki Rose, Mary Spila, Richard Alan Scott
SUNDAY
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fanfic Panel
with Jennifer Williams(M), Julia Burton, Yvonne Carts-Powell

Copies of Mortal Touch and both editions of Gideon Redoak will be available from Aradia in the Dealers Room. As always, I will sign any copies of Mortal Touch that you buy, and all purchasers of By Light Unseen Media books are entitled to a free 3-card, 5-minute Tarot reading, redeemable before the end of the convention. Hope to see you there!

June 3, 2009

Inanna Arthen talks about Vampire Fiction on June 4th

On Thursday, June 4th, at 5:00 p.m., I’ll be presenting a talk and slide show at The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Before Twilight: How Vampires Got to Be So Hot

Think you know vampires? You’re in for some surprises!
Come hear how it all got started, from eighteenth century folklore to torrid vampire romance. From fangs and coffins to stakes and sparkles, you’ll learn where everything you associate with vampires originates. You can ask questions, hear an excerpt from the vampire novel Mortal Touch, and have an opportunity to get a complimentary Tarot reading!

The Rabbit Hole
805 Main St
Fitchburg, MA
978-345-0040
MAP IT!

September 23, 2008

I’ll be appearing at the Big E on September 23

Filed under: author appearance,book signing,Mortal Touch — admin @ 5:48 am

I’ll be signing books at The Big E Massachusetts Pavilion on Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00 p.m. until closing at 9:00 p.m. If you’re in the area of Springfield, Massachusetts, and you’d like to visit one of the biggest annual fairs in the region, stop on by! All information you need is on the Big E (a.k.a. The Eastern States Exposition) website.

August 20, 2008

I’m appearing at 3Pi-Con this weekend

Filed under: author appearance,Mortal Touch,Pi-Con,reading — admin @ 5:58 pm

I’ll be doing panels, a reading and generally hanging out at 3Pi-Con in West Springfield, MA this weekend, August 22-24.

On Friday night, I’ll be reading from Mortal Touch at 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, I will be in a panel on “How to Get Published” at 1:00 p.m., a workshop/panel on “Tarot and Writing” at 2:00 p.m., and “Could Literary Vampires Exist in the Modern World?” at 11:00 p.m. (and that’s not the latest event on the schedule for Saturday!) At 5:00 p.m. I’ll be participating in the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, along with my sister Broads Morven Westfield, Phoebe Wray, Elaine Isaak, Trisha Wooldridge and Michelle Murrain.

Otherwise, I’ll be going to events, hanging out, and helping with the Broad Universe table. I’m offering my usual Convention Special of a free, five-minute, three-card Tarot reading for every copy of Mortal Touch that you buy. 3Pi-Con has at-the-door admission, so if you’re in the area, check it out!

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