Greater Love, the fourth book in my Eternal Hunger novella series, is free on Amazon on Saturday and Sunday this week (US time). Although the book is part of a series it can also be read on its own - but you will have to read the fifth and final book to find out what happens! You won't have to wait long as I plan (hope) to have it finished by the end of July.
The title of each book in the series is based on a quote from the bible. I'm not a religious person by any means (at least not in the traditional sense), but I did enudre 13 years of Catholic school, and the bible has some rockin' quotes and imagery. I couldn't decide between two quotes for this book so I went with them both. They really sum up the themes of the novella, which centre around forgiveness, absolution and courage / hope in the face of adversity.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13The series is based loosely on Bram Stoker's Dracula, so imagine my surprise when I did a search on Amazon to find out how many other books had the same title, only to discover that Bram Stoker wrote a short story called Greater Love. His story is not about vampires but it is a rather freaky coincidence!
I always planned this series to be a love story, but its taken four novellas to actually get to the romance. It was nice to bring in some lightness, because its been quite heavy up to this point, although there is still plenty of darkness in this book too.
By the time the series is completed it will come in at over 85,000 words, which beats my previous record of 75,000 for Pleasure Island. I've often wondered if I should have written this as a complete novel instead of five separate novellas, but in hindsight I'm glad I did it this way. Writing it like this has helped me to keep a very tight reign on each book in a way a novel would not have. Each novella has to be complete in itself, to an extent, and each one explores different themes and ideas. The challenge now is to bring them all together in the final book.
Here's the outline for Greater Love (there's a synopsis of the previous novellas at the beginning of the book):
When Lucia’s plans to expose the vampires for their crimes against humanity are discovered by Drake L’amour, he takes her to his father’s castle to face her punishment. Lucia refuses to recant, and the Count orders his son to drive a stake through her heart. L’amour cannot bring himself to murder the only woman he has ever loved. Instead, in Greater Love, they escape to his secret cabin in the most inhospitable part of the world.
Their life in hiding is precarious, and they must constantly watch over their shoulders, fearing that each day could be their last. When L’amour confesses his feelings to Lucia, she is unable return them. Her goal is to reclaim her eternal soul, and this leaves no time for romance with a vampire. Even if they manage to survive, she knows it is foolish to believe an immortal and a human could ever have a future together.
With Drake’s help, Lucia must fight to win back her soul, but will she lose her heart in the process?