(April 27, 2010 – RALEIGH, NC) – YourNovel.com, which lets any couple star in their own personalized romance novels, has announced that its second vampire eBook, “Fresh Blood,” is now available online. “Fresh Blood,” from Arizona author Gail Gibbs, continues the story she began in “Vampire Rhapsody,” her first vampire eBook for YourNovel.com.
As with all YourNovel.com books and eBooks, “Fresh Blood” can star any couple thanks to an online questionnaire of 26 details, including the couple’s names, hometown, places of work, eye and hair color, best friends’ names, favorite perfume and cologne, favorite music, how long they’ve been together, and more.
The eBook also can be ordered “wild” or “mild” in terms of the romantic interludes, as can all YourNovel.com titles.
In “Vampire Rhapsody,” the starring couple take a work/play vacation and encounter a pair of vampires who entice them into a game that tests the love of both couples. In “Fresh Blood,” the starring couple are invited back to Colorado to the premier of an opera and party hosted by their new, rich vampire friends. More surprises, twists, and turns provide plenty of action, and again love’s eternal power is put to a test, this time involving life and death. (It’s not necessary to have read the first eBook in order to follow “Fresh Blood.”)
Gibbs came to YourNovel.com through the company’s romance-writing contest in 2002 to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Ten winning short stories — including her “Passion Among the Stars,” a romantic story set in outer space — was published in the anthology “Celebrating Romance,” still available on the company website, www.yournovel.com.
Gibbs says, “After I was selected to be published in ‘Celebrating Romance,’ I gained the confidence to submit my efforts to the marketplace and have had other encouraging successes. I had a great time writing ‘Passion Among the Stars,’ so I was excited to get an opportunity to work on this longer eBook for YourNovel.com. Then when they asked for a second installment of the story, I was thrilled. Writing is now my full-time passion with the goal of developing it into a full-time career.”
Gibbs also has published short stories in Church Educator and AlienSkin online magazine, and short pieces in Natural Health and True Confessions. The first chapters of her unpublished science fiction novel placed second in the sci-fi/fantasy category of the 2007 SouthWest Writers Annual Contest. She is a member of Arizona Mystery Writers, the Tucson Saguaro Romance Writers, and the Society of Southwestern Authors, and won a commendation in their 2009 Writing Contest, including publication of her short story in The Story Teller. She also will have a story in the eBook version of the upcoming science fiction anthology Cheer Up, Universe.
After 25 years living in Silver City, NM, she and her husband of 28 years, Ron, moved just north of Tucson to Oro Valley, AZ, last year.
She met her own real-life sweetheart while working in the ore analysis lab of New Cornelia Mine at Ajo, AZ.
They have one daughter, Emily, who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Jay David.
Gail Gibbs received a chemistry degree from the University of Arizona in 1978, and a business degree from Western New Mexico University in 1999. She’s worked a variety of jobs from mining labs to town clerk to non-profit accounting, and has written for her own enjoyment through it all.
“Working with YourNovel.com has been fun,” the author added. “The owners, who are themselves writers, have been very encouraging.”
YourNovel.com’s founders, Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher, who form the husband/wife writing team Fletcher Newbern, have written 18 titles in the line-up. Their company originated personalized romance novels in 1992, and now has six additional writers.
“Fresh Blood,” available from www.YourNovel.com for $24.95, is currently on sale for $19.95, and is the fourth eBook the company has issued. It joins “Danger in Dublin” by Monica Hunt Ellison and “Buried Love” by Katie Brown, and of course Gibbs’ “Vampire Rhapsody.”
In all, YourNovel.com offers seven eBooks — other settings are Paris, Great Exuma in the Bahamas, Little Palm Island in FL, and The Reefs in Bermuda — and 26 full-length adventure-romance novels in either paperback (starting at $39.95) or hardback (starting at $84.95), and there’s the option to add a photo of the starring couple to the cover for $25 more. Paperbacks are generally delivered in one week in the U.S.; hardbacks take two weeks. But eBooks, once payment is approved, are quickly emailed to customers for their own download and printing.
The fastest way to order all titles is on the web at www.YourNovel.com. Those without Internet access can call (800) 444-3356 to have information faxed or mailed.
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