Several times I’ve teased a book called Chinese Vengeance, and for those of you who’ve been around since the beginning, you may recall a novella of that name I published on Ruthie’s Club in 2001. As with a lot of stuff I’ve been doing since restarting my writing career, some old fans have asked about it and wanted to know if I would re-release it.
The problem with the original CV is that it’s a bit too extreme for Amazon. There are some awfully dark elements in it, to the point that it could arguably be viewed as erotic horror. A lot of people liked it, but it would almost certainly be rejected because of the lines it crosses.
But I liked it then, and I still do. So I decided not just to rewrite it but remake it. I took all the main characters, the same basic theme, and started an entirely new novel. What came out at the other end, as of this afternoon, is something quite different from the original book, both in plot, character, and theme. It’s still dark erotica—darker in some respects than the original—but doesn’t cross any lines Amazon would find objectionable. (Does it dance up against them repeatedly? Yes, yes, it does.) It’s also, in my humble opinion, a lot better, maybe one of the best things I’ve ever written.
Because of all these and some other reasons, I’ve decided that Chinese Vengeance no longer works as a title. It deserves its own identity. So I need to come up with a new one. (Right now, I’m calling it Spider, but I’m not entirely happy with that.)
I’m sending it out for beta reading shortly, and once I’ve come up with a title, I’m ordering a cover. If all goes well, I expect to have it up for pre-order in January. Stay tuned.