Today, Aleks is back to talk about Storm Grant and her short story Sucks & Blows. Without a lot of rambling on my part, I will just step aside with a big warm welcome to Storm...welcome to my Place m'dear. :)
And a big ...welcome back Aleks. :)
eBook release: Oct 30 2011
Word count: 4,500
Page count: 19
Heat Wave: 4 - On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 2 - Not many
Blurb: Deeply in debt to a loan shark, oversexed dentist Cary Drewel lives in fear of foreclosure and bodily harm. His new practice is missing one rather crucial element: patients. Which, terrifyingly enough, is the one thing his creditors also don’t have.
Pierce Sharpe, a powerful vampire with a drinking problem—or, more accurately, a problem drinking—can’t feed through the pain in his damaged eye teeth. In danger of losing his standing in the vampire community, Pierce seeks Cary's dental services. When Cary extracts his canines, Pierce must turn to other bodily fluids for sustenance.
Together, Cary and Pierce find a mutually pleasurable solution to both their problems. Turns out, though, there’s more to this dentist-patient relationship than simple suction, and what began with raw hunger from each of them might just end in love.
Aleksandr Voinov discusses Sucks & Blows by Storm Grant
Storm Grant’s Sucks & Blows is our first reprint, and was a bit of an opportunistic acquisition, as in, I saw Storm tweet that her original contract with Torquere had run out, so there was clearly an opportunity to get our hands on a piece of writing from her. (Yes, we acquire books via Twitter – can’t say we’re not embracing social media!)
I’ve been in contact with Storm for something like three or four years now (an eternity on the internet in any case), and I really enjoyed her novel Gym Dandy, which features her trademark quirky humour and the puns she delivers so well. Hence, once Sucks & Blows became available, I asked her if she might be interested. I already knew she was funny, I had her on the list of authors I enjoy and hoped to acquire for Riptide, and she was so gracious to send me the story even though we didn’t really have a website yet and Riptide at that point was nothing but a very excited pitch.
Once I read the story, I knew it was a winner. Lots of people say they write humour, but few actually make me laugh. So when a writer manages to make me laugh out loud on the tube during my commute, I know I want the story. The humour really works on two sides – you get the quick puns you just didn’t see coming and the sitcom element of over-the-topness (I mean, a vampire at the dentist? What’s not to love?). As the story had already been published, we looked at it with fresh eyes and gave it a little guidance on the pacing level, but it came together very nicely and beautifully (and a fair bit longer than the original as a bonus).
And the greatest thing is – based on her experiences with us, Storm is getting ready to submit another story to us called Few are Chosen. Can’t wait to get my hands on that one!
Choice of Storm Grant’s Shift Happens, Gym Dandy, or Tart &Soul.
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