I'd seen the mock-up to this cover last week, and (grinning ear-to-ear) I'd fallen in love with the tone. So seeing the final version this morning came as such a wicked surprise, especially seeing the symbol at the bottom of the right hand cover there.
The Society of Masters... whips... it all looks and sounds so, so... secret and sexy. I'll explain in a minute, but first:
It should have stayed firmly in the past.
Video footage of Jack Harrison sleeping with Cutter, a man who has mutilated teenagers, should have stayed dead and buried with the man who had filmed it. Yet when footage to Jack’s past starts appearing on Internet porn sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head. At first the porn links are done to unsettle, to disrupt Jack’s fire and ice world: all the sexed-up adrenaline of being caught between the pleasure to Gray Raoul's BDSM kink, and the gentleness of Jan Richards’ vanilla touch. But when the content of the porn sites force even Gray to turn his back on Jack, leaving Jack isolated and away from the full protection of the Master’s Circle, Jack is left at the mercy of a group of men who are out to alter Jack’s whole perception on his BDSM lifestyle.
As brutally as possible, Jack’s sex life is now live webcam feed for a whole new audience.
Antidote's cover is pretty special to me, partly because it's the sequel to Don't..., but also because of that symbol on the cover. If you have a sneak peek at Ms. Kelling's new cover to Forgive Us, just down there to the right hand corner, it carries one too.
The Society of Masters represents everything behind mine and Lynn Kelling's shared-world project (between Don't and Deliver Us). It also means that every project concerning the Society of Masters will come with a variant of this symbol: a whip circling the name of our realm: The Society of Masters (or SM for short).
Antidote will be the introduction to the SoM, briefly setting the scene for Ms. Kelling's Forgive Us (book #3 to Deliver Us). Ms. Kelling's novel will be the main setting for the shared-worlds to begin with, with Jack, Jan, and Gray taking a trip over to America. My Don't #3 novel will then see Trace, Gabe, and Dare come over to English shores. Other tie-in projects are also in the making.
Every time I take a step back and look at all of the possibilities to this Society, it frustrates me that I can't write all of the ideas down quickly enough. I need more hands, and I need more time, because the opportunity and ways to connect the worlds are limitless. And as an author, I love the drive and passion that it is instilling.
Antidote coming soon: