Julius and Livia – two more scenes

A continuation of my weekend scribbling, taking the story of Father Julius and Livia in New York from the end of the last post


Work on Bian’s Tale was slow this week as I came down with a head cold. Should be back on track next week, but I also have the annotations for Angel Stakes to be translated into German, and the checking of the audio for Angels Stakes, which is due.

While suffering like a man from my cold, I did have some great ideas for scenes in Bite Back 6, which *might* be called Inner Game.

I also have had some messages asking what the hell is the ‘Afro-centric steampunk’ I mentioned recently, so I’ll give teasers from that as well.

Julius and Livia seem popular enough for a novella, but I’m not sure there’s enough from just them alone. I have a second thread which I sketched out when I was staying in Brooklyn last year, which might work. Stay tuned.

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Thank you for visiting one of the posts from Change in Regime. This novella is now available on Amazon, and to also make it available on Kindle Unlimited, I have to remove these posts from my blog.

Anyway, here is the cover copy and link:

Like an electric current, arcing from ear to ear through the New York underworld, the word comes; he’s here. The city has a new Master of vampires, House Altau, and the existing, unaffiliated community is now facing a sentence of death.

The storm builds, and one of the leaders of that community, Livia or Julius, must chose to be the lightning conductor to save the rest from destruction. But will that be an acceptable sacrifice to Altau?

And if so, which one of them will it be?


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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/

21 responses to “Julius and Livia – two more scenes”

  1. Justin says :

    Yes keep ‘m coming 😁

  2. Jon.Gray says :

    Might I have more? Please?

  3. Tara says :

    Enjoying these snippets!

  4. Mark Henwick says :

    Thank you John, Justin & Tara!

    More on the way, probably at the end of the month.

  5. elkwood says :

    Really enjoyed that !! I knew that Sklur was old but i had no idea he had been around that long !!!

    Now i see why being able to extend kins lives would be such a big deal. I was thinking that the top most age of your characters where around 2kish. If Sklur is around 3 to 4k range then that puts Dianna even older

    Like the others i do hope u are able to develop this set of characters a bit more!!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Elkwood.

      As you say, Diana is kumemnon. Both Skylur and the Emperor of Heaven are very old, and there are Carpathians of similar age. However, they’re rare.

      I will be developing these guys into a novella, which will include one thread I’ve not shown yet.

      Bian’s Tale remains my current priority however.

  6. . says :

    Sir, I have said it before, but I will say it again…You write vampires for adults.
    These little snippets are further proof that your work is turning into the best of wines…better with age and each passing story.
    My only regret about your work is that I don’t know more people who read for pleasure to tell about it.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. leveke says :

    I just love these so much. They also help to bridge the time to BB6 while making me excited for it all over again

  8. Shannon says :

    Awesome news about the novella! Sometimes reading story snippets makes me feel like the child at the end of the attached comic.
    “It was yummy, but i would like some more…”

  9. Michael Orton says :

    The novella will be great, but I would far prefer it if you could produce enough material for one “book” focusing on their perspective of events.

    If you have another idea for another thread please do not feel pressured into using it to pack some more words into one “book” when with care we might get two.

    At the rate things keep appearing I don’t think it will take too long.

    Ok it will take too long, but that’s just me being greedy.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Michael.

      The second thread shares the problem of the bare-bones Julius and Livia thread, in there there is not enough to stand alone. I could reveal them as two stories here and the visitors to this page would probably be happy, but I always have to have one eye on the commercial presentation of it. Sales-wise, selling a ‘novella’ is a much better than a ‘short story’ and these novellas could bring more readers into the main series.

      • Michael Orton says :

        I am happy to believe your statement that there is not enough material for these two threads to stand alone right now. It just seems to me that you might be assuming the characters have done all they are going to do when they can still have a chance encounter which can send them off doing something very interesting.

        I was once told that “Strider” caught Tolkien by surprise. Apparently when originally written he was a bit part and not intended to advance the main plot at all.

        Of course you have to consider the commercial aspect of all this, and you do need to let your readers know about the main series. Someone starting with The Biting Cold and Winter’s Kiss thread needs to know all about Amber before that car gets to Denver.

        But might you consider a “sample” folk could download for free rather than packing an except in the back of other books? The iPhone I use for reading these is complaining about its memory being full and I find it slightly annoying that I have to keep the opening of one book in more than one place. Surely a link in the back of Winter’s Kiss to the “Sample” of Slight of Hand would be just as good, yet not take up as much room on my phone.

        • Mark Henwick says :

          The current marketing advice is that even a single click on a link might be an impediment.

          I’d never actually thought much about people reading on iPhones, and if the device is complaining about Winter’s Kiss, then I’m not sure how it would deal with any of the main series books.

          This has set me off thinking about serialisation, which would solve the memory problem and might actually be a marketing opportunity. Thanks.

          • Michael Orton says :

            A clarification on the memory problem:
            It is the sum of all the memory requirements for all kindle books, the rest of the aps I want, plus the photos and videos yet to be archived which is the problem.

            I’m currently deleting aps I seldom use as the books I am less likely to want to read without wi-fi to reload have already gone.

            Once the new computer hardware is on-line I can archive the photos and relax. But there is a huge sliding block puzzle to solve before that happens.

            FYI: the books which are saying on the iPhone are all of yours plus all of Christopher Nuttall’s “Schooled in Magic” series, and the two by Drew Hayes about Fred the Vampire Accountant. There are of course others which come and go from the cloud.

  10. stephen says :

    Mark, this is all well and good but when do we get back to Amber?

    • Mark Henwick says :

      My working effort is currently split about 75-25 between Bian’s Tale and Bite Back 6. Julius and Livia and Nyanga are weekend exercises, which, like reading, are necessary to keep my writing brain fresh.

      As for schedules, I am afraid I’m not very good at estimations. I will keep everyone posted at major milestones such as first draft etc.

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