TBT November: Harborview Immortals

I’m doing this a day early because Thursday is Christmas Eve and, in keeping with tradition, my husband and I will spend all day frantically shopping for gifts at the last minute and then taking all night to wrap them. Fun times!

One month ago—after years of manga setbacks—I took the plunge and publicly shared a novel that was very near and dear to me, along with two additional short stories afterwards. I was nervous as hell about it, too, and I’m usually not the nervous type. Although I didn’t put much effort into advertising any of it outside of my own little social media circle and posting them on a few fiction sites, the stories have averaged ten downloads a day since November 21. Presuming that this is not due to a handful of very devoted friends who downloaded them on 300 different computers and devices, I’m pretty damn proud of that. Thank you for taking the time to get to know my diverse little vampire/human family. There are a lot of stories in this series still yet to be told, and I hope you will continue to enjoy reading them as much as I will continue to enjoy writing them.

familyA family moment from the past. Drawn by G. Raven, who also did the art being used in my current header.

Happy Holidays!!!

Small Packages DL and Story Links

Updated from original post on 12/18:

Small Packages Cover

Ah, Christmas Eve. For Jacob, it’s a time for enjoying the presence of his family and friends, making sure that Dominic doesn’t kill his twin brother, and silently hoping that his fourteen-year-old son doesn’t get a thousand tattoos when he grows up because apparently that’s the plan. But hey, at least there are gifts.

Gift-giving isn’t easy when two vampires with a lot of centuries between them have just about everything they could ever possibly need or want. But this year, Jacob has found the perfect gift for Dominic, one that will change both their lives, and he can’t wait to give it to him.

This is a Harborview Immortals prequel short story. While it contains references to Family Matters, no prior knowledge of the book is required.

Contains explicit content.

Download: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
Read online: FictionPress (teaser only), Wattpad, BooksieSilk, Tablo

The Downloads & Story Links page has also been updated.

Okay, that’s it for this year but I’m already working on Book 2 plus a few other Extra stories, one of which I will probably publish in January if time is kind (and one is being reserved for the Smashwords release of Family Matters, whenever that is). In addition to all of that, there will also be those non-vampire stories I mentioned previously. What I’m basically trying to say is that I plan to throw a lot of stories your way in 2016. I hope you don’t mind. 😀


This is a special early posting for those of you who are following my blog and anyone else who happens to stumble across this entry. The story will be announced on social media and posted to the usual sites on 12/20.

Enjoy, and thank you so much for your support! ❤


TBT: Vampire Flicks

One thing I love about vampire stories is seeing various approaches to their existence. Different stories will tweak their strengths and weaknesses in different ways, and I can honestly say that I’m not so hardcore in my own opinions that I can’t appreciate another person’s interpretation (unlike my unwavering belief that zombies should never be able to sprint or do parkour and ninja moves). There may be one or two exceptions to this, but overall, it’s all good.

As I was looking back through some old notes, I came across a very detailed breakdown of what I once wanted out of my vampires. Apparently they could walk around during the daytime and eat food because of… reasons? I’m glad I changed my mind about that, although one of my favorite vampire movies ever—the original Fright Night—featured a vampire who ate fruit, and I was totally cool with that. (Christopher Sarandon explained that it had to do with his character’s genealogy and fruit bats… it made a certain kind of sense.)

Speaking of Fright Night, and getting to the point of this post, here are my favorite vampire movies of all time: Continue reading “TBT: Vampire Flicks”

An Unexpected Addition DL and Story Links

An Unexpected Addition Cover

Vampires Dominic and Jacob have been together for almost two hundred years. Despite the pain of their respective pasts, they now have tremendous wealth, power, and—most importantly—each other. However, thanks to a new business opportunity (and an impromptu quest for flavored lube), they’re about to discover the one thing that they’ve been missing in their long lives: fatherhood.

This is a Harborview Immortals prequel short story (I revised the hell out of it, causing it to lose its novelette status). While it contains references to Family Matters, no prior knowledge of the book is required.

Download: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
Read online: FictionPress, Wattpad, BooksieSilk, Tablo

The Downloads & Story Links page has also been updated. Please message me if you have trouble with any of the links.

(Lastly, because I’m kind of obsessive, the Family Matters downloads have been updated with versions that have properly centered scene breaks. It was keeping me up at nights, you have no idea. Sorry about the fail.)



And by Sunday, I really meant Saturday


Family Matters is now a thing you can download! Details are here. (FYI, all free stories will be posted to that page moving forward.)

Multiple people tested each format on multiple devices, so I’m pretty confident that there should be no issues. I personally tested them all on my Kindle app (I had to manually move the MOBI file to my phone’s app folder, but then it opened just fine), my NOOK (it didn’t like PDF too much but that could be because my NOOK is old as hell), and my laptop. If you have any problems, please comment or shoot me a message at emmapetersonwrites at gmail dot com and I’ll get back to you asap!

Lastly, I don’t know exactly when I’ll publish this on Smashwords (with a new permanent cover and additional bonus content because why not?), but once I have an idea, you’ll be the first to know. 😀

Bad news, awesome news

The Smashwords release of Family Matters has been postponed until further notice, meaning at least until NaNoWriMo is over because dealing with this has been murder on my daily word count.

But!!!  Unless I get blindsided by a meteor *knock on wood* the book will be available for download this weekend—Sunday, most likely—in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. So you will finally be able to get your virtual hands on the book. A week or so following this, An Unexpected Addition will also be made available for download; I decided to hold off on sharing this until after the book was out since it contains references to Family Matters that might be somewhat spoilerish to those of you who did not follow the story when it was previously posted online.

Finally… what do you give the vampire who has everything? Find out Jacob’s answer next month in Small Packages, a sweet and smutty Harborview Immortals short story. Because nothing says Christmas like vampires and porn, am I right? 😀


The evolution of a tale

(I almost typed tail. Lulz. Also heads up: this post contains crack—the butt kind.)

I’m pretty sure at some point in the past—perhaps on the other blog for those of you who followed me here—I mentioned that Family Matters and, by extension, the entire Harborview Immortals series was originally written as a manga. (And if I didn’t mention it, well, now you know. 😀 ) The whole family angle was actually a very small part of the overall story, which was more focused on the interaction between a number of clans spread out across the globe: Spain, Ireland, Britain, Japan, and Italy. The story was told primarily from the Italian clan’s POV, with a little bit of input from the Irish. Jacob didn’t exist here; he’s actually a carryover from an even older story that I wrote about sixteen years ago, though I did snag his present name from another character, Giacobbe, who didn’t make the cut here. The character who became Xan was originally named Niccolo and of Italian and Japanese descent (some of you can guess where the Japanese portion of him ended up). He was also a vampire; the whole human thing was reserved for another. Let’s see, what else… Vincenzo was nice, Demetrio was not, and Luca was a ruthless and slightly rapey enforcer-type. Yikes.

Despite my initial disappointment that the manga never failed to materialize outside of some drawings and pages that will probably never see the light of day, I’m really happy with what the story became and where it will go from here. It took a while to get from there to here, but in the end, it was totally worth the frustration. I hope you’ll agree.


What could have been:  Continue reading “The evolution of a tale”