Here be the blurb, which consists of the shortened versions of each volume:
Book 1: It's 1815. Garrick Mortimer is a starving genius, who agrees to sign on as tutor to Desmond Hathaway, the youngest son of a vampire family living in Yorkshire. When Desmond's older brother returns from Italy for a visit and brings with him a small group of talentless poets, life in Dryden Abbey turns upside-down, mainly when Desmond meets Leigh Blaise Sherbourne, a sullen vampire poet.It's an AU Regency pastiche involving melodramatic vampires, utterly shitty poets, an exasperated human tutor and a heavily put-upon human family magician. There's a love triangle, happy servants who don't need to work because their employers want their home looking as run-down as possible, and faux graveyards and poisonous gardens.
Book 2: As the poets continue their campaign of destruction in Dryden Abbey, Garrick struggles in the classroom, with distracted pupils eroding all of his hard work. And an unexpected love triangle further complicates things for Desmond. Through all these, Garrick and Desmond will realize that the chasm separating them as distinct species will forge a stronger bond of friendship than they expected.
Oh, and a torture chamber where vampire youngsters get to play. Or hide when the going gets tough.
I had a ton of fun writing the two books, and I'm so, so happy to see them both combined in one final version, which, I hope, will also be available in print format soon. That bit depends on when Draft2Digital finally moves forward with their print program, which is still in beta mode. Once it's ready for indie authors to make use of, I'm on it.
For the main book page for Desmond and Garrick, go here. And happy reading!