This past week, Vampires of the Scarlet Order was featured at the website, Ereader News Today. Since it was first mentioned on November 13, its sales rank at Amazon has been going up. I’m gratified to see the book finding new readers. If you’re one of those new readers who discovered the book through the Ereader News Today promotion, thanks for giving it a try!
Around the same time as the Ereader News Today promotion came live, I noticed that my publisher labeled Vampires of the Scarlet Order as book 1 of the Scarlet Order series and Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order as book 2. It’s an interesting choice on my publisher’s part, especially since Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order is actually set before Vampires of the Scarlet Order.
Of course, this begs one of the age-old questions of series. Which order should they be read in? In the case of these first two Scarlet Order books, I don’t really think it matters. Each novel is a standalone story. If you prefer your books to happen in chronological order, then you should definitely start with Dragon’s Fall even though it’s book 2. However, I don’t believe you’ll be lost if you start with Vampires of the Scarlet Order. In this case, “Book 2” will give you some more history and insight into the characters you discovered in “Book 1.”
Another question raised by listing the books as a series is whether or not there will be a Book 3 and what it would be about. In fact, the cold, hard reality of the publishing business is that much depends on how well books 1 and 2 do. That said, I actually have outlined three more Scarlet Order books.
One of these three books continues the story of Draco, Roquelaure, and Alexandra started in Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order. We see what happens to them as they get involved in the European wars of the 1600s through the 1800s. The second book outlined tells the story of the vampire Rudolfo as he travels to the new world and becomes embroiled with the Spanish conquest of North America. The third outlined novel is a sequel to Vampires of the Scarlet Order where the vampires learn more about the beings that created them and their place in the universe.
If you’ve read one or both of the Scarlet Order novels, I’d love to hear what you think. What’s more, I’d love to hear what you’d like to see next. Would you like more about the vampires in history? Would you like to see where they go in the future? Either way, please be sure to tell your friends about the series. That’s the best way you can be sure there will be a book 3 and beyond!