- Author Bio
HER SECRET MUST BE KEPT FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Set in the otherworldly megalopolis that is today’s Shanghai, Temple Drake’s suspenseful first novel blends the gothic, the erotic, and the supernatural as it charts an intense and dangerous affair.
One night in 2012, executive Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Western woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be…
To Zhang’s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels driven to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?
Written in spare, high-octane prose, NVK is the first in a series of dark, hypnotic novels that explore the roots of desire and the cruel costs of immortality.
Story Locale: Shanghai, China
Marketing: Early bound manuscripts to be distributed at Winter Institute
Reading group promotions
Extensive direct email marketing campaign
Major social media marketing campaign
Goodreads giveaway and promotion
DRCs available on Edelweiss
Advertising in NYTBR, Shelf Awareness, Litbreaker network
Publicity: National review, feature and serialization push to long-lead magazines (O, Elle, Vogue), weeklies (Entertainment Weekly, People, NYTBR) and daily papers
Online review and feature coverage (Buzzfeed Reader, HelloGiggles, Bustle, Daily Beast, Slate, Literary Hub, Huffington Post, etc.)
National and local radio & TV outreach, including NPR shows
Niche national review and feature outreach to supernatural, vampire, and YA crossover interest media
Website/blog review and feature coverage, especially targeting YA & adult fantasy and noir readers
“[A] supercharged, genre-mixing first novel.” —BBC, Ten Books to Read in November
“An atmospheric and evocative tale buoyed by a sensual affair, Drake’s debut is a compelling read.” —Booklist
“A steamy affair turns supernatural…the ending subverts expectations and provides a perfect springboard for NVK’s next adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Seamlessly blending sophisticated gothic fantasy with a stylish, neon-lit allure, NVK is our sexy new obsession…Drake writes this thriller in a deliberately minimalist style that’s as spare and elegant as Scandinavian furniture…mysterious and bewitching.” —Apple Books, Top 10 Best Debut Novels of the Season