July 2010

Dear reader,

Summer is here! So is Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, which comes out tomorrow, July 20!

Check out my article "Dracula: The Roots of the Vampire Romance" which runs in the Huffington Post today.

I’m thrilled to share some advance reviews of Dracula, My Love:


"The rest of the world might think they know everything about the Count from Transylvania, but only Mina Harker, who once fell under the seductive spell of literature's most famous vampire, knows Dracula's true story. James gives readers an intriguing alternate theory as to the events that occurred in Stoker's classic horror tale while at the same time delivering a spooky yet thoroughly romantic love story."
Chicago Tribune


"The story unfolds with fast-paced action, well-written dialogue, and historical events mixed in with a truly remarkable love story that keeps the reader glued to every page ... Mixing history with a fantastic mystery has certainly given this author another hit ... right out of the park! Readers will bury themselves happily in this book, because the one and only Count has truly been gone for far too long."
Feathered Quill


"The L.A. author and queen of nineteenth-century re-imaginings (The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) presents the untold story of the original forbidden love."
Los Angeles Magazine


5 stars. What magnificent writing! To put it simply: this novel was truly outstanding! I took pleasure in gaining new understanding and insight to Dracula's character, the compelling action of the plot, and the ardent yet illicit love affair between Dracula and Mina Harker. Dracula, My Love is a poignant, passionate, and powerful novel you should not miss!
—Austenesque Reviews


"A new twist on the old legend. The author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen proves herself a mistress of recreating a romantic female fantasy. She answers all the tantalizing "what-if" questions left unanswered in the original tale. Syrie James paints a vivid picture of a woman in the grip of dark passion. If you think you know the legend, her thoroughly modern Mina will surprise and delight you. It's a dark and sizzling romance for hot summer days and nights."
Dolce Dolce


"With its poetic, 19th-century prose style, this tale about a fierce, forbidden romance will appeal to even the most jaded romance fan."
—Library Journal


“It reads like a tense film script begging to be translated to the screen. Highly recommended.”
The Compulsive Reader

Dracula, My Love (from Avon A, an imprint of HarperCollins) is available everywhere books are sold.  To order on Amazon please click here.

To view a video trailer for Dracula, My Love, please click on the image above.

Here's a link to an excerpt from Dracula, My Love.

More Media and Promotions for Dracula, My Love

Goodreads.com is running a dedicated Dracula, My Love page with friend reviews.

Bittenbybooks.com will be running a virtual launch party for my novel with a grand-prize give-away on July 20.  Please join the fun and consider leaving a comment! To RSVP and enter the contest, click here today!

BookClubGirl.com on Air (Blogtalkradio.com) will be running a live radio interview with me on August 16 at 4 PM Pacific Time, 7 PM EST. Readers are invited to call in to talk to me and/or type in questions during the show.

Sutter Home Wine and Book Club is featuring the novel as their July/August selection, along with my personal entertainment tips.

Links to a variety of interviews and blogs which will run in July and August, including writenowtoday, literaryescapism, coffeetimeromance, nightowlreviews, vampirelibrarian, and popsyndicate, will be available on my website.

Other News

Here are a few highlights from the wonderful "Brandeis Lunch With The Authors" in April in Sunnyvale, where I was one of the guest speakers.

The booksigning event was a great success and raised substantial funds for that worthy organization.

I have truly been writing around the clock for the past year and a half, keeping vampiric hours and habits. And I’ve been having so much fun!

My upcoming novel Nocturne is a darkly thrilling romance about a young woman who's saved from death on a Colorado mountain road during a raging blizzard, and is snowbound for days with a handsome, fascinating, highly accomplished, yet mysterious stranger.  They fall deeply in love. When she finds out his dark secret, she's miles from anywhere and has nowhere to run. Nocturne will be published by Vanguard Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, in February 2011.

My original screenplay TAME THE WILD SKY, a coming-of-age story about a teenaged boy who rescues and rehabilitates a rare, injured falcon—a relationship that changes his life and the lives of all those around him—will be presented in a staged reading at the Writer’s Guild of America in Los Angeles on Sept. 27. If you’d like to attend, please email me and I’ll put you on the invite list.

I also co-wrote a novel with my son Ryan, about a sixteen-year-old girl who's turning psychic, falls in love with the hot new guy in school, and soon finds herself thrust into a dangerous world of fallen angels and their corrupt descendants.  It will be published by Harper Teen in 2012.

On a personal note...

I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your support of my work. If you enjoy my novels, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me or leave a message on my website! And please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might appreciate it. Have a wonderful summer!