Someone asked me the other day, "Wasn't Dino's story supposed to be a Novella?"
Oh, now you wanna throw my words back at me?
I'm only half kidding.
When I first decided to go ahead with writing Dino's story, I did intend for it to only be a novella of maybe 40-50k, something to be used as a sort of add-on/happy surprise/what-really-happened kind of thing. That was my intention, because I had such a work load and schedule as it was for the upcoming year.
But then one thing happened, and another. Dropping a stress bomb from my life like the heavy, useless sack of rocks it was certainly helped to free up time for the upcoming months and year. And so, the small project I had started with the intention of keeping it small didn't exactly have to stay that way any longer.
Of course, it's not that simple. Just because I can make something longer, doesn't mean it should be longer. I let my characters tell me what they want or need when it comes to the story. I am only the vessel they use to get the tale out, not that I particularly mind.
However, it didn't take me long at all to realize that the Dino DeLuca I had introduced in The Chicago War was not going to be quite the same man who tells his own personal story in DeLuca Duet. And that his story needed to be longer than 40-50k to be properly told, and for the reader to have an enjoyable, standalone Duet to actually take with them when they went. There's a few different reasons for this, but some of the major ones are:
1. You're getting a personal look at Dino's life, history, and reality like you never did in Deathless & Divided, never mind the small bit of info provided about him in Scarless & Sacred.
2. The large majority of the Duet is told before the events of the War ever even happen.
3. This is Dino's story, not the War retold. This is what happened, what lead him to that point, and why he made those choices.
In the War, Dino was a protagonist of sorts, a catalyst, even. He caused chaos, and he did so with seemingly very little rhyme or reason to those around him. Others saw him as a puppeteer, a man pulling strings and manipulating them in the end.
Truth was, he never saw himself as any of those things, because he was too busy trying to keep chaos from happening, trying to stop people he loved from being hurt, and he was far too busy being hurt and manipulated himself by a man no one was paying and damn attention to.
And so he did what he needed to do, and he made no apologies for it, regardless of how he came out in the end.
The end ... well, that's a whole other matter.
I have long since said the Duet does not end for Dino the way it did in the War series. In fact, it ends with a Happily Ever After, MONTHS after Scarless begins. I wrote DeLuca Duet with the full intention of readers having no idea what The Chicago War was, and still being able to read the Duet and be satisfied and knowledgable.
So all in all, what you think you know about the War, Duet, Dino DeLuca, and even the endings, has just barely scratched the surface of the DeLuca Duet. There's a lot more to learn, and a HEA to get to.
I'm very excited to share.
Now, for the tour stuff.
Indie Sage will once again be hosting the tour for Waste of Worth (DeLuca Duet: Part One). They're such an awesome company to work for, and Mia is just great (she's the lady I work with for this stuff over there). And so, if you want to signup and be a part of the tour, the link for that is below.
SIGN UP HERE.
Direct Link: http://indiesage.com/tour-waste-worth-deluca-duet-part-one-bethany-kris/
And hugs, loves.
Author. Canadian. Mother. Lover. I write about bad guys who fall for their women and fall hard.