The first four titles were re-released in the late spring of
Number five was Sins of the Flesh and it was released in the
fall of 2001. The entire idea of the book was sparked by my
friend, Jeff. One day he walked up to me and said, 'Is that
a crucifix in your pocket or are you happy to see me?' I
then began thinking about what kind of a woman would dare to
say that to an elder Vampire and Sunni was born.
Set in New Orleans, one of the characters is based on a real
person. Mambo Cecille was born (vaguely) in the image of a
Voodoo priestess from Bayou Blue, LA. The real 'Cecille' was
a big help with my voodoo, voodun and Louisiana research.
Number six, the final Shadow Dwellers title published, is
Temptation. It was released in late spring 2002. The Chat
Noir, the bar/restaurant where most of the book takes place,
was a real establishment in New Orleans. Unfortunately it
closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In 2001, the first six books were put into print (covers
below). In 2002, LTDBooks ceased publication and the Shadow
Dwellers were homeless once again.
In the fall of 2003, the books were re-released in their
third incarnation from Ellora's Cave. The first six ebooks
were released in the fall of 2003 and two of the titles were
changed. Shameless became Tempt Not The Cat and Redemption
The first two titles were released in trade paperback,
entitled Shadow Dwellers, in January 2007. (Cover on the
Home Page) Syneca is the cover artist for these books and as
you can see, she's a genius! My favorite is Tempt Not The
Cat, love her eyes, but they are all simply stunning.
In April 2009, the rights to the last four titles of the
series reverted back to me. The first two books, One With
The Hunger and Retribution are still available from their
So here we are at the fouth (and hopefully final!)
incarnation of this series. Tempt Not the Cat (book 3) and
Reckoning (book 4 - was Atonement) have been contracted by
Samhain Publishing. Tempt Not the Cat will be released
October 31, 2009 and Reckoning will be released December 3,
2009. Both of these titles have been revised to stand
independently of the first two titles. In TNTC, about forty
new pages have been added.
I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about the background of the
series as I had fun picking through these memories. :)
Ciao ~ J.C.
For the LTDBooks covers, the photos they used are mine. For
One With The Hunger (above) that is a photo I took in New
York in the early nineties.
For Retribution, that photo isn't mine but a friend who
lives in Ireland took it at a local fairy ring. The
lightning was added digitally.
Shameless, the background photo is of Vail Valley. I took
this one in 1996 on a mountain overlooking the valley at a
place the locals call The Knob.
Redemption, the background is another photo of the valley
I'd taken at sunrise and the gravestone is in a cemetery
about five minutes from my house. The flowers were growing
along the road in my town and they looked enough like
heather so we fudged it.
Sins of the Flesh - the model is my friend, Debbie. She was
so thrilled that she framed a copy and gave it to her
husband for their anniversary.
Temptation - the model is my friend Brett and he's a cop in