We started the 'A Vested Interest' series in 2007 and it took over a year before I came up with an ending we were happy with. At 170,000 words A Vested Interest was too long though. We cut it heavily but still ended with a 140,000 word book. There was no alternative, we had to split it into a two book series. Doing that, we thought, would allow us to put back some of the content we had cut and expand the second book (Dark Secrets) a little.
Well that was the plan. We ended up splitting the second book and making a trilogy by adding 'No Secrets'. The original ending didn't quite fit now so we moved it into a fourth book - Stones, Stars and Solutions.
And so it goes on. We are now writing book 10 and 11 of the series. Shelia has written a spin-off book 'Blood of the Rainbow' and is busy writing a sequel. Altogether it's 1.2 million words so far! In terms of time, we've only covered a few months. There is an end in sight but not for another 5,000 years. Maybe I'll get to use my original ending then?
About the Authors
John and Shelia Chapman are a husband and wife team who met on Internet and crossed the Atlantic to be together. John, an English ex-science and computer teacher contributed the technology and 'nasty' bits while Shelia drew on her medical experience in the USA and produced the romance. The humour? That came from real life.
Jared Thundercloud, a man with paranormal abilities, has lost his wife. He knew she wasn't his 'perfect match' but he loved her. Now fate has thrown his perfect match in his path and she looks exactly like his deceased wife!
Jared Thundercloud laughed at his grandfather's old stories and legends. Now the girl that's been visiting his dreams since he was nineteen is standing across the street from him. She's the reason he became a doctor. He hoped he could change a predestined future by being in the right place at the right time. Can he? Will fate be kind, or will destiny rule out?
Book 8 of the A Vested Interest Series.
A dead woman wreaks havoc after she is taken over by hostile aliens. She escapes and is followed to the ancient Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza. Bitter rivals Sam and Jared must follow her to recover stolen DNA samples. In the process Sam makes a choice and painfully has his DNA altered.
Conceived by one man, the DNA of an unborn child had been altered in his mother's womb to match another man.
The alien Dine’é Yá had intervened. The mother was given a choice. Take the simple path or leave the memories unchanged. Whatever she chose would have consequences and there could be no further changes.
Book 6 in the series. With the Atlantic Ocean between them, Donna never expected to see Jared again. After Donna passed through a portal between continents she was surprised to find Jared and a ten year old boy waiting. The boy was her son, and he wasn't supposed to be born yet! Teleportation and time travel were just the beginning however, next comes telepathy and possession by a hostile alien.
James finds a tunnel and portal in their secret complex. After being rescued from behind an invisible barrier, the tunnel is sealed until they can investigate it properly. It should be safe behind a concrete wall but while a wedding takes place, 5 year old Tom manages to take his mother through the portal. Where do they go? A rescue mission tries to follow and discovers time travel is involved.
Book 4 in the 'A Vested Interest' series.
After an ancient document and mysterious object are recovered, Sir Richard and his family begin a global tour searching for a promised power source. Their search takes them to ancient monuments and places of pilgrimage. Unfortunately they are two days behind opponents who are doing their best to destroy the evidence left by aliens.
Book 3 of the 'A Vested Interest' series.
Sir Richard and Donna have information suggesting Donna's mother is alive and hiding. Sam Kaliea's mother has been hiding a secret too. Why is Natress so secretive about his daughter's birth?
Evil tycoon Forrest is dead, but there's a man who looks exactly like him, warming up to a woman in her nineties.
To get answers there will need to be no secrets.
Book 2 of the 'A Vested Interest' series.
Gary Brown has no option other than to kidnap his ex-fiancée. Donna Triplet slowly regains her memories. Despite a further attack, it begins to look as if their adversaries have been overcome. All is not as it seems. The Triplets discover a dark secret hidden for a thousand years and Richard finds Donna ripped from his arms by an enemy he cannot fight!
When Donna Rigden gets fed up with her job at D’Netics Research Facility she resigns. Big mistake! Donna is now on the hit list of one of the most notorious men in the corporate US. He has no morals and doesn’t accept 'No.'
"A story of corporate jealousy at the highest levels, greed, spite,vengeance, advanced technology, medicine, love and betrayal, and the very essence of life itself."
Smashwords book reviews by John and Shelia Chapman
on March 13, 2013
It's not often I come across a book which will appeal to 50 Shades, Twilight and Christine Feehan 'Dark series' fans - except it's better written than any of them.
It has the erotic sex of 50 Shades - but not the constant repetition.
It has the quest by an immortal to kill the evil ones of the Dark series - but not the spelling, grammar or formatting errors.
It has the young girl meeting the attractive immortal and at risk from the evil adversities - but not the sparkly vampires and cold hard skin.
Best of all - it's currently FREE!
There are a couple of things wrong - the cover gives no clue to the content and at one point there is some weak astronomy. Neither spoils an excellent story.