The cover for the final book in the trilogy is here! Fury’s Bridge is available at boldstrokesbooks.com now. Fury’s Choice is there for pre-order, out in September. Fury’s Death will be out in 2018.
There are lots of great blogs on the Bold Strokes Books site. I’m lucky enough to be in the line-up this week, talking about the journey to my first novel. Take a look here.
Wow. It has really happened.
Today is the official launch of Afterlife, Inc: Fury’s Bridge. My very first novel.
That’s this book, right here:
It’s only on sale at my publisher’s website, though: www.boldstrokesbooks.com
If you’re going to wait and order it on Amazon or get it in a bookstore, you’ll have to wait until the 14th. (It’s on sale with the other March releases at bold strokes, though; 30% off! So totally worth buying now.)
It’s exciting-scary. Like taking that first long run upward on a roller coaster. That building anticipation, the knowledge it’s about to drop and roll and plunge and rise…yeah, it’s a lot like that. There have been some nice reviews on Netgalley, where folks review books which haven’t come out yet. And there are a couple nice ones on Amazon.com.
There may be some bad ones, too. I don’t seek reviews out, though. Between my publisher and my partner, they send me the ones that won’t make me close my laptop for good. I’ve got very thin skin when it comes to criticism, you see. And I feel like a big part of me is in this book, so if people don’t like it, it will be hard not to take it personally. I think there may be a bit less of me in the second and third books in the series, and I wonder if I’ll be able to read the reviews myself one day.
From what I’ve read of other people’s reviews, reviewers can be really cruel. Like, instead of just saying, “Not for me” they go on and on about all the things they didn’t like and that they think the author didn’t do well…I think people forget this is someone’s sweat and tears, and there’s a real person behind that book who has feelings. It’s fine to say you don’t like something, but is it ever necessary to be really mean about it?
Anyway…I’m often off on tangents these days.
So. It’s launch day. If you read the book, I hope you enjoy it. Yes, it requires suspension of disbelief; it’s fantasy, after all. But I hope you’ll consider the questions that come up in it yourself. I think reading is a great way to engage with deeper questions about life. And, hopefully you’ll laugh a bit too.
Book two, Fury’s Choice, is out in September. Book three, Fury’s Death, is out in 2018. Chosen, a stand alone environmental apocalypse romance-ish book, is also out in 2018.
I hope you’ll stick around for some of the others. And if you want to drop me a line, please do!
You know it’s coming, but you don’t know when. And so it’s still just a thought in the back of your mind…
And then the doorbell rings and it’s happening.
The book. Your first novel. The one you’d never had the patience to write. It’s right there, the glossy cover reflecting your tear stained face. Your words, in print, ready to go out in the world.
Surreal. Overwhelming. Exciting.
Emotions not even named yet.
My first book in the Afterlife, Inc series, Fury’s Bridge, comes out next month. I’m equal parts excited and terrified. It’s a big thing, sending your creation out into the world. Granted, it probably won’t run roughshod over the city like Dr Frankenstein’s monster, but it’s still scary.
(Now I’m picturing a book stomping though a city, its pages sweeping illiteracy and ignorance out of its way…)
Okay, I’m back.
Stories are fabulous. Humans have been story tellers for as long as they’ve been communicating; papyrus, stone, marble, paper…stories have been laid into all of them. But why? Who makes stuff up, and why? I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s most recent book, and he says in it that he writes because there are stories living in his head, little magots that must come out (terribly paraphrased). I think there’s truth to that.
When I was at the gym yesterday, in a workout class that was kicking my ass, the lights began to flicker and I thought, ‘what if we came out of this class and the rest of the world was gone? Blown up, or lost in another dimension? What would we do? Would this sweaty, red-faced group of people in my body combat class be my survival compatriots?’
Then the sit ups began and I stopped thinking altogether.
But for me, that’s how stories are born. I want to know what would happen if… And then I populate the situation with characters. It’s magic, taking a ‘what-if’ and turning it into someone’s journey, seeing what could happen and what kind of people would make it through.
So, yeah. Fury’s Bridge is out next month. And after that a few short stories are coming out too. One in Girls Next Door by Bold Strokes Books, and one in Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms by Cleis Press are out this summer. And I’ve had another accepted for Dark Desires, also by Cleis Press, out next year. My next book in the Afterlife series, Fury’s Choice, will be out in September.
Another blog tour! This could get addictive. Did you read Tazmin’s yesterday?
This one is for the forthcoming Me and My Boi anthology, which features my story Resurrection, and was edited by the esteemed Sacchi Green.
Gender has always been an area of interest for me. I grew up with a lesbian femme parent, who only dated butch women. It was all I knew and I took for granted that was the way of things. In fact, I believed that for a long time, even when I was mocked and judged for being a femme amongst a highly non-femme community.
It’s only over the last few years, if I’m honest, that I’ve begun to release my hold on cherished old notions of gender-play, and explore more about what gender, and lesbian relationships, look like. Though, I was put down for not looking/behaving like a ‘real lesbian’, which means plenty of other folks also hold onto rigid ideas of what sexuality looks like, even when we’re already marginalised.
And from there comes my story in Me and My Boi. It’s playing with stereotypes, with expectations, and mostly with curiosity and the desire to know…more. It’s also exploring the desire to let go; of a façade, of control, of the need to appear strong no matter what. It’s allowing for possibilities and understanding, beyond the socially acceptable boundaries we get so used to existing within each day.
And, it’s hot sex. There’s always a place for that, no matter how long your hair may be.
Anyone who comments on any of the posts will be entered in a drawing for one free copy of the anthology. You can comment on more than one post and be entered more than once. The winner will be announced and notified by June 25, if not sooner.
Tomorrow’s blog is by J. Caladine and you can read it, and a lot of the other blogs, here.
This story is under Ronnie Willows, as are a few others. My forthcoming novels in the Afterlife, Inc series are under Brey Willows, and I’ve published a number of other short stories under Victoria Oldham. You can see my book list here.