Monday, February 29, 2016

The Hypnotic City is on Goodreads!!!

The Hypnotic City (the sequel / spinoff of my debut novel, The Heartless City), officially has its own Goodreads page now! It comes out on August 1st, but you can "want to read" it now. :) Both books are now part of an official series with a new "series name" as well - The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles. Here is the description:

The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles is a YA Historical Fantasy series involving glittering excess and science-gone-wrong in reimagined urban settings during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

In The Heartless City, it's 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years, terrorized by a race of monsters created by Henry Jekyll. Due to his own devastating brush with science, seventeen-year-old Elliot is now an empath, leveled by the emotions of a terrorized, dying city. He finds an unlikely ally in a music hall waitress named Iris, and together they must discover who's pulling the strings in Jekyll's wake. Monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.

The Hypnotic City follows Philomena Blackwell from formerly quarantined London to New York City in 1905, where she is set on proving that while she may be small on the outside, her soaring talent eclipses even Manhattan’s towering skyline. When she lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell - just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager - but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway's bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull.

I still can't believe Goodreads has TWO books listed under my name. :)


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Love Letter from Cambrian Branch

For the month of February, fabulous author Em Shotwell has been hosting a love letter challenge on her blog (which is great, btw - you should check it out!), and I was featured last Monday. The challenge was to write a love letter from the POV of one of our characters, and I chose Cambrian from The Heartless City because he has a special place in my heart. (The recipient of the letter isn't named, as that would be a spoiler). The challenge was fun and I loved the result, so here is a copy of Cambrian's letter. (And, like I said, you can also read it - and many other awesome author letters - on Em's blog)

To the luckiest soul in London,

I’d rather not write this letter. As you well know, I’m much more persuasive and charming face-to-face, as my charisma’s been hailed as not only divine, but often life-changing. But since it is Saint Cambrian’s Day - the holiest of days - I have an inkling you will be presenting me with a gift, and because of that, I feel I must fashion a tangible objection. The offering is not necessary, you see, for you have already given me the greatest gift of all (and in doing so, also forced me to use the greatest of all clich├ęs).

No one knows better than you how I detest being sentimental. I prefer to leave such maudlin dramatics to people like Elliot, who haven’t been blessed with the breathtaking wit and looks bestowed upon me. If I were the sort of person who went in for all of that, I would tell you my life before you was dark and cold as the depths of the Thames, that I’d never known what it was to feel the brush of someone’s skin against my own and feel wholly safe. I would tell you the first time we kissed felt like the first time I could breathe, and that every time your eyes meet mine it feels like physical touch. I would tell you I hear the sounds of whatever heaven there may be in the soft and tender strains of your voice, and the roaring fire you kindle within my veins is no less pure. I would tell you you have taught me what it is to truly be brave. I would tell you that, for the rest of my life, I am utterly, gratefully, yours.

But fortunately, I am not the kind of man who would write such drivel. I will simply let it be known that no such gift is necessary. Unless, of course, you have already bought something rare, exciting, or tastefully excessive. Then, by all means.

Sincerely,

Cambrian Branch, truly the luckiest soul in London