Hello internet. I have a ridiculous announceah shit I already gave it away in the title. Yep, that’s right, I’m publishing a book. This book, specifically:
Yeah, that’s my non-internet name. Proof of Life is a YA novel I’ve been working on for quite a while now, and within the next week it should be going up on most major eBook channels – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc – as well as being distributed through Smashwords. Here’s the elevator pitch:
Who’d have thought cheating death would be so complicated?
Zoe Victoria isn’t sure how she feels about her classmate Sean. There’s his so-called personality; half gallant gentleman, half angry little twerp. There’s the issue of him being six inches shorter than she is, making for frequent nose-to-collarbone conversations. And there’s the fact that he’s the grim reaper.
Well. A grim reaper, at least; apparently one of many at the Agency, sworn to police the ethereal world and carry on with all that reaping business. And honestly, even that wouldn’t be a deal breaker; after all, Zoe has her own bone to pick with mortality, and cheating death seems a lot more reasonable when death is short enough to stuff in a locker. But as Sean’s new assistant, Zoe is quickly learning that conviction alone can’t change fate – and that saving lives might just put her own life at risk. Between hunting down supernatural psychopaths and rescuing people from certain death, it’s looking like Zoe might be getting a crash course in life expectancy.
I know, ew, one of those paranormal romance deals all the kids are yammering about these days. Obviously I may be slightly biased here, but I think it’s a pretty okay story anyway! You know the kinds of things I care about in stories, and I hope you’ll find some similar things to care about in this one. Two main characters I am absurdly fond of, lots of banter, romance, action, suspense, etc etc etc. All narrative food groups will be represented.
Proof of Life will be on sale for $4.99 USD or whatever your local equivalent may be within the next few days, or possibly right now. Here’s a link to the Smashwords site (plz buy from here they are nice about royalties) where you can either buy it now or check out the first 20% for free, and I should be updating with a link to the Amazon site within the next day or so (EDIT: here’s that link for the US store, though it should now be available in all territories). I’d obviously love it (and you) if you bought a copy, but don’t worry about the site – all the work for Proof of Life is already done, so I’ll still be up to my usual shenanigans. I’ll keep the site posted with announcements announcing its availability as things progress, and I’d love to answer any questions any of you may have in the comments, on twitter, or on ask.fm. This is absolutely, far and away, many times over the biggest, most ridiculous creative project I’ve ever worked on, and I am absurdly excited to actually be sending it out there. Hope you enjoy it!
I’ve started getting reviews and feedback, so I figured this would be a good place to gather some of that! Feel free to comment with your own responses, and I’ll add them to the list if you’d like.
Responses to Proof of Life:
Hey, just wanted to say that I thought your book was a fantastic read! I read it last night, pretty much straight through. The whole dual first person narrator thing was really cool and well done. It was fun trying to figure out which head I was in at the start of each chapter, before it was plainly stated. As someone who loves to argue for fun, the banter between Sean and Zoe was very fluid and enjoyable. Also, the “I don’t need help/protection” trope has always been really annoying to me, and you were able to show just how stupid it is, but also show that it is not present for no reason.
I finished your book last night and really enjoyed it. It had great characters balanced with some serious themes and your usual great writing style–I’d recommend it to a number of people.