So many exciting things going on right now! I'm honestly having trouble keeping up. Let's start with two exciting things in particular:
Exciting thing #1: I'm releasing a new book on April 24th, 2018, called Out of the Pocket.
It's a YA Paranormal story with -- like many of my books -- a darkly meta twist and a lot of toying with genre assumptions.
Are you torn between laughing and gagging every time you hear someone call the Fifty Shades series "romantic," or see one of those bus posters for its Valentine's Day release, not because of its frankly underwhelming kink, but because of literally everything else about the relationship it glamorizes?
Yeah, me too. Out of the Pocket is for people like us.
Do you find yourself loving obscure stories that no one else seems to know or get, because they explore weird, cerebral, genre-defying concepts that confuse people with very specific expectations?
Ditto again. And good news: publishers hated Out of the Pocket.
Oh, they liked the writing style fine, but the fact that it looks like another neatly quantifiable paranormal romance and isn't? No one knew how to market that. And the way it actually digs at some of the roots of social gender inequality and the assumptions that feed those roots, instead of paving them over and pretending they don't exist, well, apparently that approach is embarrassingly passé in the traditional publishing world at the moment.
...But I digress. Anyway, if you want to be the hipster-est hipster in your book club, take a leap through this thoroughly un-mainstream meta-paranormal rabbit hole today.
Wait, today? Didn't I say it wouldn't be released until April 24th?
That leads us to the other exciting thing.
Exciting thing #2: Matt and I are launching our very own Patreon account!
What's a Patreon account? I'm glad you asked.
A Patreon account allows fans to subscribe on a monthly basis to support an artist's work, in return for exclusive bonus content. Our patrons, even at the bare minimum $1 level, will get early access to all indie titles by me, Matt, or both of us, as soon as they're on preorder.
Right now, that means you get Out of the Pocket instantly. Patrons can unsubscribe at any time, so if you wanted to, you could pay just $1 to download Out of the Pocket early -- instead of $3 to get it on release day -- and then unsubscribe and be on your merry way, but we hope you'll stick around. We're going to have a very healthy lineup of pre-releases coming up for you this year, especially if you like post-apocalyptic dieselpunk full of badass ladies!
At slightly higher patronage levels, you'll also get behind-the-scenes content, like snippets of works in progress. You'll be the first to know about the status of the fourth Prospero book as the situation evolves (yes, that's still happening).
Oh, and I'm considering inventing the novel audio commentary. Have you ever listened to an audio commentary for a novel? I haven't, but I think they'd be cool. With enough patrons on board, we'll all get to find out :)
So, seriously, if you love our work, and you'd like to help us spend more time making more of it -- or if you'd just like to peer into the crazy that goes on during the process -- it'd mean the world to us if you'd become one of our very first patrons.
Of course, if you'd rather pre-order Out of the Pocket the old fashioned way, I've got links for that too, right after this gorgeous cover...
For over a century, the town of Green Beach has frightened its children with the tragic legend of Joshua Thorne. He’s the reason it not only locks its doors at night but nails its windows shut. Steeped in romance and revenge, his is the kind of story Angela Ironwright lives for.
When the specter of Joshua appears to her, insisting she’s the only one who can help him piece together the fragments of his own murder, she follows him without a second thought into a place he calls the Pocket, a beautiful hidden world of jumbled memory and imagination. But the Pocket holds more than magic and mystery. Before long, its other reclusive inhabitants begin to call out to Angela, warning her not to trust Joshua and begging for her help to escape his dark power.
Angela’s sure there must be some misunderstanding, and she’s determined to set it straight. Otherwise, finding justice will mean betraying the only boy who’s ever liked her.
Smart and genre-savvy, Out of the Pocket is a dark, honest, subversive take on the modern paranormal love story.
Coming April 24th, 2018
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
(More options coming soon)