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Posted on Sep 9, 2015 by in The Scrawl |

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For those keeping score at home, I will be giving away a free book soon. But there’s something I think I need to do, first. I need to answer Questions You Might Ask or Frequently Asked Questions because… Thank God It’s Wednesday? Sure, we’ll go with that.

So let’s get to the possible questions.

What’s the book about?

Friendship, love, high school, graduation, growing up, dealing with death, betrayal, trying to understand both who you really are and who you will one day be.

That is literally the worst answer in the history of answers. Can you be more specific?

Yes. The book surrounds four friends, Harold, Mike, Delia, and Lee. Lee goes missing and betrays his friends. His actions have massively unintended consequences both for himself and his friends. The search for Lee lands the remaining three in a race for their lives against supernatural forces they aren’t prepared to face.

Better, but would I like it?

That all depends. Do you like Stephen King? Dean Koontz? Maybe a splash of Neil Gaiman? If so, that’s awesome, me too. I’m nowhere near as good a writer as they are. But, they have influenced me and my writing style. So maybe that influence might be enough to entice you. I can’t predict whether you would enjoy this book or not. I can say it was a crazy journey to write it and is still one of my very favorite books to write.

Then why aren’t you trying to get it published?

Great question. There are a number of things that make this book nearly impossible to sell. Even on my best day, with the sun shining and liquid luck in my veins, I doubt it would sell. It’s just too long for a debut novel. It’s also considered New Adult, but the subject matter and content are definitely Adult (sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll kids). That, in and of itself, makes it harder to sell. Then you lay on top of that the simple fact that it doesn’t plunge itself deep enough into Urban Fantasy or any other traditional genre and you end up with a book that will likely not ever do anything more than sit in my archive, collecting dust.

What do you hope for this book?

I hope you’ll like it. No, really. That’s the biggest thing. I want people to read and enjoy what they read. I want people to enter this world and get lost for a little while. I want them to laugh and cry and hope and race, right along with these characters. And I want them to talk about it and tell their friends to read it. And I want people to argue about what they think happened at that one part. And I want people who hate it to write lengthy blog posts eviscerating me as an author. (Maybe not that last one.)

And sure, if people liked it enough, maybe they will drop me a dollar and say thanks.

What are the technical details?

This is sort of the TL;DR for this whole post:

  • Title: 4
  • Genre: Thriller, Urban Fantasy
  • Length: ~136K Words (For reference, The Return of the King is 134,462 words and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is 106,821)
  • Price: 0, Zilch, Nada, Free
  • Formats: Kindle, PDF

Your ridiculous blog post has somehow gotten me all excited about this book. What can I do to help?!

You can read it, when it comes out. You can tell people you read it. On social media, in person, through emails… whatever you want. You can even drop me a donation to say thank you. You can also encourage people to do the same. This isn’t a fundraiser, though. This is you getting something for free if you so choose or for a deeply discounted price if you so choose. But either way, my biggest payoff is still you, possibly, enjoying the book.

Oh and one more thing. If you were one of the few people who read this book before? The ending is completely different now. So maybe that’s reason enough to read it again.