My latest novel, Love and Death in the Land of Souls, is now live on Amazon. Set in an alternate ancient Egypt, this dark fantasy concludes a trilogy featuring necromancer and court dancer Heta that started with Revenge of the Rat’s Hand, and continued with Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light. The earlier Heta stories are collected in one volume, Heta’s Book. All titles are available via Lulu.com as well.
Lulu and Amazon worked pretty quickly to get this out there so fast. Oddly enough, four sellers have it on offer, including Amazon. I wonder who these people are who list on demand books for sale as soon as they come out?
Yesterday I uploaded the manuscript and cover art to Lulu for Love and Death in the Land of Souls, my seventh book published this year. The book should become live on Amazon and other sites sometime in January, after I receive and (hopefully) approve the proof copy.
This short novel is the fourth book in a dark fantasy series featuring necromancer and court dancer Heta in an alternative history of ancient Egypt, and it concludes a trilogy that also includes The Revenge of the Rat’s Hand and Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light. When I started editing and publishing the other stories in the series earlier this year, Love and Death in the Land of Souls was incomplete. Picking up the story after over a decade, the whole thing went in a totally different direction than I expected. For one thing, Heta’s archnemesis Menanau makes an appearance, acting as an ally when she must travel to the Land of the Dead to save her lover Tema, who’s soul has been captured by Thutmose.
As with the other Heta stories, this one uses an unusual narrative technique that presents discrete sections under a heading of a single word in the ancient Egyptian language. It’s meant to look like the story has been found in fragments of a longer manuscript. And as before, this novel contains erotic content that’s not for everyone. Mature audiences only, please!
This year I published six new books. OK, most of them were written long before, old manuscripts I’ve been sitting on for a while. Last year was focused on editing and revising Computing Angels and The Toothpick Fairy. The three Egyptian fantasies were written many years ago, and all are fairly short texts. Heta’s Book collects several shorter pieces, and The Revenge of the Rats Hand and Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light are fairly short novels. Dishwasher on Venus was written in 2014, in Sierra Vista, AZ; it’s a short novel, but I think it’s the best so far in the Dishwasher series that started with Dishwasher on Uranus and continues with Dishwasher on Mars. As with all my other books, these are available via Lulu.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Amazon.