So. Some of you may know that I don’t just write book reviews, but also other things. Bookish things. Things that I would like to share with the world.
And that is precisely what I’m going to do, starting this Sunday, January 27th, in serialized chapters released every two weeks. You see, the first novel I wrote is a YA fantasy called The Gold in the Dark, and I’ve been sitting on this sucker for years. It went through planning and editing and the query slog (and got a pretty decent agent response!), but nothing ultimately panned out. This was before I decided to go solo in terms of publishing, and so now I have two books waiting in the wings: Specter, which will launch sometime later this year, and The Gold in the Dark.
But enough talking, right? Here’s the cover, courtesy of the mega-talented Olivia.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in lurv—true lurv.
Just for kicks, here’s a teaser of the book’s first paragraph:
Tia Inkman plucked a myreskeet from the teeming bucket and ran her finger over its cool, slippery abdomen. At her touch, the creature drew its six stubby legs up into its shell, and she steeled herself, dreading the next part. Shucking skeet wasn’t hard—just one movement, much practiced, quick so the poor thing wouldn’t suffer. The job was a necessity; shucked myreskeet were the crucial ingredient used to make myreink, and it was myreink that put food on the Inkmans’ table. Yet the feeling of her thumb digging through the soft meat of the underbelly and ripping flesh from shell—that Tia could never get used to.
I hope that you guys love this book as much as I do. The Gold in the Dark holds a real special place in my heart. It was born out of many lengthy conversations with my husband over revolutionary coffee, and it’s the story that I cut my writer’s teeth on. Let’s call it my slightly dopey firstborn—a little rough around the edges, but beloved all the same.
One last surprise: each chapter will be accompanied by a custom illustration. My illustrator is a mysterious, shadowy individual as of right now, but she’ll reveal herself eventually. We’ll be releasing chapters every other Sunday to allow her ample work time. In the meantime, feast your eyes on a sampling of her work.
So come back this Sunday at 11 AM EST and check it out. And if you like what you see, please consider subscribing to my newsletter or buying me a ko-fi. Those things go a long way toward keeping the lights on at KJG Enterprises.
See you on Sunday, everybody.