My fantasy novel, The Five Elements, is done. It's been revised (many times), edited (many times), and formatted. I've got a cover. I wrote up a query letter. I considered finding an agent and even sent it out to a few of them. Responses, with the exception of one, were of the form variety. It was then that I realized I just didn't care to play this game anymore.
So I'm trying something new (for me) this time around.
Starting this upcoming Sunday (October 31; Halloween of all days), The Five Elements is going serial. What that means is that once/week, each Sunday (probably at night as that seems to be a time when I'm guaranteed to be home), I'll post a chapter of my novel. There's 22 chapters plus two interludes in all, so it'll take 24 weeks to post the entire thing (yes, that puts it into March/April 2011 before this thing is done). Once those 24 weeks are up, the novel remains in its entirety as a free read.
In the meanwhile, The Five Elements is available right now for purchase in the Amazon Kindle store. If you own a Kindle, check it out. Also, since not everyone who has jumped into the eBook arena owns a Kindle, I'm working on a Smashwords edition since they offer a wider range of eBook formats. Last, I'm considering Lulu.com for POD editions for people who prefer the more traditional format.
There's one last option: For anyone who's willing to give me a review on Amazon.com, I have a free PDF or Kindle (MOBI) version of The Five Elements waiting for you. Just send me an email or leave a comment below and I'll get it off to you right away. I'm not expecting any favors here; make your review honest.
So, what's The Five Elements about?
Here's the blurb:
Aaron and Shanna's friendship transcends social status. But where Aaron's brilliance has all but assured him a respected position amongst Norwynne's scholars, alchemists, and sorcerers, Shanna seems destined for a life of service and drudgery. Both of their lives are sent into a tailspin when, without warning, their home is laid waste by an elemental attack. In the resulting fallout, the two are separated. Aaron thinks Shanna killed, while Aaron himself is forced to flee for his life. For Shanna, the greatest adventure of her life is about to begin. For Aaron, it becomes the worst of nightmares: pursued by dwarves, hell hounds, and a demon who will not stop until he is dead, the only thing keeping him alive is his own resourcefulness and an eslar mercenary whose reputation as a killer might make him the worst threat of all.
Though Aaron and Shanna travel different paths, their purpose is joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron's logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation not as allies, but as adversaries.
I classify it as adventure fiction in a broad sense, though it's obviously fantasy, with a hint of YA and what I term 'pseudo-science' mixed in. It's a thunderously-paced novel of magic, alchemy, betrayal, friendship, nasty demons, airships, and a whole lot of action. It was fun writing it; I hope readers find it a fun read.
Look for chapter 1 in one week.
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