A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

Mark Your Calendars: July 19th!

Written By: Ainy Rainwater - Jul• 01•11

The publication date for my next ebook, Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod is July 19th. It was announced earlier, but I’m a bad blogger and have just now sat down to write about it. I’ve written a new Author’s Note for it (you’ll see why when you read it). The ebook will be available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Smashwords, Sony, Kobo, and a number of other stores.

Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod cover art

Cover Art by Ainy Rainwater

Though I tend to call it a novel it’s a bit too short to really qualify. More like a novella, or very short novel. Despite its length you wouldn’t believe how long it took me to write it—I wrote two other novels and a bunch of songs while working on it. It’s easily the most complex thing I’ve written, but very enjoyable to work on. It’s a fantasy, but not the kind with elves though there is a sort of magic that runs through it, putting it closer to magic realism than Tolkien. I’ve often said that it begins in what is recognizably our real world, then rapidly goes elsewhere. It’s a book of nested allegories, as one of the characters in this allegorical story also writes other, related, stories in his notebook. It’s a journey, a quest, a story about choices, about what happens (for better or worse) when people step off the beaten path. It’s also a bit of a love story and a mystery as the title characters follow clues to find out what happened to a pair of lovers thirty years earlier, a story which resonates with Joshua and Sheri. A tiger and a bear are animal companions to Joshua and Sheri which act as sort of spirit guides or totem animals in their quest. There are ghosts, sad machines, baffling art, mirages, a literally petrified forest, a disappearing Dream Cafe and odd cities in a world which is strange and anachronistic, but recognizable because there is an underlying truth to it. The latter part of the book takes place in the American Southwest (hence the cover art), but the desert, the cliff dwellings, and the hostel are not like any you’ve ever been to, because as I said…it all takes place elsewhere. 😀

There’s so much packed into the book, so many layers and things to think about (and some deliberate ambiguities) that I’m considering creating a Readers Guide of discussion questions for it. I welcome suggestions! Right now I’m thinking of creating the Reader’s Guide as a page here on the site, but between now and then (no deadline for creating the Guide) I’ll post a bit more about the book.

The Independence Day weekend is here. I hope you have a great weekend. Read a book! (I’ve got three ebooks: mystery, sci-fi, horror. Hint. Hint.) 😉 With the upcoming publication of Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod, I really will have “something for everyone” in my back catalog.

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