I live with a muse. An amusing muse. If you're an unruly follower then you recognize how inspiring my soulmate can be. It's annoying as crap sometimes. See, she's good at most everything she tries. Me, well, I practice more. Unruly is a natural, first try awesome good to go....Krog is a brooder. I get better in the dark while everyone is sleeping (and also mix 1st and 3rd person to describe myself?)...
Case in point. The "Dr. Krog novel." It's this big, monster, epic fantasy, a post-apocalyptic, Japanese culture/world legend hybrid. I've been slowly working on it for almost a year. I was 90% finished with it, when Unruly announced that she had an idea, cranked it out, and proceeded to get mad busy with queries. Don't get me wrong, I've been wanting, hoping, and scheming to get her to write a book for years now, but man, this came on strong! Anyway, she's kicking ass with it...
Which leads us back to my book. It has sort of taken the back burner and needs a little love to get it cooking again.
So, we're looking for two test readers*** for "Seasons of Darkness" a 125,000 word adventure fantasy. Think Shogun meets I am Legend. I need genre aficianados, who aren't afraid to provide brutally honest feedback. Honestly, I know it needs some help. I have a whole heck of a lot of plot crammed into those 125k, with timing issues, character development, tricky story arcs, etc. etc., and I'm too close to it at this point to see what the deal is. 125k is also a little too fat for a first time author. Makes it hard to get an agent, and hard to sell, even for an epic series.
Anyway, for all the quirky momness on this blog, I know full well there are some sci-fi/fantasy nerds, and this is right up your alley. So help a Krog out!
Here's some background from the query.
Three hundred years after the fall of humanity, a troubled warrior named Acheron must defend his master's temple and their island's mythic, feudal culture from a deadly, unknown pathogen born of the ruinous plots of rival warlords, secretive magi, and a mysterious cult bent on destroying mankind permanently.
After a great cataclysmic event shrouded in mystery, the inhabitants of a large Mediterranean island have carved out their survival with a feudal culture based on martial prowess and the legends of the ages. My story follows the pursuits and relationships of Acheron, a slight and unassuming warrior known only for teaching children within the walls of his master's academy. No one suspects that he has a chilling, secretive plan to maintain peace and order across the island, no matter the costs. Along with his best friend, Hiro, and his apprentice, Loki, he is ordered to investigate strange disappearances in a local village. Traveling an eerie landscape marked with artifacts of times long past, they encounter a demonic plague that harkens to the ancient technologies believed to have caused the global holocaust. But more is at stake than their master's temple. Whoever controls the infection has untold power and arcane knowledge beyond simple politics. As Acheron's quest develops and his calculations unfold, those closest to him begin to suspect that he is not who he seems. In fact, he may be the sinister figure behind it all. Friendships are tested, loyalty and faith frayed, and lives lost as the legacy of the past echoes across a chilling, fantastic dreamscape.
If you're willing to read a totally awesome book, email me at seasonsofdarkness.gmail.com
Eh?!!! Eh?! Ok, thanks. Krog out!
*** No MONEY! I don't have extra dough. But hey, I will send you good karma and you'll get to read an epic fantasy for free and when it's on the bookshelf you'll have a sense of pride. Cause you rule!