I’ve been busy putting the final touches on the first novel in my new series called “The Shadow of All Things” (cue bongo drums) for the past two months. The series spans multiple New York Cities across interminable universes and tackles topics such as gentrification, punk rock music and really vile creatures called the “Elyuum” who move between worlds and seek to rule all existence. It’s an epic premise with a cast of characters who constantly surprise me as I write them. I can’t wait to share the book and drawings from Colleen Beauchamp Stiles (I’ve already had a first peek at some of them). The title “The Shadow of All Things” comes from Plato’s parable of “The Cave” about the nature of reality. I’ll reveal more about the series and its release soon.
I also finished a pair of stories that are going to be compiled and released in the fall. The tales (one set in Texas and one in Mexico) introduces two old friends who wander into a Texas town that’s not on any map and a backpacker in Mexico who takes a bad batch of magic mushrooms and goes on the mother of all trips. The cover will be illustrated by artist Jeff Green from Dallas.
In other news, “Nightfall Gardens” continues to pick up steam with some recent reviews from prominent book blogs and was the featured series on Bookscream. I’ll be announcing more information about the long-awaited “Nightfall Gardens” album soon as well. I’m super-psyched about that, but there has been a lot of details to work out so the compilation of songs is presented in the best-sounding and looking way possible.
Until next time. Have a great week and stay warm!
A review of Nightfall Gardens on The Psychotic Nerd blog.
"The world-building and imagination involved in creating this book is amazing and I was fully able to imagine this horrible environment! I also liked how there was somewhat of a basis of mythology from multiple cultures added into the book. And the gardens are so very very creepy!"
For the complete review, please visit The Psychotic Nerd.
February has to be the coldest month in New York City. The temperature dropped to 3 degrees last night and it’s been a dodge of snow and freezing cold weather since the start of the New Year. Everyone here is way over it.
All that indoor time has given me the chance to polish the first book in my Elyuum series. I’ll be dribbing more information about that in the weeks ahead, I’m able to announce the name of the book today (cue trumpet horns), but you have to sign up to my mailing list to receive it (sneaky). I also plan on giving out the first four chapters of the book (shortly before publication) and other freebies so sign up today.
The novel will be released in late spring and I can’t wait to share it with my readers. I just got the first sketches from Colleen Beauchamp Stiles and we are working out the cover and other cool stuff that will go along with it.
February has also given me the chance to do more spreading the word about “Nightfall Gardens”. In addition to a ton of reviews that are forthcoming from fantastic book blogs, I’m dropping the first book in the series to 99 cents for one day on Monday, February 23. If you have any friends who might enjoy the series, let them know. As always, it’s much appreciated from me.
The “Nightfall Gardens” album is also shaping up nicely. More information about whether it will be available on Vinyl or how people can purchase it will soon be forthcoming. I’m also close to finalizing the details on the long-awaited “Nightfall Gardens” book bash in Brooklyn. Again, sign up to my email blast to learn more about that.
Until next time, stay warm, stay safe and read a good book.
A review of Nightfall Gardens by TMBA Corbett Tries to Write blog.
"Honestly everyone is talking about the Red Rising Series book series by Pierce Brown right now, but I feel they should be talking about the Nightfall Gardens series!"
For the complete review, please visit TMBA Corbett Tries to Write.
The Bookaholic Fairies gives Nightfall Gardens 4.5 fairy wings.
For the complete review, please visit The Bookaholic Fairies
A review of "Nightfall Gardens" by the Read to my Heart's Content blog.
"Mr. Houston wove an exciting tale that flows smoothly throughout the story. I really had a hard time putting the book down. I am pretty much obsessed with this series now."
For the complete review, please visit Read To My Heart's Content