Immortality is the birthright of youth.
The young are going to live forever, and they know it. When you’re young, you can cut your hand with a dirty piece of bottle glass from the town dump, and it’s okay, because you’re going to live forever. There will be no pain and no blood. There will be no regrets. You can lie to your best friend, you can steal the very substance of his dreams, and pay no price, because you’re immortal.
When the shadow finally sweeps you up in its slow omnipotent crawl, it is not life that you are leaving behind. It is youth. It is the immortality of belief, of knowing that you can cut your hand, you can kiss a girl, you can steal from your blood brother and never pay a price.
Denny and Mikey. Best friends. Blood brothers.
They lived in the same neighborhood, went to the same classes, had crushes on the same girl. Until Mikey’s father got transferred two thousand miles away.
Mikey got an education, a job, a career. He got status, power, wealth. He got things, piled up around him like walls to hold the world out.
Denny got roots and traditions. He got his father’s farm, friends and neighbors he’s known his whole life. He got the girl.
But now it’s thirty-four years later. Now Michael has pancreatic cancer and six weeks to live. Now Michael’s come back, looking for something, and no one, not even Michael himself, knows what.
How many of us go our entire lives and never see the evil that waits for us under our skins, behind the thin veneer of neckties and fingernail polish?
About me and this project:
Although I have been writing all my life, I began seriously pursuing the craft in 2007. I have published seven novels and six novellas, and I have more of each completed and ready to publish.
Although I have received many excellent reviews, both on Amazon and elsewhere, my sales have not been as strong as I would like. I am not, at heart, a marketer, being more attuned to writing than to talking about what I have written.
The funds from this project will go toward marketing Blood Bonds.
I will be contracting with a major public relations firm for a one-month push to get review copies out, create and distribute a press release, and pursue other steps as deemed necessary by the PR firm.
The cost of this undertaking, including their fee, a print run to go out as review copies, etc, will be paid through this project, with any additional funds received being used to extend their involvement beyond the initial month.
I am currently aiming for a release date of June 1, 2012.
Thank you for taking the time to read my proposal!
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