Alliteration Ink presents the new Jessie Shimmer novel from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder:
Devils' Field is scheduled for release in late 2014.
Partially excerpted from Switchblade Goddess:
“Both of you know that family is very important to me.” My father poured me and Cooper some 90-year-old Scotch from his wet bar. My familiar Pal, stuck in his grizzly form, was on the floor a few feet away from us, gnawing on some huge filets of salmon jerky that a uniformed butler had brought in on a silver platter.
“It’s important to me, too,” I replied, feeling a pang of sadness shadow the afterglow of Cooper’s marriage proposal. The dream about my mom lingered in my mind. And thinking about her death had also made me start thinking about my aunt Vicky’s suicide. If I hadn’t been so wrapped up in college maybe I would have seen the terrible pain she was in. Maybe I could have helped her, and she’d still be alive.
The tragedy of Vicky’s death wasn’t just a matter of her losing her life. I’d spent enough time in hells to know what happens to lost souls. Diabolic predators are quick to snap them up. Vicky was a good, kind woman, and I shuddered to imagine the kind of torment my aunt was enduring at the claws of some goddamn devil.
Virtus Regnum agents executed my mother when I was just a little girl. Her crime? She’d used necromancy to save me from terminal brain cancer. The Regnum fancied themselves great arbiters of justice, so her soul was probably in some grey eternal prison rather than a nightmare landscape of endless torture. Probably.
“Your mother loved you very much,” my father said, handing me a Scotch.
“I know.” I sipped the drink. “She died because of me.”
“Not because of you,” he chided. “She did what any good mother would have done in her circumstances.”
“She’s still gone.” I absently thumbed my engagement ring, rolling the ouroboros back and forth on my finger. I wasn’t hiding it, but I hadn’t shown it to my father yet. In my indecision over when to tell him, I’d decided to wait to see if he’d notice my new jewelry on his own. Pal hadn’t spotted it, either, but his vision as a bear probably wasn’t very good. And also the ring wasn’t made of delicious fish, which was the main thing he was interested in at the moment.
My father paused. “It need not be so.”
It took a moment for his comment to sink in. I felt the world tilt again, and my heart started beating faster. Was my father suggesting what I thought he was?
“What do you mean?” Cooper asked.
“You were able to bring your young brothers back to the living world when surely they should have been long dead.” My father looked from Cooper to me. “You have unusual powers, the two of you. I believe that with my assistance, you could resurrect your mother and give her the life that the Virtus Regnum denied her.”
“What about Aunt Vicky?” I asked.
“Her, too. Certainly, she could be raised. It would be a dangerous undertaking, but—”
“I’ll do it,” I said. This was a mission I didn’t have to think about. I owed both my aunt and my mother my life, and if there was even a slight chance I could bring them back, I was going to do my damnedest to make it happen.
Pal dropped his salmon. “Wait. Jessie. ‘Dangerous’ is an understatement. You suffered serious side effects from the Marron brothers’ resurrection, and the Virtus Regnum—”
“F### the Regnum,” I replied. “Seriously, f### those guys.”
I felt a righteous, exhilarating anger harden my resolve. What better way to avenge my mom’s execution than to bring her back from the dead? Bring her back safe and sound to my father where they couldn’t touch her ever again? Hell yes.
But first, I needed to bring back Aunt Vicky. Her death was far more recent, and so her resurrection might be the easier of the two. Bringing Mom back would surely be an epic ordeal, and I wanted to make sure I’d had enough practice to do it right.
“Whatever it takes, I’m doing this,” I told Pal. “Are you with me?"
He blinked at me. “Of course I’m with you. Always.”
I looked at Cooper, who wore an expression of profound surprise. “Are you in?"
He nodded. “I’m in.”
We hope readers are in, too! Jessie has a hard, dangerous quest before her. Devils’ Field will tell the story of how she tries to find her Aunt Vicky’s trapped soul and bring her back to life. She’ll get help from her fiance Cooper Marron, her faithful familiar Pal, and her father, the enigmatic Magus Shimmer. As she pursues her goal, she’ll risk serious side effects from the sorcery she’ll have to use; if she fails, she might become a zombie, or worse, a monster like her arch-nemesis Miko.
Even if everything goes according to plan—and when does anything ever go according to plan in Jessie’s world?—she will have to face down monsters and the Virtus Regnum to rescue her aunt from eternal torment.
Praise for The First Three Jessie Shimmer Novels
★ Spellbent: selected for the 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List
★ Spellbent: nominated for the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Praise for Spellbent
"Snyder combines the best of Jim Butcher and T.A. Pratt in this wildly imaginative and intensely gripping urban fantasy trilogy launch. ... Threads of romance, horror, action, and humor weave throughout, serving as the perfect backdrop against which memorable characters and a unique system of magic can shine." — Publishers Weekly starred review
"This fast-paced urban fantasy has a few twists that make it stand out from the pack. Yes, the plot moves quickly, but that doesn't stop Snyder from developing her characters and building her world. Fans of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series should be pleased with Jessie, another butt-kicking female witch who doesn't let anyone tell her what to do." — Booklist
"(Snyder's) real strengths lie in telling a story brimming with energy and attitude ... you can't help but throw yourself on for the ride." (read more) — Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Praise for Shotgun Sorceress
"With a suspenseful trip through a dark faery region, several uber-dark visits to Jessie's internal 'hellement,' and all kinds of monsters and demons causing all kinds of chaos, Snyder is quickly building a series that—if it keeps up this pace—will surely become a favorite of cross-genre fans."—Horror Fiction Review
"Snyder excels at placing the reader directly in the action of her surreal world, and keeps them firmly ensconced there despite a fast and furious pace ... Eccentric secondary players also contribute to the enjoyable wild ride." —Bitten By Books
"(A) hard-hitting and rather offbeat urban fantasy series. ... It's a wild ride ... lots of fun."—Locus Magazine
Praise for Switchblade Goddess
"Snyder injects this edgy urban fantasy with an erotic charge and a horrific flavor, creating a space where sex and terror coexist and no comfort zone is within sight."—Publishers Weekly
"(A) darkly compelling story."—RT Book Reviews
"(W)here this book—and the entire series, actually—really shines is in its characters. Not just the main characters, not just Jessie, Cooper, Pal, the Warlock, and Miko, but minor characters and walk-on parts often have some really fun, vibrant personalities that make you wish there were other novels that would follow what else these people were up to." — Hero Sandwich
"Lucy Snyder attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi. This book is funny, profane, and insane in all the best ways. I can't wait to see what Jessie Shimmer will get into—and possibly blow up—next." — Seanan McGuire
Getting the Book
When you pledge $10 or more, you will receive the eBook in all three major formats: PDF, ePub, and Kindle. Every reward level above $10 includes the eBook!
When you pledge $20 or more, you will get the eBook and you will also receive the paperback with the gorgeous cover from Leos Ng Okita. Every reward level above $20 - except the digital-only bundle - includes the paperback!
BUT WAIT. We make it easy for you to pledge for the number and kind of books that you want.
We also offer add-ons for more copies to ANY REWARD LEVEL! For extra copies of the eBook, add $10 per copy to the reward level of your choice, whether it already includes the book or not. For copies of the paperback, add $20 per copy to any level.
Additional All-Backer Rewards
Courtesy of publisher Alliteration Ink, all backers will also receive:
- A digital audio reading of Steven Saus reading his story "Broken" from Kicking the Habit and Other Stories. This story originally appeared in On Spec #84. This MP3 will be exclusive to all backers of Devils' Field.
- An electronic (PDF/Kindle/ePub) version of KW Taylor's novella "The House on Concordia Drive".
Sam's job on late-night radio is to debunk the existence of things that go bump in the night...but this haunting isn't as straightforward as it seems. Up against the reputation of an infamous documentary and fighting to keep his personal life together, Sam has to discover if the case is a hoax, a ghost, or something... else.
This story leads directly into KW Taylor's upcoming urban fantasy novel The Red Eye, also to be published by Alliteration Ink.
Our initial goal covers paying a professional rate to Lucy, the editor, and the cover artist. Here's how the funding percentage for our initial goal breaks down:
Our first stretch goal is set at $5500, which will go to paying Lucy so that she has the ability to write the fourth Jessie Shimmer book nearly double the length of what was originally planned. All the money from this stretch goal goes directly to Lucy and her editor for the longer book.
Who We Are
Alliteration Ink is run by Steven Saus (member SFWA/HWA), focusing on anthologies and single-author collections, with over a dozen titles across two imprints. Their most recent publications are What Fates Impose; Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming; and An Inheritance of Stone, with Steampunk World and Streets of Shadows currently in production. Steven is also an author, his work appears in multiple anthologies and periodicals from other publishers.
Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows, Orchid Carousals, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Best Horror of the Year.
If genres were wall-building nations, Lucy’s stories would be forging passports, jumping fences, swimming rivers and dodging bullets. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com.
Risks and challenges
*Devils' Field* is scheduled for release in late 2014.
Both the publisher and author have a proven track record of delivering amazing stories on time. However, life is what happens when you're busy making plans, and there's always the risk of an unexpected delay.
We are determined to keep you, the backers, updated with both progress and should unexpected delays intervene.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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