I just realized that almost a year ago, in January of ’09, my third novel A Gathering of Doorways came out. To very little fanfare or promotion. Now this was sort of a watershed book for me — I learned a lot in the two and a half years it took me to write, rewrite, redraft, edit, and revise this book.
And the end result, I think, is a pretty cool mix of urban fantasy (though I think of it as rural fantasy, as it takes place out in the country), horror, quest stories, and a mix of the supernatural and just plain weird. It’s also about being a father, and all that entails. It’s a hard book for me to read again…
The reason Doorways (which had the original title of Sixteen Miles from Everywhere, which I still kinda like better) got short shrift from the publisher, marketing-wise, is that the economy chose that moment in time (November ’08 to January ’09) to starts its upeaval, and tiny Prime Books got caught in the middle of it.
My two-book deal with Prime became a one-book deal, which turned out for the best — the second novel I was in the process of writing for Prime became the basis for the webcomic IN MAPS & LEGENDS.
Meanwhile, however, this rural fantasy novel of mine got lost in the shuffle.
In an effort to promote the book a little more, I recently bought some extra copies of A Gathering of Doorways, and I’m going to give away some of them to interested readers.
The only catch is, I want you to read the book, write down your reactions to the novel over at the book’s Amazon.com page (and/or write a blog post about it), and then give the book to someone else to read.
If you think you can handle that — please don’t ask for a copy if you don’t! — I’ll ship you a copy of the book. Just leave me a comment here on this post, or shoot me an email: mjasper at gmail dot com.
By the way, you can’t find Gathering at Prime’s website, but it’s available at the Wildside Press site here. You can also get a copy of my story collection Gunning for the Buddha there as well (in trade paperback or hardcover). Wildside bought out a good bit of Prime’s back catalogue earlier this year.
Any questions? Lemme know! And, as always, thanks for reading!
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Okay — I’ve got 4 books to give away now. Thanks to R.S., Jim, Chris, and Hope — your books will be coming soon!
Hey – would love to see a copy of this, though I have no book reading time right now. As a father (and having grown up on a rural, spooky farm with spookier woods and a father who enjoyed reciting “Jabberwocky” by fireside in the evening) it sounds great to me.
Sam – you’re on. I can scrounge up an extra copy of the book for a fellow dad. 🙂