Although I haven’t kept secret the fact that I wrote a book last year, I rarely bring it up. I did have one post dedicated to the book a month or two ago (or three) but it wasn’t my most well received post. In fact, no matter how you count it, from views to likes to comments, this was possibly my least popular post to date. So, needless to say, I haven’t said much about the book since.
That’s about to change.
I didn’t mention the title in the original post because I doubt if I’ll be able to use it. This is mostly owing to stupidity on my part: I didn’t Google the name until I had completed the third revision. The name has recently been used. By the time I checked, the name of the title characters was spread throughout the book. So, taking away the mystery of it all, the working title of the book is “The Fireborn”. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep the name of the characters but I’m sure the book title will eventually be changed.
I also haven’t really discussed what the book is about, so here is a little more info. “The Fireborn” is an urban fantasy. I know this brings up a lot of connotations, some which fit very well and others that don’t fit at all. This is a character driven book which centers on the life of the main character, Elliot. Yes, there is action and adventure, but I think Elliot’s relationships with his brother and his ex-wife are much more of what the whole thing is about.
I’ll put up more info on the book’s contents in the future. That is not why we are here today. What this post is about is the blurb, and that’s where you come in.
I’d really like to know what you think of the following blurb. Does this sound like something you’d want to read?
Elliot is about to trade his world of computers and cell phones for one of swords and soldiers.
We meet our hero, Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones, in the English countryside at the site of an archeological dig where his brother, William, has just unearthed an ancient cauldron. This cauldron, which infuses the imagination and dreams of all who come into contact with it, vanishes within days. Elliot, being an author of revisionist history, consults his dubious sources to prove the cauldron was used to cook up sword-yielding naked blue zombies called the Fireborn. (Blue? It’s no coincidence Caesar was met by blue Celts in Britain.) Elliot fears the missing cauldron will be returned to its original, evil purpose.
When blue naked zombies actually arrive on the scene Elliot, because of his special knowledge of the Fireborn, is conscripted into an elite military unit and embarks on the ultimate quest: to save the world. Along the way he rewrites the Arthurian legends, makes a detour to find Excalibur, and even becomes something of a soldier. To complicate the issue, he is constantly sidetracked by the deteriorating relationship with his rapidly fading brother William, and by Eleanor, his ex-wife, who has chosen this time to reenter his life. When Elliot pauses to ponder the philosophical questions that seem to continue to crop up, he has to wonder if putting an end to the Fireborn really is his true quest.
This book, which leans heavily on Celtic myth and legend, is not a typical zombie novel and has much more in common with Douglas Adams’ “Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” than “World War Z”.
So, what do you think? If you read this on a dust jacket would you hastily put the book down or would you take a minute to leaf through it?
I’d love to hear from you.
Drawing by Trent P McDonald