Nah, not from cheap ol’ me. From Cat (aka “The Brunette”) and Vin.
It would be too bad for anyone to dismiss TToJ as a Da Vinci Code knock-off, which it’s not. And much as we’d like to SELL copies of the book, I hereby invite the first 10 readers of Bear’s blog to email me — cat (at) vinsuprynowicz.com — for a free copy of “The Testament of James” ebook. Please specify whether you wish the MOBI (Kindle) or EPUB edition, and I’ll do my best to oblige. Then you can decide how accurate (or not) the “Da Vinci Code” comparisons are for yourself. Offer good from 1/1/15 to 1/15/15. Tell us Bear sent you.
I’m not sure I have ten regular readers. [grin]
While I also think it would be good for people to buy Vin’s book, I encourage you to accept. You can “pay” in reviews (which I already know will be positive, because TToJ is that good) and recommendations.
I’ve read Vin’s previous foray into fiction, The Black Arrow. I liked it. When I got the draft of TToJ, I think I was expecting something along similar lines, but it proved to be quite different. I confess that I, too, initially thought it was going in a Brownish direction…
…but that didn’t really seem likely. So I kept reading. Damned right it wasn’t likely. Very different direction. And you can take it on several levels: the idea can be fun. And very thought-provoking. Vin explores something that never, ever would have occurred to me, and makes it so logical that I’m going to have to add another pile of books to my reading list (Vin’s TToJ bibliography will just be the start).
But if you’re really looking forward to another action packed novel like The Black Arrow, rest assured that the different course does include swooping caped bad guys. And broken toilets.
I’ve been privileged to read a few early drafts of people’s novels. Usually I have a presumptuous suggestion or two to offer (I made some observations on a draft of L. Neil Smith’s The American Zone, for which he got even by… well, read that one, too; you’ll find Neil’s revenge on page 158 of the hardback edition.) But TToJ: I couldn’t find a single story element that needed changing/adding/deleting. And I knew that I wanted to be a (small) part of the project.
I’ll offer a small TToJ challenge. No prize beyond enjoying the book, I’m afraid. Try to spot all the…cats.