Additional Info for Reviewers & Staff
After querying agents and receiving little interest, I pitched to an editor from The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) at our local writing mini-conference. I liked the fact that TWRP didn't require me to state what other 2 well-known authors my book resembles. This small press started as a romance imprint, but is branching out into genres to include my Urban Fantasy debut novel (which is NOT a romance). To me, it seemed moving forward was better than sitting tight and hoping a traditional big publisher or agent would deign to pick me up. I plan the Legends Walk series to be a trilogy and my third draft of book 2, Strange Omens, is with my Beta readers.
Prior to pitching this novel, I ran the sixth version of the manuscript through beta-readers. With their inputs, I did another full rewrite. Though a small/virtual company, my TWRP editor, Melanie Billings, put my manuscript through a second reader, and took me through two full rounds of editing. The process finished with two more rounds of galley reviews where errors were corrected through errata submissions.
I enjoyed reading your other reviews and think my debut novel "Strange Tidings" might appeal to your interests. I admit to some cold sweats after reading your "So you want me to review your book" piece, but would rather have a critical review over a shallow one. I'm no Adams or L'Engle and have cringed at a few errors that made it past editing. I hold no 5-star expectation, but feel my craft is much improved on this my third manuscript (1st published.) Strange Tidings is an Urban Fantasy told in first person by eighteen-year-old Edan (Ed) Johnson. The story is light and appropriate for adults and young adults. The more mature writing style and a handful of curse words probably keep it out of the MG category. The story incorporates Native American myths, magic, and music. I hope you will consider giving it a read. Thank you in advance for your consideration. -Jim Stein
Review selection has been put on hold site-wide. Expect an explanation from Amy before the end of August.
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The apocalypse didn’t arrive with nuclear war or a plague of zombies, just a quiet virus that sterilized most everyone and put humanity’s future in jeopardy. Fifty years later, seventeen-year-old Ed Johnson plies his musical talents in New Philadelphia, jumping at the chance to help launch a coworker’s band. But Quinn, their beautiful bassist, is inexplicably cold toward him, and other strange things are afoot.
In spite of a growing unease, Ed shrugs off being stalked by a crazy, old Native American and a frightening crone. But when nightmare creatures threaten his sister, Ed discovers he is bound to the strangers. To get out of this mess, he must enlist the help of his friends and Quinn, who harbors her own dark secret.
But there is little time for Ed to discover the true power of music and save them, himself, and perhaps the future of the human race.
Goodreads Member: “The story explores the manipulation of magic using Native American mysticism and the power of music. The human characters are righteously surviving a cataclysmic event that leaves the human race vulnerable to extinction. It is a classic good vs evil story with inventive conflicts, imaginative battle scenes, and an ending that promises more. The characters are well fleshed out, particularly the supernatural ones, and the language perhaps more mature than the young adult crowd might use. I don’t mean the language is crude; rather it is diverse, sophisticated but in no way difficult for a young adult reader. This is a fun tale to read whatever your age or literary tastes.”
Amazon Customer: “Splendid futuristic tale weaving themes of magic and music. The concluding conflicts are presented in cinematic description. The characters are believable, even the unbelievable. Thumbs up!”
The apocalypse arrived as a quiet virus that put humanity’s future in jeopardy. Now musician Ed Johnson is stalked by strangers, and nightmare creatures threaten his sister and friends. Can magic and the true power of music save them and perhaps the future of the human race?