I’m excited to announce my first release this year! I’m going to publish a book that’s very special to me. I’ve said that about several of my works, (The Nutcracker Bleeds, The Needle’s Eye) but this one is even more special than that. I suppose you could say that this one is my “trunk novel” – the one I’ve been holding onto for a long time and saving for a rainy day.
I wrote The Captor’s Redemption back in the early 2000s. I was 21 or 22 years old, and it was the first novel that I truly set myself to completing. It was probably the first fully fleshed-out storyline that I’d come up with. I worked on it for a year. Every day. After I had finished it, I rewrote it until I felt it was perfect. I’d say that this book brought me to find true satisfaction as a writer.
Writing this book honed my skill, and since then, I’ve been able to manage my works and finish them. But until writing The Captor’s Redemption, I couldn’t do that.
A long time ago, when I was hopeful of being traditionally published, I sent the book to several publishers and agents, only to be met with rejection. After that, I put it aside, but I think it’s finally time to let it go.
I need to let it go so that I have room to create another masterpiece.
Some of you may have read this one before. I had posted it online in the past, but I don’t think it was never on Wattpad, so for those of you who are newer fans, this will be a completely new story for you!
The Captor’s Redemption is a dark fantasy in the true sense. It’s set in a hellish world that has been abandoned by its god. There are only eight remaining cities and the rest of the world is wilderness – all the way until it reaches the edge of the world, which crumbles off into the Hell-realm.
This world is overrun by monsters and demons. The people of the wilderness, the clansmen, struggle to learn the ways of the monsters in order to fight them off. The demons are a bit different. When they crawl into the world from the Hell-realm, they create an inspired appearance for themselves. Unlike the monsters, the demons are one of a kind, and they seek to make this world their own.
It has been said that the world will be delivered through repentance, and so society is based very strongly on religious principles and almost everyone claims some religious affiliation – except our main character, Vincent. He has turned his back on all of that.
Vincent is not quite human. He has superhuman strength and speed, and with that comes the ability to fight the demons. But not only that. He can take their essence into himself, then draw them out at will. He is a kind of shapeshifter. He is a Captor, his body itself is a prison for the demons, but to say that he is the only one of his kind would be false. There is one other now, and that other is Vincent’s sworn enemy. Though Vincent possesses abilities that could allow him to save the world, he only cares about his personal vendetta.
This is a tale of bloody revenge, and Vincent is a true anti-hero. He is cruel and relentless, stopping at nothing to achieve his goal of killing the man he calls the Priest. He is seeking his own redemption through this deed.
I’m going to share a bit more detailed information about this book in other posts leading up to the release.
The Captor’s Redemption ebook is live now as a preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords. It will be released on 8.8.18. (Links at the bottom of the page.)
The book is approximately 155,000 words, and is written in third person multiple pov, but unlike some of my other works, it focuses on fewer characters. There is less jumping around. The focus is on the main character, Vincent, and his companion and romantic interest, Eden, with sections from the pov of the demons he holds inside.
For now I have plans to release it as a wide distribution ebook, and I want it to be in print as well, but I don’t know if it will be in print right away. Probably. But so far I haven’t worked on the layout. I’m still doing a quick edit, but rest assured that the final version will be ready by the release date. (That’s the nice thing about preorders. I still have time to finish it up in the meantime.)
Here’s the cover!
The world is infested with monsters – demons that spawned from the darkness at the world’s edge, from the Hell Realm that it fell into centuries ago. The people pray to the One God, Ariah, for a day when they won’t have to fear for their lives, and the clansmen of the wilderness fight until their last breaths to gain control of the monsters.
But there is hope.
There is one who might deliver the world – one who has power over demons and an ability to trap them inside himself, adding their power to his own. Though the deliverance of the world has been promised through diligent repentance, the condition of the land and its people only seem to be declining as the years pass. Yet the one man that might be humanity’s last hope doesn’t seem to care.
Vincent has his own agenda, and the thought of only one thing drives him: revenge.
iBooks (no link, just look me up!)
Are you excited? I am! I’m always excited to bring a new work to the public, but this one feels a bit like a rebirth for me, as if I’m starting my journey anew. I’ve been publishing for over 5 years now but I finally feel like I have a path ahead of me, and it’s wonderful!
More news soon!