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The Old Juliette Factory

The old Juliette factory was said to be haunted.

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First Lines with K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland discusses the first line to her fantasy novel, Dreamlander

A Labor of Love: Eleanor

I took a couple of years to write Generation Neon. That included outlining, writing, and editing. It felt like a lifetime, and I was happy to be done with it.

Jason Gurley, an author acquaintance, has been working on his epic fantasy, Eleanor (click for Amazon pre-order), for thirteen years.

That’s a labor of love.Eleanor

After countless writes and rewrites, he has finally finished Eleanor, a story that he has worked so long and so hard to tell. The result will be available late June for all to purchase.

If you are amazed at the cover, know that not only is Jason a talented writer, he is also a talented designer. A double threat. He created this amazing cover, which gives a haunting atmosphere to his story.

Here is the book blurb:

1985. The death of Eleanor’s twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor’s mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.

1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time… when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it’s only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives… and something rips her out of time itself.

And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

The book blurb, like the cover, continues the otherworldly sensation. I had the fortune of reading an early beta copy and can confidently say that the story will delight you. So if you are looking for a good fantasy, then look no further than Jason Gurley’s Eleanor, available for pre-order.

A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original

A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original Book Cover A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original
Dale Bailey
Fantasy
Tor Books
September 11, 2013
E-book
28

"A Rumor of Angels", by Dale Bailey, is a fantasy novelette that takes place during the period of the dust bowl in the American Midwest. A teenage boy walks away from his father's wasted farm to follow the other travelers heading west where there is a rumor of angels.

My Review:

I found this short story in Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition: A Tor.Com Original. As of this posting, it’s still free.

A Rumor is the first story in the book, so naturally I read it first. I expected a cheap Sci-Fi story, what I got was a literary treat.

It’s of a boy during depression-era America, like the blurb states. Even though there is a tinge of fantasy in the story, the narrative is of the boy and his stormy relationship with another uprooted family also travelling to the west. It transcends a simple fantasy. It’s a story of deeper meaning, of a boy coming to his own in a world that teeters on panic and hopelessness. But as long as the rumors of angels exist to the west, there may just be some hope left.

This is the first Dale Bailey writing I have read, and I enjoyed it. He is a master of words and bleeds his characters onto the page. I will see what else he has to offer. Hopefully he has some post-apocalyptic fiction. I would love to see him write PA in his grand style ;).