Revealing Chasing Azrael…

Chasing Azrael

It is with immense pride and delight that I write this post, as I can (finally) announce the release date, and reveal the cover for my own novel, Chasing Azrael.

Now, you may well at this point be sitting there with a bad case of déjà vu, and for that you can be forgiven. You are not imagining things, we have already announced the release of this particular book, and revealed the cover design for it, all the way back in 2012. This particular novel has been on the literary merry-go-round for a while now. We were originally going to publish it in October of 2012, however with literally a week to go before publication, I was invited down to London by a literary agent who was interested in taking the novel on. Having met with her, I decided to pull the plans for publication and see what happened. To cut a very long story short, a year passed with ideas and drafts of the novel bouncing back and forth between myself and my agent. As I hit the twelve month mark for working on the book with her I had received requests for full reads from a few other people, and her enthusiasm for the project seemed to have waned. Concluding that she was no longer interested in sending it out to anyone, I (rather bravely) asked if I was correct in this assumption and she said she wasn’t sure she had the contacts to sell a book of this nature.

No problem.

This was exactly the reason I founded Aädenian Ink in the first place: there are too few publishers interested in books in the Gothic and Steampunk genres, especially for debut authors. So, with a couple of requests sat in my email Inbox from other Independent Publishers, and the knowledge that the year spent working on the book with my agent had proven very beneficial, I concluded that all things happen for a reason and that my original plan–to publish through Aädenian Ink–was the correct one, it was just that the book wasn’t ready in 2012. The novel has come a long way since then, as the Deathly Insanity Series as a whole has been more fully developed, the second and third book are now well underway, and I have had the pleasure of working on the novel with Zoe Harris, who now works for Aädenian Ink as a sub-contractor, alongside Kate, for the editorial and proof-reading jobs I can’t do myself (i.e. the project I myself have written or had a hand in writing and/or editing).

For those of you who haven’t heard me mention it before, the Deathly Insanity series are Urban Fantasy novels–that is to say, set in the real world, but containing fantastical elements such as ghosts, vampires, and werewolves–and each is its own Supernatural Mystery. While you can read them as stand alone books, there is an over arching story line which builds as the series continues. If you like Kelley Armstrong and Laurell K. Hamilton you’re in luck, as they have been compared (much to my delight), to both of these rather wonderful authors.

Chasing Azrael Original Cover

Having taken the time to mull over the novel and the series as a whole for the better part of eighteen months, I also decided a new cover design was in order. This had nothing to do with disliking the old cover (above), done by Julija Lichman, it was simply a matter of image, and how I wanted the series to look. As you can see, the two are quite different, and I am somewhat pleased to take the credit for the new one (top of the page), as it is one of my own digital paintings.

The change in design was determined mainly by the need to focus on the central character in the novel, Ande, and the central themes of the book–unhealthy obsessions and death. I’m very pleased with the finished result, and hope you all like it 🙂

Chasing Azrael will be available in paperback and Kindle format from the 26th April 2014. I will be at AuthorCon in Manchester on the day, signing copies, and should also be doing a tour in the following months. More details on that as they become available.

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