After years of working on several different versions of my novel, and after six months of GRUELING work (seriously, this was the most challenging creative endeavor of my life) it’s published!
And I’m giving the Kindle Edition away for FREE on December 15 and 16 (today and tomorrow). I’m doing this for two reasons: #1 It’s a great way to generate interest and #2 It’s my way of thanking everyone for their support. Like I said, this was a very challenging project and the past six months were the most difficult, by far (I haven’t blogged or written anything else for quite a while). During that time, a lot of great and wonderful people stepped up and encouraged me to keep moving forward. I am so very grateful for all of you and I hope you enjoy my novel.
Here is the book description:
The legendary characters of Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe come to life in this exciting, historically-based novel by Seth Adam Smith!
In 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a cemetery and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in grave danger, Blaxton gives Rip a mysterious gift—a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death.
With the help of the stern and secretive, Jonathan Edwards and the talkative, know-it-all raven, Nathaniel, Rip travels across Massachusetts colony in search of Feathertop, a mythical, pumpkin-headed scarecrow with the power to save Boston.
Along the way, Rip encounters characters like Tom Walker, Katy Cruel, Hop-Frog, Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, Captain Ahab, Amelia Simmons, Mistress Hibbins, Pearl Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, the Midnight Minister, and the traitorous Goodman Brown—heroes and villains from early American history, literature, and folklore.
Pursued by witches, werewolves, and the living dead, Rip Van Winkle must race against time to save the “city upon a hill” and become a light to the world.
“Be warned, Smith has crafted something you won’t want to put down. So clever and fresh, this easily stands out as the most unique piece of fiction I’ve read in years.” – New York Times Bestselling Author, Jason. F. Wright
The message of the book has a Halloween flavor to it, but anyone who has read it has said that it feels more like a C. S. Lewis-type book. C. S. Lewis has definitely been one of my inspirations and this book is drenched in symbolism.
You may download the Kindle version of the book for free either today or tomorrow. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle App to your smartphone and still get the book. If you read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. That would be the best Christmas present ever!
**The print version of the book (which includes additional illustrations) will be available next month! In the meantime, I will resume blogging once a week (every Tuesday). It’s so great to be blogging again!
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