Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"Garden of Heaven" Released in Two Editions
My new novel "Garden of Heaven: an Odyssey" is now available in trade paperback on Amazon and as a PDF-format e-book on OmniLit.
My news release announcing the book starts out like this: In my second novel set in the high country of Glacier National Park, Montana, “Garden of Heaven: an Odyssey,” I tell a multi-layered story about a man whose life is twisted by the Vietnam War, compromised by the denizens of a corrupt college, and destroyed by a lover out for revenge.
It's a news release I wondered if I would ever write, for this book has been a "work in progress" since 1993.
Online, I spoke of it cautiously as though it were a hobby, rather like a model railroad layout in the basement filled with make-believe people and make-believe dreams that never interfaced with the real world.
In the real world, I spoke of it in whispers lest I jinx a manuscript that kept getting possessed by demons and storms and the voices of people in my past. It was, after all, only a dream.
Each edition has its own publisher. The e-book (shown here) has been published by Vanilla Heart Publishing, the wonderful folks who also published "The Sun Singer" and "Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire."
The print edition, at 808 pages and 240,600 words, exceeds the length of a viable paperback book for small presses using print-on-demand technology to produce each copy separately. That being the case, the print edition was self-published through CreateSpace.
While “Garden of Heaven” has characters and themes in common with “The Sun Singer,” the two novels can be read independently of each other. "Garden of Heaven" is an adult novel and "The Sun Singer" is for young adults and adults. Both novels follow the late Joseph Campbell’s mythic hero’s path journey of personal transformation popularized in such films as “Star Wars” and “The Matrix.”
I invite you to sample my story of magic and quantum entanglements that fractures time and tangles the today and yesterday of a family's lies, a lover's secrets, a seeker's journey, and a corrupt university with the disparate worlds of multiple realities, visions and dreams, Montana's mountains, Florida's swamps, the South China Sea, Heaven and Hell, and The Tree of Life.