I’m super excited to finally reveal the cover of the final installment of the Touch of Death series by the amazing, sweet, and wonderful Kelly Hashway! (What is it about people who write wonderfully twisted horror being some of the sweetest people I know?!) Anyway, check out this gorgeous cover (complete with Sexy Hades) and keep an eye out for this book in January!
FACE OF DEATH
The third and final book in the TOUCH OF DEATH series.
By Kelly Hashway
Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.
Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.
Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.
But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.
Title: Face of Death (Touch of Death #3)
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: 1/7/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book
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One of my favorite parts about being a professional geek is attending conventions. This weekend I was at Boskone, the slightly more literary and serious sibling to Arisia, where I was last month.
Boskone is a quiet convention for me. I haven’t done a lot of work to try and get on panels, so the only things I’m in charge of is the Broad Universe book table and showing up for the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading.
And having fun and networking and that whole bit.
Arisia was a bit of a crazy con for me, but it always is. It’s right up there with Dragon*Con in “life-changing events.” It’s how I got involved with Spencer Hill Press. (For the whole story, read the intro to our first anthology, UnCONventional.)
This year, my Arisia crazy-level was upped to the Nth degree. Not only was I in charge of the Broad Universe table, I was sharing it with three other vendors… and we were kind of stuck in a back corner.
Also, I was in charge of zombie-fying everyone for the Touch of Death release party – an awesome novel you can find out more about here.
With the blessings of the wonderful Kelly Hashway, we used her party to give Kate Kaynak, founder of Spencer Hill Press, a very special gift from all the authors and editors who – thanks to her love, support, and creation of SHP – have made amazing strides in realizing their dreams.
Here’s the video of that gift (it’s a little blurry to start, but gets better). Enjoy!…. Er… WordPress won’t let me update it… so let me give you the link to Blogger where the upload did work!
Touch of Death, by Kelly Hashway, is released this week! With an awesome A-Prom-Calypse Zombie Prom at Arisia this Sunday!
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.
November 2011, Kate Kaynak, head of Spencer Hill Press, sent me an email with a manuscript she thought would be something I’d love. It was my first manuscript since working with Kate on UnCONventional. I’d done about six other novels/non-fiction books on a freelance basis with the authors; this was the first novel for SHP, the first novel a publishing house was contracting me to work on.
So, I was a little nervous, I have to admit.
But I loved the manuscript. Kate had – and still has – a good eye for my taste in books. I grew up reading all the Goosebumps and Fear Street books; I loved YA horror in a contemporary setting. High school sucks, so I enjoy reading about how much worse it could be.
And I know going into a manuscript that I’m going to have to read and re-read it dozens and dozens of times. For freelance work, I’ve done books I just like, because, well, it was income. With the way Kate was organizing her editing team for SHP, we had our choice from the submissions and slush pile. We had the choice to choose something we could thoroughly enjoy reading dozens and dozens (and dozens) of times over. Touch of Death definitely fit that bill for me.
In any case, Kelly served me a zombie deer in the first five pages, an icon I adored right from the start. I still have the plush one she sent me “guarding” my desk! He’s going to travel with me to Arisia this week, too, because he totally deserves to be at the A-Prom-Calypse Release Party. There was also a zombie squirrel. Yay undead critters! (Yes, I’m weird like that.) Even moreso, I connected with her main character, Jodi, and I absolutely appreciated where she was taking Greek mythology, particularly the Medusa story… because, as far as I’m concerned, the original myth of Medusa seriously screwed the poor woman… and plenty of modern myths are still just dealing with the “monster” aspect as opposed to the “person” aspect of her.
Besides how much I loved the novel, itself, here’s what I loved the editing process. First of all, there wasn’t a lot of changes that needed to be made. (Well, in my editing experience, it wasn’t a lot for me, anyway. Kelly is free to disagree. 😉 ) We went over a few of my usual suspects – things that surprise me if I don’t play with – like some car physics (Thank you Hollywood vs. Mythbusters), battle/fistfight physics and psychology, hospital/medical protocol (Thank you TV hospital dramas vs. actual medical persons), and then the two of us had a good time keeping an eye on Jodi’s fluids and their resulting body/resurrection count (Kelly actually caught one biggie that I missed in regard to this!) All of which were easy-peasy and a lot of fun.
Now, Kelly has the superpower of speedy turnaround – definitely the fastest author turnaround that I’ve ever worked with for a novel length, while addressing everything I noted. When I say “address,” I mean it with a liberal definition – but an entirely positive one. Nothing got ignored or forgotten. She may have not have followed all of my suggestions, but she answered all of my questions… and then did her own thing which, in all cases, was way better than what I suggested anyway.
Even now after having seen it from submission to publication, I still have opened up my editor’s ARC it to look up something for marketing or such… and still gotten lost in the pages.
And as of this week – it’s available for anyone to purchase and love! I can’t wait to see this turn into something very awesome for Kelly.
(Especially since I know what happens in the sequel, Stalked by Death! Mwahahaha!)
“So, Katie, I’m leaving Taiwan on Monday, April 2nd, so pick me up at Logan on Tuesday, at 6PM. Ok?”
“Ok! See you on Tuesday!”
Text to Katie in Detroit: “I’m back in the USA. Plane leaving Detroit on time – c u at 6. Still on 4 Hunger Games?” [Ok, so I can’t italicize in texts, really. Not the point…]
Text to Katie in Boston at about 5:35 PM : “Plane just landed! C U soon!”
6:10 PM: “Got luggage. Am outside @ end of the Active Pickup lane.”
6:45 PM, call to Katie – goes right to voicemail: “Um, did you forget me? I’m at Logan, waiting for you.”
Haven’t actually gotten any text responses, and right to voicemail? Uh-oh! After several more texts and more straight-to-voicemail messages, I call her mom, my old chiropractor. After some conversation, Dr. Patty says:
“Doesn’t Katie work on Mondays? She said she was picking you up on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.”
I reply: “Yeah, Tuesday 6PM. I know she works on Mondays. I’m here.”
Dr. Patty: “Trish… today is Monday.”
Me: “What do you mean? I left Taiwan on Monday; it’s Tuesday.”
Dr. Patty, very patiently: “No, Trish, it’s Monday…”
So, Trish learns you actually GAIN a day when you fly back to the U.S. from Asia over the International Date Line. Who’d a thunk? Ok… maybe everyone but me.
And clearly, my jet lag… because Katie and I managed to finish a project she’d planned on having done for my return on Tuesday… on Tuesday. And go see the Hunger Games (Yes, it was awesome!) Then, I crashed and managed to sleep until after 3PM on Wednesday… where I missed one of my weight meetings because it moved, and I received no notice. And then proceeded to do some grocery shopping and finish another project that Needed To Be Done for me to function in the house… and then I managed to get online and go through my HUGE PILE OF EMAIL from midnight to about 1:30AM.
All y’all will start getting your responses from me in the next few days.
And I need to finish editing Touch of Death and my editing read of Triangles. Oh – and there’s my tutoring work, and some short stories that are due…
Vacation? Yeah, it was fabulous… and I’ll talk about it in dribbles and spurts between all the deadlines that got pushed back three weeks. 😉