It’s Friday the 13th! Batten down the hatches and avoid ladders! At least that is what I should be telling you to do. Instead, I celebrate the superstition of the 13th. With black cat trailing and ladders too small to walk under, I will be decorating for my LilSister’s birthday. You see, the 13th is lucky to me. I got a baby sister on the 13th, and this year I am lucky enough she is still here.
However, there is another reason I feel like the luckiest girl in the world…fate gave me all of you.
When you are an Indie writer, you are on your own 99% of the time in your work. This past month I learned that being Indie also means you have an awesome underground community of authors and readers who know exactly how hard a job it can be. As an Indie author, some of the most creative, brightest, kindest, and GENEROUS people surround me. Without their help I would never be able to be here talking about my latest release The Sin Collector: Thomas.
My first novel, The Sin Collector, released earlier this year, and has exceeded my expectations. Sometimes I need to stop and remind myself it has only been in the world for five months. I get DM’s all the time wondering about future work, and I even have a fan who intends to get the Collector tattoo in August. (Yikes! no pressure to be a success or anything!)
The Sin Collector is Book One in the Trilogy of the same name. In The Sin Collector, I introduced the world to Liliana, a snarky, sometimes too trusting, easy going immortal. Her personal journey encompassed a paranormal whodunit. Some people have said she seems too young for her 120 years of age (hey, not every immortal can be whiny and sullen like the Cullen family) some have said she is their new favorite heroine. The Sin Collector ended on a happy note, with Liliana finding a place for herself, and that is all I will say to avoid spoiler alerts.
Suffice it to say, perfection is easily shattered in Book Two, Sacrifice.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Thomas is what we are here to talk about. Thomas will be released on Amazon on July 20th! Here is a short blurb about Thomas:
“Thomas has taken vows. As an immortal, he is impervious to harm on the battlefield. As a Collector, he alone can take away the sins of the fallen and allow them to move peacefully into the next life.
But valor never comes without sacrifice.
Far away from combat is his home, and her name is Lucy. Lucy is a human and frail from the explosion that nearly took her life, but Thomas’s duty pulls him from her before she can recover. His letters are his only connection to her, and to her caretaker, Thomas’s best friend Emmilina.
Every character is a person, and they have led entire lives before the main story even begins. This is the history of Thomas.”
Thomas began as a secondary character for me. I barely focused on his intricacies. However, as I wrote I found myself falling in love with his character and adding him to more scenes. I had written him calm, kind, but somewhat apathetic. Even as the writer, I wondered what would have happened to a person for them to be this way?
I hope that in the short story of Thomas’s life many of your pressing questions are answered in a satisfying way.
More than anything, I hope that you take the new questions that are handed to you and have the patience to wait for the answers in Sacrifice. I promise, you won’t regret the wait!
Giveaway: One lucky commenter will win an ecopy of The Sin Collector, the first book in The Sin Collector Trilogy AND an ecopy of the soon to be released companion story The Sin Collector: Thomas!!! All you need to do is leave a thoughtful comment here on the post and be sure to leave your email so the winner can be contacted. It’s a great chance to read the first book of what is sure to be a great trilogy and to continue right along with the story of Thomas, all in anticipation for Book 2 in the near future.
Giveaway ends 12:01AM July 23th
About the Author:
Jessica Fortunato resides in Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t at her computer you might be inclined to call missing persons. However, be sure to check the kitchen first because she is probably just baking something. She collects stuffed elephants, thinks fairies hide her stuff, and she’s never once been convicted of a crime. She has however been cited several times for being awesome in public.
Fortunato’s first book The Sin Collector can be purchased on Amazon
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