If you use the Kindle App or have a Kindle e-reader, you can download and read the short (very short) vignette that starts Zamani. Here's the Kindle version--download it and transfer it to your Kindle.
We're a month out from the official launch of the third book in the Olivia Chronicles, Zamani. All of my readers have provided their feedback, and I'm really excited to release this book. I do read reviews, although I do not tend to respond to them. For that one reader who was sad that Olivia was not the focus of Brigitte's Cross, I want to say that hopefully you'll get a little more insight into her character and past.
This book covers the same time period as the second book in the series, but Alex is back. I can say that without it really being a spoiler. If revealing that here means someone's not going to read the book, the blurb/synopsis would knock them out of reading it anyway. This book also plays into the connections with Stoker's novel, as well, so fans of "Van Helsing's Lament" will hopefully enjoy that emphasis.
The release date is set for 4/29, which is also the Voudou holiday of Cassé Canari. In order to free the dead, Haitian Voudou practitioners ceremonially break jugs, delivering souls of the dead from purgatory. Not surprisingly, April 30th is the Mange le Morts, or feeding of the dead. If the calendar is seen as a wheel of time, Casse Canarie and Mange le Morts are opposite of Halloween and All Souls Day/Dia de los Muertos.
From Maya Deren's Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (pages 30, 44, 46):
The gros/bon/ange may be separated from the body even during the lifetime, and stored in a bottle, as a kind of isolation from malevolent forces. At the Canzo ceremony--the ceremony of initiation or spiritual birth--the gros/bon/ange is placed in a canari (clay pot) or a pot/de/tete (receptacle for the "head," soul or mind) and left in the care of a houngan or some trustworthy person. At death this pot/de/tete is broken, to release the gros/bon/ange to the waters of the abyss; but one year later, the receptacle is replaced, as the moment of reclamation, by the govi, in which the soul, now referred to as an esprit, is lodged once more and which is as a throat, making speech possible . . . the ti/bon/ange. . . is automatically liberated at the moment of death and hovers over the body for nine days before ascending to heaven. . . .If during life it is placed in a receptacle, a canari, or pot/de/tete, and if that receptacle is then stolen so that magic may be exercised upon the body through the gros/bon/ange, the person cannot die until the two are reunited.
Of course, as you know from Brigitte's Cross, Alex's ashes are not held in a red clay pot, but I'm sure you get the connection.
If there is interest, I may offer signed copies of paperbacks again this round. The cover of Brigitte's Cross got an update and currently all three covers are glossy in finish. I don't do mailing lists (I personally am on a couple of writers' email lists and abhor getting emails from people daily, for instance. Why would I do that to you?) so if you want to stay on top of what's going on with the series, feel free to keep up here or on the Facebook page.
Today is the month ahead date of the release of book 3 in the series: Zamani. You can pre-order now!
I am working on the paperback version, as well, and plan to release the two editions at the same time. For those who wanted more Olivia in Brigiitte's Cross, you'll get more here, but you will also meet some new characters. This third book delves more deeply into the connections to Stoker's novel, and Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker both make appearances.
Angelic lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her wife, two loyal dogs, and two rotten cats. When she's not writing, she's likely walking the dogs, working on her food blog, or working her day job. Like her friend and fellow writer Joseph S. Walker, she's a "recovering academic."