Tomorrow marks another milestone for authors who release their work via podcast. Philippa Ballantine, the author of Chasing the Bard, Digital Magic, and Weather Child, and the force behind the Parsec-nominated Erotica a la Carte, hits bookstore shelves with Geist, her first release from a major publisher. I’ll let the book’s description on Amazon.com speak for it:
Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geists…
Among the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers. They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity. With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.
But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.
And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?
“Between the living and the dead…”; hauntings; “twisted rituals” — what better way to prepare for Halloween? I strongly encourage you all to pick this up tomorrow from your local bookstore or order it from your favorite online retailer. Through a lot of hard work, Pip has achieved success that the rest of us podcast authors aspire to. Your support will be further proof to the publishing world that the podcast model of building an audience is a valid one. On top of that, Pip is one of the most generous people you will ever meet, as evidenced by her tireless work last winter on The Boom Effect.
I know I blogged about this book a few weeks ago, and I appreciate your indulgence. I have no financial interest in its success other than as a podcast author who wants to be in bookstores himself someday. So, treat yourself to a good story and support podcast fiction at the same time. And leave the light on when you read about those twisted rituals…