The Resurgence of Short Fiction - The Melting Pot
It seems that everyone is busy these days. Over scheduled, over taxed and just plain short on time, most folks plod through their day with little time to eat let alone read a full length novel or a George R. R. Martin world-building-rich opus.
CBS Sunday Morning featured an interview with James Patterson about his approach to writing. He also announced the launch of his latest project: Bookshots. Bookshots are short fiction works written with the pacing of a movie plot. Mr. Patterson is a marketing guru, extremely astute and in tune with his busy audience. This year, he will release twenty-three Bookshots all under $5 and 150 pages or less.
The truth is short fiction has always been with us and continues to thrive online and in magazine markets. With regards to traditional publishing, for a while now, editors and agents specifically stated they were NOT interested in queries for short fiction. However, this stance – dear reader – has changed. I’ve noticed that savvy publishers, like TOR, are utilizing their websites and blogs to promote short fiction produced by their authors. Both e-readers and the advent of Audible have created new markets for shorter-than-novel-length works.
Let’s add the crisp, snappy flavors of short fiction to The Melting Pot.
I discovered the Sin du Jour series by Matt Wallace via TOR’s email newsletter and was intrigued by their promotion of a novella. I purchased the first book through my Audible subscription and was pleased to see that it clocked in at around four hours of listening time. I started listening during my daily walk and was HOOKED. I continued listening while I finished my day job work and during my drive home.
Mr. Wallace builds a diverse world complete with a gaggle of zombies, one Native American Shaman and his granddaughter, a Latin chef, a genie, an African-American female who kicks butt, a government agent, a clown, and one giant chicken. YES – Envy of Angels is one WILD ride…and I forgot to mention the mafia style clans of demons.
The second book, Lustlocked, continues to add new levels to each of the key characters while spinning a thoroughly enjoyable story about catering a goblin wedding.
I loved both of these Audible stories so much; I also purchased the paperbacks to study them to enhance my own short fiction. The third book, Pride’s Spell, will be released on June 21st and I’ve already pre-ordered it. I hope that Mr. Wallace continues to produce novellas in this series, so that I can continue to throw my money at him. LOL!
WARNING: After reading Envy of Angels, chicken nuggets just won’t be the same…EVER again.
Envy of Angels: A Sin du Jour Affair by Matt Wallace
In New York, eating out can be hell.
Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?
Welcome to Sin du Jour - where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.
PRAISE FOR ENVY OF ANGELS:
"Matt Wallace tells a raucous, riotous tale of culinary madness - a jaw-dropping horror-fantasy restaurateur Thunderdome that makes the 'monkey brain' scene in Temple of Doom look like something you'd see on Nickelodeon. It's like I dropped a heroic dose of acid and turned on the Food Network for eight hours. It's funny and demented and sticks in you like a pinbone. Matt Wallace writes like someone just jammed a needle full of adrenaline in his heart - and then, in yours. From this point forward, I'll read anything this guy writes." ? Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Zer0es
"No one makes me think, 'Dammit, I should have thought of that!' like Matt Wallace. The Sin du Jour series is something I read with equal amounts of envy and delight." ? Mur Lafferty, Campbell Award winning author of The Shambling Guide to New York City
"Envy of Angels is one of the most original urban fantasies I've read in a damn long time. Angels, demons and the New York restaurant scene. It doesn't get any weirder than this. Matt Wallace is an author to watch." ? Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things and Broken Souls
"Envy of Angels is exactly the breath of fresh air I didn't know I needed: darkly funny, sweepingly inventive, and just plain fun to read. Every time I thought I got the hang of this book, the next turn took me someplace even more breathtakingly weird and wonderful. Buy it. DO IT NOW. It's the only way we can force him to write a dozen more of these!" ? Andrea Phillips, author of Revision
Lustlocked: A Sin du Jour Affair by Matt Wallace
The staff of New York's premier supernatural catering company, has their work cut out for them in this outrageous follow-up to Envy of Angels.
Love is in the air at Sin du Jour.
The Goblin King (yes, that one) and his Queen are celebrating the marriage of their son to his human bride. Naturally the celebrations will be legendary.
But when desire and magic mix, the results can be unpredictable.
Our heroes are going to need more than passion for the job to survive the catering event of the decade!
Pride’s Spell: A Sin du Jour Affair by Matt Wallace
The team at Sin du Jour?New York’s exclusive caterers-to-the-damned?find themselves up against their toughest challenge, yet when they’re lured out west to prepare a feast in the most forbidding place in America: Hollywood, where false gods rule supreme.
Meanwhile, back at home, Ritter is attacked at home by the strangest hit-squad the world has ever seen, and the team must pull out all the stops if they’re to prevent themselves from being offered up as the main course in a feast they normally provide
Starring: The Prince of Lies, Lena Tarr, Darren Vargas. With Byron Luck. Introducing: the Easter Bunny.
Pride's Spell is the third installment in Matt Wallace's Sin du Jour series.
"I fell in love with this series for its joyous, high-octane sense of mayhem, but I would stay just for the food. When you read it, you’ll forgive me for saying this: each entry leaves you hungry for more." -- Melissa F Olson, author of the Scarlett Bernard series, and Nightshades.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
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