Thursday, September 27, 2012

Title Reveal: Enoch's Device

My writing odyssey with my first novel is finally nearing its end! Last July, I explained why I decided to independently publish the novel, and how I intended to do it the right way. After numerous rounds of self-editing to tighten the story and polish my writing, I hired a professional editor who was wonderful to work with and his edits really improved narrative. I’m having the book proofread one more time, and I plan on working with a professional cover designer to produce great cover art.

With all this in the works, my hope is to release the novel by the end of the year. And I’m ready to reveal the title: Enoch’s Device.  Here’s a draft blurb after this image of a medieval illumination that helped inspire the novel:

Imagine hidden warnings in an illumination like this!

Nearly a thousand years after the birth of Christ, when all Europe fears that the world will soon end, an Irish monk, Brother Ciarán, discovers an ominous warning hidden in the illuminations of a religious tome. The cryptic prophecy speaks of Enoch’s device, an angelic weapon with the power to prevent the coming apocalypse. Pursued by Frankish soldiers and supernatural forces, Ciarán and his freethinking mentor, Brother Dónall, rescue the lady Alais from a heretic-hunting bishop. Together, they race across Europe to locate the device, which has left clues of its passage through history. But time is running out, and if they don’t find it soon, all that they love could perish at the End of Days. 
Enoch’s Device is a fast-paced medieval adventure steeped in history, mythology, and mysteries from a dark and magical past.
The novel is obviously historical fantasy and will be the first of a three book series. And yes, buried in the text is a reference to “fresh-scraped vellum.” Wish me luck.

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