Good morning! Welcome to another Fantasy Friday installment! Today I'm spotlighting Eustice, the newest release from Alex Gulczynski. Alex has brought along an enjoyable excerpt for you today. He's also introducing you to the world he's created.
Reaper Corps Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
By: Alex Gulczynski
Let me paint you a picture.
The sun glows warm and bright in the East. Wind gently blows through green leaves making a nice and relaxing rustling sound high above. A hammock sways gently on the breeze, begging for someone to lay in it and make it complete. Ice slowly melts as it cools beer and soda in a brand new cooler. Smoke wafts upward from a grill as animal flesh is rendered down to its tastiest state. The smoke is enough to kick the saliva glands into overdrive, but not enough to sting the eyes. Cars are pulling up and people are casually but gleefully sauntering over a freshly mowed lawn.
This is my college graduation day. This is the day I successfully proved I can cram for tests, BS my way through an essay, and memorize facts by rote and dutiful dedication.
This is the day I thought to myself, “Now what?”
School was over with and done. I settled on a major in political science after abandoning my first goal of computer science. It didn't take long for me to realize that twelve hours in front of computer searching for a damned misplaced semi-colon was not for me. Political science called to me, not because I had grand dreams of going into politics or anything related to politics, but because it is a broad subject with math, history, and philosophy all tied together. I looked for a career in college but failed to find anything that sparked my passion.
Though on this day, as I approach the hammock with a cold beer in hand, I thought to myself, “You like reading. You like fantasy worlds. You like making up characters. Why not write a book?”
I followed this thought with an immediate, “Naaaah. You need to find a standard job and starting paying off your debt.”
Ten years later I wrote Eustice. I couldn't get away from wanting to write a book. I couldn't stop myself from making up stories in my head. I couldn't stop myself from being bored out of my mind at each new job I took. And once I got past the first twenty or so pages, I couldn't stop myself from wanting to finally finish a book.
I honestly don't know where the idea for Eustice came from or why this was the first idea I could put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and finish. I suppose it was inspired by On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony. In that book a man shots and kills Death. He is then forced to take over the job. I read that book in my mid teens and it made a large impact. The book itself didn't make that large of an impact (it is still a good read though) but the idea behind it really gripped me. Something struck a cord about some Joe Schmoe becoming Death and having to file away souls like so many tax returns. That idea stayed with me and, perhaps, this is the result.
Read it and decide for yourself.
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