This is my first such post, detailing my writing that is eligible during the literary awards season. 2016 has been an incredible year for me (in the world of writing at least). When it started, I had no idea (well, I had some idea–or at least some hope) that my debut novel The Apothecary’s Curse would be acquired–and would, by year’s end be on the road to publication.
What I did not anticipate was that Apothecary would be acquired by the wonderful indie press Pyr (an imprint of Prometheus Books) at the end of February, and would in fact be slated for publication this very year! So, here it is December, and The Apothecary’s Curse has been out since mid-October. Lots of great reviews, the best blurbs a girl could ask for! Here’s me talking a little about the novel:
Apothecary is eligible for the Nebulas (SFWA), the Bram Stoker Awards (Horror Writers Association), Hugos, World Fantasy Awards, etc. and any other award you might be inclined to think of. If you are eligible to nominate, I hope you will consider The Apothecary’s Curse.
What it’s about:
In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder–only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.
When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Transdiff Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?
“Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton in this fever dream of a fantasy. Richly textured, terrifying, and somehow timely. . .Will keep readers up well past their bedtime.” — NYT Bestselling Horror/SFF author Jay Bonasinga
“A new narrative world lovingly created with an Old World touch. . .” (Jane Espenson, Writer/Producer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time)
“Myth, medicine, and immortality, braided together like the border of an illuminated manuscript.” —Doris Egan, screenwriter, novelist, and writer and co-executive producer ofHouse
“Part medical drama, part thriller, and completely absorbing. Barnett explores the dark side of one of humanity’s oldest obsessions–the quest for immortality–and tells a great story about greed, unintended consequences, and ultimately love.” —John VanZile, author of The Legend of Arkatak
“An irresistible blend of fairy folklore, science, and suspense that’s sure to keep you reading late into the night.” —Shanna Swendson, author of Enchanted, Inc.
“Something for every fiction fan – sci-fi, horror, romance, and fantasy – but the story interweaves the genres so deftly that the reader is focused on the story – and what a story it is! Barbara’s gift for credible, era-specific dialogue and detail is wonderful, as is her pacing and the story’s pay-off.” Denise Dorman, WriteBrain Media.
If you are a member of SFWA, you can download it in the Novel Forum here (You have to be a member).
If you are a member of the Horror Writers Association and wish to consider Apothecary (eligible for First Novel), you can find it here (again you have to be a voting member).
Or simply shoot me an email at Barbara.Barnett@BarbaraBarnett.com and I’ll be happy to send you an e-version.
It’s available for purchase at the usual places (Amazon.com, BN, your local indie, or at your library). For a tease, here’s me reading a chapter for Author’s Showcase…
I also published a short story based on my main character Gaelan Erceldoune, which appears in the Black Friday Special section at Literary Escapism.
Right now I’m at work on a sequel as well as working on some shorter fiction and a non-Apothecary novel with a neo-noir-ish bent.
If you’ve honored me by reading Apothecary, I would so appreciate a good word on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Let your friends know about the book. Have a wonderful holiday season, whatever you do or do not celebrate. And a very happy New Year!