Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Unbirthday, Forever Girl: A Victorian Celebration for an historical fantasy

As much as we romanticize Victorian times, life was much different back then—and not always in a good way. Due to sickness and undeveloped medical treatments, many children never had the opportunity to grow up. It is no wonder that birthdays were enthusiastically celebrated—each new year in a child’s life was truly a blessing. A birthday was another year’s victory over Death.
And Death was a huge preoccupation for Senza Fyne, the young Victorian woman whose dark tale is spun in THE HEARTBEAT THIEF. Her seventeenth birthday marked her debut into society…but it did not leave the fear of early death behind. Now of an age to marry, Senza’s mother constantly reminded her that she needed to find her mate before her beauty withered and faded, before her chances of an advantageous marriage was lost.
Senza didn’t want to be set out like wares at a market. She wanted a love-match—but that was one luxury a girl of even her station could not afford. She was trapped in a losing game, each passing day another hand won by Death.
Until she met Mr. Knell, the mysterious man who promised her an escape from all of her worries.
When Senza Fyne makes her dark deal with Mr. Knell, she is freed from the ravages of time and death, and her gives her a special present, a locket in which she must store heartbeats. “A gift on your Unbirthing day,” he said.
And when more than one hundred fifty years, that day was the only day that she remembered. Unbirthdays were remarkable things.
Throughout her long life, Senza forgot to celebrate her actual birthday. Perhaps immortality lessens the importance of another year’s victory over death.
Whom would she have invited, when the loves of family and childhood friends had faded into the past? The world had become a sea of nameless faces, images flickering on a distant screen. Everyone around her would wilt like flowers in late summer, grown brittle in autumn’s chilling wind, and disappear beneath the final snows of eternal winter.
Were there a cake served, a light fluffy delicate creation of sweetness and fruit and frosting, would someone have baked traditional trinkets into it? Would her slice hold the lucky coin? Or would she find a thimble, the harbinger of a life spent alone, unmarried?
And what gift would Knell give her, when he had already stolen her life? His locket hung heavy with memory, with regret, with the pilfered beats of men and women who each lived out their lives in natural order.
No. Mark the day, she would. Remember it, she was thus compelled. But no party. No celebration. Celebrations were for the living.

How dreary! Sometimes my heart aches for Senza Fyne, who, much like the narrator of Poe’s “The Raven” is constantly seeking companionship and release from loneliness. The tapping on her chamber door always yields an empty hall. No one there, and an eternity of it.
Let us give Senza a respite from her fate, and remember her book’s birthday—and therefore her Unbirthday—with a much lighter heart. I, for one, will raise a cup of tea and have a slice of cake and cheer the day I “met” one of my all-time favorite characters: Senza Fyne, the Forever Girl, Death’s Immortal Beloved, the Heartbeat Thief.

This week until June 26th, THE HEARTBEAT THIEF ebook will be $0.99!

Find it at any of these retailers:

About the author: Ash Krafton
Ash Krafton writes New Adult speculative fiction under the pen name AJ Krafton. In addition to THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, Ash is also the author of a growing list of poetry, short stories, and urban fantasy novels.
Currently, she’s working on a new series, THE DEMON WHISPERER. First book, CHARM CITY, can be found on Wattpad.com where you can read it free. Find it here: CHARM CITY on Wattpad.com
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Monday, June 20, 2016

THE HEARTBEAT THIEF: only 99 cents for a limited time!

"There was something smart, ominous, and romantic about this strange story..." Amazon reviewer

This month, we're celebrating the Forever Girl's book birthday.  Because of readers like you, Senza Fyne has found a new kind of immortality--living in the hearts of readers who fell in love with her story. (Thank you for all your support!)

If you haven't yet read the story that one reviewer has called "a beautiful love story stretching through time, filled with captivating characters and prose", you can get it at a great price today...

THE HEARTBEAT THIEF will be on sale for 99 cents until June 26th at a ton of ebook retailers...find it at your favorite!
Here's a few...
I want to thank the authors who are helping me to spread the news this week. They're hosting a few guest posts in a mini blog tour, so be sure to visit them, check out their blogs, and see what worlds they've been creating! Lots of books to love in this universe...and my friends write some of my favorite books.
From YA to adult, poetry to novels, and every shade of speculative fiction...here's a blogroll of truly generous authors!
AF Stewart:
Andy Peloquin:
Clarissa Johal:
Debbie Christiana:
John Linwood Grant:
Katie French:
Leandra Wallace:
Marsha A. Moore:
Nicole Ciacchella:
RobRoy McCandless:

Monday, May 23, 2016

CHARM CITY (The Demon Whisperer #1): Urban Fantasy Making Magic on Wattpad

A few months ago I posted my latest novel on Wattpad as a serial. I thought I'd try a new approach to pre-publication promotion as well as a new way to meet new readers. So far, so awesome...

Once it was complete, I submitted it for consideration as a Featured Story and it made it in :) CHARM CITY was listed on the Featured page about three weeks ago and...

...wow. It just blew up. Like, ba-BOOM.

And I'm thrilled to say that CHARM CITY (The Demon Whisperer #1) hit 10K reads on Wattpad today! Woo Hoo!!!

Follow me on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AshKrafton

I've been trying to keep in touch with followers over there and, as promised, I'm holding a name-a-character contest for readers who follow my profile and read CHARM CITY...

I'll pick one reader's suggestion for a particular character's name. Simply comment in the right spot to win. Read on for details...

https://www.wattpad.com/story/56172477-charm-city-the-demon-whisperer-1


The 10K character contest: Name That Ghost! (A Chapter 10 contest)

In CHARM CITY, chapter 10, Simon meets a sweet but very confused ghost in a diner. So confused, in fact, I doubt she remembers her own name. Help her out by suggesting a name for her! Leave the name in a comment right in Chapter 10 to enter.

Tell me her name and why you choose it. I'll pick one of those names to use when Simon sees the ghost again in book 2, MURDER THE LIGHT.

Also, the winner gets personally acknowledged in the book, even when the series eventually goes to print. That means you and your name will forever be a part of the story.

Thanks for helping this story get noticed. Keep reading...and don't forget to suggest a name. Leave it in a comment right in Chapter 10 itself so I can keep track of all the entries!