Title: Hell For The Company (Brimstone #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Angel Martinez (Mischief Corner Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 5, 2015 – 2 Hours, 2 Minutes
Shax, the Demon Prince of Thieves, has reconciled himself to exile. He has a grand time careening around the galaxy as a high-end, intergalactic purloiner of pretties. Everything’s going just fine, thank you very much. All right, fine, the anti-gravity cows are a bit problematic and some of his buyers are bad for his health, but he manages until he comes across an injured angel in a psychedelic alien jungle.
He only rescues the wing boy for his golden feathers, but what Shax doesn’t know about angels could fill an intergalactic encyclopedia.
AUTHOR’S GUEST POST
A Fighter, a Healer, a Mage, and a Rogue Delve into a Dungeon
Accomplishing Great Things by Forming a Party and Leveling Up
By Vance Bastian
Taverns really are the best place to start an adventure. Thanks to the often savory food and exotic drinks, taverns are a great venue for finding others with skills you lack. After all, dungeons are wickedly dangerous places, and can be fatal if you’re alone.
Most authors have built some sort of publishing team. Whether traditionally or self-published, you probably have some combination of cover design help, editing help, beta-reading help, final-file printing/e-distribution help, and oh-my-god-I’m-losing-my-mind-come-over-with-wine help. Those roles will vary based on your skills, time, and finances, but you have them to some degree.
Then what? Most of that team disperses to work on the next book, and you’re left sitting at the tavern with an amazing book, a tray full of empty tankards, and a stack of greasy bowls that once held some sort of nameless stew. Believe it or not, I see more authors struggle with what to do after the book is published than I see struggle to actually publish.
That’s because it feels like “marketing” and “promotion” are a big damned pair of mated dragons trying to keep you from the treasure, and you head into their dungeon alone.
Why would you do that?
You formed an adventuring group to get the book published… and you succeeded! You leveled up as an author! You have forged your novel and are ready to brandish it. Don’t run into the dungeon alone now. Form a new troupe with a new quest goal. As before, try to team up with people who have skills you lack while also being clear about what your role is.
A playful look at your marketing team might include:
The Fighter: This is the warrior who opens the doors to see if the next hall looks promising or not. This member of the team is also strong enough to stand between the monsters and those who aren’t as tough. Something of a scout, and usually an up-front negotiator, the fighter on your team will be the one who brings in the possible leads and connections.
The Mage: Magic requires knowledge of the esoteric. This member of your team usually has the know-how and can probably identify strange writing that could lead to dangerous encounters or wasted time. The mage can probably also output a great deal of power, whether thanks to previous pacts or training in manipulating the unseen threads that tie the universe together.
The Healer: Face it, somebody might get hurt. You hope not. You plan against it, but it can happen. The healer knows what balm to apply to soothe any wounds (hopefully metaphorical) and get everyone working again. The healer is also usually willing to roll up some sleeves and just do what has to be done.
The Rogue: This is your money-minded teammate. The rogue knows how to work with existing resources in order to overcome challenges so everyone might go home a little richer. Like the mage, the rogue is also adept at identifying threats and getting the team around them. Equal parts charmer and action hero, the rogue knows when to smile and when it’s time to strike.
Not every dragon can be slain, but not every dragon needs to be. Working with the right team can help you reach levels of success you could never attain alone. After all, the best adventures never end – they only propel you into the next part of the story arc!
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
Meet the narrator:
Vance Bastian loves being a professional storyteller. He writes urban fantasy about sandmen and reapers. He has grown his acting and voice background into a career performing voice-over work and narration for both radio and audiobooks. He is also a founding host of the WROTE podcast – bringing you interviews and news of authors who write, perform, and tell LGBTQ stories. When nobody’s looking, Vance is a complete sci-fi and fantasy geek.