Just wanted to post here that any members here can post. The Clegg Team community is here so that more brainstorms can get going to spread the word on Afterlife, and point folks, when possible, to getting this link out there:
Autographed, inscribed copies of Afterlife at Shocklines.com.
Or pointing people to http://www.douglasclegg.com/afterlife.htm
We'll be creating a special ebook with an excerpt of AFTERLIFE for you all to read and pass along to others, and, well, more.
Another thing to do is to make sure these keywords are in your interests: "afterlife, paranormal, horror, fiction, books, telepathy, ghosts, haunting" -- and of course, add any others you want to. But these will help connect you with communities and individuals with liveJournals that already have an interest in the subject matter of my novel, Afterlife.
I encourage you to participate in those communities, and definitely to not push the book on them -- but just mention it when you feel it's the right time.
AFTERLIFE is a novel that opens with three horrific events. The first takes places in some kind of school for psychic children in Manhattan -- part of remote viewing - parapsychological studies. While other children watch, a boy, trapped in a glass cage of some kind, is surrounded by fire.
The next scene, set thirty years or so later -- in the present day -- reveals a young woman who has been buried alive as she fights for life.
And then, the next scene, out on a plateau well beyond Manhattan, in the northern New Jersey area that has forests and lakes and mountains, a ritual murder is taking place.
These scenes move into the relative quiet of Julie Hutchinson's life -- she has taken her daughter out to the northwestern hills in New Jersey to fossil-hunt. But her daughter feels something -- and hears something on what Julie's husband had jokingly called their daughter's "brain radio."
Her daughter hears her father, who is supposedly in the city working.
And it goes from there.
AFTERLIFE is both a novel and a metaphysical question to some extent. In it, I wanted to explore the idea of life after death, of an afterlife, of whether or not there can possibly be psychic phenomena, remote viewing, astral projection. I wrapped this up into the journey that Julie Hutchinson goes on as she seeks to find answer to questions -- and her journey into the realm of belief.
And yet, the story is not what it seems, but to tell you more would spoil it. It's also the most erotic novel I've written, and has one of the darkest endings of any of my novels.
I'll post excerpts here for you to also re-post where you'd like. Thanks again for being here. I know there are several writers here who probably want to learn ways of promoting their own fiction. I'm glad you're here -- join in, and I think you'll get a lot out of this (and help Afterlife, too!)
I would like to ask other published novelists here to email me because I have a special idea just for you all that could work for anyone who has a book or collection that's available for sale online. It would take trust and good will between all of us to implement it -- but I think writers need to create those things with each other and the reader each time we write a story.
Email me at my AOL address: firstname.lastname@example.org