First things first: As of last month, 15 September 2014, THE SOUL turned six months published! WAHOOO! This is mostly important to me because there was a period of time – a lengthy period of time – where it dawned on me that The Soul may never see the light of day. And so now that I’m here, (two!) physical copies in-hand, it means the world to me. :D
In celebration, I thought I’d share a little about where The Soul and I stand since its publication 15 March of this year.
A little about The Soul…
I first dreamed up the idea of the story of The Soul when thinking up a character I’d drawn as a freshman in high school. He had huge black wings, long black hair and ice blue eyes (pretty Mary Sueish, actually). Also he wore a black leather miniskirt, for some reason, and glasses, for no reason.
All I knew about him was that he was some ungodly hybrid with a taste for blood and, apparently, angels (learned when Ero entered the picture). ;]
Reviews so far
The Soul hasn’t garnered a shit ton of reviews or nothin’, but the ones that have come in are more positive than I could’ve ever imagined! Here are a few of my favorite lines from reviews I’ve gotten so far:
“Love the book. It’s really well-written. Ero is an amazing character strong yet compassionate.” -Ronny Martinez, painter
“A fascinating read. The interaction between the lead characters in The Soul made for one of the most interesting and unique dynamics I have encountered in a book for a long time. Carrillo’s writing style is descriptive and alluring; the plot intriguing in its often stark brutality. I definitely want to read more from this author.” -Callum McLaughlin, writer
“The entire book was written in such a vivid style and with incredible intensity that the words leapt from the page and gripped me, forcing me to keep reading because I needed to know what happened next.” -Mishka Jenkin, writer
“I’m still recovering from the ending of ‘The Soul’ – I don’t know how I’ll find the patience to wait for book two! It was a rollercoaster ride of intensity and emotion, the kind of story that stays with you long after the final page has been turned.” -Melissa Barker-Simpson, writer
“This book is horrific and beautiful and mysterious and straightforward. S.R. Carrillo has created a world that I never could have imagined, and that’s something that I liked most about it, that it was so different than what I normally read and write, courageously and unapologetically so.” -Jacqueline E. Smith, writer
“Carrillo holds nothing back in her descriptions of violence and gore, but at the same time, nothing’s done gratuitously. Since we’re looking at unfettered evil running amok, we have to see just what it is Ero’s up against as the angel struggles to help Sol learn control and mastery. Even the characters’ physical descriptions are given as much care and attention as the devastating effects of their behavior and powers. Or, at least, Sol gets to enjoy it more than Ero.” -Lisa Horan, reviewer
Sales have been consistent. Reviews haven’t. Clearly, six reviews isn’t much, but I have a few more lined up from different writers and reviewers out there. It’s a little more difficult to pitch The Soul than other novels because it’s so intermixed in its genres – LGBTQ romance, dark fantasy, futuristic sci-fi… – and, on top of that, it’s an indie book. (That matters to a surprisin’ amount of reviewers!)
However, I was lucky enough to put in a good number of requests and get acceptances back on most, so in the comin’ weeks/months, the number of reviews should increase by at least a handful.
I plan to run a giveaway for it closer to the release of the sequel, Procession of Eternity, to promote them both, which should also give The Soul some more attention.
I also have more plans comin’ up for it that came up a few days ago – but I won’t share just yet. It’s still in its very early stages.
Ah, yes, Procession of Eternity. I’ve brushed over this book, the sequel to The Soul, usually as Procession of INFINITY or just plain Procession, numerous times throughout this history of this blog. Nothing since the Camp NaNo announcement of July 2014 has been delved into, though.
Well, Procession of Eternity is complete. I have some brushin’ up to do, but after July Camp NaNo, I put it on the backburner to focus on Pride. Things with Pride have been pretty sluggish, so I may re-focus on Procession of Eternity… or I may re-focus on Reimburse Me, which was my foremost project before I got talked into April Camp NaNo.
Still unsure about how to proceed. At any rate, if the tempo at work continues like it has been (which it likely will), I won’t have to worry about it until holiday leave because I don’t even have time to think about writing half the time nowadays.
Luckily, before I got that busy, I managed to procure a cover for Procession of Eternity. It – is – so – AMAZING. Can’t wait to share with y’all, but, of course, not until closer to the release date (which hasn’t even been set yet).
Pride? Reimburse Me? Lolwtfbbq?
These two titles are my other WIPs aside from Procession of Eternity. I’ve mentioned ’em on the blog before, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they got swallowed in all the other stuff I’ve mentioned on the blog. My focus has shifted, after all.
Pride: I refer to it as Pride, but the actual title is Pride Goeth Before the Fall, and it’s a futuristic dystopian novel revolving around a corrupt world government deciding artificial selection’s the way to go to save this world from nearing the Apocalypse. It’s my current focus, written with Leslie.
Reimburse Me: Originally titled Please Reimburse Me for that Hot Pornography, Reimburse Me is a story I wrote while in high school that lacks in structural integrity, but compensates (for now) by havin’ this super slick synopsis:
The Chainsaw Grey swore he’d never return to Houston—not unless he absolutely had to. No one needs him there. No one wants him there. Not even his family. Especially not his family. His sisters, Danielle and Anna, want next to nothing to do with him.
Or, he thought as much, anyway.
He never counted on being detained overnight by HPD while just passing through. When Danielle catches wind that he’s in town, it’s only a matter of formality convincing him to come back home for summer break. What else is there to do? He has no real friends, no real girlfriends—or real boyfriends—and no real job right now.
The minute he returns, southeast Texas swells with heat and sweat, and he hates it all over again, every step of the way. Every road trip between towns. Every reunion with distorted memories. Every reality better left warped.
The Chainsaw should have never come back to Houston, but what the fuck would’ve happened to his family if he hadn’t?
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The Soul: Book One
Evil has flourished since the beginning of time, but at long last it has come to pass—that the world should end at the hands of the divine. A Lesser Earth thrives in the ashes of the old world.
As does an unnamed lost boy, the abandoned effigy of evil, who wanders the globe without a clue and without a purpose.
The Last Angel Ero’s only task is to find this boy and raise him into the arms of Grace. He doesn’t expect to question that purpose—and he certainly doesn’t expect to find an affinity with the evil inside the boy he names Sol.
It’s only when Ero begins to explore new truths that he realizes just what having faith in Sol may cost him: his life, his love and his soul.