Tuesday, June 03, 2008

My Next Book to Publish

I'm finishing up layout work on the next Zarahemla Books title, Angel Falling Softly by Eugene Woodbury. I think this cover design by my friend Jason Robinson is striking, and the novel is a good read, quite convincing and suggestive of some fascinating questions. I don't think anything else like it has ever been done in Mormon literature. Here's a preliminary description:

Over the past six months, Rachel Forsythe's perfect life has descended from the ideal to the tragic. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite her standing as the wife of a respected Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed her with a cure. Or has He?

Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to finalize the takeover of a Salt Lake City-based medical technology company. Bored with her downtown hotel accommodations, she rents a house in the Sandy suburbs.

And then the welcome wagon shows up. Her neighbors perceive her to be a beautiful, intelligent, and daunting young woman. But Rachel senses something about Milada that leads her in a completely different—and very dangerous—direction.

Rachel's suspicions are right: Milada is homo lamia. A vampire. Fallen. And possibly the only person in the world who can save Rachel's daughter. As Rachel uncovers Milada's secrets, she becomes convinced that, as Milton writes, "all this good of evil shall produce."

As the two women push against every moral boundary in order to protect their families, the price of redemption will prove higher than either of them could have possibly imagined.


Anonymous said...

It's a Mormon Darla!

[I like the cover -- your best one though, is still the cover for _Hunting Gideon_ (which I'm finally getting around to reading).

Anonymous said...

What is it lately with Mormons and vampires? Stephen King wrote in his 80's book Danse Macabre the reason why the vampire held such an attraction, especially with women, was the idea of being taken so wantonly and not being held accountable. Okay, I think I just answered my own question.

Anonymous said...

David, we're having a running conversation about that over at The Visitors' Center, but the vampire myth has always been about female sexuality given reign without making the female accountable for her DESIRES (as opposed to behavior).