Okay…we all have strengths and weaknesses in our work. My weakness is the blurb/synopsis. I have had a really bad track record with this. The Prospero books are relatively easy to talk about “a sequel to the Tempest”, Shakespeare meets Dante, or, the wonderful quote: “It’s like Neil Gaiman meets C.S. Lewis or, for an American equivolent, Roger Zelazny meets Lloyd Alexander.”
The Corruption Campaign novels? No such luck. It is nigh impossible to explain the Corruption Campaign to begin with…any description I try leaves out really important stuff. But, I thought I would start with trying to sum up the book, which currently may go under the title of: The Dreamers Whose Dreams Come True…that or Creator Visions.
When magic comes to the modern day in the form of an attack, including a dragon who can knock planes from the sky with his psychics, one young woman recognizes the invaders as characters from stories written by friends of hers—friends who are missing. Withdrawing all her savings, she travels to California to ask the Archmage that she and her friend have made up stories about since childhood to save the world. When he proves less than helpful, she takes matters into her own hands and vows to save the world herself.
When storybook characters and figures from mythology begin walking the Earth, one young woman refuses to be daunted. Using her ingenuity and her knowledge of the stories these invaders come from, she vows to fight back and save the world, whose doom, Odin assures her, is already written.
When her two best friends are captured by invaders, Victoria Woods leaves her ordinary life behind and embarks on a journey of magic and adventure. Her efforts bring her face to face with gods, giant talking hounds, arrogant Archmages, the villains from her friend’s novel…and, best of all, the beautiful supernatural heroine of the stories she herself has written.
The doom of the Earth has written. Our world’s name has already been struck from the Book. But one young woman refuses to surrender. She vows not only to save our world, but to defeat Ragnarok—the prophesized destruction of all worlds.
Try Five (this would be better for book two or three…or perhaps for the series.):
Victoria Woods has always dreamed of magic, of stories, and myths, and fairytales. But she never dreamed that she herself would be granted the power to Create worlds. But, now that she has it, how does one decide how to safely use such power?
Okay…none of these really tell you anything about the story…sigh.
I wish I could somehow put on paper what it is really about…one unconventional young woman, powerful, impressive, possibly evil men, a universal civil war, gods and angels walking the earth, villains out of storybooks springing to life, unnaturally beautiful villianesses named after demons who sing men and worlds to their doom, Creator Vision–the power to write stories about real things, larger than life characters who are ancient and wounded and not at all ready for the sunlight that is about to enter their life (literarlly in the case of the Sons of Darkness who are fleeing the return of the sun to their world.) Flying shoes, magic rings, unicorn horns, chase scenes running from giant hounds, chase scenes on the back of giant hounds. Compassion, undauntedness, refusal to give up, hope…and, most of all, the eternal love story of the immovable object and the irrisistable force–the woman who would save everyone and the man who cannot be saved–reflected in small in the life of one brave girl and dark, broken man who may some day be her true love.