Please join me in extending a warm welcome to fellow author, Elliott James. Elliott is stopping by today as part of his virtual book tour celebrating the release of his latest book, Fearless. Fearless was published on August 11 by Orbit and is the third book in Elliott’s Pax Arcana series. Fearless was on the new releases post this past Monday.
An army brat and gypsy scholar, Elliott James is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that’s what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for it. You can learn much more about Elliott by visiting his website, on Facebook and by following him on Twitter.
ABOUT FEARLESS: When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory — even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy. Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming. The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn’t just a victim, he’s a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John’s following? It’s really a fuse…
FEARLESS is the third novel in an urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first two novels are Charming & Daring. This can be read as a standalone.
And now, let’s hear from Elliott…
Do you know anybody who can clone me? There’s always too many things to do and never enough of me to go around.
– Stretched Thin
I know some people. I have to tell you though, cloning is the last thing you want. It sounds nice because you’re assuming that you will have the right and authority of primogeniture, but that’s a slippery slope in the 21st century. Think about it. Your clone will be in love with the person you’re in love with and want the same things you want and probably won’t be happy hiding in the basement until it’s time to do something you don’t want to do again. There’s a reason that stories about doppelgangers and fetches almost always wind up in a power struggle to the death.
Take it a step further. I only know one thing about you, and that is that you desire to have a clone as an answer to your problems. So when your clone has its own problems – and it inevitably will because that’s the human condition and dealing with your problems is why you want a clone in the first place – what do you think the clone’s first impulse will be? To create a clone. And your clone will have the added incentive of knowing that it’s possible and maybe even how it was done. Imagine some “Cat in the Hat” scenario where “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” can keep making duplicates of themselves.
No, what you really want is a minion. Familiars are a popular choice among cunning folk although the sorts of tasks they can help with are somewhat limited. Dogs are good for protection and tracking, birds are good for surveillance and small deliveries, cats are good for….anyway, familiars can be a pretty benign option. You should know, though, that familiars tend to reflect their owner’s personalities, so you might want to take a good hard look at yourself first. And, no, that doesn’t mean a clone dammit! We talked about that.
Homonculi are also a popular choice for minions among cunning folk, although if you’re a female you might have to deal with some age old sexism issues. According to Paracelsus, male alchemists made the original spell so that homonculi had to be made out of male sperm. I’m sure an enterprising female alchemist could get around that proviso, and maybe one already has, but just be aware that there’s a history there. Also, homonculi are based on the principle of preformationism, so there may be Mini-Me issues. Tokoloshe are effective minions – these constructs are invisible and avoid all kinds of awkward questions. Unfortunately, they are brutally effective –Tokoloshe have violent tendencies that tend to get out of control. They are also a product of necromancy and making one requires killing a relative. Depending on your cousin situation that might sound like a bonus, but I have to tell you, if you got into that sort of thing, I would have to hunt you down and destroy you, which might get socially awkward. So you see, all of these options have drawbacks, and that’s not even going into the kinds of supernatural summonings who will want a piece of you for services rendered. And unless you want to put your fate in the hands of someone else, all of these types of endeavors will involve years and years of intense study and travel. Considering that a lack of time was your original impetus, that might be impractical.
Honestly? If your problem is work related, your best bet is probably to look into getting an intern.
In association with Elliott’s virtual book tour, there is a tourwide giveaway of one $15 Amazon Gift Card. In order to be entered for your chance to win, you MUST leave a comment and then enter using the link below.