I began writing what would become Broken Parts almost seven years ago. It started as a depressed rant, which I then attributed to a fictional character, and an entire story began to unfold. I had no idea what I was even writing at first, but I ran with it. The characters felt right, the story became deeply cathartic, and before I knew it, I had a completed novel.
Then when I finished, the characters were still so vivid in my mind and full of more plot, that I ended up writing a second novel. Then came short stories, a third novel, a novella, and outlines for many more associated projects all in the works.
I’ve been fortunate to receive a considerable amount of encouragement along the way from a great number of writer and editor friends, as well as beta readers. Across the board, people seem to be in love with these characters. If I had a nickel for every time I heard “Why isn’t this published yet?” I wouldn’t even need to sell any copies to make money on the whole thing. (Seriously, people, where are those nickels?)
This story is my literary baby. My precious bundle of wonderment and glowing love. I want to hold it to my chest and never, ever let it go.
Finally this August Broken Parts will be released to the masses, and I couldn’t be more vomitously ill with excitement!
READ IT IF YOU DARE.
You can preorder the novel in ebook or print format from most major online retailers, or through the Blue Skirt Productions website for just $15.99 (free US shipping). And if you haven’t read it already, you can nab the prequel novella Blood Gravity that was released last September at a discount from the Blue Skirt site when you preorder Broken Parts, getting both books for $19.99. (Note that the novel was written so that it can stand alone. The novella is simply a short side story giving a glimpse into the history of the characters.)
I’ve also got a website I’m working on for this story world. Not much there yet, but I’m hoping to add more over time. Check it out at jakeandben.com if you feel so inclined. And stay tuned—there will be an illustrated journal coming out in November, the second full novel in February, and hopefully another new item from this series every three months for the next two years. (There’s a lot of content in this here reservoir.)
If and when you encounter or acquire this book and engage in the activity of reading it, I’d love to hear what you think. Send me a message. Leave a review on Goodreads. Tell your friends. Spread the love. Hug a stranger. Etc.
Oh, and COME TO THE TABOO TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL in Portland and see my play “Brothers” which was based on the novel, alongside nine other brilliant productions at the Clinton Street Theater at 7:00pm on August 7th, 8th, and 9th. I will probably be hauling copies of this book with me wherever I go, so if you find me there or anywhere else, just ask. Maybe I’ll give you a free ARC. Maybe I’ll give you my firstborn child.