Hell For The Company (Brimstone #1) by Angel Martinez
Narrator: Vance Bastian
Format: Audiobook, Play Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Release Date: December 5, 2015
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Playing in Somebody Else’s Playground
Adding Value to an Established World
By Vance Bastian
Don’t you love being asked to come over for a play date? I know I do. You’re being granted the chance to play with toys that aren’t yours, but toys for which you may have created entire fantasies in your head. And being asked over by somebody you’ve long respected and admired? MAGIC!
Once the excitement cools, trepidation usually sets in. Will you understand all the rules? What if you break something? Will you be invited back?
After all, artists carefully craft their worlds. They must codify laws of reality, conjure systems of magic, and in some cases birth entire pantheons. Some authors horde stacks of notebooks each containing tomes of meticulous details regarding their creations. That is to say, you’re lucky if that information is in a tangible form. Sometimes it’s all in the artist’s head. No matter how the data is created and archived, I have yet to meet an author who doesn’t call their grand work “my baby.”
Fans are no less protective of their favorite author’s creations. Some fans pride themselves for memorizing witty one liners. Others trade blows about the cataclysmic importance of a character’s eye color in the book not matching the actor’s in the film. Perhaps the highest compliment, outside of a well-written review, are the supporters who are inspired to write fan fiction because their spirit has been transported to the artist’s world.
That’s a powerful legacy to be invited into. Being asked to collaborate is a huge freaking honor.
How do you avoid botching that first invitation?
Find a way to add value.
Send your inner worrywart to the bar for a stiff pint or seven. You’ve got this. After all, you were invited to join because you have something to bring to the project. So bring it.
Whether you are able to interpret it into another language, design companion art, or give voice to the characters, you can take pride that you have the skills required help the artist’s vision grow. Once you set aside your reservations and fire up your own creativity, that aforementioned magic will happen.
Mind your hubris. You’ve not been brought on board to criticize the art and demand changes. So send your know-it-all to the bar with the worrywart.
Instead, respect that the artist is basically saying, “here’s my beautiful, fragile creation. You can play with it, but help me make it shine brighter for all the world to see.” Those fantasies you had in your head about the author’s works? Share those. Use them as a springboard for ideas so you can really put your talent to excellent use.
And for the love of all the art in the world, remember to play a little!
Shax, the Demon Prince of Thieves, has reconciled himself to exile. He has a grand time careening around the galaxy as a high-end, intergalactic purloiner of pretties. Everything’s going just fine, thank you very much. All right, fine, the anti-gravity cows are a bit problematic and some of his buyers are bad for his health, but he manages until he comes across an injured angel in a psychedelic alien jungle.
He only rescues the wing boy for his golden feathers, but what Shax doesn’t know about angels could fill an intergalactic encyclopedia.
Categories: Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Excerpt: Mischief Corner Books
Meet the Author, Angel Martinez:
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
Meet the Narrator, Vance Bastian:
Vance Bastian loves being a professional storyteller. He writes urban fantasy about sandmen and reapers. He has grown his acting and voice background into a career performing voice-over work and narration for both radio and audiobooks. He is also a founding host of the WROTE podcast – bringing you interviews and news of authors who write, perform, and tell LGBTQ stories. When nobody’s looking, Vance is a complete sci-fi and fantasy geek.
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14-Dec: MM Good Book Reviews
15-Dec: BFD Book Blog, Inked Rainbow Reads
16-Dec: Hearts on Fire, Prism Book Alliance
17-Dec: Books, Coffee, & Captured Moments
18-Dec: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Love Bytes
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