Monday, June 18, 2018

The Wandering Land by Jamie Killen

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jamie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

On a summer night in a sunbaked desert city, the wandering land appears. A fairytale village nestled in dense forest, it is a place of ruined castles, abandoned treasures, and strange creatures living in the shadows. Brought together by this impossible place are five visitors: failed painter Eli; art professor Amal; young lovers Darcy and Wes; and mysterious, haunted Coyote. Together they explore their own secret village, an entire world hidden in plain sight.

But there is darkness beneath the magic, a force pulling the visitors deeper and deeper into the place’s mysteries. As the boundaries between the secret land and the outside world begin to collapse, each of the visitors is confronted with visions of an otherworldly child, a child whose existence holds the key to understanding everything about the place that has drawn them together.

Who is this child? Why did she choose them? And will she ever let them go?

Read an exclusive excerpt:

“Tell me one.”

Amal let out a little groan as Val hit a pressure point. “Told you, I don’t know yet.”

Val sighed. “Well, one you’re thinking about. A rough draft. I won’t tell anyone.”

“Ok.” Amal thought for a moment. “Imagine all this with a painted acrylic background and comic-art figures, like a collage, although it’ll all be digital. And kind of slow, meandering guitar music in the background. There’s this isolated little village in the woods. It’s called Ballysherrin.”

“So it’s in Ireland.”

“Hush. Let me tell it.”


“No, it’s not anywhere real. So in Ballysherrin. . .” It took shape behind her eyes. “In Ballysherrin there’s this garden in front of one of the houses. And in this garden are plants that only bloom at night. They smell amazing. Anyone who passes by has to stop and see what these flowers are. And when they stop, they see that there are also fruits on this plant. White flowers and white fruits. And, of course, as delicious as it smells, they have no choice but to bite into one of the fruits. But inside the rind is just a key. A key made out of bone and teeth.”

“Gross,” Val muttered, but Amal pressed on.

“When you find this key, you notice the little stone building next to the garden. You thought it was just a shed before, but now you see the keyhole in the door. You turn the key and unlock the door.”

Val’s hands stopped moving against Amal’s back. “What’s inside?”

“The day you die.

About the Author:
Jamie Killen’s short stories have appeared in numerous speculative fiction magazines and anthologies. She is also the writer and producer of the acclaimed audio drama SPINES. She is currently developing a new supernatural audio drama called The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray.

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  5. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to take a look at today's excerpt!

  6. I have enjoyed following this tour and look forward to checking out this book!


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