July 21, 2015 - Of Gods and Madness: The Faithful

After years of dedicated work and entirely too many edits, Of Gods and Madness: The Faithful has finally got a release date! Of course, I'm great at this and spoiled it in the title of this post, but damn, I'm excited. I've got proof copies now that I'm perfecting for its final release date.

Now that I've done this, I've got to face the realization that, yes, I do have to work on other novels.

What? You mean I have to practice what I preach? I know, I know, it's insane that this is what I have to do. I have to edit, revise, and push out these stories, rather than just returning to the one that I needed to get out. It's an insane feeling.

One of the other things that is crazy about all this is that, now that this is on its way, I can take a break from the constant pitching, the trying to get into all the contests, and just focus on my future career. I'm sure, as I press forward into this new frontier, that I'll speak more on this in the future, but here's what you've been waiting for! The announcement and synopsis!

The right hand of the dominant mob family, Raine Morgan is tasked with hunting down two miscreants messing with the bottom line. He finds them on the docks, but, in the confusion of the fight, accidentally kills their victim and lets them escape. Horrified at what he's done, Raine seeks redemption as well as revenge.

Things spiral out of control when a greedy middleman overthrows Raine's mob organization. It's only with the help of a friend inside the crumbling mob as well as a streetwise artist that Raine remains undetected as he searches for the men who started this all. Raine doesn’t realize, however, he has caught the attention of a disparate conclave of gods in the process.

As the pantheon returns to the city they'd abandoned, old conflicts re-emerge, causing divine civil war. Both sides try to pull Raine to their side, expecting to find a naive god for them to manipulate. Instead, they find a man stripped of everything, intent on playing both sides as they learn an awful reality - even gods can die.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.