Here is a brief run-down of my WIP, a six-book fantasy series for adults, called The Other Side.
Click on the titles below to jump to a specific book.
BOOK 1: THE DOOR THAT WASN’T THERE
(Alternate title: The Other Side) Completed at 90,000 words
When a Door no one else can see begins following Charley, there’s nothing he can do. Except open it.
In THE DOOR THAT WASN’T THERE, Charley Walker wakes one morning to a door crashing into his bedroom. This Door, as he starts calling it, proceeds to follow Charley throughout his day, and though he tries to convince himself he’s dreaming, or hallucinating, or sick with the flu, there’s only one explanation that seems possible: the Door’s really there. And he should really, probably, open it. When he does, however, Charley finds himself not only thrust into a world that shouldn’t exist, but trapped there: the Door, which at this point had dogged Charley’s every step with fierce, obnoxious loyalty, has disappeared. It left Charley here, alone, with nowhere to go except forward, in the hopes he might not only figure out where he is, and why he was brought here, but how in the world he’s supposed to get back home.
BOOK 2: THE ONE THEY FOUND
Complete at 112,000 words.
Charley, who thought he was done with the world beyond the Door, is forced back through the Door by the Object, a silver bracelet, gnawing at his arm, turning his skin bruised and blackened. Only this time, he returns with his best friend Simon in tow. Ol reunites with Charley in the chamber of the Door, and the goal ahead is clear: cross the mountains and valleys necessary to reach Yunica, to attend the meeting of the Council of Representatives, and to return the bracelet for good.
It should go without saying, but, the reality is slightly more involved.
BOOK 3: SILVER AND SCARLET
Complete at 119,000 (but could always use another edit to shave that word count down).
“The Objects move along lines of blood: blood either shared or spilled.”
Charley, Simon, and Ol are now on the run from the Council, branded as thieves and murderers and general Enemies of the State. Staying in hiding, staying alive, are not, however, their largest concerns.
They must find the rest of the Objects before the Council can.
A betrayal by a dear friend, an attempt at an interview gone horribly wrong, and a string of Nightmare attacks that draw the men’s notice bring them their first break: In the Nightmare-savaged town of New Derrickson, where the streets are abandoned and the buildings in shambles, a single hill stands untouched. Within the shack on this hilltop: an Object protecting itself.
The only question now is, what are they willing to do? Will the owner of the Object hand it over? Will they be forced to steal it?
Will they have to kill for it?
BOOK 4: SPILLED
Completed at a frustrating 135,000 words. Will need another edit to cut that down.
It began with exhaustion. Pain and collapse. Then more pain, always more pain, to the point where they became angry, violent, scared; then something would change. They’d confess to adultery, theft, any skeleton that could be wrenched out of their closet was brought clanking to light and considering the graveyard Charley, Ol, and Simon had amassed, there was really only one thing to do next:
“We’ve got to get him out of here.”
While Ol recovers from a gunshot wound in the hospital, a virus begins to take out their entire ward — Simon the next victim. As they strive to cure Simon before he can fall into the same unresponsive catatonia as the rest of the victims, Charley and Ol realize that this illness isn’t born of germs or bacteria.
The Council have an Object. And they’re using it against them.
BOOK 5: THE NECESSARY DIVIDE
In Progress, projected word count: 110-120k.
BOOK 6: THE EIGHTH
In Progress. Projected word count 120k.
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