Note: Because of the size of this collection, 12 full-length novels plus several short stories, the price will have to go up to $1.99 when we upload the final file on Oct. 8. Preorder before then to lock in the 99 cent price!
And now for cool thing #3: Beneath the Canyons is going to be in a multi-author boxed set titled Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set, available Oct. 18. Several months ago, I got involved in a discussion about noblebright fantasy on a writer's board I belong to, and some time later, C.J. Brightley, who started the discussion, invited me to participate in this boxed set. Being in a mult-author boxed set is another thing I've always wanted to do, and I would really like to see the concept of noblebright fantasy become more widely known, so of course I said yes!
So, what is noblebright fantasy? From the boxed set's description, "Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world."
Basically, it's the opposite of grimdark, where life sucks, the bad guys cheat and win, the good guys are corruptible, and anyone who isn't corruptible is a chump and a fool and probably dies an ignominious death.
Some more definitions of what noblebright is and isn't:
Noblebright is not equivalent to YA or children's books. While many (but certainly not all) YA books might fall into the category, noblebright books can also be very much for and about adults, from an adult perspective, about adult characters with adult lives and concerns.
Noblebright also is not necessarily "clean." There can be violence and swearing and sex. The emphasis is different; noblebright won't tend to wallow in blood and guts and bad language or glorify violence or purely exploitive or hedonistic sex.
Noblebright is also not the same as Christian fiction. While many or most Christian fantasy novels are probably noblebright, the core concepts of noblebright, that there exists objective right and wrong, it's worth it to try to do what's right no matter how hard it is, and anyone, no matter what wrongs they've done in the past, can try to do better, are not restricted to Christianity. I'm a Christian myself, and my books have been noted as having a Judeo-Christian worldview, but they are not explicitly or implicitly about Christianity or Christian characters.
The key is in the outlook: in noblebright, it's worth it to try to do the right thing even in the face of impossible odds; goodness, selflessness, love, compassion, honor, and nobility (of character, not of birth) matter regardless of the forces arrayed against the characters. Even if things don't turn out perfectly, there's still hope, and there's honor and comfort in knowing you did the right thing.
Finally, noblebright does not mean happy perfect people doing happy perfect things in a happy perfect world. It means good (if flawed) people choosing to do the right thing in the face of opposition and difficult circumstances, no matter how hard it is. After all, being a good person and doing the right thing when things are going well is easy. Being a good person and doing the right thing when the world is against you and it would be easier to do the wrong thing is much harder (and more interesting to read and write about!).
Sound good? Here's the lineup of books in the boxed set:
Most books in this set are appropriate for ages 13+, but Hope and the Patient Man [and, I would venture to say, Beneath the Canyons] is appropriate for ages 16+.
Light in the Darkness will be released on October 18, but right now it's available for pre-order at:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes
Note: The current price is only 99 cents, but because of the size of this collection, 12 full-length novels plus several short stories, the price will have to go up to $1.99 when we upload the final file on Oct. 8. Preorder before then to lock in the 99 cent price! I know that Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have pre-order price guarantees where even if the price does go up later, if you pre-order at the 99 cent price that's what you pay.
I'll be taking a closer look at the books in this wonderful and diverse collection over the next couple of weeks, along with posting links to other blog posts about it, so watch for those. You can also learn more about the noblebright movement at noblebright.org. And in the meantime, don't miss out on being able to get Light in the Darkness for only 99 cents!
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