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Monday, December 21, 2015

Gravedigger by Michael-Israel Jarvis

Gravedigger is Live!

Or should that be Undead?

Yes. Gravedigger is live now on Amazon, B&N and rolling out across the internet, available in paperback and digital form!

I owe huge thanks to my team at Booktrope. They’re my spinal column and probably my ribs too. Does that metaphor work? Answers on a post card, please.

Dane, my awesome book manager, Josie, editor extraordinaire – Cheri, our diligent proofer, and Amy, whose atmospheric artwork you can see in Gravedigger’s gorgeous book cover.

And the brilliant people at Booktrope who work behind the scenes. They rock hard in secret, like punk ninja.

So what's Gravedigger like, I hear you ask?

Gravedigger is set in a subverted fantasy world filled with misunderstood undead, fascist magi, and horned, nomadic non-humans. This book involves themes of identity, loyalty and even philosophy, told through a series of bloody and exciting encounters with the dead, the living, and the who-even-knows.

In short, Gravedigger is not your typical bit of sword and sorcery fiction. Welcome to the advent of Spade and Sorcery.

If that's tickled your taste buds, then I invite you to follow this link to the prologue in extract: http://www.michaelisraeljarvis.com/go/gravedigger-prologue/

And I wish you a very Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year!

Michael-Israel Jarvis

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Booktrope

Date of Publication: 31st October 2015

ISBN: 1513703102

Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 115,747

Cover Artist: Amalia Chitulescu

Book Description:

Dead or alive. Good or evil. Hero or fugitive.

Valo needs a specific solution to a grave problem. The human Claimfold and prigon Torzsi draw apart. War is promised in the West. Worst of all, the magi of Nagyevo are meddling with the dead.

Perin is an apprentice Gravedigger: uneducated, unwanted, unsure. He may be the answer Valo needs, if he doesn't get killed before he works out what's going on. But of course there's the chance that fate hasn't called him after all. The gods are nameless and silent and the best laid plans have a way of going badly wrong.
Enter the spade and sorcery world of Valo.

Gravedigger subverts the expectations of that oldest of foes in fantasy, the dead that walk, in a fast-paced adventure through a world of culture, intrigue, magic and blood.

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About the Author:

Michael-Israel Jarvis was born in Cambridge, brought up in Bishop's Stortford and moved to Great Yarmouth in his teens. He got his degree in Creative Writing at the University of Northampton and returned to Great Yarmouth with his wife, Katie.

Michael-Israel writes principally for Young Adults, which is what he intends to be until he's very, very old. Further explorations of the genres he prefers to write in throw up fantasy, adventure, coming of age stories and more. If possible, he prefers to write in a way that bends the distinction between different genres. Why shouldn't the superhero trope take place within a fantasy novel? And however serious a book is, shouldn't humour weave its way in?

Michael-Israel chose to go the route of Independent Publishing after observing the increase in sales of eBooks and a move towards indie expression in general culture. In early 2015, after self-publishing three books through Amazon, Michael-Israel was accepted by Booktrope Publishing, an international publishing company with a unique model.

Booktrope offered the expertise and structure he needed (much like a traditional publisher) but also offered a system with far more creative control and better royalties, as well as a system of cooperation at the heart of the professional team. This was the perfect middle ground that Michael-Israel had been dreaming of, and he was delighted to sign with them to republish his previously independent work.

"Gravedigger" republished on 31st October 2015, with both "Osric Fingerbone and the Boy Murderer" and "Land Rising" to be republished within the following months.

Sequels to all will follow.