Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meet Emily and Dave Butler

Once again, Callihoo Publishing is very pleased to have a guest blog.  This time it's the husband-and-wife writing team of Emily and Dave Butler.  They don't publish through Callihoo Publishing, but have written some rather amazing novels which we at Callihoo Publishing enjoy, so we asked them to introduce themselves on our blog.  We're sure you'll be seeing more of these names out there in the big world of publishing soon!

Hello, Callihoo Publishing!

We write.

What do we write?  Between us, a surprisingly broad range.

We've co-written a YA novel, an adventure romance about time traveling art thieves, fallen angels, John Dee, and the fabled Crown of Adam.  You can't read this book yet, but you'll be able to soon--we've recently acquired literary representation for the series, and it should be going to editors' desks in September.

We have more YA and middle reader stories already in the hopper behind this one.  By "in the hopper" we mean, already written, ready to polish and send out.  If our agent likes them, we'll get them out to editors in due time.  And if he doesn't, this year Dave has learned how to self-publish, so, sooner or later, they'll be coming your way.

Our self-publishing odd-yssey began with Rock Band Fights Evil, a pulp fiction action horror serial about a band of damned men fighting to recover their souls.  As of this writing, there are five RBFE stories available as ebooks from all the usual outlets.  The first three--Hellhound on My Trail, Snake Handlin' Man, and Crow Jane--are also available in a paperback omnibus called Rock Band Fights Evil Volume One.  More soon.

Our other serial is City of the Saints, a gonzo action steampunk adventure tale set in the Kingdom of Deseret in the year 1859.  Can Sam Clemens of the U.S. Army get Brigham Young and his air-ships to enter the looming war on the side of the northern states?  Will Richard Burton, special envoy of Queen Victoria, sabotage Sam's amphibious steam-truck the Jim Smiley and stop him?  And where is the agent of the clandestine confederate leadership, the master of disguise Edgar Allan Poe?  The four parts of CotS are Liahona, Deseret, Timpanogos, and Teancum; the entire thing will be published as a paperback this fall.

That's not all: Dave writes filk songs.  Last year he timidly offered his homage to Robert E. Howard, "The Gift of Solomon Kane," at CONduit, and was pleasantly surprised that no one laughed at him.  He now has a YouTube channel where he posts good recordings when he has them, and makes it a point to play at every con he attends.

That's still not all.  As D. John Butler, Dave has even written a radical non-fiction essay on The Book of Mormon.  It's called Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men.  In a nutshell, Dave argues that The Book of Mormon is the record of religious visionaries whose practices were all rooted in the temple, and recorded, in visionary form, in their book.  More soon on this front, too!

We have war stories to share, and maybe even wisdom to impart, and since we're in the thick of it, we expect to have more over time.  In addition to the links below, City of the Saints, Rock Band Fights Evil, and Plain and Precious Things each has a Facebook page you can like and follow for developments.  Also, look for us on Amazon, Smashwords, at your local convention, and, hopefully soon, your local bookstore.

Thanks again,

Emily and Dave (D.J.) Butler

A Few Links:

Emily's site:

Dave's site (see the right margin for links to Rock Band Fights Evil and City of the Saints books):

Plain and Precious Things

The Gift of Solomon Kane:

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