Today is the cover reveal of Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto!
Release Date: December 13, 2013
I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead.
I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, and get back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.
They say that you should never discuss religion or politics.
Screw them. Let’s chat religion.
I recently tried to place an advertisement for Death of the Body in a local Utah newspaper. The Amazon reviews are good (so are the Goodreads reviews), so I didn’t think I’d have much trouble.
Unfortunately, I got a very odd response: “It appears from the reviews on Amazon, that your novel challenges the validity of many organized religions, and that is a message that does not align with our brand.”
Since that time, I get the question “How do you respond to those who think your book is anti-religious” about everywhere I go. I’m seriously starting to consider telling people I’m a ghostwriter for Dan Brown (yeah, let’s start spreading that rumor!).
Honestly, though, I never intended the book to be taken as offensive, but I think I’ve figured out why some people have issues with the religious undertones.
dmund has an entirely different perspective from the world. His experiences and life don’t align with what religion is teaching him. For example, when taught that you go to Heaven or Hell when you die, he questions that teaching because he DID die, and woke up on Earth.
When searching for his people, mages who have magical powers like he does, he’s taught that only the prophets of the Bible had such powers, so obviously he begins to think himself a prophet.
Is it any wonder why he can’t relate?
And how many experiences have you had that you can’t align with whatever religion you are most close to?
If you are a believer (and to clarify, I am), but haven’t ever had to question your faith, if your experiences in life have never misaligned with what is being taught to you by the preacher at the pulpit, you may have an issue with Death of the Body. I invite you to enjoy the book, and ask the questions Edmund asks to yourself. See where you fall. Ask yourself why it’s offensive (and in doing so, I think you’ll learn something about yourself).
If you can relate to Edmund, if you’ve already resolved the questions he’s asked, then I think you’ll find his journey of self-discovery entertaining.
And entertaining is what a novel should do.
About Rick Chiantaretto
I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average 30 year old, but if I were completely honest I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.
So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.
I have one book published but out of print, one coming out soon, and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where's the reason to rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.
I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice. Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.
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