Friday, July 27, 2012

Ulemet and the Jaguar God

Artwork Copyright Jason Zampol
Ulemet and the Jaguar God 
A Mesoamerican Fantasy Novella
by Lyndon Perry

Check out this killer cover art by Jason Zampol (zampolart.com). It's actually a mock-up/test run, so watch for the final product soon.

(Also, check out below his jungle god illo that I used for an issue of ResAliens. I asked him if I could "recycle" that artwork for my novella and he came up with this jaguar image instead. I'm glad; Jason does good work, and is reasonably priced too!)

Here's the deal. I'm publishing an 8,000 word novella, Ulemet and the Jaguar God, in a slim paperback of 40 pages for $7.50, plus shipping, via CreateSpace and Amazon. Then, within a few weeks, I'll also make it available as an ebook on Amazon, BandN, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. for $2.99.

But here's the fun part. If you order Ulemet direct from me, I'll send you a signed copy for $7.50 - which includes shipping! Save yourself a few bucks and get a personalized paperback. Great idea, right? At the very least, think about it. (grin)  

Artwork Copyright Jason Zampol
So starting now, you can order your novella (here's the purchase page), pay by PayPal, and I'll send you your copy. Again, the total cost to you, which includes shipping, will be $7.50! (Regular print price is $4.99, plus $3.59 shipping, for a total of $8.58 - you save $1.08 by ordering it below.)

Good experiment? Let me know! As always, thanks for reading.

UPDATE: Order your signed copy now.

4 comments:

Lyn Perry said...

Earlier comment asked what the story was about.

Thanks for asking! It's about a young girl, rejected by her village, who endures a harrowing experience in the "ulama" - the sacrificial games of the Olmec people (set about 3000 years ago). I'll have to come up with a blurb ASAP!

Jeff Chapman said...

Great concept for the cover. It certainly makes me think Mayan or Aztec.

Lyn Perry said...

Thanks, Jeff. Exactly what I felt, it really exudes Mesoamerica, I think. Not much is known about the Olmecs, really, so this is definitely fiction, but I do have some "fact and fiction" historical notes following the story. So this novella should be intriguing.

Lyn Perry said...

Here's the blurb:

Deformed and misshapen at birth, Ulemet is ugly in a way that attracts second looks, but seldom pity. Cursed by her Olmec village elders and taunted by her people, she flees into the rainforest never to return. Rejected and alone, the young girl's only solace is her small jade carving of Uaxaca, the jaguar animal spirit she wagers will guard her as she makes her way to Tenochtitlán, the golden city of hope.

Escaping danger after danger only to be captured by slavers, Ulemet is forced to play in the ulama, the sacrificial ball game that could result in her freedom or end in her death. Will her hopes in Uaxaca prove misplaced, or will the jaguar god, who's visited her dreams as a mysterious shaman, finally prove true?