Schism–Cover and Synopsis

The final story in The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley is entitled Schism, and features…*ahem*…all the members of the cast who have survived up to this point.

In unrelated news, this story has a small cast.

Not really, but it's smaller than the cast of The Stroke of Eleven, soooo…yeah.

Dr. Jekyll has sprung his trap. Tragedy has shattered Beaumont and Beasley, and Nick, Crispin, and Molly are missing. Talesend is being torn apart by an insidious magical plague, and there are only two people left to save the city–Lady Cordelia Beaumont and Malcolm Blackfire.

And they're not on speaking terms. Not that they need to be. At the moment, they can hear each other's thoughts, which is incredibly awkward.

To make matters worse, Jekyll is more powerful than ever, and he has plans for his captives. Cordelia is determined to find a way to save her friends without sacrificing any lives in the process, but the deranged alchemist has placed her in a no-win scenario. Even Malcolm is helpless to stop him.

The good news is, there's someone else who wants to save Talesend.

The bad news is, his name is the Jabberwock.

 

 

This story will be catastrophic for the Beaumont and Beasley series, but in (I hope) a good way. The stakes are higher than ever, and there are permanent consequences. Plus, certain lingering plot threads from the first three books finally get addressed, though they will remain more or less on the sidelines until future books that are devoted entirely to wrapping them up.

Also, here's the final, final cover for the entire book.

This book will essentially be a whole new era of Beaumont and Beasley in one volume. Not all subsequent releases in the series will have this format, but it's one I'll probably return to in future. It's fun to write, and it's given me the chance to explore certain characters and world-building elements in new ways.

Stay tuned for more news about this release over the coming weeks. Also, as a last hurrah, I will be releasing the cover and synopsis for B&B Book 5 tomorrow. Trust me, you will not want to miss that.

 

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Comments (9)

KYLE
WHAT
HAVE
YOU
DONE

(Also I really like the overall-cover. :D)

(BUT WHAT EVENNNNNNNN? AAAAHHH.)

Terrible, terrible things. XD XD I’m so glad you like it!

He is unabashedly evil. XD XD

*SHRIIIIIEEEEEKS* I AM SO SCARED. AND SO EXCITED. AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THESE PEOPLE???? But also Cordelia and Malcolm working together is going to be a riot. And they can hear each other’s thoughts?????? Oh my woooord! I feel like this story is going to kill me, but in the best way possible. I’M SO READY. (…I think.)

(*whispers*Jabberwooooock*whisper*)

XD XD Thank you!! Yeah, I feel slightly guilty about some of the stuff I have planned…but only slightly. For the most part, I’m very excited about it. 😀

Yes, yes, bring on the mayhem and destruction! Mwha-ha-ha-mwha-ha-ha…

Ahem. Sorry. As an author, I am *always* worrying that I didn’t make the stakes high enough. Not that it has to be an absolute bloodbath… But we have to give the readers reasons to invest in the characters. Even if the results aren’t what they ideally would’ve preferred. Really, they’ll thank us later.

YOU WILL, folks.

Though I, as a reader of B&B as well, do reserve my moment of throwing pillows at you and yelling incoherently, Kyle. You have been warned.

I completely understand. XD It’s difficult, because on the one hand I don’t *actually* revel in torturing my characters and/or removing them from the board entirely. But on the other hand, when I watch a show like Once Upon a Time that hardly ever kills any characters and has zero stakes, I know I don’t want my writing to devolve into something like that. Tragic events have to be possible, even if the overall tone of the story remains hopeful in the end. Plus, I really do feel that the shake-up I have planned will be good for the series in the long run.

Yeah, I get that feeling as well — when everything is so “ta da, we all survived! lalalala…” — it just doesn’t give us enough of a reason to get invested. (Although that makes me sound horrible, too, in a way, lol.) And we DON’T have to massacre everybody to get the readers on the edge of their seats. And indeed, it’s much more realistic (even for fantasy worlds) if occasionally the villains achieve goals or something not-so-nice happens. It shows the strength of the writing/writer if we don’t want anything bad to happen to the characters — but eliciting a strong emotional response from readers is also key. After all, they won’t cry or laugh or whatever if they aren’t truly connected to our characters.

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