This is the first of many teaser posts I'm going to be making for the books I release this year. Expect one leading up to each new title. You'll also get the opportunity to ask questions in the comments on these posts…which I will answer with varying degrees of truthfulness.
One: As I've teased on social media, The Geppetto Codex is the beginning of the end for Beaumont and Beasley.
How can that be, when there are still ten books to go in the series? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to find out.
Two: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde return.
We first encountered this composite villain in the pages of The Janus Elixir, a Blackfire novella that is part of Beaumont and Beasley Book 4: The Hound of Duville and Other Stories. (It's also available separately, and as an audiobook.) What are Jekyll and Hyde up to in 1920's Talesend? And why do they have a particular hatred for Crispin Beasley? A few clues to what's in store will be seeded in The Geppetto Codex, so read carefully.
Three: Gareth Llewellyn and Sylvia Kirke, the faun and dryad introduced in The Tomb of the Sea Witch, are the main characters of this story.
But Nick and Cordelia still play a significant role. It was an interesting challenge to get into Gareth and Sylvia's heads for a whole novel and establish their distinctive narrative voices. I'm quite pleased with the final result.
Four: The Geppetto Codex is, in a way, a sequel/companion peace to Deadwood (Crockett and Crane Book 2).
A lot was revealed about the Afterverse's incarnations of Pinocchio and Geppetto in Deadwood, but there are quite a few secrets still to be revealed, including the answer to a question asked by a certain villainous character all the way back in Beaumont and Beasley #1: The Beast of Talesend.
Five: Much of the book takes place in Vetri, a city which also featured in Beaumont and Beasley #3, The Stroke of Eleven.
Vetri was the original location of the Castle of Basile, before…all that stuff happened. It was later destroyed and rebuilt as a city of canals, thereby becoming the Afterverse's version of Venice.
Six: The book goes deeper into the political intrigue of the Afterverse and the dynamics of its magical races.
How do fauns and dryads fit into the international diplomacy of an alternate 1920's Europe? You may not have been asking that question, but you're going to find out the answer anyway. Oh, and there's a version of James Bond who's also a faun.
Seven: You'll find out more about Gareth and Sylvia's backstories.
And possibly even meet members of their families, as well.
Eight: The Geppetto Codex is the scariest Beaumont and Beasley novel yet.
Because puppets are evil. No getting around that.
Nine: Two new, important characters are introduced.
Renata Grimaldi, a human socialite with a penchant for piracy, and Callum Leamhnachd, a selkie mercenary, feature in The Geppetto Codex, and will go on to play bigger roles in Book 7, The Curse of Charybdis.
Ten: There are surprises.
Big ones. If you've been following the storylines I've been weaving through my books as a whole, I don't think you'll be disappointed by the reveals in The Geppetto Codex; particularly in the epilogues.
Any questions? Go ahead and ask in the comments, and I'll be more than happy to lie *AHEM* I mean, answer them. Don't forget that The Geppetto Codex will be released on January 17th. You can pre-order your copy of the ebook today! (The paperback edition will be available on release day as well.)