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Author Q&A ft @TheRealMFS | THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER Book Tour & $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #LGBTQ #Scifi #Horror

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER (Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1) by M. F. Sull...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER (Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1) by M. F. Sullivan. The LGBTQ Sci-fi/Horror is available now from Painted Blind Publishing.

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The Hierophant’s Daughter
(Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1)
by M. F. Sullivan


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GENRE: Sci-fi, Horror, LGBTQ


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BLURB:


By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind's intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.

It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant's Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is--assuming he exists at all--and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don't inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.

After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER, and her Father won't let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.

The dystopic first entry of an epic cyberpunk trilogy, THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER is a horror/sci-fi adventure sure to delight and inspire adult readers of all stripes.


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EXCERPT:

VIII


Miki Soto 


What couldn’t a person access from the Japanese Internet? The question inspired Dominia to get out of the bathtub for another look at the card. There was no address, whether web or physical, as there hadn’t been an address on the ad floating across that billboard; instead, when she studied the lotus embossed upon the card, the DIOX-I highlighted it as though it were a link. How fascinating, this augmented reality! After fixing the device’s settings back to manual control, she “clicked” on the link with an unsteady wink, and her right field of vision was covered by the floating window of a browser. Had she cochlear implants, she would have heard some sort of music, or even a voice accompanying the woman’s writhing in and out of the browser’s dark: less a whole person, and more a disembodied assortment of lips, fingers, lower backs, and thighs. At last, the vision disappeared to present her with the crimson words, “WELCOME TO THE RED MARKET.”

A button appeared: “Connect Your Halcyon for Age Verification.” The idea of giving the women of the international and highly loathed illegal organization any information might have stopped her in a simpler time, as it surely stopped 70 percent of potential Red Market customers—the ones able to access the site, anyway, inaccessible from Europa and the Front through traditional routes. That had been all the Hierophant could do to combat in any meaningful way the world’s oldest profession-cum-cult. Far trickier than hampering Internet access was controlling in-person transactions in gold or silver, or the off-brand cryptocurrency, Redcoin; and because there were almost no freelance prostitutes left in the world, catching a working girl was difficult.

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AUTHOR Interview:



If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

Telepathy—I’d use it to contact interdimensional entities, for sure!

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
That my father, of whom I often write with high regard in the essays on paintedblindpublishing.com, is in prison. Actually, given the dark themes of my writing (and the level of family dysfunction in The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy), that shouldn’t be so surprising. But I like to think I’m not what people expect when it comes to the families of the imprisoned, and I think I have a duty, especially as more people learn about my writing, to advocate for prisoners’ rights—especially for books! There’s a background character in Book I, The Hierophant’s Daughter, who is the patron saint of prisoners for the Holy Martyr Church—that particular duty of his was motivated by my own family’s plight.

When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
I hate nothing more than when an author stops the prose to describe, detail by detail, the facial features or body type or hair color of their character. There are hundreds of natural ways to work these details subtly into the prose, as you would any other detail. My readers tend to get their descriptions of my main characters in little glimpses or, most popularly, by comparison to another character—the first detail I think we catch of Dominia’s body is her black hair, and we don’t see reference to that until the third chapter because she’s just got so much going on. When you’re trying to defect your country of cannibal psychopaths, the last thing you’re going to do is spend time looking in the mirror and considering your facial features!

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Sort of a blend. For the DMT I knew roughly five big, important events I wanted to cover in this story, and the rest emerged as a necessity of linking those events.

Did you learn anything  from writing this book? If so, what?
I learned a ton from writing this book, actually. You learn a ton from every book you write—or you should, if you’re doing the proper amount of research—but from this trilogy in particular I got a lot of…say, more structured knowledge about black holes, fractals, and the concept of a holographic universe. I’ve been studying everything from the electromagnetic spectrum to the molecular structure of graphene. Of course, when it comes to the functions of the plot, it’s science fiction, so things are always a bit fantastical and symbolic, but it’s important to me that there be at least some conceptual basis in the terms we know, like how we use the same numbers to communicate many different equations.
Worst bit of research I had to do was what it’s like to lose an eye (not firsthand, thank God!) and how to take care of the wound after…pretty scary stuff, at least, to me. I spent a couple of days writing with an eyepatch on to understand the peripheral difficulties!



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M.F. Sullivan is the author of Delilah, My Woman, The Lightning Stenography Device, and a slew of plays in addition to the Trilogy. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her boyfriend and her cat, where she attends the local Shakespeare Festival and experiments with the occult. Find more information about her work (and plenty of free essays) at https://www.paintedblindpublishing.com!

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Buy/Review Links:


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hierophants-Daughter-M-F-Sullivan/dp/0996539565

NetGalley: http://netgal.ly/AYYlKV

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42921564-the-hierophant-s-daughter

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hierophants-daughter-m-f-sullivan/1129918390

Hardback: 978-0-9965395-6-2
Paperback: 978-0-9965395-7-9
eBook: 978-0-9965395-8-6


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17 comments

  1. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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  2. It sounds like a fantastic book, and I love the setting.

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  3. I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sounds like a interesting book.

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  5. Where do you do most of your writing?

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  6. This sounds like a very interesting book

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  7. Looks like a great summer read.

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  8. I like the author's attitude about describing her characters. Working the description naturally is such a good idea!

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  9. I really like the cover, reminds me of altered art, which I love! no19034770@yahooDOTcom

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  10. Sounds like a interesting book

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  11. The story sounds imaginative and interesting.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this book.

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