Eugene Woodbury’s new novel — published by Zarahemla, serialized for free

Mormon author Eugene Woodbury is continuing the experiment with giving away his work for free that he and I discussed in an April 20 Q&A. His new novel Angel Falling Softly will be published by Zarahemla Books this fall, but starting next month Eugene will begin posting a chapter of the novel each week.

Here is the description of the novel from Eugene and Zarahemla Books:

Over the past six months, Rachel Forsythe’s perfect life has descended from the ideal to the tragic. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite her standing as the wife of a respected
Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed her with a cure.

Or has He?

Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to finalize the takeover of a Salt Lake City-based medical technology company. Bored with her downtown hotel accommodations, she rents a house in the Sandy suburbs.

And then the welcome wagon shows up. Her neighbors perceive her to be a beautiful, intelligent, and daunting young woman. But Rachel senses something about Milada that leads her in a completely different–and very dangerous–direction.

Rachel’s suspicions are right: Milada is homo lamia. A vampire. Fallen. And possibly the only person in the world who can save Rachel’s daughter.

As Rachel uncovers Milada’s secrets, she becomes convinced that, as Milton writes, “all this good of evil shall produce.” As the two women push against every moral boundary in order to protect their families,
the price of redemption will prove higher than either of them could have possibly imagined.

A Mormon middlebrow-literary, domestic drama, mystery, vampire novel. And one that quotes Milton. If that sounds interesting to you, check out Eugene’s other work. This is exactly the kind of thing one expects from him. Or to put it another way — the novel description didn’t cause me to raise my eyebrows because it had Eugene’s name attached to it. I look forward to reading it.

4 thoughts on “Eugene Woodbury’s new novel — published by Zarahemla, serialized for free”

  1. .

    I’m glad we’re finally seeing some creative marketing in the LDS world. See, for instance, the last post here: it’s time to try new things.

  2. This looks great!

    I happened upon Woodbury’s Tokyo South when I was in that excited-about-the-mission-call stage waiting to leave for Tokyo South. It was very moving and insightful and had a marked influenced on the way I approached my mission. (I’ve been working on my own mission novel to show what a difference twenty years can make, but the fruition of those efforts is still a ways off)

    I’m probably more prone to buy the Zarahemla release because I know that the author also offers it for free. I hope I’m indicative of a small part, at least, of the audience.

    Tanoshimi ni shite imasu!

  3. Wow, it’s quite a pleasant surprise to know that something I wrote had such an impact. I worked for a year in Osaka at the end of the 1980s, and talking to the missionaries it was apparent that the reverberations were still being felt. I’d be curious as well to read about how things have evolved in Tokyo South since my time there.

    Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

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