In “Vol. 0 – Ash to Ashes,” the action begins well into our story as Ash, her attendant and an old lunatic simply known as the Maestro test a human flying machine from a cliff in Eleusis. The chronicles then flashes back to Ashleigh’s last days on Earth and we meet her family, learn of her life in Brooklyn, and what she leaves behind as she is transported to this new world.
As the story begins, we get the hint that Ashleigh’s travels may not have been a fluke of nature, that there is a reason, a force guiding it. This fact is what propels the series forward, and as her chronicler points out, puts into question whether Ashleigh is some sort of savior or an agent of nefarious forces.
With “Chronicles of Ash,” author Kali Amanda Browne checks off yet another genre in her quest to write in as many different genres as possible. “The challenge with this series,” said Ms. Browne, “is to write something fun, dynamic and vibrant but also absolutely fantastical without being too derivative that combines sci-fi and alternative historical fiction. Mostly, it was very important for me to have a female lead.”
The series is both a travelogue and diary of Ashleigh’s life as she unravels the mysteries of Eleusis and how she came to it. We meet some familiar characters, but none are what we assume them to be. Will she ever learn how or why she was brought to this New World? Will Ash be accepted or condemned? More importantly, will she ever find her way back home?
The e-book will roll out in the month of August 2012 at Smashwords, Amazon and other online retailers. A paperback version will also be available exclusively at Amazon.
Excerpts are available here: http://amapolapress.weebly.com/
About the Amapola Press
Amapola Press, founded in 2012, publishes a variety of books exclusively for Kali Amanda Browne, including cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. Kali Amanda Browne was born in New York, came of age in Puerto Rico and has spent her entire adult life in Brooklyn, NY. Perverse and twisted, cynical and a little naïve, she has published several books including fiction and non-fiction.