I just finished the last chapter of The Bitter Suites, my book about a hotel that specializes in recreational suicide experiences. A novella, at 23,833 words, the story follows some of the death experiences before following a few characters in particular.
Azreal is the owner with honey tipped lashes that prefers a hands on approach to hotel management. Killian and Yoshiko are a couple of artists that create using opportunity as their medium of choice. Then there’s the unnamed “pop guy,” a first person character that travels through the stories. The next two books in the series are already mapped out.
Book two will be Suite and Sour, where things are not going so well at the hotel. The nano tech that makes renewable death possible has been stolen and available on the black market without all the pesky regulations that usually hold death enthusiasts back. There are usually rules for a reason, however, and in this case breaking the rules breaks everything.
The third book will be Sweets to the Suite. Many people think of this as a romantic phrase, but it originated in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. In this scene, Hamlet’s mother, the queen, is scattering funereal bouquets over Ophelia’s grave. Here are her words:
Sweets to the sweet, farewell! I hop’d thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife: I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid, And not have strew’d thy grave.
Knowing this, Sweets to the Suite is a perfect title for the third book in the series as it signals an end to Azreal’s project to better mankind. It heralds a finish to the Bitter Suites as it stands at the beginning of the story, but every end is really a beginning in disguise.
Now comes all the fun stuff—covers, editing, beta readers, editing, copy editing, promotion, preview readings, editing, book release party, editing… Bitter Suites will be release early in 2018. By the way, the first chapter of this book was my submission that got me accepted to Borderland’s Press Boot Camp.
Bitter Suites is available now, as serial chapters, on the free Radish app. The final chapter will go up this Friday.