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PrincesPsalm[The]FSThe Prince’s Psalm, my first ever romance, first ever historical, first ever Biblical epic about the sweeping love story between David, of David and Goliath fame and Prince Jonathan, the first heir to the throne of the then brand new, emerging nation of Israel, launched June 7th in print and digital versions (available in all platforms here: http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/albums/the-princes-psalm/

PurpleRoseTeaHouseThere has been a book tour going on, but it’s been online. It has taken the form of guest posts and reviews on the blogs of generous colleagues and book enthusiasts. It began at The Purple Rose Tea House with a guest post about my emotional first encounter with Michelangelo’s iconic David and the lasting effects on me and my home décor here:    http://www.purpleroseteahouse.com/2016/06/08/guest-post-il-david-the-princes-psalm-by-eric-shaw-quinn/

The Novel Approach blog The Novel Approachshared my thoughts on the challenges of writing a novel I wasn’t qualified to write until I was finished writing it — Now I could teach a class!! — in which I reveal why proving what no one knows is as important as finding out what has been proven for certain. You’ll find my detailed account here: http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/the-princes-psalm-a-guest-post-by-author-eric-shaw-quinn/

Sarah Cradit PostAnd Then There Was Sarah . . . Cradit that is, the USA Today bestselling author of the epic House of Chrimson & Clover series, has launched the first of three tour events at her blog with a guest post from me on the few simple Biblical verses that inspired me to begin a 20 year quest to write and publish The Prince’s Psalm. My interview with Sarah premieres on her blog next week and she will publish an exclusive excerpt from The Prince’s Psalm there the week following. Catch up and stay tuned for more at: https://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-eric-shaw-quinn-series-part-1-of-3-a-guest-post-from-eric/

There’ve even been a couple A Phone Call From Anne Riceof stops on the blog tour right here at EricShawQuinn.com about how Anne Rice threatened me into pursuing my dream project and a the tale of the development of a cover worthy of the labor of love that is The Prince’s Psalm. I hope everyone else is enjoying this digital tour as much as I am.

https://ericshawquinn.com/2016/07/01/a-phone-call-from-anne-rice/ & https://ericshawquinn.com/2016/06/22/cover-story-the-princes-psalm/

On the one hand I love doing a book tour while sealed in my excessively air conditioned office (I’ve been having a hot flash since the mid-80s) and working on Down Low, the latest in my Write Murder mystery series featuring the worst sleuths in murder mystery lit – bitterly scorned, celebrity ghostwriter Paige Blanche & and his nemesis Angela Panderson the aging, washed-up, has-been TV star who ruined Paige’s life. Meet them then in Write Murder http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/albums/write-murder/

That other hand though? I do miss seeing people in person to talk about the stories and character’s that’ve been trapped in my head with real people who’ve been kind enough to read my novels. And, I still haven’t worked out how to get people’s books signed on a digital tour. I will be signing The Prince’s Psalm Ripped Bodice Event Flyerand my other books live and in person at The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City California Sunday, July 17th at 1pm in an event featuring bestselling authors Christopher Rice (http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/christopher-rice-books/) and Damon Suede (http://www.damonsuede.com/author.html) who’ve kindly allowed me to join them at their event. So if you can make it, I’d love to see you and sign your copy of The Prince’s Psalm if you’d like.

But to the clever digital wizards out there (or just the digitally better informed) please invent a way PrincesPsalm[The]_FBprofile_smallto sign books digitally. Meanwhile, hope to see you Sunday July 17th at The Ripped Bodice and, I hope, a book lover’s venue near you very soon!

 

 

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I will be signing The Prince’s Psalm at The Ripped Bodice bookstore on Sunday July 17th at 1:00pm, with the fabulous Damon Suede and the vivacious Christopher Rice. There will be games and mimosas and books and general foolishness, apparently. Not your grandma’s book signing! If you’re in the area it would be great to see you!

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.therippedbodicela.com/event/damon-suedechristopher-riceeric-shaw-quinn-author-signing

Get your copy of The Prince’s Psalm here: http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/albums/the-princes-psalm/

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Before                                          After

 

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The Prince’s Psalm is very much a passion project for me. I spent years painstakingly researching every detail and choosing every word. So when it came time to decide on art for the cover, I wanted something that would not only capture the essence of the story inside, but be worthy of it. But my ardor for the project did not immediately translate into a clear notion of what do about the cover.

In other words, I had no idea what to do about the cover.

Clearly, we all know what David looks like. We don’t, really, but Michelangelo’s masterpiece has forever become the iconic image of David, though the statue probably more closely resembles the Tuscan model who posed for it. Still, other than the Mona Lisa, there is really no other artistic portrait of an individual that is known to more people, and for better or worse – I’d say better – it is who we all see when we discuss David. Since my novel attempts to tell small part of David’s story, the only thing I knew for sure was that Michelangelo’s David had to be on the cover.

So with pictures of the David and details from the story, I tried to write up a description that would inspire the cover artist. She designed beautiful covers. But none captured the novel for me. DSP was committed to working with me to achieve the cover I wanted, so I got back to work. I tried to explain my general vision more, and I got more beautiful covers, but the designs got farther away from the emotional terrain I was shooting for. After a couple more rounds, Paul Richmond, the head of design at DSP, suggested that I take some time to look through other book covers and see what jumped out at me.

I didn’t find anything specific, but I found inspiration.

I realized that while we all think of Michelangelo’s iconic statue when we think of David, the man, The Prince’s Psalm is about seeing David in a way that we don’t usually think of him, even though the story has been there in plain sight in 1 Samuel for thousands of years. I had it. I tried once again to describe what I thought the cover should look like. More beautiful covers arrived in my in-box, but none were what I’d tried to describe. I felt terrible. I worried that I was wasting the time of the wonderful designers who were creating beautiful cover after beautiful cover.

Then it occurred to me, words were not the way to describe what I was seeing. I got out the tape and scissors. I printed out found artwork from the internet and after a few attempts achieved the “Before” image above. Okay, now be nice. I was just trying to explain my idea in a way that the designers might finally understand.

I sent it to Paul and it worked better than I thought. He was inspired! He took on the project personally. There were a couple more drafts as we worked out the images and fonts, but it came together beautifully, I think. (See After, above) I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks, Paul, for your patience. Thanks, DSP, for your commitment. Thanks, Michelangelo, for pretty much every single solitary thing you ever did. But mostly, thank you David for your inspiration for The Prince’s Psalm.

Get your own copy of Paul’s beautiful cover and as a bonus my novel free with purchase!

http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/albums/the-princes-psalm/

 

 

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Two words affirm most every sacred oath.

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From the Presidential oath of office, to the seal of judicial testimony and, of course, that most joyous oath, dearest to us all, marriage.  More than any other, those two words mark a beginning.

After taking way-too-long to state the obvious, on June 28, 2013, the judicial system envisioned by our founding fathers upheld the constitutional rights of all Americans.  Now, all Americans (or at least all the ones in California and in a few other constitutionally adherent states) have the right to marry.  What’s more, our Federal government can no longer actively discriminate against us and we will be treated a bit more like citizens in our own country.

The cynical will stir up a lot of other nonsense, encouraging bigots to believe that it is somehow the majority’s right to vote away the inalienable rights guaranteed to us all.  Their premise is too stupid even to say out loud and only the most ignorant among us will fall for it.  But the cynics will use that ignorance as means to rip off the gullible and get out the bigot vote.

For now though, there is a little more equality in California and across America and a lot less risk to all Californians and Americans that their civil rights might be voted away.

Now what?

We’ve been fighting for the right, but now we have arrived at a new and much scarier place – marriage.

I haven’t even had a date in I’m not sure how long so marriage isn’t on my horizon.  I’m just glad that I have greater recognition as an actual citizen in this country.  With DOMA gone, I feel like I finally turned 21 and I actually have real-full,-grown-up-American-rights, at least within the borders of the state where I’m lucky enough to live.  So, we’ve gained a bit more recognition and with growing support, little by little, things are actually getting better.

Even so, there’s this new beginning.  We’ve spent a lot of time fighting for the right to marry.  Now that we’re here, I wonder if we’ve paused to consider what having that right actually means.

With a 50% failure rate among our straight brothers and sisters, who have had thousands of years to work it out, I’m not sure anyone among the newly enfranchised has really paused to reflect on the simple but profound oath that underlies this right and institution.

I can write my own vows.  I can take the old fashioned ones prescribed by some faith.  Or I can simply agree to comply with those the state administers.  Whatever the vows, every “I do” comes down to the same thing:

“I promise it’s you and me forever, no matter what. Period.  I do.”

Golly.

That’s huge.  And a little terrifying.  I’m not saying I don’t want it, but from the safety of the sidelines I can say, hats off.  That is a lot.  I think it’s easy to get lost in the ceremony and the drama and the celebration and hard to really grasp the scope of the commitment that marriage asks of us, gay or straight.

We’ve been so busy arguing for the right, we don’t even know what we’re going to do about the whole last name thing.  Will we all be hyphenates? Will we keep our names? If we give up our names, whose do we take? What about the children’s last names? If it’s hyphenates, the exponential potential for last names offers a whole new challenge.  If hyphenate child marries hyphenate child, then do they have four last names? And their children? That’s eight last names in two generations.

Is it “I now pronounce you husband and husband” or “wife and wife” or just “married?” How do we refer to our spouse? Will we just keep husband and wife? Or will there be new words for it?

But beyond the norms of the social construct, how the hell do you live up to that promise?

It has always been my belief that Gianni Versace would still be alive today if there had been gay marriage back then.  My reasoning goes something like: if Andrew’s “husband” had been faced with giving up half of all his income to ditch Andrew and move on to a newer model, Andrew would still be living in the beach house they shared — one way or the other — and Gianni would still be designing loud clothing and opera sets.

So, with all my worldly goods I thee endow.  Ready for that?

How about in sickness and in health?

What about when the wagon of love breaks under the baggage of life? The romance is fun, the heat of passion is exciting and the wedding is beautiful.  Most of life, though, is the groceries and the dishes and the bills and the flu.  My parents are still together 125 years later and it’s not because everyday has been filled with sunshine and roses.  There have been times when we kids thought they should call it quits.  But they’re still there.

Staying, when you’d rather go, is at the essence of the commitment of marriage.  If our straight brethren and sisteren can only manage it less than half the time even with every social convention and institution on the planet built and conceived to support and encourage their bond, I wonder – and with more than a little awe — at how we will do at this.

Without the right, gay people have not had the opportunity to mature as a society.  Our mating practices and rituals are stunted, juvenile and unevolved.

I look forward to the collapse of the extensive second-class conventions peculiar to our furtive and fearful sexuality.  Imagine an end to our misplaced value on youth.  What about the jettisoning of the possibility of a third to keep it interesting? What if we scrapped our mistrust and ostracism of the single among us by those already paired?  Think of us overcoming our lack of respect for the commitments of others and bringing an end to the destructive open season on other people’s partners.  Envision us maturing past the disregard for our elders and coming to know and possibly even revere our own history and heritage.

I can’t wait to see what happens when being gay is no longer one long competition for attention in a dark, smelly bar.  I long for the possibility of the new and stronger community that can grow up around this fearsome commitment we are preparing to make to each other; that we have fought for the right to make to each other.

We have asked for and been given equal rights, but now we must accept equal responsibility.

Do I think it will be easy? With a 50% failure rate, apparently not.

Do I think we’re up to it?

I do.

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