I’m back again this week to tell you a little bit about Selah Janel’s new book, In the Red. It’s a story we’ve heard a million times: boy makes a deal with the devil and ends up regretting it. BUT WAIT… the last person that wrote that story wasn’t Selah Janel.
I’ve known Selah a while now. I’ve been a fan of her writing back when she was still just doing it for fun. She’s always had a quirky perspective on the world and a way of putting words together that is both disturbing and hilarious. In the Red does not disappoint. It is the story of a miserably unsuccessful musician, Jeremiah Kensington, who is willing to do anything to get out of the countrified rut he’s gotten himself into. Enter Jack Scratch. Jack offers to make him a star with a new life, new band and new image. With the new image comes a new pair of boots that seem to hold a mysterious power. But the longer he wears the boots the more he realizes that the price he’s paid is high.
It is obvious to anyone who reads In the Red that Miss Janel did a lot of research. She’s spoken to musicians and other performers to try and delve into their psyche. It’s very evident in the first couple of chapters that Janel has a handle on the struggle that Jeremiah is going through. Then later, the unwilling transformation that he goes through and realizing how selfish his pursuits have been– it really keeps the reader glued to the pages. At least it did for me.
Another thing that I loved about In the Red was Janel’s narrative voice. Her snarky personality, clever wit and intelligence comes shining through. She assumes that the reader is intelligent and doesn’t dumb down situations and descriptives. Her prose is refined, yet accessible. The story will appeal to young, frustrated adults as well as an older audience that remember the decadence and opulence of the glam rock era.
If you’re looking for an exciting read that keeps you guessing right up until the end– and oh my sweet heavens what an ending– I recommend In the Red with absolutely no reservations. It’s just so different from anything else out there. Skirting the line between urban fantasy and horror, each chapter keeps the reader guessing and engaged. Run out and pick up your copy TODAY!
About In The Red by Selah Janel
Live like a rock star. Dance ‘til you die. Are you in?
What kind of a rock star lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere and plays at weddings and funerals? That’s what Jeremiah Kensington is thinking after an unsuccessful bar gig one night. Then Jack Scratch comes into his life, ready to represent him and launch him to stardom. Jack can give him everything: a new band, a new name, a new life, a new look, and new boots…although they aren’t exactly new. They once belonged to The One, a rocker so legendary and so mysterious that it’s urban legend that he used black magic to gain success. But what does Jeremiah care about urban legend? And it’s probably just coincidence that the shoes make him dance better than anyone, even if it doesn’t always feel like he’s controlling his movements. It’s no big deal that he plunges into a world of excess and decadence as soon as he puts the shoes on his feet, right?
But what happens when they refuse to come off?
About Selah Janel…
Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror, but can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.
She has four e-books with No Boundaries Press, including the historical vampire story ‘Mooner’ and the contemporary short ‘The Other Man’. Her work has also been included in ‘The MacGuffin’, ‘The Realm Beyond’, ‘Stories for Children Magazine’, and the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls’. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.
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