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The Resurrectionist of Caligo
By (author): Wendy Trimboli By (author): Alicia Zaloga
9780857668264 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure Sep 10, 2019
$15.99 CAD
Active 5.14 x 7.74 x 1.04 in 360 pages Watkins Media Angry Robot
With a murderer on the loose, it’s up to an enlightened bodysnatcher and a rebellious princess to save the city, in this wonderfully inventive Victorian-tinged fantasy noir.

“Man of Science” Roger Weathersby scrapes out a risky living digging up corpses for medical schools. When he’s framed for the murder of one of his cadavers, he’s forced to trust in the superstitions he’s always rejected: his former friend, princess Sibylla, offers to commute Roger’s execution in a blood magic ritual which will bind him to her forever. With little choice, he finds himself indentured to Sibylla and propelled into an investigation. There’s a murderer loose in the city of Caligo, and the duo must navigate science and sorcery, palace intrigue and dank boneyards to catch the butcher before the killings tear their whole country apart.

File Under: Fantasy [ Straybound | Royal Magic | A Good Hanging | Secret Sister ]

Story Locale: Fantasy city of Caligo

A dark and characterful fantasy, blending gritty murder mystery and class struggles in a luxurious Dickensian setting.

A fascinating, fun page-turner with rich world-building and a unique spin on romance.

Secondary world Victorian setting makes it a perfect fit for fans of Under the Pendulum Sun, The Sisters Mederos and The Ingenious

ALICIA ZALOGA grew up in Virginia Beach not liking the beach, and now moves every few years, sometimes to places near beaches. She has a writing degree from Columbia College Chicago, and when she’s not dealing with life’s chores, she collects hobbies: plucking the E string on the bass, producing an alarming number of artistic doodles, and French beading floral bouquets.

WENDY TRIMBOLI grew up in England, Germany and the United States, and learned to speak two languages well enough that most people can understand her. Determined to ignore her preference for liberal arts, she attended the US Air Force Academy then worked as an intelligence officer, which was less exciting than it sounds. These days she has a creative writing MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Colorado with her family, border collie, and far too many books.

Author Residence: South Carolina, USA / Colorado, USA

Author Hometown: Virginia, USA / UK

Marketing: Use of NetGalley and Edelweiss as standard, to get digital proofs out ahead of time to store buyers & SF specialists, bloggers and reviewers

Physical bound proofs for selected influencers and reviewers, national and genre press, bookstores (focusing on SFF specialty stores like Borderlands, Mysterious Galaxy)

Review copies and adverts for friendly print/web media: Locus, Publishers Weekly, BookRiot, Shelf Awareness, and UK genre magazines SFX, SciFi Now.

Chapter excerpt placements pre-launch to drive interest and pre-orders - notably through B&N’s massive blog

Possibility for signed copies for B&N, at their request

Paid Facebook ads to drive sales and awareness

Paid Amazon promo, and Amazon-Plus coverage for US and UK

GoodReads competitions and paid promo

Instagram campaign using imagery from the book

Dedicated newsletter blast to the AR Robot Legion

Publicity: Perfect launch venue will be Worldcon 19 in Dublin, Ireland: a very large AR contingent will be present, authors and AR team

Other possible conventions around this time with likely AR presence include ECCC, Convergence June/July, GenCon July

Possible UK trip for MCM Comicon events, Nine Worlds, Fantasy in the Court, etc.

Bookstore launch(es) and further possibility of multi-author events, depending upon location

Online book tour taking in all of the largest genre sites and potentially some nationals where suitable

Reddit AMA/Twitter takeover with the support of other AR authors

Authors grew up with military familiies - likely military angle for extra promo through PRH dedicated Px sales team

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“This is first and foremost a thoroughly entertaining novel…  The convincing setting, engaging characters and an artfully devised plot all combine to give these particular fantasy themes a vivid freshness.”
– Juliet E. McKenna for Interzone Magazine

“I loved the characters, the world-building, the tight plot and the emotional payoff. One of my favorites of the summer!”
– Patrice Sarath, author of The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season

“A striking portrayal of the society from the gutters to the royal palace, as gaudy and vivid as a Hogarth print in its writing about the underbelly of society and living there. The characters were utterly human, trying to do their best in a world which was far from perfect, and the conclusion left me wanting more. ”
– Genevieve Cogman, author of  The Invisible Library

The Resurrectionist of Caligo is gothic fantasy in the extreme. Its pages are packed with fog shrouded streets, eerie blood magic, grave-robbing, court intrigue, bitter rivalries, shattered hearts, faded dreams, elegant clothing, and perhaps the strangest literary mushrooms since Alice in Wonderland.”
– Dan Stout, author of Titanshade 

“Sells itself on a single sentence.”
– B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog

“The world of Resurrectionist is tantalisingly real, the prose is breathlessly witty, and the characters are impossible to avoid loving (or loathing, in a few noteworthy cases). If you’ve ever called yourself a goth, played 7th Sea, or wished that Pride & Prejudice had magical ink-bees in it, you need this book.”
– Tyler Hayes, author of The Imaginary Corpse  

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