Beyond the Veil

Often times when you write, it’s painstaking and arduous. You want to get the story right. You overthink things. You nitpick in editing. Sometimes just putting the words on the page feels like herding cats. Other times, certain stories just roll right out of your head and onto the page. You can sneeze and there’s another paragraph written. You find yourself staring at your progress and thinking: how did it get there? And it’s good writing, too? What’s happening here?

You feel like you’ve hit a pocket of pure writer’s air.

Beyond the Veil, book two in my Vanished series, was one of those times.

I hadn’t planned on getting as invested in my Vanished series as I have. I started it because I wanted to see if I could write a book in first person present tense and have it actually work. I had an idea for a story that was kind of out there, rooted in the Navajo belief system that I’ve always found fascinating and mysterious. The more I researched the Navajo tribal culture, the more things fell together. Before I knew it I had the first book done. Now, just ten months later, I have the second in the series ready to roll. By self-publishing standards, I’m crawling along. By B. B. Griffith standards, I’m on a cannonball run.

It helps when I get the kind of feedback I’ve been getting for Follow the Crow. The reviews have been very positive, and I’ve had several people drop me emails telling me how much they enjoyed the book. In the Acknowledgements section of Follow the Crow I write about how I was inspired in part by Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn novels, which I think are just flat out awesome at capturing the Navajo culture and the Southwestern style. I received a couple of letters from readers telling me that they think Follow the Crow holds up to the Hillerman standard. I don’t think I can adequately describe to you how much that means to me. Even to be considered in the same sentence as Hillerman, who was and is a giant in this genre.  I checked the “to:” line on the emails a few times just to make sure they weren’t meant for some other dude writing about Indians and the Southwest. Sure enough, they were meant for me!

And now to tell you why I hope I don’t disappoint these readers with the second in the series.

Hillerman’s plot points are often centered on the superstitious beliefs many of the Navajo have, but it is the task of his protagonists to unmask these superstitions and expose the bad guys for what they are: criminals, not Navajo magicians. Joe Leaphorn often solves his cases despite the superstitions of the Navajo, which tend to really irk him.

With the Vanished series, I’ve tried to create a world where the superstitious and religious beliefs of the Navajo come to life. What is unmasked is the real world. Beyond the Veil takes this a step further by fleshing out the afterlife of this world. The Navajo don’t have a very well defined afterlife, at least not compared to other religious beliefs, so what I created is sprung fresh from my head with the Navajo ideal of maintaining “balance” front and center. I think I came up with a pretty fascinating picture. I hope you’ll agree.

To celebrate writing another book, which is always a pretty big deal in my world, I’m going to be giving away the ebook edition of Follow the Crow, the first in the Vanished series, for free for the next several weeks. Give it a try, if you’re inclined.

Now, I’m off to pour a celebratory glass of scotch and ruminate on my next book, which is actually going to be the first in an entirely new series. Because why the hell not? That’s what’s great about being an independent author.

If you’ve already read Follow the Crow, take the next step of the journey in Beyond the Veil. I hope you like it. The links are below.

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| Kindle

| Nook 

| iTunes 

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Happy reading!

-BBG

Categories: Celebrating Writing

Comments

  • Need more in the vanished series please…yesterday would be good

    Lynne stirling | July 4, 2015
  • I’m typing away! My goal is to have the third one done by the end of the year, and comments like these keep the fire lit. Thanks for stopping by!

    B. B. Griffith | July 4, 2015
  • I read Regency Romance novels … period. I am probably the least likely person to read a Navajo mystery novel. I cannot tell you what prompted me to download “Follow the Crow”, but I started reading it right away and I am so intrigued I cannot put it down. I would have never thought to read this genre, but you have made it so interesting that I am actually looking forward to reading the 2nd book.

    Sandi McComb | July 7, 2015
  • Glad to hear it, Sandi! I tried to write Follow the Crow in such a way as to grab readers across genres, so it’s great to hear that it’s had such an impact. I hope the Beyond the Veil keeps you turning the pages.

    B. B. Griffith | July 2, 2015
  • I downloaded Follow the Crow last night after seeing that it’s based where my husband grew up, he used to play in the wash on the rez. When he woke up this morning I read him the first few pages and then the part where you describe the Arroyo- He loves it and we both thought you were Navajo. I love your writing style, it’s very noir and I can’t wait to read more, I’m drawing this out as much as I can!

    Francie | July 5, 2015
  • Thanks for reading, Francie! That you thought I might be Navajo myself is a great compliment. I’m going to write the third book soon, so hopefully you won’t have to draw the series out for too long. Cheers!

    B. B. Griffith | July 5, 2015
  • I really liked the Vanished books and am eager for the next one. I would probably never have read Crow if it hadn’t been a free book listed on Bookbub, and if it had been categorized as si-fi, it wouldnt have made my interest list. So good job on that.

    I love the Leaphorn books too, and the first taste of Crow disappointed me because it was so different in tone and perspective. ..dark instead of light, I guess. But I read on, and realized the writer whose work you were actually evoking for me was Dean Koontz. Again, not a si-fi lover, but Odd Thomas is a wonderful thing apart. Both your Vanished books remind me strongly of the best Odd Thomas books, but earthier. Earthly-er, I guess. Lovely.

    So, keep writing, please.

    Ceci | August 4, 2015
  • Thanks Ceci! I love the Odd Thomas books as well, so your comparison means a lot. Your light/dark description hadn’t occurred to me, but now that I think about it I think you have a very good point. I’m glad you kept reading!

    B. B. Griffith | August 4, 2015
  • I’m hooked on the vanished series. Anxiously awaiting the 3rd, I had to check your blog to see when it’s coming out. I can hardly stand tge wait. If i read correctly your making the next book a start to a new series…. That is fan freaking tastic. Who ever wants a good story to end? I’ve never read Hillerman but will now. The Vanished vibe reminds me of my favorite book Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour.

    Melody | August 5, 2015
  • Glad to hear it, Melody! I haven’t read Haunted Mesa, but I’ll put it on my to-read list right now. And that’s correct about the new series; it’s heavy on the suspense, and has been a blast to write. After I get book one out in this new project, I’ll be back in the world of Vanished for book three in the series. Thanks for reading!

    B. B. Griffith | August 1, 2015
  • Absolutely loved Follow the Crow…starting Beyond the Veil tonight and then I’ll have to read the Tournament series. Fantastic characters with a rich plot line…can’t wait for book 3!

    Amanda | September 1, 2015
  • Thanks Amanda! There’s more to come from the world of Vanished. Book 3 is next up on my docket.

    B. B. Griffith | September 1, 2015
  • I just finished your first book in the series. I am thankful for the kindle pop ups, because that is how I discovered it, after opening the kindle flap. A crow, one of my favorite totems, and there it sat on a beautifully designed cover. Artist that I am, I was sucked in by the visual, and two days later I sit intrigued by a story that touched on many of my own beliefs and curiosities. I read the book straight through and look forward to the second! Yay luck, lucky me to have discovered, quite by chance, you. My search for studio break time reading is over 🙂 I have downloaded “Beyond the veil,” and am looking forward to losing myself once more in the fascinating tale that I sort of believe is true.

    marti forkner-vernon-vernon | September 4, 2015
  • Hi Marti! I’m fascinated by crows as well, and I’d always wanted to write a series where the crow is central. Thanks for reading! I hope Beyond the Veil lives up to expectations. By the way, I sort of believe it’s all true, too 😉

    B. B. Griffith | September 5, 2015
  • I just finished Beyond the Veil, and I am in love with these books! I am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book in your Vanished series!! While I wait, I believe I’ll check out your Tournament series!!

    Thank you!!

    Tara | October 2, 2015
  • Thanks Tara! I’m writing it as we speak. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the Tournament!

    B. B. Griffith | October 5, 2015
  • Before I downloaded Follow The Crow, I read quite a few reviews. I am so happy that the negative reviews didn’t faze me,whereas in most cases they do. Mr. Griffith, I was so engrossed in Follow The Crow, that hours went by before I realized it. I agree with the comment about the Odd Thomas books. In fact, while reading Beyond the Veil, I couldn’t help but notice the similarity of the story telling of the two books. You are now on of my favorite authors. I cannot wait until I’m reading your third book in the Vanished Series. 🙂

    Patti | November 3, 2015
  • Thanks Patti! Odd Thomas is a great character with an everyday approach to the supernatural, so I can see the similarities. And since I love the Odd Thomas books, I’m thrilled about the comparison! The third Vanished book is about halfway through chapter sketches, so I hope to have it out in the next six months or so. Thanks so much for your kind words and for reading!

    B. B. Griffith | November 3, 2015
  • I am almost finished with vanished 2! I hope #3 isn’t to far away because I can’t put this down! Great series! Fantastic characters! Awesome story! Well recommend to everyone! Thank you!

    Ryan | January 4, 2016
  • Thanks Ryan! I’m glad you’re enjoying the ride! I’ll be sending Vanished #3 to my editor on March 11th, so hopefully it’ll be available sometime in April for you. Cheers!

    B. B. Griffith | January 5, 2016
  • Follow the Crow and Beyond the Veil – I loved them both and am looking forward to re-reading and hoping a third book will be out soon. Your writing is fascinated me and caught my imagination – I am fan!

    Judith Ourand-Swartz | May 1, 2016
  • Thanks Judith! You shouldn’t have too long to wait for number 3. Thanks so much for reading.

    B. B. Griffith | May 2, 2016
  • Wow! I read both Crow and Veil and discovered there is a third book, which I just purchased. I love the flow of these books, it is interesting to be inside the heads of the various characters, it is well done. I think Joe Leaphorn and Ben would be great friends.

    Joanne | July 7, 2016
  • Thanks for reading Joanne! I’d also like to think Leaphorn and Ben might get along. I hope The Coyote Way lives up to the first two for you.

    B. B. Griffith | July 4, 2016

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