I am super excited to be sharing in the grand release day for the brand new publishing platform, Coliloquy, which is launching today on the Kindle. Coliloquy, the first digital publisher to release active and interactive fiction, living narrative streams, reader subscriptions, and serial storytelling basically brings “choose your own adventure” into the 21st century. I always loved those books when I was younger, but now that I’m all grown up, I’m not quite as fond of flipping through pages to find the right continuation of the story as I used to be.
So far, I’ve read one book on the new platform: Witch’s Brew. I’ll be reviewing that separately, but I wanted to talk about two notable features real quick to give you an idea of how Coliloquy works. Early on in the story, the main character, a witch, is knocked unconscious by a mysterious spell, and a warlock stumbles across her while she is sleeping. The reader is then given the option to see the story from the witch’s point of view, or switch narratives and hear it from the warlock’s side. I went with the witch’s story, and my decision (along with the decisions of other readers) can alter future installments of the series. Basically, we get a say in what the characters do from here on out! At the end of the book, I was also given the option to subscribe to future installments, that way I don’t have to hunt them down or try to keep track of when they’re releasing.
Coliloquy currently has four books out, all written by award-winning screenwriters and authors. They include:
Heidi R. Kling, Witch’s Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County): a contemporary young adult series about a modern day witch who must betray everything she knows to save her magic and her forbidden love.
Kira Snyder, Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail): a contemporary southern gothic mystery series about a teenager who discovers a cache of centuries-old letters containing clues to crimes happening in the present day.
Liz Maverick, Arcania, Trial by Fire #1 (Arcania): a young adult fantasy series about an underachieving teen thrust into an MMO-like world of magical combat, where she must master her own genetic gifts while investigating her twin sister’s suspicious death.
Tawna Fenske, Getting Dumped: a serialized romantic caper about a woman who loses her job but finds love, intrigue, mayhem, and a new career buried in the unlikeliest of places.
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