Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happiness is Death and Chronos!


Death and Chronos are two wild and wacky guys. Actually they're not guys, per se. Chronos (also known as the God of Time) is a befuddled immortal who just wants a little peace and quiet but is always getting in trouble with War, Poseidon and other persnickety gods. Death is, well, he's death. He's the guy who finds you when the jig is up and plants you in the ground with the petunias.

Death is a skeleton. A friendly skeleton who is preoccupied with tossing peanuts in his eye sockets and various other body cavities. He also rides a Harley and, unless you cheese him off, he's an affable sort who makes you laugh as he's hauling your carcass to the netherworld.

Both of them have a penchant for disaster and are constantly getting into mishaps a la Lucille Ball. They're funny, they're sarcastic and they're very cool in a misguided sort of way, and I love them much.

I first ran into Death and Chronos in my Friday Flash days. They were written, almost every week, by one of my favourite flashers, River Fairchild. Like everyone else writing in the flash circuit, I'd line up to see what kerfuffle River had put her two popular characters into. The week I got married, Death and Chronos actually crashed my wedding reception – which was my favourite of all River's weirdly wonderful stories. (Thanks, Riv.)

For years afterward I begged River to publish a collection of her Death and Chronos stories and, FINALLY, she LISTENED! I'm so happy to report that Living the Afterlife is now available in various formats on Smashwords and Amazon. I picked up my copy yesterday and had it read in short order. It's a blindingly fast read and the stories are just as witty as I remember. River has a dry sense of humour, very acute, and I loved finding her little nuggets of happy sarcasm scattered everywhere in the book.

Congratulations River, and oh, thanks ever so much for the kind acknowledgment. If I ever get married again (demi-gods help me), I'll be sure to invite Death and Chronos and their happy gang!

Here's some links for this dynamic duo:

Amazon (U.S.)

Amazon (Canada)

Smashwords

River's blog


17 comments:

  1. Her Death and Chronos stories rocked!

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  2. OK, I'm hooked. The blurb is even funnier.

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    1. It's a great collection, Diana, you'll love it!

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  3. You are so sweet!!!!!! I thank you. Death and Chronos both thank you. Even Jeeves thanks you! :)
    You don't have to invite them over to your house, by the way...they will crash your party without invites. That's just the way they roll. :)

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    1. As long as Jezebel stays put, I think that's tickety-boo.

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  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I LOVED these stories and hadn't realised that they were out in book form.

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    1. That's fabulous! See? I can actually tell my husband that blogging is a productive thing!!!

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  5. Congratulations River! That's great news!!

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  6. Ha ! you found new peeps to roll with (fictional however real *smile*) Geesh Cold Lake Cathy, your photo header is saying it is warmer there then here maybe?

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    1. No, it's fecking SNOWING out there right now. Blech.... just went to Crappy Tire, though, and bought seeds and gardening gloves, kind of a consumer way of saying, "screw you Mother Nature!"

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  7. I'll look for this next time I'm at Amazon. congrats to River, from River

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  8. I downloaded it from Smashwords, but I've got to finish Diamonds & Dust first.

    Grats River!

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  9. Love the new header, even if it is a bit ahead of the season. It's been a week since we had snow in River City — things are getting better. I've even got last fall's leaves raked.

    I've met another Chronos, and another Death — neither as interesting of the two on which you report.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  10. Thanks, Cathy! I got it for my very very own. :D

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