Those of you who are regulars to Magical Musings know that one of the MM co-bloggers, Liz Kreger, died last year of cancer. She was one of the original founding members of Magical Musings, and she was an amazing person; strong, full of life and a good friend.
As a way to help keep Liz’s mind off what was happening to her in hospital, Edie, Amy K, and myself, along with our original critique group of Maya Banks, Allison Brennan, Karin Tabke and Janette Kenny, started putting together and getting ready for publication, one of Liz’s favourite unpublished books, When Darkness Falls.
Liz died before we could publish it, and so it instead has become a project more for us than for her. A way to feel connected to her still, and to keep her memory alive.
Edie emailed last night to say that When Darkness Falls had just gone live on Amazon, although it will take longer for it to be available elsewhere. It is an amazing book, in which the heroine, who was saved from cancer by a post-apocalyptic event, strives through her now immortal life to right the balance of nature in the world. And just when she thinks she is done, that her work is complete, she finds herself facing an even greater test.
As an allegory into Liz’s life, this hits all the right notes, but the irony, and the beauty, is that it wasn’t meant as an allegory, it is what it is; the spirit of Liz, the way she saw the world, her true voice, as it were. And it is a gripping read.
Liz loved writing, but she loved her family even more, and her beloved daughter Erin is now the beneficiary of Liz’s royalties. We hope the book sells well and for a long time, as a legacy to her daughter, and as a tribute to a life well lived.