The Well at the Bottom of Everything
The Hotel (Series)
by Michael James
Genre: Urban Fantasy
No one has ever escaped from the Hotel at the End of Time. Until now.
Vain only wants to be left alone, but the Hotel has other plans. Forces will align against her: a group of multi-dimensional felons collectively named The Wyatts; and their leader, Trick, a mild-to-medium psychopath with a fondness for impractical jokes.
The only way forward is to go back. Back to the one place in the world she swore she’d never return.
Back to the Hotel.
The Hotel at the End of Time
The Hotel (Series)
by Michael James
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Vain thought destroying the Portal to the Hotel at the End of Time would mean freedom for her and Roman, but her happy ever after is coming to an end.
A horrible mistake and a stray bullet force her to infiltrate the Hotel and contend with a new and terrible power: The Well at the Bottom of Everything.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken.
The Hotel will have its revenge.
“Can I help you?” The perky girl behind the counter smiled like she enjoyed her job. Vain was immediately suspicious.
“Two coffees, please.”
“Sure, what size? We have mediu, moyen and mittel.”
“Are those real words?”
Vain waited for a further explanation. Sweat pooled in her lower back. The man behind her coughed, and she nearly jumped. The perky girl offered no further details, but smiled more aggressively. Vain examined the menu for clues with growing distress.
“I don’t know. The third one. Mitten. Two mitten coffees, I guess. Oh and Mark said he wants an everything bagel, but I’m not sure if he meant he wants all the bagels or if he wants everything on the bagel.”
“One everything bagel and two mittel coffees. No problem. How do you take them?”
Vain wiped her forehead. A car started outside the shop and she bit her cheek. “In my hands, please. That’s fine. Hurry.”
“Cream or sugar?”
“Yes, okay. Give me two mitten coffees with cream and sugar and all the bagels in my hands. Here is some money. I’ll be on the couch.”
“Can you unlock the phone?”
“I think so.” She pecked at the phone with her nose.
“Why don’t you have face recognition turned on?”
“I don’t like my phone judging me. I need to put on lipstick before I text? Come on.”
“That’s not how… it doesn’t matter. Is your code one, one, one, one? You need to change that.”
“This is the exact correct time to have that conversation,” she hissed. Her screen flashed with a green text bubble.
“It’s Roman,” she said. “He’s asking where I am.”
“Tell him to bring Emma and come save us. Actually, I don’t care if he comes. We need Emma.”
“Hey, Siri,” Vain whispered at the phone. “Call Roman.”
“Calling: Rome.” Siri’s robotic voice blared from the phone and Vain cringed. She stopped moving and waited for the Wyatts to come beat the crap out of them. Thankfully, they were still arguing and didn’t hear.
“Don’t call Rome. Turn your volume down.”
“Turning down volume,” whispered Siri. Better. Stupid phone robot.
“Call. Roman.” She spoke slowly, so stupid Siri would do better.
“Calling. Row Man’s boating supplies.” Vain hissed at Siri to hang up.
“Text him back,” Mark said, sounding frustrated.
“Siri. Respond to Roman. Wyatts. Come rescue.”
“Texting. Roman. Whites come stew.”
“We’re going to fucking die,” Vain said.
- What inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me to write this book was cash. Cold, hard, cash. Writers are the most over-paid people on the planet, and I wanted in on the gravy train. Think of it. All you need to do to cash in is pour your heart and soul into a creative endeavor, throwing a few thousand hours at it and then BOOM. Money.
2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
God I was so wrong about the money. Writers are all broke. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Now all I’m left with is this book I adore that a bunch of people have also adored and… oh wait. That’s not bad at all. That’s kind of nice. I guess this writing thing isn’t so bad after all.
3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
I for sure did not expect bats to fly out of my computer every time I sit down to write. Does this happen to anyone else? Because if I told you I have about four thousand bats living in my house, I’d be on the low end. Seriously, are any writers reading this? Does this happen to you? It only happens when I write.
4. What does the title mean?
The book is about the Hotel at the End of Time, so I thought (and this is where being a writer helps) why not call it The Hotel at the End of Time?
5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people?
If so, do they know? Yes, and they sure don’t.
6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
Yes, this lesson shows up in a scene in the book – when you are tied to a bed and a man threatens to ravage your genitals with an Australian rodent, make sure he’s not lying about the type of food they like to eat.
I know most of you probably know that.
7. What is your favorite part of the book?
Okay without joking, the ending. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be.
8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
Rick Manigold, which is why he doesn’t appear in the book. Challenging things are hard, so I just cut him out entirely.
9. What are your immediate future plans?
Like immediate one second from now? I guess to finish this interview. Then, probably bed.
Michael James spent his formative years writing, and when he wasn’t writing, he was writing. A mistaken belief that a “real” job would be more satisfying led him down a dark path that did not involve writing but did involve meetings. Fortunately, he has since course-corrected and is back on the right (write? Ha!) path. The Hotel at the End of Time is not his first book, but it is the one with the most Hotels in it.
He lives in Canada with his family. When he’s not writing, he does Canadian things – saying sorry a lot, being polite, talking about the weather, you know how it goes.
Michael James will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.