Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Foxhole Court

+ What's On: Capricorn, by 30 Seconds to Mars

The Foxhole Court


Neil Josten knows signing with the Palmetto State Foxes is a fatal mistake. After eight years on the run he ought to have better survival instincts, but one of his new teammates is a friend from his old life. Neil left him once; he can't walk away a second time. The longer he stays the faster his past catches up with him, but maybe Neil's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.




Today I want to introduce you to a project of mine: The Foxhole Court, book 1 of the All for the Game trilogy. It's part sports fiction, part new adult (for those of you who don't ascribe to the 'new adult' genre, let's say it's young adult coming of age). You could call The Foxhole Court a lot of things: ridiculous and unrealistic to name a few, self-indulgent if we're all being more honest. Above all else, though, it is a labor of (psychotic, obsessive) love.

The Foxhole Court is about 17 years old. It started as a comic back in high school, shoddy pictures on lined pages. In the beginning Neil was a transfer student to a Japanese high school and all I wanted was to write a "manga" about gay athletes. Back in those days I thought the hardest thing I would do was rewrite the Foxes as American team. I grieved for weeks when I renamed all the characters with Western names.

Over the years it's become a different sort of monster: something too personal, something too desperate maybe, but something I don't regret for an instant. A lot of the credit goes to the readers at the original Courting Madness journal who tolerated and reread and encouraged the story as it went through years and years of rewrites. Long after I took it off the site (first because I wanted to publish it, then in prolonged frustration that it would never be a marketable story) my friends would stop by and ask if the story was still alive somewhere. They believed in it, and by doing so they let me believe in it.

Today I'm finally letting go. You can now find The Foxhole Court free at Smashwords. If you have the time, please consider reading it. I'd love to know what you think. If you have any problems locating the file, please make sure the Smashwords' Adult Filter is turned off. There isn't explicit content in the story in a sexual sense, but there are dark themes.

32 comments:

lime-yay said...

OMGOMGOMG You are beautiful, and wonderful, and awesome and all that is good in the world!!! I am SO excited to read this (again)!! By the way, I was on my college's club rowing team and we visited Clemson for spring break training. Being an athlete there with all the orange paw prints really made me feel some powerful Foxhole Court vibes. When I got home I internet stalked you and confirmed my suspicions on Clemson. ;) I don't know how many books I've read that have such a strong lasting impression on me like that, though. Years after I read it, I see some orange paw prints, and really that's all it takes for me to start obsessing again. Thank you so much for the characters and the world and sharing it with us to boot.

marynoel said...

Lime-yay : Thank you so much!! I hope you like this version of it. Thank you for your patience in waiting so long for it.

Haha, Palmetto State University is definitely the fictional alter-ego of Clemson. The layout of the campus is about the same and it's in the same geographic area in the state.

Suninun said...

Just downloaded it in iBooks! I've never actually given you a comment before, but I've been following you and your sister since around 2002...how long is that, like 10 years? Wow.

Suninun said...

Now I feel like a stalker

marynoel said...

Suninun Wow, you've stuck it out a long time, haven't you? <3 Thank you so much!

ellamequiere said...

Another stalker! I read your fic through my whole teenager-hood... It was so wonderful to see something new (for me). Should I be hoped to read more of this story, or are you stopping here?

All your worlds have a permanent place in my imagination <3. I hope that whatever you write next, I get to read it!

marynoel said...

ellamequiere : Hello! Welcome, and I hope you like it! There are actually three books in the Foxes' story: The Foxhole Court, the Raven King, and All the King's Men. TRK is halfway through some serious revisions right now.

Goddess Athena said...

Just got done reading this book and I must say I LOVE IT! Now where is the rest and how soon can you get it out there? This story kept me entertained throughout the whole book, I just wished I knew what some of the other characters are thinking and not just Neil. Please let me know how soon the next one will be out.

marynoel said...

Goddess Athena : Thank you so much for taking a chance on it! I'm glad you liked it! I'm hard at work editing book two. I've got a couple chapters left, then it's off to the betas, so it'll still be a little while.

vivi kouvi said...

thank you! thank you for this wonderful book i can honestly say that this is my favorite book of the year and for someone whose motto is a new book each day that says something.What really made me love it was the fact that every single character was interesting and unique while making me wonder about his/her past and motivation.Can't wait for the next one.When will it come out?Keep up the excellent work!

marynoel said...

vivi kouvi : Thanks for taking a chance on Foxhole Court! I'm really glad you liked it! I don't have a definitive date for Raven King yet; it's off with some of the betas right now and I'll need to clean it up some once I've gotten it back.

ginia said...

hi again. wow, youve been writing a long time now? its the impression i get from reading the comments above.
you're really seriously good. I hope in the near future you can find publishers who would print your book. ^__^

marynoel said...

ginia : It's been a while, definitely. Thank you so much for taking a chance on me & the Foxes! Foxhole will never make it in a traditional market, but one day I hope I write something an agent will champion. ♥

ultraballyoyo said...

Hi, I just finished Foxhole Court and it was awesome, its been a while since a book has been able to keep me so engaged all the way through and leave me as desperate for more as this one, I can't wait to read The Raven King. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this story!

marynoel said...

ultraballyoyo : Thank you so much for taking a chance on it! I'm so glad you liked it!! ♥ I hope you like Raven King, too.

vivi kouvi said...

Just wondering if you have any news as to when the next book will be out. I really can't wait for what I’m sure will be another amazing installment in the series.

marynoel said...

vivi kouvi : The next book should be out in July. Thanks for being so patient!

nekosuki said...

foxhole court is wonderful!! honestly, i picked it up from goodreads because of the malexmale relationship, thinking it was going to be one of those typical romances with mafia involved..but it is so much more! i'm not very good with words, but all i can say is you are a really good writer and i can't wait for books 2 and 3 (and maybe more? ^^") and i'm not even done the book yet!

marynoel said...

nekosuki : Thanks for taking a chance on Foxhole Court! I'm glad you liked it! Haha, there are definitely only 3 books in this series, but I've got a small pile of side stories I'm attempting to rewrite. After book 3 it's off to other projects again.

blutransparency said...

Have just finished reading The Foxhole Court and I love it. Loved it the first time round and possibly love it even more now. Thank you for working so hard on this and letting us enjoy the story.

Off to read book 2!

marynoel said...

blutransparency : Sorry, I don't know how I missed your comment. ): Thank you for sticking with the Foxes so long ♥

Nicci McKinlay said...

Hi, I have just finished the Raven King. I must say I loved both books! Especially the characters, I find Neil and Andrew's relationship really interesting and can't wait to see where it goes. Im guessing since TRK was only out in July it will be a good while until All the Kings Men will be finished, do you have a rough date of when you hope finish by? Im going to be checking every month, really looking forward to the final installment! Thanks!!

marynoel said...

Nicci : Thanks for reading TFC & TRK! I'm glad you liked them! I'm hoping to have King's Men out in December, if all goes well. ♥

Lea Lee said...

Hey! leairan from LJ here, I fell off LJ ages and ages ago and there was always something cropping up and I sadly fell out of touch but I am super super glad to hear its up and have excitedly got both the books available and can't wait for book 3 to be out! Off to happily enjoy them both, just had to tell you how chuffed I am about discovering your books again!

marynoel said...

Lea Lee : LEIRAN!!! HELLO, long time no see! And longer response time, oh my god, I am sorry. I've been awful with blogger lately because I am a douche. How are youuuu

marynoel said...

Lea Lee : Also I am apparently still in the habit of dropping an A from your name. Sorry o__o;;

Jeremy Keele said...

Just wanted to let you know that I loved the first two books, and I can't wait for the third! I only recently discovered these characters, but I think I finished both books in a weekend. I cant say enough good things about these stories!

Laurie Johnson said...

Just.. wow. Finished both books recently and absolutely loved them both. Every now and again I pick up a book (or books in this case) that just grab hold and stick. You just don't even want to start another book because you know it will be so much less. Like having to go back to hot dogs after eating filet.

Kudos for creating such an amazing world. I will obviously be eagerly awaiting the release of TKM.

Criss said...

Hi! I just wanted to tell you... I fell in love at first read! Your characters are so ruch and alive... I have wanted to say something for a while, but I am not that dextrous with internet, so I just figured out how to post here. I have read TFC and TRK like twenty times now and I can't wait for ALL THE KING'S MEN to come out!! Tons of love, sorry you are having a stressful RL and hope to read more of you in the future....ALSO! Iam willing to wait for however long it takes for the last installment, your story is just that fantastic. I am glad it came out digital as I live in Panama (the country) and I would have not had access to this golden treasure otherwise! Good luck!

The Green Cedar said...

Late to the game. I discovered The Foxhole Court by accident and loved it. Then searched by author name to find The Raven King. Then possessed myself in NO patience whatsoever until The King's Men came out. Crazy about this trilogy: SO glad you hung in there and published it. Look forward to your next. In the meantime, I'm reading your blog.

Unknown said...

I feel like I'm totally late in the game. Well, I guess I am. I've only just heard about this series this year and I wondered what it was while people talked about it on Twitter and Instagram. Now, I have finally finished all 3 books and I'm ecstatic to say, I loved them! I will definitely get them in book form as soon as I can but for now, I'll just have to make do with re-reading it on iBooks and Smashwords again and again. Thanks so much for writing these books for I have fallen in love with these characters and the story all together. :)

Verena S. said...

After reading the first book in the series, My first thought was that your story would definitely fit as an anime or manga. I'm glad either way that you published your work. It gone was a great read since there was a lot going on and I enjoyed analyzing and sorting through the characters and everything.