The book is now up for purchase at Createspace. Check it out here- https://www.createspace.com/4878139
it's also up on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Page Foundry, Scribd, Kobo, and all those other places that people don't buy books from because Amazon exists. :3
I felt like breaking down some of the things I tried to accomplish with the book, and hopefully that will garner some more interest in it.
(1) Violence isn't the answer to anything. Violence is a tool for villains and monsters. The protagonists get by on perseverance, trickery, and maybe even a little deus ex machina. Violence is not the solution.
(2) I wanted a female heroine who solves problems in her own way without taking up a sword. That seems to be a common theme now (see the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland or Snow White and the Huntsman) and I wanted to avoid that trope. I wanted my Alice to be determined and powerful and yet flawed. She is stubborn and impulsive and can get herself into trouble pretty easily. She's not perfect.
(3) I wanted a reversal on the potential love interest, where it's the female character who is somewhat aloof and hard to win over. The male lead is the one that's smitten, and he acts that way without putting undue pressure on Alice's shoulders.
(4) I wanted to keep the minor characters very minor and the story focused on the main leads as much as possible.
(5) I wanted to leave some things open and potentially mysterious. Some questions have pretty obvious answers and others are more subtle. (I would hope, anyway.)
(6) I wanted nothing to become overwhelming. I wanted there to be humor without it becoming completely absurd. I wanted it to be fantastical without being ridiculous. I wanted a pinch of angst and a light salting of drama. I wanted a relationship that evolves without ever becoming the true focus.
I can only hope that people will check it out and enjoy it for what it is.