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Jun Prince (authorjunprince) | 5 comments Hello all!

This week I released my debut novel The Beautiful Dead: A Tale of K-Pop, Ghosts, and Nine-Tailed Fox Women.


Yubin knows she’s different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts with no guarantee of success, but that's how Korean stars are made. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn't. She doesn't even like the girls she performs with.

She’s more connected to her former schoolmate Jieun, even though all they ever do is text. Over the last two months, Jieun has become her confidant and best friend, connecting Yubin to the real world in a way she desperately needs. Now that SIITY is going to appear on the reality show Incredible Race: Asia, Yubin will need that connection more than ever, which is why she’s devastated to discover Jieun has been dead five years and is actually haunting her.

If that weren’t enough, Yubin’s not the only SIITY member with issues. Rena’s father is emotionally abusive. Somi has a learning disability, and after a near death experience, Tae-eun becomes a nine-tailed fox woman. The only way they’ll survive the show, each other, and the supernatural currents buffeting them is to work together and win the hearts of their fans. Because if they don’t, they have nothing to go back to even if they survive what's trying to kill them.

Behind the Scenes

As you can tell, TBD is a paranormal/urban fantasy novel that takes place in Korea within the world of Korean entertainment. It has a psychic, ghosts, a nine-tailed fox, and Korean pop stars. I started writing this book while attending Yonsei University in Seoul as an exchange student, and I have been living in Asia the last 5-6 years.

While living in Korea I did everything I could to research my novel by getting as close to the K-Entertainment industry as possible. This includes meeting and chatting with popular singers, attending the recordings of Korean music shows, visiting the set of a TV drama while they were filming, and being a guest on a cooking show so that I could understand what it was like to be filmed in a TV studio. I took great care not to present my characters as stereotypes.

Another theme I wanted to explore in this novel is that truth and perception is subjective, and you never know how you look through someone else's eyes. There are 5 PoVs with all the characters experiencing the same people, and many of the same events. I enjoy turning up the contrast so everyone can see how differently each character's mind works.

Availability and Promotions

Paperback and eBook versions of TBD are available on Amazon, and I've opted in for KU so people can download for free if they are monthly subscribers.

I'm also willing to give away a few free copies in PDF format in the hopes that recipients will post reviews on Goodreads and blogs. If interested please contact me directly.

Link to Product Page

The Beautiful Dead: A Tale of K-Pop, Ghosts, and Nine-Tailed Fox Women on Amazon

Thank you for your time!

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Jun Prince (authorjunprince) | 5 comments I just updated the blub to make it more enticing. I was also told that the link wasn't working for UK customers. So here's the URL for the Amazon UK product page.

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