Hi, hello! I was going to respond to the big chain of replies with vaudevillellain about this, but this is much nicer and clean and lovely.
Boot Hill is a work-in-progress, labor of love novel series that my lovely friend dapperowl and I have been cooking up together for about six years. She’s a kickass artist who illustrates things and keeps me motivated with her amazeballs, insane brain and I write all the things. I’m currently about halfway through the first draft of the first novel (about 75,000 words).
The story is about a high-strung medical student in an alt-universe fantasy western 1880s setting who ends up on the lam for being able to possess magic when he should have no business doing so. As far as society knows, magic has been extinct/unusable for fifty years, so the fact that our hero Lindsey is somehow able to pull magic from an unknown source at all and then channel it through his body is pretty extraordinary.
But mostly this is a problem because there are at least two people in the high rungs of the aristocracy who are willing to go to extreme lengths to have magic restored, determined to return their crumbling country to the thriving metropolis it used to be when magic ran rampant. And one of these people happens to notice Linds in a particularly inopportune moment. Lindsey narrowly escapes and hides out with his sister, but when the wanted posters start to circulate around the city with a reward for his arrest that rivals that of the most-wanted man in the country, he realizes that he needs to get the fuck out.
Scared witless, Lindsey abandons his medical schooling, his sister, and the city he’s known his whole life, and hightails it into the Splinters, a massive desert ruled by lawlessness and no-gooders. Lindsey’s bad luck never seems to want to run out, however, and literally on the train ride to his first destination in the desert, he’s intercepted by a gang of thieves—the leader of which happens to be the actual most-wanted man in the country: a mildly unhinged gunslinger named Finch. They take him captive under the impression that the gang intends to turn him in for the reward money, but the way Finch alternates between threatening Linds and being alarmingly protective of him makes him believe something else is at play. In the space prior to being turned in, Linds’s sneaking suspicions that Finch might be somehow connected to his newly realized magical powers only sharpen. That and his downright fascination with Finch.
Against his better judgment, Linds puts down his medical tools and takes up a gun to earn the trust of a ruthless killer and get the information he wants. But he’s got to work fast before the law and the aristocracy hunt him and Finch’s gang down, and the opportunity is lost.
SO YES that’s the basic idea. Sorry, that got kind of long, haha. I get a little insane in the membrane when it comes to my bb Boot Hill. If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to answer them. :D
THAT IS AMAZING. CAN I JUST MARRY THE BOOK AD THE CHARACTERS AND THE WORLD? I AM SO SORRY I’M EXCITED.