The First Chapter of Afterlife: Book One of the Arcadia Chronicles

This year started with excitement. February marked the release of my first novel, “Afterlife,” that I co-wrote with author Julie Kimbrell (writing as J.K. Ishaya). Afterlife serves as the first in a series of books “The Arcadia Chronicles” inspired by my award-winning film Passing Darkness starring and co-created with Debra and Gerald Hopkins (more about that in my previous blog).

This summer was to be filled with book tours and signings, but the world had different plans for us. Luckily we were able to hold our book release party and signing at the Barnes & Noble Burbank in early March, just before everything closed down. We are grateful that we were able to meet with many excited friends, family, and fans before going into quarantine.

J.K. Ishaya, Debra Hopkins, Kenneth Mader, and Gerald Hopkins at the Afterlife release party and book signing at Barnes & Noble Burbank.

We wish we could be traveling now to see you all in person at bookstores across the country, but since that may not be happening for a while, we have decided to share the first chapter of our novel Afterlife!

These are the unabridged pages from Chapter One of the published book, shared here for your reading pleasure. If you enjoy it, you can pick up a copy of the entire novel at one of the fine establishments listed at the end of the chapter or anywhere you buy books. And if you want an autographed copy, shoot me a message and Julie and I will be happy to oblige.

Thanks so much, hope you are staying well and safe during these trying times, and without further ado, here is Chapter One of Afterlife:

Afterlife: Book One of The Arcadia Chronicles is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Zimbell House Publishing, and anywhere books are sold.

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Kenneth Mader is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and now published author. His critically acclaimed feature film Displacement was released theatrically in Spring 2017, acquired by A+E Networks for broadcast on Lifetime, curated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for inclusion in their historical Margaret Herrick Library, and is now available on VOD and DVD. For more info click here.

He was named one of the “Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World” in the book by Action On Film’s Del Weston. He is the founder and operator of Maderfilm Studios, a full-service boutique production studio specializing in high-quality films and entertainment projects, along with its Nightfall Studios post-production division. He is available for consulting on scripts and film projects as well. Contact him here.


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