Shortly before the recent theatrics with the Amazon Content Review Team (see my blog posts here and here) I finally got around to publishing two works I wrote with Jay Lake before he died. There are a number of reasons why it took me so long — Jay died in 2014, after all, shortly before what would have been his 50th birthday. Not only was I working on Second Contact at the time of his death, there were all the complications of a publication with shared revenue to take into consideration. Since half of the proceeds will go to Jay’s heirs, I didn’t want to have to deal with the accounting necessary for expenses such as editing and cover art. That meant I would have to do all of that myself, which drew out the process quite a bit. Not only did it require a series of beta readers, I also had to create the covers myself. I did pay for the cover art out of my own pocket, but the designs I did myself. But before I came up with the ones I finally ended up using, I created several rejects — also requiring a certain investment of time.
I’m actually quite happy with the final results — but feel free to tell me you don’t agree in the comments below. 🙂
Because I don’t want the complications of advertising costs either, I’ve created a free version of the prequel story, “The World Always Begins in Light.” That is all the advertising I will do, other than trying to get it listed on free sites now and then. As I said, I just don’t want to have to deal with the accounting.
Anyway, on to introducing what I decided to call the “Lost Colonies Series”:
THE WORLD ALWAYS BEGINS IN LIGHT
Sharan never wanted to be fleeing for her life on a foreign planet. But when Arnoldson leads a mutiny and takes over the ship, that is exactly where she finds herself.
She never wanted to betray Polity Force Protocols either — only, in order to survive, she doesn’t have a choice. While Arnoldson attempts to become a god, Sharan assists the rebels fighting him. Will they be successful? And even if they are, will Sharan ever be able to go home again?
Over 100 years after the mutiny and war started by the original expedition to the planet Bonificium, a new recontact team arrives to assess the damage done. But even the Polity admits the mission to put the situation to rights is logically impossible.
Field agent Rogelio finds himself drawn into the politics of the planet, even as he — against all rules and regulations — starts falling in love with one of the planet’s leaders …
When the new star appears in the heavens, the people of Bonificium know it means that the Sky People have returned. Armsmistress Melia is determined that her people will make the new visitors from the stars their own — and she decides that the starman Rogelio is the key …
Be my guest and grab your free copy of the prequel story, wherever you get your digital fiction!