So, it seems that I write novels at about the same pace I write blog posts. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not, but what it does mean is that I have another novel ready to be published. 

This one is called Epoch Shift and it's currently up on Kindle Scout for nomination You can read the first few chapters over on their website and secure a potential free copy by nominating it. 

The short pitch for the novel sounds like this: 

A thousand years ago humanity crash landed on a dangerous new planet filled with as many wonders as dangers. The human race settled the only place on Newten where they could survive, a canyon. But when the shared dream predicts a dire fate for their refuge, Elle and Jak set out to save their people by any means scientific or magical. However, the exploration of Newten leads to discoveries that change the future and the past.

Pretty cool right? I thought so anyways and I'm really excited about this book. It's the first "fantasy" novel that I've thought good enough to publish (I have a couple in my trunk that will never see the light of day) and I think it does some really fun things. I'll write more about those in the future, but you can notice from the excerpt that each chapter starts with a message from recorded history (either private or public). I've always loved fantasy novels that feel like they are part of a rich, storied history and that's what I aimed for with this new novel/series. 

A few things related to the novel that you might find interesting

I love the cover and it was done by a concept artist who lives in England. I had to pay for this one in pounds, before the brexit, but I think I got my money's worth. Most illustrators will talk about either having a "wide shot" or a "close up" on the cover. I think the data says that the "close up" look at a character sells better, but I really wanted to do a wide shot to show a bit of the scope of the novel. I think it also highlights the "fantasy + sci-fi bits" concept of the novel. 

The target audience for this novel is "New Adult." I'm going to be honest with you, I'm not entirely confident what the difference is between "Young" and "New" adult, but from what I can tell "New" adult is intended for a slightly more mature audience. There's more violence and action in this book than there is in the Freelancer series. 

I say "potentially receive a free copy" because I'm not super confident that this is going to be a book that fits Kindle Press or not. There's no doubt in my mind that it's a better book than the ones I wrote in the Freelancer trilogy, but there is a lot that goes into deciding whether a book gets a contract with a publisher or not. I've enjoyed my relationship with Kindle Scout / Kindle Press and I'd love to continue that partnership, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't have the right editor/fit for it at this time. So give it a nomination (I'd appreciate it) but don't be surprised if I end up self-publishing Epoch Shift. No matter what happen's you'll see Epoch Shift available on Amazon in the near future!
 

 

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