I'm very pleased to announce that Birth of the Alliance is now available! It was a joy to write, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Once you're done, shoot me an email or drop by my Facebook page to let me know what you thought.
I'm pleased to report that the fourth book in the Alioment Saga, titled Birth of the Alliance, is off to the editor. Please be certain to send your version of positive vibes her way; there's some serious craziness that happens in book 4, like... Well, if you've read everything else, you know to expect the unexpected. If you want to be sure to get notified as soon as Birth of the Alliance is live, make sure you sign up for the newsletter here. There should be a new short story available soon as well for all of you who've subscribed; keep your eyes on your inbox.
While my poor editor is trying to turn my run-on sentences into something approximating proper English, Karri Klawiter has put together another gorgeous cover. I love how everything jumps off the page!
The third book in The Aliomenti Saga, titled Ascent of the Aliomenti, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. If you haven't already done so, please pick up a copy today! I hope to have the paperback version available within the week.
The action picks up wherePreserving Hope leaves off, in the immediate aftermath of the fire in the Aliomenti village, and traces Will's journey from that point forward as he leads the Aliomenti by his example to a prosperous future. There's quite a bit of sadness mixed in with all of the accomplishment, however, and Will has to overcome that to ensure he doesn't give up on his mission.
For those of you who've missed the Hunters and the Assassin from A Question of Will, you'll get a pretty comprehensive back story on one of them and see all of them enter the picture again near the end of the novel. As always, Arthur will scheme, Adam will remain an enigma, and Will will be tested to remain true to his beliefs as never before.
I hope you enjoy reading the novel! If you do, I'd appreciate you taking a few minutes to leave a review on your site of purchase, on Goodreads, or both. Reviews are a great way to help other readers locate new authors and their works.
Have questions? Send them to me via this site, my Facebook page, or Twitter; I'll answer anything that's not too spoiler-y to the rest of the series. :)
We're getting closer to the release of Book 3 of the Aliomenti Saga, and today I'm showing off Karri Klawiter's awesome cover below. The title: Ascent of the Aliomenti.
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are a number of dystopian YA novels on the market these days, using a number of
different approaches in terms of how the bleak futures might be achieved and
what form they might take. The best known, of course, is The Hunger Games, in which the future is presented as an openly
oppressive regime stifling prosperity and doling out punishment in the form of
a fight-to-the-death televised tournament amongst children. Another
lesser-known series, which starts with Matched, presents a near-opposite view of a seeming
utopia: clean and pristine living, plenty to eat, and no death tournaments.
That shrouds a society in which all true freedom - and thus all true living -
is stripped away, decisions such as career and mate chosen
"scientifically" by the "friendly" government. Naturally,
in both series, the rebels want a change, which seems intelligent to the
oppressed in the first series and absurd to those in the second.
takes something of a hybrid approach. Sera Fisk lives in a future New York City
in which water is scarce and rationed, and all citizens must spend an hour a
day immersed in a virtual reality game called Darklandia, in which players are
forced and encouraged to act out their most violent urges and tendencies before
returning to the real world. Mad at your boss? Kill them in the game. Annoyed
at your spouse? Have a fling in the game. The game was created in response to a
massive, decades-long drought which made water scarce and necessitate the
banning of alcohol production; without this game, people acted out these urges
in the real world. Eventually, a government formed around the use of the game
and rationing of water, as well as the selection of careers and mates. Life is
wonderful, of course.
Sera figures out, with the help of the dying words of her
"darkling" grandmother, that something's not quite right, however.
Over time, she learns of a society that oppresses its people through drugging
the water supply to deaden emotions, pain, and the ability to sense reality. "Suffering
is optional," they say, so long as you take those rations as prescribed.
(If you don't, you'll be "purified" or "raptured.") Words
which might provoke questions of the government and its Felicity are expunged;
all problems are blamed on the evil darklings - like Sera's great-grandmother
and missing father - and their creation of the drought and constant war that
turns parts of New York City into a war zone. As Sera wakes, with the help of
rebel leader Aaron, she starts to realize that she's never truly lived.
This is a well-written, thought-provoking story that will
leave you asking questions about human nature and what we might expect in a
future world, and I definitely enjoyed it. I thought Sera fought off her
lifelong conditioning a bit too easily, and the ending was definitely not
something I would have predicted or expected. Still, this is an enjoyable read
for dystopian novel fans, and I encourage such readers to check it out.
Review of First Shift - Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey There
are several marks of a good storyteller. If you finish a work satisfied with
the story just ended, yet desperately wanting more - not feeling cheated, yet
not feeling as if you've gotten your fill - you've found a good writer. If the
plot twists and turns keep you guessing, and thinking, and completely caught
off guard without tricking you via deus ex machina or other bizarre machinations, fool you yet
leave you realizing the clues were there in plain sight all along - you've
found a good writer. And thankfully, there are plenty of men and women able to
provide quality reading experiences in meeting these criteria.
What Hugh Howey has managed to accomplish with the first
installment of his new Wool / Silo trilogy provides yet another attribute that
designates a skilled writer - he's managed to create suspense and tension with
a story in which devoted readers of the first five Wool stories (the Omnibus)
know, in some fashion, the ending. The dystopian future world of underground
Silos, the only thing protecting humanity from air and earth poisoned beyond
livability, had to come about in some fashion, and the latter volumes in that
series give enough clues that we know what must happen at the end.
Yet the exact nature, the why, is still
a mystery, and that is what draws us in.
First Shift: Legacy tells us the story of Troy, one of the earliest leaders of Silo
1, as he awakens from cryogenic sleep to live in and lead this core Silo, the
one all the others turn to for advice, guidance, and orders. His is a life of
routine, of scripted days and more scripted responses, and many pills provided
by doctors. Somehow, Troy feels an emptiness, a need to rebel, a need to chase
the vague hint of a memory to find a mystery that haunts his waking and
We are also shown the story of Donald, a twenty-first
century member of the US House of Representatives, who is elected to Congress
on promises to clean up corruption and conspiracy, and immediately finds
himself drawn into the greatest in the nation's history. He becomes part of a
team designing a solution to the nation's nuclear waste problem, a means of
safely disposing of fuel rods now depleted yet dangerous, a project directed by
the powerful Senator Thurman from Georgia, a man undergoing regular nano-bath
designed to repair his aging body and extend his lifetime far beyond historical
standards. Donald's job: as a former architect, design self-sustaining
structures that personnel working at the containment facility can live in for a
year or more should the containment system fail. The buildings are massive, 150
stories high, and come with a strange requirement: build them down into the
ground, not up into the sky. Fifty are built, one per state. The project brings
him into contact with Anna, the Senator's daughter and Donald's one-time love
interest, much to the chagrin of his patient wife, Helen. By the time Donald
realizes what's going on, what the Senator and Anna (among others) truly have
planned, it's too late.
Howey's ability to bring characters to life, have them
struggle internally to find answers that lead them to the truth they seek, is
truly memorable. You'll leave this book not only with a deeper appreciation of
the depth of the Wool / Silo world, but a desire to read more about Donald, Troy, Helen,
Anna, and others. You'll want to go read Second
Shift: Order, right now, because though First
Shift ends as a complete story, you're left wanting more.