Submitted!

Asylum has been submitted for publication! If all goes well, it should be live on Amazon KDP in the 12 hours or so.

We will update here with a link as soon as it goes live! For those interested in such things, the print edition (with should be live on Createspace early next week) came in at 520 pages.

Onward and upward!

We have a date!

We have a release date for Asylum (good lord willing and the creek don’t rise): February 20th. If there are no hiccups with Amazon, the Kindle edition should be available that weekend (February 21st-22nd). The paperback version will follow within 2 or 3 weeks. (The paperback version always seems to take a while to get listed on Amazon from Createspace for some reason.)

We have decided not to deal with preordering this time around. Looking into it more closely and discussing other authors’ experiences with them, we decided it was unlikely to convey a great enough benefit this time. So we are going to revisit the issue when the fourth book is ready.

Many thanks to everyone who helped get this book into shape. Your assistance has been invaluable. What deficiencies remain are ours alone, and are probably there because we didn’t listen where we ought to have.

Enjoy Asylum and onward to Book 4!

Happy Holidays! (and a draft)

Happy Holidays!

We hope everyone is enjoying the season!

For our part, we’d like to announce that the draft of Asylum is complete and will be sent out for review very shortly. With all the vagaries of final editing and proofreading and all that sort of nice thing, we anticipate releasing the book by the end of January (and yes, that’s 2015, for any doubters out there). ;-)

Then it’s onwards and upwards to Book 4!

So have a wonderful time and we’ll back with updates as things progress!

Third time’s a charm

. . . instead of three strikes, we hope. We just completed another major revision and reorganization of Wogan’s Reef, with additional material added to expand Part 1. We believe we now have a stable ‘configuration’ (if we can use such a term) that will allow us to complete the rest of the story without so much to’ing and fro’ing. On the plus side, the story has come together much better (and our undying thanks to those of you who have helped in the sausage making!); on the less-than-plus side, it’s taking longer than we’d like. (We realize this is not exactly news.)

For those who like stats, the manuscript currently weighs in at 109,000 words, which equates to ~340 pages.

Progress Report

This is where we are on the next book:

Wogan’s Reef, Part 1 is 133 pages long. It has undergone alpha review and we are getting it to into beta shape now.

Wogan’s Reef, Part 2 is at 107 pages. We are still working on the first draft, and we estimate it to be ~66% done.

Asylum (the novella) is beta-ready and weighs in at 118 pages.

We don’t have a projected release date yet. We will announce that when we get the draft of Wogan’s Reef, Part 2 to ~90% complete.

The Alpha Blues [Not!]

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from our awesome readers on the alpha chapters we’ve released thus far. So we are far from blue! (Tickled pink is more like it!) As a result, we are reorganizing Part 1, restructuring some chapters, and adding some new chapters. For this reason, we will not be releasing more chapters at this time, and we won’t be sending out the old, obsolete alpha chapters at this point.

The good news is that we are that much closer to having a beta version ready. And we will resume releasing sample chapters in the future, until the beta draft is ready.

Thanks again to everyone who commented!

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Erl King Cover

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If you like vibrant, old-school High Fantasy (that’s maybe a little spicier than what they wrote back in the day) and haven’t already gotten a copy, this is a great time to pick one up!

Are you feeling Alpha? (Updated)

10/5 Update:
We are progressing towards the beta draft, based on feedback from readers like you. Part 1 has been changed significantly as a result, so we will not we won’t be sending out the old, obsolete alpha chapters at this point.

Dear Readers,

We are finally ready to release the first sample chapters of the third book. Today, we are offering the Prologue and Chapters 1 and 2 to interested parties. Be advised that these are alpha drafts, and please adjust your expectations accordingly. We are releasing these chapters only as PDFs at this time. Given the early nature of the drafts, feedback is eagerly solicited! (And we are not amiss to having typos pointed out either.) If you’d like a copy, please leave a comment and let us know if you’d rather receive the PDF via email, or download it from the site. (Note: We will have to email you the link to download the PDF, as we are not posting those in public at this time. So please request the PDF only if you are okay with us contacting you via email.)

Below are brief excerpts from the beginning of each of the chapters.

Prologue:

It was make-and-mend day for the Halith Imperial Navy’s Kerberos Fleet, riding peacefully at grav anchor within the vast encircling embrace of Janin Station. Officially, it was a day of rest when the usual chores like ship drills, weapons exercises, sensor sweeps, and watch standing were suspended but in reality it was the busiest and least welcome of the eight days of the naval week that ruled the lives of Halith mariners—especially when the fleet was lying up at a comfortable port like Janin.

Watch standing and sensor sweeps were little more than formalities for a fleet at Janin: not only was it the second-largest free structure ever built by Man—only the astounding bulk of Kazanian Station, orbiting the prime world of Halith Evandor itself, surpassed it—but it was also the most heavily fortified place in existence. The station itself was unarmed (its real estate being too precious to waste on weapons), but the star system in which it resided was, in fact, one vast fortress. Hundreds of picket vessels ceaselessly patrolled the outer approaches to the system while a combination of light-speed and gravitic sensors that could detect incoming starships over a full day out provided warning. The inner system was protected by a multilayered network of hunter-killer satellites, and finally the station itself and it’s supporting moon base were guarded by a ring of monitors. …

Chapter 1:

The fighter ghosted up on the carrier, dark and quiet, showing only a faint ultraviolet nimbus from the leaky power plant. All around, the wreckage of battle orbited, mostly cooled by now to invisibility, but here and there floated brilliant star-like objects: the stasis bottles that contained the antimatter fuel for hypercapable warships. These beacons for the dead would shine for decades, or if they were massive enough—like those of the fleet carrier LSS Camperdown and the light carrier IHS Revanche, both of which had exploded with the loss of all hands—for centuries, casting their piercing blue-white light through the battlespace. Elsewhere, wounded leviathans wallowed in clouds of their own debris and crystallizing atmosphere: a thousand kilometers away to port, LSS Blenheim drifted, a swarm of consorts giving what aid they could while damage-control teams fought desperately to save the battleship’s life. Five hundred klicks below, the heavy cruiser LSS Jellicoe, tumbled helplessly, awaiting the coup de grâce that would blow her fusion bottles and add her star to the rest. Much nearer, LSS Ramillies, mauled but alive, worked frantically to clear her fouled desk and recover the last of her pilots.

In the cockpit of her fighter, Ensign Loralynn Kennakris could perceive none of this. Her forward screen was a scorched ruin, most of her instruments were hash—all she had left was the beacon indicator on her omni display. She kept an iron hand locked on the controls, waiting until she got close enough for her maser to be heard with what was left of her battery power. The range rings ran off the edge of the omni, one by one, much too slowly for her taste. As the last ring grew outwards, she keyed the mic.

“Trafalgar, this Echo 1-4. I’ve got a problem here.” …

(More of the beginning of Chapter 1 may be read here.)

Chapter 2:

Kris came to in sickbay, unable to move, her body suffused with a deep burning ache. A medical corpsman was hovering over her, intent on a scanner, and did not notice she was conscious until she tried to clear her throat.
“Hey,” he said with what he obviously thought was a reassuring smile.
“Wha . . . why . . .” She tried to force the words out but they would not come.
“Oh, nothing worry about,” the corpsman said, as he put a mask over her nose and mouth. Something sharp and bitterly cold shocked her throat and lungs. “We gave you a paralytic. Can’t have you moving until the assessment’s done. That’ll be a little bit.”
The vapor left a sour caustic aftertaste on her tongue but mucus clogging her throat was gone. She tried again. “Why . . . why’d . . . I pass out?” …

Chapters 3 and 4 will be released next week. We hope you enjoy!

Upcoming: Asylum (Loralynn Kennakris #3)

Loralynn Kennakris Asylum

Armed. Dangerous. And nothing left to lose . . .

First they called her a hero. Then they called her a medical problem. Now they’re calling her a criminal. It’s been an exciting first year on active duty for Ensign Loralynn Kennakris.

She started it by proving herself to be the Nereidian League’s most promising young fighter pilot in the war against the Dominion of Halith. She’s earned decorations and garnered both admirers and enemies. But those rumors wouldn’t go away: dangerous mental instability; hostile tendencies, latent psychosis. Pushed too far, she did the unforgivable, and now her enemies have exactly the excuse they’ve been waiting for.

They are right about one thing: Kris is dangerous, and now she has nothing left to lose.

Asylum is the upcoming third installment in the Loralynn Kennakris series. It will consist of the full-length novel Wogan’s Reef, and the 45,000 word novella Asylum, combined in one volume.

Get Acquainted Special Offer

We are running a special to allow people to get acquainted with both of the Loralynn Kennakris books! We’ve dropped the price of The Alecto Initiative to $0.99 for this week. So if you missed it, you can pick up both Alecto and The Morning which Breaks for under $5!

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to a successful launch of MWB!