Some #Book News
[a pre-WorldCon newsletter of sorts]
So, my Fantasy/SF sequel The Source of Fire is finally out after about 3 years of work, and is available on Smashwords, Kobo, and Amazon.
There is also a paperback version of Mix-tapes for My Friends, Duct Tape for My Enemies, but that's really just for completeness and to try out the KDP way of making a paperback, which is slightly more streamlined than going via Createspace. There's no particular reason to get it as a physical book unless you really like that kind of thing.
I am working on the paperback version of The Source of Fire, which will be worth it, because I've taken some effort with the typography and chapter heading layout etc.
That knot pattern, by the way, is from a much more accomplished #Inkscape artist (Annette Wilson) than I am.
As usual, you can find all the links to things I've written that you can buy or read for free here. In particular, you can read The Silk Mind on Movellas for free, if you want to have some context for the sequel but are suspicious that my first novel might not be as well written or worth paying hard cash for. This is … not a completely unreasonable suspicion for someone to have.
Background to The Source of Fire
One thing about just spewing out 50 thousand words to win NaNoWriMo is that you'll end up with a fairly unstructured mess of ideas. Some will be good, but not all of them can get developed and explored properly. That's very much what happened with The Silk Mind.
So without too many spoilers, we have as loose ends:
- A child genius with the resources of an empire, playing chess with a powerful non-human intelligence that can't under any circumstances be trusted
- A murderous cult which has lost one local leader, but is certainly more widespread and still up to no good
- Elves (actually Fer Shea, who are an advanced civilisation of humans) interfering in politics
- a Great Wave that happened 80 years before due to a meteor/comet/something(?) impact and the king at the time knew in advance it was going to happen (how?)
- Two members of the Badger Survey get their happy-ever-after, but two others have some story juice left I think, one of whom is a were-badger
- There's at least one surviving family member of that murder cult leader, by the way
- There's also at least the possibility that one of the interfering Fer Shea will have caused a new member of someone else's family to exist
You would think I could tie off some of those loose ends with a more tightly-structured conventionally-plotted storyline, without introducing a huge number of new characters, ideas, and invented languages.
Ha ha wow, no. You would only think that if you had never met me.
But I do promise all those loose ends are addressed in ways I think are satisfactory, and all the new characters are at least there for a good reason.
I just … look I started writing a scene where a completely unrelated character from a culture that I never mentioned in the first book is explaining how what is basically a nuclear-powered steamship works and how it can go horribly wrong, and the storyline grew out from there to a parallel with a very different and rather more technologically advanced ship. These things happen, OK?