Gift of Light, a standalone Anathema spin-off
Late news is better than no news, they say! Things have been quiet, but I’ve been secretly chugging away at the new book ever since I wrapped up Anathema (give or take a few months of combined exhaustion and laziness.)
Now, though, Gift of Light is nearly complete and I’m excited to publish it on Amazon in mid July, and other stores 3 months afterward. I’ll also post a web serial version (weekly updates of around 4K words) some time after the Ebook release.
The new story fits seamlessly into the Anathema universe and its timeline of events, and characters such as Radiant or Gentleman make an appearance or are mentioned throughout the story. But the new main character is Wisp, a young Lightshaper struggling to keep her gang of survivors alive – against near impossible odds – in the toxic ruins of Southwest Berlin.
Once Gift of Light is complete and tbe ebook published, I’ll return to working on the next actual, revised and thoroughly edited Anathema ebook. Scout’s honor.
Check out the blurb:
Nicoletta AKA Wisp has a gift: she can shape sunlight into floating spheres that can alert her of impending danger – which is fortunate since her home, a city tainted by the aftermath of a supervillain’s death, bears a curse. Toxic vapors rise from the sewers on hot summer days, snuffing out anything that lives at ground level.
No one is supposed live in the Dead City, but Wisp and her gang of underage runaways refused the mass evacuations, learning to live alongside the local calamity. The uncertainty of the outside world scared them even more than the dangers of their home.
Now, though, their friend Hannah has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. The deadly Smog has become increasingly unpredictable, and the crime lord in charge of the rival gang to the north is gearing up for conflict. Wisp is prepared to defend the only home she has ever known, but she and her gang are outnumbered and underequipped and her powers are not exactly suitable for combat…
And while we’re at it, check out this beautiful new cover, too!
Publication day – 07/05/2016
This is it! I’m excited to announce that the first ebook is now live on Amazon and priced at 99 cents for the first few days (three days at least), and book 2 is on pre-order. I included the links above.
Today and the following week or so are going to determine whether I can keep writing long term. I love to share my stories with the world – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done – but the writing takes 20 and more hours out of my week.
I told myself that if the books sell, I’ll keep writing, but if they don’t… then I probably can’t afford to. I’ll finish the web serial no matter what, but it would take me longer, and I wouldn’t be able to afford any editing.
I never asked for donations in the 2 years of writing this serial. I always counted on making money from the books. But the thing with Amazon is – books that don’t sell enough copies right after their first publication sink into oblivion, meaning that most potential readers never discover them. Visibility in Amazon’s catalog is all about sales.
I need your help to establish the first book rooted in Amazon’s catalog, and to make it visible for readers who don’t yet know about the story. If you’d like to support my writing career, please buy the first book at 99 cents, even if you don’t intend to read it again. It would help SO much! It’s not about those 99 cents, but each sale, no matter the price, helps improve visibility in Amazon’s catalog.
Just click the Amazon link above to find it.
Thanks so much!
Thanks for your interest in the ebooks! I’m excited to update the page with a new announcement. drumroll
The Amazon release date for Transition, the first book in the Anathema series, is set for Saturday, the 7th of May 2016. Book 2 (Escalation) will be available for pre-oder at the same time and go live sometime in Summer.
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I have a release date! Well, almost. The first two books are getting released to Amazon’s Kindle store in Spring / Summer 2016 (first week of May for the first book), and this is now 100% set. No more delays. Book 1 (Transition) will include arcs 1-3, book 2 (Escalation) arcs 4-7.
I’m planning to publish in other stores (ibooks, B&N etc) as well, but Amazon will be first. I’m also looking into audiobooks.
This is something I’ve been talking about for some time, and I apologize for not having gotten around to it sooner. As the publication date for the first two ebooks draws closer, I’m excited to show you the fabulous covers that were designed by Claudia McKinney. For the Escalation cover, we worked with a photographer – Teresa Yeh – to find the perfect model for Chris. Finding a decent stock image of an Asian girl in the right pose, with matching clothing and Chris’s distinctive facial expression, would have been impossible. The model for Christina was Fei Xu, and I think she nailed the pose and the facial expression. What do you think? Does she look the way you pictured Chris?
For some reason, WordPress makes the pictures appear more ‘white’ than the originals. To see the real color, hovering over an image with your mouse should do the trick.
First cover with Sarina:
Second cover with Christina:
The original model photo: