Hey all! So it’s been a little while and I’ve got a bunch of news on a few different books/stories.
First off, Awaken Online: Retribution has a tentative release date for October 31, 2017. This is a side novel taking place after book two and following Riley – focusing on her bow quest. It’s a full-sized novel and clocked in at about 75K words. I’m aiming to have the audio release around the same time (it’s underway now), but ACX doesn’t make it easy for me to give a precise date and it might be off by a few days. Some early chapters are available on my Patreon and the first chapter is available for free now. I’ll release a chapter a week for free until the end of the month – probably on Monday mornings.
I’ve also written a short story called Awaken Online: Apathy and it’s up on my Patreon. It’s around 20K words and was intended to be a little side project to flesh out a side character that appears in book three – it’s entirely from her perspective. I wasn’t really planning to publish it, but a bunch of people seem to like it. So I could probably see myself fleshing it out and publishing it as another side novel – around 75K words as well. I just have no idea when I plan to do that!
Some of you all have also been asking about my new sci-fi novel, A War of One. This story is completely independent of AO and is a space opera with lots of space combat and dogfighting. I’m super excited about this one! I got inspired last year after playing Everspace – which is a super fun rogue-lite space game. I hesitate to describe the story too much for fear of giving away the plot (and I still need to craft a good blurb), but I’ll try to spitball something kind of neutral here.
After an accident testing a revolutionary nueral interface system for a fighter-class spacecraft, Jack Reynolds’ mind is left fractured and broken – his memories slowly slipping away. Meanwhile, he’s been shoved into forced early retirement and he’s not certain how he will be able to take care of his family. To top it all off, none of the treatments have worked and he’s definitely getting worse.
Which is why Reynolds leaps at the opportunity his doctor offers him – an experimental treatment that might be his last ticket to repairing his mind. The catch? Each night as he goes to sleep, he enters a simulation. He’s in the cockpit again, but this time he’s alone in a strange, broken ship and fighting off an unknown alien threat. It will take everything he has to keep moving forward, but there is no turning back. His life and his family’s future hang in the balance.
A bunch of early beta chapters are already up on my Patreon and the draft is complete. I’m starting the editing here in October. I’m not quite certain on a release date yet, but it’ll probably be sometime in 2018 or right at year-end most likely.
And, finally, Awaken Online 3. There isn’t as much news to report here. I’ve made a bunch of progress on the first draft, but I don’t have a precise ETA yet. Mid-2018 is looking realistic.
Whew, that was a lot of information!