J.S. Collyer nominated me to take part in the WIP Blog Tour, and just at the right time, too! My current work-in-progress is Emergence, a sequel to my sci-fi thriller debut, Convergence.
Collyer and I both made our big debuts in 2014, she with the publication of Zero, a wonderful space pirate story with a whole lot of action and suspense. Terrific stuff, so do be sure to give it a read! She’s currently working on Haven, the follow-up to Zero, which you can learn more about at her WIP post. I really dug her debut, and expect great things from this series. If you haven’t read it yet, get to it ASAP!
Now, before we dive into my end of this tour, here’s the gist of how this blog tour (supposedly) works:
The work-in-progress blog tour rules (which we all know are made to be bent or broken):
- Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
- Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
- Nominate some other writers to do the same.
Emergence is going through the final round of edits, and then will be shipped off to the proofreader by the end of this month. After that, it’s on to cover design and formatting. I don’t have a release date nailed down just yet, but I’m aiming for a spring release.
Here’s the current description (and I’m going to issue a spoiler warning for Convergence, just in case):
Still recovering from the events that befell her in Los Angeles, Mesa Everitt is learning how to rebuild her life.
The murder of a memorialist enclave changes all of that and sets into motion a series of violence that forces her into hiding.
Hunted by a squad of corporate mercenaries, with the lives of her friends and family in danger, Mesa has no one to turn to, but she holds a dark secret inside her skull. She has no knowledge of that secret, but it is worth killing for.
The ghosts of her haunted, forgotten past are about to emerge.
Stay tuned for more details soon!
The Excerpts (Or, Breaking Rule #2):
Sex and death flowed freely, amped up across the nightclub’s bio-fi. The emotions and sensations were intoxicating. The music was loud; the bodies, sweaty. Strangers ground against one another, riding the waves of euphoria.
Coffee was the lifeblood of a memorialist, Mesa thought.
Her underwear missed the hamper. Mesa bent down to pick them up, heard the glassine pop, and felt plaster fall against her wet hair. She dropped flat to the floor, quickly crawling away from the point of attack. She glanced up and saw the bullet hole in the wall, exactly where she would have been standing if she hadn’t gotten clumsy.
Soft thumping noises peppered the mattress, sending puffs of foam into the air. They were trying to draw her out, get her to panic and run.
She cursed Jonah’s paranoia—only because he’d been right.
And the WIP Blog Tour nominations are:
Seeing as how J.S. Collyer and I are both contributors to the upcoming anthology, No Way Home (releasing March 2!), I thought I’d tag some of our fellow writers from that collection:
Lucas Bale writes the sort of intense, gripping science-fiction thrillers which make you miss your train. Stories which dig into what makes us human and scrape at the darkness which hides inside every one of us.
His debut novel, THE HERETIC, is the gateway to the BEYOND THE WALL series, an epic hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.
He wasn’t always a writer. He was a criminal lawyer for fifteen years before he discovered crime doesn’t pay and turned to something which actually pays even less. No one ever said he was smart, but at least he’s happy. He blushes when people mention him in the same sentence as Iain M. Banks or George R. R. Martin, bless him.
If you’d like to hear about new releases before everyone else, get advance review copies of those new releases and every short story he ever writes for free then subscribe to INSIDE, his semi-regular newsletter, here: http://www.lucasbale.com/inside
If twitter is your thing, you’ll find him at @balespen
S. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic fiction, often infused with a variety of outside elements. He is a lover of beer, baseball, and science fiction.
His stories are about outlaws, outsiders, and the others.
To find out more:
S.W. Fairbrother is an avid reader whose love of stories couldn’t help but spill over into writing them. I read almost every genre, but have a special love of fantasy and science fiction. My debut novel, The Secret Dead, was published on 11 April 2014.
If you’ve read my book and are popping by to stalk me, please say hello. Us writers thrive on feedback.
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