Today is Release Day!
An Emperor for the Eclipse is now live and available on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app.
For those of you who prefer holding a real book in your hands, Emperor is also available in paperback.
I had the idea for this story in the spring of 2014, when I was still writing The Devil’s Luck. There was plenty going on in my head, and worldbuilding done on paper, but I didn’t start getting it down on the page until early 2015. And then I wrote, and wrote, and got sidetracked, and published a couple other things, and wrote some more, and finally finished it late 2016.
I am extremely pleased now to get it out there into the world at large, and can’t wait to start hacking away at book two. I have the whole outline ready, so that’s a good head start!
What am I getting into?
If this is the first time you’ve heard about the After Exile series, I can give you a basic idea of what to expect.
While I have yet to indulge in reading the Game of Thrones series (I’ve sworn it off until after the TV version is done), I’ve been told by a few readers that it is GOT-esque, if that’s a thing. It’s a large-scale fantasy world, though you’ll see its humanity has struggles reminiscent of those going on right here at home. There are several races of people, but they’re all human. I decided the variety of cultures was plenty of room to explore differences, so I didn’t venture into other non-human races like elves or dwarves. You’ll find some magic in this world, but it feels more subtle and natural most of the time than anything overt or grandiose, like potions and spellbooks. This story is about people and their motivations, not about magic or cursed crystals. Not a damn thing wrong with any of that, I just chose to go in this direction, instead.
If you’ve read any of my other books, you know I like to write some sex scenes. This book is no exception, though they don’t show up at every turn of the page. But when they happen, well, buckle up, because I am not a fade-to-black kind of girl. Human beings tend to be sexual beings, and tend to form relationships of all kinds. I like to explore this and not gloss it over, as if it were irrelevant. So sex is a thing that exists in my books, you have been warned. Heh.
I try to ask a number of questions with this series. How much attention should we pay to things like destiny and fate? Should we, and can we, resist them? Where is the line between faith and fanaticism? At what point is rebellion necessary and what are the costs to unity? I have mixed thoughts on all of these and answers to none. Maybe come with me on the journey in this world and see what you think, yourself!