The official release date for Darya: Queen of the Galaxy is for February 14th, 2015. I didn’t target Valentine’s Day on purpose, but it all works out, because if you love Science Fiction, then you’ll love my Darya series!
In the last few weeks I’ve been refining the story and updating my dropbox PDF copy, like all other novels I’ve written before hand, I’ve gotten a unique chance to step back, review the plot and make some minor tweaks. When I’m talking about plot, I’m looking at the overall direction as well as the immediate concerns for Darya and her trusted friends.
That’s a loaded word. Adventure has all kinds of problems, some are common, usually related to the personality of an individual. You may love your brother or sister, but you might dislike going shopping with them at a clothing store, but you’ll look forward to going out to a restaurant with that same person. So what do you do? Run out of the house while shopping for new shirts, hoping you’re not intercepted! But when it comes time for lunch, you linger, waiting for the same individual to catch up.
For Darya, every one of her friends and trusted crew, she adores them all. She has faith in their skills. However, there are reasons why she works to run ahead to the hanger bay, and the same reasons compliment why she makes sure they keep up with her.
Not to mention of course, who the bad guys are, and who is the true monster. Some leaders can actually lose their minds if the pressure of their office seems overwhelming, and I’m not talking about Darya on that one!
When the wolf chases the rabbit for a winter meal, who do you root for? The hungry wolf, who is looking to survive? Or the fleeing rabbit, who has had more than enough to eat, but doesn’t want to die as well? The wolf is in need, but isn’t that cute. The rabbit is not in need, but is highly cute and cuddly. So the question for this situation arises; do we feed the hungry or do we save the cute one? Whichever choice you make, one of those two subjects will die. One from hunger, the other from being eaten. Choose.
This is how the galaxy operates in this particular novel. Something seemingly sinister doesn’t necessarily mean they are evil. Some people on Earth equate being a stubborn jackass as being evil. This novel doesn’t subscribe to that notion. A person can be kind and be highly evil.
In a novel I read, written in 1859 and reprinted in 1932, the aged cover and yellowing papers did not survive beyond 1986. It literally fell apart. However, the name of that novel was called Duke Reginald and was pure historical fiction. The Duke was a kind man, who from time to time, invited his poorest peasants in from the farming fields to feed him or her a grand meal at his expensive marble table. Once the meal was enjoyed and finished, the Duke’s butler would slit the throat of the peasant. The body would be disposed of, never to be found again, while the Duke would make the announcement that the person was elevated in station and sent to London as a representative.
The point being, Duke Reginald appeared to be a very good man, but was evil to the core. For a race in my novel called the Scion, I reversed that unique mental image, and gained tons of fun in playing it out. This is just a mere taste of what’s waiting for my readers.
No good deed goes unpunished. Flip that around. The punished never knows how to handle a good deed. This is another element added to my novel, in a salute to a real life friend I used to have in my younger years. The guy was a previous felon, but no matter how good things went for him, he would be terrified of the outcome, feeling that his contribution, no matter how beneficial, would end up biting him. The evolution of a good man who went bad, returning to the light side again, struggling with how he is treated because of the lack of trust, finds out that he truly has one friend who really cares. After you finish reading my novel, you’ll come back here again. You’ll so understand what I just said and why, but to reveal anything more would be a plot spoiler. ^_^
In ten days, the novel will be released for everyone to enjoy. There is still time to beta read, as I’m usually making beneficial changes right up to the hour I upload everything to the distribution channel manager over at Smashwords and Amazon.
Speaking of Amazon
Amazon is a great place for readers to discover novels in both paperback and ebook varieties. That company has made some changes to their business model that is detrimental to authors such as myself. Because I published two of the three Darya novels to Amazon before these changes were made, I’ll upload the final book in this trilogy to Amazon, and that is it. Future novels will be distributed through Smashwords and Draft 2 Digital. Everything that is on Amazon today in ebooks will stay there, but the paperbacks, which takes a huge investment to design and provide for purchase, will eventually be removed within the next six to eight months. Don’t blame me for this one. Blame Amazon. They’re the ones fooling around with percentages for their bottom line.
A Mail Link
The next blog post I make, I’ll be sharing links to the new novel! It’s not too late to beta read either, if you send me an email in the next few days, you’ll still have a week or so to provide feedback. firstname.lastname@example.org Get it free in PDF format while you can!