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The Feral One is about the power of the bond between siblings

Unlike the last two previews I’ve done, this one’s a single book. Like both series I previewed before though, I’m slightly changing the narrative from what I originally had in mind. Here’s the new premise:

  • In 2004, a family driving through the Rocky Mountains is involved in a car accident. Rescuers recover six year old Jose “Joey” Ruiz as well as the bodies of his parents and older brother. While investigators are unabe to find the remains of his twin sister Elisa “Lizzie” Ruiz, it is believed she was also killed in the accident.
  • Over the next ten years, rumors begin to spread of a mysterious creature inhabiting the Rocky Mountains. The rumors are at first dismissed as Bigfoot but the creature is far smaller than Bigfoot. This is further reinforced when campers report clothes and food disappear every few years from their campsites.
  • In the fall of 2013, expert trackers unmask the mystery creature’s identity: A teenage girl. The girl speaks the trackers for a few minutes before running off. Much to their surprise, the lose track of her very quickly.
  • Based on the girl’s appearance and size and appearance, experts put the pieces together and realize she’s Elisa Ruiz, was long thought dead from the accident that killed her older brother and parents. Two more expeditions made to find her and rescue her end in failure. She is simply too strong and too fast for even the most rugged outdoorsmen to handle.
  • Researchers decide to go with their last resort in the spring of 2014: They meet with her twin brother Jose, who has been living with a family in Los Angeles since the accident. He is shocked to learn his twin sister not only survived the accident but has been living in the wilderness over the last 10 years. He agrees to help rescue her.
  • When Jose sees his now 16 year old twin sister for the first time, he is surprised to see how well she adapted to living in one of the most unforgiving environments in the world. When the two meet, it’s like looking in a mirror.
  • “Who are you and why do you look like me?” Lizzie asks when she sees the teenage boy who shares her face. “We knew each other before we were born.” Joey replies. “Look into my eyes and tell me who I am.” Brother and Sister are reunited for the first time since the accident that claimed the lives of their family.
  • The whole world is captivated as news of The Feral One spreads. There have been many cases of Feral Children over the years but what makes Elisa’s story so compelling is she never lost everything that made her human. In every other story before hers, the child never learned what it meant to be human. Even better, she is able to share her story: She never lost her language skills in either English or Spanish.
  • The twins travel to Chicago, New York and Boston where Elisa undergoes a series of tests. For all intents and purposes, she is a healthy 16 year old girl. Her athlete-level strength, speed and agility comes from a decade of living in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Once she is given a clean bill of health, Elisa decides to live in San Francisco with her brother and his family.
  • Elisa spends the next 18 months catching up on everything she missed since the accident in 2004. Many are iuspired by her story of survival in face of such overwhelming odds. She even meets President Obama at the White House.
  • In the summer of 2015, Elisa visits The Rocky Mountains with her brother. It’s her first time back since she they were reunited. After over a year of silence, she decides to tell her brother and the journalist who traveled with them how she survived since the accident.
  • As the twins prepare to return to San Francisco, Elisa meets 17 year old Greg Forrest. Forrest, who saw Elisa was she was a child is surprised to see how beautiful she’s become. Jose realizes right away he has feelings for her but knows this is a new experience for Elisa. Not wanting to get in the way of her happiness, he agrees to allow them to start dating.
  • The twins celebrate their 17th birthday at the end of June. In just a year’s time, Elisa has made great progress transitioning into her new life living with her brother. Even so, Jose can see that his sister misses the life she left behind. In the fall, Jose announces the twins will move to Laramie, Wyoming to finish their senior year of high school.
  • Elisa is excited by the news as she will now be much closer to her boyfriend. Jose just wants his sister to be happy. The move will allow her to visit the region he feels she was bound to by fate. Elisa takes full advantage of the opportunity given to her but still goes to school so she can graduate with her brother.
  • In the spring of 2016, Elisa suddenly starts feeling sick. Jose takes her to the hospital where Elisa is given some startling news. When she tells her brother, the twins decide to what they learned a secret until after they graduate.
  • A few weeks after the twins graduate and celebrate their 18th birthday, Elise tells her brother Greg broke up with her when she told him about her secret. When Jose learns another reason Greg broke up with her, he is enraged.

…There’s more to it than that of course. Like I did with the last overview, I left alot of details out on purpose. That said, you can probably guess what the “startling news” at the end is. As for the “other reason”…you’ll have to see the finished product. I will say it’s not because of infidelity, though. I also want to make it clear this is not an erotica though it is geared toward young adults and older.

This is only about a a third of the book I’ve given you an outline of. Elisa’s backstory is the second third. What happens next is the final third. It will be a Drama/Thriller with some angst as well as some comedy. Parts of it will make you laugh and parts of it might make you cry. It is a story of the bond between a brother and sister who grew up in different worlds. It is as much Jose’s story as it is Elisa’s. This becomes most apparent in the second half of the story when Jose follows Elisa into her world to prove the depths of his love for her.

This story will be a digital-only release. I plan to release it on both Amazon and iTunes once it’s done.

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A Crowdfunding Request

My WordPress friends and family:

I didn’t think I would find myself having to seriously do this given the last few times I did, I had a bi-weekly income. As of March 11, I don’t. As I mentioned to a few folks via social media, I am on a voluntary unpaid medical leave of absence and have been since that date. My needs are few but I am in need of money to support myself through the summer months. GofundMe has strict rules about what you can fundraise for so I am using my Paypal Account’s donation system instead.

I am hoping to raise to raise $4,000, which will get me through August. This accounts for groceries, medical appointments (I will be insured through the summer) as well as go toward paying off some old medical debts that I still responsible for. I posted this same message on Facebook this afternoon and have decided to post this message on ALL of my WordPress Blogs.

I am working on getting a new job and have been since January. If I am not working by June–right now it’s 50/50–I definitely won’t have any income over the summer. Rather than wait until then, I’m asking for help now before most folks start going on vacation for the summer months. If I am able to start working by the end of June, I will make an announcement for all donations to stop a soon as I know.

Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated–only give if you are able. For those unfamiliar with Paypal, you do not need a Paypal account to send money to a Paypal account. A credit card can be used instead and your info is not stored. You can donate by clicking on the PayPal Payments Button on this page. Any of them will work. I am the only person who will know who and how much but nothing beyond that.

On this blog, click the header for any blog and then scroll to the bottom to find the button. Alternatively, click here to go to my main blog. You will find a PayPal button in the top-left corner of the page.

Thanks in advance.

~B.A.

P.S. This is not a pay wall. Donations are 100% optional. I will continue to post blogs as I have been regardless. Your monetary support will be greatly appreciated, though.

 

Reimagining The Kingdom of Leonara

I consider myself lucky I only wrote the first few paragraphs of the opening story. This is going to sound wierd but I’ve decided to revamp the saga after a dream I had a few days ago. I’ll get to that in a bit but first, I want to flesh out here the world this pure Fantasy series takes place in.

The saga takes place on a world not unlike earth called Salaria. The kingdom of Leonara is on a large, montainous continent called Draconia. It’s believed when the world was new, a large dragon chose the landmass as its final resting place, becoming one with the land itself. The first king of Bastone, King Arnheart Basara I founded Chesire in the year 800 BCE–Before Civil Era–making it the first true human kingdom. There were towns and villages scattered across the known world but Bastone is the first bastion of human power in the world–hence the name, which coincides with the name of its first king.

I’ll pause for a moment and say the kingdom’s name is changed in the first story’s prologue to Leonara. Leonara Leonis, also called Nara for short enters arena combat and wins the right to have any wish under heaven granted to her by the king. Nara is the second-youngest participant in the annual event’s history (age 14) and the first female combatant to win the contest. Having already curried the favor and respect of her fellow knights, she boldly asks the king to rename the kingdom after her. By the time she’s won the tournament, she’s won the respect of the entire kingdom and the admiration of representatives from visiting realms. The following morning, King Vincent Arnheart announces that henceforth, the kingdom will be known as Leonara in honor of the greatest knight the realm will ever know.

…Mind you, this is just in the story’s prologue.

As I just mentioned, there are other kingdoms in the world of Salaria. After 10 years of training, Nara and her childhood friend Edward Walhart become full-fledged knights of the kingdom, they’re deployed with a detachment to Vulcan, a port city on the other side of the continent. They are led by the crown prince, Gowen Arnheart. After getting sidetracked by brigands, aiding a town being hassled by marauding Orcs and then a member of the group befriending a unicorn, they arrive in Vulcan in time to help them fight off pirates attacking the city. For their heroism, the town magistrate throws a feast in their honor.

The celebration is cut short when Prince Gowen reveals the purpose of their arrival: To ask Vulcan to become a part of the kingdom. It’s been 200 years since the kingdom expanded its boarders. The knights and the town magistrate are both shocked when the crown prince reveals he made a deal with his father the king: If Vulcan couldn’t be convinced to become a part of their kingdom, he was fully prepared to take it by force. The trials their group faced on their way convinced him beyond reasonable doubt that if ordered to, they would not hesitate to assist him in annexing the city using brute force. Having already seen what they were capable of, the magistrate is left with little choice but to accept Gowen’s terms. That’s when Edward makes a suggestion that may work for both sides.

A week later, King Vincent receives word Vulcan has agreed to their terms and is requesting men and supplies to reinforce the town’s defenses. The letter also notes highlights the group’s exploits on their way to the city and half of the group led by Nara and Edward left port to take the fight to the pirates on a nearby island. The King orders two of his retainers to each lead a detatchment of soldiers to the town and to personally assist Nara and Edward in their task. By the time reinforcements arrive in Vulcan, the pirates have no only been defeated but pressed into service. Prince Gowan was impressed with their sense of honor and has decided Vulcan will be a second home for the kingdom’s naval forces.

It goes without saying Nara and Edward return to the capital to a hero’s welcome.

…Mind you, this is just about a quarter of the FIRST book so…yeah. The royal family’s fast relationship with an artisan family is a big part of the second part of the book.

Prince Gowan’s kid sister Princess Florette–called Flo for short by her friends and family–befriends a new classmate named Diantha Kloris. The young princess later learns from her father and older brother Yoshua the Kloris family were lowborn but after years of hard work, they made enough wealth to move into the artisan district on the third level of the capital, Chesire (more on this in a bit). The Kloris family represent the best of two worlds in the king and queen’s eyes: They came from nothing and after years of hard work, they had made it. Even the nobility respects them, which was a rare thing in itself.

Yoshua befriends Diantha’s older brother Enick, who works as a chef in a tavern frequented by the knights. His food is known throughout the capital and he is pleasantly surprised when he learns Enick is Diantha’s brother. The two share stories of being middle children with an older brother, a kid sister and the pressure to not be regarded as “the spare son”: While Yoshua’s brother Gowen is the crown prince, Enick’s older brother Harvan is a Mystic Knight and one of Gowen’s retainers.

The next day, Queen Hatari realizes the Kloris children and the Arnheart children have become pretty close in a very short amount of time yet she hasn’t actually met either of their parents. The head of the family, Roland Kloris worked in the North Armory. According to the records on file, his wife Keima was a tailor by trade. Queen Hatari then decides to make an unannounced visit to the old girls’ school Florette and Diantha attends to learn more about the Klovis family herself. The girls are surprised to find the queen of Leonara waiting for them at the gates of the school one day after class. Diantha is in for the surprise of her life when the queen tells her she would like to meet her mother.

Excitement changes to horror when they arrive at the Kloris family home to find Keima passed out on the floor. As luck would have it, Queen Hatari herself is the best doctor in the kingdom. Her medical skills are unrivaled and she has never lost a patient placed in her care. The queen quickly realizes this is no normal sickness: Keima has been poisoned. It’s a powerful toxin that puts the victim in a death-like sleep. It’s the kind usually used in to assassinate high-profile targets. Fortunately, they caught it in time so Keima’s life is not in immediate danger. They will still need to make a more powerful medicine that will be strong enough to negate the poison completely.

Some of the ingredients needed can be found in a region some of the knights who recently returned hail from. Queen Hatari summons Leonara to the Palace, asking her to take Prince Yoshua, Harvan and some knights with her back to her hometown to collect the rest of the ingredients they need and return as quickly as possible. As soon as they leave, she summons Edward with a separate task: Work with Prince Gowen to find as arrest whoever is responsible. She didn’t want to involve Harvan, which is why she sent him out of the city with Leonara and Yoshua. He might not be able to stop himself from killing the suspect or suspects.

by the time Nara’s group returns with the rest of the ingredients, Edward and Prince Gowen finish their task. It’s revealed Keima wasn’t the true target: It was Princess Florette, who was an unwhitting pawn in an intricate kidnapping plot involving a rival kingdom set in motion 10 years earlier. A plot that goes all the way to the throne of Leonara’s longtime enemy, the kingdom of Lysandre. The plot discovered is part of a much larger boarder war the kingdoms fought when King Vincent was the crown prince 25 years earlier. A war in which Nara’s father Aster Leonis became a legend. The king decides the time has come to reform the order the two founded during the war: The Guardian Sages.

…I think that’s enough for now. That’s about half of the first book. Even so, this is just an outline of about half of what I have planned for half the book I just disclosed. There’s alot of details I left out on purpose! I do want to reference the term at the end of that last paragraph. Those familiar with the Serene Adventure Sagas will remember they played a prominent role, as did Force Energy. Consider this what is called cross-promotion: At a certain point in one of the Serene Adventure stories, one of the main characters checks out a copy of The Kingdom of Leonara: Bloodlines–the second book in the series–which in part talks about The first Order of Guardian Sages. They are inspired by the group’s exploits and adopt the name.

…Two different worlds, though.

Back on topic:

  • The second book, Bloodlines focuses in part on a much younger Vincent Arnheart when he was still the crown prince and the order he founded with his best friend and retainer, Aster Leonis. Their exploits earned Vincent the nickname Radiant Crusader for rallying the entire nation to fight against a common enemy. It is also the story of how Aster Leonis became known as a Fallen Champion after the war, starting with when he met Nara’s mother Anrianna and ending with her death 7 years after their daughter is born.

In the third book Empire, Leonara faces its greatest threat since its founding: Across the sea on the continent Felorne, a sleeping giant awakens after 10,000 years of isolation: The Helion Empire. In ancient times, Helion was the God of Conquest. His power was so great and terrible, the other Gods of The Divine Council were forced to stop him from wiping out the mortal races. Even with the combined might of 8 other Gods, they could not kill him so instead, they sealed him away in a crpyt deep in a remote part of Felorne. In the centuries that followed, the land healed from the destruction Helion wrought and in time, Helion was mostly forgotten to history.

Until recently.

The year is 230 CE (Civil Era)–Five years after the events of the first book. Helion Empire sends an armada to Draconia, capturing Vulcan and Nightshore and enslaving the entire populations of both cities. Bastone and Odyssion (Lysandre’s capital) rush reinforcements but arrive too late to break the siege. The speed in which they attacked and captured such large cities is beyond anything either kingdom have experienced.

Even more frightening is the realization in why they invaded: They are seeking the mortal children of the Gods who sealed Helion and those blessed by them from birth. It’s believed the divine blood in their veins will be enough to release The God of Conquest, who will then sweep across Salaria like a tidal wave unopposed. Both kingdoms heed the advice of the Divine Council and form an alliance to combat a common enemy. They also task Leonara with finding 8 specific Demigods who combined will be able to reseal Helion. As the child of an angel, Leonara is uniquely suited to the task.

  • In the fourth book Revolution, victory over Helion and the Helion Empire came at a terrible price–the deaths of two kings and the destruction of The Divine Council. Bastone has been left in ruins after Helion sacked the city. As Leonara said at the end of the war, “The Age of Mortals has begun”. Passing on the offer of full divinity, Nara, her husband Edward and their two young children decide to set sail for Gesthal, a continent virtually uninhabited. She visited the island briefly on her previous journey that took her around the world and decided to resettle there with her family and some of their friends. Twelve years later, Nara and Edward’s firstborn son Ellison travels to Leonara, the kingdom that bears his mother’s name to continue the family tradition.

That’s all I’ll share. Anyone who’s read any of my story overviews knows I like to give folks a pretty clear picture of what’s to come so…yeah. It goes without saying I have a very clear direction for this series. It will certainly take some time to write the whole series–I predict 4 to 6 years–but I will get it done and I will not publish any of the books until I am 100% satisfied with them.

This is my first major project in Fantasy that isn’t a Fanfic. I consider the Serene Adventure Sagas Sci-Fi first and Fantasy second on that note. I plan to release the books in both physical and digital form. If the first book is well-received, spinoff stories in the same universe aren’t out of the question.

…More to come in time.

Sawyer Rising: The revival of a community

I’ve been researching various Ghost Towns for the last few months. A ghost town is by definition a place whose reason for being was rendered obsolete, causing its population to fall to zero. The cause–usually economical in the U.S.–is less important as at the end of the day, no one lives there anymore and in most cases it’s no longer on the map. These are TRUE Ghost Towns. A Semi-Ghost Town is a Ghost Town that has a very small living population, usually less than 300.

The last century saw most small towns in the U.S. that fell into economic decline get absorbed into larger population centers. That said, Cambridge is NOT a part of Boston. it is a separate city and always was. I know that Dorchester, the North End and East Boston were all separate townships in Boston’s early days. Salem, MA started as a township and has since become a city.

 

For the most part, modern new townships/villages are assumed to have some or most of the following to deemed “alive”:

  • Human Population of 100+
  • Residences to support living population
  • 2 or more Food Stores or a Wal Mart/K-Mart/Target
  • 2 or more pharmacies or Walgreens/CVS/Rite Aid
  • 1 or more Gas Stations
  • Place(s) of Worship
  • Cemetery
  • Post Office
  • 1 or more Banks
  • Power Plant or connections to power
  • Water Plant or connections to water
  • Waste Management Connections
  • Internet and Phone Collections
  • Road and Rail connections to existing towns/cities
  • 1 or more Elementary School
  • 1 or more High School
  • 1 or more Preschool/Daycare
  • 2 or more Medical Center(s)–usually a hospital and a clinic/health center
  • Fire Department
  • Police Department (even if the State Police or the U.S. Military have a presence nearby)
  • 1 or more Library
  • Town Hall
  • Bus Depot and/or Amtrak Train Station

…I think I covered most of the basics there. Those are all things needed to support and sustain a town’s living population. Stuff like jobs, shopping centers and attractions are secondary. These are all of the things one would reasonably expect a new modern population center to have though of course, they are built over a period of time.

Many would also have one or more of the following for the purposes of employment, tourism, commerce, manufacturing, research or historical significance:

  • Amusement Park (Six Flags, etc.)
  • Agriculture/Farms
  • Factory
  • Shopping Center/Mall
  • Military Base
  • Airport
  • Harbor (if by a Lake, River or Ocean)
  • Museum(s)
  • Local, State and/or Nationally Famous Landmark
  • Local, State and/or Nationally Famous Person
  • 1 or more University and/or College
  • 1 or more hotel(s)
  • 1 or more Minor League Sports Team
  • 1 or More Major League Sports Team

…Again, a general overview.

Like the previous list, they all speak for themselves. Semi-Ghost towns usually lack everything on this list EXCEPT the Argiculture/Farms or Factory portions. That and homeowners only live there for part of the year. Over time, most close to other population centers merged with them. If they were too far to merge, they adapted with the times.

Now that I’ve gotten that out the way, let’s talk about Sawyer Rising.

The basic premise is this: In 1890, the last family to live in the town of Sawyer, Nebraska moved to Chicago. The Irving family founded Sawyer 275 years earlier in 1615 at a time this part of the continent belonged to the Souix Nation. The British-American settlers who founded the town famously sought permission from Souix chieftains before the first house was built. It was a rare moment lost in time in which Native Americans and Europeans chose to live side by side with mutual respect.

Their bond was tested over the next 100 years as the European superpowers of the day brought their wars to North America. Originally named Marigold, the township was renamed Sawyer in honor of an African American slave named Sawyer who died shortly after warning the town of approaching British troops during the Revolutionary War. The messager named Sawyer died of his wounds but his heroism moved the town to arm themselves ahead of the British army’s arrival.

In the 115 years that followed the Revolutionary War, Sawyer was a major trade town for travelers and settlers heading west. It also served as a haven for runaway slaves on the lesser-known midwestern route to Canada in the years leading up to the the Civil War. Much of the region is still firmly controlled by the Souix, who jumped at every opportunity to undermine the U.S. Government.

When the Civil War broke out, a decision by the townsfolk is believed to have been what led to Sawyer becoming a ghost town: In 1865, a batallion of Confederare Soldiers attacked the town in a bid to turn it into a forward base and open a western from to flank the Union Army. Sawyer’s Native American allies were busy fighting the Union army and were only able to spare a few men to help defend the town. With a fighting force of 120 men, the Sawyer Militia held off the much larger Confederate Army, which numbered 800 men. When the Union Army arrived a week later, they found the forests and fields surrounding Sawyer littered with the dead and dying. It didn’t take them long to figure out what happened. They were still shocked a token militia wiped out a well-trained army that had managed to get reinforcements. The Union Army tried their luck in a bid to save face and penetrated as far as the town square before they were forced to retreat.

By the time the war ended, the 120 defenders had been reduced to 57. The Federal Government would not forget about Sawyer’s actions against both armies: In the years that followed, the U.S. Government forcibly reloacted hundreds of thousands of Native Americans to make room for settlers from the west and the transcontinental railroad. For Sawyer, which relied on trade with their Native American neighbors to survive the move was a deathblow.

As development ramped up, families quickly moved away one by one. James Irving was a former slave who moved to Sawyer as a boy a few years before the Civil War. The Irvings would be last family to leave the town. With his wife expecting their 5th child, James made the difficult decision to move to Chicago. James was one of the surviving members of the Sawyer Militia. He loved the town he’d grown up. Even so, he had a growing family he needed to take care of and made the difficult decision in the spring of 1890. The baby girl his wife was expecting was born into the family on the way to Chicago. She would be named Marigold in honor of the town’s original name. Marigold would travel to Sawyer in 1910 to bury her father, who requested he be buried in his childhood home. The town would be forgotten to time for the next 100 years.

In the summer of 2010, James Irving’s great grandson and Marigold’s grandson 25 year-old Tim Irving discovers his great grandfather’s diary. In the diary, James talked about his life growing up in Sawyer from learning to read and write to the siege during the Civil War, ending with the decision to leave the town 25 years later. He almost doesn’t believe it until his mother tells him the stories are true: Marigold, who passed away 15 years earlier kept everything her family brought from Sawyer.

There was a family legend Marigold passed on to her children and grandchildren: One day, an Irving would raise the town from the dead. Even if she didn’t live to see it, Sawyer would be reborn. The catch is they first needed to find it. 100 years later, the town wasn’t on any map. Based on Marigold’s description of the town when she visited in 1930, only the elements reclaimed the town. Only the Town Hall remained standing and that was back in 1930. Tim vows to find the town and rebuild it himself. Not just for his grandmother and great-grandfather but for himself. It would be the ultimate challenge given his career choice is construction. Five years later, Tim would found his own company: Marigold Co., in honor of his grandmother.

This is where the story begins. I’m actually considering also writing a prequel to this story: The Sawyer Militia, which would cover James Irving’s early years and end with him leaving town. Haven’t decided yet if I will make it a full novel or not. I certainly should after that backstory on the town’s past I typed there.

…Sawyer Rising is Tim Irving’s story though. The story is one part family history, one part engineering, one part fiction and one part visionary. Put them together and you have a facinating story of trial and triumph. You have a guy who, upon finding the bones of the most gentrified–but fictional–town in North America dedicates the next 25 years of his life not only rebuilding it bringing it up to modern-day standards. It’s no easy task given the town lay dormant for 125 years: Roads will need to be paved, powerlines and pipes will need to be laid and more. It will be difficult but certainly not impossible–It helps Tim is the President and CEO of a construction company!

I plan to spend 2 to 3 years on this story. I don’t consider it Sci-Fi since currently existing technology and construction techniques will be used and featured throughout the story for the town’s development. I’m no expert on certain aspects so yes, I will be doing research while writing this story–I have it pretty good idea for how I want to approach certain events.

Remember the two lists I showed above? In the interests of generating some buzz, Sawyer will definitely contain all of the following from both lists by the time the story’s finished:

  • A Police Station
  • A Fire Station
  • An Train Station
  • A Bus Depot
  • 2 Medical Centers
  • A Solar Power Plant
  • A Natural Gas Power Plant
  • A Post Office
  • A Library
  • 3 Schools
  • 2 Colleges
  • 3 hotels
  • 1 Airport

…I am keeping the final population number a secret for now but after the first 5 years, it will be 25,000. There will also be stuff other than what’s shown here added to Sawyer.

Now I want to talk about the sequel a bit, which begins 10 years after the first story begins. By this time, Marigold Co. is approached by representatives from Haiti and Cuba. Both island nations would like Marigold Co. to do some major work in Havana and Port-au-Prince, the islands’ capital cities: Cuba wants several skyscrapers and a shopping mall built. Haiti wants a skyscraper, a hospital and a university but there’s a catch: The job in Haiti will require the company to only use manpower from the island nation. In addition, the job in Cuba has a 5-year time limit to be completed on time.

Tim Irving accepts both challenges and appoints two of his understudies to lead each project: Grima Robina will go to Cuba while Annie Corrin will go to Haiti, her homeland. Grima is forced to have the resources and building materials for the skyscrapers prepared in Florida and then flown in due to the lack of room to do it in Havana. Meanwhile Annie’s eyes are opened to the institutionalized poverty in Haiti and makes it her personal mission to “break the chains of her people’s bondage”.

Sawyer Rising: Skyline will be two stories in one package. I plan to write both novels at the same time. With both novels, I will use currently existing technology and construction techniques. More info will come once both novels are nearly finished. Look forward to it.

A few new Serene Adventure Saga Shorts I’m working on

The cool thing about these short stories is though they are canon, they are side stories. Furthermore, you don’t need to have read the main stories to enjoy them. They’re more of a special treat and will ALWAYS be free of charge =O

At the moment, I have drafted four Serene Adventure Saga Shorts, or SASS for short:

  • Birth Child is inspired by the Manga Kodomo no Kodomo. Twelve year-old Serenity Eva Toss meets a new friend in sixth grade named Jessica Grant. Serenity accidently learns a secret about Jessica after the two attend Health class together. Jessica makes Serenity promise not to tell anyone else her secret and she reluctantly agrees. When Jessica suddenly passes out after school one day, Serenity takes her to see her older sister Celes, who is a doctor.  The problem is for legal reasons, Celes has to tell Jessica’s parents about her secret.
  • The Unwalked Path is about how Richard, Laura and Kari Alphonse’s lives could have been had they been allowed to be a family. Fate forced them apart. After losing both of her parents on the same day and burying them, Laura Alphonse can only think about what could have been if they were able to live as a family. With a little help from Angelisa, Laura is given three days’ time to live the life she deserved.
  • Dexterose is a story in which Mark Anthony helps his friends Dexter Hershel and Ramia Fatimah Mohamed admit their feelings for each other in high school. Hilarity ensues when his girlfriend Aurina Highwind mistakenly believes he’s seeing another girl.
  • Shattered Hope is the story of Terra Ortiz’s very first pregnancy when she was 17, which ended in a stillbirth. On the anniversary of her first child’s stillbirth, Terra shares her story with Laura Alphonse, who just lost her father and the mother she never knew on the same day.

 

…And of course by drafted, I mean started writing.

The first one….haven’t written anything like this before. Both the second and fourth stories speak to Laura and Terra coping with the pain of unimaginable loss. The third will actually be my first romantic comedy.

I am working on some concept art for some of the characters using Apps on my iPad. Once they are ready, I will share them here. All four stories will be posted on this blog, Inkitt and Tumblr. They will all be posted in their entirely as they’re completed. Look forward to the first one set to be released soon.

Now using Inkitt to publish (Free) stories

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I just wanted to let everyone know. I have actually had an Inkitt account for two years but waited until the site added an import from Fictionpress feature last month to start actively using it. LOL.

That said, I will give Inkitt’s admins props for not only taking the protection of user-submitted stories seriously but not allowing anything and everything to posted on their site. Inkitt’s for folks who are serious about their writing and in my case, has been looking for an alternative to Fictionpress. I made the announcement on my Fictionpress profile 90 minutes ago to let folks there know about the change.

The need for folks to move on from Fictionpress and Fanfiction.net is pretty serious. Every day, work from both sites is plagiarized, sometimes even for profit. To add insult to injury Fictionpress, like Deviant Art does nothing to protect your published work. It’s literally “post your work here at your own risk” though both sites like to downplay how dad it really is. This is the REAL reason I stopped posting my work on Fictionpress.

I will post my free work on Inkitt, AO3, Deviant Art and this blog from now on. by the way no, I won’t change the name of this blog. It will continue to go by the name Aurabolt’s Fiction Press =D

Announcing a new Sci-Fi story — Title Not Finalized

So anyways,  this story I’m introducing is an entirely new genre for me though it is a rewrite of some stories I wrote about seven years ago on Fictionpress. Almost all of the characters featured in those story will be back. It feels wierd saying that knowing I’m probably the only who would really know the details. I may re-release the first two stories from that series since they’re done on Fictionpress again. Or not.

So, on to the new one. For the time being, the working title is Serene Overload: Future Past. The main title is a reference to a text-based web game I co-devveloped with a friend about 10 years ago. That said, this will be a single story and not a series as most of the elements covered in the source material will be used.

Here’s an overview of the story:

  • Future Past is in the Serene Adventure universe but takes place in an alternate timeline and is 1500 years into the future. In the original timeline, Mariko Ebihara is Earth’s first Eternal Champion. In the alternate timeline this story follows, Mariko died in Japan before ever meeting her father Ted Toss, who becomes the first Eternal Champion instead. This single change drastically alters the course of history.
  • Eternal Champions are so named not just because they are all-powerful but because they are immortal. Realizing the danger in allowing one to wield that kind of power for too long, Ted adopts the policy used by Kyomora and Pangaea. He decrees Earth’s Eternal Champion can only be in power for 100 years and not a day more. 75 years into his time as Eternal Champion, the other Champions of Earth would choose the next Eternal Champion by vote. The standing Eternal Champion has no say in the selection or the confirmation processes. Once there are 10 years remaining, the standing Eternal Champion’s powers will begin to fade and their successor gains immortality.
  • The above said, Ted Toss is succeeded by another, who is in turn succeeded. The line of succession continues for 500 years. The current Eternal Champion is a man named Andrew Rommell. 50 years into his term, World War IV breaks out. The rules of war are thrown out the window and nuclear weapons are used. The devastation leaves humanity on the brink of extinction. Andrew is horrified the human population has fallen from 14 Billion to 2 Billion almost overnight. Three quarters of the world’s knowledge is lost as well.
  • Andrew asks their allies for help but they refuse, saying it was a hunan problem that must be solved by humans. Enraged, Andrew cuts diplomatic relations with Kyomora and Pangaea. It is a move that shocks even the other Champions. Andrew declares priority is ensuring mankind survives first and recovers what it lost second. If they don’t want to help, they aren’t needed. It’s estimated the process will take 2,000 years. Andrew believes it can be done in 500 years but only if he is Eternal Champion for that long.
  • The Champions refuse to grant Andrew an extension, citing the agreement they all swore with The Toss Family to never allow the Eternal Champion to stay in power for a day longer than agreed. A pact he himself is bound by.
  • Things between Andrew and the other Champions are at an impasse for the next 20 years. With the help of The Hero of Order, One of the Champions meets with Abyssion Highwind in secret. Abyssion, who is himself an Eternal Champion but of another world has the power to kill another Eternal Champion. What The Champions of Earth aren’t aware of is Ted made him promise to punish Earth’s Eternal Champion if they broke the rules.
  • Abyssion agrees to the request and leaves for Earth at once. When Andrew sees him, he knows it’s to kill him and attacks. Abyssion quickly overpowers him and subdues the far less experienced swordsman. After seeing all of the earth’s major cities are in ruins, Abyssion declares mankind brought this on themselves and wiping out the rest would be an act of mercy. Instead, they will have 1,000 years to learn what their descendants learned in prior to the end of the 19th century: How to survive with what they have. He then exeutes Andrew and the other Champions, saying once new Champions of Earth have come forward, they will decide who the next Eternal Champion will be. Event is called Abyssion’s Judgement and ushers in the beginning of the Post-Champion Era, or PCE.
  • It is now the year 950PCE. Long forgotten technology is slowly being relearned. Mankind has rediscovered the secrets of the automobile, flight and mass production. Despite these gains, Abyssion’s words were never forgotten: Once new Champions have come forward, it will pave the way for the return of an Eternal Champion. In a society where Slavery is legalized, some are trying to make Champions out of the humans they own as property. The New World is the equivalent of our world in 1978.
  • The legendary Toss Family was spared Abyssion’s Judgement and have long since gone into hiding to prevent those with evil or greedy hearts from using them for their own ends. Angelisa Toss, the Hero of Chaos is the last surviving 21st-Century human thanks to her powers. She speaks nothing of her living relatives, furthering speculation they may in fact be extinct.
  • Various factions control the world’s resources. The United States of America controls all of North America, Austrialia and a handful of territories in the Middle East and Africa. Russia and China merge into a confederation and control most of the Asian landmass and half of Europe between them. while England controls half of Europe. All thee factions also control most of the world’s technology between them. They have formed a coalition to battle their mutual arch enemy, the Atlantic Knights.
  • The Atlantic Knights have arisen to challenge the three superpowers. They are led a beautiful but deadly Swordswoman known as The Mankiller. The Mankiller Clan was wiped out by the United States but it would seem at least one survived the extermination. Few within the Atlantic Knights have seen her face, her wareabouts a closely guarded secret. The Atlantic Knights are descendants of former Champions who lived before Abyssion’s Judgement. They oppose a world order where humans are openly bought and sold and where the strong dominate the weak. They also fight to destroy Human Ranches and Baby Factories, freeing the enslaved of their bondage.
  • Slavery continues to be the most profitable market. 500 years of gene-splicing experiements have led to the creation of a new race called Crossbreeds–half human, half animal. Those who birth as human livestock are called Breeders. Their sole purpose is to make lots of babies until they die. Those unable to bear children attend to those who can. Male offspring are trained for manual labor while most female offspring are groomed to become Breeders themselves. Efforts are made to ensure Breeders are not mated with blood relatives.
  • Those who conceive, gestate and birth “The Old Way” are called Organics: In an age where humans are bought and sold as livestock, advances in science have made it possible for woman to mass produce children on an industrial scale. Gene therapy treatments ensure Breeders produce a yield of average of 3 to 7 crop (Babies) per pregnancy. Fertility treatment is used to ensure conception and a large yield. Rush injections are used to stimilate fetal growth, drastically shortening pregnancy from 40 weeks (9 months) to 12 (3 months) though in very large doses, it’s possible to cut gestation to 3 weeks.
  • The punishment for a Breeder who tries to escape or kill themselves is steep: They are transferred to Research and Development where they are used in human experiments, usually resulting in the birth of Crossbreeds. Livestock who birth Crossbreeds are not allowed back in the general population and usually live out the rest of their days in solitary confinement.
  • The human population hovers just above 5 Billion worldwide. The ruins of once-great civilizations stand as constant reminders of mankind’s past and serve as both inspiration and contempt. Young women of childbearing age are the most desired slaves followed by strong, young men with good genes to breed with them. In a society where distrust is commonplace, being able to breed your own standing workforce or army within 20 to 30 years is preferred over pooling resources.

…Mind you, that’s just the sequence of events in the story’s PREQUEL. I’m gonna skim over this in the first few chapters of the book. The story is very Sci-Fi heavy obviously but I can assure you this story is not erotica. I described a few mechanics in The New World in such detail because they matter to the story. For those who have a pregnancy-related fetish, this store will NOT be free so if you want to read it, you ARE going to pay for it =D

Now, let me re-introduce you to some of the main characters, most of whom have new names:

  • Aryla Veniss, age 20 is Second Generation Breeding Livestock: Her mother owed a debt to the American Government. In exchange for serving time in jail, her mother sells her womb to the highest bidder at the American Human Ranch is Kenya. Even after she dies, the debt is passed on to her children or more specifically, the daughters of child-bearing age. Aryla has already birthed thirteen children she wasn’t even allowed to name, all of whom were taken to away to be sold as soon as they were born. Now expecting her 14th child, Arya’s arms and legs bear the scars of several past escape attempts. Since she was pregnant during her escape attempts, she avoids the harshest of penalties. She resolves to give the single child in her belly the life she was denied no matter what.
  • 25 year-old Chinese Supermodel Chen Wing Xi becomes pregnant after being raped by a stalker. To the astonishment of her friends and colleagues, she decides to carry the pregnancy to term instead of getting an abortion. Not yet ready to be a mother, she picks a couple from Beijing’s Elite Upper Class to be the adopting parents. On the day of her planned induction, Chen discovers she was the unwhitting victim of a conspiracy, she’s carrying twins and the adopting couple is after her. Her cover as a supermodel was blown when she became pregnant. She flees the country to assume her true role as a the leader of the rebel faction Atlantic Knights.
  • 21 year-old Amy Reid and her husband Chris were poor, homeless and on the verge of starving to death in the American State of Maine. A chance encounter with the Foreman of a Baby Factory changes things: As the last living Native American in the state, Amy is offered the means to live comfortably in exchange for becoming a Paid Breeder. Unlike slaves and Human Ranches, Paid Breeders were free and were paid well in exchange for every healthy baby they carried to term and delivered. Also unlike slaves, she was Organic: No gene therapy, no fertility treatment and no rush injections. When the Baby Factory is attacked by the Atlantic Knights, Amy and Chris are forced to flee for their lives across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Agent Wade Normandy is one of the American Government’s Titans: Living weapons created from conception to do their government’s will on command without fail. Normandy was given the nickname Dreadlord by the Atlantic Knights after he singlehandedly slaughtered his way through five of their cities in southeast Asia over the course of three days. Men, Women, pregnant women and childen alike were slaughtered during the American campaign that saw Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar annexed by the United States. All told, it’s believed 25 million souls were slain by him and an additional 5 million unborn. When Aryla escapes confinement and Chen disappearsl Normandy and Florence are dispatched to bring them back alive no matter the cost.
  • Agent Lin Florence is one of the American Government’s Titans and Normandy’s partner. Unlike her partner, Florence is a former Atlantic Knight reprogrammed for the government’s needs. She has no memories of her life before she became a Titan save her bloodlust. The Atlantic Knights note her unique style of swordplay is frighteningly similar to the legendary Mankiller Clan, Master Swordfighters. The problem is the government tracked down and killed every single one of them a quarter-century ago, most killed by Normandy. If Florence isn’t from that long extinct clan, where did she learn to fight like them?
  • The Hero of Chaos Angelisa Toss has lived for almost two centuries thanks to her powers.  Despite the passage of time, her powers prevent her from looking any older than an adult female in their late 20s. Affectionately called Angel by her family and friends, she travels the world using her powers to help those in need. She doesn’t stay in one place for more than a few weeks to prevent the people from getting too used to having her around. While she ins neutral in the conflict between war between The Coalition and The Atlantic Knights, she sympathizes with the latter faction’s struggles. Even when one of her descendants is killed in America’s northeast by the rebels, she firmly remains neutral. When whispers of a young, prodigal swordswoman living in America’s midwest reaches her ears, the name of one person comes to mind.
  • Anthony Marcus is Chen’s longtime pilot and trusted friend. His past is shrouded in mystery and not even Chen knows much about him before they met. His son Colin works with him as a mechanic and co-pilot. Whenever his resemblance to First Generation Champion Mark Anthony Toss is brought up, he simply replies “I get that all the time.”
  • When he lived on Earth, Abyssion Highwind was one of Earth’s 1st Generation Champions. Even then, Abyssion was  2,000 years old due to his heritage as a Nephilim: Half human, half demon. Shortly after Ted Toss became Eternal Champion, Abyssion took all the Nephilim living on Earth and traveled to a distant planet called Termanus. This paved the way for Abyssion himself to become an Eternal Champion. When an envouy from Earth asks him to intervene with a rogue Eternal Champion, he deals with the problem personally. He promised Earth’s first Eternal Champion he would only step in if absolutely necessary. 1000 years after passing judgement on Earth’s Champions, he watches with interest to see if the bet Ted made with him will pay off.
  • Tyria Valen is a Nephilim living on earth who fights for the Atlantic Knights. She is tasked with establishing diplomatic relations with a large Crossbreed settlement in the American state of Florida. That’s just a cover: What not even Chen is aware of is Tyria is really Abyssion Highwind’s granddaughter Jade Highwind. She is his eyes and ears on Earth but in addition to that, she is also trying to find out what became of her father and brother. The one thing she knows for sure is they are both alive and likely traveling together.

 

…Ok, that’s plenty. That’s most of the major characters you need to know about. The rest, you’ll have to read the finished product. Some of the names look familiar I mentioned above the story will be sold and not offered for free. That is mostly true. I WILL, however offer the prologue and the first two chapters as ebooks on Amazon’s Kindle and possibly iOS and Google Play as well. I figure that’s more than enough for folks to decide if they wanna see the rest or not.

The finished product will have at least 20 chapters. I will also sell it in both Paperback form and as an eBook. Paperback will sell for $18 USD while the eBook will sell for $12. Let’s jsut say I think the finished product will justify the price tag! I will provide more info once the Preview Version is done. I expect that to take the rest of the year.

 

Serene Adventure Spotlight: Angelisa “Angel” Toss

Angel Toss Early sketch

Whew.

Honestly, Angel was always meant to be a Mary Sue from the beginning. She (and her brother Zenith) was basically born with the power of a god, after all. As I time went on I scaled back her powers to make her an extemely powerful Terra Mage. Later, she would be put in a category of her own: War Sage. As a Master of The Seven Casting Disciplines–Healing, Divine Power, Summoning, Terra Force Energy, Time-Space, Dark Force Energy and Necromancy–she could do anything prettymuch. This is demonstrated in great effect in two scenes in Serene Adventure III: Starry Heavens with her Forbidden Technique while transformed: All Creation. In both cases where it’s used, Angel created a world with a living population and then immdiately destroys the planet to gain temporary immortality and greatly boost her powers.

…Did I forget to mention she’s only twelve in that story? Yeah, WAY too powerful and unrelatable to really do much with her for too long. Hence the reset. I think out of all the characters I’m overhauling, Angelisa and her brother Zenith are two of seven characters getting completely rebuilt (the others being Ted, Ann, Tomiko, Ed and Ted’s mother Celeste Carter). I think I talked about this a bit on my forums three years back but here’s how the remade Angelisa will be starting with her introduction in The Angelisa Zenith Project.

Her introductory story in Half-Life and its revamp The Angel Project will be tweaked a bit. The focus is split between Angelisa and her new mother Ann Marie Toss but the focus will be mostly on Angelisa and Zenith in Creation and Destuction (formerly titled the Angel Zenith Project). Since I’ve referred to her by Angelisa instead of Angel several times now, let me explain that first. Her brother Zane has two names: Zane and Zenith. In the original story, they’re named #487 and #488 before they’re adopted into the Toss and Highwind families respectively. Ann names her Angelisa (prounced An-gel-is-ah) in the new story while Abyssion renames her brother Zenith. They’re usually called Angel and Zane for short by their friends and siblings though their new parents call them by their given names. The shorter names are nicknames prettymuch.

Moving on, as I said their story Creation and Destruction has more of a focus on just Angelisa and Zenith. It also takes place during Ted and Ann’s absence in Baby of Mine so there is some overlap when the pair plus Angel return to Boston later in that story. I’ll get into this when I do Ann’s Spotlight but her past is talked about in more detail in one of the Serene Adventure Origins stories.  Anyway, the premise for the new plot is this. Ted gets a call from his brothers Tomiko and Edward (will talk about this a bit more in Ted’s Spotlight) asking him to come to North Korea for a peacekeeping mission and to bring Ann with him. Ted refuses to bring Ann (citing her pregnancy) at first but when Tomiko mentions he and Edward worked with Abyssion Highwind to destroy a secret lab Ann has a history with, he agrees to bring her along.

In Baby of Mine, Ted announces at Celes’ high school graduation he’s stepping down as mayor of Boston but doesn’t explain why, citing a personal matter he and Ann have to attend to in her home country of North Korea. Creation and Destruction picks up from there. When Ted and Ann land in Pyongyang they’re greeted at the airport by Abyssion himself, who tells them about the surprises that awaited him when he breached a hidden underground vault at the lab he and Tomiko destroyed.

Those surprises were Angelisa and Zenith.

While the dictatorship that controlled the country for over 70 years kept the international community distracted with the threat of nuclear weapons, they’d been performing experiments on people in a bid to create an army of super humans. Ann herself gained her powers from such experiments while still in her mother’s womb. Her mother volunteered her womb for an early phase of The Angel Project amid promises of wealth for her and family. What the researchers never could have anticipated was the scientist chosen to impregnate Ann’s mother was a South Korean infiltrator. His influence and the genuine love the developed between them led to her escape from the facility, Ann’s birth in the middle of the world’s largest minefield and her death shortly afterward.

Even though Ann’s mother was killed and Ann herself was presumed dead as well, the facility had enough data to replicate the project with other women. It would be the gene therapy experiments done on Ann’s niece Tracey that would pave the way for the birth of Angelisa and Zenith. They were humans born with the power to create and destroy at will. Though not immortal, with the power at their disposal they may as well be. Four years before Abyssion and Tomiko raid the facility. The Supreme Leader orders the twins be placed in stasis deep underground in preparation for a decades-long planned invasion of South Korea.

After the twins are found by Tomiko and Abyssion, the latter realizes at first glance they found mortals with the powers of a God. Power that should not be allowed free reign. He’s about to kill them himself when Tomiko stops him. Tomiko surmises they are not yet aware of powers they were born with and believes that in time, their powers could come in handy. Abyssion agrees to spare their lives but on the condition they’re raised separately so Tomiko calls his kid brother Ted.

This is getting into spoilers for the story but hey, I’ve already gone this far (LOL!): At the time the story begins, Angelisa and Zenith are eight years old. by the time Ted and Ann touch down in Pyongyang, Remnants of the North Korean Military backed by Chinese Militants are mobilizing to move in on the mercenary group that sacked their country. Tomiko decides to “show them how outclassed they really are” and sends his people to deal with the army coming after them.

Meanwhile, after having a long conversation with Ted, Ann decides to adopt the girl, Angel. Angel is not as emotionally strong as her brother and also unike him, she is not yet aware of her latent powers. She also feels Angel would benefit from the support of the many siblings she would have. Abyssion promises there will come a time when the twins can be reunited but for now, it’s important they their indvidual needs be taken care of. This is when he opens up and mentions he has two other children, one of which is not his by blood (referencing Damien). He also says it would be the benefit of both children to make sure they understand they’re human above all else.

Angel arrives in Boston during the final part of Baby of Mine. Celes (still pregnant herself at the time) is more than a little surprised to find out she’s going to have one more new sibling than expected. She’s even more surprised when Angel tells her at first glace “Your daughter’s going to save alot of people.” The next day, Celes finds out she is having a girl.

A family camping trip gets crazy when militants from North Korea come to the forest to take Angel back by force. The hunters soon realize they are the hunted as every attempt to ambush a member of her adopted family is easily thwarted. It turns out Tomiko got word of the plot and warned the family in advance. Ann goes into labor in the same cabin she gave birth to Fin and Katrin in 25 years earlier. The militants converge on the cabin for one final attempt. This is when Angel becomes aware of her powers for the first time. She unleashes her Ultimate Spell Blazing Storm, turning the weapons–and clothes–of all the militants to ash.

Her family is more impressed she didn’t kill anyone or set any of the trees on fire. Fin believes her desire to protect her soon to be born siblings and her unborn niece were what gave her the ability to harness her powers for the first time. Katrin commends Angel for holding back enough to avoid hurting the soldiers who’d come to kidnap her. Angel is then rewarded with naming rights to her newborn siblings. She names the boy Elliot Pak Toss and the girl Saiyo Gabrielle Toss. Angel then gives the newborns some of her power so that they can help the people they care about.

I’ll close (FINALLY!) and say four years pass from the births of Elliot and Saiyo and Angel’s breakout story Fellowship of Storms.  Four years after being adoped by the Toss family and moving to Boston, Angel and Leon Parker are now twelve years old each and in middle school. They make a new friend named Haley Robinson. Their new friend is later revealed to be a descendant of a clan in Scandinavia believed have been the Norse God Thor’s mortal relatives. That helps explain Haley’s shockingly powerful abilities!

…Whew. I started writing this last March and just forgot about it. Several times. Well, now it’s done. The next Serene Adventure Spotlight will be either Fin or Tomiko, haven’t decided yet.

Multiple Series for Multiple Genres

I figure I should just put it like that.

Some of the stories and series I’m working on I started when I was 10. I know most of you are familiar with the Serene Adventure series both old and new. As I hinted before, it’s certainly not the only series I’m working on.

Here is a list of the current and announced Fiction and Non-Fiction series and books that can or already has been credited to my name:

  • The Serene Adventure Sagas (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
  • Superheroes Unmasked (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)@
  • Kingdom of Leonara (Fantasy/Romance)
  • Kingdom of Leonara 2: Bloodlines (Fantasy/Comedy)
  • Kingdom of Leonara 3: Empire (Fantasy)
  • Kingdom of Leonara 4: Revolution (Fantasy)
  • The Don and Dan Mysteries (Mystery/Children’s)
  • Don and Dan: Case Files (Mystery/Drama)
  • Prelude to Survival: New Frontier (Sci-Fi)
  • Prelude to Survival: Civilization (Sci-Fi)
  • Prelude to Survival: Extinction (Sci-Fi)
  • The Baby Experiments (Horror/Drama)@
  • Sawyer Rising (Drama/Thriller)
  • Sawyer Rising 2: Skyline (Drama/Thriller)
  • The Feral One (Horror/Angst)*@
  • Devan Jackson: Second Life (Drama/Crime)*
  • Felicia Ward: Life in Prison (Crime/Drama)*
  • That Pirate Thing! (Children’s/Comedy)
  • How Oscar’s Fail Became Win (Young Adult/Romance/Comedy)*
  • Good Times: Moving On Up (Young Adult/Biography/Nonfiction)*
  • Public misEducation: The Struggle For Justice (Nonfiction)*

* Denotes it is not part of a series

@ Denotes it will be published digitally only

There you have it.

All of the above books and series are a work in progress of course. Surprised to know Serene Adventure and Public mis Education aren’t the only things I’m writing? I hope this shows I’m not as narrow-minded as I seem in my writing! So, yeah.

Here is a brief overview of what the others are about:

  • Superheroes Unmasked shows how superheroes in a modern-day setting deal with the world suddenly knowing their secret indentity. Do they decide to hang up the cape for good or keep saving the day?
  • The Don and Dan Mysteries follows Donna Copeland and Daniel Thompson and the various mysteries they solve through grade school. As a team, no mystery they take on remains unsolved!
  • Don and Dan: Case Files follows Donna and Daniel Thompson and the various cases they take on. As children, they tackled some of the toughest cases imaginable. As a young couple working in law enforcement, the two are able to use their skills across America and all over the world. Joined by their son and protege Derek, the ace detectives work together to continue the work they started as kids.
  • Sawyer Rising and its sequel Sawyer Rising 2: Skyline is about the town of Sawyer, Arkansas. In 1890, the Irving Family was the last to leave the township. 125 years later, Tim Irving discovers his great-father Andrew Irving’s diary in his mother’s attic and sets out to find the place his ancestor grew up in. What he finds is a ghost town that’s no longer on any maps. Tim decides to take on the monumental task of reviving and modernizing Sawyer, Arkansas. Being the President and CEO of a construction company does have its usefulness!
  • Devan Russell: Second Life is the story of a young man who lived on the streets of late-1990s Chicago. A botched home robbery results in the death of the young couple’s only son. With an already lengthy criminal record, Devan’s facing life in prison or so he thinks. Suddenly, all charges against him are dropped and he is released from custody. It turns out the family he tried to rob has decided to not only drop all charges against him but that’s decided to adopt him as well. Having come to learn of his past, the Russell family decide the best way to help him is to give him the life he truly deserves.
  • Felicia Ward: Life in Prison is about a young single mother whose split-second decision puts her behind bars for the rest of her life. When her daughter is attacked and beaten by a group of teens at school, Felicia takes matters into her own hands. The family crisis actually mends to rift that had grown between Felicia and her ex-husband, who agrees to raise the children in her place.
  • That Pirate Thing! is about a group of friends who decide to build their own 18-century pirate ship. Once the fully functioning ship in completed, there’s only one thing left to do: That Pirate Thing!
  • How Oscar’s Fail Became Win is about a teenager whose failed social studies project helps his recently widowed mother find a new husband. Oscar’s father suddenly died in a car accident so Oscar decided to write about his father. The problem is the report didn’t have his name on it when he turned it in. Whoops! When his mother reads it, she decides to use it to find a new husband and father for Oscar and her unborn child. This story is about how the mother-son duo found just what they were looking for and then some.
  • Good Times: Moving On Up is about my time in the City Year program (2003-2005). I know alot of folks have been waiting 10 years for me to finally write about this time period so…yeah. It’s finally happening!

 

The stories I skipped over are wither published on Fictionpress or I talked about it in a separate blog post already. Most of the above books will be published as paperback. The Baby Experiements is a series of vignettes that are too short to publish as paperback the way I see it. It will be published on Fictonpress. The Feral One will be published as an eBook and Superheroes Unmasked will be published on Fictionpress for a short time before it’s re-released as an eBook.

All the rest will be Paperback only or in some cases, Paperback and E-Book. In a separate post, I will outline most of the Serene Adventure Saga up to a certain point.

 

Prelude to Survival Reboot in the works

It was a story I drafted 10 years ago while I was in City Year but never got around to publishing on Fictionpress since I wasn’t satisfied with the first two chapters. I’m looking to give it another shot with a new original storyline. The full title is Prelude to Survival: New Frontier and may be part of a three-part series.

The premise of New Frontier is this:

It’s the year 2052. It’s been two years since Humankind has successfully established a permanent colony on the Moon and Mars. Reseachers on Earth and the new Mars Colony have developed a new propulsion system that will allow existing spacecraft to quickly travel across the solar system. Travel from Earth to Mars has been cut from three months three weeks thanks to the new technology. Scientists focus their attention on the next challenge: A previously unknown moon of Neptune’s is discovered. Probes and robotic scouters deployed reveal stunning information: The new moon’s biopshere is identical to Earth’s. It even has a large amount liquid water on its surface.

All of the requirements for a complex organism to survive exist on this previously unknown moon named Aria. The United Nations and the Lunar-Martian Administration authorize Manned Missions to what many have started calling The New Frontier. The first manned fleet of ships will depart from Earth in 2055 and arrive in 4 months’ time. Ahead of the manned ships, smaller ships with Androids were sent to Aria prepare for the humans’ arrival.

For the 400 souls traveling to Aria, it is the chance of a lifetime. Some of them have been to the Moon and Mars but all of them were born on Earth. In taking this historic trip across the solar system, they are leaving behind their old lives to begin new lives on a new world. For all of them, this is uncharted territory. Others will join them in time but they are the first humans to set foot on a world unspoiled. It’s love at first sight as the people settle into their new world, explore Aria and start families.

In 2060–Five years after the first settlers arrive–World War III breaks out on Earth. The human population on Earth is 12 Billion. While experts agree war was inevitable due to how overpopulated the planet had become in the last 20 years, fortunately there are human settlements on the Moon, Mars and now Aria. Even if the planet is obliterated, the survival of the species is assured. The United Nations appeals to Aria to accept 3 Million displaced refugees and they accept under the condition Aria remains neutral due to its distance. The UN agrees to the proposal and within 2 years of war breaking out, a fleet of ships is sent to Aria with a UN escort.

After the 3 millon refugees arrive safely, a UN Envoy arrives requesting assistence from the Arian Defense Force. A fleet of two million people were attacked on their way to Saturn’s moon Titan, which had been recently Terraformed for human population. The problem: The spaceships that attacked the Titan settlers were not from Earth, Mars or the Moon. The question of weather we are alone in the universe has been answered.

The sudden appearance of the hostile extraterrestrials forces the people of Aria to make a decision. The hostiles seemed to have overlooked Aria on their way to Titan. If Titan falls, Mars and Earth will be next. With the humans on Earth killing other by the hundreds of thousands, help from the homeworld is unlikely. Aria is two weeks’ travel from Titan and the spaceport orbiting Aria can double as a supply hub in war time. Providing military aid will certainly help save the humans on Titan but to do so would mean facing an unknown enemy. Even if they succeed, there is a chance more will come not just to attack the two moons but Earth and Mars, too. To not attack would leave an unprepared Mars and Earth vulnerable to a surprise attack.

…Mind you, this would just be the first book.

It will also be the first time I write a story entirely on my iPad. It will be interesting, to say the least.

I’m thinking Book 2 will take place 200 years, or 2.5 generations after the events of the first one so it will be a new cast of characters different from the first story. Of course, that’s thinking WAY ahead.

Prelude to Survival will be posted on Fictionpress and AO3 but I haven’t yet decided if all of it will be available for free or not. Now that I can actually decide if I want to sell my stories or not, it’s something to take into consideration ^_^

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