It’s finally here, where the rubber meets the road. I am finally releasing my first novel, Rasere’s War on 3 February 2018. The price is an affordable $0.99 USD. Preorders are being taken now at several online booksellers. Links to Amazon and Smashwords can be found here:
I have been a busy writer the past few days. I got more input from my beta readers and revised a few chapters and even wrote a whole new chapter to further add to character development and motivation.
I’m currently waist deep in the editing process for Rasere’s War and We Built This City. So many words make my head spin at times!
Of the 9 Beta Readers who signed up, I have only gotten feedback from one. Their input has been valuable and I’ve made a few changes to the story. Nothing major though, just a few consistency, redundancy, and grammatical edits were called for. Hoping to hear back from the other 8 readers soon.
My eBook cover for Rasere’s War has just arrived!
I ha d hoped to capture some of the elements of the story to include the location and the weapons of war. The Fiverr artist managed to do so. The woman you see is the title character of the story, GoSpeed Rasere. What do you guys think?
I’ve gotten good feedback so far on my novel, Rasere’s War, with 3 beta readers so far. I am looking for additional beta readers to give me more feedback.
If you are interested in being a beta reader for me, then sign up at the link below.
I’ve reached the next step on my way to self-publishing. On the 27th I’ve sent my draft to my beta readers with instructions on what sort of feedback I am looking for. Using their feedback I will see what I can do with it, possibly rewriting, adding or deleting material. After that is completed I will work on formatting the ebook, adding front and back material and cover art. I anticipate completing this by new years.
My first self-edit for Rasere;s War is done. I made a couple of passes with the Grammarly app and rewrote a few sections to make them flow better, I had to modify one character a little bit as I was not happy with how he came across. I could easily see how my writing slowly improved over the length of the novel. I still have a way to go as I am still finding my writing voice.
My next step will include finding a few beta readers to check for the feel and consistency of the story. I am also working on the ancillary pages such as a preface, glossary, dedications, acknowledgments, and cover art.
Rasere’s War is my first, full-length novel. I began writing it in the spring of 2016 and finished it in December 2016. This story is the first of a proposed trilogy of stories covering the years that the protagonist, GoSpeed Rasere, gets swept up by larger events and propels her to her new future….
In the next 500 years, mankind undergoes an amazing transformation. A world wracked by wars, political strife, and natural disasters is brought to heel by a benevolent Artificial Intelligence which calls itself Gaiana. It’s behind the scenes manipulation aided by a persuasive soft sell of an ideology embracing rationality and self-control tames the negative impulses of man and eventually propels it into an age of prosperity never seen before. People lead calm, productive lives (those who actually have jobs). Crime is virtually nonexistent, religion has been rendered meaningless as obsolete as a “heaven on earth” is deemed to exist. The very few who do not conform are isolated into various points on the globe. South Asia, The Amazon, and Antarctica.
On a negative note, risky ventures are now entirely out of the hands of man and in the hands of robots and AI. Men are not regular visitors to space, they no longer dive the ocean depths, nor do they build anything by hand. This idleness, coupled with their repressed emotions began simmering beneath the surface. The only safe place to express themselves or emulate forbidden activities is to go into advanced Virtual Worlds or Simulations. Even there the rules governing actions and expressions are strict.
But not all worlds are so strict. A few operate behind walls of concealment and obfuscation. While they may seem tame to us, the 21st-century reader, to the 25th-century person, they were thrilling. One of those worlds was Simvie Loko. Simvie Loko was an Earth-sized globe featuring a welcoming environment with many tourist themed islands, sprawling grasslands, and snow-capped mountains. Due to its low profile on the network, a number of dissatisfied Users (as the visitors were known) would meet in privacy and discuss their dissatisfaction with their real lives. These talks would often culminate in real life activities that disrupted the peace.
This disruption soon caught the attention of Gaiana and his helpers. Once it was traced to subversive activity in a few virtual worlds, he decided to act…….