More Details About Tempered (a.k.a. “Scorched 2”)

Yvonne at Art4Artists outdid herself with all three of the new covers for the Scorched trilogy. Without further ado, I’m very proud to reveal the cover for Book 2, Tempered:

If you compare this to the cover for Scorched in the previous post, the progression in Kat’s appearance and demeanor is obvious at first glance and sets a fantastic tone for her evolving story.  Speaking of, where is she headed in Tempered?  We’ve drafted the description to appear on the pre-order pages, which will be up in early March.  Have a look:

Pre-Cat was the most important operative in the mysterious Pelletier’s Society. Desperate to start over, she scorched her memories and fled to the slums outside Waytown. All she wanted was an escape but her former keepers couldn’t let her go.

Kat has a new job at Porter Mining but her dreams of a normal life with her boyfriend Sadler take a back seat when the Society returns. They know where she is now and they’re sending everything they’ve got to finish her.

But not every operative on her trail follows the same agenda. Competing factions and old allegiances resurface and Pre-Cat seems to have been in the middle of all of them. If only Kat could remember who to trust.

The last of the beta readers reports back next weekend, after which we’ll finalize the release date for Tempered and announce it here.  Next week I’ll also be sharing a map (if you are a fan of This Corner of the Universe you know how much of a “map guy” I am) of the Scorched landscape and talk more about the setting.  Stay tuned!

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There’s More to Kat’s Story

In 2016 I wrote my only book not set in the This Corner of the Universe galaxy. Scorched was (and is) a dystopian story, definitely still science fiction but not my usual setting. I was inspired to write about a woman waking up with no memories, injured and where she had to immediately learn to survive. Kat turned into a great character, a strong-willed protagonist who may have started out vulnerable, but is certainly no victim.

Kat’s story has blossomed into a trilogy. With that shift, a new cover for Book 1 was in order, one that would match two more covers for the complete series. It was an easy decision to go back to the original Scorched cover artist, Yvonne Less at Art4Artists, and set her to work on the set.

Of course, she did a fantastic job (she always does, and I highly recommend her). Below is the new look for Scorched, and stay tuned for the cover reveal for its sequel, Tempered!

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A fetid alley, roving security aircar and bloodthirsty mob, it’s just another night in the slums of Shantytown. This town feeds on the weak.

A muddy medical gown, festering wound and no memory of who she is or how she got there, Kat staggers from that alley and into her new life as a Trodden. She might be vulnerable but she’s certainly no victim.

A hopeless Rat, disgraced doctor and handsome citizen, Kat’s friends might help her but what will be the cost? Something hunts Kat, looking to finish what began the night she lost her memories. If she wants any chance to save her friends and herself, she’ll learn exactly who she was and what she can do.

Scorched, a suspense thriller set in a dystopian future, follows the mystery of one woman’s struggle to regain her identity and discover the reason why a powerful force wants her dead.

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December Sale – Chasing Blue Dots is $0.99

‘Tis the Season for curling up by the fire with a good book.  For all of December, I’ve put my best “happily ever after” story on sale wherever ebooks are sold.  You can read the first chapters right here and meet Jake Marshall, a Solarian Federation space traffic controller about to have his life turned upside down.  Chasing Blue Dots is a standalone novel set in the This Corner of the Universe galaxy.

Happy Holidays!

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