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.
‘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.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my writing but I’ve been busy. Although Across the Blue Line continues to thwart me, I’ve been making great strides on a different sequel. I’m currently working on what happens next to Kat, Sadler and the gang from Scorched, the dystopian thriller I wrote in 2016.
Not only is the outline for the next book set, I’ve worked ahead on the concept for the third book (and probably series finale). I’ve been writing the first draft for the second book ever since.
I have about a third of the way to go to complete the draft but I’m very confident in the quality of the story. Right now, I’m just calling it Scorched 2 but I do have a real title in mind. I want to wait to announce that until the book is fully written in case something better pops into my head.
Scorched 2 will pick up practically where the first book left off, the next morning in Sadler’s apartment. Not to spoil anything, but just because Kat and Sadler survived the previous night and thwarted the immediate threat doesn’t mean they are safe.
It’s always a delicate balance to write a sequel in a way that tickles a reader’s memories of the first book without rehashing it, while giving enough information to new readers to understand what’s happening. I think I’ve used a pretty good narrative device to do this in Scorched 2 without boring the readers who remember everything already. I know I always hate buying a sequel and having 10% or more of the book be a history lesson I didn’t need.
As I get closer to completing the first draft, expect the blog posts to pick up, as I’m excited to give you more details. I have no timetable yet for publishing Scorched 2 but it will obviously be in 2019. I just can’t firm up how early until the editing process starts.
If you missed Scorched when it came out in 2016, or have read my military space operas but not my dystopian work, now’s a great time to seek out the first book! You can even read the fist chapter right here on TCOTU.com.