First off, I would like to say don't get over excited. The Children of the Empire crossover is coming 10 books from now and will be released in 2019 as a 6 part epic taking in all my series. It is a huge story that will turn everything on its head and not in a good way.
Before I start the writing process, I like to sit down and get all the pieces in place so I know what I am writing about.
This is Firebird and at first glance, you think it is an Apeyron ship, except it isn't. All I can say is Firebird and its creators are the big bad for Children of the Empire.
Hell Hath No Fury
The clue is in the title, but one group of characters in my books have been hiding a secret and in Children of the Empire, that secret is about to come in to the light.
I hope you enjoyed these and a little update.
I am currently still rewriting the Endless Saga. It's long and painful works covering Proteus Dark Universe, Dark Empire and Of Darkness and Light as well as Symbiotica Monsters of Tokyo.
The final total is 120,000 words of new material and so far I am at at 85,000 words. Expect the revised extended edition possibly some time in May.
A little over a year ago, I released the original Proteus Neo Alphius Saga. This epic saga sees the fate of the lost Titan hinted at the end of Symbiotica The Way Home as you take a journey with Zenni and Saya as they try to save their people from their fate.
For me this was the start of the Proteus journey as I delved in to the weird world of the Proteus ships and at this moment, writing books 10 and 11, the Proteus universe has grown massively since these first books. So I decided to sit down and as I have mentioned before, rewrite them.
Overall the story is the same as the one you already know, but it is heavily expanded and extended. Overall you get 95,000 words of new content over the three books or, compared to the originals, that's two additional entire books worth of material!
I have actually released four books as I have also produced the extended box set edition of the Neo Alphius Saga too.
For those who have bought this book before, head back to your retailer and grab the new copy.
Originally in my head I had this fantastic cover for Ghosts.
Full blown action shot looking up in to the sky as Terrik goes nose to nose with an Apeyron warship, in the foreground Issi Rem hurtling along on her scooter with a pack of Kinar Beasts chashing her as she tries to get to the bottom of all the computer glitches.....
That would really sum up the utterly manic, tense and stupidity of this story. Its buckets of tense fun.
Except, try as I might, I am never going to get there. The fact is Kinars are nothing more than a pencil sketch, I can't find a decent model of a scooter I can use, the Alphian models are still in early development and getting a background for that is impossible.
So... what to do?
On the original cover, I showed Lunar, misted out, but it was all warm and friendly and a bit meh. Creative block again...
So I took my time. I wanted something spooky, ghostly and imposing.
This is the result.
Lots of alien atmospheric work, mist and lightning. Then there is the main elements. There is the ghost of Lunar's physical body and her avatar wrapped in to the image that sucks you in.
I like it... hope you do too!
Everything I do starts with sketches and when it comes to creating alien species, you have to get to know your characters. These were done so I could get the basics of the 3D models down although I have yet to make a start on that.
You have an Alphian, Avoran, Aperyon, Dendritian and I couldn't resist throwing a Kinar Beast on the list.
So if you were really curious about what the characters in my book look like, then now you know.
Really... it is a spoiler alert.
If you haven't read New Horizons, this image takes place after the book although it is covered.
Okay, you were warned.
At the end of New Horizons the Apeyron Fleet is in tatters. Millions of years of decay has seen their proud and frankly massive fleet of ships reduced to less than a few hundred and they don't have the manpower or resources. Tath knows this and proposes a new fleet, one based around Organic Design.
While we get the gist of this, this is what happened after the book, taking place inbetween New Horizons and the upcoming Serendipity novels...
Enjoy the creative insanity...
Modelled and designed in Blender, Rendered in Poser and post work in Photoshop...
As promised my works on expanding the Symbiotica series continues with the Ultimate Editions of A Matter of Time and Dystopia.
A Matter of Time has been edited and reworked with over 28,000 words of new material added to create this Ultimate Version. With expanded character development for Sheriff Lofthouse plus so much more detail and story, this fun romp through the galaxy with Tie, Ella, Flip and Koli now brings you in to their world as they try to solve a mystery with Sheriff Lofthouse that threatens the safety of Earth. In addition this book is no longer adult with the bad langage removed.
Dystopia originally was purely about Ella Carr's journey as she is flung in to her old life as a dark criminal underworld threatens everything she holds dear. Now expanded and rewritten this Ultimate Edition gives you a richer and more detailed story exploring the characters in far more detail. However in addition to this is an entirely new story as Sheriff Lofthouse is faced with a terrible dilemma as she tries to save her best friends life causing a huge amount of problems for our friends. With over 33,500 words of new content Dystopia is effectively twice the book it was. Due to the darker and more violent elements of this book, Dystopia is still classified as Adult.
When it comes to the covers, A Matter of Time should be familiar but also reworked heavily although Dystopia was exactly what I wanted and has remained the same.
You can find A Matter of Time here:
As for Dystopia, you can find it here:
I hope you enjoy these Ultimate edition and expect more soon!
What's going on? What is New Worlds? I'm confused...
The New Worlds Saga was originally the first five books of Symbiotica although it was never offically given that title. I did say that I have been working on something and this is the first insight and also a major change. New Worlds is now a trilogy in fitting with my other series. The Foundy has been combined with Sum of their Whole, and Bound Hearts is now combined with Full Circle.
Secondly, these books have been heavily rewritten and added to. You have across the three books over 75.000 words of new content. On top of this all, these three books are now classified as general reading - the adult tag has been removed.
They are available now here:
They are priced at $3.99 as part of my new pricing policy.
Now.... a little insight in to what is going on in my head....
It is said that every journey starts with but a single step forward, and going right back to where the epic story of Symbiotica and Proteus started, there was a single Saga. It is called New Worlds.
It followed a group of refugees, the last survivors of their doomed world as they finally found what they were looking for, a species compatible with their needs that they could share their lives with. That species was us, humanity.
Of course, back when I first started writing New Worlds, I didn't even know it was going to be called that. The idea of Proteus was nothing more than a set of jumbled and haphazard thoughts and I really never envisioned the idea that my creation would evolve to such an epic story. But it did and now with way over twenty books I have created a universe of stories, ideas and barking mad characters.
There has been a problem though. New Worlds was not entirely what I wanted. It was a good story, it had an epic conclusion, but as with all journeys, it got off to something of a rocky start. To start with, I had originally planned this to be a trilogy, but as the ideas poured out that idea fell by the wayside as it evolved in to a five book saga. Also, the original books were not in fitting with the books that followed. In 2017, I did a rewrite of New Worlds trying to get past this obvious issue and while it was a good start, I still had reservations about it. In the latter half of 2017 I was faced with a second issue. I would love to see these books in print and after some research I found that while my books were close to being novels, they actually weren't.
So how to solve the problems?
Firstly was going back to the very beginning. I sat down with pen and paper and looked at the story in detail. I wanted to ensure that each character's journey was rich and full, I needed to look at the still frankly adult content in the books (mostly bad language if I am honest) and it has to be said I got brutal. At the end of this process I had a plan.
The five books would go back to where I started becoming a trilogy. Books 1 and 2 would be merged together, followed by the same for 3 and 4. This decision alone took the books to over 100,000 words each fulfilling the idea of novels. From there, using the plan I stripped the books back, removed redundant plot points and even one of the characters. After four months of editing, rewriting and throwing in new material I had the finished products.
Symbiotica Sum of their Whole is now 110,000 words, has nearly 20,000 words of new content after the rewrites and editing and takes you on a journey. First books are always tricky as you are introducing people to these characters you will in time know and love, but finally I hit the nail on the head with them. This first book shows our human friends as they learn about their new alien partners and the "New Worlds" they are showing them.
Symbiotica Full Circle is now the second book, again with 110,000 words and nearly 20,000 words of new content. In this book, the aim was to shift from the idea of discovery, and look at the alien side in more detail. With back stories ongoing, what was a very human adventure now takes on a more alien feel as we are introduced to what the Alphians are really capable of. This all culminates in the shock ending to the book which is takes us in The Way Home.
This of course brings me to the last book, The Way Home.
This book was always the odd one out in the original New Worlds saga for the simple fact it was written as an add on to the series. At the end of what was book 4, I intended on leaving the story there. Everyone went their separate way and the story ended. During the creation of this, I started coming up with ideas, and in the end The Way home was born.
In the second book we given an insight in to the back story of our alien friends, we learn some surprising truths and we are given a glimpse of the huge story behind them. In The Way Home, that story is revealed as the entire lore and history of the Alphians is brought in to the light as they travel back to their home world and I tell the story of how they got to this point. In this book I bring many new characters in to the series and establish what will become the roots of the Proteus books.
That in a way brings me to Proteus and the stories told in that series. While The Way Home brought many characters in to the light, in Proteus those characters and stories were added to. At this moment writing the final conclusion to Proteus, the world I created in now vivid and rich. I know where everything started and where it will end.
It seemed only logical in that case to go back to The Way Home and expand on it. The original story has been edited, cleaned but not heavily rewritten. This Ultimate version of the book features over 35,000 words of new content and introduces some of the characters you will meet in Proteus. At 103,000 words this book takes you on the journey start to finish and I have added many easter eggs in for those who like a little bit of fun.
So, there you have it. The Symbiotica New Worlds Saga. Three books, 323,000 words of reading pleasure with 75,000 words of new content (or effectively a new novels worth!), all finessed, rewritten and now no longer classified as Adult reading.
For previous customers, I have been working on ensuring you are up to date so...
If you have bought Symbiotica Sum of their Whole, either the original or the Pure Edition, or you have bought Symbiotica The Foundry (formerly book 2), go back to your retailer and you will find there is the new merged book there ready for you to download.
If you have bought Symbiotica Bound Hearts or Symbiotica Full Circle, again I have uploaded the new second book for you.
Finally if you have bought Symbiotica The Way Home, there is a new copy waiting for you.
To sum up, I have lost two books from my line up, but as readers you have gained so much more with this Ultimate Edition of New Worlds. I hope you also like the new covers too.
This process is only just starting though. Expect Symbiotica A Matter of Time and Dystopia soon. Again these books are far more than the originals and feature new stories and richer detail!