Another friendly reminder that I will accept new beta readers for my sci-fi adventure story ‘Asterion’, and will do right up until it’s ready to go to a proofreader (which will be a while yet – even when I’ve finished uploading the current chapters, there’ll be another draft or two at least I expect). Here’s a quick blurb that I’ll just write now:
Over a century ago, a man was condemned for the crime of being in love. After years imprisioned, other men saw in him brilliance and in return for his freedom asked that he build them a machine of such power that whoever controlled it would control the world. And so, on an island far from civilisation, the man carried out his experiments and the Star Engine was built. However, something went badly wrong.
In the present day, scientist and tinkerer Jennifer Airhart, thief and guitarist Kaya Cade, and the world’s most powerful girl Tenley Tych, are living their lives as close to normally as they can. They are then approached by an important member of international conglomerate Meridiem to travel to the island, learn the truth, and save the boy – all while being pursued by other parties who want the Star Engine, and more, for themselves. But was the engineer really a reborn Apollo, or Prometheus?
There will be some violent scenes and mentions of blood. I’ve started uploading chapters to a password protected blog here on Tumblr, so all you have to do is message me or send me an ask and I’ll let you in.
I’ve also added a link to email me at the top of my About page on this blog, if you would prefer me to send a document or to send me detailed feedback and suggestions.
You can give any kind of feedback you want of course, or ask me any questions. You don’t have to worry too much about spelling and grammar as I will be using a proofreader.
This story is a sequel of sorts. Jen Air: The Little Queen is out there on ebook stores, but I am rewriting it as well at the same time as this. It was my first original story that I finished about two years ago now, but it was rushed and it’s kind of still a draft really. There’s also a few novellas which are complete fluff – not sure I’m going to redo any of those. Also not sure I’m going to keep ‘Jen Air’ as the series title, but I haven’t come up with anything better yet.
Maybe you can help. The characters go on a variety of adventures, but the overall theme of the series is how humans can take things from their imaginations or that were once just fantasy, and make them real through science and technology.
I had originally wanted to write an urban fantasy story, but it seemed there was a lot of that being worked on. So I thought of things like Scooby Doo – you know when it turned to never be an actual ghost but old man something, the carnival owner, using tricks and contraptions. And then of old Doctor Who when he was stranded on Earth and called on to deal with robots running amok, and spider cults, and science gone awry (and the odd alien invasion). So it morphed into more of a sci-fi.