Over the weekend, I finished writing the first draft of Warrior, completing the third book in the Breeder science fiction romance trilogy. I will take a month to revise and edit before I submit Warrior to Loose Id. Based on my past experience with Loose Id, I anticipate a fall 2014 publication date.
The first draft ended at 71,642 words (283 manuscript pages)—the longest of the Breeder novels, as well as my longest book ever. Breeder (book 1) was 60K, and Terran (book 2) was 58K. I expect that after revision Warrior will be shorter (65-68 K-ish).
Warrior was an interesting “write.” I had plotted out the story in my own sketchy fashion, but then deviated from the outline within the first 50 pages, and pretty much pantsed the entire middle. But the elements I came up with on the fly were far more creative and interesting than the stuff I had plotted. I’ve always felt that the things that are “inspired” are better than the things that are cold-plotted. The last 50 pages came together in a breeze because I knew exactly what was going to happen. I wish the entire book could have been that easy to write!
Breeder was set during late spring, Terran in the fall, and Warrior in the winter, which created some challenges due to the cold and those dang uniforms!
If Breeder was dark and dystopian and Terran humorous, Warrior is suspenseful. Guiding me in the writing was advice fiction advice I picked up years ago: make it worse.
Warrior is Anika and Urazi’s story. Anika first appears as Omra’s cellmate in Breeder. In that book, she is attacked by Corren, Dak’s beta. In book two, she is chased by Qalin’s guards, and she suffers a great loss. Her situation doesn’t improve in Book 3. Mwahhahaha…
But Anika is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore.
Besides telling Anika and Urazi’s story, Warrior wraps up what has been happening in Parseon. Things you may have forgotten about way back in book 1 come back to haunt in book 3. *Another evil laugh.*
Be afraid…be very afraid…
The unofficial, first cut blurb for Warrior!
A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination.
Can they save their people?
As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her down intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize the home they knew has ceased to exist, and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and a fate worse than death.
I am considering running an excerpt of Warrior during my five-year authorversary celebration, July 21-25.