I am super excited to announce that Sleeping Duty is now available in print. The book has been available as an ebook for over two years now, but it was still weirdly thrilling to hold a proof copy in my hands. I’ve been reading books since I was very young, and, although I love my Kindle, I was always holding one of these book-things as my talisman to other worlds before the Kindle came along. Now one of my books exists in the real world, too.
My next book, Mercenary Calling, should be out by the end of January, and it, too, will be available in paper. How am I able to finally accomplish this amazing feat? I found the right folks. Although I figured out how to publish electronically, set up two websites, and do some of my own covers for my short stories (I tell you all this not to brag but so you won’t think I’m too pathetic), attempting to make all the widows and orphans, page numbers and fonts, and headers and footers–and margins!–all work with each other completely stymied me. There are people out there, however, who stand ready to help people like me. One of them is Streetlight Graphics, and I really love what they did. They’re also very nice to work with. If you need help, check ’em out.
What is Sleeping Duty about? It’s the tale of a former space marine trapped on a lost, medieval colony planet:
Gilead Tan and Andrea Fielding survived their stint in the military, got married, signed up to emigrate to a terraformed colony world, and went into cold sleep for the journey from Earth. While they slept, the starship went through the wrong fold in space and settled for a different world, a wild world. Three centuries after the founding of a colony on the uncharted planet, Gilead awakens to find humanity slipped back to medieval tech and a feudal structure. Worse, the king who wants Gilead awake won’t let Gilead awaken his wife.