As noted in this morning’s post, today Destiny from Ashes is live on Amazon and will soon be live on the other major storefronts. Release days are always a mixed emotional bag for me. I’m excited to see the book go live. I’m terrified about what readers will think. I’m exhausted from the final push to get it out the door. All that applies to this release along with a few additional emotional angsty issues.
When I wrote Vengeance from Ashes, I knew a couple more books would follow. I never expected it to turn into three short stories that morphed into a novella and then eight novels. Nor did I anticipate what bringing the series to an end would feel like. I wasn’t expecting the dragging of my creative heels or the ideas already percolating for what to do next.
In some ways, this book was one of the most difficult I’ve written. Because of that, I’m terrified I screwed it up and screwed it up badly. But then, I feel some level of that fear with every release.
Is Destiny the end of the line for Ashlyn Shaw and her friends? For some of them, yes. No, I won’t tell you who because I want you to read the book. Yes, I’m mercenary that way. VBG
Does that mean we won’t see those who survive later? I don’t know. Right now, I need to step away from the series. I have other books on the stove waiting to be stirred and seasoned and laid out on the table that is Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more.
Destiny from Ashes will answer the major questions from the series. It is written in such a way I can go back when the creative juices used by the series has recharged to write short stories and novellas in the universe. I guess that means that despite what I wrote above, we probably will be revisiting the universe sometime in the future. Honestly, that reassures me some because I like the characters, even the ones I’ve killed along the way–well, not the bad guys although some of them were fun to write.
Anywhere, here’s the plug. Destiny from Ashes is now available for download on Amazon. Check the other stores in a day or two. I’d appreciate it if you’d check it out. (I suck at promotion, can you tell?)
Colonel Ashlyn Shaw is on a collision course with an enemy determined to destroy her and all she holds dear. Honor demands she not turn away from the upcoming battle. Duty requires her to do whatever is necessary to protect her command and her home system. The Corps and her family stand with her, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to finally bring this war to an end.
But when the enemy turns out to be closer than she thinks, how will Ashlyn react? Will this finally be what breaks her or will it see the might of the Fuerconese Marine Corps raining death and destruction down on all who would stand against Fuercon and her enemies?
Honor and duty. Corps and family. These are the hills upon which Ash and every Marine in her command will live and possibly die as they fight to protect Fuercon and her allies.
Soon. It’s in the process.
Paper soon?? 🙂
This is completely unrelated but I didn’t know if you’d seen it.
The Verge has a fascinating story about writers and A.I. software, used to write genre fiction. The article’s got lots to unpack, including writing on a treadmill to the point of burnout.
Here’s the link: https://www.theverge.com/c/23194235/ai-fiction-writing-amazon-kindle-sudowrite-jasper
You often write about the writing business, so this story was made for you!
Congrats on getting another one out the door!