The second Palladia book, Consuela, is in its final stages. The cover is coming along. I'm going to use this model (though not sure about this particular image. I've narrowed down to 9 poses of her.) But I'm going to choose soon, so I'll go ahead and put the cover up to give a general idea of the direction. The cover still has a lot of work though, and after moving the entire book into a radically different setting from before, I've taken a week or two off to cool down before I go through with a fine-tooth comb.
Palladia is set about 300 years from now. I stalled with creating it after City of the Invaders, until I came back and realized Frank and Katia had never enthralled readers very much. They were just a platform to start the conversation. It was the world that had potential to move forward. I'm currently planning 5 books, my first series. I sometimes tried to make sequels for my stories, but it never worked because the story had been told. In Palladia, the story is just beginning. I hope by the end we'll know what this world is about and perhaps have a bit of insight into why people are so interested in this genre. What kind of people resonate with futuristic scifi and what are they seeing their daily lives that makes them talk using this sort of narrative? So here's a basic overview of the world's structure.
Who is the bad guy in Palladia? It seems to be the "Invaders," but by the second book you'll see they are slicker and more advanced than the first book makes them out to be. In City of the Invaders they're mostly bandits and gangsters. And their relationship with the EC is increasingly unclear, as we get to seem them actually interacting in daily, normal way. Also part of the second book. Are the EC really the good guys? And what role do all the other groups have in the mix? You should pay close attention.
And there will be more updates.
I've always been a writer. Author of 9 published books. Most recently published A Year with the Harrisons, a variation on Little Women. Next year will be publishing The Prince's Ball, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.