Thursday, April 4, 2019

Influences: What inspired me to write Absolution: A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures

Every writer has something that influences them when they start a new project. Absolution is no exception. I’ve always had great love for heroes, who don’t want to be the hero. The protagonist that is out for themselves yet when the chips are down they do the right thing. Serena Darkwood is no exception.

In a lot of ways, Serena is Han Solo, a smuggler, and scoundrel. But if there is anyone that Serena Darkwood reflects the most, it’s Malcom Reynolds of “Firefly”. That series is a huge influence on Absolution. Like Mal, Serena wants to be free, with space under her feet and coin in her pocket.

If you enjoy a fast paced sci-fi story, with intrigue and a dash of humor, then Absolution is the novel you’ve been waiting for. I enjoyed putting Serena through her paces playing with her emotions and building her character into something I believe you’ll want to read.

Pre-order your ebook copy of Absolution: A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures for $3.99. The paperback version will be available on release day June, 18.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Grounded: Ideas Behind the Writing of “Absolution” A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures.

I wrote a five book series a few years ago, called Talon’s Epic, about an 18th century British navy officer abducted by aliens. When I wrote that series I was bent on making it totally alien, changing phrases, terms and giving each alien a parasite that infected their bodies and helped them communicate with one another.

With “Absolution” A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures, I grounded the story, time is calculated in Earth terms (even though our little planet has nothing to do with the story, and is not even mentioned) money is used a lot like we use it, paid in old galactic coin, and…. I think you see where I’m going with this. I didn’t want the reader to be bogged down in unfamiliar terms that would confuse them and take away from the enjoyment of the story, which I think is outstanding, by the way.

I like to think Absolution is a popcorn story, something you can settle in with and enjoy from each sentence, to each page and to each chapter. And when you’re finished with it, you’ll want more of smuggler Serena Darkwood, because there is a lot more story to tell.

Absolution is a self-contained story, with a beginning, middle and end without a cliffhanger wanting you to wait for the next book. Of course there are mysteries unresolved, because like I said its an ongoing story, that will leave you wanting more. If you like action, plot twists, and pure space adventure stories, then I know you’ll enjoy this book.

“Absolution” A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures will be released June, 18 and  is on ebook pre-order on for $3.99 and the paperback version will arrive on release day for $14.99.