|reaper final cover|
It was supposed to be a one-shot event, a single expurgation of fears, despair and panic about where our race might go in the pursuit of Free Planet ideals, legacies. It came to 80,000 words at the crucial second draft, and then something magical happened. The novel ended, after a series of cuts and rewrites to the finale, in May of 2012 and I've suddenly realised I couldn't leave it there. Now is the time to announce that this novel is actually the 'first of a series' of Free Planet novels.
As you'll see from the reworked cover for this first novel in the Free Planet series, it has become free planet 1: CUSTODIAN.
It's still the same book shared consecutively by The Custodians and You The People but there'll be more importance placed upon your eponymous 'custodian' role in book one. Therefore, it suits the series better if I sacrifice the original one-shot 'free planet' title to that of 'free planet #' and bring the 'custodian' aspect of this first book more into the foreground. I mean, it's there anyway, via the Custodian Liberation but this way we get to see how 'real heroes are made' from the most unlikely of raw material.
I have a detailed notion of where such a series would go, starting with free planet 1: CUSTODIAN the free planet 2: LIBERATOR and free planet 3: REAPER (image above) -- it's going to be such a beautiful and brutal storyline. Like nothing you've ever read. Trust me, I'm an (evil) author.
REAPER due in 2015.