Star's End is out in the world today!
If you ever wanted a reminder of how sloooooow publishing can be, I wrote the first words of this novel on January 1, 2013. It was part of an experiment to see if I could juggle multiple projects--a major project, which I would spend most of my time on, and a minor project, where I would write 500 words first thing every morning. Star's End was the minor project.
Now, over four years later, you can buy it in a bookstore. Just more proof that probably the most important skill you'll ever need as a writer is persistence.
So what exactly is Star's End about? Well, I shall tell you... in gif form.
First off, there's a lot of this
By which I mean SPAAAAAAAACE. The book focuses on the relationship between four sisters...
...who have the worst dad you can imagine. Like, this guy...
crossed with one of these guys:
Only we're talking, like, dickish early TNG-era Ferengi, not adorable DS9 Ferengi. Then throw in a Xenomorph for good measure.
Yes, a xenomorph.
Curious how this all ties together? Well, you'll have to read the book, won't you! Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review, saying “the well-developed characters enhance this novel of grand ideas, bringing relatable human motives and vulnerabilities to a world in which industry, government, warfare, and space travel are inextricably intertwined."
Here's the official summary:
The Coromina family owns a small planet system, which consists of one gaseous planet and four terraformed moons, nicknamed the Four Sisters. Phillip Coromina, the patriarch of the family, earned his wealth through a manufacturing company he started as a young man and is preparing his eldest daughter, Esme, to take over the company when he dies.
When Esme comes of age and begins to take over the business, she gradually discovers the reach of her father’s company, the sinister aspects of its work with alien DNA, and the shocking betrayal that estranged her three half-sisters from their father. After a lifetime of following her father’s orders, Esme must decide if she should agree to his dying wish of assembling her sisters for a last goodbye or face her role in her family’s tragic undoing.
And here are some purchase links:
Barnes and Noble
Thank you all for reading!