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This is young adult fiction that inspires us to explore real places in  our solar system. No glittery vampires allowed.
Smart young adult fiction that inspires us to explore real places in  our solar system.
Smart young adult fiction that inspires us to explore real places in our solar system.
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The Rathmore Chaos - A Sequel to The Conspiracy Game

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Gravity. Interstellar. The Rosetta Comet Mission. Right now there's a lot of buzz around realistic space exploration, but it's sorely missing from one place - the young adult section of your local bookstore. Let's fill that hole in the shelf. My first novel began with that goal in mind -  to refocus our collective attention on the amazing possibility of space travel. That vision continues with The Rathmore Chaos. 

READ A SAMPLE HERE.

Tully Harper lost a good friend on his first trip into space -- a friend that he desperately wants to find. To do that, he must journey to a very real moon in our solar system. His friend's fate, and maybe humanity's, rests on his ability to locate the Rathmore Chaos. Once there, Tully explores an alien world, battles to bring home his friend, and discovers the origins of his powers, which don't always obey his commands. He also learns the unexpected story of the Ascendant, a myth-infused tale that I will write in the years to come. I researched everything from planetary sciences to orbital transfers to movement in low gravity to bring real science to bear upon the fiction.

Also, the story is funny when it needs to be. Tully carries with him a pocket-sized Android who spouts definitions and advertisement at terribly inappropriate times. His name is Little Bacon, and bacon makes everything better.

Here's a link to The Conspiracy Game, my first novel. Read the reviews. What you'll see is the result of my first Kickstarter, which inspired me to pursue this trilogy. Unlike the first Kickstarter, this one includes a copy of the book! (see award levels for details). 

In the coming weeks, look for an update on the cover art and a launch party. All Kickstarters get an invite! Until then, get in your pledge to reserve a copy, and thanks for your support.

A FEW CHARACTERS WORTH MENTIONING: The list is long and diverse. A sampling. 

Tully Harper - protagonist - an only child from a single parent home; life-threateningly curious; received unpredictable powers when he touched a strange object in space. 

Sunjay Chakravorty - Tully's best friend - son of a Space Alliance research engineer; martial arts afficianado, human question cannon, fierce friend, and megafanboy for the pop star Queen Envy.

Tabitha Tirelli - Tully's friend/crush - lives down the street from Tully; instrumental in helping Tully avoid death in space; perceptive friend; doodler and straight A student; not a manic pixie dream girl.

Gallant Trackman - Archspy of the Ascendant - power-hungry traitor who sold out Tully and the world to the Ascendant; lost his hand trying to stop Tully in the first book and not happy about it.  

Mike Harper, Tully's father - stoic Space Alliance commander; discovered the Harper Device on Mars; explorer, parent, widower, fighter. 

The Harper Device - also known as the Sacred - a source of power, inspiration, hope, mystery - I cannot define a thing that is many things all at once. 

Risks and challenges

Being an indie writer was my choice and it's given me great artistic freedom; however, there's no "advance" coming from a publisher. If I don't cover the basics, I won't have the funds to take the book much further on my own. I can only stay indie if fans, friends, family, and total strangers think that my work is worthy of support.

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    For the price of three tacos, you helped me publish my second novel. I would love to publicly and cleverly thank you via twitter, facebook, instagram, or otherwise.

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