Good Morning, Bloggorati! Today I’m going to introduce you to the next hottest indie writer on the block, Moira Katson. But first, this biggish announcement. Much of this blog is dedicated to helping writers with craft, promotion, and the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, but it’s time to start a newsletter for my own fans here who are only interested in book news. Ta-da! Just to get this bad boy off the ground, I’m offering everyone who signs up for the newsletter (Salyer’s General Semantics) a free e-copy of the first novel in the Spectras Arise trilogy, Contract of Defiance. Offer good through May, so feel free to share with all your action- and military-scifi-loving friends. Click this link to sign up, or pop over to the button on the top right corner.
Without further ado:
Moira Katson is an indie author living in the oft-frigid wastes of the American midwest. As a transplant, she is learning to love hot dish, fried food on a stick, ice fishing, and the hilarious faces her friends make when she posts about winter temperatures. Her less geeky interests include running, STRONG coffee, and cooking; her more geeky interests include gaming, voracious reading, and, of course, writing science fiction and fantasy novels!
Her first novel—which I personally cannot wait to pick up!—in a new science-fiction series, Crucible: The Novum Trilogy, just made the semifinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest (and the next round will be picked in mid-June). Way to go, Moira! Her pure writing hutzpah is an inspiration, and she has another series already out, The Light & Shadow Trilogy.
“We have come to a moment when what we know as goodness and mercy will not be enough to guide us any longer. Your loved ones may not ever understand what you did here today, but they need you to stand for all that is good in humanity.”
With these words, war hero Benito Sandoval launched one of the most brutal massacres in human history, attacking the undefended colony of Guan-Yu and slaughtering forty thousand of the civilians he had sworn his life to protect. When humanity’s fleet arrives, too late to stop the attack, all that is left is ruins—and the cryptic words of a lone alien survivor, warning humanity of the Henth, a race that has devoured everything in its path.
Hunted to the brink of extinction, the Aireni were fleeing across the galaxy when they stumbled onto a living weapon with speed, strength, and brutal cleverness: a fragment of humanity on a long-forgotten planet. In desperation, the Aireni set about honing humanity, breeding and modifying the colonists into a weapon that might be the last hope for life in the galaxy.
As the human fleet searches the stars for the Henth, they leave the ruined colony behind them. But the colonists have
not been destroyed. They have hidden. They have survived. And they know who their enemies are.
It is only a matter of time before they return from their exodus to the destroyed city, to find the technology the Aireni left behind. It is only a matter of time before that technology carries them into the galaxy. And then, as the last remnants of the surviving races face down the final advance of the Henth, it is up to humanity to convince a long-lost weapon to come to its aid…
Good luck in the contest, Moira!
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