Happy 2019 and some exciting Russian news

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My New Year post is a few days late this year, but at least I managed to get the traditional New Year short story up on time. If you haven’t read Your Move, Drago yet, the3n it’s here.

The highlights for 2018 were the publication of another Earth Girl prequel novella, Earth and Air, and the third Hive Mind book, Hurricane, but there is also some exciting news for anyone who speaks Russian.

The year started with the publication of  the paperback of2 Defender in February.

Earth and Air was published in June as an ebook, with the paperback following in August. Earth and Air is the sequel to Earth and Fire, but significantly longer. You get fifty per cent more Jarra!

Earth and Air is the second in what is planned HIVE MIND 3 - HURRICANE COMPLETEto be a set of three Earth Girl prequel novellas following Jarra’s adventures in the summer before the start of Earth Girl. I don’t yet have a planned release date for the third novella – called with staggering originality Earth and Water. I’m currently focusing my efforts on full-length books because those generally seem more popular, so Earth and Water will have to wait until I have a suitable gap in my schedule.

Hurricane was my Christmas ebook release, so there was the usual last minute rush to get it published before the Christmas holidays. I’ve been glad to hear that people are enjoying the latest adventure of my telepath and her team, so the effort was definitely worthwhile.  The Hive Mind series is planned to be open-ended, and I have ideas for several future books.

earth girl russian coverAnd the exciting Russian news is that the Earth Girl trilogy is being published in Russian translation by AST. I knew this was going to happen last summer, but didn’t expect any books to be published until well into 2019. In fact, I discovered a few weeks ago that the Russians have moved much faster than I expected. My information is totally dependent on Google Translate, so Russian readers will be much better informed than me, but I believe Earth Girl has already been published in Russian while Earth Star is available for pre-order.

As always, I’d like to thank you all for reading my books, earth star russian coverrecommending them to your friends, sending me so many encouraging messages, and taking the time to do reviews and ratings. Your support is vital and greatly appreciated.

And finally, last January, I asked my newsletter list for volunteer beta readers. I had such a wonderful response that I’ve only been able to ask a small percentage of people to beta read so far, but I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered.

Happy 2019!

Janet Edwards

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New Short Story on my website – Your move, Drago

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This post should have been both announcing the new short story, and rambling on about the events of the past year. The rambling bit has to wait a couple of days though because I had a routine hospital appointment yesterday (yes, the only appointment available was for New Year’s Eve), which left me a bit more battered than expected.

Fortunately, I had the sense to post the new story on the website in advance. Your Move, Drago is a very short story set in the Portal Future and features Drago Tell Dramis. It takes place after the events covered in the Earth Girl trilogy, but should be spoiler free for new readers, while giving a glimpse of things to come for those who have already read the Earth Girl trilogy

You can read Your Move, Drago here.

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Ebook Release of Hive Mind 3: Hurricane

Hive Mind 3: Hurricane is available now worldwide in Ebook

Paperback release expected February 2019

Set in the Hive Future

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Being a telepath means there is always a new challenge.

Eighteen-year-old Amber is the youngest of the five telepaths who protect the hundred million citizens of one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time a simple case leads on to something far bigger.

This is a case where Amber’s team have to face the unknown and break all the rules they usually follow, while Amber has extra burdens she can’t share with anyone. She has a personal mystery to solve, and questions she wants answered, but curiosity is a dangerous trait in a telepath.

Hurricane is the third full-length book in the Hive Mind series. Further books are planned to follow.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2018, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

More details here.

 

 

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Paperback release of Earth and Air

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The second Earth Girl novella, Earth and Air, is now available worldwide in both ebook and paperback. Full details here.

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Scavenger Alliance has a new cover

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I’ve put a new cover on the ebook of Scavenger Alliance, and polished up the book description a bit. I hope you think it’s an improvement.

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Ebook Release of Earth and Air: An Earth Girl Novella

Earth and Air: An Earth Girl Novella is available now worldwide in Ebook

Paperback release expected August 2018

Set in the Portal Future of the Earth Girl trilogy

 

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2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else uses interstellar portals to travel between hundreds of colony worlds, 17-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, abandoned by her parents to be raised a ward of Hospital Earth, she lives a regimented life in one of their impersonal residences.

Jarra is spending the summer at New York Fringe Dig Site with her school history club. While her friends search for lost treasures on the ground, Jarra is airborne in a survey plane and hoping to become a qualified pilot, but the sprawling ancient ruins of New York contain the lethal legacies of the past as well as its treasures.

EARTH AND FIRE was the first of what is planned to be a sequence of three prequel novellas set in the distant future of the Earth Girl trilogy and featuring Jarra. EARTH AND AIR is the second in the sequence. At over 60,000 words it is actually longer than standard novella length.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2018, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

 

More details here.

 

 

 

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Delay due to Amazon technical issue

I’m having to delay the release of the Earth and Air novella due to a technical issue at Amazon making some ebooks (particularly new and recent releases) either become invisible to buyers or visible with no buy button.

My deepest apologies about this. I hate having a last-minute delay, but I was caught up in a different issue with the paperback of Defender, which kept publishing and unpublishing for a week or so. Worse still, all the books affected had a recurrence of the problem a month or so later. I don’t want to risk something similar happening with the ebook of Earth and Air, and I can’t announce a release until the ebook is loading on all the main sales channels.

Amazon’s engineers are working to solve this issue so hopefully the delay won’t be long. I’m watching their announcement regularly for updates, and checking reports from other authors. I’ll get the release moving as soon as the situation is resolved.

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Guest Post – The Worst Way To Read A Book

There’s a new guest post from me over at Author Allsorts. This time I’m talking about the horrors of studying a book at school.

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Two weeks to go for the Earth and Air novella

EARTH AND AIR EBOOK COMPLETEI’ve had a few people asking me for news about Earth and Air, the second of the Earth Girl prequel novellas featuring Jarra. I expected this to be out in May, but it’s running a little behind schedule. I expect Earth and Air: An Earth Girl Novella will be published about two weeks from now, in early June. Anyone who has signed up for my newsletter will get an email alert when it starts appearing on Amazon and other sales sites.

The good news is that one of the reasons Earth and Air is running behind schedule is that it turned out to be longer than planned. For those of you who have read the first novella, Earth and Fire, I was originally planning for Earth and Air to be about the same length, but it’s actually 50% longer than that. I hope that 50% extra Jarra counts as good rather than bad news for most of you!

While I’m on the subject of novella lengths, I’ll grab my chance to explain that technically a novella is defined as a story that is between 17,500 words and 39,999, while over 40,000 words is a novel.

Since Earth and Fire is 42,000 words long, it’s technically a short novel. Frontier and Perilous are much longer at about 55,000 words, and Earth and Air is around 62,000 words, so these are definitely short novels. I’m still putting the novella label on them though, because I don’t want anyone to be confused between these shorter pieces and my full-length novels.

 

 

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Guest speaker at Birmingham SF Group (UK)

On May 11th, I’ll be guest speaker at the Birmingham SF Group (UK). If you’re in the area, then please come along and join us. Full details here.

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