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



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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Guest Post – Sometimes You Need Magic

There’s a new guest post from me over at Author Allsorts. This is about the magic in books, and the magic of books.

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Books briefly vanishing from Google Play, Overdrive and Playster

Due to an issue with one of my distributors, you may notice a hiatus with my books on Google Play, Overdrive and Playster. They should briefly be unavailable for purchase before reappearing via a different route. Defender should be fine since that is already on the new route.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

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Paperback release of Defender

2Becoming a telepath was hard. Being a telepath is harder.

Defender, the second full-length book in the Hive Mind series, is now available worldwide in both ebook and paperback formats.

Full details are here.

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New story here on my website

I’ve finally posted the promised New Year story here on my website. I confidently predicted that this year’s story would be set in the portal universe, but I’ve had to make a late story substitution for two reasons.

Firstly, I’ve been ill for the last few weeks. Secondly, this story is a prequel Earth Girl story about Fian. I intended it to be quite short, but Fian has other ideas, and he’s notoriously stubborn. Fian’s story is already much longer than I expected, it’s developed a whole set of extra complications, and as far as I can tell I’m barely a quarter of the way through.

Rather than ruin Fian’s story by chopping it brutally short, I’ve decide it to let it continue to its natural length. That means it will eventually end up being published either in a collection or as an individual novella.

The substitute story is George Was Dead. It has no connection to either Christmas or the New Year, and isn’t set in any of my future universes. I wrote George Was Dead years ago for a competition, which it ended up winning. I’ve been thinking of putting it on my website at some point, because it’s a fun short story and I’m rather fond of it. Now is obviously a good time to do it.

You can read George Was Dead here.

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Happy 2018 and apologies for a delayed New Year story


I have a tradition that I put up a new story on my website at the New Year. Sadly, I’ve been fighting a nasty virus for the last two weeks, and I feel like a wet lettuce that has been stamped on. My apologies that this has slowed my progress on my planned New Year story to a snail’s pace.

3My revised goal is to get the story on the website next weekend, or at least the first part of the story. The plot has grown rather longer and more complicated than originally planned, so this story may turn into a multi-part affair.

Those who have signed up to get email alerts when I have a new release should get the usual email notification when the short story is on my website. That email will also include some advance news about which new books are likely to appear in 2018.

Other than the delay on the short story, 2017 was a good year for my writing. Scavenger Alliance was published in April as an ebook, with the paperback following in June. This book is set in the same portal future as Earth Girl, but several centuries earlier, and features one of Jarra’s ancestors struggling to survive in an abandoned New York.2

Perilous was published in September, with the paperback following at the beginning of November. This book is a prequel novella in my Hive Mind series. All my novellas and short stories are intended as optional extras for those who’d like some extra background to the characters and worlds in the full-length books. Perilous is set a year before the first book in the Hive Mind series, Telepath, and features several characters who will appear in Telepath, Defender, and later books.

HIVE MIND 2 DEFENDER COMPLETEI’d been hoping to publish the ebook of Defender before Christmas but I knew the timings would be very tight. As it turned out, I managed to publish it just before the cold virus hit me. Defender is the second full-length book in the Hive Mind series. Amber and her team faced a lot of challenges in Telepath, and their lives don’t get any easier in Defender. I hope to release the paperback edition in February.

The Hive Mind series seems to be proving very popular, and people have already been asking if this is to be a trilogy or there’ll be more books than that. The answer is that the Hive Mind series is planned to be open ended, and I have ideas noted down for several more books. Although some character story lines will naturally progress, each book is intended to be semi-independent, centred on a new case and exploring a different aspect of the Hive future.

My thanks to all of you for reading my books. The encouraging messages, reviews and ratings are deeply appreciated, especially those for Defender since the second and subsequent books in series always suffer from getting fewer reviews.

I wish you all a very happy 2018!

Janet Edwards





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