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

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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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Ebook release of Defender (Hive Mind 2)

Setof3.jpgDefender is available now worldwide in Ebook

Paperback release expected February 2018

Set in the Hive Future

HIVE MIND 2 DEFENDER COMPLETEBecoming a telepath was hard. Being a telepath is harder.

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 her team arrive too late. Someone is already dead. Someone that Amber knows.

Amber is determined to catch the murderer, but she doesn’t realize who she’s up against, or the true danger of opening her mind to the thoughts of others.

 

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

More details here.

 

 

 

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Paperback release of Perilous

2Perilous, a prequel novella in the Hive Mind series, is now available worldwide in both ebook and paperback formats. Perilous is set a year before Telepath when Amber is living on Teen Level.

Full details are here.

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Audiobook of Earth Girl now available outside USA

 

Earth Girl audiobook cover artHarper Voyager UK has now released an audiobook of Earth Girl that’s available outside the USA.

The audiobook is narrated by Nura Nash.

Full details of Earth Girl and links to the audiobook are here.

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Perilous is out now in ebook!

PERILOUS is a prequel novella in the Hive Mind Series

Available Worldwide in Ebook

Paperback expected release date November 2017.

PERILOUS LIGHTER EBOOK COMPLETEAmber is one of over a million seventeen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s worried that she only has a year left before she enters the Lottery of 2532 to have her abilities assessed. Lottery will decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life.

Amber fears that her lack of any obvious talent will mean she’s sent down into the depths of the hive, but her friend, Forge, is addicted to taking risks. When Forge chooses exactly the wrong moment to put himself in danger, Amber must stop worrying about the future, and concentrate on surviving the present.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

Full details here.

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Coming Next in the Hive Mind series

Some news for those of you asking about more books in the Hive Mind series.

The next book will be a prequel novella (half as long as one of my full length books) set a year before the start of Telepath, and covering some events when Amber is living on Teen Level. PERILOUS is planned as a September release.

But I know that some of you are mainly interested in the full length books, so will want to know what’s happening about Hive Mind 2. The answer is that Hive Mind 2 – DEFENDER is planned to release in December 2017/January 2018. I’ll obviously be trying my very best to get it out in time for Christmas.

I always find it hard to come up with adequate short descriptions of my books, but I’ve bravely suffered the double agony of composing them for both PERILOUS and DEFENDER, so keep reading for more details! 

PERILOUS (Hive Mind A Prequel Novella)

PERILOUS LIGHTER EBOOK COMPLETEExpected Publication Date September 2017

Amber is one of over a million seventeen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s worried that she only has a year left before she enters the Lottery of 2532 to have her abilities assessed. Lottery will decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life.

Amber fears that her lack of any obvious talent will mean she’s sent down into the depths of the hive, but her friend, Forge, is addicted to taking risks. When Forge chooses exactly the wrong moment to put himself in danger, Amber must stop worrying about the future, and concentrate on surviving the present.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

 

DEFENDER (Hive Mind 2)

HIVE MIND 2 DEFENDER COMPLETEExpected Publication Date December 2017 / January 2018

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 her team arrive too late. Someone is already dead. Someone that Amber knows.

Amber is determined to catch the murderer, but she doesn’t realize who she’s up against, or the true danger of opening her mind to the thoughts of others.

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

 

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Paperback release of Scavenger Alliance

3Scavenger Alliance is now available in both ebook and paperback formats. Scavenger Alliance is set in the same future universe as Earth Girl, but centuries earlier at the end of Exodus century, and features an ancestor of Jarra.

Full details are here.

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Guest Post – Infinite Worlds

There’s a new guest post from me at Author Allsorts. This one is about why I chose to write science fiction.

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Guest Post -On Writing

There’s another guest post from me over at Author Allsorts. It was supposed to be about choosing an author I’d like to have a masterclass from. It somehow turned into a piece about Stephen King’s book “On Writing”.

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