|The more I see this,|
the more I love this.
Not that it hasn't moved from its rewrite. My awesome CPs have really helped it along there. But now it's been tweaked and rearranged ... it's not really moving. And when you find yourself shuffling and rewording a sentence or pushing commas around it's time to seek outside opinions.
I feel it's time for The Rogue King to perused by some beta readers before moving on to procure an editor to spot those crazy errors. And they'll be there. If there's anything you can count on, it's typo gremlins. I did aim to self-publish by the end of this year, but that'll now depend on a certain kitty's vet bill.
So ... I guess this is the part where I go all shameless and ask for your help. I'm mostly looking for plot, character development and overall story quality. Most importantly, since this is now the first of four novels, that the book feels like a whole in itself.
What can I offer in return? Virtual muffins! Way more delicious than your regular kind and guaranteed to be 100% fat free. ^_^
Okay, seriously, I can offer more than that. I can return the favour ... so long as it's not horror. That's a genre I can no longer read or watch.
'Cause I know you're all not like me and super-obsessed with this little world, I also know you're going to want to know what The Rogue King is about.
Let's start off with the cold facts: It's Science Fantasy, adult category and 58,000 words long. I am warning you here: there are sexual themes.
Now the story itself is ... well, this is a little piece I wrote for the back cover for the first book (you may give opinions on that too, if you like):
Koral was born a product of genetic manipulation and knew little of the world beyond the steel walls of home. Until, on one unhappy night, he flees into the desert. But the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.
This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are sacrificed to the great Serpent God Lorric only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet.
With the god's sights set on turning him into a legend, Koral must sacrifice himself to survive and become ...
The Rogue King
Not enough to tempt you? Well, you've always been able to read the first chapter here. If you're interested in reading more, chuck me an email at aldreaalien (at) yahoo.co.nz.