Dear Freedom Flames,
I hope you’re as excited as I am that Missing in Columbia has been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon. With Missing in Columbia up and running, the First Trilogy in the Lord of Columbia Series is complete, which I’m also referring to as the first season.
But, now that Season One is in the books, the focus is now on Season Two, which will bring about new characters and an entirely new situation with the first book entitled ‘Raven’s Flock.’
You guys and girls are in luck since I’m giving you a little bit of a preview as to what to expect when Raven’s Flock is released in early-2020, preferably January-February.
If you’re interested in learning more about the next dose of action in the new adult urban fantasy thrillers, strap in as I take you through some new characters, themes, and even a couple plot elements.
Yes, our main cast from the Original Trilogy will return, albeit a little bit older than their college-aged selves, but since it’s still in the new adult sub-genre, a new breed of characters aged 17-29 will be introduced, the main attraction: Miss Raven Spade.
So, who is this Raven Spade?
Well, for one the girl gracing the cover at the top of this article gives you an idea on what the girl looks like, but there’s much to Raven.
A star shotball player, Raven is actually barred from playing high school ball due to her (true) claims of seeing spirits nightly and possessing supernatural ability, something that has since been demonized in Columbia.
Yes, the region is under attack once more by a group of imperialists (what else is new?) and these days, anyone possessing ability is shut up in insane asylums, many of which are privately-owned asylums where the Columbian government has promised to keep these lovely places 97% of the way full; meaning people are getting thrown in for owning the recessive trait of controlling the elements.
And of course, with the news media telling the public how dangerous these people are to society, Raven spends her nights strapped to a bed from lights out until the sun rises.
The star shotball player and academic whiz is seeing her future fade before her eyes, but when a mysterious visitor arrives and informs her that she’s not insane in the slightest, Raven’s fortunes might just change, or so she thinks, anyway.
The absolute horrors of war is the most recurring theme here.
We’ve all heard of those men who fought in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and even the wars of today believing they’d be running up the hill and waving a flag, leading their comrades to victory as opposition forces retreat into the jungle, desert, or countryside.
Well, it’s exactly what happens to our new breed of characters here, thinking war is an exciting adventure only to realize when enemy drones are attacking that the reality of war is nothing more than a living hell and that some weapons are so powerful they have the ability to melt the flesh and bone of anyone in proximity.
It’s something our older cast, however, is familiar with.
As you’ve read previously in my Libertarian Manifesto article that one overarching theme in this work is critical of US interventionism worldwide.
Well, there’s more of that here, as once again, the empire of the day is flexing their military might all over Gaia. I can’t tell you who that empire is or I’ll spoil it all, but if you read the entire Original Trilogy, you’ll know exactly who that empire is.
And of course, it’s where Cain comes in and starts swearing up a storm.
Purple and Gold?
Yep, we’re playing into that allegory again.
And once again, perhaps you want to look a little deeper into that allegory. You have purple, gold, some black, and a name on the cover.
Yes, I know I talked about the importance of branding my series, but this one actually plays right into the brand, which further reinforces the allegory at hand.
That’s all the hints I’m giving there.
But again, if you follow this blog closely and click that link above, you’ll have a grand idea where I’m headed.
So, right now I have most of the work completed, believe it or not.
However, there are a few elements I’m still working on toward the end of the book, which will help the reader understand the nature of the conflict and definitely start to tie up some loose ends I left hanging at the end of Missing in Columbia.
I’m considering the work I have done at the moment as nothing more than a long first draft since I’ve done two edits while taking a break from Swords of Destiny and Missing in Columbia when they were in their deeper stages of editing. Now that the books are up and running on Amazon, it’s reassuring that I can finally switch gears and get into hardcore editing mode.
Yet there’s also a catch, as I’m not one to just edit the one work.
Therefore, as I promised a few months back the Neo Skyehawk novelettes are on their way, both for free so you readers can catch a glimpse of my writing style along with getting your hands or eyes on a few thrilling epic fantasies.
But there’s also more than only the Skyehawk Series, as I tend to work not only on Raven’s Flock but also Books V and VI of the Second Trilogy in Lord of Columbia, which is why there will be a long wait between the release of Missing in Columbia and Raven’s Flock. But it also helps me get the books out in a timely manner, as I was able to release Northern Knights back in August while concluding the First Trilogy with the release of Missing in Columbia just a few days ago.
So, I ask you all to stay tuned for some more updates, progress reports, and other happenings in the Lord of Columbia/Neo Skyehawk Universe.