FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I JUST GOT HERE, AND I’M ALREADY LOST. WHERE DO I START?
Welcome! If you just want to dive in and see if you like my writing, you can either start with STARSHINE (Aurora Rising Book One), or if you want to a more bite-sized start, with the Restless Vol. I short story. Great news - both are free, so just follow the links to grab one or both from your online bookstore of choice. Or, if you want to start with the new series, check out Asterion Noir Book 1, EXIN EX MACHINA, here.
BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT I'M GETTING INTO FIRST. WHAT'S WITH ALL THE AURORAS?
I'm glad you asked. The overarching AURORA RHAPSODY saga consists of 3 sequential trilogies - Aurora Rising, Aurora Renegades and Aurora Resonant - as well as 7 short stories. The 3 trilogies (9 novels) should definitely be read in order, as they form one grand story (think of it like a play in 3 acts). Here's the order:
Aurora Rising (STARSHINE » VERTIGO » TRANSCENDENCE) -->
> > Aurora Renegades (SIDESPACE » DISSONANCE » ABYSM) -->
> > > Aurora Resonant (RELATIVITY » RUBICON » REQUIEM)
Learn more about the Aurora Rhapsody saga here.
YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT SHORT STORIES? WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THEM?
There are 8 short stories set in the Aurora Rhapsody universe, taking place at different points in the timeline: Restless Vol. I, Solatium, Apogee, Restless Vol. II, Venatoris, Re/Genesis, Meridian and Fractals. You can (with the exception of Restless II) read them at any time, in any order, or not at all (but I hope you will!).
Six of the 8 are free and widely available, or you can get all of them (except for Fractals) for only $0.99 in Short Stories of Aurora Rhapsody: The Complete Collection. Meridian is available exclusively in the omnibus collection, while Restless Vol. II is available in the omnibus or Aurora Rising: The Complete Collection. Restless Vol. II is the exception to the any time/any order rule: it should not be read until after you've completed the first trilogy, Aurora Rising.
Of course, I do have a recommended reading order, designed for maximum impact on the overall story:
Restless I » STARSHINE » Solatium » VERTIGO » Venatoris » TRANSCENDENCE » Restless II » SIDESPACE » Apogee » DISSONANCE » ABYSM » Re/Genesis » RELATIVITY » RUBICON » Meridian » REQUIEM » Fractals
More info about each of the short stories and download links can be found here. I mentioned that the short stories take place at various points in the timeline. If you're a visual person like me and want to see when they fall in relation to the novels, check out the non-spoilery TIMELINE.
DID YOU SAY FREE? I LOVE FREE.
I did say free! To get you started - and let's be honest, to get you hooked - the first novel, STARSHINE, is available for free download at all major retailers. Then, as a bonus, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll be able to download Book Two, VERTIGO, for free as well.
But (much like an infomercial) that's not all. Six of the short stories are free, too! Go here for download links. Or, you can get 7 short stories for $0.99 in Short Stories of Aurora Rhapsody: The Complete Collection.
OKAY, I THINK I UNDERSTAND AURORA RHAPSODY – SO WHAT’S ASTERION NOIR?
ASTERION NOIR is a separate science fiction trilogy. Book One, EXIN EX MACHINA, Book Two, OF A DARKER VOID, and Book Three, THE STARS LIKE GODS, are available in ebook, paperback and audiobook. Asterion Noir is set the same universe as Aurora Rhapsody, but it's a completely new story, with new locations and new characters, so you don't need to have read any of Aurora Rhapsody to read it.
Learn more about the Asterion Noir trilogy here.
AND AMARANTHE? WHAT’S THAT?
AMARANTHE is the name of the universe that all my books and short stories take place in. As of summer 2019, it’s also the name of the overarching series that encompasses all those books, as well as the upcoming series RIVEN WORLDS, which brings together the characters of Aurora Rhapsody and Asterion Noir to face a threat neither society can defeat alone.
THIS IS ALL SCIENCE FICTION, RIGHT?
That's right. Of course, science fiction is a pretty big category these days. Aurora Rhapsody is space opera, but it doesn't limit itself. It's adventure with a healthy dose of romance and a side of mystery/thriller. It also includes military sci-fi with space battles; eventually, there's a cornucopia of aliens, and it's chock full of cool future tech. What brings all those elements together into a cohesive whole is the characters; this is a story about humanity, told through the eyes of some pretty incredible humans (and a few evil ones, and the occasional alien).
Asterion Noir is still fundamentally space opera, but it is heavily colored by a cyberpunk/technothriller vibe. It's also very character-driven, because that's my way.
ARE THE BOOKS YA? IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS YA THESE DAYS.
No, they definitely are not. The most-main protagonist of Aurora Rhapsody, Alexis Solovy, curses like a Russian sailor - in English and Russian. There's at least one racy-but-not-overly-explicit sex scene in every book. There's also violence: lasers and blades abound, and sometimes they get up close and personal. More than all that, though, these are adult books - in themes, in complexity, in maturity of the subject matter. And that's a good thing.
I’M ALREADY HOOKED. I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING.
Fantastic! Aurora Rhapsody is rich and bursting with life. We've got detailed maps, character lists, all sorts of concept art, trivia, quotes and more, so dive in!
WHAT FORMATS DO THE BOOKS COME IN? WHERE CAN I BUY THEM?
All the novels are available in ebook, paperback and audiobook (except the most recent book, The Stars Like Gods, which will be available in audiobook later this summer).
The ebooks are available at all major online retailers (Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play and more). The paperbacks are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as a ton of other U.S. and international book retailers - and you can also walk in any brick-and-mortar bookstore and ask them to order one (or more) of my books for you! In addition, you can buy personalized, signed paperbacks directly from me. The audiobooks are available at Amazon, Audible and iBooks.
WHO ARE YOU? WHERE CAN I HANG OUT WITH YOU?
Second question first: You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a question directly from the website: Contact Form. I love hearing from readers, I really do. I'm super-active on Facebook and Twitter, so come friend/follow me! I also regularly post on Instagram, Pinterest and Goodreads. Above all else, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter, so you don't have to remember to come looking for updates on new books.
As to the first question, here's my official bio. There is, of course, a little more to the story. Stick around, and you might get to hear it ;).