Updated: May 11
Just because I've been quiet on the old blogosphere doesn't mean I haven't been hard at work on my latest project. And now I'm please to announce that The Miranda Project will be available on eBook, Paperback, and Hardback on April 5th, 2022! In fact, you can already preorder the eBook here! Thanks to the way Amazon does things, the Paperback and Hardback can't be set up for preorder, but will be available on the day of release.
On top of that, I've got the cover reveal for you! Take a look below:
My artist, Richard at @FantasyMapInk on Instagram, has outdone himself this time. In the cover above, you can see the planet Uranus in the sky from the surface of one of its moons, Miranda. Needless to say, this place plays an important part in the tale. To say much more would be to swerve into spoiler territory, and I wouldn't do that to you.
As for the story itself, T he Miranda Project started to take shape on the page between when I finished Redemption & Ruin and when I started on The Last Sorcerers. I didn't want to start on part three of my Forbidden Scrolls Trilogy while part two was still in editing, lest I have to change a bunch of things in two books instead of just the one.
As it turned out, I'd already had the main character for The Miranda Project floating around in the back of my head for a while. I tend to start with creating a character and a situation first and then weaving the tale around that. As such, it seemed like the right thing to start on.
I shelved this manuscript for a while as I worked on finishing up The Last Sorcerers, but that meant I had a head start on this book when my fantasy trilogy was complete. That's how I was able to get The Miranda Project out much sooner than my normal pace.
The concept behind The Miranda Project takes a little bit from a handful of influences and jams them together into a story all its own. When the story begins, Alex is hiding out on Mars and on the run from The Agency. Like Alex, all agents have psionic powers of some sort. Most are telepaths or telekinetics. Alex, on the other hand, is a teleporter.
Basically, he's Nightcrawler from the X-Men with the training of Jason Bourne.
The process of writing The Miranda Project was drastically different than writing my previous fantasy novels. Because the entire story is set in real places in our solar system, I had to do a ton of research in order to get the world-building just right. I had to learn about things like terraforming, the distance between asteroids in the asteroid belt, and the landscape of various moons throughout the solar system. Even still, I would consider this more of an Action/Adventure story set in space than a hard sci-fi tale. The science is important, but it takes a back seat to the characters and the story.
This book is also a bit more fast-paced than my previous works. It's also a little shorter than the 100K word average of my fantasy tales, clocking in at about 75K. That being said, I'm very proud of this story and am look forward to bringing you the rest of the tale.
As far as when the rest of the tale is coming, that I cannot say. Yet. I'm hard at work on something right now, but I'm waiting on starting on part two of The Miranda Project until I get a little bit closer to the release date. In the meantime, I'm working on another fantasy tale. This time it's something a little bit darker...
In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy The Miranda Project. I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks when it comes out on April 5th!
And yes, I may have scheduled the release date right at the beginning of Indie April on purpose...