It's happening. The sequel to The Sentient - The Emergent - will be hitting bookstores on May 17th. It has an AMAZING cover (evidence provided below) and I can't wait for readers to see where Amira's adventures will take her. A lot happened at the end of The Sentient (no spoilers) that has put Amira in a difficult, complicated situation, in which she has to navigate an endless tightrope with people who have more power than her. It's been fun and challenging to write - she's traumatized from the events of book one and as a result, makes some questionable decisions. But she's also grown and evolved tremendously since she was first assigned to the Pandora project, with a more skeptical, nuanced understanding of her world. And of course, there is plenty of action and cool holomentic mind reading.
It's been a busy, turbulent couple of months for me - my day job has been incredibly busy, I started living with my partner and I adopted a dog (Petunia - LOOK AT THAT FACE). There are days where I constantly feel overwhelmed and struggling for time. Work, exercise, cooking, cleaning, socializing with friends and family and, of course, writing - there just aren't enough hours in the day for everything I need to do. I know I'm not alone or unique in this, and that many people have it far worse (I can't imagine writing and looking after kids, for example). I could probably write an entire post about the unsustainable work-life model many of us are forced to navigate. But ultimately, we can only do what we can with the time we have - I've been trying to be kinder to myself when I fail to accomplish everything I want to over a weekend, or when I have to skip that afternoon run and order takeout. I do my best to balance my many commitments, with an emphasis on the one that's most important to me... writing! It gives me joy, purpose and meaning to tell stories, no matter what else life throws at me.
And on that note, without further ado... THE COVER!
Preorder The Emergent here or here.