Chapter 1 is up!


Yup, read the title of this blog, then go click on that new section that says “Sample Chapter” and read Chapter 1 of the book (checked with the publisher, it’s fine ). : ) Now you can comment on here both about the chapter itself, and knowing at least a small fraction of the world.  Like all fantasy chapter ones it has some exposition, but I tried not to make it to impenetrable or pull away from the narrative too much.

Now as for the results of the poll, B was overwhelmingly the winner, and I got some good suggestions both in the comments below, and in private correspondence, so here is the official long form description of the book, followed by the necessarily sparse short form (which had to be 400 characters or less including spaces). The short form is only required by certain publishers, and was quite pain to cut down to its current form.

Now the long form:

In a reality of floating Islands with a Sun Above and a Sun Below, every noble House has its own abilities to break the Grand Laws of the Universe. Cenive is a floating island filled with art, culture and, most of all, commerce. Long ago the Church and most of the other noble Houses banded together to annihilate the domineering House Nemeni who created clockwork marvels that once let their banking empire span all of the floating islands. Now years later the remnants from that house have emerged from their hiding places that span from the Church to a Piratical Airship to enact a well-planned revenge. Unseen forces and traitors cause their plans to careen out of control and quickly, a small remnant finds themselves on the brink of destruction. At the heart of it lies a prophecy of flames and destruction, but is it of extinction, or making way for something new to rise?

And the short form:

In a realm of floating islands, every House has abilities that break the Laws of the Universe.  The Nemeni, the bankers whose clockwork marvels let their empire dominate, was destroyed by its enemies long ago. Now a remnant has emerged to enact revenge but their plans fail with deadly consequences due to a prophecy of fire and upheaval. Is it one of extinction, or a rising from the ashes?

I hope by my next Teusday blog I have more details about he cover art, which has already been started.

Honestly my main revelation and discussion point this blog was the actual chapter itself, but I do have a Poll too.

This time the poll is pretty simple, what do you want to see next here?  Certain blogs will occur when they are relevant (cover, formatting, etc) but I plan on doing blogs in between the milestones, so what do you want to see more of?

Lastly, thank you all for when you share this by face book, twitter, etc, I can see the amount of individual views jump  versus non blog days, and that’s honestly my best chance to market this book without a traditional print publisher.

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5 responses to “Chapter 1 is up!

  • amkenning

    I’m getting excited. 😀

    question: I know this is going to be an e-book…will it be available on all of the different e-book formats? (kindle and e-ink, nook, does apple have a reader? etc)

  • mdkenning

    Yes it will be in multiple formats. My publsiher distributes to Nook(Barnes & Noble), Apple iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, Diesel eBook store, it’s own sites and alot of the portable phone readers (like aldiko and Stanza). Then, seperately, I am self publishing on Kindle.

  • Bethany

    I read the first chapter and I like it! My favorite part is those medallions that do cool things with the laws of the universe. That’s fun, I’m looking forward to seeing what else they can do. 🙂

    As for the poll, both of the first two options please!

    • mdkenning

      You will definitely get some more clockwork things in the first book, but for specifc reasons you only see the medalions so much in the first book. They feature heavily later. The other nobles however have some strange things they can do too 🙂

  • Shannondoa

    Very awesome prologue. I hope all three children escaped but if only the heir and the elder daughter did that would work well. I look forward to learning more about the world. The Laws of the Universe will be interesting to learn 🙂

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