So, it’s done. 10 years after getting the idea for the story of a city at the edge of the world, inhabited by people that never age beyond 30, and protected by cybernetically enhanced warriors, The Zemlya Conspiracy is finally done.
I won’t bore you with the details of the making of the book; that has already been covered.
For those of you that read Zemlya under its working title, Arctic Gale, you don’t need any more introduction, so here is the link to the digital download:
The Zemlya Conspiracy is the tale of Agent Kate Thorsten, an E-type agent that is recalled from patrolling the tundra that surrounds Zemlya to go undercover. Her orders are to infiltrate the rebellion that has taken root in the city and is wreaking havoc within the city walls.
But, as she dives deeper into the underbelly of the City, she finds herself cut off from her superiors, and must challenge the web of conspiracy on her own.
The action sequences are fast-paced, and the plot will keep drawing you forward as you get as lost as Kate and her companions in the world of Zemlya.
So that’s the blurb out of the way. What else can I say to make you click the link and buy it? Here’s a couple of reasons.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Those of you that are familiar with Katawa Shoujo will know that 4Leaf Studios (of which I was a part) released the game for free. A lot of people still wanted to pay us in some way, so we suggested that they donated to charity. If someone didn’t have a “charity” of their own, we suggested Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a default alternative. There are a number of reasons for this, but I digress.
One thing that I never did during the 4Leaf experience was actually contribute my own donation to that organisation (I give to other groups). However, since Katawa Shoujo was a big motivator for my writing, I’ve decided that half of what I get from the sale of Zemlya will be donated to MSF. It’s just one of those benefits of self-publishing.
So, if you ever wanted to give to MSF, then now is your chance, and you get a book in return!
I realise that a lot of people will be reading this and thinking “I don’t care about this unless it is a continuation of Katawa Shoujo.” And that’s a fair call. Unfortunately, Zemlya is a very, very far cry from Katawa Shoujo. So to placate those of you that might have accidentally clicked on this link thinking that I was making KS2, here are some promises for you:
- I have a paperback version in the works. It will be one of those Amazon deals where you can pay a little extra to get both the digital and paperback. I’m expecting it will be ready in October.
- If I get to 5,000 copies sold in 2016, I’ll write A Runner’s Afternoon 3. A lot of people have requested it, so now is you chance to find out what happens to adult Hanako and Hisao
- If I get more than 10,000 copies sold, I’ll write another mini-series, like Final Finale based on the KS universe.
If these get surpassed then I’ll start adding more, like a million for trying to talk everyone into a sequel… if that were even possible.
There are a huge number of people that I have to thank for getting this far, and they are all mentioned in the acknowledgements page of the book. But the people I want to thank the most are you guys, on this blog. I know that there aren’t many of you, and that whatever I’m posting isn’t enough to get most of you back daily, but I’m going to start working on that from now.