Lord Bob of the Nowhere System requested a spoileriffic discusion thread for either Zero Day Code or The Cruel Stars. I guess we'll work backwards into the future and go with Stars first.
Some of you got in on the beta read and so you saw the first draft, but there were a couple of significant structural changes in the final version. Most significant was the compression of Lucinda's arc. I always imagined TCS as being her story, and with this in mind the first run at the manuscript alternated chapters on HMAS Defiant (see what I did there?) with the introductions to each of the other 'supporting' characters.
My editor, Sarah, suggested this slowed things down too much and so instead we got a long first look at the Armadalen stealth destroyer, before cutting away to McLennan et al. I think she was right, but there were a few reviewers who struggled to tie together the larger narative from the five individual threads. I'll bear that in mind next time.
The next book, The Shattered Skies, is due Jan 24. That's a self selected deadline, to make sure I hit the British/Aust pre-order date of 20 August, 2020. I want the books to be stand alone stories, as much as possible, with closure at the end of each. There's a prequel sitting part-done in a folder on my hard drive too, a joint effort with Jason Lambright called The Javan War. Be nice to drop that into the channel some time in the next six months.
But before then, I'm open to questions, discussion, whatevs. I'll see if I can dig up the pitch document and post it here in the next few days.