This post is just a quick update and a little food for thought. The edits on Book Three are coming along great and I can't wait for you to read it. I'm still looking at a late December release date, but who knows? I may be able to swing something a little earlier.
As I was working on it lately, I was struck by the desperation facing the characters in Book Three and their solid conviction that they would find a way to carry on. I think we all have that inside, that will to survive. We just have to believe in ourselves enough to tough it out when things get difficult. There's so much power in each one of us, yet so many people succumb to a posture of helplessness and victimization. I've done it myself. Hopefully, I've grown enough now to know that I do have the ability, if not the responsibility, to pick myself up when I get down.
I'm encouraged by my characters and I hope when you read the story that you will be encouraged as well. With everything that's going on in the world, I think stories of encouragement are exactly what people need. Don't you?
Well, thanks for taking time out of your day to read my little post. I'll be updating the site as I get closer to the actual release date of Book Three, so stay tuned. I know Tobin will also have things to say between now and then, too!
Tobin here. I happened upon the post Teagan made earlier and I feel the need to respond. All humans are different and unique. Each must choose what viewpoint makes the most sense and then what to do with that knowledge. When the truth of this story is realized, the public will also have to decide what to do with the responsibility inherited with the knowledge.
Teagan knows my thoughts and beliefs on this subject. I think the main difficulty she is experiencing is her desire to help others. She recently told me she has been inspired by a couple she knows to give to others. She wants to help, to give of herself. There is nothing wrong with that.
However, the best way I know of for her to help is to get the story out so that others can make an informed decision on the ideas it presents. I have every confidence she will learn the formatting process well enough to publish the next book in the series on time. After all, that is the first true glimpse of my own story. For all the issues Teagan says she has with computers, she is actually very adept at using them.
I must take my leave now to attend to my new scion and his mother. I will write again soon. Until then, I wish you all calm and gentle peace-filled nights.
Hello again. I'm back with a short description of a new issue I've recently realized I'm experiencing. I find that there are so many things mentioned in my story that I want to talk about with people, but I can't because only two of the seven books have been released.
How do I deal with this issue?
Granted I ought to simply be happy that I actually have a whole story waiting to be released. But I want to talk about it because I think it would help many people with some of the things affecting society today. The terrorist attacks, the natural disasters hitting one right after the other, etc. I see the struggles people are going through and I know my story will have a profound effect on society and that it can help people understand and deal with so many things.
Then again, there will be many who will either see the story as pure fantasy or who will rail against its message, who will claim the story is an attempt to kill God and all religion. I cannot dictate anyone's viewpoint. People will simply have to make up their own minds as to what they believe the story's message is. They'll also have to live with that decision.
Well, I guess I'm just gonna have to figure out how to deal with this thing on my own. Thanks for being my shoulder to lean on whilst I struggle with this issue. I appreciate it.
By the way, I'm still working on the formatting of the eBook version of book two. Hopefully I'll have that done by tomorrow night.
Thanks again. Either Tobin or I will write again soon.
Teagan here. I wanted to say that I agree with everything Tobin said in his post below. But I'd like to add that we are thinking of all the victims and their families and loved ones who are suffering from this tragedy.
I have never experienced anything even remotely similar, but my imagination has conjured up enough to make me feel heartbroken for anyone involved in this. From the deepest parts of my heart, I wish you peace. It's little consolation, if any, but I wish it all the same.
Tobin here. This will be a brief statement on recent happenings in the United States. I have seen and heard many things over the past two days that might lead one to believe mankind has lost its sense of humanity. The very act of violence that resulted in the deaths of so many might have been enough to jade some. But there is another side to this that should be considered. Indeed, it needs to be emphasized anytime this subject arises. The heroism shown by so many during the crisis must be put in the spotlight.
Hi there. Teagan here. In case you haven't noticed, I haven't put the eBook version of book two on the market yet. I'll get there. Keep your pantyhose on.
Hello. Tobin here. My friend Teagan has been away working for the last month and has not had an opportunity to write. I have been out of town, myself. We have now returned.
Finally, FUGUE is out. Check it out at this link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=fugue+by+teagan+brody.
Life! It interferes (no, intercedes) in the most interesting ways. I know, I've only got it out in print and only on Amazon. But, hey! Who's doing this? That's right. It's me and I'm gonna celebrate every single step in this journey toward having the whole series out.
Tobin says these things are important and I agree. After all, he's been around much longer than I. That ought to count for something.
So now I'm on to prepping book three, AWARENESS, for release (hopefully, in December 2017). This one's tricky because it completely switches focus. It takes place during the same time frame, but from a completely different point of view and with a whole host of new characters. This is where Tobin's story is truly revealed.
He's so excited! I'm excited! But I guess we'll all just have to wait until I can get all the editing done. Ah, well. C'est la guerre!
Check out the new book and I'll keep you all posted on book three news. And if you're new to this story, welcome! You have no idea how your life is about to change. But change it will.
I know. I'm late. I underestimated how long the editing/"fixing" stage would take. Yes, this is what Tobin meant when he called me a "Tweaker" in his last post. I admit it. I am a tweaker. I'm not ashamed. I just know what I want the manuscript to be and I refuse to publish it before it's ready. That being said, I will tell you it's almost ready. In fact, check out what IS ready, thanks to the best graphic design artist in the world:
I have to hand it to my graphic artist. This is exactly what I was looking for. It fit in perfectly with the book.
I know you've all been checking in to see when FUGUE will be released and I promise I'll get more out to you guys as soon as I know the release date. In the meantime, duty calls. Hope you all have a great day and a tremendous week.
Thanks for reading and, as always, please feel free to tweet or facebook me with your questions and comments. You know I can't live without them.
Tobin here. I have been away a while, but have recently returned to discover that Teagan has not yet released book two of the Enlightenment series. When I asked about the reason for this, I actually learned a new word: Tweaker.
To understand, you must realize that the whole of the Enlightenment series has been complete for some time now. Teagan, however, does not feel satisfied with the books in their current form. She claims she is "tweaking" them. I have seen each manuscript and, although my reading skills are not the best, I do not see the difficulties she claims each script has.
But I can tell you this: FUGUE, book two of the Enlightenment series, will be released no later than the end of the first week of July 2017. Teagan has assured me of this and now I am assuring you. To whet your appetite, I have included below what Teagan calls "a little blurb" about the book:
FUGUE: Book Two of the Enlightenment Series
A full day of interrogation has ended and the stranded Samarean still have no idea how to get back to the war front to help their people. Joss Tobin, the half-human Star Child who is helping them to understand what happened to separate their small contingency from the battlefield, has thus far told them nothing of value and the Samarean interrogator, Jarba, is quickly losing patience. Yes, his story of the Lorim was shocking. But Jarba needs something more than mere fantasy. If her people are to survive, she needs facts and she needs them now!
As the second day of interrogation begins, Jarba realizes her desire for information is not the only thing controlling the halfling’s fate. Tobin is in his own race against time as his body begins to betray him. And the only one who can save him is his mate, his Jess. But the young Star Child is already too powerful on his own. To allow the Joss access to his Jess would surely spell certain doom for the Samarean, if the old tales are to be believed. In this, their most desperate hour, the interrogator cannot risk such a dangerous move.
As Tobin’s story unfolds, the Samarean Prince mysteriously begins trials of his own. With worry and fear for her people plaguing her mind, Jarba can only hope something in Tobin’s words will end the Prince’s fugue and save her people.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief glimpse of the new book and that you will email or tweet Teagan - or me - your thoughts on it.
Teagan Brody is author of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels. Her writing helps guide the people of Earth toward a better future. Her most common expression is, "What would Thomas Shelby do?"