Due for release in late 2013, Outlanders is the third novel from The Ambrosia Sequence.
I’m really excited to share – for the VERY FIRST TIME – the cover and synopsis for Outlanders…And to be doing this as the first feature of Indie Author Month 2013 is even better! This book has been coming for a long while, as I’ve written a lot of it alongside The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, and been planning the final two books in the Ambrosia Sequence so that everything fits together.
To be so close to releasing this has been a big step forward for me, and I did commit to 2013 being a ‘writing’ year and less of a ‘reading and blogging’ one – because everything takes time and I needed to focus on the writing if I ever want to be finished!
Well, I’ll let you take a look at the synopsis now – there’s also a brand new book trailer for Outlanders that you might want to check out:
YOUTUBE – http://youtu.be/_BL61bUWng8
And now, I need to get back to writing 🙂
Life on the Space Station Hope was simple: grow up, fall in love and die — quickly. But life does not always do what you expect.
Escaping to Earth was supposed to be a new beginning for Cassie and Balik, but when their craft is shot-down Cassie finds herself alone in the ruins of the former United Kingdom, known colloquially now as The Island.
Whilst Islanders live by the rules of the government, some people choose to exist outside government control, fending for themselves: Outlanders. Badly injured in the crash, Cassie is taken in and protected by an Outlander group, despite their suspicions about this mysterious stranger. And on The Island, you do need protection, because the government military is not the worse thing out there… Goblins are the outcasts no one wanted: the people with no skills to make them productive Islanders, or the criminals who had once been punished as part of the old society. Now they govern themselves and the only principles they respect are violence and power.
In this harsh new world Cassie realises that her fight for survival on the SS Hope was just the beginning. The choices she has to make now will challenge her ability to weigh survival against humanity, and balance life over love.
Preview samples and more info available at http://cusick-jones.com
Remember…you could win an ARC of Outlanders in the event giveaway, as well as the first books in the series: Hope’s Daughter and The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, so make sure you’ve entered to win! Follow us on Facebook / Twitter and get vocal on the Indie Author Event comments to earn yourself additional entry points 🙂
Gimme 10 – Author Mini-Interview
Please answer each question in 10 words or less – that’s what makes it tough but fun! 🙂
Where do you find your inspiration? All types of people, books, life, films, family and love.
What is your favourite aspect of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale? I love seeing things from Balik’s POV
Who is your favourite character from The Rainbow Maker’s Tale and why? It has to be Balik (this time) it’s his turn
What are you working on now? Finalising the Rainbow Maker’s Tale for the summer release and then working on Outlanders, which is Book 3 in the series.
What do you love about most about writing? Solving character’s problems – the freedom to go wherever you want
About the Author
Melanie is one of the main bloggers for Aside from Writing, and set up the blog in early 2012.
After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction – time permitting – ever since.
The Ambrosia Sequence (started in 2008) and The Elementals (begun in 2004) are both ongoing, extended projects each containing several novels, aimed primarily at young adults and hover somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, futuristic and fantasy genres. Hope’s Daughter, released in December 2011, was her debut novel and the first of The Ambrosia Sequence, with the sequel – Outlanders – due in late 2013.
When she’s not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather of the north of England with her dog or disappearing into a book for a few hours (no surprise there then). Unfortunately, all too often the ‘day job’ gets in the way of the nicer things in life!
Want to know more? Check out the links!
Find the author:
Website – http://cusick-jones.com
Blog – http://melcj.wordpress.com and Aside from Writing!
Facebook – Hope’s Daughter and Mel Cusick-Jones
Looks good, looking forward to reading where it all goes and ends up…unless you’re planning another book in the series after this one…?
Just to let you know – the new Facebook page for Outlanders has launched today, if anyone is interested in keeping up to date with book developments over the next few months.
Hmmm…will it be three books…? You’ll have to see what happens in Outlanders 🙂
The cover is beautiful! Love it!
That is a beautiful cover and the story sounds awesome. I’m especially interested in how your character deals with the goblins and criminals, those sound dangerous.
Lovely cover! Congratulations!
Hi, Mel. I followed you here form Goodreads. Lovely blog, though I had a hard time finding the place to comment and still don’t see the link for ‘follow’ (except Twitter).
Hi Carol – It’s usually on the right hand side bar and just says ‘follow this blog’ – try going to the main page rather than a single post if you still can’t see it. Mel 🙂
Great cover, riveting-sounding story, and awesome Youtube video. You’re on your way, Melanie, and I wish you the very best in your journey with Outlanders! Keep up the great writing…..
Oooh, nice one Bups!
Very nice cover! The story sounds interesting, like GB is the new Australia. (Plus goblins!)
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for your comments 🙂 I just need to get the book finished now!