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The Light Side of the Moon is here!

It’s here! It’s here! If you want you can picture me jumping up and down with excitement. 

The Light Side of the Moon Final

The Light Side of the Moon is the second novel in the Other Systems Universe, but it is not a sequel. Fans familiar with the series know that Other Systems followed immigrants to the utopian planet, Kipos. The Light Side of the Moon is the story of those who stayed behind on Earth.

Due to lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is an over-populated cesspool and our solar system’s colonies have failed. Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid
corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs in the balance.

You can read an excerpt here!

And I am having a release party at Barnes & Noble Pacific Place August 1st, 2 – 4 pm. Hope to see you there.

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Take a deep breath… Query Time for The Light Side of the Moon!

So it is time to write the query for The Light Side of the Moon.This is the hardest part for me. I never know what to write. I look for advice and examples, but I still just get confused. I know which agents I want to query first so I guess that is something! 🙂

Honestly I am terrified.

Here is another book with an ensemble cast focusing on a few determined young dreamers AKA crossover science fiction. A volume in the Other System’s Series, the manuscript is paced for an adult audience. It’s full of the biology dealing with low gravity. It has important characters from four to fifty. Like Other Systems –there is no villain.  It’s a dark story surrounding a dystopian society on Earth. ARG! `



Okay now that I got that off my chest. Here is what I am working with:

Four-year-old Ella Sethdottier witnesses a vicious argument between her parents that leaves her mother battered on the floor. Her father storms out and never returns.

Twelve-year-old, Ian Whitlatch sneaks into town for testing. He is chosen to go to Kipos and deeply regrets he followed his father’s will to stay behind. He loves his family and wants to help people, but he also dreams of new worlds.

Seven years later, during his first year of medical school, Ian applies to do his medical residency at Lunar Colony Tranquility which is little more than a prison colony.

Ella runs away after she is arranged to be married to an elderly groom. Determined to make a better life for herself, but with no prospects, she crosses half the world to go to the space elevator outside of Paris where people are being hired for the Lunar Colony Tranquility.

The question I ask myself constantly is can an eleven-year-old girl be the protagonist of an adult novel? Obviously.

I won’t give anyone any more spoilers…but trust me querying this type of novel is hard!

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