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The fate of The Light Side of the Moon has been decided!

The Light Side of the Moon will be published by 48Fourteen!

lunaIn Other Systems, the Kiposi built space elevators on Earth to get humans, livestock and seed cheaply off the planet. I knew I wanted to explore other aspects of space colonization and I began the second of a series of companion novels each focusing on a separate aspect of the human condition in the far future. The Light Side of the Moon will focus on the rebuilding of Earth’s space program.

Human colonists from another planet seek young people to populate their utopian colony. Many are tested, few are chosen. The Light Side of the Moon is the story of those who remained in Earth’s solar system.

Ella Sethdottier’s family lives in extreme poverty, barely surviving on the training wage system. When her mother dies from the flu and her older brother Dan is fired from his job, Ella is arranged to be married to an elderly groom to keep her warm and safe.

Determined to make a better life for herself, but with no prospects, she follows rumors halfway around the world with the hope of working on Lunar Colony Tranquility. The road is fraught with danger, but she makes her way thousands of kilometers to the Paris Space Elevator, meeting a variety of people along the way, including a family of broken down androids who decide to accompany her. Ella and the androids indenture themselves to the warden as servants and companions for his family.

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On Luna, Ella escapes dire poverty, however she must navigate the treacherous paths of life in a place where one misstep can mean disaster. Corrupt guards take comfort from the prison population as the conflicted warden tries to keep the peace. As colony’s relentless hardships intensify, Ella forges an unlikely friendship with the idealistic dreamer, Dr. Ian Whitlatch. The two draw strength from one each other to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, riots, inconsistent supply drops, and the insidious effects of low gravity—and find the strength to build a utopia.

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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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