This poor project has had the absolute worst luck in getting finished. I began it last Spring while an early draft of Mind Breach was in the hands of my Alpha reader as a short story simply known as “3 Days After“. That story concluded at roughly 30,000 words and I thought to myself, “Well, what happened 3 Days Before?” So then I started scribbling out a second story, only loosely connected to the first by a single ancillary character. After wrapping that up at around 25,000 words the gears were still turning and I had this burning urge to explore what happened even before the events of the other two stories took place. Once more I took up the pen and wrote a third story (a prequel to the prequel) which finished up at around 15,000 words or so.
Then I got the call from Samuel Peralta and tabled all that so I could quickly write what would eventually become Extant. I eventually got back to working on this Augment project, and as I neared the finish line, I began talking with cover designer extraordinaire, Adam Hall, from AroundthePages. If you’ve never checked out this guy’s work before, you should. He’s amazing.
Don’t believe me? Well, fine, check these out!
Yeah, those are some pretty snazzy covers, huh? Also, on a totally related note, I’ve read each of those stories and they are all marvelous. If you got a few extra pennies lying around, I highly recommend you check them out.
Anyways, back to Augment. October rolled around and Augment was all ready for one final read-through and then it could go off to the editor. Unfortunately, around this time, I realized how far behind I was on Mind Breach (Book 2 in the Firstborn Saga). I made the decision to put Augment, and life for the most part, on the back burner while I blitzed through Mind Breach. But the whole time, I’ve had this amazing Adam Hall cover burning a hole in my back pocket.
But not no mo. It’s time to share the fruits of Adam’s labor with all ya’ll. Ready? Good. Here ya go.
Pretty snazzy, huh? I really dig this cover for a bunch of reasons. First, it’s bold and simple with a surprising amount of detail and nuance. Second, it really nails the episodic nature of this book.
Now, you may be asking yourself, when can I grab myself a copy of this flashy book. And the answer is… I don’t know. It’ll be at least another month, but I’m ears deep in the muck of The Firstborn Saga right now and I don’t want to ruin that flow. What I can tell you, however, is that the lovely folks subscribed to my Newsletter will get first crack at it. (Also, they may or may not be getting it at a significantly discounted rate, just saying). So, if you haven’t already, might I recommend you sign up for the Newsletter? Also, you’ll get 3 FREE stories to tie you over until Augment’s release, so that ain’t so bad, right?
Curious what the actual stories are about? Good question. Here ya go:
They thaw Trigger out whenever they need a job done, wipe his memories, and give him a name. He does the rest.
He’s running from a past he can’t remember, but it beats rotting in prison.
Trigger once said he’d kill for a second chance; he’ll gladly prove it.
Naiara killed herself. Or so they say. Her personality construct, housed inside Quark’s massive server-farm on Jordan Graves’ private island, however, is pretty sure she wouldn’t do something like that.
But nobody trusts the word of a depressed woman’s digital reconstruction. Somehow she’ll just have to prove it to them.
The Watchmaker’s Daughter
Ana-Lisa was only two-years-old the first time she died. Famed neural prosthetic scientist, Rebecca Davignon, burdened by a mother’s crushing grief, thought she could bring her daughter back.
Unfortunately for them both, she was right.