Friday, 19 October 2012

Sanity Vacuum -- Cover art revealed!

Hey everyone, here's a sneak peak at the cover art for Thea Gregory's upcoming new novel, 'Sanity Vacuum'. Great writer, fantastic cover art, intriguing synopsis. Read more below!

Release date: December 6th, 2012 

Vivian Skye just finished university, and qualified for her first-choice internship. Not many would consider the distant and isolated Extra-Galactic Observatory cushy, but it’s a dream come true for Vivian. Hailing from the low-tech planet of Aurora, she studied hard for this opportunity—and to leave her old life, and planet behind. 

Her assignment is simple: perform a routine upgrade for the station’s supercomputer, quIRK. Her reception isn’t a friendly one, and eccentric quIRK becomes her only friend. However, the station’s administrator, Bryce Zimmer is obsessed with quIRK—he suspects that the station’s computer may have achieved sentience, something explicitly prohibited by the ABACUS Protocol. Compounding their issues, Bryce’s traumatic and privileged past makes him distrust Vivian from the beginning. Desperate to keep control, he sabotages quIRK in order to eliminate Vivian. But, his plan threatens to consume the entire station and send them into the unknown void of intergalactic space. 

Vivian must struggle to survive not only Bryce’s megalomania, but also the emerging artificial super intelligence that is quIRK. Can Vivian and quIRK learn to trust each other and work together, before it’s too late? 

Sanity Vacuum is book one of The ABACUS Protocol.

 Thea Gregory is a farm girl from English Western Quebec, a total nerd, and she loves science fiction, zombies and physics. Between marathon cooking sessions, her clerktastic day job, and part-time studies, she manages to find time to write. Author of the Zombie Bedtime Stories, her debut sci-fi novel, Sanity Vacuum releases December 6th. Thea's blog can be found at:

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Web Absent II - The Next Generation

Hey everyone. Apologies for the length between posts. Despite rumours of a zombie attack, I am still very much alive. Lack of Internet + editing has kept me away from the blog. But the Net is back, so I now have a chance to update you all on the progress of the new book.

I finished the 4th draft a few days ago and am twenty pages into the 5th draft. The experience has been both frustrating and educational. I’ve discovered a few new editing tricks, and I’ve remembered a few that I had forgotten. Plot knots plagued me early in the 4th, but I managed to unravel them (I hope). If all goes well, the book should be finished sometime in December. That will make it about a year and a half of total production time. My first novel (unpublished) took six years, and Gasher Creek took three and a half, so I must be getting better at this editing thing!

I’m already growing nervous about the reception of the new book. It’s very different than G.C., but not to worry—there will be enough twisted, dark moments to identify it as mine.

I've also started studying promotion in the hopes of attracting new readers to the western. I thought about offering a free colt peacemaker with every download, but then I remembered that there were laws about guns. Apparently "The Man" doesn't want just anyone carrying one around. Crazy rules, am I right? 

Thanks for the continued support, everyone. Back to work!