Is your cursor hovering over the “Buy the Book” link above, but you’re just not sure whether you want to buy the book? Are you still wondering about Important Things(TM) that could make or break your purchase?
Here are five things you need to know about Nantais.
1. It’s a space opera.
Okay, it’s not just a space opera. But all the not-space-opera stuff happens in the context of spaceships, unrealistic battles, energy weapons, vaguely humanoid aliens as allegories for the human condition, and a total disregard for the theory of relativity.*
That said, it’s also a space opera in which human diversity is central to the plot, where language barriers and alien worlds with hundreds of cultures on them are A Thing The Protagonists Actually Have to Deal With, and where humans are still assholes to each other but in new and interesting ways (except when they’re assholes to each other in terrible old fashioned ways). Think Prius to the Stars.
2. It’s available in multiple formats.
You can also pick up print versions from giant-corporation-that-is-in-no-way-turned-into-a-villain-in-this-series Amazon, if you’d like to skip the corporate allegory (or you just love that two-day free shipping), or directly from the publisher if you’re really into the “Prius” half of that “Prius to the Stars” joke.
If you’re not in the U.S. or Canada, you can even email the author to make arrangments from shipping from the SECRET AUTHOR STASH THAT IS A TOTAL SECRET. (Even if you are in the U.S. or Canada, this is just about the only way to get your hands on a signed copy, too. Hot tip.)
3. This book is not yet rated….
…but if it were, I’d call it PG-13.
There’s no on-screen sex. The reader is given to understand that certain characters have had sex at some point in their lives (everyone’s an adult, after all), but you don’t get to see it in this book. There’s not even any kissing.
There is some on-screen violence, particularly toward the end. It wouldn’t be a thrilling space fight without fighting! There’s also a steady increase in profanity toward the end of the book. Because some things are profane, and having to [spoiler] a few [spoilers] in order to [spoiler] your [spoiler] is one of them.
4. It’s part of a series – and a lot of floaty bits.
Nantais is Book One in a trilogy. Book Two, Nahara, has a tentative release date of 2019. In case you’re curious about that, the prologue appears in the back of Nantais.
The actual universe, however, is a lot bigger. The best way to see all of it is on my Patreon, where subscribers have access to all the other published short stories, a bunch of unpublished bits of flash fiction that are tied into the series’ main plot, snippets from my notes, deleted scenes, and writing about writing.
As for the published stuff, a short story that tells you where Nantais’s two point of view characters met appears in Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber, and you actually get to meet both Koa Nantais and her mother in Spoon Knife 3: Incursions, which comes out in March 2018.
5. Speaking of Patreon….
…it is by far the best way to keep up with the series – and everyone who signs up automatically gets a copy of “Scene from a Barbershop,” the Spoon Knife 2 piece I mentioned above. Sign up at the highest tiers and I start sending you free books.
Got a question I haven’t answered here? Drop it in the comments!
* There’s actually a very good reason for this, which we’ll get to in later books. Or maybe a short story. Something like that.