Monday, May 6, 2013

feeling better


I've been quite ill the last few days and didn't get much done, but now I'm better. I expect to catch up on the things I didn't get done soon. First and foremost is the compilation of an anthology with extremely high quality stories that I'm in charge of, as well as the preparation of my next publication "Paralan's Children".

I'm still not entirely happy with the cover blurb, so I'll keep working on it. Proofreading for the English version is done, and will be finished for the German version too in a few days. I hope to release it around Pentecost/Whitsun (wich is the correct word? My dictionary doesn't say).

Here's the cover. The title and author name are clearly visible even at thumbnail size, and I like the way the ice planet glows. It's very much like I picture Paralan.

 Paralans Kinder 

Now, you're probably curious what the book is about.Well, here it is:

Fresh from the academy, ambitious Galaktipol officer Vera Staven has been transferred to the only human settlement on the ice planet Paralan. Aside from smuggling, crimes are rare and the suicide rate is high. But something at the latest find nags at Vera, although no clues indicate it's anything but a suicide.

When native Galaktipol officer Joloran Durim Brunàhgan meets the mother of his wee-ones for the yearly egg-opening feast, he doesn't know he's facing the worst case of his career. The next morning, fifteen Paralan wee-ones went missing, girls only. A catastrophe for the natives. Joloran hurls himself into the investigation, but he can't get the murder of two wee-ones out of his mind that he couldn't solve many years ago.

Paralan and humans harbor prejudices, making it hard for Joloran to follow all clues. Against his will, his superior requests support from the humans. POK Vera Staven is assigned to him, the only woman in the human Galaktipol station on Paralan. And time is running out. With every passing day, the probability of finding the wee-ones alive shrinks. But only as a team, Joloran and Vera might have a chance. Can they overcome their prejudices and cooperate, or will they find these children disemboweled in the icy wilderness of the planet's far side too?

I hope you'll love my story as much as I did when I wrote it.
Enjoy the day,

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