Friday, March 2, 2012

Introducing Anna!

Yesterday, I introduced the history of Profortuna, the distant planet of my new upcoming trilogy. Today, I want to introduce you to the first heroine, Anna, and the Open Air Society.

After twelve generations on Profortuna, resources are devoted to finding answers to why the fertility rates are falling and how to sustain their lives in the bio-domes. The Open Air Society for centuries has searched for the best chance of finding a more Earthlike planet, somewhere humans could live in the open air without the need of bio-domes. They are fed up with the survivalist instinct to make do with what they currently have. They want more resources spent on space exploration. A small group of extremists have begun targeting scientists. Their rationale is if the scientists aren't able to keep the research going on the status quo, then the resources can be freed up to support space exploration.

Anna is an elite bio-research who had been able to delay her mandatory mating until her twenty-fifth year (seven years past her full maturity) so that she could devote all her energy to her science. When the Council finally selects her mates, she is shocked to find they are three high-ranking military men. The Council has a history of matching the intellectual elite with others of their class to perpetuate their intellectual genes. Anna had hoped she might be matched with someone she'd have a chance to bond with emotionally. The scientist in her wondered if the planet's low fertility rates might turn around if love was brought back into the equation. Perhaps the hormonal changes triggered by the emotion contributed to better fertility.

As Anna is meeting her three mates for the first time, terrorists from the Open Air Society target her lab. The three Generals act quickly to protect her, shuttling her away from her home Quadrant to the other side of the planet where one of the Generals has his military base. Anna's life has just spun completely out of her control.

Anna and the Three Generals will be released on May 23!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

I'm so pleased to announce that my editor has accepted my proposal for a new 3-book series! I'm joining the big leagues now, as this is the first time I'll be writing to a deadline versus submitting a finished book. They were deadlines that I gave myself, and I added wiggle room, so there should be no problem getting them finished. :D

Book One: Anna and the Three Generals is coming out May 23!!!

Now let me introduce you to the world of the Profortuna series!

By 2400, Earth's population had flatlined, and by 2500, the population began a rapid descent. One hundred years later, it was obvious to scientists that life on Earth would no longer be sustainable in another two hundred years, due to the massive destruction of natural resources and pollution. A global space race ensued to design an escape plan, while other researchers worked on methods to maintain life on Earth in bio-domes.

Astronomists determined the best planet for a new colony of bio-domes was twenty light years away. A stunning breakthrough in space travel made the distance passable in thirty Earth years. The ships were designed as traveling cities with the ability to sustain life over a generation. The initial goal was to provide passage for one million people, only .01% of the world's population. One hundred ships were to be built in space every year for three years, but the goal was unattainable. Only twenty-six ships were completed the first year, nineteen the next year and twelve in the final year as resources grew scarcer and manufacturing couldn't keep up with the demand for building supplies. Only fifty-seven ships were created, just a fifth of the desired goal. Only 100,000 people escaped Earth.

The richest could afford passage in the pioneer ships, whereas the brightest in all academic disciplines from around the world were given free passage regardless of their age. In order to maintain a diverse genetic pool, a worldwide lottery was set up for everyone between the age of eighteen and forty. The selected candidates were able to bring their spouse and children. Singles could choose up to three other family members under the age of forty.

The rest of the population was left behind to survive in the bio-domes.

Twelve generations have now lived on Profortuna where the ratio of male to female births is growing alarmingly as the overall fertility rate is falling severely. The first six generations on Profortuna continued the Earth standard of one male to one female mate, but then the Council made a decision, in an attempt to increase fertility, to assign two males to every female. Within the past three generations, the number has risen to three male mates to every one female, yet fertility rates have not increased.

Tomorrow, I will introduce you to Anna, the first heroine in the series!