Paperback is out!

So, the paperback got out already—a week before the release of the eBook, that is. I expected KDP’s review process to take longer, but there you go. eBook readers—be patient, it’s just eight more days till May 31!

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A young woman’s descent into the criminal underworld of the Viridian sector.

Life on Viridia sucks for Grace. Doubly so when she ends up committing a serious crime and is forced to join a band of space pirates.

Driven forward by the hope of being reunited with her boyfriend, Grace’s only hope is to make enough money for a manufactured identity. As she learns the ways of a pirate, she makes a friend in the captain’s alien lover.

The crew she’s now a part of will work for anyone who pays well, even when the stability of the entire sector hangs in the balance. Will serving under a morally flexible captain break Grace, or will he be her ticket to redemption?

Navigators of Draconis is the first in a science fiction adventure series in the vein of Star Wars, Firefly, and Altered Carbon.

Poem

To kill a human,

An ax for cutting down trees

Fell the demon’s hopes and dreams

To kill a nephan,

A blade built from irony

The iron of their friend’s blood

To kill a cyman,

A weapon forged in the stars

Made to kill each one of us.


Silia Vintrel

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Free advance reader copies are still available for Navigators of Draconis! Get yours via the links below.

https://booksirens.com/book/NFVEIWL/GYRQPW3

https://booksprout.co/reviewer/review-copy/view/81289/navigators-of-draconis

Updated synopsis

Utopian worlds. A collective of three sentient species. Faster-than-light travel. Pirates. 

Welcome to the Draconian stars.

Life on Viridia sucks for 23-year old Grace Myrasatra. Doubly so when she is implicated in a terrible crime and forced to join a notorious band of space pirates.

Driven forward by the hope of being reunited with her boyfriend, Grace’s only hope is to make enough money for a manufactured identity. As she is taught how to make it as an outlaw, she makes a friend in the captain’s alien lover.

A pirate will work for anyone who pays enough—and no one who doesn’t, even when the stability of the entire sector hangs in the balance. Will working for a morally flexible captain break Grace, or will he be her ticket to redemption?Navigators of Draconis is the first in a science fiction adventure series in the vein of Star Wars, Firefly and Altered Carbon.

Get your free ARC copy now! https://booksprout.co/reviewer/review-copy/view/81289/navigators-of-draconis

ARC copies are live—go get yours!

I am now offering advance reader copies for Navigators of Draconis, which is releasing May 31. You can claim your own at https://booksprout.co/reviewer/review-copy/view/81289/navigators-of-draconis

Grace Myrasatra is a 23-year old woman at the bottom of Viridian society. While struggling to make ends meet, she is implicated in a terrible crime and wrenched from her boyfriend Zane. In order to escape imprisonment, she is forced to join a band of space pirates who call themselves the Thuban Delivery Company.

A space pirate’s life doesn’t come easily to Grace. The things she is forced to do just to survive test her very being. She is driven forward only by the hope of a peaceful life with her boyfriend. Now, her only hope of getting her wish is to make enough money to purchase a manufactured identity.

But just as something unfathomable stirs in Draconis, something begins to stir within Grace as well. Can there be redemption for what she has done?

Some exciting news!

NAVIGATORS OF DRACONIS is NOW available for pre-order on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WM4C67W/ref=sr_1_1?crid=4HOIUYM7RQOB&

Grace Myrasatra is a 23-year old woman at the bottom of Viridian society. In struggling to make ends meet, she is implicated in a terrible crime and wrenched from her boyfriend, Zane. In order to escape imprisonment, she is forced to join a clandestine crew who call themselves the Thuban Delivery Company.

Grace must adapt to a life of space piracy as new member of the Company. Her ultimate goal is her redemption and a peaceful life with Zane. To achieve this, she must make enough money to purchase a manufactured identity.

Navigators of Draconis is the first in a series of exciting space pirate fiction with compelling characters and rich worldbuilding.

Pre-order now to get the eBook as soon as it drops—that’s May 31st!

Summer update+dialogue!

My book has made its way to its first batch of alpha readers. Reception has been largely positive, with the dialogue and descriptions receiving particular praise. Still plenty to go before it’s ready for beta reading though.

That said, here’s a fun bit of dialogue for your reading pleasure. Stay tuned for more news later this summer!

Nashra,” Larcuiz said and took a drink. 

Nashra? What does that even mean?” Grace laughed.

“It means you’re supposed to drink, ya big numpty. Inferring from context? Hello?”

“Oh. Right,” Grace said and took a swig. “Say, Morgan. We haven’t had a chance to talk yet, you and I.”

“I s’pose we haven’t,” Morgan said.

“What brought you to this life?”

“What life? You mean a life of drinking?” Morgan chortled, causing chuckling in the crew.

“No, I mean how did you become involved in this, what do you call it, operation?”

“What kind of question is that? A man’s gotta eat.”

“And drink,” Farouk added.

“And to eat and drink, a man’s gotta work,” Morgan said. “The way I see it, it’s real simple.”

“Come now, Morgan,” Lillian said, annoyed by the man’s jesting. “Don’t you think the ensign deserves a straight answer?”

“Now what do you mean by that? That’s a straight ass answer from a straight ass man.”

“Oh, never mind.”

An introduction to Draconia

𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬, the constellation and the associated space known and commonly referred to by its many inhabitants as 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚, “the World”, “our space” or some variation of the aforementioned depending on spoken language. The system of stars that form the vague shape of a stylized dragon, according to myths and folklore with ambiguous origins. It is home to a multitude of planetary homeworlds and colonies, natural and artificial alike. As of the year 2200, the Draconian veil is the boundary of the space that it is possible to reach with current manned spacefaring technology – no ship has ever traveled beyond the veil and come back to tell the tale.
– An Introduction to Viridian Astronomy, Jane Mox, Polarian Academy


𝐍𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬 will be released later this year. Join my newsletter and received a free prequel novella once it’s finished! 😉

Games that have inspired my writing

As a lifelong gamer, there have been many games over the years that have influenced Navigators of Draconis. Such games as Baldur’s Gate, Star Control 2, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Undertale, The Witcher, Dark Souls, the Phantasy Star series, just to name a bunch.