At the end of this month, I’ll have the wonderful experience of having my publisher throw me a book launch party for the second book in my YA post-apocalyptic series The Color of Fear. The party is set for Armadillocon in Austin, Texas–two places I’ve never been–and I’m just..well, EXCITED!
The series is first of all, the book of my heart–my favorite child among the twenty novels I’ll have published by the end of the year. My editor Liz Burton asked me to take the story from one volume to three, and I’ve had so much fun fleshing out the characters and their journey.
For those of you who don’t know, the first book in the series is called WINDMILLS. The story begins in Hong Kong, in a tenement district:
Bio-terrorists release a plague in the United States that spreads to kill most of the world’s Caucasian population. As the deadly virus mutates, Tzu Shin, a renowned medical doctor and biologist, defects from China to help develop a cure. His only daughter, Lin Kwan, is left behind in Hong Kong with her aunt. Then Kwan’s father summons her from across the sea to bring him Chinese medicinal herbs he needs to develop a cure. Lonely and missing her parents, she accepts the challenge, traveling with her sensei Li Zhong to the New World. But a Chinese assassin is on her trail, determined to kill her and Li Zhong, and when Kwan discovers her father has disappeared, she sets out on a journey to find him and deliver her precious cargo, a quest that she may not survive.
Book Two takes our travelers further:
Xi San saved the life of a mysterious girl one night in his ravaged San Francisco neighborhood. He can’t get her out of his mind, but believes that she’s lost to him. When an old friend invites him to St. Louis, the new center of terrorist-decimated America, he leaves his old world behind.
Lin Kwan came to America to bring her scientist father Chinese medicinal herbs, hoping to stop the virus that killed most of the world’s Caucasians, before it mutates to infect the rest of the world. Following his trail, she meets the man who once saved her, and repays her debt.
Gathering diverse companions as they travel toward St. Louis, the two encounter deadly obstacles, including Gabriel, a self-styled religious leader and white supremacist determined to take revenge for the white man.
But Gabriel isn’t their only enemy. They have to battle nature, prejudice and even those hidden among them who wish their destruction.
Book three is due next year, and I can’t wait to get started on it! In the meantime, you can find WINDMILLS at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online sites, or you can order it in paperback to your local indie bookstore.
If you don’t want to wait, you can check out the free read The Splendid Expedition of Eddie Garrick, Esq., which is a serial companion blog detailing one of the young people’s journeys across the plague-ridden country.
Goodreads is having a giveaway for a set of WINDMILLS and DESTINATIONS, which runs from July 20-August 7, 2014. Please feel free to sign up, and enjoy! I know I will. Thanks to all my readers–I do this for all of us.