The 'HMCS Borealis' series ended with Red Space, but that's not the end of the story. New lives take centre stage as familiar ones fade into the background. In my next book, the spotlight will fall on an older Palani woman named Zura Varta.
Zura Varta is a living legend among the Palani. For over eight hundred years, Mahasa (General) Varta has led the forces of the Palani empire. She's fought two genocidal wars against the relentless Horlan, as well as lesser conflicts against the Jaljal, the Humans, and others. She's feared and respected by friend and foe alike, for her unflinching readiness to do what needs to be done, and to accept the sacrifices necessary for victory.
But twenty years after the Borealis, things have changed. There's no place in the peaceful new galactic neighbourhood for old warriors like her.
New Fraser is a new human colony at the far edge of the Burnt Worlds. The Palani are sympathetic to the Humans' crushing refugee crisis, and have permitted colonies on a few of their grave worlds. Rich, well-connected refugees go to prosperous colonies; the destitute and desperate end up somewhere like New Fraser...
...and New Fraser is about to meet its new military governor: Mahasa Varta.
The book has the working title Monster, and the first draft is done and ready for editing. It's the first in a series tentatively called 'Hybrid'. As well as introducing some new faces, we'll have the chance to catch up with some familiar friends.
But for now, it's time to spend the holidays with family and friends. I hope you all have a great holiday, and may 2019 bring you all kinds of awesomeness.