Happy Monday, everyone! I’m sorry to say that there will be no Monday Muse this week, or next week. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up on my favorite column! It’s just that I’m in the home stretch for publishing my second book evar! It’s totally different from my debut novel Steel Souls, Book 1: Life in the Machine. Instead of a barren world full of machines, dive into the lush landscape of The Chronicles of Threa, Volume 1: Hunting Gatherers, where sentient Animals rule the globe, and a war between the Hunters and Gatherers has been raging for centuries. Keep an eye on the blog as I release excerpts from the new novel which have previously been available only to subscribers to the newsletter. Don’t want to wait? Sign up for the Midweek Muse now, and receive all previous episodes right away! Jump past the break to read a brief description of the new book, and let me know what you think in the comment section!
Welcome to Threa, a planet entirely devoid of Human life. Instead, sentient Animals rule the globe. A Mouse EMT drives a floating ambulance, a Sparrow is sheriff, and a Heron is an Army Colonel. Teams of Lions, Tigers, and Bears (oh my!) roam the battlefield, a tired old Wolf commands a battalion, and a peaceful Wolverine runs a military supply dump. It’s a world divided by species at war. On one side, the Herbivores (Gatherers) cultivate huge tracts of land to grow the plants they need to survive. On the other, the Carnivores (Hunters) keep vast herds of Dumb prey animals to support them. Each side despises the other, and this natural animosity has torn the world apart.
Meet Dr. Plink Stephomipopilos, a young and talented Arboreal Physician trusted to tend his town’s entire acorn crop. As a civilian Gatherer, this Squirrel has never been to the front lines; never even seen a Hunter in person. His world is turned upside down when a wounded Ferret stumbles into his tree farm. How will this peace-loving man deal with the war’s intrusion on his life? Will he crumple under the pressure or rise to the occasion?
Meet Scritch Fischer, an ambitious Scout struggling up the ranks of the Hunter army. Stuck with assignments he feels are beneath him, he is eager to prove himself in the war against the Gatherers. His chance finally comes when his commanding officer sends him on a super-secret scouting mission vital to the war effort. The journey into enemy territory is long and fraught with danger. How well will this untried pup handle his trying quest? Will he survive and succeed, or will his first major mission be his last?