At the end of this post, I'll add the covers in their full glory so you can see how awesome they are. Brandon Dorman did an amazing job, and I hope it leads to lots of people checking out the book and buying it. Now, some of you might be wondering "Why the change? What was wrong with Flight from Blithmore? Why the fantasy stuff?"
Here's the story:
During my talks with Shadow Mt, they had discussions with their buyers who consult them on how to sell various books. These people read the stories and let them know what they think they can expect to sell in certain genres. The buyer for my book, Flight, didn't know what genre it fit in and how they would market/sell it. Frankly, I'd worried about the same thing when I wrote it. It doesn't really belong in a genre. The other problem was the title didn't really tell anyone anything. Yes, "flight" signifies people running from something, so adventure is implied. But what the heck is "Blithmore?" That was the issue. We brainstormed and came up with this, which is a good title for reasons I'll explain.
It's not historical fiction, because it's not based around actual history. It's not historical romance. It's not fantasy because nothing "fantastical" happened. And so on ... So, the talks of a book deal hit a wall. Until I proposed that I edit the book and add fantasy elements. I invented a magic system, added fantastical creatures and characters, and decided to slowly build the fantasy elements over the course of the series.
In other words, the first book will have some small elements of magic and fantasy, and that aspect of the book will build in each novel. The magic system is called THE PATH, and there is the path of light and the path of shadow. So how does this effect you awesome people who've already bought the book? Should you purchase the book again? Well, here's the deal.
I would LOVE for you to buy the book again because I need your support, and the sales of this book will determine if SMP sign me to further books. So far, I'm only under contract for the first. Second, there are some additions, though small, that play a big part of future books. So if you buy ATOLAS (A Tale of Light and Shadow), it will read like ALMOST the same book, with some changes. However those changes will impact the future books. So I leave the decision in your hands.
The second book is finished and being workshopped. I expect to deliver it to Chris at SMP next month after I've revised it one more time, which, of course, will delay Psion Omega. However, I can't say I expect Psion Omega out this year anyway. A bummer, I know and I'm sorry, but I can't rush the finale to my series.
Now here's the covers: