Alice is given a complex and secretive assignment: she is to review months worth of voice recordings, video and pictures taken by Noah Lucas, better known as Carnie, a member of the Samurai Squadron. The material was recorded while he was on Iora, a technically advanced world as the holocaust virus struck it. She is to review all materials and create a report that includes insights into the young pilot's personality, strategic information about Iora and any other details that could help Haven Fleet. Before long, Alice becomes personally invested in the plight of her subject, and makes discoveries that could change her forever.
Meanwhile, a permanent government is taking hold in Haven Shore, and the Fleet is undergoing one last shakeup that could break the Apex class apart. All the while Alice is left to wonder where her father and his ship, the Revenge have gone while they wait for the rest of their active fleet to return from the Iron Head Nebula.
The Spinward Fringe saga continues in Carnie's Tale, the connective tissue between Spinward Fringe Broadcast 10: Freeground and Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, telling Alice's story between those books from a more personal perspective.
As a side note, this story is written for adaptation into a 2 episode television script, so if you ever wondered what a special pair of Spinward Fringe episodes would look like after several seasons, this is a good chance to do that. I'll be writing more of these stories in the future, as the Spinward Fringe series has flirted with television adaptation more than once and I have many ideas for shorter books that have been waiting for years.
Carnie's Tale will be released on October 28, 2017 and is available for preorder now from:
Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, Amazon CA, and all other Amazon regional sites.
Barnes & Noble
...and several other ebook retailers.
Thank you so much for your support this year, I can't wait to get this story into your hands!
[The release of Carnie's Tale will be followed by Broadcast 11: Revenge near the end of 2017.]