The Queen’s Gambit is now available for preorder! Woohoo! Seeing my name on a novella at Amazon is kind of surreal, I have to admit. :)
Behold, the cover:
Many thanks to Natanya Wheeler at Nancy Yost Literary Agency for her help with the cover design!
Print on demand paperbacks are coming, but they will not be available until closer to release/on release day.
I also created a fancy book page where you can read the blurb and the first two chapters. There weren’t a lot of changes early on, so for those of you who read the serial, below is a peek at the beginning of Chapter Eight.
BEWARE: Mild spoilers ahead for those of you who didn’t read the serial! Proceed with caution.
Chapter Eight Snippet:
I glanced into Valentin’s cell on my way past the door, then froze and backtracked. Another look confirmed what I had seen the first time—the cell was empty.
The hallway was clear. The door to medical was open, but the bridge and my quarters were both hidden behind closed doors. The bridge door should’ve been open.
I quietly moved to the door to my quarters. When it slid open, I peeked inside. The bedroom was empty but I couldn’t see into the bathroom. I entered, keeping an eye on the door to the bathroom, but nothing moved.
I opened the wall panel that hid my armory. None of my weapons were missing. I pulled out an electroshock pistol and checked the magazine. I considered grabbing a plasma pistol as well, but if I couldn’t take out Valentin with a magazine full of stun rounds, then things would be dire indeed.
I cleared the bathroom, then moved out into the hallway. I cleared the rec room again, followed by medical. Valentin was either on the bridge or hiding in the cargo bay, and I’d bet all of the imaginary credits we’d negotiated that he was on the bridge.
The door to the bridge slid open as I approached, surprising me enough that I stopped in my tracks.
Valentin looked up from the navigator’s terminal and barely glanced at the pistol in my hand. Both of his hands were visible and he appeared unarmed.
“I found the tracker,” he said calmly. “It was hidden deep in the life support code. You were right to turn everything off.”
I brought the pistol up and he tensed but didn’t move.
“How did you get out?” I asked quietly.
“I told you I’m good with software,” he said with a grin that stopped just shy of cockiness.
I stepped into the room, keeping the electroshock pistol trained on him. “You were in an isolation cell.”
“Not really,” he said. “If you want true isolation, you need a Faraday cage. Software isolation can be defeated.”
I’m really happy with how the edits turned out, and I can’t wait for you all to read the updated version!
If you want to read a little bit more before July, I suggest you subscribe to my author newsletter because I’ll be sending out a preorder email with a longer snippet!
Until then, here are some handy preorder links! ;)