Vol. 5, Deviations: TelZodo, Now Live!
TelZodo, the fifth Deviations volume, is now live! As with the rest of the series, this book includes mature content. Free downloads are available on the Deviations website, Smashwords, and Manybooks.
Fifteen years have passed since Rudder annexed Promontory. Seventeen years have passed since the Covenant's destruction. Born in-between those two events, TelZodo is coming of age in Crossroads. And he is in trouble.
He should have been a scientist like his parents, Ghost and Piri, but the lab and its corpses terrify him. His freedom from Yata dependence made him a celebrated hybrid child, but he is sterile. Living as a whore and driven to the brink of madness, TelZodo's only salvation is to return to his birthplace, Promontory, a city that once wanted him dead.
Living in Promontory and hobbled by poor health, TripStone's life is equally bleak. The region's austerity has made her hard, and the last thing she wants is a visit from Ghost's "crazy" son.
TelZodo's arrival plunges them into a battle of wills that strips them down to their emotional cores, leaving them no choice but to face their personal demons together -- if they don't kill each other first.
The title character's life started unfolding for me shortly after I had written his birth scene in Vol. 2, Appetite. I had one thoroughly insomniac night while writing Vol. 4, Bloodlines, in which I laid down a loose outline for TelZodo and started envisioning the sixth and final installment, Second Covenant. I plan to release the series conclusion in mid-2011.
Unlike the other volumes in the series, TelZodo is a Bildungsroman. It also differs from the preceding volumes in that it contains only two points of view, TelZodo's and TripStone's.
Thanks to everyone who has come along with me for the ride thus far!
Free downloads at the Deviations website, Smashwords, and Manybooks.
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