Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Where are The Awakened and Wandering Stars Series Going?

Those of you who have been following along with me on this journey of storytelling and independent publishing know that the road has been filled with a variety of scenic overlooks, as well as obstacles. In order to keep pace with the rapid changes occurring in the industry, I’ve been forced to adapt my plans accordingly. The unfortunate side effect of this is some confusion among readers about such things as the titles of my books, the order in which they are being published, and the overall plan.

I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up these questions if I can.

The first thing you should know is that I’m working on one giant story, beginning with the first generations of humanity on earth and stretching all the way to the end of the world. Literally. In scope, this story is only a subset of much larger events taking place. In particular, it is limited to a select group of beings who have invaded human civilization and are trying to manipulate it for their own means, and the ones who are trying to stop them. With such a large span of time, cultures, and technologies, you should expect the story to take on attributes of various genres, sometimes all at once, sometimes in phases. As with any story of epic scale, you should also expect subplots of personal and emotional struggle, themes of courage and redemption, and other subtleties. But if I had to simplify it, I would say:

At its core, it is a story of conflict. Throughout its entirety, the conflict will progress from Fantasy to Military-Fiction to Science-Fiction.


THE WANDERING STARS SERIES:

In chronological terms, the first part of the story, taking place in a prehistoric Fantasy setting, is experienced primarily from the perspective of Sariel, an angel who attempts to intervene on behalf of mankind. As a prequel to the Awakened, this series will explain all the background information used in the Awakened series, including the identity of all the antagonists, the existence and creation of parallel worlds, the portal between them, and the "keys" required to move through the portal. There will be four novels in this series, followed by a combined (or omnibus) edition.

Incarnation: Wandering Stars Volume One (available)
Manifestation: Wandering Stars Volume Two (not yet published)
Inhabitation: Wandering Stars Volume Three (not yet published)
Regeneration: Wandering Stars Volume Four (not yet published)
Combined Edition: Wandering Stars Volumes One through Four (not yet published)


THE AWAKENED SERIES:

The second part of the story begins with the emergence of a human warrior, Kael, who is destined to bring about victory over the enemy. Experienced primarily from Kael’s perspective, this series will explore the implications and consequences of events that occurred in the past, and will move through multiple worlds and cultures with varying degrees of technological and sociological development. This series, being a sequel to the Wandering Stars, moves from an ancient Fantasy setting to a modern, Military-Fiction setting, and then on to a Science-Fiction setting. Currently, there are nine books planned for this series, as well as an omnibus or combined edition for each grouping of three (1-3, 4-6, and 7-9).

Awaken His Eyes: The Awakened Book One (available) – originally titled Book One
Paths of Destruction: The Awakened Book Two (available) – originally titled Book Two
Hands to Make War: The Awakened Book Three (available) – originally titled Book Three
Combined Edition: The Awakened Books One through Three (available) – originally titled The Awakened: A Wandering Stars Novel
Seeds of Corruption: The Awakened Book Four (available)
Hidden From Men: The Awakened Book Five (available)
(Untitled): The Awakened Book Six (not yet published)
Combined Edition: The Awakened Books Four through Six (not yet published)
(Untitled): The Awakened Book Seven (not yet published)
(Untitled): The Awakened Book Eight (not yet published)
(Untitled): The Awakened Book Nine (not yet published)
Combined Edition: The Awakened Books Seven through Nine (not yet published)

At the time of this post, only the first volume of the Wandering Stars series and the first three books of the Awakened series are available. At the time of this update, only the first volume of the Wandering Stars series and the first five books of the Awakened series are available. My original plan, after releasing the three Awakened books, was to write the entire prequel series so that the foundation was properly laid in the minds of readers. Due to reader demand, I later decided to attempt moving both series forward in parallel. The idea was to limit the amount of time that readers had to wait before experiencing the next installment of their favorite characters’ lives. In order to stay afloat in the violent waters of indie publishing, I cannot promise that I will be able to move each series forward with the same frequency. But I will do my best to deliver what readers want.

There is also the possibility for spin-offs and additional novels, but I can’t comment on that now. Who knows what the future will bring and what opportunities may be available to me when these two series are nearing their conclusions? All I know is that I have an active imagination and will only put restraints on it to maintain the integrity of the overall story.

I hope this clears things up. If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this discussion or send me an email (jasontesar@yahoo.com).

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28 comments:

Ryan said...

Can't wait! I enjoyed the Awakened Series, and thoroughly enjoyed Incarnation. Keep up the great work! Hungrily awaiting the upcoming installments.

Jay said...

Thanks Jason, that's exactly what I needed to know. Looking forward to joining you on the rest of your adventure...

stephen whitehead said...

Hi, when can we expect the next instalment.... Of anything? Love your stuff thanks.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Ryan!

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Jay,

Hope it cleared things up. If you're curious about anything else, feel free to comment here or send me an email.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Stephen!

My goal is to have Book 4 of The Awakened series released by June of this year. After that, I'll either work on Volume 2 of Wandering Stars or Book 5 of The Awakened, depending on reader demand.

-Jason

Dorothy said...

THANK YOU! I really enjoy your books and am waiting for the next.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Dorothy. Glad to have you along for the ride!

-Jason

Dave J said...

Thank you for your amazing Awakened series...can't wait for book four.

james johnson said...

Great story I am thoroughly hooked and eagerly awaiting your next piece.

Staci T. said...

I'm so in love with these books I haven't been able to put them down. Thank you for the amazing story. I can't wait to read the Wandering Star books. I'm really waiting for book 4... Any hints to when it's coming out?? Thanks again you are a amazing writer keep up the awesome work.

Staci T.

Staci T. said...

Thank you for the amazing story cant wait to read more.... Are there any hints as to when book 4 of The Awakened is coming out?? You are a amazing writer keep up the awesome work.

Staci T

Jason Tesar said...

Dave J and Staci T.,

Thanks for your comments. Book 4 should be available by June, 2013.

-Jason

Sheesha said...

Usually Im a vampire type fan but something caught my attention and am I glad it did! I bought the kindle 1-3 books, then on to buy Incarnation-couldnt put either down nor read it fast enuff...WOW!!! Thank You for opening up a whole new world for me! Your writing is PHENOMENAL and Im EAGERLY awaiting the next installment of both series! ....GOOD LUCK! :)

Sheesha said...

Usually Im a vampire type fan but something caught my attention and am I glad it did! I bought the kindle 1-3 books, then on to buy Incarnation-couldnt put either down nor read it fast enuff...WOW!!! Thank You for opening up a whole new world for me! Your writing is PHENOMENAL and Im EAGERLY awaiting the next installment of both series! ....GOOD LUCK! :)

LISA DELAY said...

Hey Jason, I am totally addicted! The storyline has such a flow to it. It is so gripping and enthralling. My patiences left me a long time ago, but I will do my best. Totally awesome! !!!!!!

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Sheesha,

Thanks for the comments. I'm so glad you decided to spend some time in my imaginary world.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Lisa!

Hang in there; only a few months before Book Four is ready!

-Jason

Shawn Larson said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I finished the Incarnation series. I find it facinated how you have put all this together. Unlike other people I think I like this book this best so far. Maybe this is because the whole nephelum thing has interested me since I heard a teaching from chuck missler. I think I hear where you are going and to a certian degree it seems like you are giving a reasonable explaination of the missing information before the post flood wether you intentionally mean to do so or not. Keep up the good work. Your books have been amazing.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Shawn!

The whole fallen angels/nephilim subject has fascinated me for years. There are only hints of it in the Bible, so it's a fun playground for my imagination. I can't wait to finish up the WS series so readers can experience what I have in store.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

I would first like to start off by saying that I usually don't read these types of books but you now have me hooked. I got Incarnation free on Amazon not knowing much about it but I am so happy I did. I will be getting your other books and really look forward to read more of the series. Thanks for writting such a great story!

Jason Tesar said...

I'm pleased that you decided to read something different and hope that you enjoy the rest of the journey as I make my way through both series.

-Jason

Jane said...

Book 5 of the awakened please!! I hate being left hanging like this! What happens to Kael. Adair is responsive but how when he is no longer "with" his body!! What happens back home in the Empire with the Empress ruling....so many things to still find out.. please please try and bring us the continuing story...I HAVE told everyone I know about The Awakened...it truly is the best thing I've read, in this genre, for many many years...and I am a real fan of this type of fantasy since I remember learning how to read...began with Isaac Asimov in the 50's!! Thanks so much. Jane :-)

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Jane,

I'm working on Book 5 now and hope to have it out this fall/winter. Thanks so much for your enthusiastic support and for telling others about the series! If you need something to read in the meantime, you can try Incarnation.

-Jason

Daleen said...

I recieved book one of the Awakened via Amazon Prime free book. I was about to go on a cruise so I figured what the heck. I got sooo hooked, in less then a month I have read all 4 and about to start on the Wandering Stars series. I read you web page and the next book of Awakened is due to come out in fall/winter and that was posted in June. Well it is fall/winter now. Looking forward to reading more from you. Keep it up.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Daleen,

I'm so glad you got hooked on The Awakened and I hope you enjoy the Wandering Stars series as well. Book Five of The Awakened will be out next month and I'll start working on Book Six right away. Sometime next year, I'll get back to the Wandering Stars series, so be warned that you'll have to wait a while to see that one come to a conclusion :)

Jaqui Kunz said...

I've really enjoyed reading The Awakened series and can't wait until Book 6 comes out. This is definitely the most enjoyable series of books I had read in years. Keep up the fantastic work and please, please finish Book 6 as soon as possible. I want to see where Kael ends up next!!!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Jaqui! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. I'm doing research for Book Six now and hope to write and publish it early in 2014.