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Christine Luft - Author
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Science fiction and fantasy author, author of the Sunrise Regiment series
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My first novel, Blackout, has gone live today at Amazon. There's paperback and ebook versions, and anyone who has Kindle Unlimited can even read it for free as part of their subscription to the service. https://www.amazon.ca/Blackout-Sunrise.../dp/B08YS5ZSLD is the link, or your country's version.

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I've pre-ordered a small box of author copies - nothing extreme, just ten or so. When they come in, I'll take a few pictures, check them out, see how nice the print is and whether the cover needs tweaked, but I think we finally got it right, this time.

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Blackout is now available for pre-order!

I've signed up for the Amazon Kindle Direct Select program, so they have exclusivity rights on the ebook for 90 days. After that, I'll likely be making the ebook available here, on my own site (https://christineluftauthor.com), and other platforms such as Scribd.

Pre-orders for the ebook are up at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YS5ZSLD. The ID of the book is B08YS5ZSLD, so if you wish to purchase from your country's Amazon store, that's what you'll put in. It will also be findable by typing "Blackout Christine Luft" in the search bar. It is priced at $4 USD.

The paperback version is under review, and I'll provide the link to it as soon as it has been approved.

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*Yes, we have cover art! *

Blackout now has cover art, for the ebook version, with a paperback version in the works. We are one step closer to publishing! The cover art was produced by Twisted Synergy (https://www.deviantart.com/twistedsynergy), who very kindly did a couple of different tweaks and mockups. We decided on this version for the cover.

We all hear that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but everyone does. The fun fact of the matter is that if you don't have an interesting cover, no one will read the book.

Next steps: I have filed with the Government of Canada for a set of ISBNs - each version of the book will require its own separate ISBN. There will be, at minimum, an ebook and a paperback. I am considering a limited edition hardcover run, and if the book sells enough, I will be making an audiobook version. Unfortunately this will have to be narrated by a real human being, because this book contains specialized jargon, accented dialogue, and other things that don't robot well in text to speech. A hardcover run (signed, of course) and an audiobook version might end up being a stretch goal on SubscribeStar, down the line.

Once I have ISBNs (I'm looking into whether a Library of Congress number is something I can even get, as a Canadian), I'll be finishing up the copyright page and the rest of the front matter, and then the manuscript will be submitted to Amazon for ebook preparation. We are on track for March 31!

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Where my Blackout at? ... or, when can we expect this thing?

Self-publishing is on a different kind of schedule than traditional publishing. With traditional publishing, it can take up to three years to get your book on a shelf, from the moment a publisher picks your novel up, to the moment it rolls into your local bookslinger. Self-publishing can be significantly faster, but it comes at the cost of you doing all your own marketing. 
Turns out, writing the book is the easy part. Most of us who like to write fixate on that part of the whole process – the actual creation of the work itself. But the real challenge comes once one has a finished manuscript – edited, formatted, and ready for publication. Especially if one is choosing to go it alone, without the expertise of a big publishing house.
A book is more than just the words on the page, it’s also the cover art, the synopsis, and the marketing strategies used to make people aware of it. In the modern era, a book is also the available formats – ePub, pdf, paperback, hardcover, etc. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in transforming your favourite novel from a giant pile of pages with words into something you can enjoy in the tub, or curled up at night in bed with night mode on your phone. 
Blackout as a manuscript is complete, at 115,000 words (we round to the nearest 5K), edited by both myself and people who aren’t myself, and formatted. It’s been test-read by anyone I could convince to test-read it, and has been well-received by everyone who actually read the advance copy. 
I am currently in talks with a graphic designer who is working on the cover art, which will feature the candle-in-the-dark imagery that so fits with the themes of the novel. Cover art is the final step in preparing the novel for release on platforms such as Smashwords, Amazon, and Scribd. Once the cover art is available, it won’t be much longer until the book can reach the digital shelves of the world. I am hoping to have this done for March 31, 2021, but this deadline may move. 
The other thing I’m working on right now (besides working on the draft for Midnight, the second book in the series… you might be pleased to hear it is currently 20% drafted) is getting the word out about Blackout and The Sunrise Regiment. If no one knows about your book, no one can read it. Getting that awareness is critical. Part of that is an active social media presence, so look for my hype on Twitter, Facebook, SubscribeStar, and of course here, on my blog. 
So if you’re excited about Blackout, I’m super happy. I can’t wait to release the novel and have the world enjoy the adventures of Dani, Maisy, Jake and the gang as much as I do. If you’d like to assist with the hype machine, you can help by raising awareness. Like and share my posts, retweet my tweets, let friends and family know that there’s a new book coming out that you’re excited to read. Word of Mouth remains one of the most powerful marketing strategies there has ever been. I could use your help in raising momentum!
Counting down the minutes until release…
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Introducing Blackout, the first novel in The Sunrise Regiment series.

For university students Danielle (Dani) Proulx and her girlfriend Maisy, the world truly ended on December 21, 2012. An international outbreak of Marburg traced to planeloads of people travelling through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on December 21 locks down the whole world. The bad news keeps coming when the provincial government passes a new law to repossess the properties of people who died without heirs, and that means the house Dani is living in.
The only good news is that both girls developed strange abilities on the same day the call came in, related to partially remembered past lives. Faced with forced evacuation to fishy quarantine camps, Dani and Maisy decide to flee to the States, to stay with their former World of Warcraft guild leader and internet conspiracy radio host Wyvern, in West Virginia. They use their new abilities to escape across the closed border and make the 2000-mile journey to the Appalachians.
Marburg and the flight to West Virginia are only the start. Involvement with the local militia evolves into active military service in a specialist corps of incarnates, or people who developed abilities, defending the nation from a host of apocalyptic threats. When faced with fungus-infected zombies, the PMC Blackfield abducting civilians for nefarious purposes, and even hostile aliens in secret military bases, Wyvern’s conspiracies theories stop being theories and start being real life for Dani and her friends. Dani and Maisy must rise to meet the challenges of an increasingly chaotic and deadly world, struggling to fight back against the coordinated takedown of society, to become shining lights in the midst of a blackout.
But before they can fight back, they must first survive.
Blackout, the first novel in my upcoming series The Sunrise Regiment, is a full-length, 120,000 word speculative fiction novel set in an alternate version of Earth. Written for adult and new adult audiences, this book blends the best of the traditions of the science fiction of yesteryear with modern contexts. With a diverse cast of engaging and realistic characters and a focus on action and adventure, Blackout explores themes of coming of age in the breakdown of society at the hands of shadowy conspiratorial forces. Blackout has something for everyone, from old fans of authors like Eric Flint and Robert Asprin, to young fans who enjoy works in the style of Pierce Brown and Susanne Collins. 
Look for Blackout anywhere quality ebooks are sold, by the end of March, 2021!
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Welcome to my SubscribeStar!

This is where you'll want to check for the very latest news and information from Christine Luft, the author of Blackout, the first series in The Sunrise Regiment, an anticipated 3-4 book urban fantasy series set in a fictionalized version of Earth where December 21, 2012 really was the end of the world. Full of a diverse cast of memorable and engaging characters, The Sunrise Regiment is an action-packed series with something for everyone, from readers of the traditional greats of science fiction, to younger readers getting into the genre for the first time.

Clocking in at a proper Sci Fi length of 115,000 action-packed words, Blackout, the first book in the series, is expected to be available for purchase by the end of March, 2021. Follow the adventures of Danielle (Dani) Proulx, Maisy, Jake, Gladys, Cody and the rest of the incarnates as they deal with the new realities of a post-Marburg world where all the tinfoil hat theories of the 2000s come alive... and shoot back. 

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