I'm thrilled to announce that my debut novel now has a new name. I'd been calling it EMBERS for as long as I can remember. To some, especially my beta readers--it might always be EMBERS. That being said, a lot goes into the name of a book.
In the end, Celosia's story is about overcoming the odds. When you've lost everything and your own mind works against you it can be hard to find the motivation to keep on going. Despite the deck being stacked against her, Celosia pushes through, living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression while tackling her responsibilities head-on. Leading the Ember Operative is no easy task.
Some days, it can be hard to get out of bed. To do basic things. I know this feeling all too well, because much like Celosia, I live it. I do my best to manage my depression along with my anxiety--though my PTSD still blindsides me with events from when I was still an age ending in 'teen.' sometimes. It's not easy. Writing this book was one of the hardest things I've done to-date this year. I had months where I couldn't look at it, to tell you the truth. With a lot of encouragement from my fiancee, my beta readers, and my CPs--I made it through to finish the second draft of the book last week.
This is a story about what you can accomplish when everyone around you is telling you to give up. When your mind continues to whisper traitorous things in your ear at night, saying you'll never amount to anything. When every turn is met with someone else that hates you for things you can't change. Celosia is called Daybreak, an insult added to injury--for failing at a military operation of the same name. It's hurled at her like a weapon, used to disarm and discredit her when she's at her lowest point. Seven years later, people still sneer, "Daybreak." at her to remind her of her failures.
Despite all of that, Celosia became the leader of the Ember Operative--poised to take back control of Esonith from the Council, with a lot of help (and a bit of love) along the way. The citizens of Esonith, the Council, and the Eighth Decorum all thought that Daybreak had fallen, unable to face the horrors of the things that she had done.
They thought wrong.
Without further ado, I present to you my spring 2016 debut novel--DAYBREAK RISING.
With great thanks,
Kiran Oliver is a 31 year old writer and author residing in New Zealand with his wife and their cat, Ember.