Author Joshua Banker announces the release of his fourth full-length work, The Killing Kind. Banker’s prequel to Not Gods But Monsters is a speculative fiction novel which blends elements of science-fiction and diesel-punk fantasy to tell a story about the root causes of war and their impacts on those forced to live in the midst of an ongoing conflict. The tale serves as both a history lesson for those familiar with the series and as a starting point for readers new to the Realm of Tah’afajien.
As I've done with all my previous books, I’m adding a chapter of my upcoming release, The Killing Kind to the Free To Read program, where readers can get a sneak peak of a single chapter of the book to read here or download for reading on your mobile devices.
The Killing Kind, the third book in the Realm of Tah’afajien series is a prequel that happens over a decade before the beginning of Not Gods But Monsters. Book 3 provides context, not only for what transpires during books 1 and 2 but for the series' eventual endgame.
To go along with the expanded distribution of Not Gods But Monsters, the future addition of A Prison of Flesh for the same, and the upcoming release of Book 3, both Books 1 and 2 are now permanently discounted on the Kindle eBook marketplace.
Using Smashwords, I've submitted the eBook version of Not Gods But Monstersto be available to a growing distribution of retailers, including Kobo, Scribd and Apple. The title should start showing up on theses retailers' websites over the next couple days.
Part the second, which goes after part the first. If you haven't read the first part, go here to get an idea of the steps taken to reach this point. At this stage, with the sky box and distant background elements close to completion, all work shifted to adding details to the foreground structures.
Before each book can be prepared for print, a cover illustration must be created. A lot of the time, this happens well in advance of a tangible release date. While the illustrative work for some of my other books has been largely character-focused, for this project I wanted to try something a little different.
For those of you following my Instagram account, you probably know I recently purchased Wacom Intuos tablet/pen in an attempt to work on more digital pieces. As someone whose spent multiple decades as an exclusively-physical media person, this took time, like relearning how to walk. In that time, I've pulled together a handful of various character and creature sketches.