Outlining has begun on the seventh(!!!) installment of the Clans of Kalquor series. Good heavens, did I say the seventh? Wow. I never in a million years thought I’d see so many books come from that first one, Alien Embrace. My thought was there might be ONE sequel to the first book if it did okay in sales. And yet, the stories keep coming, along with a spinoff series (or two. Or three. Stay tuned.).
Anyway, we’re going with a character near and dear to my heart. Iris is the mother of 6-year old Thomas, who is a high-functioning autistic child. They live on the Earther farming colony Haven within the Kalquorian Empire, overseen by the Kalquorians. Earthers are pretty much allowed to do their thing, so long as no one gets hurt. It’s a benevolent occupation by their old enemy, but we humans don’t like ANY occupation, do we? So there are issues.
Plus there’s that little complication with Kalquor’s slowly growing rebellion. Anywhere you find Earthers and Kalquorians in the same place with the potential for interbreeding, there are problems from both races who don't want that to happen. On Haven, the two sides are coming together for one purpose: to stop the mixing of the races.
I know, I know. You want to meet the clan that figures prominently in this little tale, the men that our heroine will come to know. They’ll have to be pretty amazing guys considering there’s a beautiful little Earther boy with special needs attached ... and Iris’ supposedly dead, abusive husband who shows up to make things more complicated.
They’re still in development, so I don’t have a clear handle on the men yet. However, I do have a general feel for them. First you have Dramok Ospar, the governor of Haven. Tough, sometimes a little overbearing from what I’ve seen so far, but his heart is definitely in the right place. He has to do a balancing act that entails keeping the Earthers safe as they get their feet under them, without stepping on any toes.
Nobek Jol is head of Haven security and Ospar’s main bodyguard. He does step on toes, especially when a child and his mother’s welfare are involved. He might be a bit overprotective, but he’s a Nobek. What did you expect?
Imdiko Rivek is a temple priest, devoted to the principles of the Book of Life. He is also a badass martial arts expert. Yep, an Imdiko that will hand you your butt if he has to. It’s Rivek I know least about at this point, but I look forward to getting to know him.
So I’m at the very beginning of the process, with no idea when Alien Refuge will be done. Maybe April or May? As always, I will keep you informed.