I’m publishing Lando Cruz and the Coup Conspiracy, a full-length novel, over at LeanPub.com/LandoCruz as I write it. That’s right! As I write each two or three scenes, I will publish them over at LeanPub.com/LandoCruz for your reading pleasure.
This is first-draft level stuff but I’m very pleased with the story so far. I put about six weeks into planning the detailed outline for the story so this is not some wild-eyed easter egg hunt! This story is gripping, it’s well-plotted and you’re going to love it. Here’s the blurb:
In the near future, widespread economic collapse has forced the growing unemployed population into either the labor camps or a ragtag black market (agorist) rebellion. When cops destroy his food cart and steal his Bitcoin savings, Lando Cruz finds himself on the edge of desperation. Lando manages to salvage his Bitcoin but as payback, the cops put his 14-year-old sister and sickly father into the camps. He takes the only job that will enable him to bribe them out of there before his sister is deported into sex slavery. He becomes an operative for The Core, the mysterious leading clique of the rebellion. His mission: secret, even from him. His gut tells him he is about to be betrayed but failure means certain disaster for his little sister and a one-way trip to the camps for Lando.
Name Your Price
At this stage of the game, you can name your own price for Lando Cruz and the Coup Conspiracy, anywhere from $0 to $10. Feel free to pay nothing for it. I don’t mind! If you have suggestions for improvement though, I would appreciate those. If you opt to pay $3.99 or more for Lando, you will be eligible to receive, at no extra cost, the final, complete story as well – the same one I will publish on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and in paperback. You won’t have to pay for it twice and you can feel proud knowing that you were one of the first to discover, and support, my unique freedom-oriented science fiction.
Get the latest scenes, easy-peasy, free of charge, fuss or muss via email as a PDF every Thursday morning.
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Here’s an excerpt to wet your whistle:
“Dad, get some more sleep.” Lando said.
His dad rolled into the kitchen, the nurse pushing him. “You know I can’t sleep past 5AM anymore.” His dad scowled. “How come you’re not out yet?”
“I’m leaving now, dad, just finished loading the food on the cart. Mari is up and eating. I left yours and Lizzy’s breakfast next to the —”
His dad moved his head violently. “Why don’t you just get a corporate job, boy? Breaking your back for pennies a day, selling burritos on the street!” His dad turned up his nose and frowned. “How will you ever put Mari through college on that?”
“Dad, I gotta go if I’m going to catch the breakfast rush.” Not this again!
“You realize when I die that my disability checks won’t come anymore, right?”
“Yes, dad, of course. Now—”
“What are you going to do then? We’re already losing this place.”
I’m going to go to work, dad! “You know I have my bitcoin business. Currency exchanges really rake it in, dad. We’ve talked about this.” Lando let out a long sigh and rolled his eyes upwards.
His dad reached out and grabbed Lando’s collar. “Don’t you roll your eyes at me, boy! This is serious! I’m already three months past my expiration date.” He let Lando go and hung his head. He strained to be absolutely still.
Lando put his hand on his dad’s shoulder.
His dad let out his breath. He took another one and breathed out through his mouth. “I want—”
“About that exp—” Lando started.
His dad threw his head up and raised his voice. “I want you to find, get and keep a corporate job. Now. It’s that simple. You need to build a future, not risk your neck for a crazy cause no one understands.”
Lando was silent.
“You are going to give me what I want.” He contemplated Lando. “You owe it to me, son.”
Lando opened his mouth but looked down at the floor. His stomach fell.
“And don’t tell me about your business. An unauthorized currency exchange is illegal. Selling those ridiculous burritos without a permit is illegal.”
“That’s the point, dad! In a world —”
“You are illegal!”
Lando threw his hands out in front of him and grabbed the hair at the back of his head. “Dad,” he whispered, “keep your voice down. Look, I gotta —”
“Why are you even involved in this political stuff, Lando? What is the point of these risks you take? One more strike and it’s five years. What happens to your sister then? Have you thought about that? Imagine for a minute what these animals will do with her.” He firmed his jaw.
Lando glanced at the kitchen clock. “I’m now officially late! Goodbye!” Lando walked out the front door, closing the flimsy slice of particle board gently behind him.
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Professional Publication by March 1
I’m thrilled to announce that I have hired a cover artist and that my writing is flying along on schedule. I’m almost 18,000 words into the novel now. I expect it to be around 104,000 total. Final publication of a highly polished version is due for March 1. It will be available for sale, DRM-free, here at GeorgeDonnelly.com, at Amazon and other booksellers as well as for bitcoin and litecoin.