It's kinda breathtaking, right? I love the sign for the Texas Empire and of course the electric storm
cloud in the distance is so evocative. You know right away that this is a very different kind of story (and also that the old saying is true - DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS.)
THE CHARGE is Sharon Bayliss' debut novel coming out on March 2, 2013 (Texas Independence day, of course) from Curiosity Quills Press.
I'm hoping I can get Sharon to drop by for an interview in March as part of her blog tour. It's going to be exciting stuff.
Here's a bit about THE CHARGE to whet your appetite:
What if Texas never joined the United States, and instead became it's own nation?
In The Charge that's exactly what happened. In the 1830s, the Republic of Texas was taken over by a dictator with superhuman powers who named himself the first King of Texas. Eighty years later, the Texas Empire has fallen into ruin, but the story of the Texas royal dynasty is far from over.
College freshman Warren King wants nothing more than to enjoy a beer by the pool on his summer break...but that's not what fate has in store for him. When Texas soldiers kidnap his little brother, he embarks into a still-wild West to save him. While fumbling through a search attempt in the lawless Texas Empire, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever. He and his brother are estranged members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.
The Charge was a quarterfinalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and won a Publisher's Weekly review:
"A solid cast of well-developed characters, including a “super-tall” royal Texan family, stars in this thrill ride of a novel teetering between sci-fi adventure and alternate historical epic...Easily shifting between characters’ perspectives, and relentless in its action, well-placed humor, and suspense, this manuscript is a delight."
The Charge will be available in digital and print formats from Curiosity Quills Press on Texas Independence Day, 3/2/13. Go to www.facebook.com/thechargebook for updates.