Last year, I came across a novel with an interesting cover. It creeped my out and intrigued me at the same time.
And then I opened the cover (eBook cover that is) and started reading. I got to the end, turned the last page and said,
“What?! That’s the end? I gotta wait for book two?? No way!”
Yes, I contacted the author and found out I’d have to wait until fall of this year. Luckily I am patient (somewhat). My patience has paid off, because today book two has been released (screams like a 12 year-old girl). And I have already ordered my copy and can’t wait to start reading it.
The second book is called Orbs II: Stranded A Science Fiction Thriller by the amazingly talented Nicholas Sansbury Smith .
Orbs is the tale of aliens coming to take away our most precious resources. Dr. Sophie Winston believes she is going into a test biosphere in preparation for a trip to Mars. Dr. Winston and her team have no idea what they are really in for.
If you are a fan of apocalyptic stories, you are gonna love these.
There is also a prequel to the series titled, “White Sands: An Orbs Prequel”. This story has all 5 Star ratings at present. My review is one of them.
As this is my birthday week, and as readers who have been with me know, I love to give something away for my birthday. That said, I am giving everyone two gifts. The first is an interview with the author!
The second gift, is that one lucky commenter is going to win a free copy of the eBook Orbs II from the author and a free copy of Orbs from me. All you have to do is leave a comment for the author, share the post on both Twitter and FB and I will choose a winner by Monday October 13th.
That said, I’d like to introduce you to one of the most humble and amazing authors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
YIW: Nicholas, thanks for allowing me to kidnap, I mean interview you today. And don’t mind the aliens playing poker over in the corner.
NSS: Hi Yolanda! Happy birthday and thank you for the kind introduction. I’m honored to be here. Waves* to the aliens.
YIW: You may not remember, but you and I had an email conversation about your first book. That’s how I can say that you are humble. So, how amazing is it to go from self-published to being picked up by Simon and Schuster’s Simon451 imprint?
NSS: I absolutely remember our conversation and recall you’re quite talented yourself. I have your book of poetry, Freedom: Poetry From A Life on my kindle.
Going from self-published to being picked up by Simon451 was a bit of a dream come true. I still can’t believe it’s real sometimes. The best part is having the opportunity to make the Orbs series even better. With a great content editor and copy editor I have a feeling Orbs fans are going to really enjoy Orbs II: Stranded.
YIW: Nick, I am truly overwhelmed by your compliment. Thank you so much. And I for one have thoroughly enjoyed White Sands: An Orbs Prequel and Orbs.
Like you, I love gaming. I lose myself in World of Warcraft for hours. How did playing Doom help shape you into the brilliant writer you are today?
NSS: Doom and Halo were both inspirations for the Orbs books. I spent hours glued to my television playing both of those games growing up. And when there weren’t any more aliens to kill I started reading the books. The stories became more than just games, I was engrossed with these alien worlds and completely fascinated with the idea of an invasion. The word Alien means different things to different people. Some think of little green men, others think of demons from another dimension, I think of blue Orbs.
YIW: What was different for you with this book than with the first now that you’ve signed with Simon451?
NSS: Thank you for asking this question. I’m so proud of the work done to remaster Orbs. If I remember correctly there were 300 minor changes to the book. But there were some major content changes as well. Before we got started I read over all the reviews and the feedback readers gave me via email, Facebook, etc and then I compiled a list and sent them to my editor. Then we dove in and started remastering the book.
One of the major content change was the discovery of Luke Williard’s compound. In the first edition Sophie’s team stumbled upon his bunker. It was way too much of a coincidence. In the second edition, the team intercepts an NTC signal coming from his house and venture there in hopes of learning more about what’s happening outside.
We also attacked the science parts that were lacking. The Organics, for example, were described as having blood consisting of 80% water and 20% electrons. Now their blood is made up of 80.43 percent H20 and 19.57 of a substance very similar to plasma. I memorized this passage. There so many other changes, but these instantly come to mind.
YIW: So tell us what’s going on with Dr. Sophie Winston and her merry band of survivors?
NSS: Those that survived in Orbs are fighting more than an endless army of invading aliens—they are also fighting the doomsday clock as the aliens drain the water from the planet. Temperatures are rising and everything is dying. Despair starts to set in even for the most hardened of characters. My goal for the entire series was to illustrate what life would be like in a post-apocalyptic world. How would people react? What would they do? The second installment is grittier than the first as characters start to break down.
YIW: Nicholas, my alien poker playing friends and I can’t thank you enough for stopping by. The changes to the first book along with the release of the second book are well done. I can’t wait for book III in March. Congratulations on signing with Simon451 and the release of Orbs II: Stranded.
NSS: Thank you so much! These questions were perfect and I appreciate a chance to answer them. I consider myself a new writer or as they say in the video game world, ‘noob’. So I really appreciate the support readers have shown from around the world. It’s amazing and I hope you all enjoy Orbs II: Stranded! And don’t forget about White Sands, the short story prequel that was released on Sep 30th by Simon451!
Waves* goodbye to the aliens. “Don’t lose all of your money, fellas.”
YIW: If you’d like to get in touch with Nicholas, please follow him on Twitter, Goodreads.com, Facebook, and Tumblr and of course Amazon.com where you can buy all of his fantastic novels and short stories.
In the meantime, make sure you leave a comment and share this post to both Twitter and Facebook. I will announce the winner of both Orbs and Orbs II in next Tuesday’s post.
“Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event.”– Nicholas Sansbury Smith