Recompense will release January 25, 2018. Thereafter, a new book will release every 4-6 weeks until the series reaches completion. For email notification of each release, please sign up for my new release newsletter. In the meantime, kick off the series with Provocation, a FREE prequel novella, available exclusively to my newsletter subscribers.
She’s gone. No body, no evidence, no motive. Only my guilt remains.
Opal Parnell has grown up on the rocky shores of Tidbury Bay, where winds and waves and freezing winters have carved the world into something wild and beautiful. It’s so far out of the way that strangers need a reason to come here. But beyond her safe harbor, the North American Republic has been plagued by an epidemic of disappearances. There are no crime scenes. No bodies, no evidence, no motives. Thousands have gone missing without a trace. And eventually, tragedy finds Tidbury.
Plagued by guilt for the part she played in her sister’s vanishing, Opal sets out to find her. She stumbles onto evidence that suggests the disappearances aren’t as mysterious as the media would have her believe. Meanwhile, the crisis causes power shifts and corruption that reach into the upper echelons of government. Beneath Opal’s feet, Tidbury is changing forever.
What’s happened to the missing? Who’s covering up the truth? And will the Republic survive the upheaval?
The Provocation never really ended…and the Recompense has just begun.
Forty-seven years ago, a series of unexplained disappearances robbed the North American Republic of its best and brightest. Backlash against the Continental Government’s failure to stop this mysterious Provocation provoked a bloodless revolution later dubbed the Recompense. The new regime initiated emergency measures designed to maintain order, salvage the flagging economy, and ensure that such a tragedy never happened again. Unfortunately, they only benefited the top two social tiers. And Jaclyn Holloway was born into the lowest.
Unwilling to pour out her years in the local fishing cannery but not permitted to leave Settlement 56, Jack gambles on the one chance available to her—the high school Exit Examination. In a country that still keenly remembers the Provocation, the smartest and strongest are richly rewarded in exchange for military service. Jack is adamant that her best friend, Will Ransom, join her in striving for induction. But if Jack fails to pass the stringent physical standards and Will succeeds, she will not be allowed to see him again until his tour of duty is completed—in twenty years.
Meanwhile, the regime has been keeping a tight lid on a new string of disappearances. Jack’s background in foster care places her in a position to aid Axis, an underground organization charged with investigating events that threaten national security. The evidence leads her back forty-seven years, through a series of high-profile cover-ups, to a most unlikely source. Blowing the whistle could place herself and her loved ones in danger, but holding her silence means history will likely repeat.
And Capernica could never survive a second Provocation.