Unofficial Deposition Notes (password encoded):
29. September 2244
[Dr. Beau Pehir, Avin Terrell’s superior:]
At 22:01:01 this evening, Estreia Jewellyn Metalian’s wristband ceased transferring data. She’s vanished completely off our grid.
Avin Terrell has gone AWOL along with her.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed the story. If you did (or even if you didn’t), please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a line or two, because reviews are essential for authors to succeed and for readers to know whether this book is for them or not. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for that.
Also, I apologize deeply if anyone takes this ending as a cliffhanger because I don’t show the final showdown with Begrava. The truth is, that isn’t Anza and Jace’s story. Anza grew up in this book, going from unable to deal with broken things to shouldering a lot of them, and getting her guy at the end, finding her happiness nestled inside ugly reality. But the war will involve more people, and their stories still have to be told before I can even think of writing that. Mostly Harley and Joaquin’s story needs to be told—and, honestly, I’m not even sure if Harley isn’t an anti-heroine—maybe the story she told Anza is all lies. I get the feeling that she and Joaquin are both crazy, like the Joker and Harley Quinn, and I’m not sure I can write their story yet. Maybe I need to grow up some more before I can see their insanity!
Another story that needs to be told before I show the war is Cascade and Lunar’s story, which I’m working on right now. It shows what happens to Cascade in the same time frame as Under a Caged Sky—because originally her and Anza’s stories were together in one book as two parallel story lines, but I had to split it into two because of its length. She is an extremely traumatized character and, two years ago, I couldn’t write her story because it travels to some truly dark places and it took me a while before I dared. If you’re interested in going there with her, I’m offering half of her book up for free until it’s officially published. It’s on my website: https://sonyalano.wordpress.com/ where you can also subscribe to my mailing list if you want. But be warned, where Anza was fluff, flirty wings, and sarcasm, Cascade often narrates in something like dark, dreamy trauma. It’s a heavier style, involving deeper subject matter like post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse in her past, and (possibly slightly) dysfunctional sexual fantasies (for the love interest, not for anyone weird). While her story does tell what happens in the rebellion and stuff, most of all, it’s a love story between two messed-up people, and while it has its light, fun moments and action, it is very much NOT a light book. So it’s not for everyone. Only you can decide if it’s for you.
In any case, thanks again, and happy future reading!