Teristaque Chronicles 8: Sarge’s Secret

sci-fi scene.Alien ship invading night city,illustration paintingMy next story has been a long time coming. I published the first Teristaque Chronicle back in December of 2014. At the time, I had no clue what I was doing with writing, publishing, or anything. All I knew was that I had a story to tell, and I’ve been letting it unfold for years since then.

The tale I am here to share with you today was conceived while I was writing Kal’s Fall. The only reason it took me six years to write was because I didn’t realize how Makiuarnek fit in Kal’s past until recently. With this series, I wanted to create a blend of episodic space opera that dealt with the problem of the day but was all connected to each other. I knew that every character would eventually become front and center for a book of their own, even if Kal’s journey was the main through line of the series.

I also knew that I wanted Makiuarnek to be a person who thinks they are doing the right thing. Too often, villains are portrayed as monsters driven by a demonic evil that compels them to commit atrocities. Whereas I believe that the real life monsters, the dictators murdering and locking up their people and so forth, are just people who have belief systems that harm other people.

I saw this documentary that stuck with me. They interviewed Hitler’s secretary. While Hitler is indisputably the classic model of an evil villain, he was still a person despite being misguided. His secretary told stories about how he would black out the windows of his limo and plan routes through the city so he wouldn’t have to see the destruction first hand. During his final days, he said that because the Germans had lost the war, women would be raped and people murdered. In short, Hitler thought he was doing the right thing.

The idea has stuck with me. People aren’t inherently evil, but are convinced by either themselves or others to do evil acts because they believe their influence on the world will be positive. I try to write most of my villains with that premise in mind. I feel that idea explains so much in why we have a lot of the problems we have today. Imagine a planet where the media, your leaders, your co-workers, everyone you encounter say that’s a bad place. The aliens there do bad things. Now imagine you’re sent into that area armed with a deadly weapon. I can see how a person might overreact and gun down a villager.

If I were to wave my magic wand and fix the world, I’d send the armed individuals trained for combat into the places where an armed response was required (like terrorists swarming a hotel for example). However, for the drunk guy asleep in his car, I’d send the social worker, the addiction counselor, or maybe even an ex-addict themselves who’s been there. The point is that sending guys with guns is like using a hammer for every situation. Sometimes, you need the screwdriver, sandpaper, or maybe just a shop vac to get the desired result.

With the Teristaque Chronicles, I’ve been telling the story how Makiuarnek thinks that he is not only doing the right thing, but believes that the hammer is the best approach. In turn, that use of force shapes our lead character Kal. In this story, we finally get answers to some questions that have been seeded ever since story one. We are going to find out what happened with Sarge and Makiuarnek back before Kal was born when they first touched down on Nigramoto. We are also going to see what Sarge was doing when he met Kal back in Kal’s Fall, and how it might not be what you thought it was.

Enjoy, and thank you for being a part of my writing journey.

You can pick up your copy here.

Tuners Hit 48 Last Week!

Aaron Frale ebook (1)I was worried when I first decided to release Tuners. It was a project I had been working on for years. In fact, I wrote some of the first draft back in 2016. Now it was 2020, I was about to take years of work and put it out there during a time that has been uncertain for us all. So I took the plunge…

And it worked, Tuners hit 48 on the Amazon free store! That’s over 6,391 downloads of the book as of writing this post. I hit refresh and the number still continues to climb. Most of them are free downloads. I’m glad I can help give people something to read while they are stuck at home.

Books are a good way to transport us away from our daily lives, and Tuners is literally a story about a person traveling to new and exciting worlds. If you missed out on the free edition, the kindle edition of the series is only $3 for a couple days. You can get all three here.

I really couldn’t do it without the support you all have given me. As a thank you, enjoy a copy of my most popular book, Time Burrito, for free.

Lastly, if you like what I do, why not leave a review? Those help me out tremendously.

Tuners

Aaron Frale ebook (1)As promised to help you all out in this unique time in human history. The first book is free and the second two are 99 cents (US & UK only). You can snag your copies here.

Thank you for your support and if you enjoyed reading them, please leave a review or tell a friend about the series. Those are super helpful ways to keep books like these coming out.

One More Free Book

TC-EbookI wanted to thank you all again for going on this writing journey with me. Hopefully, you are staying safe and healthy. I have one more book to keep you occupied. This next one is the first 5 stories in a science fiction short story series that I’m writing. Number 8 is well underway, and I plan to collect 6-10 in another volume like this when they are done. Until then, enjoy the first volume for free.

In the meantime, Tuners will be free next week (and book 2 and 3 will be 99 cents!). If you’ve already read them, please don’t forget to leave a review. Those really help us independent authors.

Thank you and stay safe.

When a Bell Rings, an Elf Gets His Glock

XMAS ELFI’m sure many of you need a little cheer in your life right about now. What better way to spend your lockdown than reading about an Elf who waterboards for Santa? In my next free book to help you get through the times were are living in, enjoy Xmas Elf.

Also, Cacophony (Tuners book 3) is out. Remember, you’ll be able to get the whole series for $2 on 5/11, but i know some of you might have Kindle Unlimited or just might not want to wait that long.

Keep safe, wash your hands, and my best wishes to you and your family.