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.

Free Books and Tuners 2

ReverberationseBookWith so many people out of work, I have decided to give away free books. Since many of my books are escapism with a some humor baked for a serving a of genre fiction fun. I figure they will help people escape the news cycle even if it is for a little while.

Since I can’t really fight the virus, I can at least help people stay entertained. I will be giving them away lots of free books in the coming weeks. Today only, you can get Othello and Zombies. Saturday (4/11) through Wednesday, you can get Time Agency.

As for Tuners, the second book is out right now. Keep in mind the whole trilogy will be $2 on Kindle 5/11/20. But if you can help me out and want to read it right away, you can do so now.

Thank you and support each other.

Tuners & COVID19

Aaron Frale ebook (1)I’m sure a lot of you around the world are in a situation right now where you are dealing with a March and April that didn’t go as expected. Locked away in a basement in Montana with my wife and two-year-old son is how I’m going to spend the next few months. I realized that people are going to need something to read during that time that is a nice escape that has nothing to do with viruses, so I’ve bumped up the timeline for Tuners. The first book is out right now.

The second and third will be out soon. I’m still in the middle of doing my final edits. I had originally planned to release all three in May. Since many of you may be out of a job, and can’t afford the book, I am dropping the price of the first one to 99 cents indefinitely, and I plan to do a free download for the first book on 5/11/20, and I’ll drop the price of the second two during that time to 99 cents. So the whole series will be $2 on 5/11/20 (Sorry I can’t do it sooner. I have some obligations to those dates because I thought it’d be out in May).

Lastly, my apologies to my Patreon Patrons. Normally, you would get to read the book before anyone else, but since the editing for the second two isn’t done, I can’t send paperbacks out. I’ll make it up to you with some free book downloads when I charge for your support around 4/25/20 (you also have till then to back out of it as well).

Thank you all for your support, and I hope you stay safe and healthy.