Below is one scene from Chapter 5 of my book. I like strong women characters, and here we’re introduced to Gina Russo.
Planet: Nearing New Midgard / Star: Epsilon Eridani / Sector: Eridanus
Gina Russo sat quietly, buckled into her seat as the Sparrow precipitated out of Hyperspace and into the Epsilon Eridani system. Gina was thinking about her new job. It was a big step leaving her home, her family, everything she knew. But the opportunities on New Midgard were boundless.
For those who read my short story The Yggdrasil Codex and wanted more, your wish has been granted. I’m 1/2 way through writing the first draft of a novel based 115 years after the events described in The Yggdrasil Codex.
Under my pen name, Eoghan Odinsson, I take great pride in using the rich and epic mythology of our Northern ancestors, and I write books designed to highlight interesting aspects of that mythology, spirituality and culture.
As Hugh B. Long (the legal me), I’m continuing to build on that passion, but with fiction. I intend to write in many genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction. But for my first full length novel I’m writing a tale that blends the best of Norse Mythology with Classic Space Opera. It will be dramatic and wide sweeping (spanning the 100,000 light years of the Milky Way!) My plan is to write a series if it’s well received. (Fingers crossed!). The fans of my work as Eoghan Odinsson have been amazing! I hope to provide the same sense of wonder and excitement with my new work.
I expect the book to be on the shelves later this winter, but for now, let me whet your appetite!
Below are the First Drafts of Chapter 1 & 2 (there may be typos – this is really early stuff!)
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Year: 2127 Planet: Niflheim / Star: Alnitak Ab / Sector: Orion
Egemen sat on his throne like a well fed lion; lethargic, yet extremely dangerous. The pale blue skin of his amply muscled limbs resting on the arms of his great throne, his eyes fixated on the two subjects standing before him. Flanking Egemen were various advisors and servants. Immediately to the right of Egemen sat his son and heir, Devrim; a Hrymi of much smaller stature than his sire – smaller than most Hrymar. Egemen despised the fact that his only son was a meek runt among a race that prided themselves on physical prowess and aggression.
The Chieftain’s advisor, a stalky, milk-white skinned Svartalf named Zekil, who was always calculating, spoke up, “My Lord, we have a dispute between two brothers over profit from the sale of some slaves.” Svartalfar were known to be the most ruthless race when it came to business. The whole of Svartalfar society was based around the concept of commerce and profit, and in fact they had no government at all, only a large corporation, The Sons of Ivaldi, that ruled with ruthless economic efficiency; many leaders employed them as advisors.