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Trigger Warnings:
Depression, Grief, Guns, Hate Groups, Past Trauma, Racists, Language, Death of a character and graphic violence

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Series:

A New World

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
3
Publisher:
Nine Star Press
Published:
16 August 2022
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126,000
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Synopsis

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who have been told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.

It’s been a little over a year since Todd Landon’s life changed with the arrival of the Nentraee. Continuing his duties as Special Envoy for Terran Affairs, Todd finally feels at home with the aliens; gaining more responsibility and influence with both races. Plans are underway for two Interplanetary spaceports and additional solar exploration. It’s an exciting time for both the humans and the Nentraee.

Not everything is as perfect as some hope. Speaker General Mirtoff and Vice-Speaker Mi’ko of the Nentraee are worried that the Liberi Dei plot additional terrorist attacks and may have inside help. Threats are clear, but who can they trust? Could Todd be helping them unknowingly or worse covertly? Will these new space endeavors continue to bring the human and the Nentraee together or will a conspiracy hiding in the shadows fracture an already shaky alliance?

 

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Guest Post By M.D. Neu

Thank you, MM Fiction Café, for having me here today to talk about Conspiracy-A New World (Book 3). I thought I would continue my last conversation about the research that went into this series and this novel. However, this time there is no magic wand (which would have made things a lot easier). As I mentioned last time, a lot of time and effort went into creating the world and characters of my; A New World Series, and that research didn’t stop with book 1 or book 2. As the world and the characters grew, so did their depth. I had to dig deeper into each of the characters and find out more about them. I also had to consider what they have been through in book 1 and 2. I couldn’t have them all move forward on their merry way without having the ramifications of the past events play a part in what was to come.

With so much at stake for book 3, I understood it had to be bigger and better. People would not want to read about perfect characters going through their lives (especially with the relationship between two of the characters), so stakes had to be raised, and I had to figure out what would feel honest and natural for each of these characters to experience. Along with figuring out their motivations, I dealt with personal trauma, which had to be fleshed out. I spoke with a mental health professional, who I know, and they helped a lot with that part of the story. Which I’m grateful for. The hardest part was showing the trauma and having the characters deal with it, but not have the story get dragged down by it. I hope I found a solid balance and did the characters justice.

As well as figuring out more about the characters and learning about trauma. I had to tap my resources on space technology and what is actually out there and planned, and what I could extrapolate given where we are with technology and where the nentraee are with their technology. Yes, I may have sprinkled a little techno babble and pulled out the sci-fi magic a bit, but I think everything that is in the story feels real and plausible.

As the story continues and the world grows, I’ve learned quite a bit about space science and about relationships, especially with how messy both can be. Despite pulling from all my prior research, I continued to add new documents to my resource list, which is always fun, especially since there are a lot of plot bunnies sprinkled throughout. As with books 1 and 2, some passing comment made at random may be a huge clue as to what is to come.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of research that went into this story to ensure what you read is as rich and as well developed as possible. I hope you’ll enjoy Conspiracy-A New World (Book 3) and if you haven’t already done so; I hope you’ll pick up books 1 and 2. In the mean time you can find me on BookBub, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on my website at www.mdneu.com.

Excerpt

Doctor Lupu leaned forward, his eyes meeting each of those assembled. “Martha’s death at the

hands of those alien devils had been a tragic loss. But we must remember she never wavered from her goal of stopping the Nentraee and gaining their technology to usher in a new age for humankind.” He grumbled with a heavy Moldovan accent. He wasn’t happy with how his jowls wobbled as he spoke; with the help of his wife he had been losing weight, but the kilos didn’t seem to come off as quickly as they went on. The weight and his jowls reminded him of his father. The man was an uneducated farmer who died at the end of a bottle.

I’ll never be him. I’m better. He was a godless man unworthy of God’s love.

A large monitor displayed different faces. Human faces. This meeting was for only those most loyal to the cause and to the Liberi Dei. To God.

Most of the world’s major religious groups were represented in Liberi Dei. Those that mattered, anyway. They couldn’t succeed without a unified front, putting their differences aside for the greater good. God himself called these men and women together.

“Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism—we have people of every faith.” Doctor Lupu pointed to each of the members on the screens. “We’re not an isolated group; we’re everywhere.” He pounded his hand on the table. “Those sinners and collaborators, like Todd Landon and Greg McNeil, can’t stop us.” He made eye contact with each member on each screen as he talked. “We won’t stop until we rid our solar system of Nentraee filth.”

A quick red flash on his monitor let him know the security software created by his friends in Silicon Valley worked.

He glanced up to the ceiling. This room, like all the rooms those assembled were in, held no distinct features. If someone became compromised, there would be nothing for them to describe, no locations to be disclosed, no secrets lost. The nondescript space, implemented by Martha and maintained by Doctor Lupu, proved a wise safety measure.

Doctor Lupu faced the monitor again. “Giving those tall, devil-eared, bumpy-foreheaded demons Mars is not acceptable—we drove the Nentraee from Earth. We can drive them from Mars, from every planet. God promised us domain over not only this world, but our solar system, and we will dominate what is ours. We’re Liberi Dei, and we won’t be stopped or put down like animals.”

Nods and mutters of agreement came from the faces on the monitor.

“Now, my friends, be watchful.” Doctor Lupu wheezed through his words. “God will be sending us more people to join our crusade. Seek them out, but be wary. If Martha taught us anything, it’s to be cautious and look for the right opportunity. One will present itself. God will soon show opportunity to us, especially now with the rush to expand humankind’s presence in space. Our enemies won’t be able to control everything, and then we will attack.”

They’d answered his summoning from all over the world, from all walks of life. After the attack at the United Nations, more and more people didn’t want the Nentraee on Earth. The people had heard God’s call, and the members of Liberi Dei were there to answer, waiting to round up the next group of holy fighters. The loss of Martha was tragic, but what she created lives on and more and more people will answer her challenge.

“Now let us adjourn,” Doctor Lupu finished with a satisfied nod.

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Biography

M.D. Neu is an international award-winning inclusive queer Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.

 

Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.

 

When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of twenty plus years.

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