Announcing the publication of Without A Front: The Producer’s Challenge

It has been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to announce that the sequel to The Caphenon has just been released! Or perhaps I should say pre-released, because for the next two weeks, Without A Front: The Producer’s Challenge is solely available at Ylva Publishing.

Buying from Ylva is great for readers who want digital files, because you get all three formats (epub, Kindle, PDF) for the same price, and it’s great for authors, because we aren’t paying a huge overhead to Amazon and so we get a larger share. If you are holding out for a paperback copy, that should be available on Amazon next week. (Since those come from the printer, we don’t have exact control over the scheduling.)

On 23 October, the book will be available on all platforms and several retailers, including in Kindle format on Amazon. But you don’t have to wait that long.

Now then, I’m going to let you feast your eyes on this lovely cover, and then tell you a bit about the book…

WAF Producers Challenge

Readers who have been following my work since the fanfic days know that I wrote the original version of this book back in 2006. This version is far superior for several reasons. First, I’m a better writer than I was nine years ago. Second, I had to rewrite this book to fit into the world I created for The Caphenon, which meant increasing the scope of its world-building and expanding the cast of characters. The epic romance that anchored the story is still there and better than ever, but the sci-fi wrapping, the consequences of the events of The Caphenon, the overall scope — those are new and bigger and more complex.

Readers who have never seen this book before will find themselves sucked right back in where The Caphenon left off. The events of that story had to have consequences, and they will continue to ripple through the series. Without A Front: The Producer’s Challenge focuses on Lancer Tal as she works to heal her war-torn world and simultaneously bring it into the future. Not everyone is happy about the new technologies, particularly the producer caste — and one producer becomes a bigger problem than all the others. Tal comes up with a novel solution to that problem, which leads her to both a sanctuary and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. But her choices in The Caphenon have left her politically vulnerable, and sanctuary and dreams are distractions.

As a responsible author, I must issue a warning here. This is volume one of Without A Front, and that means…yes, it ends on a cliffhanger. The story is entirely resolved in Without A Front: The Warrior’s Challenge, which will be published in November. We deliberately scheduled the two books to come out within a few weeks of each other for just this reason. If you buy the first one now, you haven’t long to wait before finding out what happened…and you won’t be left hanging at the end of volume two. I am not that cruel, unlike some famous authors we will not name.

The Ylva store works with both PayPal accounts and bank cards. I would caution readers against using PayPal’s eCheque, because PayPal does not tell you that eCheques can take a week to clear the bank, and the store cannot send the goods until the check clears. Nobody wants to wait that long.

And finally, because everyone loves a sneak peek…have a look at the first 29 pages of Without A Front: The Producer’s Challenge in either PDF or epub.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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25 Responses to Announcing the publication of Without A Front: The Producer’s Challenge

  1. joanarling says:

    I am currently at page 200 of 450, so I’m not going into detail for now. Just: I’m being blown away.

    One technical note: I used to buy from smashwords, where after payment you get redirected to a page with a link to the download. At Ylva you get a mail with that link (instantaneously, btw). Silly me took a few moments to figure that out. πŸ™‚

  2. Just impulse bought both books πŸ™‚

  3. Cathy White says:

    First off , let me say I have no willpower. Therefore I am going to hold off until part two is also available. Since Caphenon came out I have read WAF and Caphenon on a continuous loop, and as yet the Law of Diminishing Return has not kicked in (I doubt it ever will). Even though the wait for part two is mercifully short(Thankyou), I just know I will get crotchety and be unbearable until I have it in my hot little hands lol. As it is I have read the excerps three times already, and a couple of favourite lines loads more! Roll on November.

    • You are exceedingly wise to know your own tendencies and work around them. I applaud your willpower (which you do have, or you’d have already bought that sucker, cliffhanger be damned).

      Just out of curiosity, what are the favorite lines?

      • Cathy White says:

        Actually there are loads, too many to write them all down. But, in no particular order except for the first one. A testy Tal with Lanaril, not wanting to be counselled. Rax saluting Tal; when Tal sees her name in Razines report; a chuckling Shantu; and Lanaril glancing across at Tal…looking every bit the Lancer.

        • Smiling at the first choice, because she does get testy, doesn’t she? You’ll see a flash of that again in the second book.

          • Cathy White says:

            I have one absolute favourite line and scene out of ALL the words you have written, when Tal is on the Dias and says ” may Fahla forgive me for what I must do”. I don’t suppose you could give me a aye or nay as to whether it makes it in to book three?

          • I can give you a happy “aye.” No way would I have cut that line. And I think you’ll really enjoy what comes after, because it is more detailed and nail-biting than it was before.

  4. Steen says:

    Yay yay yay!!
    Of course that is where the cliffhanger would be! I’m strangely relieved I read the original.
    Loving the new and improved version. Can’t wait for November now.
    Oh and did I say yay?!

    • Yep, the cliffhanger could be nowhere else. It’s the perfect dividing line between the pastoral, leisurely story and the darker action in the city.

      Delighted to hear you loved the new and improved version! A lot of work went into those improvements…

  5. Carla says:

    Yes! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few months now. The funny thing is, now I’m thinking that I may actually wait for part 2 in November. I’m just so used to reading the whole thing in one go, that I would rather wait until I have both parts so I can read it from start to finish and get the whole experience once more. I think I can resist the temptation to get it right away, I just have to stay away from the Ylva site and then Amazon for a while. I’ll just read those first 29 pages in the meantime, and then re-read The Caphenon. Yeah, that should work.

  6. Deb says:

    When I go to the Ylva site to purchase the book it shows a price of 8.99. Can you please tell me what currency that is? I am accessing the site from Australia.

    • I believe the currency is US dollars. I just tried accessing the store through a Japanese VPN and was shown the same sale price with a dollar sign, so the store is clearly not altering prices depending on the buyer’s location.

      • Deb says:

        Thank you for checking for me. When I accessed the site it didn’t show a dollar sign. However, had it shown a dollar sign I would still have been uncertain as Australia also has dollars. I can now do the conversion and know fairly closely what it should be on my bank statement.

        • You’re quite welcome. I know Australia has the AUD currency, which is why I chose a Japanese VPN to check the store — no way of confusing any dollar sign for a yen!

          Enjoy the read. πŸ™‚

  7. Cathy White says:

    FD, do you have a date for the publication of book three? Getting very twitchy now lol.

  8. Cathy White says:

    Hallelujah and praise be!

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