Helene is the first in my new Lost Solace spin-off series to accompany the main Lost Solace books. These will all be shorter works (10-20,000 words), each tale focussing on a particular character, filling in some gaps in the main story or scenes from the character's past. I thought this series could be fun to write, allowing a range of styles and stories, and adding to the depth of the Lost Solace universe. Plus it is easier and quicker to write 10-20,000 words than 100,000+ words, so there won't be such a wait between books! Don't worry, Opal's story will also continue in the main series.

Lost Tales of Solace will be e-book-only as individual releases (since they are too short to be paperbacks), but I won't rule out releasing a collected edition later, in both paperback and e-book.

Helene is available to buy, at the same e-book vendors as my other books. It would be great if my readers could leave reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, or other review places: it's always difficult launching a new book with no reviews.

Here's the blurb for Helene:


Dr Helene Vermalle is shaping the conscience of a goddess-level AI.

As a leading civilian expert in Emergent AI Socialisation, she has been invited to assist in a secret military project.

Her role? Helping ViraUHX, the most advanced AI in the universe, to pass through four theoretical development stages. But it's not easy training a mind that surpasses her in raw intellect. And the developing AI is capable of killing her with a single tantrum.

On top of this, she must prove her loyalty to the oppressive government hovering over her shoulder. They want a weapon. She wants to instil an overriding sense of morality.

Can she teach the AI right and wrong without being categorised as disloyal?

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