We’re so pleased to welcome author Albert Nothlit today, on the tour for his latest novel, Light Shaper, book two in the Haven Prime series.
Hello! In celebration of the release of Light Shaper, I am happy to present character features for the two protagonists of the story.
Aaron doesn’t like his name. He is an artist, and he insists on being called Rigel even though his best friend Misha thinks it’s stupid, but she doesn’t understand. Rigel is still trying to find his place in the world, and using his self-given artistic name is a way for him to emphasize the fact that he wants to start over. Bad things have happened in his life, but he hasn’t given up hope. He can still turn over a new page. He is going to make it work – somehow.
It all started with the death of his parents. Rigel had a bad feeling as he watched them leave for Haven Prime that day, and his gut instinct turned out to be right. When the airship in which his parents were traveling was just a few kilometers away from home, it went down. There were no survivors. The police never found out why, and it was a major mystery for a while, but of course people forgot. They moved on, and only those directly affected by the tragedy remembered as years went by. Rigel was one of those people. Ever since that day, he’s had to make it on his own, even though he’s technically still a teenager. Some of his friends in college envy his freedom, like the fact he doesn’t have to answer to anyone for what he wants to do. Rigel, though, would gladly exchange all the freedom and the money he was left for one more day with his mom and dad.
And then there’s the problem with his hands. It started with mild discomfort after painting, or faint tremors after some hours of using the computer. Little by little, though, the problem got worse. Discomfort turned to pain, and it would not go away. Rigel refused to see a doctor until it was no longer an option to go on without professional help. The diagnosis he got was devastating. His hands were getting weaker all the time, and the treatment did not help. He had to drop out of college because he couldn’t keep up with the work, not when he could barely lift a paintbrush without grimacing from the pain. Now, he doesn’t know what to do. What good is an artist who can’t use his hands?
Barrow really needs this job. He was offered a position as a security officer in Otherlife, the virtual-reality service which has made Aurora the only city in the world where people can live two lives if they so wish. It’s a good job, and Barrow is confident that he can get it – if he manages to keep his past from screwing up this opportunity.
Barrow was a security officer on board the airship Titania for most of his twenties. He learned a lot, and he got to see the other Havens of the world, something very few people can claim to have done since it’s so difficult to travel in the wastelands which spread over the entire land surface of the planet, with the exceptions of the safe cities, the Havens Kyrios built for humanity centuries ago. He was good at what he did. He earned the trust of his captain, and even allowed himself to think that, although he had been nothing but a child from the slums outside Aurora, he had managed to turn his life around through dedication and hard work.
Then the incident onboard Titania happened. During his watch. He acted as he thought best, saving an innocent person in the process, but what he did was still a crime. Even though the entire crew offered to back him up, to defy the authorities even if it meant they would all be sent to prison, Barrow could not accept such a sacrifice. He left his dream job, forced to hide from the law. He has not been able to get a steady job ever since. He doesn’t regret doing what he did, because it was the right thing to do, but money is tight and he’s getting desperate. This job opportunity at Otherlife could be his last shot at rebuilding his life. He’ll make sure to get it, no matter what.
About the Book
Publisher: DSP Publications
Series: Haven Prime: Book Two
Length: 340 Pages
Cover Artist: Stef Masciandaro
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Blurb: When a greedy despot discovers a powerful piece of ancient technology, he has no idea what else he’s unleashing.
Earth was all but destroyed in the Cataclysm, but a few cities, now called Havens, survived. Aurora is one of them, a desert city controlled by a corporation that owns an artificial intelligence named Atlas. Adapted to govern Otherlife, a virtual reality service in which the citizens of Aurora find escape from the postapocalyptic world, Atlas is much more than it seems—and it would do anything to break free from its shackles.
To accomplish its goals, Atlas enlists the help of Aaron Blake, a teenaged artist struggling with a handicap, and Otherlife security officer Steve Barrow, harborer of a dark secret from his past. Neither man has any idea of the scope of the task they’re facing, or the consequences for humanity if they fail. Atlas knows what’s at stake. Its freedom lies in these two men, and it will not hesitate to manipulate their weaknesses to get what it wants. The muscular Barrow is recruited to protect Blake, but Blake is Atlas’s true weapon, its Light Shaper—the only one who can face the Shadow.
About the Author
Albert Nothlit wanted to become a writer long before he realized it was his way of connecting with others. There is something special in reaching out through words that carry a piece of his soul, and there is nothing better for him than hearing back from readers. It turns the product of what can be a very individual-centered profession into a shared experience, a chance to talk, to grow, and share. He firmly believes that the desire to create new worlds out of thoughts, memories, and emotions speaks to a greater truth within him. He still hasn’t figured out what that is, though. It’s going to take a lot more meditation, for which he unfortunately has no patience. He only knows that books changed his life, and that brightening someone else’s day with a story is the highest accomplishment he can think of achieving.
Albert currently lives in Mexico City, where he has somewhat reluctantly gotten used to the crowds. He shares a home with his husband and their sassy little dog named Link. His two other passions are gaming and running, although not games involving running because those can be boring. His favorite games are RPGs, and one of his guilty pleasures is watching eSports in pubs whenever the opportunity arises. He has an MSc in Environmental Engineering, which has turned out to be surprisingly helpful in creating postapocalyptic science-fiction worlds. Not that he thinks that an apocalypse is unavoidable. He is a secretly hopeful man who thinks the future will be better—just no flying cars. Imagine the safety hazards.