After an unexpected death, Artis finds himself in a new reality. A new universe with advanced technology and space travel. A reality he could only dream of in his past life. In this marvelous new reality, he finds he has more than he could ever ask for, including an amazing starship and loads of money. He makes some great friends and finds an amazing woman, Zoe, that he falls hard for.
In short, his new life is amazing. And he loves it. However, Artis questions why. Why him and why all this amazing stuff? What is this reality and how do some idiots get away with just about anything? And why does the food suck?
With help from his newfound friends, Artis sets out to enjoy life and discover more about this new reality. However, some idiots have other ideas. For reasons unknown to the team, a religious fanatical organization seeks to capture his newfound love. They will do whatever it takes to get her. Artis, aided by his amazing new friends and his super advanced AI, will do anything and everything to protect Zoe.
In a reality where most people are good and few laws exist, a couple of idiots can mess it up for the rest of us. How will Artis and his team deal with this reality? Can they be free to do as they like and can anyone get a decent meal?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've always had epic stories in my head. Often when I try to go to sleep, my mind just works on stories. Not works or voices, but the actual feeling of being in places themselves. This story inspired me to take the plunge and publish one of my epic stories. Indy author's inspired me to believe I can publish it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is a hard question. The first chapter main character is based on a combination of myself and two other people. After a 2nd chance at life, I just let the character grow on his own. He told me what he wanted to do.
For the other characters, I envisioned the type of people and type of circumstances that would draw characters together.
I’ve built a life that anyone would consider pretty damn good. Many people would, or do, envy what I have achieved. I’m a Senior Manager of Software Engineering for a small, remote-first software company. Within a short period, I’ll likely get a promotion in the coming weeks and things look bright. It looks likely I am destined for the VP or CTO role with greater pay and more equity. I work with amazing people. I have a team that is excited to work with me every day and wishes to learn from me. It’s cool because I have the team’s back and they have mine.
I’ve built a good life. Over my career, the roles I held allowed my wife the option to do whatever she wishes to do, regardless of the salary she makes. We own a magnificent house that’s four years away from being paid-off, two amazing children, and a dog. Our credit card debt is at zero and our almost new cars are paid-off. Throughout my career, I did my best to save for the future. Over the years, we saved enough to cover four years of college for our kids and I’m working on my second retirement. Along with that, I have lots of wealth put away in investments. I’ll likely retire at 60ish in comfort. Less than nine years from now.
So why is it I consistently feel like I should do something else? Do something more? Sure, it could be the two years of Covid-19, but I don’t think so. Throughout my long career, I have felt out of place. While I have achieved great stuff and have found find myself in influential leadership positions, something has just not sat well with me. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what would make me feel better, but I’m just not sure what. It’s hard to leave the money I make and I’m getting ever closer to early retirement. So maybe I just need to suck it up. I hate the term, but maybe I need to ‘man up’.
I know shouldn’t think this way, but I do. Maybe it will be better when I retire. Maybe I should retire at 56. I could. I’ve got the money. Just in our retirement investments. I have a full pension paid for and a 401K with over 1 million in it. Hell, I have about 300k in personal play investments. The money I try my hand at being a super investor with. No, wait. Ethereum just went massively up. It might be 400k by now. Maybe I could retire even earlier. I can afford it.
Things are going great, and I should be happy. But it’s just not feeling quite right. Not knowing what would be right haunts me at night. I don’t know where to look. Maybe I’m just a fool. I have a fantastic life and it should satisfy me. But I have always felt I’m meant for more. I’ve been told I may have imposters syndrome like most of the workforce. But I don’t feel like I cannot do my job. I’m great at it. I feel like I should do something else, but I have no clue what.
A concerned looking young woman on the screen in front of me says, “Hey Jim, you there? Earth to Jim.”
I realize I have just been staring off to the side of the screen. I’m sure to Liz, that looks like I’m just totally not paying attention. Well, she’s right. “Sorry Liz, I don’t think I’ve had enough coffee yet. I was just lost in thought for a minute. I believe I missed what you were just saying. Please forgive me.”
Her face showed annoyance for a moment, but she catches herself. “Did you get what I meant about the presentation? Do the charts accurately convey our progress? Should we go over them again?”
I give Liz a smile and put a pleased and confident tone in my voice. “Last night, I reviewed them all. I made a few minor edits, including some of the grammar, and one data field was incorrect, but other than those minor issues, I think you did great on the report. I think this is close to being ready and I really appreciate your work. This will go a long way towards ensuring visibility for our stakeholders. But, because it’s a big deal, let’s walk through it one slide at a time. Not because I doubt your work, but just in case,”
I’m always careful to give praise when and where it’s deserved. Later, after the meeting, I’ll have to remember to post kudos for Liz in Slack. Others should know she rocks.
Liz pulls up the slide deck so we can review the slides for the upcoming status meeting. “All right, let’s dig in.”
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