I'm hard at work with the revisions on this novel, which is best described as a 'decopunk alternate universe space opera satire'. That said, these are very rough draft and will be changing a lot as the process goes on. I'm reposting the first excerpts here as I finish them, and I ask with all of my flapper-ly little heart for any and all feedback on this. "Ruby Descent" is the first novel I want to seriously pitch to publishers and agents, so I'd be forever grateful. Tear it up, don't hold back. This is the final novel in my "Family Of Earth" retrofuture series, and it's a fun, wild ride whether you're comin' up, or goin' down!
Blog page for the project: https://hollygonzalez1.wordpress.com/works-in-progress/ruby-descent/
It's been fifteen years since the end of the War. The world's water supply, poisoned in the aftermath, is strictly rationed and monopolized by the corporation called Everblue.
Everblue has just passed its tenth anniversary, continuously providing mankind with safe drinking water and exciting off-world opportunities. All of the most important executives and clients are invited to attend the soiree of the century, baby. A wild, three-day long celebration happening at the one place to see and be seen--the Royal Crown Orbital Plaza and Resort. The only luxury hotel in space. Five star, all the way. And everybody who's anybody will be there.
The last twenty hours of the party will rage aboard the Ruby lift, one of five space elevators transporting guests and cargo between Earth and the hotel. As the Ruby begins its descent, the concierge and director of operations, Walter Marlow, finds himself overwhelmed as usual. So much to do. So many inept people, and the robotic staff is malfunctioning. He's near to losing his mind.
Two of the most important celebrities in the solar system are along for the descent. They carry a secret that will shake the very foundations of society.
And Walter's entire world is about to come crashing down.