Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 22

Zara! Oh, no! Surely there’s some mistake?

The conspiracy unfolds its web and we begin to see how close they are. What can Zara do?

3k words in this episode, and 80k words in total so far.


I have sprinted forward on the writing, and I am now several cliffhangers ahead of where you are, and closing in on the grand finale. HOWEVER… my editor is unable to edit until the end of October. I think this means you’ll get 3 more episodes and then the completed book will go up on Amazon on the 4th November. I will confirm.


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I have had to remove the episodes I posted here to fall into line with Amazon’s policies on Kindle Unlimited books.

The full novel is available on Amazon:




When I post stories on my blog, they will remain for at least a month after completion.


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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first book, 'Sleight of Hand' is available on Amazon at

16 responses to “Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 22”

  1. amper5andrew says :

    In Victor Meldrew mode—I don’t believe it. You’re yanking our collective chain. I don’t think the other dancing mistress is involved with the conspiracy. Which probably means I’m totally wrong. 🙂

    I’m liking the Sci-fi elements of the story. Also really enjoying the human element that you’re adding. I think Talan is probably my favourite character.

  2. Janine Orlando says :

    I hate you. Why must you leave us hanging so? Can you be a benevolent dictator / writer and put up another one today PLEASE????

  3. Janine Orlando says :

    I hate you. Why must you leave us hanging so? Can you be a benevolent dictator / writer and put up another one today PLEASE????

  4. wiggiemomsi says :

    Hah! I told Zara that the job offer was a trap, but did she listen to me??

    • Mark Henwick says :

      She didn’t listen. She is a bad, bad PoV character and I wag my finger at her. In fact, I am about to berate her by bringing her grandfather back (in her imagination at least).

  5. Shana Pare says :

    I look forward to the publishing time in November. All I want to know is when are you doing the sequel or the next in the continuing, long-running series? After all, I have bought, and re-read multiple times, all 45 books of the Lt. Eve Dallas futuristic cop series written by J.D. Robb. You have some work to do to catch up, but I have infinite faith in you.

    I do have a question for you. Are you enjoying yourself writing this style of story?

    • Mark Henwick says :

      I’m not aiming to challenge the sort of output that Robb has sustained!

      Both Bian (book 1) and Amber (book 6) are fretting at the delay here, so the further adventures of Zara are not going to happen immediately.

      This experiment has been enjoyable and I always thought I was going to be a Sci Fi author. If you peek into my ‘other ideas’ folder, a lot of it is Sci Fi. Serialisation is also fun for the mean side of me too, leaving people on cliffhangers every week.

      Even though I’m still releasing episodes, ANATS is now mainstream work, to get it in publishable form before I reach the end. It’s still fun, but now I just want it done, edited and on the Amazon page.

      As much as I say that writing at weekends doesn’t take away from the mainstream work, it obviously has now. I need to find a balance between all the projects and keeping up an interaction with my readers.

    • Richard says :

      I can do about 10 of the long running series, but after that; no thanks.

      • Shana Pare says :

        I can do it as long as the characters continue to learn and grow.

      • Mark Henwick says :

        Here is a problem which Richard and Shana have highlighted – when does it become too much. When the series’ plot arc does not move forward. When the characters’ arcs do not move forward. When such motion becomes obviously forced for the sake of motion.

        Google ‘write a book’ and you will be inundated with countless excellent posts and links that will reveal a mountain of advice (and even more that will not be excellent and not reveal good advice). Do the same for writing a series, and you will find much less. Few writers do it well. The temptation for ‘just one more’ is overwhelming.

        I have Amber’s series arc (which includes Bian’s) firmly in view, and I hope I will be strong enough to keep to it.

        • Richard says :

          I can end up soured on an author… Are they going to end up droning on in the next book… going on and on with follow up books

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