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October 10, 2015 / Cheri

Episode 105 – Fletcher DeLancey and Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge

It’s been a long wait but well worth it. The next book in the Chronicles of Alsea is available and we’ve got author Fletcher DeLancey here to talk with us. We hope you have as much fun watching as we did live. And a big thank you to everyone who submitted comments and questions during the event.

If you didn’t get the chance to catch the live broadcast, you can still be a part of the conversation by leaving your questions and comments here and I’m certain Fletcher will stop by to reply.

If you’re interested in winning a bundle of Without a Front 1 & 2, leave a comment with your suggestion for a non-human character name. Fletcher needs our help! All comments posted on or before November 6th will be eligible to win.

You can read a sample or purchase an ebook copy of Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge from Ylva’s online shop by clicking here. It will also be available soon at all the standard book-buying establishments. No matter where you get it, make sure you do. It’s another hit for Fletcher.


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  1. McK / Oct 10 2015 6:50 pm

    Great show, as expected. I didn’t have any questions during the show that wouldn’t lead to spoilers. So, I just sat back with my drink (G&T – no tea for me) and enjoyed the insight, banter and chuckles.

    I agree that the pace is slower, it isn’t an OMG page-turner like its predecessor, but I’m not surprised. I’ve read the online version and wondered if changes would include some action, battles, FTL flight, etc., to read more like The Caphenon. However, that book did wind down when the Gaians left Alsea, and you did say Book 2 picked up right where Book 1 left off. True words.

    Unlike our hosts, I’m not sick of romance at all. I fell right into it. It was all about the love – tyree-style. Come on Thanksgiving weekend!!

    Side note: We need a good ol’ book club discussion. Maybe in 2016 you can discuss the entire series, spoilers be damned! I’d have a list of questions and comments for that!

    • Rev / Oct 10 2015 6:59 pm

      McKenna – If you’re interested, Fletcher has been participating in an Author Q&A on Mostly Lesfic over on for awhile now. There’s also a buddy read/discussion thread for The Caphenon and we can absolutely get one going for Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge anytime a member wants to kick one off. Authors are not allowed to join in on the buddy reads but there’s the Q&A thread and Fletcher’s very good about participating. Here’s a link to that thread:—q-a?order=a&page=2

      • McK / Oct 10 2015 10:30 pm

        Thanks for the info, Cheri. That’s what I get for not hanging out at Goodreads for awhile, a long while.

        • Fletcher DeLancey / Oct 12 2015 9:13 am

          I think it would be fun to do another show, post-spoilers! So much more to talk about then, and more questions for readers to ask.

  2. Amy / Oct 11 2015 11:42 am

    I really enjoyed the show last night and was very happy that you kept it spoiler free. I am only 1/3 thru producers challenge and have to agree with Cheri, Lanaril needs her own story and love interest. I am happy with the romance mixed in the story. Since there is so much going on with the story itself, I don’t feel the romance takes anything away from the story.

    Again thank you Andy and Rev for the shows you put out for the readers.

    • Fletcher DeLancey / Oct 12 2015 9:27 am

      Amy, you wouldn’t believe the competition for Lanaril’s affections among my beta readers, editors, and wife. I hope that when I give her a bigger story and her own love interest, everyone agrees with my choice (which I’ve already made). Happily, my wife already does, so at least I’m safe at home.

      And I’m with you; I enjoy the romance in The Producer’s Challenge precisely because it is not the whole point of the story, but one part (though an admittedly huge one) of Lancer Tal’s growth and change throughout all three of the Alsea books. She starts with no real friends but Micah, no love life and no expectation of one, and no idea of being anything but the Lancer, ever. She is a driven woman. By the end of The Caphenon she has already changed quite a bit, but by the end of The Producer’s Challenge she is a different person. In The Warrior’s Challenge she will continue her growth, because the woman she loves is not about to let her fall back into old patterns…but her tendency to think like the Lancer will be an issue right up to the end.

  3. Blu / Oct 11 2015 12:21 pm

    Another wonderful discussion! As with many other readers, I wait with great anticipation for the remaining stories from Alsea to be released.
    I love SciFi – but I’m also curious on whether Fletcher has any other genres percolating on the back shelves of her brain?

    • Fletcher DeLancey / Oct 12 2015 9:31 am

      I do, actually — the next full story on my back brain-shelf will be a modern action novel centered around The Big One hitting my home state. It’s a real thing, it will happen someday, and I have the expertise and local knowledge to know how it might play out. Should be fun to dust off my scientific shingle and hang it up again.

  4. Mel R / Oct 12 2015 9:17 am

    I have been a great fan of Fletcher’s work since 2007 ish. I waited…less than patiently…for Fletcher to finish Caphenon… and loved it!! Now I have purchased the Without a Front – Producer’s Challenge….HOWEVER..having listened to Cocktail Hour ….and finding out that there is a cliffhanger have made a momentous decision..I am going to wait until the Warrior’s Challenge Part 3 is released.and read them both together..Now that is self control…my blood pressure wont bear the spike of having to wait for the second part foreven a few weeks!!! Delayed gratification is not usually my thing..Breathing…breathing….I will prevail…even though Producers Challenge IS on my kindle…!!!! xx

    • Rev / Oct 12 2015 9:19 am

      You can do it! 😉

    • Fletcher DeLancey / Oct 12 2015 9:33 am

      Hang in there, Mel! You aren’t the only one exercising great strength of will, so take comfort in knowing that others are sharing your burden. (And give Rev her props — she has waited since mid-June!)

      • Mel R / Oct 14 2015 12:53 pm

        Thanks Rev n Fletcher..using displacement techniques. ..Laundry. ..baking…ironing..sad or what!!!

  5. Ann / Oct 12 2015 10:35 am

    Can’t wait to listen when I get home!!

    Mel R is a smart person. I was beside myself at the ending of Without A Front.

    Character names for non-human character: Anjuli, Smay, Essi, Elzi.

  6. Charlie / Oct 12 2015 3:56 pm

    Time for me to confess I never read Fletcher’s online stuff. Shame on me – I know. More shame for not reading her published work – yet. I was going to read the first book but when I knew there would be more I decided to wait for the second one. THEN I heard about the cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers! And I tend to forget what I read because I read a lot of other books in between. (I can’t tell you how many times I went through Radclyffe’s Honor series.)
    To cut a long story short, I will wait for THE WARRIOR’S CHALLENGE. Sorry Fletcher!
    I bought all your books and I’m absolutely sure I’m going to love them!

    A few names: Jilleane, Amaeri, Seliah, Giyana, Aelani, Draesshx, Seobbea, Alm’ena,
    Lari-A, Imisa, Anshari, Ykari, Chathuhma

    • Fletcher DeLancey / Oct 14 2015 8:58 am

      So much will power around here! But Charlie, there are five novels online right now, all free and all finished stories with no cliffhangers, so you don’t have to wait to read those. In the meantime, thank you for the name suggestions. I’m keeping a list…

  7. Shay / Oct 25 2015 5:05 am

    I’ve loved Fletcher’s stories since forever–and knowing there’s more coming is a little gift I get to collect in the future 🙂 As for names–I love inventing interesting and unique names (as I believe Cheri and I discussed once or twice) so how about Lyata, Koreloss, Junafre, and Ssiatra. Or if those don’t work, there’s Kleeper, Vagron, and Glish’tak. Those are just off the top of my head.

    • Fletcher DeLancey / Nov 3 2015 7:21 am

      Many more coming, I hope. Of your names, I like Lyata the best…and Vagron is one I think would work well for a Voloth commander…

      • Shay / Nov 22 2015 11:30 am

        Well, as I said, I do love making up names… 🙂 My favorite thing to do is to take a name I know, like James and twist it–Sejma, for instance. Sometimes, I put in apostrophes to give a more unusual look–Sej’ma. Or I use hyphens–Sej-Ma. It’s something I’ve been doing since I started playing role playing games when I was a kid.

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