Aristeia: Tree of Liberty, by Wayne Basta

Y’all remember I talked about Aristeia: A Little Rebellion when I was halfway through with it, right?

I finished it back in April (and I will be reviewing it, eventually).  The third book is coming out in just a few days, and Wayne is holding a giveaway at his blog. Because I enjoyed books 1 and 2 so much, I’m helping out in a few small ways — I donated an ebook as a giveaway prize, and I’m putting together this post to help get the word out. I’m pretty excited to read the third book in this series, so I’ll be picking up Tree of Liberty as soon as possible.

Without further ado, here’s some info on the third Aristeia book — such as an excerpt, fun facts, and where you can pick it up this weekend. (If you haven’t read the first two yet, you can pick them up here: Book 1; Book 2. I highly recommend doing so; the characters are engaging, the plot is exciting, and the books pass the Bechdel test.)

Cover image for Aristeia: Tree of Liberty by Wayne Basta.
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Aristeia: Tree of Liberty

Zeric Dustlighter has been a soldier his entire adult life. Give him a gun, and tell him who to shoot, and he’ll get the job done. He always knew he was never cut out to be in command.

But now, cut off and trapped behind enemy lines, Zeric faces his worst nightmare; the fate of thousands of lives and possibly the entire Union, rest with his decisions.


The explosion shattered the window above Zeric’s head. Oops, he thought. That hadn’t been intended. In the distance, he could just make out the light from the fire started by the explosion.

“Looks like Gu’od made his delivery,” Zeric commented to the Terran boy beside him.

Kumus Stryker smiled, “You said he wouldn’t disappoint, General.”

The reverence with which Kumus said his title still made Zeric uncomfortable. Despite having been a general for more than two months, and most of that time in command of the stranded Union Army on Sulas, he still hated it. To be fair, Kumus had acted the same way when the boy had been his aid back on Enro.

Aristeia trivia!

  • The image of Zeric is based on a friend of mine, who is also a big hockey fan.
  • Two short stories on my website flesh out the background of some secondary characters who play an important role in this story.
  • The whole Aristeia series steals elements from old stories and roleplay games through out my life. Maarkean came into existence as an Elf ranger I made for a D&D campaign when I was 13. We never actually played that adventure but the name stuck.
  • The early concept of the book included a scene where Saracasi takes the Audacious to Earth and attacks Alliance ships, John Paul Jones style.

Aristeia: Tree of Liberty will be available June 15th (ebook) and July 1st (hardcover and paperback) from these retailers:

Grey Gecko Press (direct, all formats, wholesale discounts available for all formats)

Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover)

Barnes and Noble (Nook – ePub, Paperback, and Hardcover)

Kobo Books (Kobo – ePub)

Kindle and epub are priced at $4.99, trade paperback is $14.99, and hardcover is $24.99. (Pre-ordering via Grey Gecko Press will give you a 10% discount.)

About the Author

Wayne Basta, authorWayne currently lives in Houston with his wife, son and their dog. He remains a fan of geek culture, board games, video games, fantasy, science fiction and all around silliness. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.

Fiction Friday Reads: Aristeia: A Little Rebellion, by Wayne Basta

For Fiction Friday Reads I talk a bit about the Aristeia series by Wayne Basta. Revolution, rebellion, military sci-fi, and the Bechdel test.

Some of you may remember I hosted Wayne Basta several months ago for his blog tour in honor of the release of the second book in the Aristeia series. I bought Kindle copies of both Revolutionary Right and A Little Rebellion back then, and then I also won the contest he was holding and I got a hardcover, signed copy of each book delivered to my door (along with two other hardcover books from his publisher, Grey Gecko PressA Fancy Dinner Party, edited by Hilary Comfort, and The Dying of the Light: End by Jason Kristopher).

I started reading the first Aristeia book, Revolutionary Right, on July 1st, but I didn’t finish it till September 11. This isn’t a reflection on Basta’s writing; it’s a reflection on my very slow reading rate. I’m terrible at finishing books quickly. Especially when I’m moving.

I thoroughly enjoyed Revolutionary Right and dove right into the next one, A Little Rebellion. Life has unfortunately been ridiculously busy this month (I’ve spent all of six nights in my new place), so I haven’t had much time to sit down and read. I’ve been reading the Kindle edition while traveling on the ferries, if I haven’t been napping in my car, and when I’m home I read the hardcopy.

Mild spoilers ahead.

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Blog Tour: An interview with Aristeia author Wayne Basta!

Wayne Basta

Today I’ll be interviewing Wayne Basta, author of Aristeia: Revolutionary Right and Aristeia: A Little Rebellion, which just got released on June 1st. Wayne is on a blog tour in honor of his latest novel release and Gossip Diet is one of his stops. I’m excited about this, and I hope you are too.

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

Inspiring me as a writer? Aside from the writer of every good book I’ve read not really. There are a lot of people who have instrumental in me becoming a writer. First, my Dad for introducing me to science fiction. And then my wife for backing me in this endeavour despite the loss of one income. There’s also many people on the internet, particularly some webcomics, who took that plunge to pursue their dream careers.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

None. Any book I’ve liked there’s nothing about them that I would change. They may have some flaws, but everything does. If I were to mess with them, I know I’d ultimately ruin their greatness. There are plenty of books I haven’t liked that could stand to be rewritten, but if I didn’t like a book I tend to forget about it.  

Now, there are quite a few movies and tv shows I’d love to redo.

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

Depends on what you mean by special :-). For my writing, I don’t like big outlines, they just don’t work for me. The story needs to be able to evolve naturally. But I do find it helpful to do a daily outline for what I’m going to write during a particular day.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’ve watched, and enjoyed the entire series of the Sopranos but I’ve never seen the Godfather.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Caribbean.  One idea for my next series is a fantasy pirate adventure. So naturally I would need to visit a lot of tropical beaches. For research.

Does your significant other read your stuff?

Sometimes. She read my first novel and critiqued it. But when I was ready for her to read the second one she was 8 months pregnant and a little distracted.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Depends on my mood and the scene I’m working on. Sometimes I just want some good classic rock or some 80’s/90’s music that I grew up with in the back ground, other times I want a good exciting film score to help move an action scene along. But I often write in silence to help myself stay focused.

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?

Accept the fact that you’re going to have to throw a lot of your work away. It can be tough to do, especially if it’s something you’ve put a lot of time and effort in. But if it’s not working, it’s not working and sometimes the only way to fix it is to start from scratch.

 About Aristeia: A Little Rebellion

Unlike her brother, Saracasi Ocaitchi has always known that her loyalties belong to the ideals of freedom and democracy, not the government of the Alliance, and that protecting those ideals would require a fight. But now that the rebellion she has dreamed about has finally begun, she must come to terms with what that truly means: for herself, for her brother, and for all of the people who will die in the coming war.

Purchase Aristeia

Aristeia: Revolutionary Right: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
Aristeia: A Little Rebellion: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Aristeia: A Little Rebellion

Today’s post is a bit of a deviation from the ordinary: I am hosting Wayne Basta on a blog tour for his upcoming new release, Aristeia: A Little Rebellion.

Aristeia: A Little Rebellion

Unlike her brother, Saracasi Ocaitchi has always known that her loyalties belong to the ideals of freedom and democracy, not the government of the Alliance, and that protecting those ideals would require a fight. But now that the rebellion she has dreamed about has finally begun, she must come to terms with what that truly means: for herself, for her brother, and for all of the people who will die in the coming war.

The second novel in the Aristeia Series by Wayne Basta. Available June 1, 2012.

You can visit the author’s website at for more information and to enter a contest to win FREE books.

You also have a chance to purchase the book before its official release in the Prelaunch Blitz:

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