The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.
But there's a catch.
They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.
Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.
Because there's a loophole.
If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.
There is only one problem.
Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she's a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she's come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.
This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her school, the one she's been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.
Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.
You Qualify or you die.
About the Author...
Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.
She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.
It is FINISHED!!! At 1:43 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 the First Draft is done, at 354,527 words, 102 Chapters plus Epilogue!
I am projecting a January 3, 2020publication date on Amazon Kindle and other ebook formats, with hardcover, paperback also in January about a week later, and audio coming soon after.
Updated on January 28, 2020
UPDATE -- The Atlantis Grail -- What's next?
Here's the plan, folks. First -- I am going to take a rest break from writing for at least several weeks, to restore my brain.
Then I will begin writing the first TAG novella in THE ATLANTIS GRAIL NOVELLA SERIES -- most likely AESON: BLUE or AESON: BLACK, but this selection is not finalized yet -- and should have at least one novella done and available to you in time for the December 2020 Holidays, or maybe even sooner.
At the same time I will begin the planning and research work for the TAG Prequel Series DAWN OF THE ATLANTIS GRAIL. I tentatively expect four books, and the tentative titles are EOS (book #1), DEA (book #2), NIKTOS (book #3), and GHOST (book #4), but there may be fewer books in the final lineup.
Meanwhile, the SURVIVE audiobook will likely be released some time in the coming month.
And there should be more news on the Film/TV series option this coming spring.
I am happy to announce that I have signed an audiobooks deal with Tantor Media for The Atlantis Grail series! The audiobooks will be professionally narrated and available at Audible and many more audiobook retailers worldwide! Stay tuned!
Beautful porcelain ornament in Gwen Lark's favorite color. Margot Lark's haunting words "I love you to Atlantis and Back" are featured on the front, and a "2018" design of all 4 book covers on back. Makes a perfect holiday gift for your favorite TAG lover or for you!
Unfortunately, WIN did not win the 2018 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel — that honor went to ARTEMIS by Andy Weir.
After months of negotiations, I am thrilled to be able to share the Big Announcement at last — The Atlantis Grail has been optioned for development as a feature film series and/or TV series.
See the TAG Fan Discussion Panel below where I make the announcement on September 1, 2018 at Dragon*con.
Updated on August 25, 2018
Below is my final Program Schedule for Dragon*Con 2018. Notice, it includes our very own, dedicated panel for fans of The Atlantis Grail!
Be there, and be ready for some major news that will make you very happy... Yes, I will be making a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT at the TAG panel! :-)
They Came from Above: Alien Invasion & the End of the World Description: Civilizations have been telling stories of visitors from other worlds for centuries, & with goals from terraforming to world domination, those stories vary wildly. We discuss the ways aliens have brought about the end of the world in pop culture & their influence on the apocalyptic genre.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Chastain H - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Alison Sky Richards, John L. Flynn, Mark H Wandrey, S.M. Stirling, Vera Nazarian)
Superversive Science Fiction: Inspiring from Above Description: Since Dystopian SF has become popular, Science Fiction that tells a good story and inspires people is becoming known as superversive.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Marina Fontaine, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Jacob Weisman, Vera Nazarian)
Autograph Session: Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: International Hall South 4-5 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Lee Martindale, Christopher Paolini, John D. Ringo, Vera Nazarian)
The Atlantis Grail Fan Discussion Panel Description: Author Vera Nazarian is here to meet fans of the series, the latest of which 'Win' is nominated for a Dragon Award.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Techwood - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Vera Nazarian)
Third Annual Dragon Awards Presentation Description: The winners of the Third Annual Dragon Awards will be announced.
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Centennial I - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Larry Niven, Bill Fawcett, Tim Powers, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Eric Flint, Richard "Lord British" Garriott, Paul Jenkins, Mike Capps, Katherine Kurtz, Steven Barnes, Peter Kelamis, Craig Martelle, Laurell K. Hamilton)
Meet the Authors: Dragon Awards Description: Listen to the nominees of the Dragon Awards. Maybe we will even have this year's winner sitting with us. We will have past year nominees.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International North - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Declan Finn, Marina Fontaine, Larry Correia, Bill Fawcett, Mark H Wandrey, R.R. Virdi, Jonathan P Brazee, Aleron Kong, Vera Nazarian)
Reading Session: Vera Nazarian Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Vinings - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Panelists: Vera Nazarian)
Winners will be announced at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 1:00 PM at the Dragon Awards Ceremony.
Yes, I'll be there! Hope to see many of you in person! :-)
Updated on April 30, 2018
Want to see the map of the planet Atlantis? I've created a geo-political map of both hemispheres!
Click on each thumbnail to see the full size map of the Upper Hemisphere (Upper Face Hemisphere, also known as the Lower Shadow Hemisphere) and the Lower Hemisphere (Lower Face Hemisphere, also known as the Upper Shadow Hemisphere).
Are you a passionate, kickass Red? A cool and proud Blue? A steadfast, self-sacrificing Green? A creative and inspired Yellow?
Take the Quiz to find out!
The awesome Quadrant Logo graphic images are by Sindi du Plessis.
Updated on July 22, 2017
SURVIVE, the 4th and final book in The Atlantis Grail series (not counting the many forthcoming TAG novellas and short stories), will be released at the end of 2018 or early 2019.
WIN is now available for sale everywhere in all editions — hardcover, paperback, and various ebook formats. At 930 pages it's a monumental epic! However I am still finishing up the rest of the behind-the-scenes WIN publishing tasks (in addition to writing, I do all file formatting, layout and production, website work, marketing, ISBNs, Bowker Books in Print, etc. I am a one-woman publishing company).
When all done with these tasks, I will be taking August off to rest and recuperate. In case you don't know, when I write books I take no vacations, no days off, not even weekends off. I work non-stop for months on end, despite chronic daily agony of sciatica back pain (I am unable to sit in a normal chair for longer than a few minutes at a time) hand injuries, and other health issues.
I will begin writing SURVIVE in September 2017, and should have a chapter (or three) for you to enjoy as a Holiday Preview in December 2017, which I will post on Wattpad.
Many other ebooks vendors coming soon, including Barnes & Noble NOOK Book, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and more!
Trade Hardcover and Trade Paperback editions will be available in about a week!
Hardcover and Paperback Editions
In addition to various ebook editions, all the books in The Atlantis Grail Series are available in trade hardcover and trade paperback editions, everywhere globally.
If you want to buy hardcovers or paperbacks, you can order online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other vendors, or simply go into your local bookstore or library and tell them to order these editions — see the ISBNs below for each:
In order to allow pre-ordering of books in general, book vendors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble (and most others) require a finished book manuscript to be uploaded into their system early, and preferably months in advance of the official release date.
Since I write books and release them as soon as they are ready, and my release dates are flexible, there are no pre-orders possible, or even feasible. I simply finish a book, have it proofed and edited, and then make it available for sale.
Audiobook editions of The Atlantis Grail series are coming soon from Tantor Media! The audiobooks will be professionally narrated and available at Audible and many more audiobook retailers worldwide! Stay tuned!
Novellas and Prequel Series — Since many of you have asked...
The basic series that tells the main story of The Atlantis Grail from beginning to end is:
QUALIFY: The Atlantis Grail, Book One COMPETE: The Atlantis Grail, Book Two WIN: The Atlantis Grail, Book Three SURVIVE: The Atlantis Grail, Book Four
After this is done, I plan to write several novellas that explore various parts of the storyline more in-depth, from the POVs of various characters, including Aeson's POV:
So far I have the following novellas definitely planned:
BLUE: Aeson's Story BLACK: Aeson's Story RED: Logan's Story RED: Xelio's Story RED: Brie's Story YELLOW: Blayne's Story GREEN: George's Story RED: Anu's Story
There may be more... including outtakes such as:
ASTRA DAIMON THE ATLANTEAN PILOT'S MANUAL THE ATLANTEAN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY THE ATLANTEAN COOKBOOK
Note: all of these will be released only after the main 4 books of The Atlantis Grail are released.
So, start expecting the novellas after the release of SURVIVE.
In addition, there will now be a prequel series, DAWN OF THE ATLANTIS GRAIL, covering the events of 12,000 years ago, with new characters introduced in SURVIVE.
EOS: Dawn of the Atlantis Grail, Book One DEA: Dawn of the Atlantis Grail, Book Two NIKTOS: Dawn of the Atlantis Grail, Book Three GHOST: Dawn of the Atlantis Grail, Book Four
More on that soon!
As far as paper print editions, there may be a novella bundle edition in hardcover and paperback, just like the main series books.
TAG SWAG! - The Atlantis Grail Store on Zazzle
Visit the new The Atlantis Grail Store on Zazzle for all kinds of fun swag and merchandize inspired by the Atlantis Grail Series, including this "Nefero Eos" Mug, perfect for sipping your morning coffee, tea, or lvikao!
Novel — 40,000 words or over
Novella — 17,500 to 39,999 words
Novelette — 7,500 to 17,499 words
Short Story — under 7,500 words
QUESTION: When will SURVIVE be published and available for sale?
SURVIVE is FINISHED!!! At 1:43 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 the First Draft is done, at 354,527 words, 102 Chapters plus Epilogue! Final edited draft came out to be 356,000 words.
SURVIVE was published on January 3, 2020 on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords, and other ebook formats, with hardcover, paperback also in January about a week later, and audiobook coming on June 30, 2020.
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QUESTION: Are there Audiobooks available?
Audiobook editions of The Atlantis Grail series are coming soon from Tantor Media! They will be professionally narrated and available at Audible and many more audiobook retailers worldwide! Stay tuned!
QUESTION: I would like to get an autographed copy of one of your books. How do I do that?
ANSWER: The best way to do it is send me the hardcover or paperback book(s) you want autographed (with return postage included) to:
P. O. Box 209
Highgate Center, VT 05459-0209
If you want it to be personalized, be sure to let me know the exact name to whom I should make the personal note.
QUESTION: I don't want these books to end! After the main four TAG novels are finished, will there be more stories in the world of The Atlantis Grail?
ANSWER: Yes, there will be many novellas! See here for more fun details about the forthcoming novellas.
In addition, there will now be a prequel series, DAWN OF THE ATLANTIS GRAIL, covering the events of 12,000 years ago, with new characters introduced in SURVIVE. More on that soon!
QUESTION: I'm dying to talk about the books with other fellow readers and fans, and test my theories about what happens next! Where can I discuss the tantalizing mysteries of The Atlantis Grail?
ANSWER: Glad you asked! We have the TAG Fan Discussion Forum. It's absolutely free to participate, and you get to gossip and hear all kinds of fun and juicy details, even spoilers, and discuss every aspect of the compelling storyline and favorite characters!
QUESTION: Why won't you make the TAG series books into movies?
ANSWER: See the answer about the film project here.
QUESTION: Can I be in The Atlantis Grail Film/Movie/TV Series or participate somehow?
ANSWER: Sorry, no. I repeat, this is a firm no.
This is completely out of my control, so please don't ask me if you want to audition, act, sing, play, direct, whatever. Once rights are optioned, the author stands back and has nothing to do with the film project.
QUESTION: I want to know which of the four Color Quadrants of Atlantis fits my personality.... Am I Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow?