They awoke in deep space... ...on a ship they had never known... ...in a time which seemed distant. They were exploring. The vast, the infinite, the mysterious. The cosmos. But they each shared a mental gap. A psychological disconnect. How had they gotten there? What were their origins? They are assigned the same mission and explore together. As they discover their deep, cosmic connection, they unearth a common past. And search for a habitable world that might still exist - but where? Would their shared mission connect their journey through the cosmos to a life once known? A.L. Mengel examines the origins of the universe in a sculpted, poetic vision through the lens of a rescue ship on an exploration mission. The story further analyzes the questions of The Vega Chronicles: Who is out there? And how far through space and time does our destiny reach?
In 2013, A.L. Mengel changed the face of Horror Fiction when his novel "Ashes" was published by Parchman's Press. To date, "Ashes" is his most widely read novel, available worldwide in all formats, including a deluxe hard-cover edition. In the subsequent years, Mengel has released several more novels on paperback and e-readers, as well as short stories. His writing has been exclusively published through Parchman's Press. "Ashes" gave birth to "The Tales of Tartarus" series, which includes "The Blood Decanter," which was under Jury consideration for a Bram Stoker Award in 2015. In the same year, he also became an Active Member of the Horror Writer's Association (HWA). A.L. Mengel is also the creator of #Writestorm, a writing methodology and time management system designed to help busy authors get their novels written. A book was released in 2015 under the same name, which was his #1 seller of that year. The #Writestorm methodology has been adopted by authors worldwide on several continents through several Facebook groups, one in particular, The #Awethors. Writers meet and hold timed "group writing sessions" and adhere to the rules outlined in Mengel's methodology presented in the #Writestorm book. In 2016, Mengel delved into Science Fiction with his novel "The Wandering Star," which holds position as his highest pre-ordered book to date. More recently, his epic novel "War Angel" released worldwide in Fall of 2016. Besides writing fiction, A.L. Mengel also publishes a blog called "Do Dogs See in Black and White?." In addition, he is the creator of the #PaintTheWorld initiative in early 2016, called "Inspired Creativity Through Color." Another drive to assist creative minded individuals, #PaintTheWorld is most often featured on the A.L. Mengel Facebook page, where a photo of the author in costume that selects a single dominant color, is posted along with an inspiring quote or question. Since the A.L. Mengel page was created, Mengel has had several hashtags attached to his page, the dominant one being #TheWritingStudio. He calls those who like the page "Beloved Friends" of The Writing Studio. His published books also feature a forward addressing the Beloved Friends directly. The motto of The Writing Studio is "Sharing music, writing, inspiration, art and trending topics."