A special treat for you all today! Gwen Gardner is taking over…
Thanks for hosting me today, Mary!
I adore Settler, the fictional setting that Mary created for her Rifters series. It’s a character in itself. So today I thought I’d talk about Sabrina Shores, the fictional setting for both of my Indigo Eady mystery series’.
Sabrina Shores is based on the medieval village of Shrewsbury in England. It’s a historic market town whose city center remains largely the same since the fifteenth century. It has half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets left over from Roman occupation.
The medieval aspect is what drew me to the setting. I let my imagination run wild with all the “what ifs”.
1. What if the buildings were so old, that they retained the energy of those who resided there over the centuries?
2. What if spirits liked the sameness over the centuries so much that they decided to stay?
3. What if so many spirits stayed that they formed a community of their own, with schools, courthouses, judges, and even dances and clubs?
4. AND, what if you dropped your ghost-whispering teenage living psychic among them?
So now imagine walking along the damp, cobblestoned road, taking cover from the weather by sticking as close to the buildings as possible. Jettied half-timber beams lean in to cast ancient shadows over you. Muted light shines from closed curtains, silhouettes passing back and forth behind them like shadow puppets. The same buildings standing upright in the same spot for hundreds of years. Nearly upright, anyway, because many of them lean as they settled over the centuries.
This is the environment where my characters live. Where Indigo Eady talks to ghosts, and helps solves their murders or listens to their confessions so that they can cross over into heaven. She gets so good at it, that she’s drafted onto the missing paranormal committee by the high court ghost-judge himself, Lord Greyheart.
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The case of missing paranormals is far from solved.
Hundreds of Sabrina Shores’ spirits are still missing.
In Second Death, Indigo and her friends escape an eternity underground in evil clutches. Back aboveground with a few missing ghosties happily in tow, one truth is painfully clear: the size of their problem is bigger than the village cemetery itself.
Now in Ghostly Gallows, new information leads Indigo and her fellow investigators to the ruins of Gallowsgate Prison, long abandoned by everyone and everything except malevolent spirits. It’s not called Gallowsgate for nothing when the noose swings a little too close to home.
Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?
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The Sabrina Shores spirit community is in crisis.
Ghosties are mysteriously disappearing at an alarming rate.
They’re simply…gone. A second death.
The clues are limited, but it’s clear that the one common factor is Gertrude’s Garden, the nightclub social center of the spirit community which just happens to adjoin the Sabrina Shores cemetery: the one place Indigo makes a point of not going. Ever. She has her reasons.
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In Second Death, Indigo and her team of sleuths escape the clutches of underground evil.
In Ghostly Gallows, Indigo and the gang managed to dodge the falling ruins and free those spirits trapped by the evil spell that bound them to Gallowsgate Prison.
Now in Secret Keepers, even though Indigo speaks to ghosties, there is so much about the afterlife she doesn’t understand. Such as…how can spirits be sick? They’re dead, for goodness sake! But once again Indigo is forced to go where she made it a point to never go: the hospital. There, the mystery of the sick and missing spirits explodes into a frenzied battle for souls where dawn may bring life or final death.
Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.
Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face – but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate – not necessarily in that order.
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Polar Night’s Aleksei Nechayev leaves war-torn Russia in 1917 and makes his way to Alaska. Settling in at a railroad camp, Aleksei comes up against an adversary who seems to know the truth about the newly-turned vampire’s identity, and who soon gives Aleksei much more than he bargained for at The Turnagain Arm.
Locomotive wheels screech to a halt. Potters Creek, Alaska is nothing more than a small camp set up alongside the tracks. A weathered sign dominates the scene.
The Turnagain Arm Saloon
Only one passenger remains and exits.
The early afternoon full moon peaks through a shimmering snow fall as a shadow casts over each split rail. The wind howls, sweeping the cloak of a hooded figure. He follows the tracks toward the distant saloon. A hulking man crunches through the snow, attracting his attention.
Calling out to him in a foreign accent, the townsman stops in mid step. The stranger catches up and engages him.
The man disappears under the stranger’s cloak.
Blood drips from his lips, and he wipes the remaining trickles from his mouth. After disposing of the body, the mysterious figure continues on his journey. He glides through the snow as if on a sleigh, leaving no footprints behind.
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Within a short period, he convinces Vasyl, the owner of the saloon, to hire him. Aleksei charms everyone he meets. But soon mistrust enters every tense line on Vasyl’s face as others disappear, and his wife falls under Aleksei’s spell.
The classic game of cat and mouse continues, but who will win?
Is a mere mortal any match for Aleksei?
A spark ignites within Alexei after yet another of Vasyl’s attempts to disgrace him.
This man knows of me. He must be a witch. Aleksei laughs. You are no match for me or my plan.
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Be a sponsor and donate prizes. This gets you listed on the Realms Faire scrolly and pages. The events giving away your swag will mention you.
Test your mettle in the joust. People will be cheering for you for five days straight. You will get a spotlight on one of the five days. You get a nifty badge. Limited to 10 knights.
Duel with words in Dueling Bards. You and your work are spotlighted on one day. Limited to 10 bards.
Get The Rifters and The Initiate while they’re hot off the press!
The Rifters is a FREE download until 12/31/14. The Initiate is 99 cents on preorder until October 20, 2014!
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Bonus Indigo Eady Story!
Once you start reading Gwen’s stories, you’re going to want more and more Indigo Eady stories. They’re as addictive as chocolate and candy corn. Hey, has anyone ever eaten them together? … anyway, back to the topic at hand… Twisted Earths releases next week! October 14! Preorder before then and you can get any other ebook by any Untethered Realms author for free. Yup, two books for 99 cents.
You know, that makes four books on this page for 99 cents. Bargain!
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