Ready for some monsters? It’s monster o’clock, and the rift is opening for a new season of adventure and mystery. The Tracer, Rifters Book 4 includes the legend of the Mothman. He comes to Settler, doling out visions of fate. Most of the visions the heroes get are disturbing, of course. The story wouldn’t be much fun otherwise, would it?
I always enjoy returning to Settler, I hope you do, too.
The portal connecting Earth to other worlds reopens, and Daelin Long stands ready to rescue her sister. After a winter of strenuous training, she’s prepared to battle the evil her sister warns against. Only, the rift is more unpredictable. The Mothman arrives whispering of death and transports Daelin to a land with seven moons. There, she faces a monster that can exist in two universes at the same time. Refusing to believe her fate is sealed, Daelin searches for the way home. With only her staff, her wits, and an uninformed detective, she dares to lead the fight. Otherwise, her sister and Earth don’t have a chance.
Here are a few photos of the places in Oregon that inspired Settler:
The Newberry Caldera. Taken from the top of Paulina Peak. The gray slab is the obsidian flow. The pumice cone is between the two lakes. I set Settler inside this caldera.
The main street of Fossil, OR. At the end of the street is the high school and the fossil beds. You can see the general store on the left. And farther up the street on the left is the library. Fossil definitely inspires Settler.
The library in Fossil. See, the fire department is really next door to the library. However, in the Rifters, I moved the fire department to the other side of the library. There’s a passage in book 2 where a couple comes in to ask about digging the fossils. That was taken from real life. My husband and I stopped in the library to ask directions to the fossil beds.
There really is a Paleo Institute in the town of Fossil.
The county offices are really in a Victorian-style building with a steeple. In the books, I moved the county building closer to the library.
The scenery around Fossil is stunning.
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