What’s Come Through the Rift This Time? The Initiate, Book 2 in the Rifters Series Now Out! #UrbanFantasy

The Initiate is here!

Check out what Daelin, Earl, Charming, Cordelia, and Dante are up to. This story picks up exactly where The Rifters left off. More monsters. More time travelers. More steampunk.

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A junction erupts between the worlds in Settler, Oregon, a rift from which horrors attack our world. The Rifters defend us.

 

To trust unquestioningly is the first lesson Daelin Long must learn as the newest Initiate of the Rifters.

Her first day is a disaster. She stands on a deserted street in a town smaller than a city district, courting killer rocks from another world with her ancestor from the Revolutionary War. Normal no longer exists.

While she struggles, Earl Blacke grapples with atoning for his past ill deeds, running far and fast from Settler, Oregon. The Shaman of the Desert promises him redemption, and an old mine puts the possibility of a gold strike in his grasp. His luck has changed for the better, but he can’t have both.

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More adventure, More mysteries, Another Character Out of Time, and More Otherworldly Beasts!

As usual, Oregon inspired the beasts and the story. I delved deeper into the history of the west, and I discovered the humongous fungus. What fun that was.

In truth, the origins of the rift creature in The Initiate came from years back before I had moved to Central Oregon. A Portlander at the time, my parental control units had come for a visit. We spent a weekend at Crater Lake, and then a night here in Bend. The Husband Unit and I had been to the Lava Lands before and intended to show this unique treasure to my parents. However, it was end of September and the park was closed. The Newberry Volcanic National Monument was not. So we ventured forth and explored a bit of it.

We climbed to the top of the Obsidian Flow, and way up there the seeds of ideas for critters were born. Those ideas have traveled with me all these years and now end up in the Rifters series. It’s no accident I placed the town of Settler inside the Newberry Caldera.

Husband Unit and I returned this summer for recent photos, and for a special treat, sunrise photos… Enjoy!

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And here’s a few photos from the Obsidian Flow…

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Selfie with Husband Unit at the top.

As fantastic as my stories can get, I write about home, the place I love. More photos from this outing can be found under the ‘Pix’ tab.

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Another Star Season Ends and Twisted Earths is Here! So is Soulless by Crystal Collier

Close of my 7th Year as a Star Guide

The last week of September we had a lot of rain in Central Oregon, well by high desert standards it was a lot. We didn’t see any sun for a whole day. It was cold, too. We barely reached 60 degrees that last Friday. Was I intimated? Yes. I know how cold it can get at 6200 feet in the height of summer. Yet I hadn’t been star guiding much this summer, and I wanted to hang out with my astronomy boyfriends. Plus, I had to pick up Orson Bradbury.

Clouds threatened to spoil the last night of the 2014 season along with the cold. About fifteen minutes after the sky became fully dark, magic happened. The sky cleared and all the stars sat up there in their stellar glory. Awesome!

It’s nice to freeze for a good reason. We only had about 12 guests. They were enthusiastic, curious, and chatty. Our favorite type of crowd. We had four telescopes going to keep them well entertained – Gary and I outside in the cold, Alton on the 15 inch in the small dome, and Eric on the 24 inch in the white dome. 

I filled my eyes with enough stars to fuel my dreams until next summer. Orson Bradbury is now back in the garage. 

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It was raining all around us. Rain to the southwest with the 32″ dome.

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A faint crescent moon in the center of the photo.

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Saturn thru the 24″ telescope. The weird bands of color appear because I darkened the background to make Saturn stand out better. It was still pretty light outside, barely dusk. After this, Saturn set for the night.

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Sliver of Moon with clouds. The dark smudges are clouds. Looks like some lint got on my eyepiece, too. This was taken through my telescope. After this, the moon disappeared into the clouds then set.

 

 

Twisted Earths is HERE!

Nine twisted stories from nine twisted worlds.

 

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River Fairchild

Gwen Gardner

M. Gerrick

Graeme Ing

M. Pax

Christine Rains

Cherie Reich

Catherine Stine

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Twisted Earths is a collection of tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. The stories are as varied and rich as the types of soil on this and other planets—sandy loam, clay, knotted with roots and vines, dreaded paths through unexplored planets, and in enchanted forests, lit by candlelight and two moons.

M. Pax, author of the series, The Backworlds and The Rifters spins a tale called Patchworker 2.0. Specialists with digital interfaces are the only ones who can distinguish between biological energy and mechanical pulses, and “patch” AIs, which hold the world together. Patchworker Evalyn Shore meets up with an AI with deadly intent.

Cherie Reich, known for her epic fantasy series The Fate Challenges and The Foxwick Chronicles, presents Lady Death. Umbria, a beautiful and powerful swordsmith, is given an impossible task by her brother Leon when he asks, “You are the assassin. Are you scared to destroy Death when you are up to your elbows in it?”

Angela Brown is the author of the paranormal Shadow Jumpers and NEO Chronicles series. In her story, In The Know, Jacob, a loyal family man is struggling to stay out of debt when he’s hired to report on big plans for a future Detroit. He’s given a mysterious manila envelope with instructions to “open it alone” or pay the price. With switchback twists you won’t see coming, a debt of a much steeper cost is what he just might end up paying for his involvement.

Catherine Stine, author of the futuristic thrillers, Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire, offers The Day of The Flying Dogs, a sinister tale of brilliant, troubled NYC high-school student, Theo. He experiences a day at Coney Island that includes drugs, delusions, a lonely capybara, Nathan’s hotdogs and a mind-bending lesson in our very twisted universe.

Christine Rains, known best for her paranormal series The Thirteenth Floor, gives us The Ole Saint, a story at once sweet, horrific and heartrending. Ezra longs to fit in and have boys stop calling him witch and freak, yet his unique supernatural skill sets him apart, and the last gift from The Ole Saint cinches the deal.

Graeme Ing, known for his young adult fantasy, Ocean of Dust presents The Malachite Mine, a gripping, scream-inducing ride. Whatever was Mary thinking when she accepted her husband’s gift of a most terrifying twenty-first birthday celebration in an abandoned Russian mine?

River Fairchild, author of her Jewels of Chandra series, presents A Grand Purpose. Rosaya and her cousin, Drianna are soon to be married off, but Rosaya is unhappy with her assigned match. She’s much more intoxicated by the older Firrandor, a wizard she hardly knows. When Rosaya is accused of killing an oracle boy, all bets are off, not only for her love, but her freedom.

Gwen Gardner, who pens the cozy paranormal mystery series, Indigo Eady, adds to her collection with Ghostly Guardian. Indigo and her rib-tickling ghost-busters must travel to a dangerous pirate-laden past in order to unearth a curmudgeonly eighteenth century spirit that is plaguing the Blind Badger Pub.

Misha Gerrick, whose War of Six Crowns series is forthcoming, gives us a story called Red Earth and White Light. Emily, a young ghost bride has long haunted a house. She longs to cross over into the afterlife, but she’s trapped in memories of lilies and betrayal.

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Soulless 

By Crystal Collier

The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

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Kiren sprinted faster, glancing up. The hollow loomed just ahead. Wind whipped in his ears, the rich scent of grain masking his own perspiration. Hisses whispered through the frosted breeze, nearing.

Searing heat raked across his back. He whirled and slammed a fist into the creature’s jaw. It flew off to the side.

He kept moving and reached back to examine the flesh, still intact, but his jacket was shorn. Midnight writhed toward him from all directions. His heart sank.

Reaching down, he found a dead tree branch and hefted it. If they wanted to take him, they were going to see a fight like they’d never known!

He turned at the crunch of stalks, swinging the branch upward. It rammed a creature’s chin and threw it back into a mass of blackness. Creatures toppled like wooden dolls.

Kiren lumbered past them, toward the pitiful copse of trees. Twenty feet more.

The enemy circled in, cutting him off. He bit down. His muscles tightened. His knuckles popped.

He swung!

Two bodies thudded to the ground. Weight slammed into the back of his legs. His knees crunched into the earth. Pain shot up his legs. He couldn’t move, weighed down by multiple enemies. He flailed around, swinging blindly. The wood connected again and again, but he couldn’t free his legs. The branch was yanked out of his grasp, raking a trail of splinters across his palm.

Bodies crashed down.

Blackness consumed the world.

 

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Ghostly Gallows by Gwen Gardner, a Cozy #Paranormal #Mystery, Places are Characters

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?

 

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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.

 

Indigo Eady:

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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Second Death

(Book I)

 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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Secret Keepers

(Book III)

 Coming October 20, 2014

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.

 

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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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Turnagain Arm

By Julie Flanders

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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

 Est.1917

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.

Until…

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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Writing, Publishing, Marketing. Rinse. Repeat #Writing Realms Faire is coming!

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing

Writing – Develop discipline and write on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a machine we can hook up to our heads that will take our ideas and translate them into the perfect story. Actually, I’m grateful there isn’t. There’s nothing else I’d rather do than write. You have to find a way to love it. Keep learning, keep making your prose stronger, and keep an open mind.

Publishing – Quit being judgy. Everyone must make their own decisions. Everyone must make their own mistakes. We should stop all the bickering and fighting and help each other. This isn’t an easy business. And it is business. Don’t be under the mistaken delusion that any publisher/distributor out there is in it for any reason other than their own interests. Don’t think your largest source of income can’t fail. It can. If it does, then what? You must look out for your business interests. You’re the only who can. Keep learning and keep an open mind. The internet is rife with info from all angles. Read it all, and not with a closed mind. Every side has valid points.

Marketing – It’s as grueling as writing. Honestly, the work is just starting once you finish a book. It’s not easy. There’s no magic formula. Never give up. Never surrender. This business keeps changing. Develop a business plan where you can be flexible. I think flexibility and pure tenacity are what this business takes. And a little bit of luck.

Some days I feel the harder I work in this business, the more I slip backwards. Some days I want to cry and knock my head against the wall. Some days I believe it will do me more good. Can I hear some mmm hmms to that? Please? 

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  2. 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.

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Shadow Warrior ( The Mechanica Wars #2)

ByJay Noel

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The agony of a failed quest haunts Kanze Zenjiro, but the betrayal by those he trusted has turned his world upside down. With a heart full of hatred and defeat, Zen is desperate to get back to Nihon and demand the truth from his father.

 Meanwhile, the Iberian Empire sends their soaring airships and steam-powered giants into The Orient. They threaten to upset the balance of power, hoping to exploit the faraway land in their greed for the resources needed to power their machines. Zen and his companions must fight to keep the world from plunging into total destruction.

 And at the center of it all is a nine year old boy with the power of a god.

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Death Knocks

By Jay Noel and Miranda Hardy

 

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Private Internship

By Kitsy Clare

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Wow. What did I tell you? He’s hiding something,” she gloats as she speeds through another intersection. “Have you snuck into that locked room yet?”

“No. He’s got the keys right out there on his desk, as if he’s testing me.”

“No doubt. The creep.”

But he’s not a creep. He’s hurting about something, I just don’t know what. I feel suddenly protective of him, and so much feeling swells up in me that I ache. I’m not even excited about seeing Lydia Hightower’s fancy townhouse. I just want to be back in that Sugar Castle, in Caz’s arms.

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